NEW OPEN HOURS: SUNDAYS 12 - 3 PM
Aug. 19 - Sept. 23, 2023
Opening reception: Aug. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Curated by Craig Auge
Squaredance brings together the works of eight abstract artists from the US and UK who incorporate squares or grids, both as primary feature and point of departure. Squares expand and contract and frolic through space; playful experiments in composition and construction keeping time in jangly, funky, syncopated rhythms. This is also a dance between mediums, from typographic drawings to collaged paintings to quilts to wood and paper sculpture. Through distorted perspectives and alternative processes, these dancing squares are imaginably windows into a multitude of realities.
Artists: Monica d. Church, Philip Denker, Rie Egawa, Nathan Ford, Roland Hicks, Kevin Kelly, Ryan Sarah Murphy, and Alison Tirrell.
Submit your portfolio
PLUG will maintain a roster of artists working in all disciplines and our curatorial cohort will use this roster to consider work for group exhibitions, crit nights, portfolio reviews, studio visits, artist highlights, etc. We are eager to review submissions from artists with an active creative practice who are interested in exhibiting work and/or participating in programming. We are not looking for show proposals at this time. Through this open-call process, our goal is to expand our network of artists on a rolling basis.
**Inclusion in the PLUG Artist Roster does not guarantee participation in any future PLUG exhibitions, events, or programming.**
PLUG is a curatorial collaboration by Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversations to the local cultural community. As a volunteer-artist-run space, PLUG provides access to exhibition space, collaborative possibilities, and engaging programming for creatives. Our goal is to exhibit challenging new work, initiate critical dialogue, and connect Kansas City artists with an expanding national network of artist-run initiatives.
PLUG is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which allows for more financial freedom and flexibility. PLUG maintains its curatorial and collaborative spirit, now with each collaborator occupying a position on PLUG's Board of Directors, and looks forward to a future that will build on PLUG's illustrious past. Our current Board of Directors includes Craig Deppen Auge, Megan Ganey, Samantha Haan, Cesar Lopez, Shelly Pinto, Stefan Schulz and Travis Smorstad.
From 2011-2020, PLUG occupied a storefront gallery space in Kansas City's historic West Bottoms district. There, PLUG exhibited works from national and local artists, facilitated programming such as Crit Nights, Spark Plugs, and unPLUGGED.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on both art spaces and individual PLUG board members, PLUG left behind its West Bottoms gallery space and operated unattached from a physical location for a year. In 2021, PLUG became a tenant at the Agnes Arts Building, east of Kansas City's downtown area.
PLUG remains committed to bringing new art and artists to the attention of Kansas City audiences, and sparking important conversations about contemporary art and its role as an agent for change in the world. With the number of artist-run spaces shrinking, we feel compelled to provide necessary outlets for the cultivation of creative work, independent of commercial consideration and free to the viewing public.