Brian Fahlstrom · Carl Fudge · Rashawn Griffin · Amy Myers · Eric Sall · Andrzej Zielinski

Homecoming… a view of area artists achieving national/international success. Homecoming is an exhibition organized in conjunction with the Epsten Gallery (Jewish Museum of Kansas City) to honor artists who have a significant connection to the Kansas City area, but who have chosen to reside and establish studios in other cities. The ten artists included in the exhibit — Brian Fahlstrom, Carl Fudge, Rashawn Griffin, Amy Myers, Eric Sall and Andrzej Zielinski at JCCC, and Scott Anderson, Benjamin Butler, Christopher Lucas and Sandy Winters at the Epsten Gallery — all were either raised or educated within the region.  Additionally, all of the artists have either gained or are garnering national attention through recent exhibitions, critical press, and placement in prominent public and private collections. Homecoming focuses upon artists for whom painting/drawing is a primary means of artistic expression. 

Homecoming also continues both JCCC’s and the Epsten Gallery’s considerable commitment to creating an awareness of and appreciation for the accomplishments of area artists.  The opening of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in 2007 will further extend JCCC’s support of artists in the region, as one of the new museum’s ten major galleries will be dedicated to area artists.  Likewise, the Epsten Gallery has vigorously showcased Kansas City area artists in their exhibition program.

Homecoming was curated by Bruce Hartman, Director, JCCC Gallery of Art and Kent Smith, Associate Director, Epsten Gallery (Jewish Museum).  It is the second major exhibition organized as a collaboration between JCCC and the Epsten Gallery.

Artists included:

Brian Fahlstrom was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1978. He earned his BFA in 2000 from the Kansas City Art Institute, and received an MFA in 2003 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

British artist Carl Fudge was born in London in 1962. He currently lives and works in New York, where he teaches at Colombia University. Fudge attended the Kansas City Art Institute in 1987. He studied at the Brighton Polytechnic in Sussex, England, and the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

Rashawn Griffin was born 1980 in Los Angeles and grew up in Olathe, Kansas. He took classes at JCCC as a high school senior, earned a BFA in painting in 2002 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and in 2005, he received his MFA in sculpture from Yale. 

Amy Myers was born in 1965 in Taylor, Texas. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999.  She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Eric Sall was born in 1977 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1999 he graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute, and he earned an MFA in 2006 from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Andrzej Zielinski was born in 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri. He attended JCCC in 1999, and in 2002, he received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2004 he completed his MFA at Yale University.