Around the Museum

Art Madness is Upon Us!

'Tis the season of brackets and underdogs... that's right, it's ART MADNESS time! Over the next three weeks, we will be putting two works from our Permanent Collection head-to-head on Facebook and asking you to vote for your favorite by selecting the emoji corresponding to each work. The artwork with the most votes will advance to the next round.

Which work of art will win? Keep checking our Facebook Page and vote in each round until an "ART MADNESS CHAMPION" is crowned on April 3rd! 

Staff Profiles: Jessica Thompson-Lee

Meet our Museum Educator of Youth & Family, Jessica Thompson-Lee!

NMWA Women to Watch Call for Entries

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Women To Watch (Metals)
Presented in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts


ENTRY DEADLINE March 15, 2017
EXHIBITION June 16, 2017 – January 28, 2018, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Metals (The work of art must incorporate metal in part or in whole.)

In Loving Memory...

It is with immense sadness and overwhelming loss that we share the passing of our dear friend and beloved colleague, Chef Jennifer Maloney. On December 25, 2016 the family released the following statement, "At 9:55am on Christmas morning, Our love Jennifer Marie Maloney passed away peacefully and with her immediate family at her side … God bless you all for your prayers and good wishes. Peace."

I SUPPORT KEMPER MUSEUM: Linda Lighton, artist + philanthropist

Kemper Museum is happy to share the good news that Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins, long-time members and friends of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, contributed a lead gift to our year-end campaign, doubling the amount they gave last year. Please join them with your own generous gift today.

Linda and Lynn know their gift goes far to cover the cost of exhibitions and programming that our audience truly appreciates free of charge. The Museum is grateful for their confidence and commitment to the Museum and the arts. 

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Wins The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, we did it! Kemper of Museum of Contemporary Art is proudly taking home another Best of Weddings award from the premier wedding information site, The Knot! We are so proud of our commitment to our craft and supplying our museum space and professional event planners to not only our couples but our corporate clients and clients throwing parties “just because!”

Become a Docent


As an integral part of the Museum’s educational program, volunteer docents lead interactive tours for groups of all ages. Docents provide visitors an opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, and even question the meaning of an artwork, creating a lasting relationship with modern & contemporary art. 


Hermon Mehari "BLEU" Sneak Preview Performance

Friday, September 16, 2016: Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting Hermon Mehari "Bleu" Sneak Preview Performance.

Free admission.
Doors at 7:00 p.m. Show at 7:30 p.m.

Kemper Gala 2016 Promotional Video

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art would like to extend a special "thank you" to The Sandbox Agency (formerly Two West) for their gracious direction and production of this promotional video. Additional thanks is given to Make Digital Group for their consultation and content development on all aspects of Kemper Gala marketing.

The Mary Beth Smith Docent Program

Mary Beth Smith joined the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Docent program in 2006, becoming a valued long-term volunteer, and a favorite guide among Museum visitors of all ages. Her generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for modern and contemporary art and Kemper Museum led to a desire to honor her memory. As a result, the Scott and Mary Beth Smith family will graciously sponsor the Museum’s Docent Program for the next three years.