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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art


Mission Statement
Founded in 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents modern and contemporary art of the highest quality and significance. It collects, preserves, documents, interprets, and exhibits a growing permanent collection; develops and presents special exhibitions; and offers a variety of educational programs. Admission is always free and the Museum serves a diverse and inclusive public population.


The primary objectives of the Museum are to stimulate dialogue, to foster understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art, and to present significant works of art as educational resources. In shaping its permanent collection it strives to reflect the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns within modern and contemporary art. In selecting its exhibitions it strives to represent national and international aesthetic and cultural diversity. In its educational programs (which include lectures, workshops with visiting artists, tours, family days, demonstrations, and performances in a variety of media) it strives to provide opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

The Museum’s audience consists of the public and students of the greater Kansas City area and region, visitors to the area, national and international communities of scholars and art-interested persons, families, children, and those with special needs. In all of these efforts the Museum, its Trustees, and its staff seek to achieve a high standard of scholarship and excellence in keeping with the most current standards of the Museum profession.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Thursday | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday | 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

Upcoming Events

June 2017

Women to Watch | METALS

June 16, 2017 - January 28, 2018

The Women to Watch exhibition series features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which NMWA has outreach committees. From the ornamental to the functional, this year’s exhibition explores metal as a medium. Juried and curated by Kemper Museum Executive Director Barbara O’Brien. Women to Watch | METALS features the following artists: Cheryl Eve Acosta Debbie Barrett-Jones Angelica Sandoval Jessica Thompson-Lee Desiree Warren   Exhibition Opening with Artists Friday, June 16 5:00–7:00 p.m. exhibition opening and cash bar, 6:00 p.m.…

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October 2017


October 5, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is honored to be the only Midwest venue to host The Outwin: American Portraiture Today, an exhibition on view at Kemper Museum October 5, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Every three years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery invites artists across America to investigate the art of portraiture through the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Established in 2006, it is the premier national competition celebrating excellence and innovation in portraiture. Jurors of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition…

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