Artspeak Radio + Bense Garza, Tj Templeton, & Angie Jennings

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, March 29, 2023, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes artist/designer Bense Garza, artist/gallery director The Bunker Center for the Arts Tj Templeton, & photographer Angie Jennings.

BENSE GARZA is an internationally acclaimed artist, award-winning designer and consultant. He is the founder and principal designer of Garza Art & Design a design studio based in Kansas City, Mo which specializes in Surface Design, Art Licensing and Product Development. He has collaborated with and created collections for high profile brands such as Apple, Disney, Target, Pottery Barn, Neiman Marcus, Kleenex, Avon, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Philadelphia Museum of Art among others.

Bense also works for a multitude of freelance clients where his graphic design expertise is utilized through brand development, creative direction and art direction. His current projects include unique large-scale digital pigment prints and collaboration with Interior Designers, Architects, Developers and Fine Art buyers. He’s earned a solid reputation for creating artwork collections for corporate, private, and public spaces that satisfy both the budgetary and aesthetic objectives of his clients. With more than 30 years of proven experience and knowledge in design and product development Bense is often asked to speak in professional settings. He’s lectured at major institutions and conferences including The Best of Missouri Hands annual ArtSmart Conference, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO and The Kansas City Art Institute, ​as well as various art organizations. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Columbia College (Columbia, MO).

Building on a successful history, Bense is open to new licensing partnerships with select quality manufacturers. His collections have grown out of a close collaboration between his clients’ needs and inspiration from his studio. His designs are licensed on rugs, doormats, wall decor, fabric, gift accessories, stationery products, and electronic devices. Bense’s illustrations and surface pattern designs are available to purchase with exclusive rights or to license across a range of products. His licensed art has been sold in stores such as Target, Walmart, Neiman Marcus, The Philadelphia Museum of Art to name a few. An archive of digital designs is available for design use and licensing.

Tj TEMPLETON is an interdisciplinary artist and Kansas City native. His work has been collected for over 30 years nationwide and been featured in such outlets as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ArtMove Magazine, and the Martin Scorsese screening room at the Tribeca Film festival. He is currently the artist-in-residence at the Bunker Center for the Arts, where he maintains his studio and curates the gallery’s inventory of over 20 local, regional, and international artists.

“butch”, selected works March 3rd through May 28th, (Opening Reception March 3rd, 5 p.m.
In the words of the artist: I’m the creator, fabricator and abstract metal sculptor, autodidact by training, combining new and found carbon steel producing representational forms. I make no drawings beyond a simple chalk drawing on my work bench. Stealing words from Jackson Pollock, as I’m producing my sculptures there is a definite period where I spend time just getting acquainted, thus providing direction and evolution. I create to instill a degree of spectator confusion asking for responsive participation.

Shop our online inventory and pick up at the gallery or let us ship it to you.
The Bunker Center for the Arts is located at 1014 E. 19th St. KCMO

ANGIE JENNINGS, photographer talks about upcoming exhibitions & events.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art
Opens April 7th 5-8
2004 Baltimore
“SHARP-SIGHTED”, a group show featuring artwork from 16 independent artists. Jeff Aeling, Laura
Berman, Jane Booth, Marcus Cain, Angie Jennings, Kathy Liao, Annie Helmericks-Louder, John
Louder, Nancy Newman Rice, Nora Othic, Barbara Rogers, Sun Foret-Smith, Harold Smith, and
Shiyuan Xu.

5529Troost Gallery
5529 Troost
Portals and Reflections
24 Artists and about 50 pcs
April 7th 5-7

HJ’s community Center
Solo Show
Modern Streets of an Ancient Empire
6425 Wornall Rd.
8am – 11am or contact me for private viewing
Give another talk on Thursday, April 28th, at 6:30 PM

Open Studios
Explore 9 floors of the historic Livestock Exchange Building and meet artists where they
work. Each artist and space is a unique treat to take in.
Meet our host in the lobby for a flier listing all the studio numbers and names of artists and
gallery spaces in the building so you don’t miss a thing!
Friday, April 21, 5-9pm
Saturday, April 22, 11am-4pm


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