Around the Museum

2015 Kemper Gala: Bright Nights

Immerse yourself in an evening of colorful characters and beautiful views, all while helping support the programs that the Kemper Museum provides for free throughout the year. 

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne closed for Independence Day

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observation of Independence Day. We will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, July 5, 2019. 

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On Saturday, August 24, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will continue the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary celebration with our fifth annual FREE Summer Block Party, taking place from 6:00–10:30 p.m. throughout the Museum grounds.

Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––April 25, 2019––Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Lexicon: The Language of Gesture in 25 Years at Kemper Museum with a free opening reception taking place Thursday, May 16, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Celebrating Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year, enjoy complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City.

Kemper Museum T-Shirt Design Competition

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is excited to announce a t-shirt design competition in celebration of our twenty-fifth anniversary! The Museum invites area artists to enter an original t-shirt design. The winning design will receive a $500 cash prize and be available for sale in the Kemper Museum Shop, where all purchases support Kemper Museum's free exhibitions and programs.

Submission Details

E(ART)h Extravaganza 2019

Join us Saturday, April 27, during the last weekend of Waiting for the UFOs for an unforgettable Earth Day-inspired event!

RSVP on Eventbrite:

Activities will include:

Flash talks at 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. by artist Amanda Gehin, exploring the relationships between native plants and hosts like caterpillars, bees, and butterflies. (20 minutes each)

GUILDit 2019

Taking place from 12:00–1:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at Kemper Museum, GUILDit is a FREE forum that is working to craft a stronger Kansas City art economy. Come see and hear a variety of artists present their businesses, be a part of an audience that is inspired by KC's talent, and learn as those gathered further each artist’s growth by giving businesses ideas, resources, and solutions.

Each event is followed by networking:

Café Sebastienne Valentine’s Day Special

Book your reservation now for Thursday, February 14, or Friday, February 15, to enjoy a special Café Sebastienne dinner experience with the one you love.

In addition to our regular dinner menu offerings we will feature a special Valentine's Day fixed-price menu created by Chef Rick Mullins, including four courses priced at $55 per person. Purchase recommended wine pairings for an additional $20 per person, or any of the Café’s wine, beer, or cocktail selections at the listed price.

Women to Watch: Call for Entries

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri
Women to Watch (Paper)
Presented in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Women to Watch is an exhibition program that features underrepresented and emerging women artists. Each exhibition focuses on a specific medium or theme chosen by the museum’s curator. The program is designed to increase the visibility of, and critical response to, promising women artists. 


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that we have been inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame from The Knot, a leading wedding planning brand and app. Exceptional wedding professionals who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into the prestigious The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.