We’re excited to announce that our first Reciprocal Visions AiR is local artist Kris Schmolze!

“I want to make a non-destructive and positive impact in the world through sustainable art and sustainable living. I pull items out of the waste stream giving them a different purpose than initially intended to use them in a new ways, collaging images, sounds and materials into artworks, environments and experiences.

Visual collages layer images combining old ideas into curiosities of today. By layering recorded sounds an audible collage unfolds combining recognizable notes and undistinguished noises. Constructing sustainable buildings from natural and manufactured materials integrates naturally into the environment. All of these are forms of collage are combining pre-existing materials into something new.

My previous work with interactive noise machines ties into the layering of my current soundscapes. This work is an extension of William Burroughs cutups both in sound and vision. John Cage, Bernie Kraus and Christian Marclay have influenced my approach to art and sound. Michael Reynolds has influenced my way of making sustainable homes. I draw inspiration from science and technology and how they both reform human understanding of all things while disintegrating worldviews.” @krisdefur

Stay tuned to see what Kris creates while here at Imagine That!


 Reciprocal Visions Residency @ Imagine That! KC

Submissions Open June 21st

Submissions Close July 26th

Selection Announced August 1st

Residency Period Begins September 2nd

Residency Ends (First Friday) November 1st

Imagine That! KC is pleased to announce an open call for our first artist-in-residence opportunity, Reciprocal Visions. Imagine That! KC is an innovative creative arts studio for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Our studio artists work across all media, including performance and music. Our staff is comprised of working artists and musicians with diverse backgrounds.

Applicants working in all media will be considered. We are open to residents working on a project or body of work that is not necessarily collaborative in nature, but do ask that the work at least in some way be responsive to, or integrate with, our unique environment. Preference may be given to projects that take a multidisciplinary approach. Preference will be given to projects that aim to produce collaborative community involvement, collaborate with the artists we support, and/ or offer our visitors and studio artists an opportunity to interact with their practice in some form. Applicants are encouraged to propose and execute either a workshop or series of workshops for our studio artists, or an artist talk for the community.

This application is open to local and regional artists who are able to easily commute to downtown Kansas City. Studio time will be limited to public hours, Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM. Artists are encouraged to engage with the artists we support during open hours as much as possible. These studio sessions will ideally culminate in a First Friday exhibition in our spacious and beautiful gallery at 2010 McGee Street in the East Crossroads. Selected artists will be required to participate in the process of exhibit installation with Imagine That! staff, in addition to a weekly minimum of 8 studio hours. Resident artists are expected to attend the First Friday opening to discuss the final project with the public. Over the years, Imagine That! Has gained a devoted following, for both First Friday openings and on social media. Selected artists will agree to promote their own project while working at the studio to expand our audience.

Unfortunately there are no funds available and no stipend for this residency. Selected artists are responsible for their own supplies for the project. At this time, Imagine That! should be able to provide semi-private studio area in our basement level during the residency period.

You will have access to the following:

-Pottery wheel and kiln

-Wood shop

-Salvage wood

-Sewing machines

-Scrap fabric

-Music room

-Screen printing carousel and exposure unit

-Recording studio

-Visual Resource Library

-Photo staging area

-DSLR Cameras

-Adobe Creative Suite

Please submit the following information to imaginethat@rhd.org with the subject line RESIDENCY

-6 sample images with title, description, dimensions

-Project Description (500 words or less)

-Artist statement (300 words or less)


We recognize that projects are subject to change in direct response to the studio environment and we will remain flexible.

— Imagine That! is a program offered by Resources for Human Development a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We aim to provide individuals with the supports and tools to define themselves as artists, help them achieve recognition for their vision, and to develop a sense of confidence and self-worth through the art making process. Our artists have shown work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Before applying, please take some time to explore our website for more information on our artists, our space and our mission.

IG: @imaginethatkc www.imaginethatkc.org