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 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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PLUG Projects is hosting SPARK PLUGS a Saturday morning youth focused discussion and artmaking workshop in connection with Julie Schenkelberg’s solo exhibition. Coffee provided!

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 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.

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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


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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!


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Open Call at PLUG Projects

Are you an artist working in the Kansas City region? PLUG Projects is now accepting proposals for our local solo gallery. If you are interested in putting together a one-person show, please submit the following:

Biography (less than 300 words)
Artist Statement (less than 500 words)
Show Proposal
Website Link

5-8 Images / Media
JPEGs, GIFs, or PNGs
For video, audio and other time-based media, links are preferred

Email with LOCAL SOLO PROPOSAL in the subject line with the above information by 11:59 PM July 28, 2017.

PLUG Projects Local Solo Gallery Map