Artist draws on experiences with Hurricane Katrina, forces of water for Chalmers Hall art gallery

Write up on “Downpoor” in The University Daily Kansan.

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“Downpoor” opening night

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“Downpoor” opens Thursday, August 27th 6-8

Reif’s show, “Downpoor,” will be on display from Sunday, Aug. 23,  to Sept. 18 during regular gallery hours. An opening reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the gallery, located in the newly named Chalmers Building. The show and opening is free, and the public is welcome. 

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“Downpoor” sneak peak. Opens at KU Art & Design gallery on August 27th, 6-8

This solo exhibition highlights Reif’s focus and infatuation with bathroom tile, wallpaper, drains, drain plugs and other household textures and materials.  Downpoor’s imagery playfully engages the watery world of tile and uses this common material to carry messages of a beautiful and exotic, yet turbulent and anxiety-ridden household. Downpoor enlivens home surfaces and textures and reflects the behaviors and concerns of the inhabitants back towards the viewer.  “If these walls could talk. . .” well in Reif’s case, they do.

Downpoor, installation viewThis exhibition is located in the Art & Design Gallery of Chalmers Hall in the Department Visual Art at The University of Kansas.  Check out KU’s press release here.

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August 20, 2015 · 2:23 pm

In Pursuit: 2015 Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

I have three pieces featured in the H&R Block Artspace faculty exhibition on view through August 29th – October 3rd. In Pursuit: 2015 Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

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New York Times article on KCAI’s 25 millions dollar donation

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http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/kansas-city-art-institute-receives-25-million-donation/

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Onward: Kansas City Art Institute Foundation 50th Anniversary Exhibition

On view through September 26th at the Leedy-Volkous Art Center, my piece Me as My can be seen along with over 65 other artists works.  All of the featured artists have taught or currently teach in the celebrated Foundation School at the Kansas City Art Institute since 1965.  The invitational celebrates 50 years of Foundation education excellence by showcasing the professors that dedicated their time to teaching freshman.  If your in Kansas City, the Leedy-Volkous Art Center is worth the visit.

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