Museum Shop

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.  

Museum Shop Artist: Cheryl Eve Acosta

Cheryl Eve Acosta makes sculptural jewelry intentional in both style and theme. Her avant garde designs take inspiration from nature, referencing marine preservation, coral fossilization, and aspects of the cycle of life such as birth and growth. Acosta’s unique copper fused glass and fabric processes have garnered international, national, and regional attention.

Museum Shop Artist: Jean Meinhardt

Jean Meinhardt has worked in clay for 35 years; the first 8 years as a production thrower. That experience helped to hone her skills at throwing as well as her eye for form. In 1992, Meinhardt started her own pottery and from that time, has focused on developing glazes to fit with her forms. 

“My goal is to have a balance of an interesting glaze on a form simple enough to stand on it’s own. I prefer to work in porcelain for the strength and the impermeability it develops when high-fired. It also creates a pure background which doesn’t interfere with the glazes.”