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The Job: Peggy Van Witt

The Van Witt Fine Art Conservation studio is a high-ceilinged, light-filled, airy space in downtown Overland Park. Salon-sized canvases hang high on the walls, with smaller paintings displayed below both

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Editor’s Letter, September/October 2017

The culture scene is jumping in Kansas City this fall, as reflected in this issue’s previews and reviews of what’s up in classical music, theater, the visual arts and more. The season also marks an important literary event: the publication of veteran KC writer and editor Steve Paul’s “Hemingway at Eighteen: The Pivotal Year That […]

Editor’s Letter, July/August 2017

The Kansas City art world suffered a big loss this spring with the passing of Tom Deatherage, longtime owner of The Late Show gallery, which he founded in Hyde Park and later moved to the East Crossroads. Like its owner, The Late Show was a quirky, wonderful space, which specialized in emerging artists, but also […]

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Editor’s Letter, May/June 2017

Against the backdrop of police violence toward black men and a surge in racist sentiments, many of the nation’s cultural institutions are making a concerted effort to put black creative expression front and center. The trend is apparent in Kansas City, where exhibits such as the Kemper Museum’s “Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy” […]

Editor’s Letter, March/April 2017

The best way to ensure the future of a healthy arts scene is to invest in artists. Over the past 20 years Kansas City has radically expanded its support for area artists in the form of grants and residencies. The Charlotte Street Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has been an undisputed leader […]

Editor’s Letter, January/February 2017

Three days after the election, the Truman Library Institute issued a press release that characterized Donald Trump’s victory as “a political upset that stunned the world and rivaled Truman’s surprise defeat of Thomas Dewey in 1948.”  The release went on to announce the 10th annual Howard & Virginia Bennet Forum on the Presidency. The Nov. […]

Editor’s Letter, November/December 2016

“People like having a good time,” a recent KC Star editorial about Mayor Sly James’ planned Kansas City arts festival observed. True. But the mass media’s stress on the arts as entertainment, therapy, economic driver and decoration — on the increase with the elimination of so many critics and specialists — works to overshadow the […]

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