What Jason Pollen originally envisioned as a short, one- or two-year stay in Kansas City is now into its third decade. The internationally recognized textile artist, designer, and teacher - known for his innovative techniques - has become a fixture and a local treasure.
Continuing a celebration of his life and career here, the Library opens the second part of an exhibit of Pollen's work — Jason Pollen Unfurled: Thirty Years in Kansas City — on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Included is a never-before-seen collection of Pollen's sketchbooks.
The exhibit runs through January 4, 2015.
The retrospective showcases an array of Pollen's inventive, visually arresting, often musically inspired pieces employing silk, canvas, rubber, thread, pigment, dye, and myriad other materials. Housed in the newly refurbished Genevieve Guldner Gallery, it's the most ambitious exhibit ever produced by the Library and underscores its intent to showcase nationally and regionally known artists with Kansas City connections.
Part 1 opened in September and drew 3,062 visitors in its first 40 days. It runs through November 2.
Jason Pollen Unfurled is underwritten by a generous donation from Pam and Gary Gradinger.
Admission is free. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore.