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Join us at The ArtsKC Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District for Chromatic Reverie, the Artist in Residence Exit Show with Huey Lee, Izanna Perry, and Allison Achtenhagen. 

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Chromatic Reverie marks the culmination of a year-long artistic exploration by KC Clay Guild’s three Artists in Residence: Huey Lee, Izanna Perry, and Allison Achtenhagen. The title, Chromatic Reverie, reflects both the vividness of the artists' work and the dreamlike quality of their creative journeys. The word "chromatic" emphasizes the vibrant use of color found in each artist’s practice. "Reverie" suggests a state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts, pointing to the introspective nature of their work. This exit show not only celebrates the diverse creative expressions of Huey, Izanna, and Allison but also serves as a testament to their growth and dedication over the past year.

Huey Lee’s work brings forth narratives steeped in cultural heritage, religious influences, and the bittersweet taste of nostalgia. His drawings and sculptures are vibrant visual diaries that capture a spectrum of emotions, from trauma and anxiety to longing and desire. Using whimsical humor and found objects, Lee crafts characters that navigate between strength and vulnerability, reflecting his ongoing exploration of identity.

Izanna’s Sculptures explore the connection between the human body, the emotions within, and how they overflow into the physical world. She utilizes organic forms and shapes in her work that take on the role of a body and a home simultaneously, because a body is the only constant home we have.

Allison’s work begins on the potter’s wheel and is then transformed by combining, altering and piercing each piece. She strives to create pieces that are resolved and highly considered which makes them almost mechanical at first. Allison then finds ways to soften the pieces, physically or with glaze, to come to a piece that is both mechanical and human.

Join us on this journey through color, form, and narrative, as we celebrate the talent and dedication of Huey Lee, Izanna Perry, and Allison Achtenhagen.

Current Artists in Residence:  

Allison Achtenhagen graduated in May of 2023 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While in school she took full advantage of the opportunities that surrounded her including teaching at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE. She was also an assistant to Eddie Dominguez on a large public art installation as well as a studio assistant to Amy Smith. Allison highly values experiences where she can get hands on and become deeply invested in a project or community. Originally from Colorado, Allison enjoys spending time outdoors and going on adventures with those she loves.

Huey Lee is a ceramic artist from South Korea who has dedicated his career to exploring the expressive possibilities of clay. After completing his training as a traditional Korean ceramic artisan, Lee honed his skills working at various pottery and ceramic studios. During this time, he had the privilege of studying under renowned ceramic artists such as TaeGon Kim, Inchin Lee,

and the late Gil-bae Kim, who imparted their knowledge of technique, form, and aesthetics.

In pursuit of further artistic growth and new experiences, Lee relocated to Athens, Georgia, where he received a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Georgia. Here, he has continued to refine his craft and expand his artistic vision through experimentation with form, texture, and glaze. Lee's work is characterized by a deep sensitivity to the emotional and psychological

resonance of form and material and a commitment to exploring the expressive potential of clay as a medium.

Lee's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and venues both nationally and internationally. He has received critical acclaim for his innovative approach to form and his ability to evoke complex emotions through his work. In addition to his creative pursuits, Lee is also an experienced and dedicated educator, passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills with the next generation of ceramic artists. Through his teaching, he strives to instill in his students a sense of curiosity, wonder, and reverence for the expressive potential of clay.

Izanna Perry graduated from the University of Iowa in 2020 with a BFA in ceramics and has worked with clay for eight years. She moved to the Kansas City area in 2021 and started teaching at the KC Clay Guild in 2023. Izanna predominantly uses handbuilding techniques in her work, which utilize the human form to create humorous and eerie sculptures. She takes inspiration from her childhood experiences, her own anxieties about life, forms found in nature, and whatever her current obsession is, right now it's clowns.

KC Clay Guild hosts three Artists in Residence.  The Artists in Residence are provided with studios, materials, and a monthly stipend.  In exchange, the Artists in Residence provide new prospectives to the KCCG community in addition to serving 12 hours per week in the studio.

The Artist in Residence application deadline is April 15. We are now reviewing applications for 2024-2025 Artists in Residence. Questions? studio@kcclayguild.org

Click here to download a copy of the AiR Handbook and Application (PDF)

KC Clay Guild is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 200 West 74th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

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