Although he moved to St. Louis after earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2015, ceramic artist Kahlil Irving continues to be a fixture of the Kansas City art scene, with appearances in the Kansas City Art Institute Crossroads Gallery’s “Chromophilia | Chromophobia” exhibit in 2016, and the Nerman […]
To listen to Gerald Trimble on viola da gamba is to whirl through the centuries, a cascade of cultures, countries and influences coalescing into a unique sound with ancient roots. Trimble is a wizard, weaving spells on the knee fiddle. Or perhaps an alchemist, mixing the improvisatory styles of Celtic, Turkish and Indian traditions with 17th-century English baroque and American jazz.
Jazz and Kansas City have a long and cherished history together — from the legendary artistry of saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Mary Lou Williams and bandleaders Count Basie and Jay McShann to the contributions of guitarist Pat Metheny and singers Kevin Mahogany and Karrin Allyson. The music has traveled around the world, bringing to folks […]
Against the backdrop of Kauffman Legacy Park, Kansas City artist Maria Ogedengbe has created Missouri GOURDen, a magical community garden at 48th and Troost, in which she shares the simple beauty and creative potential of gourds. A collaboration between Ogedengbe and Kansas City Community Gardens, this interactive space dedicated to gardening, education, music, performance and […]
Tom Toro is a cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Audubon, among others. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he now lives in KCMO with his wife, Marissa Wolf, a theatre artist who is the Director of New Works at KC Rep.
For Kansas artist and firebrand M.T. Liggett, fire was his brand. Over a period of 30 years, the self-taught Kansas artist wrought fire, by means of an arc welder, into sizzlingly provocative metal sculptures. Using scrap and repurposed metal, including farm implement parts, road signs and railroad equipment, Liggett created more than 300 larger-than-life-size silhouettes, which he installed on 20-foot poles along the fence lines of his Mullinville, Kansas, farm.