Kansas City Artists Coalition


Upcoming Events
*Check the homepage sidebar for more events.

KCVLAA Lecture Series


KCAC is pleased to announce that we will be continuing to work in conjunction with The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA) to present a series of workshops. KCVLAA is also offering reduced prices to KCAC members on fees for workshops and KCVLAA membership.

All KCAC members have two options:

  • KCAC members are welcome to join the KCVLAA as members at half price, just click on the following link: http://www.kcvlaa.org/join. Memberships for individual artists are normally $50 per calendar year, but KCAC members may join for $25. A membership entitles the member to free admission to all workshops and also one free application for services per year. To take advantage of a half price membership, KCAC members will need to go to the previously listed web address and fill in the Individual Membership Form. Be sure to list KCAC as the Organization and check the box for Affiliate Membership.
  • If you do not want to join the KCVLAA, all KCAC members are able to attend KCVLAA programming held at the Artists Coalition for a reduced workshop fee of $10. This fee applies regardless if the KCAC member pre-registers on-line or registers at the door.

For more information on KCVLAA membership and upcoming workshops contact the KCVLAA at 816-974-8522 or email them at info@kcvlaa.org.


  • April 17, 2014 – What Everyone Should Know About Copyrights
  • May 8, 2014 – Contracts, Consignments & Licensing



KCAC Auction 2014 Logo blue





YouTube link to the KCAC Art Auction slideshow. All works are included with artist names, medium and size. Slideshow is about 22 minutes.

YouTube link to the KCAC Art Auction BUYOUT slideshow.



Bai Ming featured artist:

Bai Ming is the featured artist of the KCAC 31st Annual Art Auction. “Four Seasons” will be auctioned by a sealed-bid process. Painted in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition in July 2013, the work is valued at $20,000 in the Chinese market and is offered at a special price of $6,500 for the US market. Bai Ming donated these tiles to support the International Residency program at KCAC.

Bai Ming has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Torrance Art Museum. Numerous works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘Life Goes On-New Plum Vase’ sold at Hosane ‘Spring Auction 2012 – Contemporary Art’ in 2012 for $44,805.

“I must say, I really had a good time here in Kansas City. The time left a deep impression on us. Because of your perfect arrangements, we feel comfortable and enjoyable and also satisfied with the work and life here. Also, I got some inspiration here, which enabled me to create some works of art. It’s perfect.”

“Just like the Chinese characters, the different structures composed of different strokes embody quite different meanings. The different details represent colors and varieties in the life. The life is both a process and a form and the art is a process more than a form. The form and process may be regarded as both a way to create an elegant life and realm of spirit and a material requisite for our common life.

I like the language of ceramics: gentle, elegant, implicit, highly privileged and peaceful. It has an inherent air of refinement and tranquility. In my opinion, all of these qualities are the very reflections of the features of the Chinese culture. As a matter of fact, my fascination with them reveals my yearning for the “Classic spirit” in my heart.”

Bai Ming was born in Yugan County, Jiangxi Province, Bai Ming is a lecturer at the College of Fine Art of Tsinghua University. He is also a member of China Artists Association (CAA), a member of China Oil Painting Society (COPS) and a member of International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) of NESCO. He is the art majordomo of China Ceramic Art Net www.artcn.net. In addition, he also serves as guest editor of Jiangxi Fine Arts.

— Bai Ming, Artist in Residence, Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, Four Seasons, July 2013

SEALED BID ITEM — “Four Seasons” by Bai Ming, Chinese ceramic artist. These panels were created in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, July 2013. Available through sealed bid. Bids are due for this piece by Saturday, February 15, 2014 by 7:45 p.m.

2014 Sealed Bid Form for Bai Ming Tiles


Mayor-Sly-James-Head-Shot-webMayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. and Licia Clifton-James, Honorary Chairs

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is pleased to announce Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James, Jr. and his wife Licia Clifton-James as the Honorary Chairs for the KCAC 31st Annual Benefit Art Auction to be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is honoring Mayor and Mrs. James because of their dedicated encouragement for the arts. Janet Simpson, Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition, commented, “KCAC is proud to support the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts, and we feel that our KCAC programs, particularly our International Residency, play a vital role in taking Kansas City and our vibrant arts community to the next level.”

Mayor James remarked, “Licia and I are delighted to be the Honorary Chairs of the 2014 KCAC Art Auction. As KCAC approaches its 40th anniversary in 2015, it continues to play a leadership role in collaborating with other KC art institutions to establish Kansas City as a global arts powerhouse.”

The Kansas City Artists Coalition (KCAC), an artist-centered, artist-run alternative space, presents a variety of contemporary visual art exhibitions in its Mallin Gallery, Jacqueline B. Charno Gallery and the Underground. KCAC also offers opportunities for non-U.S. artists to visit and work in Kansas City through the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition. The mission of the Residency is to bring artists from around the world together in order to build friendships and improve intercultural understanding. The Artists Coalition was created to change the lives of Kansas City visual artists and to promote visual arts awareness and artistic culture in Kansas City and the surrounding region.



31st Annual Benefit Art Auction

February 15, 2014

On Saturday, February 15, the Kansas City Artists Coalition is hosting the 31st Annual Benefit Art Auction.

Collectors, art enthusiasts, and friends of the Artists Coalition know it’s the best place to buy art from up-and-coming and established Kansas City artists. The quality and quantity of the art makes it one of the not-to-be-missed art events of the year.

Download the 2014 Announcement!


SWEET HEART RECEPTION — Wednesday, February 12, 7-9pm

The Sweet Art Reception honors our contributing artists and patrons. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet the artists, preview the artwork, make bids or even buy out pieces. Refreshments will be served.
Open to the public. Come celebrate with us!
Tickets are $12.50 at the door. Bring this announcement with you to the reception and attend as our guest.

AUCTION — February 15. Doors open at 6pm, Tickets $25 each.

Appetizers will be served from 6-8 p.m. Beverages will be served all evening.

Auction regulars will tell you to come early, dress casually and in layers (as the bidding gets hot so does the room). Be ready for a great time!

The Silent Auction — Bidding begins when the artworks go on preview January 29 and continues through Saturday, February 15! Bidding closes incrementally beginning at 7:15 p.m. You can bid anytime during the Auction Preview up to and until the Silent Auction closes. So stake your claim early and be ready to up your bid Saturday evening!

Live Auction — Bidding begins at 8:15 p.m.

This is it! By now you have finished bidding on your Silent Auction selections and are ready to be a part of the fun and thrills of the Live Auction!


Pieces must stay on display through the Auction Preview.

ABSENTEE BID — Bidders may leave Absentee Bids for live auction items with the Artists Coalition staff. Bids must be submitted on KCAC Absentee Bid Forms. Payment must be made at the time the bid is registered. If the bid is not successful, payment will be refunded. In the event of duplicate bids, the bid submitted first will be honored. Absentee Bids may be placed through February 12 at 9 p.m.

BUY OUT — Auction patrons may “buy it now” by using the BUY OUT option. Bidding on an Auction piece is closed when a BUY OUT is made. The BUY OUT price is determined by KCAC and is listed for each artwork. A BUY OUT must be submitted to KCAC staff who will register it. Payment must be made at the time the BUY OUT is registered. BUY OUTS may be made January 29 through February 12 at 9 p.m.

SEALED BID ITEM — “Four Seasons” by Bai Ming, Chinese ceramic artist. These panels were created in the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition, July 2013. Available through sealed bid. Bids are due for this piece by Saturday, February 15, 2014 by 7:45 p.m.


GENERAL ADMISSION tickets may be purchased at the KCAC Gallery for $25.
Your ticket is your admission for the Live Auction and must be presented to receive a Bidder Number. Please sign up for your Bidder Number when you purchase your ticket.

SPECIAL RESERVE SEAT tickets may be purchased at the KCAC Gallery for $100.
A limited number of reserved seats – up front, where you can really follow the bidding are available for $100. Reserve seats must be purchased by Wednesday, February 12. The price of this special ticket is not refundable; however, the $100 may be applied toward the purchase of One Live Auction Artwork. Reserve Seat Ticket Holders must also purchase an Auction General Admission Ticket for $25.

BIDDER NUMBERS You must have a Bidder Number to bid. Bidder Numbers are available when you purchase your General Admission Ticket. Avoid lines on auction night, purchase your ticket and get your Bidder Number during the Auction Preview!

Kansas City Artists Coalition’s

31st Annual Benefit Art Auction

February 15, 2014

Jefferson Blair, Chairman

Mayor Sly James and Licia Clifton-James, Honorary Chairpersons

Colonel Wes E. Schlobohm, Official Auctions, Auctioneer

Proceeds benefit the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Kansas City Clay Guild. Call 816.421.5222 for tickets or information. All events will be held in the Kansas City Artists Coalition Galleries, 201 Wyandotte, Kansas City, Missouri 64105. V

Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, Missouri 64105

Thank you.



Public Hanging_Save the Date_Email

Public Hanging

Friday, November 15 from 6pm – 10pm.

There will be appetizers, beverages and music provided throughout the night. Invite your patrons, family and friends.

The more the merrier.

Public Hanging_Save the Date_Email

Fabrizio Acquafresca Lecture

Fabrizio-Vase-2012 FrabrizioAcquafresca-fabri_bracelets

Join us Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm for a meet and great along with a lecture on the works of world renown artist Fabrizio Acquafresca. Fabrizio Acquafresca is an artist and teacher of chasing and repoussé in Italy. His family has been in the industry of chasing and repoussé since the 14th century and the technique has been passed down from generation to generation. Acquafresca has been teaching professionally for 12 years, predominantly in Florence at both the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art and at Alchimia: Contemporary Jewelry School, but also around the world including in the United States, China, and Istanbul.

Acquafresca will be in Kansas City June 24 – 28, 2013 teaching a chasing and repoussé class at the studio of Genevieve Flynn.

The Kansas City Artists Coalition is pleased to announce:

Honorary Chairperson – Jacqueline Chanda, PH.D., President of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI)

Dr. Chanda became the 23rd president of KCAI in July 2011. Prior to her appointment to KCAI, she was the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence, France. “I am delighted to be honorary chair in this milestone 30th year of KCAC’s annual art auction,” Dr. Chanda said. “With its global outreach, administering grants for U.S. artists to visit residencies abroad, as well as its Kansas City-based international residency, which invites non-U.S. artists to visit and work in Kansas City, and its longstanding, excellent Exhibitions Series, KCAC and I share a common vision of Kansas City as a globally renowned creative crossroads.”




Featured Artist – Wilbur Niewald

Mr. Niewald is both a graduate of KCAI and taught there for more than 40 years before retiring in 1992 when he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Painting. His work is found in the collections of over 50 museums and corporations (for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The National Academy of Design in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Nerman Museum, Hallmark, Sprint and many others), as well as numerous private collections. In the early ‘70s, after a trip to Mexico, he had an epiphany. “I looked out of the window of my studio and said to myself—why not just paint what I see. I did – and this was one of the most exhilarating and liberating experiences of my life.” KCAC is privileged to be able to include this very special painting in its 2013 auctionAuction Pledge Form 2014-for web