open spaces at the belger

62 days, 200+ artists, 1 city

august 25, 2018 - october 28, 2018


church of the crossroads: Renee Stout in the belger collection

march 2, 2018 - october 28, 2018

The Belger Arts Center's West Gallery will feature Renee Stout’s “Church of the Crossroads”, which is comprised over 90 works of art, all from the Belger Collection. Earlier this year Stout received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Art Caucus. Previous winners include Alice Neel, Faith Ringgold, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joyce Scott.

william t. wiley: nomad is an island

august 25, 2018 - december 15, 2018

Belger Crane Yard Studios will feature Funk Artist, William T. Wiley's "Nomad is an Island" in addition to several prints from the Belger Collection. The focal piece, "Nomad is an Island", is a 20' by 20' mixed media installation that has not been displayed since 2010.

bede clarke: Gypsy hymns

september 7, 2018 - december 15, 2018

Belger Crane Yard Studios will also feature the expansive, expressive ceramic works of Bede Clarke. Clarke describes his process as one that is guided by a dialogue with the work; “a voice that has commitment and conviction, but also the allure of mystery and enigma. I am always most pleased when striking a balance of wildness and restraint.”

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6-9pm

waterfall as cinema

august 25, 2018 - october 28, 2018

Belger Arts Center located at 2100 Walnut Street will feature "Cinema é Cachoeira" or "Waterfall as Cinema" by Denis Rodriguez and Leonardo Remor as an Open Spaces concurrent exhibition. They were visiting artists at the Kansas City Art Institute during the 2017 – 18 school year. The artists have been collaborating for nearly a decade out of their home-base of Porto Allegre, Brazil.


Open Spaces is a citywide, family-friendly arts festival with Swope Park as its hub. For nine weeks, August 25 - October 28, Kansas City transforms into a center of artistic expression filled with performances, art installations, food, music, and more. There are four ways to enjoy Open Spaces: 1) The Exhibition includes over 40 public art installations throughout the city, by international, national and local artists; 2) The Village in Swope Park comes alive on weekends with food, local goods for sale, and free performances; 3) The Expanded Field includes free and paid programs happening across the metro such as live puppetry, exhibitions, performances and more; 4) The Weekend at Starlight Theatre includes iconic performing artists like Janelle Monae and The Roots. For more information, visit