October Arts Events

October Arts Events

Friday, October 12

The Drop-In/Pop-Up Waiting Room Project at Spencer Art Museum

Shows through October 27th

University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi,
Lawrence KS

“Waiting is generally a passive experience. We are not in control — we are asked to follow specific formalities and procedures as we agonize over the time spent or wasted. We obsess on whose turn is next. In the medical waiting room this sense of powerlessness can be compounded by anxiety over the implications of examination and treatment. The Drop-In/Pop-Up Waiting Room Project and M-PACT (Medical Policy Access & Care Triage) Interface turns this dynamic upside down. This mobile art project seeks to exchange ideas and explore the complexities, incongruities, and possibilities of public healthcare policies, access, medical research, and public opinion. The core question is, What are you waiting for? Part of the project will be on view at the Spencer Museum of Art at all times. The other part of the project — the pop-up waiting room and interactive station — will visit various locations in the community and region, from bank lobbies and medical facilities to community centers. Anyone who happens on the pop-up waiting room can sit in a chair, listen to stories and interviews, and express his or her thoughts on the state of healthcare in this election year.”


“Ecstasy and Dreams” by Julie Farstad at The Studios Inc Exhibition Space

Shows through October 26th

1708 Campbell Street,
Kansas City MO

“The Studios Inc is pleased to present “Ecstasy and Dreams”, by Julie Farstad, an exhibition that includes new oil and fabric paintings, as well as soft sculpture. Farstad uses children’s toys, art history, and landscape references to create images that are about identity development, rites of passage, and her own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”


Kansas City Artists Coalition October Showing at KCAC


201 Wyandotte Street,
Kansas City MO

“Please join us Friday, October 12, 2012 from 6pm – 8:30pm for the opening of our October Exhibition. Mallin Gallery: Saul Becker Charno Gallery: Shane Evans Underground Gallery: Cecelia Condit Artists Talks Begin at 6pm Reception to Follow 6:30pm – 8:30pm”


‘Artists Fight Back: A Response to the War on Women’ at the Vala Gallery


5815 Johnson Dr,
Mission KS

“Through the centuries, some of the most significant art created has been in response to social injustice. Our country is at a crossroads regarding attempts to diminish the right and power of women to control their own bodies and lives. This is our opportunity to respond; to make our voice heard; to have our vision of tomorrow experienced by others. The Response to the War On Women is not necessarily an angry one, nor does it have to be pretty. It is an open response–open to every artist who has something to say about Contemporary Issues or the Life of Women. This important show features area artists responding to issues that affect all our lives today. Juried by Jean Howard. Jean has been a commercial and fine artist for over fifty years. Her work has been shown in a number of exhibits in the greater Kansas City area. She taught art at Johnson County Community College from 1970 to 1990. Her full biography as well as examples of her work may be viewed on her website at http://www.jeanhoward1.com VALA Gallery assists and inspires regional artists in stages of life transition through interdisciplinary, multi-generational programs designed to foster creative development through the exchange of ideas, skill-sharing and mentorship. We are an organization serving artists and art patrons in the entire Kansas City Metropolitan area. The opening showcases visual art, poetry, published literary work and music performed by male and female area artists commenting on a variety of contemporary Women’s Issues from abortion to abuse. Live performances by: Alan White, Carolyn Barber, Dawn Downey, Jeanne Jasperse, Kathryn Lorenzen and Mary McFarlane Espinosa Visual Art By: R. Scott Anderson,Carolyn Barber,Debra Brechbiel,Adam Brown,Maura Conry,Eric Dresser, Mary McFarlane Espinosa,Stephanie Gray,Jenny Hahn,Gloria Hawkins, Pamela Hawkins,Ronald D. Hicks,Teak Kelley,Laura Kuchynka, Sweet Louise, Valerie Lynch,Holly Miller,Elaine Mills,Maryellen Munger, Nano Nore,Robert Quackenbush,Carlyle Raine, Jody Shannon, John Tegeler, Penny Thieme, Mary Wilkens Artists are collecting used cellphones for SafeHome through the closing November 3rd, 10-2. Photos of Sweet Louise performance by Thomas Cray, Sorrow On A Red Box by Robert Quackenbush and The Gate Keeper by Penny Thieme.”


Electromediascope at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


Free; tickets required

“Visiting artist, Joan Grossman, will present and discuss her work Drop City. This film tells a story of whimsical innovation and the drive to create a new community on the scrapheap of a wasteful society.”

Sunday, October 14

KCXX October Showcase: 10 Artists, 10 Acts, 1 Night at the Pop-Up Art Gallery

2100 Grand Blvd.



5:00 Lost Girls
5:45 HMPH
6:30 Troupe Duende (belly dancing)

7:15 Wick and the Tricks
8:00 American Dischord
8:45 The Electric Lungs
9:30 The Cave Girls
10:15 Radkey
11:00 Appropriate Grammar
11:45 The Bad IdeasArtists

Alex Mooney
Rusty Durio
Val Castro
Ociel Ramos
Steven Proski
Amy DeSitter
Terri Wheeler
Sarah Brecko
Sasha Santillion
Jeanette Powers

$7 cover
All ages
kids get in free (up to 14 yrs)
Gallery opens @ 4pm
Bands start @ 5pm
1st floor


KCXX is a group formed to benefit and showcase Kansas City’s artists and musicians. We were self-established in May of 2012 and are currently hosting art and music showcases to help us reach our goal of becoming a not-for-profit (NFP) organization. Once established, we will award grants to Kansas City’s performers, musicians and artists of merit.

Revisiting ‘Ferment’ at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Atkins Auditorium

Free; Tickets Required
Join curator Jan Schall and Owen/Cox Dance Group for a behind-the-scenes look at the 2011 installation of Roxy Paine’s Ferment. Members of Owen/Cox will discuss and perform portions of their site-specific work A Tree that is a Tree is not a Tree, inspired by Ferment.

Wednesday, October 17

Lampworks Glass Demonstrations at Ugly Glass and Company

109 East Lexington Ave,
Independence MO
Ugly Glass & Company artist Skip Alexander will be demonstrating the art of Lampwork Glass on Wednesdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Skip Alexander is co-owner of Ugly Glass & Company and creates Ugly Glass in his studio located inside the store.

Thursday, October 18

RAW Artists Kansas City ‘Provocations’ at the Uptown Theater

$10 Advance / $15 at the Door
RAW:natural born artists Kansas City presents “Provocations” October 18th! Provocations is RAW Kansas City’s final regular event of the 2012 season. Featuring a variety of eclectic visual artists and photographers in a pop-up art gallery, a burlesque gore performance, live music and fashion, this October event is also doubling as a Halloween party! DJ Ashton Martin will be playing between sets! Come on out and support this incredible lineup of artists by purchasing a ticket in an artists name! Tickets at: http://www.RAWartists.org/kansascity/provocations 21+ | 8 pm | Cocktail Attire OR Costume!!
RAW:natural born artists is a nationwide arts organization that exists to provide a platform for local, independent and emerging artists to network and connect and gain more exposure. RAW hosts monthly art showcase events in more than 50 major cities across the US, and in Australia. To be considered for your own showcase, submit work to http://www.RAWartists.org/register

Tuesday, October 23

Her Art Project: Networking Reception at The Drop

409 E 31st St.,
Kansas City MO
Join local artists and arts advocates for networking and conversations about supporting women in the arts in Kansas City. Presented by UMKC Women’s Center, ArtistINC, BkMk Press, New Letters, UMKC Department of Communication Studies, and UMKC Department of English


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