The purpose of the ArtsKC gallery is to enrich the Crossroads Art District by providing the opportunity to view and engage with work by local Kansas City artists at all stages of their artistic career. The partnership between artist, the public, and the business sector is an essential relationship. Each exhibit further advances ArtsKC’s mission of unleashing the power of the arts by promoting a rich, diverse, and stimulating cultural environment in which enriches the lives of the City’s residents, visitors and employees.
- September/October 2014: From the Now Showing portfolios, Chris Wiley
- November/December 2014: From the Now Showing portfolios, Daniel Bartle
- January/February/March 2015: From the Now Showing portfolios, Tim Forcade
- April/May 2015: From the Now Showing portfolios, Christopher Hartmann
- June 2015: “The Art of Data” Exhibition in partnership with the City of Kansas City, MO
- July/August 2015: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Funnel Cake” by Aaron Dougherty
- September/October 2015: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Threads to Webs” Rachelle Gardner-Roe
- November/December 2015: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Skyward” Sharon Reeber
- January/February 2016: “America’s Creative Crossroads” Portraits by Cameron Gee, exhibition in partnership with the Kansas City Area Development Council
- March 2016: NCECA 2016 “Nothing You’ve Ever Done Before” Organized by Guy Michael Davis and Katie Parker (Future Retrieval)
- April/May 2016: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Journey from Kansas to Canada” Norma Herring
- June/July 2016: From the Now Showing portfolios, “The Art of Architecture” Danton Rezos
- August/September 2016: From the Now Showing portfolios, “People & Places” David Beal
- October/November/December 2016: “INKED” Exhibition in partnership with UMKC Hand Print Press
- January/February 2017: “Colour Portraits: Unconventional Admiration” Exhibition in partnership with the KC Black Artists Network
- March/April 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Words, Gestures & Landmarks” Katrina Revenaugh
May 2 – June 30, 2018
Artwork by Rick Wright
Friday, May 5, 2017, First Fridays in the Crossroads Featured Artist, 5pm-8pm
Friday, June 2, 2017, First Fridays in the Crossroads Featured Artist, 5pm-9pm
“Terpsichore, in Greek mythology was one the nine Muses of the arts. Her traditional domain of dance and song, along with more contemporary cirque nouveau and burlesque performers have influenced my most recent figurative explorations. Though semi-abstract and expressionistic, I value a believability, proportion, and movement in the form. Within each piece, I challenge myself with color relationships, and mark-making to build, define, redefine, and refine each painting without losing a sense of liveliness and energy. I seek a balance between the raw nature of a gestural five minute sketch and the sophistication one expects of a resolved painting. The strength and grace of these feminine forms in motion both challenge and compliment the direction of my work.”
Rick Wright is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.F.A in Design/Illustration and an M.A. in art education. He lives in midtown Kansas City, Missouri and routinely exhibits work in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and travels regionally to art festivals in Minneapolis, Denver, Dallas, St Louis, Chicago, Memphis, and Des Moines. In addition to his personal work, he has been an art educator in both private and public schools and currently teaches art at Van-Go Inc., an arts based non-profit job training program in Lawrence, KS.
2017-2018 Exhibition schedule coming soon!
Location & Hours of Operations:
106 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Monday through Friday 9am-5pm and First Fridays 6pm-8:30pm with the exception of January.
ArtsKC is closed on all major holidays and may reserve the right to lock its doors due to private receptions, staff meetings, conferences, and other various events.
There is free 3-hour street parking on Baltimore Avenue north of the office, free 3-hour parking on Wyandotte St., and free 3-hour parking on Southwest Boulevard. There is also a paid parking garage just south of 17th Street on Main Street in the Barkley building.