Featured Acquisition

Kris Kuksi

Born in Springfield, Missouri in 1973 and growing up in neighboring Kansas, Kris Kuksi spent his youth in rural isolation. Open country and sparse trees perhaps paved the way for an individual saturated in imagination and introversion. His fascination with the unusual lent to his macabre art later in life. The grotesque, as it seemed to him, was beauty. He discovered his distaste for popular American culture and felt that he had always belonged to the “Old World.” He hopes that, through his art, he exposes his audience to the awareness of the fallacies of man. His work has received several awards, been featured in more than 100 exhibitions worldwide, and highlighted in international art magazines and fictional book covers.

According to the artist, in A Neo-Minoan Landscape: “I celebrate my love for all things majestically archaic in nature, by re-creating age-old mythologies and adapting them into contemporary atmospheric instillations with macabre undertones. Idealized and imperious, a later-day Athena [Greek goddess of wisdom] stands as the central character, carrying through the heroism of Greco-Roman legends whilst standing in sovereignty for the ever-rising power of the feminine in modern times. On the procedural levels, my technique is best described as ‘assemblage,’ however, in describing the narrative it is redolent of a ‘remix genre,’ crossed over from contemporary music composition methods.” 

Kris Kuksi, American, born 1973. A Neo-Minoan Landscape, 2017. Mixed-media assemblage, 19 x 38 x 8 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.26

Acquisitions

Louis Marak
American, born 1942
Covered Table with Open Box, n.d.
Glazed earthenware
25 × 19 × 5 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Estate of Grayce M. Scholt, 2018.46 
Erich Heckel
German, 1883–1970 
Der Spaziergang, 1920
Woodcut on paper
18 × 12 3/4 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.47 
Jack Levine
American, 1915–2010 
Gangster’s Funeral, 1965
Etching on paper
19 × 25 inches
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2018.48 
Lynne Avadenka
American 
Plum Colored Lament, 2010
Color lithography, letterpress printing from photopolymer plates and wood type
12 × 6 1/2 inches
Museum Purchase with funds donated by The Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor, 2018.49 
Alacie Sakiagaq
Canadian, 1928–1990 
Man and Seal, ca. 1970
Soapstone
6 × 9 1/4 × 6 1/4 inches
Gift of Samantha and Kerstin in memory of their beloved uncle, Thomas Calhoun, 2018.50 
George Arluk
Canadian, born 1949
Mother and Child, ca. 1980
Soapstone
4 3/4 × 5 × 1 3/4 inches
Gift of Samantha and Kerstin in memory of their beloved uncle, Thomas Calhoun, 2018.51 
George Arluk
Canadian, born 1949 
Abstract Figure, ca. 1980
Soapstone
4 3/4 × 5 × 1 3/4 inches
Gift of Samantha and Kerstin in memory of their beloved uncle, Thomas Calhoun, 2018.52 
Joanasie Pauloosie
Canadian, born 1962   
Dancing Bear, ca. 1995
Serpentine
8 × 5 × 4 inches
Gift of Samantha and Kerstin in memory of their beloved uncle, Thomas Calhoun, 2018.53 
Artist Unknown
Untitled (Abstract), n.d.
Soapstone
7 1/2 × 7 × 3 1/2 inches
Gift of Samantha and Kerstin in memory of their beloved uncle, Thomas Calhoun, 2018.54