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Expressions Art Exhibition

What is Expressions?

The 8th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition showcases artists with disabilities, celebrating their abilities and unique talents.  The annual exhibition adds diversity to the Kansas City arts community and exposes audiences to art that otherwise might not be seen.

Expressions not only breaks down some of the barriers that artists with disabilities face, but it also offers an art gallery experience that is accessible to people of all abilities.

Expressions Art Exhibition 2018 Opening Night

Friday, April 6, 2018, 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Kansas City Young Audiences, 3732 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

Opening Night Reception

Opening night attendees will enjoy music performances, silent auction, refreshments, interactive art projects and conversations with the featured artists.

Featured Artists

  • Visual Artists - Omar Al-Shams, Janice Atkins, Tina Blatter, Dustin Bowers, John Campbell, Michelle artepunk Childers, Margaret Welch Crow, Lana Hughes, Christine Klasinsk, Jan Kobe, Alex Krahenbuhl, Sylvia Mooney, Kassidee Quaranta, Ronald Ulrich, and Fazida Yathali.
  • Performing Artist - William Dozier.

TWP would like to thank Kansas City Young Audiences for generously opening its doors for the Expressions Art Exhibition.

Special thanks to the Expressions Selection Committee: Jean Belancio, Poppy Di Candeloro, Meghan Dohogne, Lisa Marie Evans, Kathryne Husk, Joseph Keehn, Emily McCullough and Jillian Youngbird.

Accessibility options at the event included Braille and large-print event programs, volunteer guides for descriptive audio tours, sign language interpreters and accessible entrances.

Opening Night Activities

BidPal bidding is LIVE! and runs through 9:00 pm on Friday, April 6. NEW ITEMS will be added leading up to opening night.

Silent Auction:  Silent auction items include artwork by Expressions artists and much more!  Bid remotely using BidPal! New items will be added leading up to Opening Night! (Visit our BidPal page to download a PDF with step-by-step instructions.)

Tile Art:  Create a work of art on a ceramic tile for $3 (small) or $5 (large) using a fun alcohol ink method.

“Decalcomania” Paint Symmetry Prints: Hosted by BLICK Art Materials. Suggested donation of $5.

Live Art Demonstration:  Nicholas K. Clark will create one of his incredible pieces on-site which will then be auctioned at the end of April 2018. Be ready to bid on this incredible piece of art through BidPal through April 30.  (link above)

Performances by:

  • The Golden Stars Dance Team - Inclusive dance team

  • Project Access Dance - Inclusive dance troupe

  • Sonflower Ringers - Handbell choir

  • Tota Voces - The Whole Person's "Whole Voices" choir

  • Sassaphras - Quartet associated with Sweet Adelines International

Thank you donors!

The Whole Person would like to thank the following who donated items for our silent auction:  State of the Art, KC Clay Guild, Lana Hughes, Arthurine Reliford, John C. Campbell, Christine Klasinski, Fazida Yathali, World’s Window, Kassidee Quaranta, Jan Kobe, Janice Atkins, Tina Blatter, Jean Belancio, Office Port at River Market, William Dozier, Margaret Welch Crow, Mission Project 2, Leah Shay-Zapien, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Jessica Becker, TWP’s Life with SCI/D Peer Group and ASL Group, Sherri Buerky, & Teigan Hockman.

Special appreciation to the following for their support of Expressions during our fiscal year 2017/2018: