Maria talks with artists, Hector Casanova and Renee Cinderhouse live from the studio at KKFI 90.1 FM.
Renée Cinderhouse is best known for her large-scale immersive installations, mixed-media sculptures and her narrative works in clay. Based from her Kansas City studio since 1998, Cinderhouse exhibits her sculptures extensively throughout the US; most notably at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Scope Miami, artLA, The Amarillo Museum of Art and The New Bedford Art Museum.
From 2000-2008 she was co-director and co-curator of The Green Door Gallery, an acclaimed artist-run exhibition space for emerging artists. Cinderhouse mounted her largest solo exhibition to date, “Manifest Destiny”, a 2,500 sq. ft installation at the Charlotte Street Foundation’s La Esquina Gallery in 2012. She was awarded “Best Artist of Kansas City” in 2005 and 2012 by The Pitch, and was awarded artist residencies at the Escape to Create program in Seaside, FL and Jentel in Banner, WY.
Renée Cinderhouse is the recipient of a National Award in Small Sculpture by National Society for
Arts and Letters, two Inspiration Grants and a Creative Capital Professional Development Grant.
For over 15 years Héctor Casanova has been known as a fine and graphic artist, doing work for collectors, magazines and corporations nationally and abroad. Casanova is a regularly exhibiting gallery artist with shows in Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Barcelona, and Mexico City. Also a published comics artist, his work includes Screamland with writer Harold Sipe (Image Comics, 2008, 2010) and The Lurkers with writer Steve Niles (IDW, 2006), as well as his own weekly comic strip Guffman & Godot, which ran in The Kansas City Star from 2000 – 2003.
Since 1999, Casanova has been a staff artist at The Kansas City Star, his Illustration work can been seen in magazines and newspapers all over the world, from Grito Magazine (Brazil) to the Anchorage Daily News. In 2000, he co-founded The Green Door Gallery in Kansas City, an alternative art space dedicated to showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from Kansas City and beyond.
Casanova’s passion for art extends beyond the publishing and gallery worlds to live murals and collaborations with other artists, creating animations, installations, stage performances and larger-than-life immersive spectacles. He has worked with MK12, Monta at Odds, Experimental Instrument Orchestra, American Catastrophe, and with Voler-Thieves of Flight for the 2010 and 2012 Fringe Festivals.
Presently, Héctor Casanova is a Lecturer in the Illustration Dept. at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Casanova has received awards from Print, Society of News Designers, the Missouri Press Association, the World Studio Foundation, and was the recipient in 2008 of The Pitch’s Mastermind Award for his artistic contributions to Kansas City.
You can learn more through his Facebook page or his website.