A Dazzling Decade


A Dazzling Decade showcases a variety of works acquired over the past 10 years, along with numerous new, or previously not exhibited, acquisitions. The exhibition is expansive in its breadth of artistic expression - ranging from Dale Chihuly’s Persian Wall Installation, to Tom Haukaas’s Lakota Creation Narrative Shirt. Many of these works were generously funded by the H. Tony and Marti Oppenheimer Foundation or the Barton P. and Mary Davidson Cohen Art Acquisition Endowment at the JCCC Foundation. 2017 marks not only the 10th anniversary of the Nerman Museum but also the 25th anniversary of the Museum’s renowned Oppenheimer Collection.

Beadwork

Kiowa artist Teri Greeves was born in 1970 and graduated from the University of California in Santa Cruz, earning a BA in American Studies in 1995. From 1990-1993 she attended Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, California, and in 1988 she studied at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Born in 1950 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Rosebud Lakota artist Thomas “Red Owl” Haukaas is now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Tampa, Florida. Haukaas received an MD in Psychiatry in 1987 from Michigan State University.

Ceramics

Eddie Dominguez was born in 1957 and grew up in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and in 1981 he graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1983 he completed his MFA at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Dominguez is an associate professor of art at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Born in 1905 in Baxter Springs, Kansas, Waylande Gregory graduated from the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School in 1922. He moved to Chicago in 1924, and in 1932, Gregory became artist-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He died in 1971.

Born in 1949, Lois Gutierrez is the daughter of Petra Montoya Gutierrez (Pojoaque Pueblo) and Juan Isidro Gutierrez (Santa Clara Pueblo). Her husband, Derek de la Cruz, started working with her in 1970, and they build and paint their pottery separately, then jointly fire them.

Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1972, Hilary Harnischfeger was raised in Houston and is now based in New York and Granville, Ohio. In 2003 she graduated with an MFA from Columbia University, and in 2001 she received a BFA from the University of Houston. Her work was featured in the group exhibition Convene at the Nerman Museum with artists Jeffrey Gibson, Joel Otterson and Lisa Sanditz.

Now based in Omaha, Jun Kaneko was born in Japan in 1942. Kaneko studied in the 1960s at the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, and at the University of California, Berkeley, and received an MFA from the Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, in 1970.

Now based in Moab, Utah, Jemez Pueblo artist Reyes Madalena was born in the late 1930s and began her pottery training as a young child watching her mother and aunts, who learned from their mother, Benina Medina Madalena.

Malcolm Mobutu Smith was born in 1969. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1988 to 1990 then went on to earn his BFA from Penn State University  in 1994 and MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University  in 1996.

Born in 1951, Arlene Shechet received a BA from New York University and, in 1978, her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. In the summer of 2012 she participated in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition .SUM with William J. O’Brien and Matthias Merkel Hess.

In 1975 Lynn Smiser Bowers earned a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1972 she received a BS in Art Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and in 1971 she studied at the National University of Mexico, Mexico City.

Maria Margarita Tafoya, also named Corn Blossom, was an American Indian artist born in the Santa Clara Pueblo in 1904 and she died in 2001. Tafoya was the last of the matriarchs of the early 20th century pueblo potters. She learned her technical skills from her parents, Sara Fina Gutierrez Tafoya and Jose Geronimo Tafoya.

Toshiko Takaezu was born in 1922 in Pepeekeo, Hawaii, and died in 2011. She studied at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the University of Hawaii and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Irv Tepper was born in 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1969. In 1971, he earned a MFA at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Kansas City-based Joey Watson was born in 1991 and raised in Arizona. Watson graduated in 2014 from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in ceramics. He also studied at the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, as well as at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.

Painting

Now based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Scott Anderson was born in 1973 and grew up in Olathe, Kansas. He earned an MFA in 2001 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and in 1997, he received a BFA from Kansas State University. His solo exhibition Supper Club was featured in the Nerman Museum’s Kansas Focus Gallery in 2016.

Born in 1954 in Eureka, California, David Bradley was raised by an adoptive family in Minneapolis on the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Chippewa, Minnesota. He began his higher education at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated with a BFA in 1979 from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He also studied at the University of Arizona and the College of Santa Fe.

New York artist Leidy Churchman was born in 1979 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1998, and his MFA from Columbia University in 2010.

Paul DeMuro was born in 1981 and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated in 2007 with a BFA in printmaking from Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and received his MFA in Painting from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2010.

Los Angeles artist Tomory Dodge was born in 1974 in Denver, Colorado, and he graduated in 2004 with an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 he earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. His work was featured in the Nerman Museum’s inaugural exhibition American Soil in 2007.

Canadian artist Kim Dorland was born in 1974 in Wainwright, Alberta. He received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 1998 and an MFA from York University, Toronto, in 2003.

Amir Fallah was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1979 and now lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2005 he received an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2001 he earned a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. The Nerman Museum hosted a solo exhibition for Fallah called The Caretaker in 2015.

New York artist Keltie Ferris was born in 1977 in Louisville, Kentucky. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004 and an MFA from Yale University in 2006. She participated in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition Aberrant Abstraction in 2009 to 2010 with Chris Martin, Agathe Snow and Cordy Ryman.

Beverly Fishman was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned an MFA in 1980 from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and a BFA in 1977 from Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She lives and works in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she is Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Joanne Greenbaum was born in 1953 and received a BA from Bard College, New York, New York, in 1975. Her work was featured in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition Polychrome Fiction in 2013.

Anton Henning was born in 1964 in Berlin, and he lives and works in Berlin and Manker, Germany.

Now based in Chicago, Richard Hull was born in 1955 in Oklahoma City and earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA in 1979 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Born in 1946, Kansas City artist Don Kottmann was raised in St. Louis. He earned a BFA in 1968 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and an MFA in 1970 from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. He teaches at the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Canada. The Nerman Museum hosted a solo exhibition for Kottmann called EVERYTHING NOTHING SOMETHING in 2016 in the Kansas Focus Gallery.

Born in 1963 in Rosario, Argentina, Fabian Marcaccio studied at the University of Philosophy in Rosario and moved to New York when he was 22. He is now based in New York.

New York-based artist Chris Martin was born in 1954. He attended Yale University from 1972 to 1975. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1992. He participated in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition Aberrant Abstraction in 2009 to 2010 with Keltie Ferris, Agathe Snow and Cordy Ryman.

Born in 1957 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and now based in New York, Andrew Masullo earned his BA in Studio Art from Rutgers University in 1979.

Angel Otero was born in 1981 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He studied at the Universidad de Puerto Rico, and then earned his BFA in 2007 and MFA in 2009 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Now based in North Bennington, Vermont, where she teaches at Bennington College, Ann Pibal was born in 1969 in Minneapolis and studied at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, earning a BFA in 1991. She received an MA and MFA in 1995 from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Jackie Saccoccio is based in Connecticut and New York. She received her BFA in 1985 from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, and her MFA in 1988 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work was featured in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition Polychrome Fiction in 2013.

Luiseño artist Fritz Scholder was born in 1937 and died in 2005. In 1964, Scholder received his MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He earned a BA in 1960 from Sacramento State College, and taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, starting in 1964. The Nerman Museum hosted the exhibition Super Indian: Fritz Scholder 1967-1980 in 2016.

Dana Schutz was born in 1976 in Livonia, Michigan. She earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. The former JCCC Gallery of Art presented her first solo exhibition outside of her New York gallery in 2004.

Lawrence, Kansas, artist Roger Shimomura was born in Seattle's Central District in 1939. He received his BA degree from the University of Washington in 1961 and his MFA degree from Syracuse University. He taught at the University of Kansas beginning in 1969, and he was designated a University Distinguished Professor in 1994.

Carlos Vega was born in 1963 in Melilla, Spain, and studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain (1986), and then the University of Fine Arts in Madrid (1988). He continued to study at the Talleres de Art Actual in Madrid from 1988 to 1990. Vega pursued graduate studies at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1990 to 1991.

Kansas City artist Davin Watne was born in 1972 in Morgantown, West Virginia. He earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and an MFA in 2013 from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Watne has taught at the University of Missouri, Kansas City since 2002 and he is the UMKC Gallery of Art Coordinator.

Chicago artist Karl Wirsum was born in 1939. In 1961, Wirsum graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Andrzej Zielinski was born in 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied art and art history at JCCC and at the University of Kansas, and in 2002 he received a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2004 he earned an MFA in painting from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Photography

Raised in Mission, Kansas, and educated at the University of Kansas (BFA in visual communication, 1983), Art Miller is an artist and designer whose work has been exhibited frequently in the Kansas City area. He was recipient of a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship in 2003.

Spessi (Sigurþór Hallbjörnsson) was born in Iceland in 1958 and studied photography at Akademie voor Beeldende Kunst in the Netherlands.

Sculpture

Dale Chihuly was born in 1941 in Tacoma, Washington. He studied interior design at the University of Washington and graduated with a BA in 1965. Chihuly enrolled in the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and earned an MS in 1967. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received an MFA in 1968, and later established the glass program and taught for more than a decade.

Based in Kansas City, Dylan Mortimer graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in 2002 and the School of Visual Arts, New York, with an MFA in 2006.  The Nerman Museum hosted his solo exhibition in 2013 Illuminate, featuring three interactive halo sculptures mounted to the wall in the New Media Gallery.

Born in 1978 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Andrew Sutherland earned a BA in multimedia art in 2000 from Fort Lewis College, Colorado. The Nerman Museum also owns his Silver Lining painting currently on view in the Starr Gallery.

Born in the Zuni Pueblo in 1940, American Indian artist Edith Tsabetsaye learned jewelry making from her parents, Joe and Susan Tsabetsaye, making her first clusterwork necklace in 1962.

Textiles

Gina Adams was born in 1965 in Groton, Connecticut, and spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay area, and then her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. In 2002 she graduated with a BFA from Maine College of Art. In 2013, she graduated with an MFA from the University of Kansas. The Nerman Museum hosted two concurrent solo exhibitions for Adams in 2015.

Works on Paper

Leroy Allen was born in 1951 in Kansas City, Kansas, and he died in 2007. After earning a BA in design from the University of Kansas in 1977, he began working at Hallmark Cards, and continued his education with courses in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute over the course of 10 years.

Albert Bloch was born in 1882 in St. Louis, Missouri, and died in 1961. He studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts from 1905 to 1908. He moved to Europe to continue his art studies, and, in 1923, he accepted a position as full professor in the department of drawing and painting at the University of Kansas, where he worked until his retirement in 1947.

Edie Fake, born in 1980 near Chicago, graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. He is now based in Los Angeles.

Keith Jacobshagen was born in 1941 in Wichita, Kansas, and taught painting at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for around 30 years. Jacobshagen studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and then he trained as an illustrator and graphic designer at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he earned a BFA in 1965. He worked at Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Missouri, and then received his MFA from the University of Kansas in 1966. The former JCCC Gallery of Art presented a solo exhibition of his work in 1993.

KAWS (Brian Donnelly) was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and received his BFA in 1996 from the School of Visual Arts, New York. The Nerman Museum hosted a solo exhibition UPS AND DOWNS in 2013.

Dean Mitchell was born in 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up near Tallahassee, Florida, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio.

Kansas City artist Lonnie Powell was born in 1941 and earned a BS from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1966.