Exhibition: Private Narrative: Public Discourse

​In honor of Black History Month, The Kansas City Art Institute’s Black Artist Culture and Community organization (BACC) presents Private Narrative: Public Discourse. The artwork featured in the show evokes each individual artist’s private narrative about personal experiences and perceptions related to culture, race, and ethnicity, while acknowledging how private narrative is often subject to both positive and negative public opinion and discourse.


Gerre Barnwell, Family Portrait, Ceramic, 2017. Photography by Archive Collective.

The show features four artists from our very own ceramics department: Gerre Barnwell, Shontaja Brown, Jada Patterson, and Jason Wang. The show will run February 2 – February 24, 2018.


Jada Patterson’s self portrait (in foreground on left-hand side) and Shontaja Brown’s set of five tiles (in background on far right-hand side). Photography by: Leedy-Voulkos.

The students hosted a Public Program at Leedy-Voulkos on February 17, 2018, where they were able to talk about their work and hear feedback from the public.


Students seated in a circle discussing their work @Leedy-Voulkos. Photography by: Leedy-Voulkos. Jason Wang’s large blue and white bust pictured on left.