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/June 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Terpischore” Rick Wright
- July/August 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Spit” Joe Bussell
- September/October 2017: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Decadence & Decay” Deana Winter
- November/December 2017: “10×10 Small Works Showcase” Works by ArtsKC Supported Artists
- January/February 2018: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Tempest” Works by John Davis Carroll
- March/April 2018: “Iconic, Branding a City” Works by Patrice Eilts Jobe
- May/June 2018: “A Collection” work by Adolfo Gustavo Martinez
- July/August 2018: From the Now Showing portfolios, “Sound” Zach Arlan
- September/October 2018: In partnership with Open Spaces, “Sulci” works by Martin Cail
- November/December 2018: “Fall Back Into Place” works by ArtsKC Inspiration Grant Recipient Kim Eichler-Messmer
- January/February 2019: “NYC 1981” works by Joe Kelly
Inspired by Dance
Works by Rita Blitt
March 15 – May 17
ArtsKC Encounter: “Inspired by Dance” with David Parsons and Rita Blitt: Thursday, March 21, 2019. RSVP REQUIRED.
First Fridays Featured Artist: Friday, April 5, 2019
First Fridays Featured Artist: Friday, May 3, 2019
About the Artist:
Rita Blitt is an award-winning painter, sculptor and filmmaker, whose words “Kindness is contagious. Catch it!” have inspired people all over the world. Her works are included in many museums and private collections, including: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, John F. Kennedy Library, National Museum of Singapore, Spencer Museum of Art, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Nevada Museum of Art, Spertus Institute, Skirball Cultural Center, Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Kennedy Museum of American Art, Dallas Holocaust Museum and the Mulvane Art Museum. Her monumental sculpture can be found in Australia, Israel, Japan, Singapore and the United States. The Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Mulvane Museum, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas is the home of the Rita Blitt Legacy Collection. Blitt’s work celebrates love of life, nature, music and dance. In 1977, she wrote, “I feel like I’m dancing on paper”.
2019/2020 Schedule Coming Soon!
Location & Hours of Operations:
106 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Monday through Thursday 9:30am-5pm and First Fridays 5pm-8:00pm 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.
ArtsKC presents approximately 6 exhibitions throughout the year. The program presents a diverse range of creative approaches, mediums, and background in local Kansas City artists. Exhibitions at ArtsKC originate by partner organizations, Inspiration Grant Recipients or from exhibition proposals submitted by local, Kansas City curators and artists. All proposals must exhibit works from Kansas City artists and should aim to present works that are aesthetically strong, and that provide the community with the opportunity to explore topics of cultural, artistic, and social relevance.
The curator/artist proposing the exhibition is encouraged to view the Gallery Dimensions and to see the space during gallery hours in order to tailor their proposal to the space.
The ArtsKC Gallery is open to the public, 9:30am-5pm Monday through Thursday in the summer months (June-August) Monday through Friday September-May and is open on First Fridays from 5pm-8pm with the exception of January. Please note, that ArtsKC may reserve the right to lock its doors during work hours due to private receptions, staff meetings, conferences, and other various events. If you are working within a short window to view the space, we recommend calling in advance to ensure we are open.
Proposal submissions are accepted year round. All proposals must adhere to the guidelines.