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Third Thursday • Visiting Artist’s Presentation


Third Thursday • Visiting Artist’s Presentation

Wilbur Niewald

Portrait of Wilbur Niewald
Photo: EG Schempf

View of West Bottoms from Quality Hill

Wilbur Niewald, "View of West Bottoms
from Quality Hill (detail),"
2006, Oil on canvas, 29 x 36,”
Collection NMOCA, 2006.26

Still Life with Apples and Grey Pitcher

Wilbur Niewald, "Still Life with Apples
and Grey Pitcher," 2012,
oil on canvas 24x29”

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host a visiting artist’s presentation on March 27, 2014, (the fourth Thursday of the month due to spring break), from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium with guest artist Wilbur Niewald and JCCC faculty moderator Allison Smith, associate professor and chair of art history. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Wilbur Niewald is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, and the city’s urban landscape has been a prominent and recurrent theme in his work. Niewald paints daily, creating landscapes en plein air, as well as still lifes and portraits in his studio. When asked about the future of his work, the artist stated, “Each day I face the subject and try to visually understand what is before me. Accepting what I see as truth, I search and correct to conform to the subject — to understand it as a total in balance. I feel that I see more clearly each day and I am encouraged by the progress. I also know it is an endless learning process — I am grateful for this moment.” Niewald’s connection to the Kansas City Art Institute, where he took Saturday courses starting at the age of 10, earned both his bachelor's of fine arts and master's of fine arts and taught for 43 years, spans more than 75 years. He influenced generations of students during his tenure as a professor of painting. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in numerous museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Niewald was a 2006 recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Niewald’s work is currently featured in a solo exhibition, Still Life • Figure • Landscape, at the Haw Contemporary gallery in Kansas City through April 4.

The final Third Thursday program of the spring semester on April 17, 2014, will feature artists Robert Josiah Bingaman and Julie Farstad. These free programs typically feature two artists working within the Kansas City region, with each artist giving a 20-minute presentation followed by discussion in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium. Museum staff facilitates conversation and audience participation by pairing each artist with a JCCC faculty moderator. Third Thursday programs are designed to promote student interface with professional artists working within our community and beyond.

The Nerman is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and all JCCC holidays.

For more information, call 913-469-3000 or visit
Admission and parking are free.

Third Thursday programs are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ARTSKC Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.