April First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
April 1, 2016
6 pm 9 pm
Sabrina Staires
Front Gallery
April 1 - May 28, 2016


Sabrina Staires: Echo                  Video by Lisa Marie Evans

Josey Lee
skin and bones

Opie Gallery
April 1 - May 28, 2016


Artist Statement

skin and bone represents wor k created during my first year in the Transform Arts residency program. Ongoing conflicts and discussions across the nation over racial differences led me to themes of vulnerability and longing. My choices in imagery and materials were influenced by the following: the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel's vision in the Valley of Dry Bones (found in the Old Testament text of Ezekiel), the garden-language of the prophet Isaiah, Native American art, and visual patterns in nature.
In my art-making I think about the human condition - the psychological, emotional, and spiritual state of man. As I observe people and nature, I seek common threads that bind us together across cultures and generations. I believe these threads consist of our biggest questions, deepest longings, and greatest fears. Through my process of hand-sewing, cutting out, and reattaching materials, I also contemplate God's hand in the cosmic drama of creation, death, and revitalization.
My desire is to indicate the existence of hope in the midst of decay.

Artist Bio

Josey Lee was born in Michigan and raised in western Pennsylvania. Her training in art began and developed during her childhood, her mother being her primary mentor. A fascination with children's stories and the natural world served as her earliest inspiration. More recently, personal narratives and her faith as a follower of Jesus have influenced her work and artistic process.

In 2013, she graduated from Penn State University with a BA in Art and Sociology. She came to Kansas City in 2014 for a two-year artist residency program under a faith-based organization called Transform Arts. skin and bone is her debut exhibition. Prior to this, she had her senior show, Introspection, and received a merit award for her work in the 2013 Undergraduate Juried exhibition at Penn State's School of Visual Arts.

Currently, she is finishing her time with the residency program and preparing to move to Philadelphia to develop her career in the arts.

Clay Mentors Around St. Louis

Curated by Jeff Whyman

Back Gallery
April 1 - April 30, 2016

Dan Anderson
Jeri Au
Vic Bassman
Jim Ibur
Guy Sachs
Jeff Whyman


KCAI: Undergrads Underground

Damien Randolph-Spader
Architecture of Vision

April 1 - April 30,2016
Lower Level Gallery

Artist Statement

My work exists somewhere between drawings and objects. As I bridge this gap my drawings become composed of characteristics of shape and space. Gradients, lines, corners and edges become composed structurally on the picture plane to alter perspective and create depth.

Damien Randolph-Spader is a Kansas City based sculpture artist. He currently works as a studio artist, plaster craftsman, and attends the Kansas City Art Institute. 

National Student Juried Exhibition

Main Gallery
March 4 - April 23, 2016

NCECA's annual National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE) showcases the work of current graduate, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students across the United States. Juried by Liz Quackenbush and Lee Somers.

Featured Artists: Molly Allen, Jonah Amadeus, Alex Anderson, Mark Arnold, Pascual Arriaga, Michael Ballew, Ashley Bevington, Rachel Bigley, Ariel Bowman, Larry Buller, Andrew Castaneda, Emily Chamberlain, Yen-Ting Chiu, Man-Ho Cho, Andrea Denniston, Louise Deroualle, Chris Drobnock, Kelsey Duncan, Lukas Easton, Adrienne Eliades, Brett Evans, Lily Fein, Stuart Gair, Stephanie Galli, Matt George, Donut Goshorn, Gabrielle Graber, Raven Halfmoon, Lindsey Heiden, Mikayla Hoffman, Karlee Holets, En Iwamura, Sarah Justice, Stephanie Kantor, Elliott Kayser, Andrew Kellner, Ellen Kleckner, Kurtis Kujawski, Michelle Laxalt, Katherine Marotz, Maya Moen, Mario Munguia, Emily Nickel, Sharon Norwood, Greg Palombo, Hannah Pierce, Carly Slade, Mike Stumbras, Casey Taylor, Iren Tete, Joanna Waldron, Charity White, Jacob Wilson, Mary Cale Wilson, Shiyuan Xu, Alison Ye.