SPARK PLUGS | Feb 17

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PLUG Projects is hosting SPARK PLUGS a Saturday morning youth focused discussion and artmaking workshop in connection with Slow Time and Well Loved Ones. Coffee provided!

Time Trials | Elizabeth Stehling

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PLUG Projects is excited to host Elizabeth Stehling as the newest resident of our Time Trials program. For the month of January, Elizabeth has been using the two galleries at PLUG to film a new site-specific work, collaborating with dancers Hannah Lareau and Katarina Fitzpatrick. Check out these behind the scenes shots, and stay tuned for the screening on April 7th at PLUG!


Elizabeth Stehling grew up riding horses and going to contra dances in the foothills of Appalachia. She creates videos, prints, and drawings to explore gestures between creatures. Her accomplishments have taken her to the Currents New Media Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Omaha Film Festival and more. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Wassaic Project, the Rensing Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She received the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2016, as well as a grant from Art in the Loop.

Elizabeth graduated from the Pratt Institute in NYC with her MFA in 2010 and received her BA from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC in 2005. She lives in Kansas City where she works at the Kansas City Ballet, producing their videos and digital content. She continues to explore videos and collaborations often around the theme of movement. 


Katarina Fitzpatrick is a professional dancer and choreographer based in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a member of Kansas City Contemporary Dance Company (KACICO), as well as a guest artist with other local performing groups and independent artists, especially Suzanne Ryan-Strati. Her choreography has been presented in the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Kansas City Contemporary Dance performances, multidisciplinary performing arts presentations, as well as two main stage productions at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. She often collaborates with apparel designer Michaela Knittel for digital media projects. She is also a Stott Pilates instructor. Katarina holds a BA from Mercyhurst University with majors in Dance (choreography concentration) and Anthropology/Archaeology (sociocultural anthropology concentration). Prior to Mercyhurst she trained at the Kansas City Ballet School and attended summer programs at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, The Ailey School, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Hannah Lareau teaches for Kansas City Ballet, Empire Dance Academy, and several other places around Kansas City. She has trained throughout the area, as well as many summer trainings in LA. She teaches many styles and performs for her own collective called Illuminate Dance Collective, as well as That’s Entertainment KC, Epic Innovative Events, and works often as a freelance performer. Dance is her passion and release; it is her avenue to share stories with the world through the art of movement.

Spark Plugs

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Check out our newest program, Spark Plugs! Spark Plugs is an interactive learning workshop for kids, that happens in conjunction with new exhibitions.

Sparkle Motion | Nov 11

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You’re Invited!

Please join PLUG Projects for a special fundraiser Sparkle Motion on Saturday, November 11th from 6-8pm. This exclusive evening of fine dining and great company will be set within an immersive art installation. To support our upcoming  year of programs and exhibitions, PLUG is proud to collaborate with a local chef Craig Howard, celebrated local artist Amy Kligman and local wineries and breweries to transform our gallery into a chromatic feast for the eyes. You will enjoy a decadent, three-course meal while engaging with other members of our community who believe in the mission of PLUG Projects and its contribution to Kansas City’s cultural life.

This fundraising event supports and celebrates future programming at PLUG as we embark on our seventh year of operation.

Tickets are $175 per person and only twenty tickets are available for this one-of-a-kind dining experience!


RSVP today at rsvp@plugprojects.com to reserve your seat or click this link to purchase your ticket now! All proceeds from this event will support 2018 programming expenses including artist and critic stipends, artwork shipping fees and travel expenses for national artists exhibiting at PLUG.

Since 2011, PLUG Projects has presented 164 local and national artists in 51 exhibitions in our storefront gallery space in Kansas City’s West Bottoms.  Additionally, we have curated the work of 39 Kansas City-based artists into Unplugged exhibitions in Chicago, St. Louis, Omaha, and Philadelphia.  These volunteer efforts by the PLUG team continue to shape Kansas City as a premier destination for contemporary art and a site of critical cultural discourse. Your generous contributions will help make this possible.  Thank you for supporting our vision!

PLUG Projects BOOK for sale!

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The PLUG Projects book presents a comprehensive survey of the fifty-one exhibitions of 164 local and national artists shown in our storefront gallery since 2011, including features on each of our public programs such as unPLUGGED, Conduit, Frames Per Second, Sparkplugs, PLUGGEDin, Outlets, and Critique Night.

PLUG Projects is volunteer-run and supported by donations from our community – come see what you have helped build!

Books are sold on BLURB, and all proceeds will help us with our upcoming 2018 programming. Buy one today!

 

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SEA — a meditation for YOU and Cassini | Oct. 15

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Poet and contemplative artist Philip Matthews will lead an original meditation in response to No One Looks After You, an exhibition of sculptural and video works by Jennifer Baker, on view at PLUG Projects from September 15 through October 28.

The meditation is inspired by the artist’s sense of kinship with the spacecraft Cassini, which has gifted us new knowledge and images of Saturn and its moons since Cassini’s arrival at Saturn in 2004. Cassini’s last mission to record unprecedented footage of Saturn’s rings — before it propels itself into Saturn, destroying itself, on September 15 — is currently underway.

The meditation marks the twentieth anniversary of Cassini’s departure from Earth on October 15, 1997, and will honor Cassini, grounded by the conceptual anchors of Service, Empathy, and Annihilation, blending Cassini’s imagined perspective with our own.

Philip will create a container that is structured enough to hold attention, and open enough for you to shape it into something that is useful to you in the present moment. Throughout, you will be cued with questions, symbolic images, and actions to consider and make your own.

If you can, please bring a yoga mat or meditation cushion and a blanket. Some mats, cushions, blankets, and props will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you have questions about whether this experience is right for you, or are curious about other opportunities, feel free to reach out to Philip at philip.lee.matthews@gmail.com.


Philip Matthews is a poet and contemplative artist from eastern North Carolina whose practice roots in ritual and performance.

From 2016 to 2017, Philip was a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown — where he wrote new poetry and lyric essay from site-specific rituals — and previous to that, the Assistant Curator of Public Projects at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. This fall, Philip is a Lecturer at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Drawing upon his experiences as a writer, curator, and yoga teacher, Philip leads workshops that bring together movement, breathing techniques, visual meditations of his own design, and magic rituals aimed at creating space for reflection and breakthrough.

He has received grants and residencies from the Wormfarm Institute, the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, and the Hemera Foundation, and he is a finalist for the 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.

For more info, visit philipandpetal.com.

PUBLIC LECTURE | Sept 14

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On Sept 14th, at 6pm, Julie Schenkelberg will host a public lecture about her artistic process, discussing her installations, the process of building them, and the importance of found materials. 

PLUG Projects is excited to partner with the Kansas City, Missouri Office of Culture and Creative Services and the Kansas City Design Center as part of the “West Bottoms Reborn,” a project supported by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant. Plug is pleased to bring internationally recognized artist Julie Schenkelberg to Kansas City. This project is part of a series of public engagements designed to honor the history (and place) of the historic West Bottoms. Incorporating materials from the region as a representation and indicator of site, Schenkelberg will respond to the West Bottoms’ rich history by building a site-specific installation

SCAVENGER HUNT | Sept 9th

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Spend a Saturday morning outside learning about the historic West Bottoms while taking part in a super fun scavenger hunt! We are on the hunt for objects and items for incoming visiting artist Julie Schenkelberg’s site specific installation.

Spark Plugs #3 | July 22nd

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PLUG Projects is hosting SPARK PLUGS a Saturday morning youth focused discussion and artmaking workshop in connection with The Rugmaker’s Daughter, a solo exhibition by Lexie Abra Johnson. Coffee provided!