Museum Shop

2019 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly

Please join us in welcoming the 2019 Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly – Eucalyptus MacchiaMandarin Orange BasketPeriwinkle Persian, and Flamingo Macchia. These hand-blown sculptures reference some of the best-known series by Chihuly, and they are made available each year as a way for Museum visitors to support the exhibitions and programs of Kemper Museum.

Meet Shop Artist: Anthony Pack

Combining basic wood working skills, found objects, and a quirky sense of humor, Anthony Pack tries to touch the inner child within people through his artwork.  

Most of his work is comprised of recycled materials. Found objects inspire ideas, drawing on his sense of humor to see them for what they could be, rather than limit them to their intended purpose. Nails, screws, and washers might become eyes, springs might become a mouth or neck, rusty nails get a second life as hands or feet, and painted scrap lumber becomes the body of the figure.

Meet Shop Artist: Sara Kharatyan of Crown & Heart KC

A native of Kansas City, Sara Kharatyan is a certified K-12 art teacher currently in her tenth year of teaching. Inspired to create a line of affordable jewelry to complement a minimalist wardrobe, Crown & Heart is designed to be bold enough to be a statement, but simple enough to be worn every day.

Kharatyan writes:

While I love teaching, Crown & Heart was born from a desire to nurture my own artistic inclinations. The name of my shop was borrowed from my maiden name, Crownhart.

Meet Shop Artist: Jane Smeltzer

Jane Smeltzer is the designer behind the Shop’s well-loved recycled wool rosette scarves, gloves, and lapel pins. Jane's mother was a beautiful seamstress and always wanted Jane to sew. Unfortunately, she never got to see the day Jane would touch a sewing machine, but when her mom passed, Jane inherited her mother’s sewing machine and was determined to someday learn the craft. 

Smeltzer’s wild and wooly creations, made using the old sewing machine, would make her mom very happy! The fiber is 100% wool and cashmere from old sweaters.  

Calling all Members! Holiday Sale

With unique, often one-of-a-kind products from over fifty local artists in-stock – and new products arriving daily – the Shop at Kemper Museum is a destination worth visiting this holiday season for all your gift-giving needs. 

Explore jewelry and gems, textiles and ceramics, holiday cards, decorations, and ornaments, along with a beautiful selection of art books and materials, with your tax-free purchases supporting the museum's educational mission. 

Museum Store Sunday

On Sunday, November 25, 2018, over 1,000 Museum Stores representing all fifty states, thirteen countries, and four continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions.  

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will proudly be participating for the first time, launching a new program to extend visitors the opportunity to round-up their tax-free purchase amount as a gift to support the mission of Kemper Museum, and offering Museum members DOUBLE their discount storewide:

Meet Shop Artist: Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray is the Kansas City based designer and artist behind Grayjay Studio. Gray established her multidisciplinary art practice in 2013, while living in England. There she began selling her jewelry in some of London’s finest curated craft markets and independent boutiques and was also commissioned to create a collection for the Royal Academy of Arts museum shop. 

Calling all Members! Pop Up at the Museum Shop

Making plans to shop for the perfect gift during Small Business Saturday? Support Kemper Museum and some of your favorite area artists during a special "Pop Up at the Museum Shop" taking place from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Participating artists will include:
Jennifer Janesko, Jewerly 
Momoko Usami, Ceramics
Kim Casper, Jewelry 
Manda Wylde, Jewelry
Jamie Gray, Jewelry
Whitney Manney, Textiles 

Café Sebastienne will be on hand with warm and cold seasonal ciders, mimosas, wine, and coffee available for sale.

Meet Shop Artist: Paula Winchester

Kansas City native Paula Winchester has long sought out nature. Since 2004, when she took up pastels, Paula has put to paper what from nature has inspired her. In 2009, after her sister Rebecca thought her work would look great on a scarf, Paula found a way to do just that, and today she has twelve scarf designs in production, touching China; India; Japan; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona; the Kauffman Gardens; the grounds of Linda Hall Library; and her own yard. 

Meet Shop Artist: Manda Wylde

Manda Wylde is a globe-trotting jewelry artist who fell in love with the art of adornment upon discovering her mother’s jewelry box at the age of two.  She began creating her own jewelry with a kit of snap beads at the age of three, graduating to porcelain, pearls, and precious metals later on. Wylde now makes jewelry that is unique in style and crafted with exquisite care, pulling on influences from the past, present, and imagined future.