Misha Kligman · Jonathan Knight

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host a visiting artists presentation on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium, with guest artists Misha Kligman and Jonathan Knight. The JCCC faculty moderators are Mark Cowardin, Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, and Andrew Schell, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Fine Arts. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.


Third Thursday Visiting Artists

Misha Kligman

Misha Kligman
Misha Kligman

Misha Kligman states, “I’m interested in what it means for a painting to work. After the painting is done, I leave it for several weeks, coming back to it periodically to check whether it’s still alive. I like to think of paintings as having their own private lives, being somehow more than the sum of my abilities and intentions.”

Kligman is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at JCCC. He graduated with a BA in Art from the Cleveland State University in 2001 and MFA in Painting and Drawing from University of Kansas in 2009. In 2015 Kligman was awarded the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Visual Artists Fellowship. Additionally, he is a founding member of Plug Projects located in the West Bottoms, Kansas City.

Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight
Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight states, “Allegorically my paintings speak to the viewer, depicting and telling stories of life, spirituality and man’s existence. Mediums such as watercolor, oils, graphite and pastel help one to negotiate the mysterious and fragile, often fleeting, comprehension of the spiritual qualities that an artist finds in a figure, a flower and a landscape all vying for attention!”

Knight’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Missouri; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions nationally. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Visual Communications.

Kligman and Knight both have works on view in the Museum's current exhibition, Foresight/Insight · Reflecting on the Museum’s Collection.

The next Third Thursday program will be Nov. 21.

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.