Nebraska Artist Jamie Burmeister to Install “LUV U” Artwork in Downtown Kansas City in February
Organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance
For the month of February, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, will be the site of Message Matters, a multi site-specific light installation by Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister. Featuring lights installed in key window locations throughout the area, the artwork, titled Message Matters (2015), will fade in and out sending the Morse code message, “LUV U.” Seeking to transform downtown Kansas City into a message of love and community, the work will be on view at night throughout February at eight locations. The installation is organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance, which will serve as the hub at 2018 Baltimore Ave.
The artist’s expectation is that downtown Kansas City residents and visitors will be able see at least one of the lights sending the Morse code message “LUV U” each night.
Message Matters Installation sites
Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Avenue
Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut Street
Kansas City, Missouri, City Hall, 414 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri, Public Library-Central Branch, 14 W. 10th Street
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street
Fine Folk, 122 Southwest Boulevard
Meers Advertising, 1811 Walnut Street
Charlotte Street Foundation/Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th Street
People will have the opportunity to meet Jamie Burmeister on 6:00–8:00 p.m., Friday, February 6 at Mid-America Arts Alliance, where he will have an expanded installation.
Two previous installations of Message Matters have occurred in Omaha, Nebraska, and Akron, Ohio, although neither included sites beyond the individual commissioning art organization. The project in Kansas City marks a new community-focused approach to the work that did not exist in prior iterations. To view documentation of these prior installations, please see the links below:
· Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha: http://vimeo.com/18691444
· Akron Art Museum in Akron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBMe-5VR85w
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Jamie Burmeister has exhibited in galleries, museums, and public places throughout the world. He has received numerous awards including the Nebraska Art Council’s 2010 and 2007 Individual Artist Fellowships, Omaha Entertainment and Arts 2007 Best Public Art and 2006 Three-Dimensional Sculpture Awards, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Trickey Memorial Award and Woods Fellowship. He received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2005.
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