Belger Arts Center
John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
Current Exhibition
Belger Arts Center, Belger Crane Yard Studios and Crane Yard Clay will be closed on November 24-25 in
observance of Thanksgiving. We will resume normal hours on Saturday, November 26. Additionally, we will
be closed 12/24/2016 - 1/2/2017. We will reopen with normal hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Roger Shimomura - Chinese Imposter #5 - Kansas City Gallery
Roger Shimomura
Chinese Imposter #5, 2012
54" x 54"
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff
October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017
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This fall Belger focuses on a local hero — the legendary Roger Shimomura. In its first showing outside the Pacific Northwest, An American Knockoff opens Oct. 7, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017. This exhibition features acrylic paintings of Shimomura with recognizable American icons such as Porky Pig, Goofy the Dog, and Uncle Sam.

In this series, the artist inserts himself into the work, battling or becoming stereotypes in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, to personify the Asian-American experience.

Matthew Monahan - Son of a Gun #16 - Kansas City Gallery
Matthew Monahan
Son of a Gun #16, 2016
24" x 17" x 6"
160 offset-printed pages, PVA glue
Plexiglas, and linen-backed aluminum
Courtesy of the Artist

Dimensions and the Space Between
October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017
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First Friday, October 7th, we'll open Dimensions and the Space Between featuring about a dozen artworks from the Belger Collection. When you look at artwork it usually registers right away as either a two-dimensional or three-dimensional object, but not always. For this exhibition we looked through the Belger Collection and chose work that made us question “Is this 2D, or 3D, or both?”

Paolo Porelli - Twighlight Zone Granny - Kansas City Gallery
Paolo Porelli
Twighlight Zone Granny, 2015
12.5" x 7.5" x 3.5"
White earthenware, glaze and over-glaze
Courtesy of the Artist

Paolo Porelli: Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous
September 2 - December 17, 2016

Paolo Porelli’s exhibit, Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous is exhibited at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut Street. Known for his figurative sculpture, this body of work is a hybrid of ideas culled from mythological imagery, pop-culture references, and contemporary society to articulate the human behaviors — both good and bad.

Paolo created many of the exhibition works last winter during his Fellowship Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Porelli came to the studio from Italy, where he has been running his own ceramics studio since 1990. In more recent years he and his wife, Lori-Ann Touchette, have operated c.r.e.t.a rome, an international art residency program.

"The Belger Arts Center is amazing in its presence in Kansas City; not quite a museum, not a university gallery, not a commercial gallery. It is an entity in itself that defies definition. It is an incredible resource and contribution to the visual arts in Kansas City."

- Dr. Kathleen Desmond, REVIEW magazine, November 2004

Feel free to contact us for more info about any of our exhibitions or to schedule tours for groups of 10 or more.
  The Belger Arts Center - 2100 Walnut, 3rd Floor - Kansas City, MO 64108 - Office: (816) 474-3250  
  The Belger Arts Center is located on the 1st & 3rd floors at 2100 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO in the Crossroads Arts District.
Open Wed-Thur-Fridays 10am-4pm & Saturdays Noon-4pm or by appointment. Open "First Fridays" of each month until 9pm.
Exhibition is always free and open to the public. Please call to schedule tours for groups 10 or more.

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