ARTSPEAK RADIO + Rodgers, Duegaw, & Martin

ARTSPEAK RADIO, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 12noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, steaming live

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Founder/Director of The Transgender Film Center Sav Rodgers, artist Patrick Duegaw, & City of KCMO Public Art Administrator James Martin.

SAV RODGERS, Founder& Executive Director of The Transgender Film Center- Film industry trade Variety announced the launch of the new non-profit Transgender Film Center and its first initiative Trailblazer Grant program.  The grant is open to all transgender people and will select two recipients who will each receive $1500.  Applications are due Jan. 15, 2021.
The Transgender Film Center is the brainchild of local independent  filmmaker Sav Rodgers who hopes to create new opportunities for trans creators and to amplify the work of trans filmmakers.  Rodgers upcoming documentary “Chasing Chasing Amy” examines the cultural impact of the ‘90s film and was the subject of his 2019 TedTalk.  “Chasing Amy” filmmaker Kevin Smith saw the TedTalk and reached out offering assistance to Rodgers.
 Plans for additional grants and programs for transgender creators will be announced in the coming months.
 Transgender Film Center FB page-
 Transgender Film Center- https://www.transgenderfilmcenter

PATRICK DUEGAW-The Trials of the Golden Rat
November 6 – January 30, 2021
Leedy- Voulkos Art Center 2012 Baltimore Ave. KCMO

In this exhibition, Patrick Duegaw enlists a childhood game, Five Lines, where random scribbles are drawn on a blank page to become the inventive jumping-off point. Part cloud-busting, part Rorschach test, this version of the game explores the power of drawing and intent, as interpreted through the epic poem The Twelve Labours of Hercules.
The five lines, drawn on blank ‘plates’, are transformed into ink drawings, illuminated drawings, and a series of lithographs where the original five marks are printed in red ink, in order to emphasize the generative creative process. The result becomes The Trials of the Golden Rat, depicting mythical animal-human hybrids in tales of ignorance, manipulation and control, intolerance, hubris, greed; and, conversely, of justice and acceptance.
 Duegaw opened his last museum exhibition, Pierced by Dogma, at the Ulrich Museum of Art in spring of 2017. Past solo gallery exhibitions include Flouting the Binary in BILDLAB in 2019 and Study (an exhibition of study drawings for the Innumerable Anxieties) in 2017, both at Fisch Haus; and Innumerable Anxieties at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the winter of 2014 and the Lawrence Art Center in the spring of 2015. Inadvertent Arson, at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, opened in the fall of 2012, and Duegaw participated, with Paul Mahder Gallery, in the 2013 ArtPad SF. Recent group exhibitions include A Fine Line:  Masterworks in Drawing, at Paul Mahder Gallery in summer of 2016; Dialogue: Modern and Contemporary Drawings from the WAM Collection, at the Wichita Art Museum in winter of 2016; Face to Face, Wall to Wall, at the Yellowstone Museum of Art in spring of 2014; and Forty Years/Forty Stories at the Ulrich Museum of Art, in spring and summer of 2014.  In 2011, his work was featured in FH:21: a major exhibition at the Ulrich Museum of Art, celebrating the twenty-first anniversary of Fisch Haus. Duegaw’s first solo museum exhibition, The Builder, Removed, a comprehensive retrospective of 111 paintings and drawings, was held at the Wichita Art Museum in the spring of 2009. A gallery production of Jurgen and The Wrong Tools, a Still Play Installation opened in June of 2011 at the Paul Mahder Gallery in San Francisco, and also at the LA Art Show in January earlier that year. The Still Play, The Wrong Tools (For The Job), opened at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in April 2010. Duegaw has had eight large-scale solo multi-media exhibitions at Fisch Haus, regularly exhibits in galleries in both Kansas City and San Francisco, and has been invited to participate in national group shows such as the Kansas Masters Invitational, and the Kansas Governor’s Ball/Inauguration Exhibition.
Recognition: Patrick was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for the 50th Annual Wichita Art Awards, and was the subject of a short film, My Reluctant Monster…, screened at the Tallgrass Film Festival, both in 2019. The Kansas Arts Commission (KAC) awarded Duegaw a Collaboration Grant (in conjunction with the Ulrich Museum) in 2010, named him the runner-up for the Governor’s award in 2010, and awarded him the Fellowship for painting in 2006.  He also received a Purchase Award from the Wichita Art Museum in 2004, the Ulrich Museum’s Betty and Frank Brosius Award in 2001, and the KAC Mini Fellowship in 1992. His work has been placed in many private, corporate, and institutional collections, including the Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Wichita Art Museum, the Kansas Health Foundation, and the Emprise Bank Collection; reviewed in Art In America, The Kansas City Pitch, and Review magazines; and appeared in New American Paintings, as well as Studio Visit.  From July 2005 to August 2006, Duegaw was highlighted in the Portrait of an Artist Campaign, an on-line journal project of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.

The current open RFQ Call for Artists are related to large-scale ceramics, sculptural installations, lighting, and experiential artwork opportunities for KCMO One Percent for Art permanent commissions (due Feb 13, 2021). Those specific areas, procurement process and how to apply through is what the upcoming Artist Information Sessions will focus on, along with Q&A.
REGISTER for Artist Information Sessions: (These sessions will cover the same material: Jan 6th & Jan 9th times available)
(a videoconference link will be emailed to registrants within 24 hours of the session)
These videosessions will be recorded and posted on for reference and FAQs will be updated based on artists’ questions during these sessions.
 Call for Artists RFQ locations & links here
 We have created a Facebook group for interested artists, teams & fabricators to connect.
Join the New Terminal Art Group HERE:
NOTE: this is only an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) phase, no artwork proposals are needed at this time. Only semifinalists will move on to the RFP (Request for Proposals) phase.
Additional RFQs for “portable /wall-installed artworks” (paintings/photography/textiles/2-D, digital, etc.) for multiple artists & various locations within the Concourses will roll out in Spring 2021.
Rotating art galleries, performances, live music and temporary displays will be handled separately through Kansas City Aviation Department programming and will have a completely separate budget and application process. Information about those programs will most likely not roll out for another year or so.
For the most up to date information about Art at KCI, timelines & FAQs visit


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