Harold Smith joins us in the first half of the program. “I am an artist working primarily in acrylics, mixed media (though I do oil occasionally). My work is influenced by the jazz and the jazz dynamic in life. I live and work in the Kansas City area. My work has been collected worldwide and I have exhibited in France, New York, Newport, San Francisco, College Park (MD), and of course Kansas City.”
Christel Highland resides and works in the Crossroads Arts District founded by her artistic mentor and friend, the great Jim Leedy. In addition to furthering her studio practice where she focuses on developing her natural material usage, she curates MLB Gallery, hosts a quarterly event, The Salon for the Arts, and enjoys advocating for the Arts through KC Studio Magazine.
In our second half of the program, Meredith Moore, Director of the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, discusses THRUST, a proof-of-concept in progress, conceived as a means to make quality arts writing more prevalent, relevant, and accessible in the Kansas City region.
Presented as a series of thematic podcast episodes with supplemental online content, the first season of THRUST will explore issues raised, impacts made, and lessons learned by artists facing challenges in the Kansas City region; all in a concise, convenient, and emotionally resonant audio format. Support for THRUST is provided by a Rocket Grants special project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
THRUST is produced and hosted by Meredith Moore from the offices of the Wonder Fair Gallery in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas.
Wonder Fair Gallery, 803 1/2 Massachusetts St.,
Lawrence, KS 66044