Studio Nong: Summer at the KCAI Ceramics Department

We all know that art has a way of bringing people and cultures of all kinds together. The KCAI ceramics department is participating in that age-long exchange this summer with the Studio Nong Collective residency program, hosted by faculty members Misty Gamble, Jessie Fisher and Scott Seebart. An extension of their first studio collaborative in China in 2013, this international residency has brought together the eight artists and educators–four from southern China and four from the United States–to work together again in the US for six weeks over the summer of 2015. The collectives’ artists from China include Zhenhai He, Director of Ceramics and Professor in Sculpture at GuangXi Arts Institute, Shanwu Huang, Lecturer in Sculpture at GuangXi Arts Institute, Bangmin Nong, Associate Professor in Sculpture at GuangXi Arts Institute, and  Jigang Qin, Professor in Sculpture at GuangXi Arts Institute; and from the USA, artists include Jessie Fisher, Associate Professor in Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, Misty Gamble, Assistant Professor in Foundation Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, Scott Seebart, Lecturer in Painting & Drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Leandra Urrutia, Associate Professor in Ceramics at the Memphis School of Art. The collective has begun their work at KCAI, with many exciting events lined up for the summer!

Studio Nong arrives at KCAI  Richard J Stern Ceramics Building pictured top to bottom, l-r  Jessie Fisher, Bangmin Nong, Leandra Urrutia, Zhenhai He, Jigang Qin, Ross Redmon, Maggie DeMuelmaster, Hunter Pace, Scott Seebart, Shanwu Huang, Sarah Ferrer, Samantha Ferrer, Maddie Scott, Nandi Harrison

Studio Nong arrives at KCAI
Richard J Stern Ceramics Building
(pictured top to bottom, L-R: Jessie Fisher, Bangmin Nong, Leandra Urrutia, Zhenhai He, Jigang Qin, Ross Redmon, Maggie DeMuelmeester, Hunter Pace, Scott Seebart, Shanwu Huang, Sarah Ferrer, Samantha Ferrer, Maddie Scott, Nandi Harrison)

As part of the residency, KCAI ceramics students–including Hunter Pace (junior), Maggie DeMeuleester (senior), Sarah Ferrer (junior), Samantha Ferrer (junior), Maddie Scott (junior), and Nandi Harrison (junior)–are assisting the residents as studio interns with KCAI alumni Ross Redmon (class of ’14) delegated as the Studio Nong manager. On August 8th and 15th, Studio Nong will be welcomed by Belger Crane Yard Studios as they teach two workshops: The Bust (a master class in anatomical approaches and methodologies, with professors Jigang Qin and Bangmin Nong, and assistance from fellow Studio Nong Collective members, professors Misty Gamble and Jessie Fisher ) and Calligraphy and Mishima (a master class in ancient traditions and contemporary form, with professors Zhenhai He and Shanwu Huang, and assistance from fellow Studio Nong Collective members, professors Leandra Urrutia and Scott Seebart).

The collective is currently working at the ceramics depart of the Kansas City Art Institute, and will transfer to the Memphis School of Art, in Tennessee, later this summer. Be sure to catch the exhibition of this group’s 2015 work, SunSet|SunRise: Work from Studio Nong at Belger Crane Yard Gallery, Kansas City. The exhibition will be up from Aug 28th- Sept 18th with the opening reception on August 28th, and First Friday reception on September 4th.

If you would like to know more about Studio Nong, please click on the link!! Have a great Summer!!!

 President Tony Jones and Studio Nong Members KCAI President Jones and Studio Nong Members (pictured l-r Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong, Leandra Urrutia, Jigang Qin, President Tony Jones, Zhenhai He)

KCAI President Jones and Studio Nong Members
(pictured L-R: Shanwu Huang, Bangmin Nong, Leandra Urrutia, Jigang Qin, President Tony Jones, Zhenhai He)

Studio Nong breakfast at KCAI Ceramics (pictured l-r Shanwu Huang, Jigang Qin, Zhenhai He, Leandra Urrutia)

Studio Nong breakfast at KCAI Ceramics
(pictured L-R: Shanwu Huang, Jigang Qin, Zhenhai He, Leandra Urrutia)

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