Author: David Frese
KC FilmFest Winner is Haunted By Absence
Sometimes art comes from tough choices. Take Brian Rose’s documentary, “When I Last Saw Jesse.” The film, which won best Heartland Feature Documentary at this spring’s Kansas City FilmFest International, is a haunting look at the 2006 disappearance of UMKC student Jesse Ross.
Nelson-Atkins to Fill Six Lead and Assistant Curatorial Posts
This is shaping up to be a huge year for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one that will determine the future of the institution for decades to come. A three-year plan to restructure the museum’s employee benefits programs led to nearly two dozen retirements and early retirements in recent months.
Ben Wills: Restoring the Humanity of Prisoners
You could almost call it art by accident. Ben Wills and a friend were tossing a paper airplane back and forth in their Atlanta studio. The plane had been constructed by a man in prison. It was sturdy. It flew straight and true. Wills and his friend had been playing catch with the construction for several days in a row.
Battling Stereotypes in a Divided America
If you’re from rural America it can be easy to lose yourself in the city. But when rural Kansas-raised filmmaker Emily Railsback came to Kansas City, she found something. Earlier this year, Railsback released “Our Blood is Wine,” a documentary about ancient wine-making in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
Room for All
A batch of kittens found their way into the Lawrence Arts Center this fall, and Ben Ahlvers wasn’t sure what to think about it. Ahlvers is exhibitions program director at Lawrence Arts Center. The kittens were an added feature to “Affectionate Indifference,” a recent group show of artists celebrating our feline companions.
Artist to Watch: Baldemar Rivas
One world might not be big enough for Baldemar Rivas. He’s a Kansas City transplant with California roots. The son of immigrants, he celebrates his Mexican heritage but doesn’t want to be known for it. And his art . . . he’s not tethering it to one realm or another, either.