Kansas City Artists Coalition

Past Artists

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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.


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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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.”

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974, has twice been awarded the Young Writer’s Award–Palestine by the A.M. Qattan Foundation, for her novels Masaas (Touching, al-Adab: 2002), translated into French as Reflets sur un mur blanc (Actes-sud: 2004) and Italian as Sensi (Argo: 2007), and Kulluna Ba’eed Bethat al Miqdar ‘an al Hub (We are All Equally Far from Love, al-Adab 2004), both forthcoming from Clockroot.

She has published short stories and essays in such literary magazines as Ramallah’s Al-Karmel, the Beirut literary periodicals Al-Adaab and Zawaya, and Alexandria’s Amkenah, among others. Many of these pieces have been translated into French, German, Italian, Hebrew, Korean, and English. English translations of her work have appeared or are forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, and Banipal.

Her play The Error has been staged at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London, and as part of the New Works festival at the New World Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Shibli is currently finishing her Ph.D. in media and cultural studies at the University of East London, and works as a lecturer at the University of Nottingham’s School of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies.

Ilona Romule is world renowned for her unique, distinctive, contemporary slip cast porcelain objects. Her residency in Kansas City is a collaboration with Red Star Studios and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

Ilona Romule is a studio artist from Riga, Latvia. She was granted her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 2003 from the Latvian Art Academy. Ilona has received international recognition with her slip cast porcelain figures and is reknowned for her use of semi-erotic imagery both in the form of her fine porcelain pieces and also in the surface decoration. She uses a variety of onglaze enamel.

Alicia Candiani was the first international artist to participate in the Kansas City International Artists Residency Program at the Artists Coalition. Candiani is a visual artist and independent scholar who was born and still resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She graduated from the National University of Cordoba, where she taught and led the Printmaking and Art History Department for 15 years. Candiani is also the founder and director of Proyecto’ace, an international art center focused on printmaking. She has lectured widely about new forms of media and digital media in the printmaking world, and her articles have been published nationally and internationally. Candiani has been selected by the Argentine National Academy of Fine Arts as one of ten best printmakers in her country.