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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.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art names Sean O’Harrow as Executive Director

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––January 11, 2019––After an extensive search, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has named Sean O’Harrow as its next Executive Director.  

Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers)

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI––January 10, 2019––Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers) with an opening reception taking place Thursday, January 24, from 6:00–8:00 p.m., kicking-off Kemper Museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary year. Raise a glass with the artist, with complimentary beer and wine provided by Café Sebastienne and cocktails thanks to Tom’s Town Distilling Co. of Kansas City.

Kemper Museum 2019 Docent Training

Do you have a passion for art and volunteering?

Enjoy working with people of all different ages and backgrounds?

Share your love of art and become a Kemper Museum Docent!

Stop by our Community Info Session to learn more:
When:  Wednesday, January 16 | 5:30–7:00 p.m. 
Where:  Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art 

Closed for Thanksgiving

Kemper Museum and Café Sebastienne will be closed Thursday, November 22, 2018 in celebration of Thanksgiving. We will resume normal hours of operation Friday, November 23, 2018. 

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Gala 2018 Photos Now Available

What fun was had by all! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art at the 2018 Gala, Body Electric: Color The Night. Ignite Your Soul. 

You can now review our favorite photos from the night by clicking here.

Feel free to download your favorites, and share them using the hashtag #kempergala.


KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI—September 20, 2018—Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, a major museum exhibition comprising of more than thirty paintings and video works spanning nearly a decade, with an opening reception taking place Thursday, September 20, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. The artist will be in attendance, signing exhibition catalogues from 6:30-7:00 p.m., following a performance by the Chamber Ensemble of Heartland Men’s Chorus.

The exhibition will remain on view through January 6, 2019.