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Kansas City Area Artist Donates Sculpture to UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug, 12, 2011) – A sculpture by renowned Kansas City artist Rita Blitt, has found a home on the campus of the University of Central Missouri.

Fantasy by Rita Blitt
"Fantasy" by Rita Blitt

“Fantasy,” a commanding steel sculpture standing more than nine feet high and eight feet in diameter, recently was installed on the north lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library on Clark Street. The sculpture originally was fabricated 1985 and installed at the site of the Bannister Mall retail complex in south Kansas City, Mo. With the closing and demolition of the mall property, a new home was sought for the sculpture.

The sculpture is an example of the modernist art aesthetic, focusing on the movement of line and shape. Outlining the soft curves and lines of a swan-like form, “Fantasy” is an example of the abstract style.

“Fantasy” was donated to UCM through the UCM Foundation with the assistance of Jan Leonard, senior vice president of UMB Bank in Kansas City and executive director of the Rita Blitt Foundation. The sculpture joins 14 sculptures on the UCM campus created by a variety of artists.

The public is invited to attend the dedication of “Fantasy” at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, on the north lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Following the dedication, the Gallery of Art and Design will host “Conversation,” an informal talk with Blitt and Jeremy Mikolajczak, gallery director, at 2 p.m. in the Main Gallery.

As a result of the collaboration between Blitt and the Department of Art and Design, the UCM Gallery of Art and Design will host an exhibit featuring a one-person retrospective of Blitt’s work. The exhibit, “Fear of War, Courage to Hope . . . While Dancing,” will open in the Main Gallery Thursday, Aug. 18, and run through Sept. 24. Featuring 22 works of art, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings and sculptures that demonstrate Blitt’s versatility and strength across artistic media.

A public reception is planned for 4-6 p.m. Aug. 18, in conjunction with the opening of exhibit.