Art professors from China and Kansas City come together to build impressive sculptures

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Artists from across the globe are in Kansas City this summer. They’re teaming up with the Kansas City Art Institute to create dozens of life-size sculptures and works of calligraphy.

In the Richard J. Stern Ceramics building at the Kansas City Art Institute 7,000 pounds of clay is being transformed into masterpieces.

"Everybody has their own unique style and bodies of work they’re creating,” said Assistant Professor of Foundation with the Kansas City Art Institute Misty Gamble.

For the next five weeks east meets west.

“Because we’re all sculptors we can simply watch each other work and it’s absolutely fascinating,” said Associate Professor of Painting with the Kansas City Art Institute Jessie Fisher.

Four Chinese Professors from the GuangXi Arts Institute in Nanning, China are collaborating with Kansas City Art Institute Professors to create life-size clay sculptures.

“It’s been very interesting as an exchange just as far as how we communicate and what we’ve learned from each other. We all have this common bond which is the figure and clay,” said Gamble.

The sculptors said their art speaks for itself, transcending any language barrier.

"We learn together, so different, different ideas, different thinking about arts different way to do arts,” said Bangmin Nong with the GuangXi Arts Institute.

It's Nong’s first visit to Kansas City. He said The Kansas City Art Institute and local museums are revered in China.

“They were absolutely amazed by the professionalism of the galleries and the level of conservation within the galleries and the quality of the work and the breadth of the work,” said Gamble.

The first of three exhibitions is August 28th – September 18th at the Belger Crane Yard Studios at 2011 Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. A lecture with all the artists is the day before. Both are open to the public.

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