State Fair Community College

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits modern and contemporary works of art and design for the educational enrichment of students, faculty and the general public. Funding for exhibitions is provided by donations to the museum endowment fund, in-kind donations and grants from other foundations and agencies such as the Missouri Arts Council. 

Four-Point Perspective: SFCC Faculty Exhibition
Sept. 27-Dec. 16
The exhibition features recent artworks by four instructors in State Fair Community College’s Art program, with media to include painting, ceramic sculpture and print making. The artists represented are Paul Allen, Damon Freed, Don Luper, and Shaun Southers. The exhibition celebrates the program’s impressive range of talent and provides an opportunity for students and the public to view new, original and innovative works from SFCC’s well-respected art faculty. Outside of the classroom, these instructors are active artists who make significant contributions to the arts—they practice what they teach.
Judy Chicago: A Retrospective in a Box
Sept. 27-Dec. 16
Judy Chicago (b. 1939) is a pioneer feminist artist who came to prominence in the late 1960s and is probably best known for her installation The Dinner Party (1979). This was a ground-breaking work made to celebrate women throughout history.
In celebration of her 75th birthday, the Daum will debut a recently acquired portfolio of prints by Chicago, titled A Retrospective in a Box (2014). This suite of seven lithographs surveys Chicago’s career across four decades with a selection of images that represent her interests in feminism, male power, autobiography, birth, and motherhood.
Tanya Hartman: So That I May Carry You with Me
Jan. 31-May 31
This exhibition will survey four recent series of work by Kansas City-based artist Tanya Hartman, including her most current undertaking, now in development, which will premiere at the Daum. Throughout her art practice, Hartman has created work that has spiritual depth and social meaning—poetic, intelligent, empowering—but one that also stands on its own as pure visual aesthetics. Her current project comprises 10 portrait paintings of people living in the Kansas City area who have come to the Midwest from around the world as refugees from genocide, political upheaval and societal breakdown. The sitters are painted in a realistic, but painterly manner, presented in front-facing, half-length poses, casually dressed, a setup that might be derived from the photograph on an identity card. But this format is also the pose of a person in conversation and represents the act of talking with the artist, relating the details of complicated lives and journeys. Hartman seeks to underline the relevance of her sitters, their inherent value as individuals, and to claim for them the right to be seen as subjects, not just the objects of history.
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
Jan. 31-May 31
This exhibition will debut a recent, significant addition to the Daum’s permanent collection, Kara Walker’s series of 15 lithographs and screenprints titled Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2005). Each of the large-scale prints in Walker’s portfolio began with an enlargement, using offset lithography, of a woodcut plate from the 1866 book Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War. Each image was then overlaid with Walker’s characteristic silhouetted figures rendered with solid black silkscreen. Walker uses a variety of strategies to break in, cover over or otherwise intervene within the narrative of the woodcuts, usurping the images’ original dramatic purposes in favor of one of her own invention.
This print series marked the first time Walker united her trademark silhouettes with the type of historical documentation that influenced the development of her aesthetics. She is well regarded for her technique of cut-paper silhouette, creating satirically subversive tableaus that illustrate her long-standing treatment of the notions of race, gender, violence, and received cultural truths.
Financial assistance for these projects has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Museum hours:
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Museum is closed Mondays.

Admission is free.

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Supporting the Arts

Please join us in keeping the arts alive for our students and the community. Contact the SFCC Foundation to make a tax deductible contribution to support programing at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

Giving Levels

Director’s Circle Membership Levels

Season Underwriter • $5,000 and above
     • Recognition in two exhibit catalogues and on wall text for the entire season’s exhibits

Exhibition Underwriter • $2,500 - $4,999
     • Recognition in two exhibit catalogues and on wall text for two exhibits

Exhibition Sponsor • $1,000 - $2,499
     • Recognition in one exhibit catalogue and on wall text for one exhibit

Gold Membership Levels

Benefactor - $500
Associate - $250
Friend - $100

General Membership Levels

Family - $60
Individual - $50

Student - $35 (must provide copy of current SFCC student ID)

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