Jason Needham and Cady Beansmith • Visiting Artists

Third Thursdays have returned at the Nerman! Join JCCC faculty moderators Misha Kligman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, and Terri Nemer, Associate Professor and Chair of Graphic Design, for an in-depth discussion featuring artist Jason Needham and designer Cady Beansmith.


Third Thursday Visiting Artists Presentation

Jason Needham

Jason Needham
Jason Needham

Painter Jason Needham’s work features scenes from the Kansas landscape, including public parks. 

Often working en plein air, he says, “I’m drawing and painting scenes that are very familiar to me; forest scenes just off the beaten path, a pocket of woods with an interstate, parking lot or air-conditioned retreat just behind me. The trick is to see these mundane moments as majestic while allowing the mistakes of hand and misconceptions of eye be as present as the purposeful. I like the paintings to coalesce from a distance but upon close inspection fall apart into marks and the process of making, with the underlaying scaffolding of the image still visible.”

Needham received his BFA in painting from the University of Kansas. His painting Entanglement is currently featured in the Nerman Museum’s exhibition real/unreal.

Cady Beansmith

Cady Beansmith
Cady Beansmith

Designer Cady Beansmith works in the multidisciplinary field of experience design, an approach that centers people’s experiences to drive the design and features of products, processes, environments and strategies. 

Before moving to the central time zone, Beansmith practiced design on both coasts and received a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University (NCSU). She taught design at NCSU and worked as an in-house designer at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and Merge Records in Durham, North Carolina. She’s created interactive platforms and products at VMLY&R and Moonshot Lab Innovation Lab. Most recently, Beansmith led the experience design practice at Barkley, overseeing the creation of memorable brand experiences for all clients. Currently she leads MIGHT, a Kansas City-based design studio and consultancy focusing on identity and experience design.

 

Reservations are required for in-person attendance; a livestreaming option is available.

Reception hosted by Nerman Museum Student Advisory Committee immediately following for in-person attendees. Face coverings are required.

Registration is free. Reservations are required.

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