Current Exhibitions:

Roger Shimomura

​October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017
Featuring: Roger Shimomura

Location: Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108

This fall Belger focuses on a local hero — the legendary Roger Shimomura. In its first showing outside the Pacific Northwest, “An American Knockoff” opens Oct. 7, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017. This exhibition features acrylic paintings of Shimomura with recognizable American icons such as Porky Pig, Goofy the Dog, and Uncle Sam.

In this series, the artist inserts himself into the work, battling or becoming stereotypes in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, to personify the Asian-American experience.

Shimomura, who taught at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2004, was born in Seattle to American-born parents. When Roger was three years old his family was relocated to an internment camp during World War II. For much of his career Shimomura has examined the themes of internment and what it means to be American, feeling that “Far too many American-born citizens of Asian descent continue to be accepted as only ‘American knockoffs.’”

In addition to an outstanding career as an educator, Shimomura has maintained a steady art studio practice and exhibited in more 130 exhibitions. He has won numerous awards throughout this career, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sarah Pike - Digital Debut

​October 7 - November 30, 2016
Featuring: Sarah Pike

Location: Online Exhibition

Sarah Pike is a full-time ceramic artist living and making functional slab-built pots in Fernie, BC, Canada. She studied ceramics at Alberta College of Art and Design, University of Colorado, and the University of Minnesota. Sarah was recently featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated and is a member of the Canadian ceramic collective, Make & Do.

View Online in our online sales gallery or view her Lookbook below.

Dan Anderson

​September 2, 2016 - December 17, 2016
Featuring: Dan Anderson

Location: Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108

Dan Anderson’s solo show titled “Mascots, Hearts of Love, and Proposals” is exhibited at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Avenue. Anderson tells us the “Mascots” in the show reference large midwestern structures such as water tanks and corn cribs, along with the graffiti that can be found on these rural landmarks. He has been fascinated with these edifices since he climbed his hometown’s municipal water tank as a teen. Dan’s work, inspired by these iconic structures, can be found in exhibitions and collections throughout the world. In addition to sculpture, Anderson plans to bring some of his signature teapots and tea sets to Kansas City.

Anderson taught at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1970 to 2002 and has maintained an active clay practice since retirement. Dan completed a residency in France over the summer where he created some of the works shown in this exhibition. A wood-fire enthusiast, his anagama wood-fired kiln in Edwardsville draws artists from far and wide for firings.

View Online in our online sales gallery or view his Lookbook below.

Paolo Porelli: Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous

​September 2 - December 17, 2016
Featuring: Paolo Porelli

Location: Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Paolo Porelli’s exhibit, “Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous” is exhibited at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut Street. Known for his figurative sculpture, this body of work is a hybrid of ideas culled from mythological imagery, pop-culture references, and contemporary society to articulate the human behaviors — both good and bad.

Paolo created many of the exhibition works last winter during his Fellowship Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Porelli came to the studio from Italy, where he has been running his own ceramics studio since 1990. In more recent years he and his wife, Lori-Ann Touchette, have operated c.r.e.t.a rome, an international art residency program.


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