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January 2024

Haunted Francis in Fantasyland/Living on Deadlines

January 25 - May 26
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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Establishing Essence

January 25 - May 26
Ken Worley, "Rockwood VI.5," 2005; oil stick on canvas. Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum.

This exhibition draws from the animation style of Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle and explores elements of geometry, landscape, and color. The atmosphere of this gallery is intended to pull inspiration from stylistic, fantastical aspects of the animators and create a physical experience for the viewers that embodies the essence of early Disney artists. In this grouping, the Daum collection is recontextualized to evoke a sense of wonder in the everyday and a connective tissue that weaves the artists' individual…

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March 2024

Casey Whittier: Observations

March 30 - August 4
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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All We Are

March 30 - August 4
Jo Whaley, "The Dunce: A Bewildered Ruler of an Ambiguous World," 1989; Unique Polaroid photograph. Gift of Ricci Racela & Michael Bonahan.

Through a focus on portraits and figurative works in the collection, this exhibition spans a multiplicity of human experiences and notions of being. The work explores the complexities of identity and the way these are reflected in the depiction of the body. The diversity of perspectives in the work presented is meant to provide a point of resonance for a multiplicity of viewers. This show is meant to reflect a sample of the collective notion of humanity, inviting viewers to…

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April 2024

2024 Annual Student Exhibition

April 11 - May 12
Taylor G. Barnes, "Grieving Achilles (detail)," 2023; acrylic on canvas.

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 traditional media as well as new media.

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May 2024


May 31 - September 1

Feast is an exhibition exploring the theme of food in all its flavors, textures, colors, and cultural significance. Food is a focal point through which artists can express human creativity, history, and traditions through the idea of nourishment. Consider how various cultures use food as symbols in their meals. From still life to video and social commentary to explorations of color and form, food or the lack thereof is an aspect of everyone’s life. Open to artists from all backgrounds,…

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