Kansas City Artists Coalition



The mission of the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition is to bring artists from around the world together in order to build friendships and improve intercultural understanding.

2013 Artists in Residence

Support has been provided by Mallin/Gibson Family Properties, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the ArtsKC Fund, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and  by the Artists Coalition’s patrons and members.


Zehra Cobanli (Turkey)

Artist in Residence October 20 – November 14, 2013

Lecture in the KCAC Project Room on November 6, 6-8 pm.

Lecture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on November 9th, at 1:30 pm.

Open Studio on November 10th, 1-4 pm.

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Cobanli’s blue series evolves from traditional Turkish ceramics, where she is a master of the use of colored slips and slip decoration techniques.

“My mother’s blue era works celebrates the Ottoman Empire’s 700th birthday and carries the traditional Tugra art to the ceramics. Also an interesting property of this era works is that the blue color on ceramics does not come from the paint but it is inherent in the clay, the blue clay. In this era she has a lot of box forms and their interpretations, also some of the works are special for bringing together silver and clay.”

Zehra Cobanli teaches at the Anadolu University for the Ceramics Department in Turkey.  She has exhibited nationally throughout Turkey, as well as internationally in New Zealand, England, Japan, and United States. Her “Tulips” installation traveled to the Kansas City Artist’s Coalition in August, as a part of her blue series.

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Michel Delacroix (France) 

Artist in Residence October 17 – November 14, 2013

Lecture in the KCAC Project Room on November 6th,  6-8 pm.

Open Studio on November 10th, 1-4 pm.

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<<Chez-Robert>> is an experimental gallery space with very specific dimensions, for which the artist develops specific proposals. The exhibitions are photographed from several angles. The photographs are then visible on the website www.chez-robert.com, with some explanations: author, technical, critical texts …

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<<Chez-Robert>> invents new possibilities, creates a zone for exchanges, allows to make projects out of any material, plays with the art market. It is the gesture of an artist, thinking about production, creation and exhibition.

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is a real place for experimentation, debate and dialogue. Initially, the project is published on the internet, nevertheless it is a real exposure space. Paradoxically, chez-robert.com is really at the opposite of a virtual space and uses the Internet as a means and not as an end.

Continuing his project from France, Delacroix hopes to observe the museum collections in Kansas City to further his process.

Delacroix’s most recent projects have been a creative work called “Cynthia” with fellow artist Patrice Ferrasse, exploring people whose only common feature is the first name Cynthia, an artist residency in a hospital, and <<Chez-Robert>>, concept an art direction of an experimental art center.

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Merce Tiana and Carmen Riu de Martin (Spain) – August 12 – September 10, 2013

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Merce Tiana and Carmen Riu look forward to collaborating for the first time here in Kansas City, and working with other colleagues in-residence to share their ideas with.  They are looking to develop a project “related to a ‘mural’ full of ideas and drawings, with the basic things that have attracted us.” Though this will be a shared project, the final result will be a show together with their own personal works.

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Fatima Abu Roomi (Israel) – July 5-August 1, 2013

Fatima lectured at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on July 20, 2013


Abu Rumi was born in Tamra, located in the western Galilee, in 1977. She started her artistic path with sketching and painting classes and then found a job as an assistant in a sculpting studio. In 1998, Abu Rumi graduated from Mar-Elias College, located in I’bilin and continued her studies at Oranim-Academic College of Education.

The tragic condition of Arab women is the central issue in Fatma Abu Rumi’s visual works. Though many of the portraits are self-portraits,  Abu Rumi is not talking about herself but about all of the Arab women.

She expresses her resistance to the oppression and social immobility, and remonstrates against the conventions that prevent women from speaking or acting without the permission of their guardian, lord, husband, or family elder.

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Bai Ming (China) – July 2013

Bai Ming spoke at KCAC Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Bai Ming was born in Yugan County, Jiangxi Province, Baiming 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.

“As for the life style and artistic style expressed in “form and process”, it is my understanding that different details be found out on the relatively perfect exterior surface to bring out an aesthetic preference and character in the form of its entirety. Just like the Chinese characters, the different structures composed of different strokes embody quite different meanings. It is also the same to the human faces which are completely different from each other though they seem identical. 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 such materials reapers to my yearning for the “Classic spirit” in my heart.”

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GOALS – To provide artists with a supportive environment, time, and a large studio space to create art that others in the Kansas City community will be able to view and/or learn from; to enrich the resident artists’ experiences by encouraging travel and the importance of intercultural connections; to promote the value of exchanging ideas among art-producing peers.

CRITERIA – The program seeks applications from dedicated artists who create visual artwork (of any medium) of exceptional quality, and whose work and career are at a level to benefit from an international exchange with peers. The program is especially geared toward artists from abroad who have never before worked in the United States. This program will provide time and space for at least four weeks of residency (and up to three months of residency).

ELIGIBILITY – International visual artists will receive priority for the residency. USA based artists seeking a period of residency are also welcome to apply. Artists must be able to communicate in English.

ACCOMMODATIONS – Maximum 4 artists. Each resident will have a private room. There are two shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room and a shared studio*.

1) Private Single Room (approx 100 sf) – $900 per month
– shared studio/kitchen/living room
– one month contract (30 days) additional days at $40 per day.

2) Private Double Room (approx 265 sf) – $1,200 per month
– shared studio/kitchen/living room
– one month contract (30 days) additional days at $50 per day.

* The shared studio is approx 900 sf with north windows and access to outdoor patio.

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