Bo Hubbard · Matthew Willie Garcia

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host a visiting artists presentation on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium, with guest artists Bo Hubbard and Matthew Willie Garcia. The JCCC faculty moderators are Ruben Castillo, Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts, and Allison Smith, Professor and Chair, Art History. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.


Third Thursday Visiting Artists

Bo Hubbard

Bo Hubbard
Bo Hubbard

Kansas City-based artist and organizer Bo Hubbard says of his recent textile works, “In the tufted work, I have been exploring biomorphic imagery from a combination of microscopic and aerial viewpoints. I am interested in the connotation of rugs and the distortion between functionality, decoration and conceptually activated imagery. I want the rugs to be unknown yet familiar, constructed yet playful, to find a place in memory that is not immediately attainable."

Hubbard is currently a first-year resident at the Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) and a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Painting Department. He is currently the Art Director for the Art in the Loop Foundation and a co-founder of Alter Art Space, a queer artist collective that provides multidisciplinary opportunities within a DIY nightlife atmosphere.

Matthew Willie Garcia

Matthew Willie Garcia
Matthew Willie Garcia

Matthew Willie Garcia comments, “‘Quantum States and Queer Realities’ is a series of works that explores the ideas of queer quantum mechanics - what it means to have a multifaceted and multidimensional existence. Actively discovering dimensions where intersectionality meets science, where science fiction meets queer theory, where all dimensions collapse in and outside of time, an ever-changing fluid reality that distorts and simultaneously queers space-time!”

Garcia was born and raised in Tulare, California. He received a BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an MFA candidate in Printmaking at the University of Kansas. Garcia describes himself as “a queer interdimensional explorer, [who] often finds himself thinking about Lisa Frank, Star Trek Voyager, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and the curvature of space-time.”

Both artists will have works on view in the exhibition queer abstraction, which opens 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.