Gallery of Art & Design
September 30 - October 25 - GABRIELLA POLONY-MOUNTAIN (Main Gallery)
Polony-Mountain was born in April of 1918 in Sasvar, Hungary, and studied art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. She spent years traveling across Europe and continued her studies in Rome before finally arriving in America in 1951. Mrs. Polony-Mountain is 95 years young and resides in Kansas City, MO. Commissioned installations of Polony-Mountain's work appear throughout Missouri, including two permanent works on the UCM campus. Her prefered media include stone sculpture, repousse, mosaic, drawings, and textiles.
January 13 - February 6 - DESIGNER APPROVED (Main Gallery), BEAUTIFUL BITMAPS (Outer Gallery)
Interior Designers look for creative and technical ideas to improve public and private indoor spaces. Often, this process involves the use of new materials or contemporary interpretations of traditional objects. This exceptional exhibition will highlight new designs of essential components, focusing on models that are energy efficient, conservation focused, made from renewable resources, or contribute to green living.
Bitmap images are stored as a series of tiny dots called pixels. Each pixel is actually a very small square that is assigned a color, and then arranged in a pattern to form the image. In Beautiful Bitmaps, 26 typographers, designers and illustrators create beautiful bitmaps for letters of the alphabet by taking this vestigial part of digital type, the bitmap, and making it into something to be newly appreciable.
September 10 - March 4 - UCM Gallery Film Series (4 films total - dates subject to change)
September 10 ROADSWORTH: CROSSING THE LINE - 2008 (72min) This film details a Montreal stencil artist's clandestine campaign to make his mark on the city streets. As he is prosecuted at home and celebrated abroad, Roadsworth struggles to defend his work, define himself as an artist, and address difficult questions about art and freedom of expression.
October 8 WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? - 2008 (73min) In a half-changed world, women are often forced to choose: Mothering or working? Your children's wellbeing or your own own? Responsibility or self expression? Who Does She Think She Is? is a documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll, chronicles five fierce women who refuse to choose.
February 4 HANDMADE NATION - 2009 (90min) Handmade Nation documents the new wave of art, craft and design that is capturing the attention of the nation. It is the feature film debut of director, author, artist and curator Faythe Levine. Levine traveled to 15 cities and covered more than 19,000 miles to interview artists, crafters, makers, curators and community members.
March 4 AI WEIWEI: WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR - 2010 (51min) Without Fear or Favor explores the story of Ai Weiwei's life and art. This rousting film reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under the restrictive shadows of Chinese authoritarian rule.