The ArtsKC Gallery is closed to the public until further notice.
In support of city and national efforts to contain the Corona Virus, the ArtsKC Gallery is closed to the public. To learn more about the current exhibition, or to purchase a work of art contact Erinn Skepnek, at email@example.com.
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
- March/April/May 2019: “Inspired by Dance” works by Rita Blitt
- June/July 2019: “Intersections” works by Grant Recipient Miranda Clark
- August/September 2019: “Multifaceted” Exhibition in partnership with the National Association of Asian American Professionals of Kansas City
- October/November 2019: “The Real Surreal” Exhibition in partnership with the Kansas City Artist Coalition, featuring the works of Nicolas Gadbois
- December/January/February 2020: “Speaking My Truth” Exhibition in partnership with the Kansas City Artist Coalition, featuring the works of Lorrie Eigles
- March/April/May 2020: “Beyond the Landscape” Exhibition in partnership with the Kansas City Artist Coalition, featured the works of Linda Nickell
“I plan to respond to the world around me in this residency. I’ll be making large scale work as well as small pieces in the ArtsKC space directly related to human connection as it shifts and yearns to be held like it was before Covid-19. We are reaching out from 6 feet apart and there is a sadness and resilience in that reaching. During my residency at ArtsKC I’ll be making work that explores that reaching, and I’ll be sharing the development of the work as part of my own reaching out”
June 2 – July 17, 2020
About the Artist:
Ryan Wilks is a self-taught artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. His work explores the various realities of queer existence. Primarily creating with oils, watercolors, sculptural assemblage, and ritual, his work sheds light on queer expression of spirituality and sexuality. His bodies of work address and confront religion used as weapon and explores new modes of prayer through visual and participatory exhibitions. While religious and archetypal iconography such as the Devil and Lilith are seen within his figures in his paintings and used to express gender and queer ideologies, the work itself does not adopt the feeling of weighted religious rites. Instead, his work invites the viewer to participate in a modernized expression of spirit.
Through figurative and narrative drawing and painting, through community-based performance ritual and ceremony, I make art that explores the various realities of queer existence. Gleaning inspiration from centuries old religious iconography and the oral and written histories documenting the queer experience from the beginning of time to my own personal experience today, my work strives to depict the push/pull, persecute/elevate relationships of humanity, sexuality, and spirituality.
The use of more traditional materials and methods in my painting and drawing is an intentional nod to Italian masters such as Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael, but it is the playfulness of Matisse’s figures and the contorting figures of Schiele that have influenced my work the most. Both express a sense of movement that can be seen in not only my 2-D work, but also in the movement displayed in my performance-based ritual and ceremony. Bodies of work such as Henry Darger’s, and his self-made systems of narrative combined with his self-taught execution of these stories are affirmations to my own work.
Ritual and ceremonial performance is an integral aspect of my art. The use of objects, both found and made, and base elemental ingredients in occult practices are key components to my performances. Through movement, through ceremony, through studied and adaptive ritual, I am able to engage an audience and create moments of sacred memory. My performance work is created and displayed in tandem with my 2-D work and further explores concepts displayed within my paintings and drawings.
Through these methods of creating, engagement, and display of my art, I strive to express the personal narrative of my queer experience, of my peers’, of those who have passed, and, ultimately, for future generations to research, decode, confront, and enjoy.
For more information about the artist, visit www.wilkspainting.com
July/August 2020: Taj Mattingly, “Who We Are To Each Other At The End” ArtsKC Now Showing Participant, Solo exhibition
Location & Hours of Operations:
106 Southwest Blvd. Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Monday – Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm and First Fridays 5:00pm-8:00pm
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 (please note, KCPD does agressively ticket and tow on Southwest Blvd from 4-6 pm). There is also a paid parking garage at Corrington Station or 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.