Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Spring Camp Kemper

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 7-11

Taking place March 19–21, Kemper Museum hosts a fun FREE three-day art camp for kids ages 7–11 with activities inspired by the colorful work of Polly Apfelbaum. Campers will explore material, pattern, and shape while experimenting with different ways of displaying artwork. 

Members enroll first, beginning February 1. Open registration begins February 14. 

To register, contact Jessica Thompson-Lee at or 816-457-6136. 

TOTs on Tuesday

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE | Ages 3–5
 | No registration required

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper Museum educator and Kansas City librarian.

Featuring a different work of art each month!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Waiting for the UFOs Tours: Artist’s Eye

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Enjoy coffee and a tour of the exhibition with Kansas City Art Institute senior and fiber artist Arianna Bonner. Hear about her work – focusing on form, shape, line, and color– and how she makes connections to Apfelbaum’s work.

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Arianna Bonner studied drawing, painting, ceramics and photography at Mississippi School of the Arts. At the Kansas City Art Institute, she has had the opportunity to immerse herself within the history of fiber processes and has discovered a love for color, pattern, and quilts.  Her studio practice is driven by simple elements of design with the intention of creating exciting, comforting, and visually pleasing works for those that are enthused by such. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Meet Executive Director Sean O'Harrow

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Please join us to give a warm Kansas City welcome to the new Executive Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Sean O’Harrow.

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Afterwards, consider staying for dinner at Café Sebastienne! Book your reservation online or by calling 816-561-7740.

About Sean O'Harrow:
Born in Paris, France, and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Sean O’Harrow is the new Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. An expert in British and American art and architecture, he previously served as the director of the Honolulu Museum of Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; and has also served as a member of the Iowa Arts Council Board of Directors. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and a BA from Harvard University, both in Art History. Learn more...

Saturday, March 23, 2019

ArtReach: Pop Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Register at or 816-457-6136

As part of a collaborative project between Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers free art workshops for children on the autism spectrum and their family members.

In this workshop: Starting in the 1950s, pop artists celebrated commonplace objects and people of everyday life and often chose subject matter from mass media and popular culture. In this ArtReach workshop, participants will explore the artwork of pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist and will then create their own piece of pop art!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Art, Observation and Medicine

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
5:00 p.m. cash bar, 6:00 p.m. program
FREE | Reservations required

A special panel discussion on the discourse of art in contemporary medical education and practice. Experience observation firsthand with a trained museum docent, and hear from museum educators and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience students and faculty participants about the course, now in its second year.


  • Schoen Kruse, PhD, F-NAOME, Associate Dean of Integrated Learning and Associate Professor of Pharmacology, KCUMB
  • Reid Gamble, medical student, KCUMB
  • Joy Blake-Krug, MSW, Museum Docent
  • Diane Botwin, Museum Docent
  • Mary Susan Dubinski, MSW, Museum Educator for Docents, Schools and Tours, Kemper Museum

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About Art, Observation and Medicine: An art museum can create a safe haven for health professionals to deepen their own relationships with one another, promote individual reflection, foster empathy, and increase appreciation for the psychosocial context of patient experience. Through this course students recognize the value of collaborative observation and team work, while discussion encourages the development of observation, interpretation, and diagnostic skills.