For Adults

Free hands-on workshops, films, lectures, and performances are scheduled throughout the year. The Museum strives to represent artists and visitors of diverse genders, nationalities, artistic influences, media, and ethnicity. Admission is always free and the Museum is fully accessible in order to warmly welcome visitors with special needs. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

National Committee Celebration

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Private event for National Committee Members | Email Sara Hale, membership coordinator at to join or upgrade your membership.

National Committee Celebration brings together a visionary group of the Museum's most generous patrons, our nearest and dearest 267 contributors who through the past year gave $1,000 or more toward Museum operations. This group is important for so many reasons, but crucially, philanthropic support accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Museum's annual budget.

National Committee Celebration programming is made possible in part by generous gifts in honor of William D. Sullivan.


Special Guest Huma Bhabha, whose works are featured in the exhibition A Whisper of Where It Came From.

5:00 p.m.  Business Meeting in the Meeting Room Gallery

6:00 p.m.  Cocktails in the Museum Atrium

6:30 p.m.  Dinner in the Museum Atrium
                 prepared by Café Sebastienne Executive Chef Jennifer Maloney

8:00 p.m.  During coffee and dessert:
                 a conversation between the Artist Huma Bhabha and Exhibition Curator Erin Dziedzic

8:30 p.m.  Adjourn

Programs in Conjunction with A Whisper of Where It Came From

Opening and Artist Panel: Nicole Cherubini, Mark Cooper, and Jiha Moon

Friday, March 11, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist panel
FREE | All Ages

Join us for the opening of A Whisper of Where It Came From and hear a panel with three artists from the exhibition, Nicole Cherubini (b. 1970 Boston, Mass., lives and works in New York), Mark Cooper (b. 1950 Evansville, Ind., lives and works in Boston, Mass.), and Jiha Moon (b. 1973 DaeGu, Korea, lives and works in Atlanta, Ga.) as they discuss their inspiration, projects, and the relevance of clay and ceramics in their broader art practice. Moderated by Erin Dziedzic, Kemper Museum Curator and Head of Adult Programs.

National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA): Welcome Reception with Music by the UMKC Saxophone Ensemble

Friday, March 18, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00–9:30 p.m. reception and cash bar
FREE | All Ages

Join us for a public reception welcoming the 2016 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts attendees in honor of the exhibition A Whisper of Where It Came From. Enjoy music by the UMKC Saxophone Ensemble from the Conservatory of Music and Dance including undergraduate and graduate students under the direction of Zach Shemon, assistant professor of saxophone and co-director.

Alt. Lecture KC in Partnership with UMKC Art & Art History Department

Friday, March 25, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. lecture
FREE | All Ages

Alt. Lecture KC is a nomadic educational platform that pairs a local aesthetic producer with someone from outside the city in unique presentations and dialogue. With rotating speakers and locations, Alt. Lecture KC promotes innovative cultural community engagement and generates dynamic conversation among Kansas City creatives and those who take on creative practices and projects nationally. Alt. Lecture KC is founded and directed by Jessica Borusky, an artist, educator, writer, and curator. Alt. Lecture KC began in 2013 within the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project, and is currently in partnership with the UMKC Art and Art History Department.

Adrian Switzer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at UMKC, specializing in modern and contemporary European philosophy. His talk will focus on the California Light & Space art movement from the 1960s and 1970s. As exemplified by the work of Robert Irwin, Doug Wheeler and James Turrell, Light & Space art is non- or post-objective, shifting the focus of aesthetic experience away from an art object and onto the gallery or exhibition space generally. What comes of the aesthetic experience when it is decentered and generalized in this way? Is it possible to experience empty space? How does a non-object–oriented experience of space challenge and impact the subjectivity of the viewer?

Eddie Villanueva is an artist teaching at Brown University in Providence, R.I. His talk will center on the concept of emotional intelligence, the sublime, and how his current practice involves appropriation of artifacts of personal and social significance. Through this process, Villanueva unpacks gender identity, isolationism, conformity, and social hierarchies.

Art Sounds: Walking Meditation in the Galleries with Paul Rudy

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating meditation in a Kemper Museum gallery, led by sound practitioner Paul Rudy. Bring your yoga mat and enjoy sound immersion amongst works in the exhibition. Space is limited; RSVP at

Artist Talk: Huma Bhabha

Friday, May 20, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. artist talk

Huma Bhabha's sculptural works incorporate materials such as Styrofoam, animal bones, and clay. Her curious figures feel unstable and ephemeral, recalling figurative traditions from a range of cultures and historical periods—a kind of neo-primitivism yet decisively contemporary. In this talk, the Pakistani-born American artist discusses her unique choice of materials, her influences, and what it is to make art now.

Curator-led Tour with Erin Dziedzic

Sunday, June 12, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m.

Gain insight into A Whisper of Where It Came From on an exhibition tour with curator Erin Dziedzic, as she shares stories from her time spent with artists in the exhibition.

Ceramic Workshop: Palm Petals with Casey Whittier

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00–2:00 p.m.

Contribute your creative talents to a community garden in a workshop led by Kansas City Art Institute Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics and alumna Casey Whittier. Attendees will participate in making individual flowers by molding colored clay as well as cultivating community building, conversation, and storytelling. Flowers will be kiln fired and available at a designated date/time for participates to pick-up. Space is limited; RSVP at, Subject: Palm Petals

Italian Film Festival in Partnership with Park University

Ma che bella sorpresa / What a Beautiful Surprise

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:30 p.m
FREE | All Ages

Ma che bella sorpresa / What a Beautiful Surprise (comedy, 2015, 91 min., Director: Alessandro Genovesi)

Guido, a romantic professor, finds life to be pointless after his love leaves him. One of Guido’s former students convinces his family to move closer Naples to help his friend get back on track.

Torneranno i prati / Greenery Will Bloom Again

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m
FREE | All Ages

Torneranno i prati / Greenery Will Bloom Again (drama, 2014, 80 min., Director: Ermanno Olmi)

A group of soldiers face the difficulty of war during one night at the Italian Front.

Io, Arlecchino / I, Harlequin

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
6:30 p.m
FREE | All Ages

Io, Arlecchino / I, Harlequin (comedy/drama, 2014, 90 min., Directors: Matteo Bini and Giorgio Pasotti)

A dysfunctional father-son relationship plays out against the colorful background of the Italian theatrical tradition of Commedia dell’arte.

Una storia sbagliata / Another South

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00 p.m.

Una storia sbagliata / Another South (drama, 2014, 109 min., Director: Gianluca Maria Tavarelli)

Stefania, a young nurse from Sicily, is on a humanitarian mission to give aid to children in war-torn Iraq, but is determined to embark on her own quest outside the secure area.

Audio Tours

To hear insight from the artists themselves, an exhibition audio tour is available inside The Kemper app. Download the app via iTunes or the Android marketplace to hear the artists speak about selected works.

Tour: Gallery Conversations

Every Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
Kemper Museum | FREE

The Gallery Conversations tour is offered every Saturday. Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

No reservations are required. Meet at the Visitor Services Desk.​

Talks and Conversations

Featured artists and exhibition curators often speak at the Kemper Museum’s opening receptions for its special exhibitions. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the exhibitions' works and artists' working method. Visit the Museum's Talks page for more information.


Hands-on workshops for adults have included watercolor painting, acrylic portrait painting, monotype printing, wire sculpture, collage, mixed media, and creative writing. Led by area artists, these workshops provide creative opportunities that expand on themes and media present in Kemper Museum exhibiting artists' works. Learn to express yourself, work with new materials, and consider new processes and ideas.