Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Memorabilia Of Federal Reserve Employees Turned Into Art

The public sculpture project, commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, went on display in November 2014.
Credit courtesy: University of Kansas

More than 50 University of Kansas students, faculty and staff collaborated – over four semesters – to complete a public sculpture project. The commissioned art, completed in mid-November, marked the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve System.

Associate professor of art Matthew Burke says the team sifted through a collection of employee memorabilia, such as pens, stamps, and nameplates. 

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Arts & Culture
6:06 am
Wed December 3, 2014

The Missing Piece Of The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain Returns

Workers on Tuesday prepared to remove the sculptures, and installed a fence around the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Mill Creek Park.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

The bronze figures on horseback and children riding fish that are part of the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., will be removed Wednesday for an extensive renovation.

"This is the iconic fountain for Kansas City," says Jocelyn Ball-Edson, landscape architect for the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department. "We have a lot of fountains. We love them all, but this is probably the one that gets the most photography and the most visibility."

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

'Sheaves Of Wheat' Sculpture Leaves Plaza For Powell Gardens

Workers spent most of the business day on Tuesday removing the wheat sculpture on the old Kansas City Board of Trade building on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit Laura Ziegler / KCUR

The iconic shafts of wheat and corn that have arched over the east entrance of the building that formerly held the Kansas City Board of Trade were pried off the wall Tuesday after a nearly 50-year running.

Workers with Belger Cartage Service of Kansas City – the same company that installed the art work in 1966 — spent the day wrenching loose bolts and heaving the 4,000-pound bronze sculptures onto flatbed trucks in the middle of Main Street on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

An Engaging Sculpture Taking Shape At The Nelson-Atkins

The site of the sculpture 'Glass Labyrinth,' in 2013. The work will be mounted on a concrete slab.
Josh Ferdinand Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

If you’ve walked or driven by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity on the southeast corner of the grassy lawn. Work is underway to ready the site for the installation of a new sculpture, Glass Labyrinth, a triangular-shaped, glass-walled labyrinth designed by artist Robert Morris, a native of Kansas City, Mo.

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Visual Arts
2:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin

Artist Maya Lin's new work for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be installed on November 15.
Credit Walter Smith / Courtesy Maya Lin Studio and Pace Gallery

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has commissioned a new work by architect and artist Maya Lin, who's probably best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Lin’s sculpture, Silver Missouri, inspired by the Missouri River, is crafted from recycled silver, and it’s one in a series of works exploring water conservation. It will be installed in the Bloch Building on November 15. 

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Bronze Installation Inspired By Idea: 'Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around'

Michael Wickerson's nine-panel bronze installation is near the front entrance at the South Branch Library in Kansas City, Kan.
Laura Spencer KCUR

At the new South Branch Library in the Argentine district in Kansas City, Kan., nine 700-lb. bronze panels flank the entrance, some with images of vertical stacks of library books.

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Visual Arts
11:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Controversy In A Sculpture Garden

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

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9:42 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding

The statue at the Overland Park arboretum will remain.

At Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat, a county grand jury has refused to find any violation of  Kansas obscenity laws in display of a statue at an arboretum park in Overland Park.

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Visual Arts
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Flickr user 39_Steps

The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the agenda: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Visual Arts
5:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture

Flickr user BSevett

A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

John Tilton, High-fired oxidation porcelain. Part of the show External Views, up at Red Star Studios through September 28th

On this Thursday's Central Standard, learn what makes Kansas City a Clay Town.

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Visual Arts
5:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Movement Of Construction Equipment

"Adaptation" at the Public Works complex in west Olathe, Kan.
Courtesy of the artist

Johnson County launched its one percent for art program in 2007. This means that one percent of the budget of a new major capital project is set aside for public art.

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Central Standard
10:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Local Fountain Sculptor Gives Background To Popular Works

Photo: flickr/ChrisM70

Click below to hear local sculptor Tom Corbin sharing stories about a few of his big works around town.

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ARTcast Interview
2:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview With The Artist Eric Fertman

Eric Fertman, Stems, 2010; stained oak, steel, horsehair, 50 in. x 18 in. x 12 1/2 in.
Image courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery

Kemper Museum Chief Curator Barbara O’Brien interviews Brooklyn-based artist Eric Fertman, who made a conscious decision to stay in New York after graduating with a BFA from Cooper Union in 1997.

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Visual Arts
1:09 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

Artist Petah Coyne: Peacocks as Symbol of Renewal

Artist Petah Coyne talks to docents before the opening of The Big Reveal at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Sculptor Petah Coyne's Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) is a massive installation, featuring a 14-foot-high apple tree covered in black sand, and taxidermied pheasants and peacocks. The subtitle of the work refers to Coyne's friendship with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, and n? shu - a centuries old Chinese writing technique used by women, stories told in secret writing.

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Visual Arts
1:47 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Bloch Building Filled with Sculptures of Rodin [VIDEO]

An image of Rodin's "The Thinker" on the wall of the Bloch Building. Visitors will be able to see the image along Rockhill Road at night.
photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

"Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation" displays 40 bronze sculptures in the Bloch Lobby of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Kansas City, Mo. – The exhibition, only the second to be installed in the lobby, is divided into three sections: figures related to the "Gates of Hell," a massive bronze portal; commissioned historical and cultural heroes; and a series of hands.

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Visual Arts
10:55 am
Wed September 21, 2011

June Ahrens: Tapping Memories through Material

June Ahrens, Hiding in Plain Site, 2008; site-dependent installation, acrylic mirror and light, 174 inches diameter.
Courtesy of the artist

Artist June Ahrens draws on a wide range of materials, from rusty razor blades and air conditioner filters to insulation foam and pillows.

Kansas City, Mo. – The latest series by the artist uses broken acrylic mirrors, broken jars, and bottles to create works inspired by the events of 9/11.

KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with Ahrens recently during the installation of two of her pieces, Hiding in Plain Site and Still Standing, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Visual Arts
1:35 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

CNN's "9/11 Ripple" Project: Peregrine Honig

Peregrine Honig's "Twins" commissioned artists from around the world "to create or choose work to illustrate the ripple effect of 9/11." Here, Kansas City's Peregrine Honig describes her work called "Twins," and recalls where she was on September 11, 2001.

Kansas City, Mo. –

Peregrine Honig's artist statement for's 9/11 Ripple project:

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Visual Arts
3:02 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Artist Leo Villareal: Microcosm [VIDEO]

photo: courtesy of Zahner

Leo Villareal's Microcosm (2007) is a permanent site-specific light sculpture at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan.

Kansas City, Mo. – In 2006, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned a major site-specific installation from artist Leo Villareal for the cantilever of the museum's entrance. Executive director Bruce Hartman calls Villareal's Microcosm "one of the museum's most iconic works."

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Visual Arts
1:42 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Kansas Sculptor Arlie Regier's Stainless Steel Creations

A close-up of Arlie Regier's "Hemisphere."
photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Stainless steel is an elegant medium. It's an alloy of metals, including chromium and nickel. A local master of the material says he's hanging up his hat, at least for now.

Kansas City, MO – Stainless steel is an elegant medium. It's an alloy of metals, including chromium and nickel. A local master of the material says he's hanging up his hat, at least for now.

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