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Visual Arts
7:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco

Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, furrows his brow between brush strokes.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Imagine spending a year – or more – restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. That’s what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called The Penitent Magdalene

Art and science do mix

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kansas City Artists Take Studio Break And Paint Outdoors

Robert Bingaman enjoys the effect of frozen water in his watercolor sketches.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Every Sunday for the last two years or so, a group of artists has been heading outside to capture the charm of Kansas City on their canvases. You might even see them, brush in hand, in the West Bottoms or at Longview Lake. Landscape painting is nothing new, but this group – known as Kansas City Plein Air Coterie or KC PAC — has a unique style and curious rituals that set them apart from other outdoor painters.

Jump-starting studio practice by painting outdoors

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Artists in Their Own Words
3:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Allan Winkler's Whimsical World

Artist Allan Winkler
Laura Spencer KCUR

Artist Allan Winkler’s whimsical paper and metal cut-outs of people and animals are instantly recognizable. A 1975 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, his style has been described as "deliberately naïve."

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Central Standard
9:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Citywide Picnic Celebration

When was the last time you packed a basket and headed outside to dine with the ants and the cicadas? On this Thursday's Central Standard, join us for a picnic.

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Visual Arts
11:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Kemper ArtCast: Observational Expertise

Wilbur Niewald, Trees at Linda Hall Library, 1996 oil paint on canvas 29 x 36 inches.
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection

In this interview, Kemper Museum Educator of School and Family Programs, Lauren Park, talks to exhibition artist Wilbur Niewald about the term “plein air” painting.

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Visual Arts
9:32 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with the Artist Wilbur Niewald

Self Portrait, 2010; oil on canvas, 32 x 23 inches.
courtesy of the artist

Kansas City artist Wilbur Niewald has been associated with the Kansas City Art Institute for 76 years, and claims it has changed, “but not as much as you would imagine…it's always been like an oasis.”  In this Kemper ARTcast, Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, recently inducted President of the Kansas City Art Institute, asks Niewald about the changes in his painting over his career in conjunction with the Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, now on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Headlines
7:33 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, January 20, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Missouri House  OKs Spending Limits
  • Charity Head Pleads Guilty To Fraud
  • Painting What He Sees

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Wilbur Niewald: Painting What He Sees

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, draws and paints from direct observation – what he sees around him.

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KCUR News
7:37 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Graffitti Serves the Law

Simple but effective signage, along state highway right-of-way. Even when blurred, message is delivered.
photo by dan verbeck

Kansas City, Mo. – The homeless are less visible around downtown Kansas City than in years' past. In his second part of a series , KCUR's Dan Verbeck went to the heart of the district and filed this account:

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Visual Arts
8:20 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Artist Wilbur Niewald Wins Guggenheim

Wilbur Niewald works on an etching at Loose Park. He's returned to this grove of pine trees for the past three years (notice the worn spot).
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, began his year-long Guggenheim Fellowship on May 1.

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