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Dillenbeck, a L
Giles Carroll Mitchell
Thomson, D P
Israelis Visit Leawood for Gezer Park Ribbon-Cutting
October 23, 2009
Article describes the dedication of Gezer Park in Leawood, Kansas, including information about its architectural and landscaping features. Members of the Jewish Federation and delegates from Leawood's...
Statue Honors Explorers
April 26, 2000
Article describes the dedication of the Lewis and Clark statue located in Case Park near the Broadway Bridge in downtown Kansas City. Author Stephen Ambrose and Governer Mel Carnahan were speakers at the...
Madonna of the Western Trails
Article describes the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate the historic trails of the United States by commissioning and placing 12 "Madonna of the Trail" statues in various...
Anna Belle Cartwright: Trail Scholar and Sculptor
Article describes the life and work of Anna Belle Cartwright, a museum curator, sculptor, and historian who passed away on October 21, 2001. Cartwright was commissioned in 1951 by J.C. Nichols to create...
Where Did the Cool Stuff at KCI Come From?
Article describing public art at Kansas City International Airport funded through the One Percent for Art program of Kansas City, Missouri. One Percent projects at KCI include the blue terrazzo floors,...
July 10-16, 2003
Article describing the 2003 creation of ''La Danse D'Entropie Liquide'', a fountain located at 41st and Pennsylvania in Westport. The 10,000 water sculpture was created by French artist Marcel Cerveau...
Henry Moore Sculpture Garden
Article describing the new Henry Moore Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with illustrated map and photo.
Who Cares for Public Art?
Article discusses the challenges of caring for public art in Kansas City. Maintenance of sculpture and other art work is often deferred, resulting in the need for conservation measures. Conservators from...
Museum, Neighbors at Odds Over Club
April 2, 2008
Article examining the dispute between the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Rockhill Tennis Club. The museum owns the tennis club property and wants to relocate offices to the club and use the surrounding...
Northeast Metals Company Creates Midtown Sculpture
August 23, 2000
Article features the A. Zahner Company located on 9th Street and Lydia. They have been working with metals for over 100 years and were voted one of the top ten small businesses of 1999 by the Kansas City...
Jedediah Strong Smith: Trails West
Article gives a biography of famed mountain man and early western explorer, Jedediah Smith. Describes him as a captain, explorer, geographer, entrepreneur, and hero. Includes a map of his travels in the...
Artist Brings Her Joy to Kansas City
September 29, 2011
Article on native Kansas City artist Rita Blitt and exhibits of her work at Longview and Penn Valley Community Colleges. Her paintings and sculptures "are noted for their colorful, sweeping, swirling lines...
The Twenty-Million-Dollar Garden
Article portraying the new "world-class" exhibit at the museum, the Henry Moore Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
'Bird's Return to the Vine
Article previews the unveiling of the sculpture and tomb of Charlie "Bird" Parker at 17th and the Paseo in the historic 18th and Vine district. The monument to Parker, designed by artist Robert Graham,...
The Joy of Her Art
October 25, 2009
Article profiles artist, Gabriella Polony-Mountain, whose work appears in buildings throughout Kansas City. Born in Hungary, she collaborated with some of Kansas City's most promionent architects to produce...
Article profiles sculptor Stretch. In his studio/gallery at 1830 Locust he creates sculpture out of steel and glass. Stretch is also owner of Grinders restaurant at 417 E. 18th Street.
Bird Statue Renovation Complete
December 2006/January 2007
Article reporting a renovation of Robert Graham's Charlie 'Bird' Parker Memorial sculpture in September 2006. A propane torch and proprietary chemical mix invented by the artist was used to combat the...
Proclaim Liberty Through the Land
July 4, 2009
Article tells the story of Jack P. Whitaker who led Boy Scouts in 1949-1951 in raising money for "little sisters" of the Statue of Liberty. These small versions of the famous New York original numbered...
The Pioneer Mother
Article tells the story of the Vanderslice family and of The Pioneer Mother statue. Howard Vanderslice, whose family migrated to Westport from Kentucky, gave the statue to the City in 1927.
Sculpture At Royal Displays Girls' Bond
November 19, 2003
Ashley Curl and Ashley Sprouse both loved horses and competed at the American Royal. They were killed in a car accident on August 26, 2001. A bronze sculpture depicting the girls riding together and titled...
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