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Third Thursday · Visiting Artists Presentation


Third Thursday · Visiting Artists Presentation

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host visiting artists’ presentations on the Third Thursday afternoon of April 17, 2014, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium with guest artists Robert Josiah Bingaman and Julie Farstad and JCCC faculty moderators Misha Kligman, adjunct assistant professor of fine art, and Bridget Stewart, adjunct professor of fine art. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Robert Josiah Bingaman

Robert Josiah Bingaman
Photo by Lisa Weatherbee

“Palm 15,” 2014, acrylic on birch, 16 x 16”

Robert Josiah Bingaman
Palm 15," 2014, acrylic on birch, 16 x 16”
Photo: Clear Bright Matter

Robert Josiah Bingaman’s paintings present a dark and somewhat unsettling take on suburban landscapes. Featuring ordinary places and objects such as tennis courts, decks, billboards and lawn furniture, often depicted at night and in a glowing palate of vibrant colors, Bingaman’s works present ghostly versions of the everyday rendered strange and beautiful. He is cofounder and curator of the “Wheelhouse Review,” a “semi-regular digest of mid-American studios.” Bingaman earned his bachelor’s of fine arts in painting from the University of Kansas and his master’s of fine arts in visual art from Washington University, St. Louis. Bingaman is a lecturer at the University of Kansas, where he also serves as the curator for the Kansas Union Gallery. He is a founding member of KC PAC – Kansas City’s premiere Plein Air Coterie.

Julie Farstad

Julie Farstad
Photo by Mara Gibson

“The Accident,” 2011, oil on Claybord, 11 x 14”

Julie Farstad
"The Accident," 2011, oil on Claybord, 11 x 14”
Photo courtesy of the artist

Julie Farstad’s work draws upon social and psychological aspects of childhood and the development of gender identity. The artist states that her paintings “focus primarily on the doll as subject, and I use children’s toys and landscape references to create images that are about identity development, rites of passage and my own experiences of childhood and adolescence.” Farstad earned her bachelor’s of fine art in painting from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s of fine art in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an assistant professor at the Kansas City Art Institute. Farstad has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, and her work was featured in “Body of Work: New Perspectives in Figure Painting,” in 2010 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington.

Third Thursday programs will resume in September 2014. 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 facilitate 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. They are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ARTSKC Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

The Nerman Museum 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.