Press Release: Three new exhibitions at the Albrecht-Kemper feature local and national artists

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ST. JOSEPH, MO—April 13, 2022—The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of welcomes three new exhibitions this spring. Works will be on view at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art from Saturday, April 23 to Sunday, June 12, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 22 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

In the Academic Tradition: Connections between the Artist’s Work and his Art Collection featuring art by Stephen T. Johnson

A survey of Lawrence, Kansas – based artist Stephen T. Johnson’s figurative work that spans a 38-year career. Beginning with an academic charcoal figure study made in the mid-1980s at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, France, this exhibition includes personal works and commissioned illustrations for nationally published magazines, record companies, and award-winning children’s books. These works are compared and contrasted with artwork from his personal collection.

Among the works on view are a 17th-century portrait of King Charles II from the studio of Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674), important drawings and paintings by Symbolist artists Eugène Carrière (1849-1906) and Otto Greiner (1869-1916), works by two Guggenheim Fellows, John Theodore Johnson (1902-1963), the artist’s grandfather, and the iconic 20th-century caricaturist David Levine (1926-2009), plus present-day masters of interpreting, depicting, and rendering with paint, the human form.

Piece Work/Peace Work featuring art by Karen Matheis

Karen Matheis is an oil painter inspired by the landscape near her home in Lawrence, Kansas. Matheis’ work is abstracted bird’s eye views of the land. Her work focuses on how human-made infrastructure reflects the patterns of the natural world. Her artwork can be seen in private and corporate collections nationwide. 

Of her series, Piece Work/Peace Work on display in the exhibition, Matheis writes, “I created the paintings in this exhibition in response to the stress associated with the pandemic and essential work status. Patchwork landscape evolved with the concept of a quilt as a source of comfort and symbolic of home and family.”

Painting by Karen Matheis

National Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

The 6th annual National Undergraduate Juried Exhibition is open to students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic year. This year’s 34 exhibiting artists selected for participation come from 19 universities in 11 states. All artwork must be the original work of the submitting artist and created within a year of submission. This juried exhibition will feature a Best of Show award after all submissions have been received and reviewed by a panel of judges.

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art aims to enrich the community through the collection and exhibition of visual arts by providing education, creating unique experiences, and promoting emerging artists. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students. Museum members and children under age 6 are free. To become a member, visit Albrecht-kemper.org. For more information about the exhibitions, call 816-233-7003.

About AKMA: A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American Art from the Colonial period to the present.  The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artist including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith.  A wide variety of special programs complement the museum’s collection, including temporary exhibitions, art classes, gallery talks, and special events.

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Media Inquiries:

Jill Carlson

Marketing & Communications Manager

(816) 233-7003 Ext. 308

jcarlson@albrecht-kemper.org

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

2818 Frederick Ave.

Saint Joseph, MO 64506

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