This Is Really Happening, See?

In the first of a yearlong series of Library exhibits curated by Kansas City Art Institute students, Casey Lee Holden turns her camera on the understated reality of family life. And Nelson Pereira photographs everyday scenes in his native El Salvador as a way of celebrating and preserving its culture.
Saturday, January 20, 2018 to Sunday, April 1, 2018

Images of familiar, even mundane environs can carry great intimacy, revealing something true about an individual and affirming life as a deep and complex experience.

In the first of a yearlong series of Library exhibits curated by students at the Kansas City Art Institute – evolving from a class taught by KCAI’s Michael SchonhoffCasey Lee Holden and Nelson Pereira turn their cameras on their own surroundings. Holden, who came to KCAI from rural Oklahoma, captures the life of her family and its not-so-glamorous reality. Similarly, Pereira photographs the life of his neighborhood in El Salvador as a way to memorialize the everyday exchanges between people and their environments.

The exhibit is curated by Amy Hixson, who is pursuing a degree in painting and art history at KCAI. It is underwritten by Pam and Gary Gradinger and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.