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.
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Open First Fridays 5pm-8pm
- 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
The Real Surreal
Partnership exhibition with the Kansas City Artist Coalition
Works by Nicolas Gadbois
September 27 – November 27
First Fridays Featured Show: Friday, October 4, 2019
First Fridays Featured Show: Friday, November 1, 2019
About the Show:
Nick Gadbois is inventing a new approach to surrealist painting. Instead of imagining surreal scenes in an illustrative way (Pop surrealism) Gadbois paints real life situations that already appear surreal. The paintings are based on photographs that go through a digitizing process. The artist chooses blank billboards, dead malls, stealth towers, military facilities and places left behind for his subjects. A super saturated color palette suggests climate change, nuclear reality, and artificial life. Like certain first wave Surrealist painters Gadbois’ work contains a sense of existential void.
For more information about the artist, visit https://www.nicolasgadboisart.com
For more information about the Kansas City Artist Coalition, visit https://www.kansascityartistscoalition.org/
December/January/February 2019: Partnership exhibition with the Kansas City Artist Coalition, featuring Lorrie Eigles
March/April 2019: Partnership exhibition with the Kansas City Artist Coalition
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.