Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO, Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Dr. Brett Knape Executive Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia, and artist Jackie Denning.
The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art serves as a cultural arts center for Northwest Missouri. The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art has one of the finest collections of 18th- through 21st-century American art in the Midwest region. The Museum originated in 1913 with the foundation of the St. Joseph Art League–twelve women who sought to increase public awareness and understanding of the arts. With the hope of establishing a public art museum in St. Joseph, the League acquired the William Merritt Chase painting A Venetian Balcony. This purchase, made in 1915 with funds raised at performances, teas and a special showing of the painting in a local department store, became the first work in the Museum’s collection.
The League opened the Albrecht Gallery in 1966 in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. William Albrecht. At the initiation of a major building expansion in 1991, the Museum became The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, honoring the patronage of Mr. R. Crosby Kemper.
Through the generosity of the Kemper family and foundations, and many other enthusiastic supporters, the Museum’s collection has grown to include colonial portraits, a rich holding of American landscape paintings, as well as distinguished examples of American Impressionism.
Executive Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, Dr. Brett Knappe was born and raised in the greater Seattle area. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from the University of Washington before he arrived at the University of Kansas in 1998. He received both his Masters degree and Ph.D. from KU. In 2007, he was hired by Baker University. In the years that followed he was promoted to Associate Professor of Art History and received tenure. He also served as Curator of the Baker University Art Collection. In February, 2016, he became the new Executive Director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
2818 Frederick Ave.
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Dancer/choreographer Maura Garcia collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. She collaborates to create multi-media, interactive shows and engage via arts projects and experiential workshops involving everyone in the creative process. Maura uses her art to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world. She is a guest artist with the Lawrence Ballet Theater performance of Emergence, April 21 & 22 @ 7:30pm at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
Jackie Denning is showing her new mono print paper lithography pieces and handsome man lamps the month of March 2017
333 W. Meyer Blvd KCMO 64114
816-363-8019 or 727-420-2596
Hours Mon.-Friday 9:00-5:00 sat 8:00-2:00
Jackiedenningart.com or Jackie Denning Art on facebook.
Inspired by the pottery she sold at Clay and Paper gallery in Dunedin, Florida Jackie studied ceramics at the Dunedin Fine Arts center. She was very taken with hand building. One series she created were pots for plants sculpting the clay into male model faces from the internet. Jackie is an avid gardener and started photographing her merged creations, plants in the clay.
Her first series of Ceramics in the Garden were done on t-shirts where she transposed the photos into silkscreens using her background in textile design. She enjoys blending all of her mediums together.
Her opportunity to print them in color came when Heinrich Toh offered a 3 day workshop in mono print paper lithography. She printed bright colored mono prints then used his xerox transfer technique to apply the garden ceramic photos to the color backgrounds.
A few months later Jackie made handsome man lamps based on her favorite Hollywood men during a ceramic residency at Misty Gamble studios.
This is a perfect show to welcome spring. Both series and some t-shirts will be up for enjoyment and inspiration all of March. Please come enjoy.