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Epsten Gallery Announces (Re)imagine Exhibition


The Epsten Gallery is pleased to present its summer exhibition, (Re)imagine, featuring dynamic, site-specific installation, painting and sculpture by three Kansas City-based artists, Matt Jacobs, Karen McCoy and Miles Neidinger.

Within immersive artworks utilizing a range of materials including straws, wire, plaster, wood, Plexiglas, newspaper and burlap, Jacobs, McCoy and Neidinger engage in practices of recycling, repurposing and re-imagining non-traditional art materials to create works touching upon ideas of excess, consumption, disposal and uncanny beauty.

Matt Jacobs, 2014, installation
detail (Courtesy the artist)

Topics of environmental sustainability, economics, natural and mechanical systems and our changing natural world emerge through imaginative narratives at play within the artwork. Visually stunning, surprising installations will transform Epsten Gallery while also indicating the changing chemistry of the oceans, complex systems of communication and utility, and the commercialization of being “green.”

By engaging in questions and conversations, (Re)imagine entices us into a creative recognition of the vast changes taking place on Earth, the way we live today, and how we may imagine a sustainable future upon our planet.


Karen McCoy, Miles Neidinger, Matt Jacobs

June 1 – July 27,

Public Opening Reception:
Sunday, June 1, from 1-4 p.m.
Gallery Talk with artists: 2-3 p.m.

Public Programs:

In conjunction with (Re)imagine, The Epsten Gallery will partner with the Arts Council of Johnson County to host the smART Art Exchange event, Perception & Reflection: Art on the Healing Edge. This public panel conversation will focus on the potential application of art to address issues of sustainability, health & human services and social welfare. (Date to be announced.)

Perception & Reflection: Art on the Healing Edge participants:

Lisa Eriksen, Principal of Oakland, California-based Lisa Eriksen Consulting, Director of California Association of Museums Museum Professionals Developing Foresight Program, Contributing Writer for the Center for the Future of Museums, and faculty in Graduate and Professional Studies at John F. Kennedy University in the Museum Studies Program.

• Dr. Gaelynn P. Wolf Bordonaro, Ph.D., ATR-BC, Director of the Emporia State University Art Therapy Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education.

Joan Philips, PhD, LMFT, LPC, ATR-BC, private practice art therapy, counseling and marriage and family therapy, Fulbright Scholar, Founder of the Art Therapy Association of Oklahoma, and former President of the National Art Therapy Association.

• Dr. Irene E. Bettinger MD, Neurologist, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Kansas School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri- Kansas City Medical School.

• Dr. Caroline Davies, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at UMKC. Davies is a biogeographer whose research focuses on the processes of climate change and human/landscape relationships from a wide range of spatial and temporal scales in the Middle East and the American Midwest.

Karen McCoy, Environmental Artist and Professor of Sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute. McCoy focuses on the relationship between nature and culture, creating work based on extensive research into the geological, cultural, and social histories of each site. She also works in video, photography, installation and makes drawings and prints.

Sherri Jacobs, MA-ATR Registered Art Therapist, Owner & Director of Heartland Art Therapy, former President of the Kansas Art Therapy Association and Workshop Coordinator for Epsten Gallery's ARTicipation program.

Community Youth Corps ARTicipation workshop:

In collaboration with Village Shalom, The Epsten Gallery will organize the interactive ARTicipationworkshop, Operation (Re)imagination for Kansas City Youth Corps Volunteers during the second week of July 2014. Youth Corps participants will repurpose discarded materials from the campus and surrounding grounds of Village Shalom to create artworks which will be displayed in conjunction with the exhibition, (Re)imagine.