Joe Bussell and Amanda Lucario • Virtual Visiting Artists

From the comfort of home—join JCCC faculty moderators Mark Cowardin, Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, and Tara Karaim, Coordinator of Community-Based Learning, for an in-depth discussion featuring artists Joe Bussell and Amanda Lucario.


Frag #3 by Joe Bussell and Black and white jar with swirl geometric design by Amanda Lucario

Left: Joe Bussell, Frag #3, 2021, found plastic objects, cast acrylic paint, corrugated cardboard, painted wooden twigs, plastic coated wire and molded acrylic paint and paper, photo by Fred Trease
Right: Amanda Lucario, Black and white jar with swirl geometric design, 2020, clay, photo courtesy Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery.

Virtual Third Thursday Visiting Artists Presentation

Joe Bussell

Joe Bussell
Joe Bussell

Joe Bussell’s sculptures, which he calls “Frags,” comprise everyday objects, house paint and other found materials. These Frags will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at the Nerman Museum. Bussell stated, “The juxtaposition of things is very important to me. A piece could start from two things that are very discordant, but how they ‘fit’ and tell a story matter.”

The stories that Bussell tells in these objects and their arrangement together are deeply personal. "The ghost of my experiences at the AIDS hospice always halo my work. The particular Frag pieces in this exhibition dip in and out of my memory pool and tell a complete story of my personal history."

Based in Kansas City, Bussell earned his BFA in painting from the University of Kansas and MFAs in painting and ceramics from Washington University in St. Louis. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions nationally.

Amanda Lucario

Amanda Lucario
Amanda Lucario

Amanda Lucario is an award-winning ceramic artist from Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, who creates stunning pottery forms with black, white and occasionally polychrome designs using natural clays and paints.

Lucario learned her craft from her mother, Rebecca Lucario, who is also a ceramic artist, as well as her extended family. “I mine my own clay. It’s a natural clay we use,” Lucario says. “We process it. We use a plant. We boil it and get the sap from that. You add it to the paint and it turns the paint into a darker brown and helps it stick.”

Lucario says it is her job as an artist to preserve the traditions of the past. “Nobody does it anymore, hardly," she said. "It’s getting lost.”

Lucario won a first-place ribbon for a miniature plate in 2012 at SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and has also participated in the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market. She is Museum Curator Assistant at the Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum in Acoma Pueblo.

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.

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