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
Colour Portraits: Unconventional Admiration
January 9 – February 24
Exhibition in partnership with the KC Black Artists Network
Curated by Ramona Davis, Founder of the KC Black Artists Network
Works by Warren ‘Stylez’ Harvey, Stefan Jones and Diallo Javonne French
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 – First Fridays at ArtsKC, Featured Exhibition 6-8pm.
About the exhibition:
Colour Portraits: Unconventional Admiration offers creative perspectives on one of art’s oldest genres – portraiture. Local African American artists Stefan Jones, Warren ‘Stylez’ Harvey and Diallo Javonne French convey stories without words through their visual works on canvass and film. Included in the show are Jones’ vivid neo pop art styled paintings, Harvey’s warm abstract/surreal paintings and French’s distinctive black and white photographs, along with his newest short film titled Kansas City Dreamin’ – Music In Shadows (Viewing available during the February First Friday 6-8pm).
The imagery depicted in the works selected for Colour Portraits centers on the contrast of two approaches to portrait art, the ‘Grand Style’ in which the subject is idealized or larger-than-life, and the ‘Prosaic Style’ in which the subject is presented as down-to-earth and realistic.
Through their varied takes on portraiture, the artists represented in Colour Portraits makes us take time to “read” the portrait, pause and observe the nuances of the subject and think about how we perceive and commemorate others.
Stefan Jones, www.sajarts.com Artist/educator. MFA in Painting, Boston University (Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow). Jones’ has exhibited in Kansas City and the Boston area. Many of his works are in institutional and private collections.
Warren ‘Stylez’ Harvey, www.facebook.com/warren.s.harveyLongview College. Harvey has had six successful art shows and is collected by many in the Kansas City area.
Diallo Javonne French, www.javonnefilms.com Award winning filmmaker/music photographer. Mass Communications, Clark Atlanta University. French has exhibited in several local spaces. His work has been used by Hallmark cards and showcased on BET.
March/April 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, Katrina Revenaugh
May/June 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, Rick Wright
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.