Kansas City Artist Michael Toombs Spearheads New Brown v. Board of Education Mural in Topeka
Housed in the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the nation’s public-school system. Now, a dynamic new mural across the street from the school brings a new generation’s perspective on the decision, which found that school segregation violated the 14th Amendment guaranteeing equal protection of the laws.
In 2016, a group of Black artists calling themselves the African American Artists Collective began meeting in Kansas City with the goal of supporting KC’s African American and Black artists on the local, regional and national levels.
Marilyn Carbonell, the popular and personable head of Library Services at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Spencer Art Reference Library, is leaving the post she began in 2006 to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
Emerging Artists in the Spotlight – Glyneisha Johnson: Collage as Metaphor
Artist Glyneisha Johnson, a May 2017 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, has received several honors in very short order. In September 2017 she landed a studio residency from the Charlotte Street Foundation, and in January 2018 she had a solo exhibition at The Writers Place, where seven poets created works in response to her collages. Bruce Hartman, executive director of the Nerman Museum, purchased one of the collages from the show for the museum collection.
On the heels of an exhibit of small collages at Haw Contemporary last November, Kansas City artist Armin Mühsam is poised to open a solo museum show. “Armin Mühsam: Archipeinture” opens March 23 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph. The exhibit, of small sculptures and paintings on paper populated by geometric motifs, was organized by the museum’s executive director, Brett Knappe.