Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Holly Wilson

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host a Visiting Artists presentation on Thursday, March 28, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium. Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Holly Wilson will be our guest speakers. Both artists have work in the ‘Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly’ exhibition now on view at the Museum through June 2. Mark Cowardin (Chair and Professor, Fine Arts) and Misha Kligman (Assistant Professor, Fine Arts) will serve as JCCC faculty moderators. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.


Visiting Artists

Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Fidencio Fifield-Perez
Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Fidencio Fifield-Perez says, “When asked, ‘Where is home?’ I often reply, ‘Home is where the plants are.’ During the five years I held DACA, I traveled the country. Along the way I collected, was gifted, and sprouted plants. They are a map of relationships and my last five years living in and out of the Midwest. For this reason, none of my plants are able to be rooted to any land. My practice currently focuses on the authority given to paper objects over the people they document.” Fifield-Perez lives in Columbia, Missouri, and teaches at the University of Missouri School of Visual Arts. 

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson
Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson states, “Narrative is central to my work. I am interested in stories—the stories of my parents, my ancestors, my family, my community. I am a storyteller; through my work, I weave together the threads of these various narratives to create a tapestry that tells stories that are sacred and precious, personal and universal, powerful and at times volatile. Telling them brings to life things sometimes kept secret, hidden, and not permitted to be said because they challenge the status quo or reveal realities that neither side wants said.” Wilson is based in Mustang, Oklahoma. 

Both artists are included in the current exhibition Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly.

The next Third Thursday program will be April 18 with guest curator Risa Puleo. 

Third Thursday programs are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ARTSKC Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.