InSite · Constructing the JCCC Collection

In a celebration of Johnson County Community College’s permanent art collection, the JCCC Gallery of Art, Carlsen Center, will present InSite: Constructing the JCCC Collection.  The exhibition will feature works by prominent regional, national and international artists in clay, painting and works on paper.

Included in InSite are many recent acquisitions not yet exhibited on campus. Landing, by Elizabeth Murray, was acquired in June 1999 and depicts two animated figures composed from four shaped canvases. The paintings of Elizabeth Murray, a 1999 MacArthur Foundation grant recipient, were exhibited in the Gallery of Art, Carlsen Center, in 1993. Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (Altgeld Gardens), purchased in 1995, has been on loan to numerous exhibitions since its acquisition, including Documenta X in Kassel, Germany.

‟For many students, the works of art they encounter on college campuses are their first exposure to the richness and diversity of artistic expression,” said Bruce Hartman, director of the Gallery of Art, Carlsen Center. ‟That’s why it is very important for colleges to build permanent collections.”

The acquisition program, implemented in 1980, is headed by the College Art Acquisitions Committee, composed of local curators, collectors and art educators. The 1999 Acquisitions Committee members are Molly Baumgardner, Keith Davis, Hartman, Margery Lichtor, Larry Thomas, Dean Thompson, George Thompson and Ann Wiklund. The permanent collection also contains works of art generously donated by members of the community. Works acquired are installed in locations throughout the campus.

‟One of the goals of the acquisition committee is to ensure that wherever students are on campus they will see original works of art and that those works will contribute to their education,” said Dr. Charles J. Carlsen, JCCC president.

New York artist Polly Apfelbaum was born in 1955 in Abington, Pennsylvania. She studied at SUNY Purchase College and went on to earn her BFA at Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania in 1978.

Christopher Brown was born in 1951 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and now lives and works in California’s Bay Area. He earned an MFA from the University of California, Davis, in 1976; in 1973 he earned a BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Uruguayan artist Lydia Buzio was born in Montevideo in 1948 and grew up in a family of artisans and jewelers. A student of drawing and painting in her native country, she moved to New York City in 1972 to study ceramics and fresco painting. 

Los Angeles-based artist Roseline Delisle was born in Quebec in 1953. She studied at the Institute of the Applied Arts in Montreal, Canada.

Stephen De Staebler was born in 1933 earned a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Born in 1933 in Toledo, Ohio, Richard Devore graduated with a BEd in 1955 from the University of Toledo, and an MFA in 1957 from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he taught for many years as head of the ceramics department.

Ken Ferguson was born in 1928 in Elwood, Indiana, and studied at the American Academy of Art, Chicago. He earned a BFA in 1952 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and an MFA in 1954 from Alfred University, New York. Ferguson became head of the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department in 1964.

Lester Goldman was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goldman earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1964, and an MFA from Indiana University in 1966. He was based in Kansas City and taught at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1966, Udomsak Krisanamis attended Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and earned a BFA in 1989. He came to the United States in 1991 and graduated with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993.

Born Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1948, Jonathan Lasker attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City as well as the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Lasker lives and works in New York.

Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955. Marshall received a BFA in 1978 and an honorary Ph.D. from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California.

Elizabeth Murray was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1940, and received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1962 and her MFA from Mills College, Oakland, California, in 1964. 

Ron Nagle was born in 1939 in San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State College with a BA in 1961.

Kansas City artist Sharon Patten was born in 1943 in Sedalia, Missouri, and died in 1995.  She received a BA in German from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, in 1965 and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1979. 

Ken Price was born in 1935 in Los Angeles and graduated with an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1959.

David Regan was born in 1964 in Buffalo, New York. In 1986 he studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, and he graduated with a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. In 1990 he received his MFA from Alfred University, New York.

California artist Adrian Saxe was born in 1943 in Glendale. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, from 1965-1969 and earned a BFA in 1974 at the California Institute of Arts, Valencia.

Japanese-American artist Akio Takamori was born in 1950 in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, and studied at the Musashino Art College in Tokyo. He moved to the United States and attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where he earned a BFA in 1976. He then went to the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, and obtained his MFA in 1978.

Leslie Wayne was born in Germany in 1953 and grew up in California. She studied painting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1971 to 1973, and she received her BFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design, New York, New York, in 1984.

Born in 1930 in Norwalk, Connecticut, internationally known artist Betty Woodman studied at the School for American Craftsmen when it was at Alfred University, Alfred, New York.