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Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Adds Board of Trustees Members and Creates New Board of Directors

Two new members have been appointed to the seven-member Board of Trustees of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum’s Trustees have created a new Board of Directors with five members. Clyde Wendel and Mary Kemper Wolf are the Museum’s new Trustees; and John Bluford, Bill Gautreaux, Tom Holcom, Karen Holland, and Lindsay Major comprise the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will serve in an advisory role to the Board of Trustees. Wendel and Wolf join Museum Trustees Crosby Kemper, chairman; Josh Sosland, vice-chairman; Marilyn Hebenstreit, treasurer; Bebe Kemper; and Jo Ann Sullivan.
About the appointments, Crosby Kemper, Museum founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, “the new trustees and directors are all very accomplished people. They will add a great deal of talent and depth to the direction and management of the Museum.”
New Members to the Board of Trustees
Clyde F. Wendel is Vice Chairman of UMB Bank, n.a. and Executive Vice President for Global Asset Management. Along with serving on the Board of Trustees for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, he serves on the board of Powell Gardens, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Nature Conservancy of Kansas. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Rockhurst University, and was previously on the board of the Truman Presidential Library and Institute and American Jazz Museum. In 2011, he and his wife, Katie, were honored as Volunteers of the Year by Non-Profit Connect.
Mary Kemper Wolf is an independent film producer and director, specializing in fine art productions. She is president of Snow Hill Productions, LLC. She is currently producing a narrative feature film about the three generations of Wyeth painters, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. Her film 120 Wooster (2002, 58 minutes) profiles African American artist Frederick James Brown. Wolf serves on the Board of Governors for the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. A native Kansas Citian, she and her husband, Gary, have two children.
Board of Directors
John W. Bluford III is President and CEO of Truman Medical Center (TMC) and promotes healing through art. TMC is home to more than six hundred works of art and the Center for Healing Arts. The Center’s goal is to improve patient services, and to attract, develop, and retain high-quality employees to TMC. He serves as immediate Past Chair of the American Hospital Association, Past Chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association, and Past Chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Bluford has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the most influential people in health care, and in 2011 he was awarded the Laura G. Jackson Award from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management for exceptional leadership in the healthcare industry. He and his wife, Joanne, have two sons, one daughter, and a new grandson.
William C. Gautreaux is a 28-year veteran of the NGL (natural gas liquids) industry and a founding member of Inergy at its inception in 1996. Today, Gautreaux serves as president of Inergy Services, managing the NGL and Crude Logistics division for both Inergy, L.P. and Inergy Midstream. He is the outgoing Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mid-America Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He also currently serves on other boards, including his alma mater William Jewell College, as well as Cornerstones of Care and the Kansas City Police Foundation. Gautreaux and his wife, Christy, have two daughters and are active contemporary art collectors.
Thomas H. Holcom Jr. is Chairman and CEO of Pioneer Financial Services, Inc. Holcom was given the Army Commanders Award for Public Service this year. Among many other honors, he was presented with the U.S. Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for his work serving as first president of the Command General Staff College Foundation at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 2010. He is also actively involved with Angel Flight Central as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, Park University, and Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation, among others. He and his wife, Denise, have three sons and two grandsons.
Karen Keane Holland is an arts advocate and has served as chair of the Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Cultural Trust, Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission, Kansas/Missouri Bi-State Commission, and Coterie Children’s Theater. She is founder and chairman of WaterFire Kansas City and director of Escape to Create artist residency program in Seaside, Florida. Holland also serves on the boards of Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Crossroads Arts PIEA. She and her husband, Jack, are active collectors of contemporary and outsider art and fund the Kemper Museum’s Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Program. They have two daughters.
Lindsay Hughes Major is a poet, painter, and community volunteer. Born in Wyoming, Major has lived most of her life in Kansas City, where she and her husband, Lee, have raised three children. For several years, she worked as the Divorce Custody Program Coordinator for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Johnson County, Kansas, and a family mediator for the court system. She now splits her time between Kansas City and Boca Grande, Florida. In Florida, she has co-chaired the Literature Forum, a program that encourages the reading and discussion of outstanding, enduring literature.

About the Museum

Kansas City's renowned FREE contemporary art museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in October 1994 and draws 120,000–140,000 visitors each year. The Museum boasts a rapidly growing permanent collection of modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. Permanent collection artists include Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Dale Chihuly, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Georgia O'Keeffe, Matthew Ritchie, Frank Stella, and Wayne Thiebaud. The Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, installations, lectures, concerts, children's workshops, and other creative programs.

The Kemper Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Café Sebastienne serves lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; and dinner 5:30–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday. The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Kemper at the Crossroads (33 West 19th Street) is open noon–8:00 p.m., Friday (open until 10:00 p.m. on First Fridays) and noon–6:00 p.m. Saturday. The galleries of Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–4 p.m., Tuesday–Friday.

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