Ed Blackburn · Archie Scott Gobber · Elizabeth Layton · Douglas Miles · Carlos Vega

Sited in the museum’s Kansas Focus Gallery, FACE unites ten works from the Nerman Museum’s Collection which feature figurative images and also address social issues. Ranging from Douglas Miles’ poignant image of his son positioned alongside a Bureau of Indian Affairs sign to Carlos Vega’s powerful depiction of Malala, each piece conveys insight to the serious concerns we grapple with daily.

Now based in Ft. Worth, Ed Blackburn was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1940. He received an MA in 1965 from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 1962 with a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin.

Born in Warrensburg, Missouri, in 1965, Archie Scott Gobber graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1988 and is currently based in Kansas City. He participated in the group exhibition Word in 2009 at the Nerman Museum.

Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton was born in 1909 in Wellsville, Kansas and died in 1993. Layton was active in Olathe and became an artist in her late 60s after she took a drawing class at Ottawa University.

American Indian artist Douglas Miles was born in 1963 and is a member of the San Carlos Apache Nation. He lives and works in Arizona.

Spanish artist Carlos Vega was born in 1963 and studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville, Spain. He continued his education at the University of Fine Arts in Madrid in 1988, and then at the Talleres de Art Actual in Madrid from 1988 to 1990. He pursued graduate work at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1990 to 1991.