Artists featured at UMKC: Body-Mind Entente

BodyMIND_Postcard_FrontResident artist Miles Neidinger, Studios Inc office manager Emily Connell , and former resident artist Diana Heise included in the upcoming exhibition Body-Mind Entente at UMKC Gallery of Art .Thursday, January 21 – Friday, February 26, 2016Opening Reception: Thursday January 21, 2016, 5—7PMFree Parking in the Cherry St. garage, levels 5 & 6Body-Mind Entente features multimedia artworks that explore the relationship between body and mind, perception and cognition, consciousness and spirituality. It looks into the biological and cultural factors that shape our existence, enabling us to develop singular identities while simultaneously sharing many features and modes of behavior with others. This exhibition opens a dialogue between art and cognitive sciences by unveiling significant crossovers between artists and scientists’ objects of inquiry. The contemporary artists whose work is included in Body-Mind  Entente approach pivotal questions about how people perceive, think, and build a sense of identity in relation to others. The exhibition shows that aesthetics play an important role in heightening self-consciousness and triggering reflection on the interdependence between body and mind.This exhibition was curated by the members of the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA), which is a student-driven organization through the UMKC Art & Art History Department. It dedicates itself to fostering professional development in art scholarship. GAHA works with local museums, galleries, and educational institutions to enable students to enter into dialogue with established art professionals.Artists Featured:JJ Allen | Emily Connell | Sarabeth Dunton | Diana Heise | Robert Howsare | Nene Humphrey | Maret K. Miller | Molly Murphy | Jodi Lightner & Amber Stene | Miles Neidinger | Patricia Olynyk  | Anne Austin Pearce | Jim Sajovic | Jamie Bates Slone | Hong Chun ZhangPanel Discussion: Exploring Body-Mind ConnectionsThursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00—7:30 pm at the UMKC Gallery of ArtFeatured speakers: New York City artist Nene Humphrey, art historian and UMKC faculty member Dr. Cristina Albu, neuroscientist and UMKC faculty member Dr. Nash Boutros, and art history graduate student Tara Karaim as moderator. The discussion will address how the neural basis of perception, along with cultural affiliations, influences aesthetic experience. The program aims to expand the traditional understanding of neuroscience and art by fostering a broader comprehension and appreciation of the qualities of both.Visit our website at http://info.umkc.edu/art/umkcgallery/contact/, email umkcgallery@umkc.edu, or call 816-235-1502  for more info.Spring 2016 Hours:  Monday 10-5, Tuesday 10-3, Wednesday 10-5, Thursday 12-5, Friday 11-5, Saturday 11-5*Image shown Above: Jodi Lightner & Amber Stene, Compartmentalize, 2014, acrylic and watercolor on YupoUMKC Gallery of Art  | Fine Arts Building 203  | 5015 Holmes St. KCMO 64110