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Tenant House V - William Christenberry  - Kansas City Gallery
William Christenberry
Tenant House V, 1964
54" x 66"
oil on canvas
Image: Belger Arts Center

Test Cells - Richard Welnowski - Belger Arts Center - Kansa City
William Christenbery
Windows of Palmist Building, 1981
Havana Junction, Alabama
30 3/4" x 25 11/16"
EK74 color photograph, framed.
Image: Belger Arts Center
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William Christenberry
February 5, 2014

Belger Arts Center's first exhibition in March of 2000, was a look at early works by William Christenberry. The Alabama native, who taught at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. for more than three decades, is one of the core artists in the Belger Collection. The Belger Collection holds sculptures, drawings, prints, collages and paintings by Christenberry, as well as many of the photographs he took of Hale County, AL, over a span of more than 30 years.

Christenberry's interest in 'the aesthetic of aging' has been explored through the abandoned houses, rural churches, cemeteries, and objects found in the southern landscapes of his home in Alabama. Christenberry's attention to change is only rivaled by his dutiful need to observe and document. Through a multitude of imagery and mediums Christenberry chronicles tangible memories of a not far-gone past creating work that is precious, intimate, and relatable.

Belger Arts Center is pleased to announce the William Christenberry exhibition, a selection of works in various mediums, from his earliest drawings to some of his most recent two- and three-dimensional work. The exhibition opens on First Friday, March 7, 2014 with an opening reception from 6-9pm. William Christenberry is on view through May 3, 2014.

Artist Biography:
In 1936, William Christenberry was born in Tuscaloosa, AL. He attended The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he received both his BFA and MFA degrees. The artist is best known for his photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures that depict Southern themes. His work has been exhibited widely, is the subject of numerous publications, and is included in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum of Art in New York.

He is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

William Christenberry now lives in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1961, Christenberry returned to Hale, AL, revisiting the same places in forgotten corners of the region.

Since March of 2000 the Belger Arts Center in the Crossroads Arts District has mounted over 60 exhibitions and hosted more than 70,000 visitors. While the Belger Collection features American artists active since 1960 (such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Renee Stout and many others), the Belger Arts Center has also shown works by artists from around the world, including Australia, Canada, Mexico, Israel, South Korea, Wales, and at least nine African countries.

The Belger Arts Center operates on the third floor of the Belger Building at 2100 Walnut Street. Admission is free. The gallery hours are Wednesday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm; Saturdays from noon - 4 pm; and First Fridays from 10 am - 9 pm. For more information, please email; visit; or call 816-474-3250 and ask for Gallery Coordinator Mo Dickens.


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