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Art

By JUDY GOPPERT

Acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker Sharon Liese produces documentary-style television programming and films that air on major television networks. Liese created the unprecedented WEtv documentary series, High School Confidential, that followed a group of local suburban Kansas Blue Valley Northwest High School students throughout their entire four-year high school experience. The premiere of this documentary featuring BVNW students broke nearly every ratings record for WEtv. Donald Ross, known as Scribe, is a 37-year-old graphic artist hero to adults and children alike in Kansas City. Currently art director at Children’s Mercy Hospital, he does graphic design and paints murals throughout all four of the hospital’s locations and around the KC community. He

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recently airbrushed the hospital-owned Lifeflight helicopter. His animated, public murals are readily recognizable in Midtown Kansas City and through the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He published a children’s book called There’s an Octopus Under my Bed, which is sold in Barnes & Nobles and other stores across the country. Shane W. Evans is the prolific illustrator of more than 30 picture books for children, including The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith, a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award winner, and the author and illustrator of Olu’s Dream. He also collaborated with Taye Diggs to illustrate Chocolate Me, a children’s book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in. Diggs is an established New Jersey actor who has starred in such pronounced productions as

the Broadway Musical Rent, and the film, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Additionally, Evans has exhibited art in West Africa, Paris, Chicago, New York, and other major U.S. cities. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space. Asheer Akram is an emerging artist based out of Kansas City. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2007, and has moved beyond commentary of his own cultural background in attempts to address issues of global culture in a wider context. After visiting his father’s homeland city of Lahore, Pakistan, he created the Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative, to enhance awareness of his cultural heritage. The initiative has been showcased at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and other locales. n

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...

KC Options | 2015-2016  

In this issue of KC Options learn about Kansas City’s dynamic tech scene and the companies developing revolutionary products and services fr...