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Third Thursday · Visiting Artists Presentation

02/14/14

Third Thursday · Visiting Artists Presentation

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College will host visiting artist presentations on the Third Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s Hudson Auditorium with guest artists Asheer Akram and Laura Berman and JCCC faculty moderators Marie Dolembo, adjunct assistant professor of art history, and Larry Thomas, professor/chair of fine arts. The program is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. 

Asheer Akram in front of The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative, photo: Rich Sugg
Asheer Akram in front of The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative, photo: Rich Sugg

Asheer Akram, The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative, 2013, Mixed media, 142 x 324 x 97”, photo: Rich Sugg
Asheer Akram, The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative, 2013, Mixed media, 142 x 324 x 97”, photo: Rich Sugg  

Asheer Akram’s work is greatly informed by his travels abroad in 2010, which were funded by a Lighton International Artists Exchange Program grant. He was particularly struck by the intricately decorated cargo trucks he encountered in Pakistan. After returning, Akram had an idea to create an American hybrid of a Pakistani cargo truck. He created "The Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative," an elaborately decorated grain truck, with the help of many other artists. The truck will be on display outside the Nerman museum from Feb. 18-23. Akram hopes that his work will foster dialogues that lead to greater cultural understanding. He received his bachelor's of fine arts in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. 

Laura Berman, Supernova 4, 2013, Monoprint, 22 x 22
Laura Berman, Supernova 4, 2013, Monoprint, 22 x 22", photo courtesy of the artist
Laura Berman, photo: Judy Revenaugh
Laura Berman, photo: Judy Revenaugh

Laura Berman makes prints and installations inspired by the rocks she has collected on her many travels. Born in 1970s Barcelona, Berman is also inspired by the bold patterns and colors of that era as well as the architecture and mosaics of Antoni Gaudi. She takes an intuitive approach to color, layering and juxtaposing hand-mixed inks in her prints. Berman has exhibited nationally and internationally and has upcoming solo exhibitions at the Haw Contemporary in Kansas City and the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. She is an associate professor of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute. Berman received her bachelor's of fine arts from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her master's of fine arts from Tulane University. 

The next Third Thursday program on March 27 (scheduled for the fourth Thursday of the month due to JCCC's spring break) will feature Wilbur Niewald. The final program of the spring semester on April 17 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 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 the 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 www.nermanmuseum.org.
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.

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