November First Friday


2012 Baltimore Ave.   I  Kansas City, MO 64108  I  816.474.1919   Thurs-Sat. 11 am-5 pm
November 4, 2016
6 pm 9 pm
Look Again

Marshall Maude

November 4 - December 30, 2016
Main Gallery


I believe the most fundamental questions, those of origin and finality that humanity asks itself are unanswerable, yet this inquiry is central to every aspect of our lives. It is the quest to answer what remains unanswerable. With every discovery, new questions arise and the mysterious expands.
This great paradox fascinates me and resides at the core of my work. I make ceramic sculpture that explores this paradox not to answer, but to illustrate in physical form the power and significance of inquiry itself.
Clay, which is weathered and decomposed rock, is an amorphous material that invites the exploration of origin and finality. Using this material and traditional ceramic technologies, practices, and objects as constants, I delve into a direct, visceral relationship with firing process, construction, and basic forms such as the slab and the vessel to re-contextualize them.
Connections to the work of past makers, such as the amphoras of nameless Greek workmen or the tea bowls of Japanese masters, the blue-and-white paintings of Chinese Ming Dynasty decorators or the drawings of the Anasazi potters signify a continuum and an infinite timeline. I contrast ceramic history and processes with new technologies and ideas, not to challenge but to embrace. A reincarnation of concept, image, pattern, and form reinforce my intention to look again, as inquiry without answer.


Marshall Maude is a ceramic artist and Associate Professor of Ceramics at the University of Kansas. Marshall has designed, built, and fired wood kilns around the world. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows nationally and in China, Denmark, Korea, and New Zealand. In 2013, Marshall was an artist-in- residence at the Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jingdezhen, China, and in 2014, at Guldagergaard - International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. He is not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. He does own a telephone and a hammer and concentrates his energy in the studio and on livin'.


Josie Mai

November 4 - December 30, 2016
Back Gallery

Hand-rubbed collage on canvas, 36" x 36"

Josie's primary medium is collage material from National Geographic magazine. Pieces are hand-torn. Paper and adhesive are applied with fingertips and palm. The rich colors and textures from all over the globe remind us that we are citizens of the world, and that it's crucial for an artist to travel and explore. She is inspired by the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her respect for the desert and abstraction. In addition, inspired radial design and mandala forms represent meaningful symbols from countless cultures over countless centuries. The ones she creates with collage and occasionally acrylic are personally meaningful, but do not represent a particular cultural construct.
Josie Mai earned an MFA from Parsons School of Design in NYC. She taught art K-12 in Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, MSSU in Joplin, and PSU in Pittsburg, KS. Currently she is the Executive Director of Spiva Center for the Arts and a Carthage resident.

Handcrafted Holiday

November 4 - January 7, 2016
Opie Gallery

Jenny Meyer-McCall, variety of mixed media on panel, 8" x 8"

This invitational group show includes a variety of artwork, offering unique gift ideas for this holiday season.

Participating Artists

Kristopher Clark
Lori Raye Erickson
Christel Highland
Jenny Meyer-McCall
Rachel O'Flannagan
Angie Pickman
Travis Porter - The Porterhaus
Diane Tompkins - Tag Team Tompkins

...and more!
an art installation by De bbie-Barrett Jones

October 7 - November 26, 2016
Front Gallery

Photo Credit: EG Schempf

As our devices become more immersive, we find ourselves in an echo-chamber. Our own biases are fed to us through algorithms of likes, memes, tweets, and news stories. Instead of human connection, we bath ourselves in dopamine that never feels warm enough. Rather than the depths of our humanity, we give our attention to the litany of messages that never answer our inmost questions. This "curtain" of 32,000 pieces of yarn thrusts the viewer back into the physical world. The mirage of multi-tasking is shattered. The hand-dyed color gradation asks the viewer to let in the richness of human connection, to let stillness fall before us. The viewer's search for identifiable images or shapes is the interior search for presence.


Since graduating from Kansas City Art Institute with a B.F.A. in Textiles, Debbie Barrett-Jones has exhibited her work throughout the United States. Along with weaving large-scale pieces for homes, businesses, and sanctuaries; she also creates small, intimate pieces such as scarves and shawls. With each weaving, careful consideration goes into color, composition and material. Because color is such an inspiration, Debbie uses carefully calculated hand-dyes on all her fabrics.

Barrett-Jones has her work installed throughout the Kansas City area, including such locations as; Children's Mercy Hospital in North Kansas City, Truman Medical Center, Community Christian Church and now, Lead Bank in the Crossroads. She weaves her textiles from her art studio at home and her new studio/retail space located at 633 E. 63rd, in Brookside Kansas City.

Saturday, November 5 th
3 pm - 5 pm

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Purchase a raffle ticket for only $5.00  inside the LVAC gift shop  or online
  for your chance to win this hand-dyed, handwoven scarf made from the threads of her installation.

Giveaway runs 10/24 - 11/26

KCAI Undergrads Underground


Baron Mattern
Kylie McConnell
Julia Monte

November 4 - November 26, 2016
Lower Level Gallery

Baron Mattern
Kylie McConnell
Julia Monte