Mattie Rhodes and the Indelible Impressions of Art
Art bridges generations and cultures, and so it has long been essential to Kansas City’s Mattie Rhodes Center and its 124-year mission of community service. Jenny Mendez, the center’s director of cultural arts, joins a discussion of the growth and evolution of its collections. The panel also examines the backstories and cultural significance of pieces selected for the current Library exhibit Craft Research Lab: Mattie Rhodes Folk Art Collection.
Joining Mendez are Olivia Clanton, a Kansas City Art Institute graduate who curated the exhibit, and Laurie Hamilton, a member of Mattie Rhodes’ original Hand-in-Hand Folk Art Collection steering committee.
The Craft Research Lab exhibit, the last in a yearlong series curated by KCAI students, runs through December 30. It is underwritten by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts and Pam and Gary Gradinger.
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