2017 Plaza Art Fair

Country Club Plaza

The 85th Annual Plaza Art Fair

Held Friday, September 23, 2016 through Sunday, September 25, 2016, The Plaza Art Fair encompasses nine city blocks and welcomes a crowd of over 250,000. Featuring 240 artists, the Plaza Art Fair is atop-ranked, national art event with three live music stages and over 25 featured restaurant booths. It continues to be a weekend of people simply celebrating art and each other, as well as Kansas City’s unofficial welcome to the fall season.

2016 jury

Beth Bojarski

Beth Bojarski attended Kendall College of Art and Design, receiving a degree in Illustration. Her current style was developed several years later when her dad asked to show some of her paintings in a gallery he had opened in Milwaukee.
     Her medium is oil paints applied to wood surfaces. She has used barn doors, cabinets, and slices of tree stumps as her canvas. She has used old boxes, antique brass sprinklers, and rusty metal as her frames.
     Her process involves moving paint around on a gessoed board. Typically, she doesn’t plan anything out in advance or do sketches before she begins a piece. In the blotches of color applied, she may see an eye or a mouth’s shape that she will work to pull out of the abstract and begin defining. “I allow the painting to become what it wants and I create the characters as well as the story as I go along. “I use a meat thermometer to tell when the painting is finished”. 
     Beth’s paintings are a form of story telling. As she’s working, she is asking herself “who is this person in front of me? Why are they interesting? What do they have to say?” She works to create a piece that has multi layers. “I want it to be a strong visual image initially then after you have been pulled in you begin to peel away at a story that is ever changing”. 
     Beth exhibits her work in galleries and art shows nationwide. 

Kelly Ludwig

Creative director by trade … photographer, collector and a road trip fool by passion. 
   Kelly Ludwig has been designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. in Visual Communications. Before she joined DEG Digital, she was at the Kansas City Art Institute as an assistant professor. Prior to that she launched Ludwig Design, a graphic design and marketing agency.
   Her design work has been recognized in many national and international publications and award shows, including: Print Regional Design Annuals, the Rx Club of New York, Print’s Best of Logos and Symbols, Society of Illustrators, as well as Kansas City’s Art Directors, Omnis and Addys.
   Kelly’s love of outsider, self taught, visionary and folk art has led her to all regions of the country — collecting art and documenting visionary environments and their makers. This passion resulted in authoring the book “Detour Art, Outsider, Folk Art, and Visionary Environments Coast to Coast.” Her extensive folk art collection has toured nationally.
   She has also blended her passion for photography, design and travel experiences with the latest technology, and has developed two travel apps for the iPhone, the award-winning “Best Road Trip Ever” and “Road Trip 66.”  
   Her photographs have been featured in the SFO Museum in San Francisco, and are in the permanent collection at the Abby Aldridge Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. They have also been published in Raw Visions, Public Art Review magazines and numerous books.
   Kelly has also shares her knowledge and expertise in design and art direction by working with students in the classroom and the field. She was an assistant professor and program head of the graphic design department at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Nathan Falter

Nathan Falter co-owns Springfield Pottery (established in 1998), a community clay center and fine craft gallery, with his wife Jennifer.  He earned his BFA in ceramics and drawing from MSU, an MFA in sculpture and ceramics from the University of Delaware, and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Art at Missouri State University.  In 2006, Nathan went on to establish the Springfield Claymobile program to provide a dynamic ceramic educational outreach program to serve communities in the Southwest Missouri area.
   Nathan has work in galleries and private collections both regionally and internationally. He is both a potter and sculptor who enjoys making both functional pots and large sculptural pieces.  Nathan tries to balance the sculptural potential of the objects with the requirements for everyday use. His work appears in The CeramicDesign Book(Lark Press, 1998), 500Pitchers(Lark Press, 2006), and 500 Plates Platters & Chargers (Lark Press, 2008). Nathan's recent exhibitions include: Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC, PhiladelphiaMuseum of Art Contemporary Craft Show in Philadelphia, PA, and American Craft Exposition in Evanston, IL.

Tim Brown

Oklahoma-born Tim Brown received his BFA from the University of Kansas and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  In 2006, he co-founded the popular contemporary art gallery Okay Mountain in Austin, Texas, and continues to collaborate with the group as an art-making entity.  Since returning to the Midwest from California in 2013, he has taught drawing at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and worked as a Curatorial Assistant for traveling exhibitions at Mid-America Arts Alliance in the Crossroads.