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KCAC Promotes Visual Arts and Supports their Professional Growth

Summer Brooks, “Locks” (photo by Summer Brooks)

The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC) is a charitable nonprofit organization that promotes visual arts awareness in Kansas City and the surrounding region and supports the professional growth of artists. The Artists Coalition was created to increase awareness of local and regional contemporary art and support artists. To enhance the viability of Kansas City as an art destination and a place for artists to live/work. For 45 years KCAC has been vigilant in pursuing this mission.

KCAC supports artists and arts understanding through our Exhibitions Series, artist talks, publications, 20 Artist Studios, and Work of Art professional development workshops.

KCAC presents an outstanding and varied program of visual arts, through the Exhibitions Series, which showcases artists at all stages in their careers. The Artists Coalitions programs include panel discussions, lectures, gallery talks, the KCAC website and our robust social media accounts.

Since 1975, KCAC has presented over 662 exhibitions showing over 6396 artists with an estimated attendance of over a half a million guests. We provide an accessible venue for viewers and work diligently to provide exhibition opportunities for local and regional artists.

The Kansas City Artists Coalitions’ exhibitions and programming explore the diversity of expression that shapes contemporary culture, art and ideas. KCAC is a space for innovative and experimental art, which does not readily lend itself to commercial venues. We aggressively support and embrace local and regional artists’ work. The KCAC staff and board work tirelessly to meet artists at every level in their career through our exhibition spaces and educational programming. 

Ribbon Cutting for 10 new Artist Studios which opened in November 2021 (photo by Estuardo Garcia)

EXHIBITION CALENDAR FOR 2022

  • June 3 – 24, 2022: Rodrigo Carazas & Eager Zhang & Kylie McConnell
  • July 8 – 29, 2022: Carolina Cuevas & Summer Brooks
  • August 5 – 26, 2022: Adam Crowley & Elizabeth Moore
  • September 2 – 30, 2022: Adam Finkelston & Steph Kates
  • October 7 – 28, 2022: Nina Staehli
  • November 4 – 25, 2022: Art for All | A KCAC Members Exhibition & Studio Showcase | A KCAC Studio Tenant Exhibition
  • December 2, 2022 – January 6, 2023: Kwanza Humphrey & Wolfe Brack

Programming throughout the year works to arm artists with the tools needed to achieve success in business. Through the Work of Art program, we bring in professionals to present on various topics that are necessary in building a successful foundation for artists to succeed in their careers. Additionally, KCAC hosts Coffee Talks every Second Saturday to help artists learn about important current issues they are facing and encourage networking with fellow artists.

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KC Studio covers the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts, and the artists, organizations and patrons that make Kansas City a vibrant center for arts and culture.

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