Alice Thorson Appointed Editor of KC Studio

Photo by Mark Berndt
Photo by Mark Berndt

March 13, 2015 — KC Studio is pleased to announce the appointment of Alice Thorson as the bi-monthly publication’s new editor.

Thorson comes to KC Studio following 23 years as the art critic for the Kansas City Star and prior publication experience as managing editor of the non-profit New Art Examiner in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Thorson will lead KC Studio’s push to bring depth, focus and a heightened level of expertise to its editorial coverage of Kansas City’s cultural organizations and the talented artists they present.

“Thorson’s involvement can take this important project to the next level,” said Guy Townsend, president of Townsend Communications, Inc., and publisher of KC Studio. “I am very impressed by her energy, enthusiasm and professionalism.”

With the January/February 2015 issue, KC Studio unveiled a total magazine redesign, led by creative director Carrie Brophy in collaboration with Mark Berndt, who recently signed on as the publication’s photographer.

Berndt is an established fine art and commercial photographer who teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute. Brophy was formerly art director at SPACES and graphic designer for Brides Magazine at Condé Nast.

The fourth member of the team is Heidi Nast, KC Studio’s co-founder with Guy Townsend. Nast oversees all aspects of the magazine’s day to day operations, including relations with underwriters and its Arts Consortium support group.

About KC Studio
KC Studio magazine launched in May 2008 and is published six times a year, anchored in the arts and culture of Kansas City. KC Studio covers the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts, and the artists, organizations and patrons that make Kansas City a vibrant center for arts and culture.  Great cities possess a strong arts and cultural scene, and support of the arts is an essential part of a city’s success and community growth. The best way to further stimulate audience development begins with making people aware of the many wonderful art and cultural opportunities available. That is an essential part of KC Studio‘s mission, and we strive to fulfill it in a lively, engaging way that gets people excited and involved as users and patrons of the arts.

Thorson’s Background
Thorson earned a master’s degree in art history at Northern Illinois University. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Chicago, spending two years in the art history Ph.D. program on a full tuition fellowship. She has taught courses in art history and contemporary art at the University of Illinois, Chicago; the Corcoran School of Art and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and contributed articles and reviews to Art News, Art in America, the Washington City Paper and the Washington Times, where she was a gallery columnist.

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KC Studio covers the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts, and the artists, organizations and patrons that make Kansas City a vibrant center for arts and culture.

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  • Reply Ke-Sook Lee

    Congrats to Alice and KC Studio!!
    I did not know Alice. I came to US in 1996 to Baltimore MD. I have been lived in KC 1971-2013. During my life in KC, on one day,, I read an article through KC Star, that woke me up. Some one could speak out honestly, courageously with such passion about KC art. It was like the cloud is clearing, and sun was rising for the very first time!
    Since then I have seen how KC Art world has been changed. It was like sleeping beauty has awakened and blossomed. I feel very fortunate to be there, as an artist and grow to be part of the KC art world’s glorious history. I am very much looking forward to reading KC Studio.

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