Visual Arts

Around The World With A Camera

Mar 18, 2013
Catherine Karnow

From the Australian Outback to Bollywood, Albanian farmland to Vietnam, National Geographic travel photographer Catherine Karnow has been around the world to capture its images with her camera.

Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943) / Courtesy: Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art

A pinhole camera is a simple tool – and it can be constructed with basic materials. You could even make one at home with your child on a snow day. All you need is cardboard, tape, and aluminum foil. But, it’s the eye behind the camera that draws a line between child’s play and the potential for photography.

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

Behind The Lens In The Middle East

Feb 4, 2013
Gil Cohen-Magen

It’s one thing to open up Time magazine and flip through the pages, briefly noticing the images from the latest Middle East conflict. It’s quite another to stand behind the camera.

Gordon Parks' 100th Birthday

Nov 27, 2012

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, we examine the legacy of Gordon Parks; the photographer, essayist, film maker, and native Kansan whose 100th birthday is this Friday.

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.

Terry Evans / Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

It’s fitting that the first career retrospective for photographer Terry Evans takes place in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo., at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a place where she took art classes as a child.

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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The worlds of creative writing and visual art are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.

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.

Laura Spencer / KCUR

The Belger Arts Center often displays works from its own extensive collection, sometimes adding pieces borrowed from other collectors. A current exhibition, a tribute to ceramic artist Don Reitz, includes nearly 100 works, many from the artist’s own collection.

Decades Of Work, 1960s To Present

On the ground floor at the Belger Arts Center, tall ceramic totems with colorful drawings carved into the surface are illuminated like Japanese lanterns.

courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

In Shadow of Night - the second book in a supernatural trilogy by Deborah Harkness - the main characters travel back in time to Elizabethan England in search of a mysterious book called Ashmole 782.

Connecting To Visual Arts With PLUG Projects

Sep 18, 2012
Julie Denesha / KCUR

On this Tuesday’s Central Standard, plug into a conversation with the artists behind the new arts gallery PLUG Projects. We’ll discuss their efforts to bring more thought-provoking works to Kansas City, local fundraising initiatives and resources to help develop local art writing and critique.

Later in the hour, visiting artist Carrie Scanga talks about "BREATHE: The Emergent Colony," her new experimental, collaborative exhibition that's transforming PLUG's gallery space.

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.

Flickr user BSevett

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

Inside Jim Leedy's Art Studio

Aug 30, 2012

The legendary artist Jim Leedy gives this piece of advice to any budding artist: always be conscious of where you've been when heading in a new direction. Jim Leedy’s known for his many journey's and new directions, now documented in an upcoming film.

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

Aug 16, 2012

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

The 8th annual KC Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival of cultural arts, kicks off this week.

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."

Citywide Picnic Celebration

Jul 12, 2012

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.

The Iraqi Refugee Portrait Project

Jul 3, 2012

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, an Iraqi refugee explores the time he spent in a refugee camp through photographs. In his images, widows show him the one item they kept when they fled their homes.

National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”

Father & Son Photographs

Jun 12, 2012

It was playwright Arthur Miller who said that a man's masterpiece is his son. How can you capture that relationship in a photograph?

Kansas City Star

If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100+ years ago? 

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.

A printmaker returns to his Missouri roots, and the Kansas House passes a redisctricting plan for the Senate.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

Tom Huck

It's been more than a decade since St. Louis-based printmaker Tom Huck's hometown of Potosi, Missouri (population: 3,000) featured prominently in his work.

Local Fountain Sculptor Gives Background To Popular Works

May 2, 2012
Kauffman Gardens Fountain
Photo: flickr/ChrisM70

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

Kemper ArtCast: Observational Expertise

Apr 30, 2012
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.

Mattias Klum

Mattias Klum makes a living by shooting photographs of some of the world's most endangered species and places.

A photographer for National Geographic, Klum might be considered an endangered species himself, given his recent work shooting closes ups of the venomous Chinese cobra, which can shoot its venom up to nearly 7 feet. Even a drop of that venom can blind you.

But there he sat....shooting away....nonetheless.

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