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August 2023

a place like this

August 12 - December 17
Nancy Newman Rice, "Afterwards I," 2019; oil on canvas on panel; 40 x 40 in. Museum Purchase with funds from the Douglass Freed Endowment for Acquisitions.

This exhibition looks at the idea of place from a variety of perspectives and approaches to making. Utilizing both representational and conceptual approaches, a wide range of manifestations of place serve to show us what is familiar and quite different from our own piece of the world. These works are meant to serve as a window to the larger environment and raise our awareness of the experience we have in our everyday surroundings.

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August 16 - December 17
Sol LeWitt, "Wavy Brushstrokes Superimposed," 1995; etching; 35 x 35 in. Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum.

color–shape–line is a selection of works from the Daum collection that focuses on abstraction since 1965. The exhibition showcases artists from around the world who have utilized the visual language of color, shape, and line to communicate their subjective experiences. Approaches from geometric to lyrical abstraction are present in this grouping.  While the degree of departure from representation varies, all the pieces in the exhibition invite the viewer to interpret and share in the process of understanding.

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September 2023


September 30, 2023 - February 29, 2024
Jim Dine, "Sun's Night Glow", 2000; ink on paper, 40 x 55 in.

This exhibition takes the form of a familiar childhood game and is meant to enhance the desire and ability of visitors to creatively think and question the work presented. Most visitors will have heard of or played Twenty Questions, which is sometimes called animal, vegetable, or mineral. Other visitors will be familiar with the Linnaeus classification system and others will have heard of the radio and television game show of the same name. This approach provides multiple points of entry…

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Y`akyi nnwa: Let’s Have a Conversation

September 30, 2023 - February 29, 2024
Sniper, "Half and 1/2", 2023; stoneware, resin, found objects, and wood; 40 x 35 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Vincent Frimpong (SNIPER) and Ross Junior Owusu are contemporary Ghanaian artists currently based in the United States. This two-person exhibition is a place for sharing the visual language of "What does it mean to be African?"

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October 2023

Of the Earth: Ceramics from the Collection

October 12, 2023 - March 30, 2024
Robert Sperry, "Plate #891A," 1989; glazed stoneware. Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum.

Of the Earth showcases a survey of ceramics from the Daum’s permanent collection. This exhibition displays a myriad of ways to create and finish artwork, ranging from traditional methods of firing to vessels coated with flocking. From platters to sculpture, these works highlight the diversity of the ceramic medium and the artists who created them represented in the museum’s collection.

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January 2024

Haunted Francis in Fantasyland/Living on Deadlines

January 25, 2024 - May 26, 2024
John F. Malta, "Haunted Francis in Fantasyland"

John F. Malta is a Cleveland, Ohio-born, multi-disciplinary artist, author, and educator. After spending most of his life along the Erie shore of Northeast Ohio he moved to New York City where he earned an MFA in Illustration As Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts. He later relocated to Kansas City, where he works out of a studio based in the West Bottoms. His client list includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, Adult Swim, Beyond the…

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March 2024


March 30, 2024 - July 28, 2024
Casey Whittier, "Thick-leaf Bladderpod #3 (Montana)." Photo by T. Maxwell Wagner.

Casey Whittier received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is interested in the metaphorical and philosophical power of visual art and the ways in which the ceramic material creates direct connections between the geology of the earth, basic human needs, and complex metaphysical desires. Repetitive processes and systems of reliance are often used as metaphors for our interconnectedness. Whittier teaches ceramics and social practice at the Kansas City…

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April 2024

2024 Annual Student Exhibition

April 11, 2024 - May 12, 2024
Adelina Kukosh, "Flaries," 2023; digital print. Courtesy of the artist.

The annual Student Exhibition, a State Fair Community College tradition dating back to the late 1960s, is open to all students currently taking studio art classes at the college. Interested student-artists collaborate with art department faculty to select work that best represents them. Each year, some 50 students exhibit close to 100 artworks in a variety of media. This year’s exhibition will showcase new directions in the art department and introduce new technologies that the students are exploring, including computer-based…

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