Tom Huck, Judy Onofrio, Mary Ann Strandell, Roger Shimomura, Sarah Sense, Tom Jones, Ana Maria Hernando, Patty Carroll, Art Miller, Anne Austin Pearce, Tanya Hartman, Marcus Cain, Ky Anderson, Billy Hassell, Cary Esser, Norman Akers, Brandon Reese, Annie Helmericks-Louder, Vincent Falsetta, Larry Thomas
“I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever. “
– Kurt Vonnegut
Artists are the cultural equivalent of the proverbial canary in the coalmine. As sentinel species, artists are out front, alert, and hypersensitive to the world around them. They re-contextualize almost everything, and in so doing reveal surprising ways of thinking about art, our world, and the status quo.
Artists speak in the language of art using color, form, line, and material to discover something new, unexpected and true. Form and meaning are inseparably bound and content ranges from nuanced visual poetry to bold calls to action and everything in between.
The exhibition, IN/SIGHT, focuses on artists and artwork that demonstrate the broad range of engagement with material and content taking place in Kansas City and the region.