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an experiment in art and ideas

The Four Chapter Gallery is a collaboration between Christ Community and The Culture House that desires to share thoughtful art and host meaningful conversations. 

Current Exhibit:

First Fruits
June – July 2018



From the beginning of the Old Testament to the end of the New, returning to our Creator the first fruits of what has already been given us—in talent, labor, and wealth—stands as a hallmark of God’s faithful people. The entire biblical narrative is filled with images of feasting, fruitfulness, and faithful service in which both God’s people and kingdom flourish. Joyfully and creatively engaging in the good work that God has given us to do, yielding our best efforts to the Lord, we return our first offering to Him.


First Fruits is a traveling exhibition presented by CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).

First Fruits was jurored by Joel Sheesley, a painter and Emeritus Professor of art at Wheaton College. Joel currently works with The Conservation Foundation in northeastern Illinois, painting the Fox River Valley landscape, where he contributes a valuable aesthetic dimension to the foundation’s overall concern for environmental education.

Exhibits & Programs:

The Four Chapter Gallery hosts concept-based art exhibitions that engage culturally-relevant themes and ideas.

Four Chapter Gallery is committed to emerging artists, and prefers to show artwork with strong ideation that meaningfully contributes to significant conversations in our city and world.

As a gallery committed to emerging artists of all ages, we enjoy highlighting the work of those who are discovering their artistic voice. And as a gallery committed to art with ideas, we celebrate work that invites viewers to consider or reconsider how they see themselves, their neighbors, and their community.

Previous Shows Archive:

Diaphanous / ARTIST: Maddie Murphy
May 2018



In Diaphanous, Maddie Murphy explores the human emotional experience as it relates to transparent communication, inclusive community, and spirituality. Murphy hand-dyes silk and crafts velvet devore to create large-scale, brightly colored, ethereal installations that transform places of worship and community spaces. Murphy also writes poetry illustrating her journey through trying times, as well as capturing moments of profound joy. By displaying her own vulnerability, she seeks to create a safe environment for audiences to contemplate their own spiritual and emotional journeys. Murphy believes that both difficult and pleasant emotions are important in fostering compassion and growth, and that human beings have a duty to leave the world a little better than they found it.

Maddie Murphy is textile and fiber artist who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2018.

Let the Bones that You Have Broken Rejoice / ARTIST: Kelly Kruse
March/April 2018

Let The Bones That You Have Broken Rejoice wrestles with questions of personal and corporate pain and suffering.

In developing this body of work, local artist Kelly Kruse was inspired by the Japanese practice of Kintsugi and the philosophy of Wabi-sabi. Kintsugi is a practice whereby a broken piece of pottery is repaired using powdered precious metal and adhesive. The cracks in the piece remain visible in their newly gilded form. As a result of being broken and mended, the piece becomes more valuable and more beautiful. Similarly, Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic philosophy which values the natural, the temporal, and the ephemeral over the permanent and perfect.

In this exhibition, Kruse visually explores Christ’s suffering. She writes, “This project has helped me to begin to understand suffering as a process, and to see scarring as a mark of healing.”

Kelly Kruse uses her work to explore the painful, beautiful experience of human longing and suffering. Her background in classical music and opera puts her in a unique position to explore the intersection between scripture, poetry, musical works, and the visual arts. Kelly is a Daler-Rowney sponsored artist.

What You See Is Not A Test / CURATOR: Ollisha Pamplin
February 2018


The power of hip hop is lost on many – the creativity, the constructivism, the spirit of collaboration. It is difficult for some to how beautiful hip hop is because the sound is often associated with violence and profanity. But delve into its history and discover its humble roots. You’ll see that hip hop is more than just music. It’s got a story, it’s had a life, and it has the power to move you.

Ollisha Pamplin is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Art History and an emphasis in African American art. She works in Kansas City as an art historian, exhibition organizer, and freelance personal assistant.

December 2017/January 2018

Indisposable is a photography exhibition that affirms the value and dignity of every human life.
Created by individuals experiencing homelessness in partnership with the Kansas City Public Library, Indisposable invites viewers to experience our community from the lens of those whose voices are often marginalized or ignored.

The collection was conceived in 2017, when librarians asked patrons experiencing homelessness to use disposable cameras to document their lives, photographing what they found to be interesting and beautiful. The participants then worked with acclaimed Kansas City photographer Mike Sinclair and Anne Ducey, the Library’s exhibits director, to curate the a unique and thought-provoking collection of images.

If you’d like to read more about one of the artists featured in the Indisposable exhibition, check out this recent article from KC Studio magazine:

From the Volga River to the Pacific / ARTIST: Elena Maltseva
October/November 2017


This collection of natural landscapes reflects the global travels of Elena Maltseva. Capturing moments from sites ranging from Russia’s mighty Volga River to the Pacific coast, Maltseva’s keen eye and skillful brush makes the power and beauty of nature tangible and close.

Elena Maltseva is an international artist whose work is held in private collections and displayed in museums throughout Europe. Her plein air landscapes and colorful still lifes are excellent in their technical precision and inspiring in their beauty.

Banal Magic / CURATOR: Caroline Colby-Gonzalez
August/September 2017


Taking the day-to-day stuff of life as a point of departure, these artists reflect on lived experiences through paint, ink, bronze, and dust as a means of communicating truths about themselves and their identities as Latins living in America.

Read more about this show at KC Studio Magazine online.

Caroline Colby-Gonzalez is a figurative painter from Miami, FL of Cuban-Colombian descent. In 2014, she graduated from Florida International University with dual degrees in Art History and Fine Arts, with a focus in Painting. Her work has been part of past exhibitions at the Museum of Florida Art and Culture and the Coral Gables Museum.

Reclaim / ARTIST: Christos Collective
June/July 2017


What happens to wasted live, discarded values, and forgotten histories? If reclamation is the central narrative of history, as Christians claim, how does time move from its initial orientation to the all too common, too human, disorientation, and then into a radically new reorientation of all things?

Reclaim probes this question by charting particular points along the way toward reorientation. Not every piece resolves the question, but taken collectively, the exhibition examines reality with symbols of faith and the story of wholeness.

Christos Collective is an international artists and scholars community that empowers contemporary Christian visual art to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of a Christian worldview.

A Bedroom for Ghosts / ARTIST: Sydney Mortara
February 2017


How does one mend? One can darn a hole in an old pair of jeans, or one can repair wounded feelings after an argument. The intimate act of mending is traditionally considered women’s work, but Womanhood is at times frustratingly paradoxical, when one is taught and expected to repair conflict with others, but rarely has time to restore oneself. Mortara’s work responds to these conditions through a feminist and craft-based lens. Stitching is an empowered and feminist process within her work. Mortara writes, “With a stitch I alter the narrative, emphasizing or removing content as I see fit, and I begin to speak my truths.”

Sydney Mortara is a Massachusetts-born textile and photographic artist. Mortara uses traditional quilt piecing methods and embroidery to discuss the physical and metaphorical manipulation of the the female body in contemporary society. In May of 2015, Sydney was awarded the Susan Lordi Marker Excellence in Fiber Arts. She is a 2017 graduate in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Culture House School of Visual Art
April 2017


This exhibition features the work of students enrolled at our partner organization: The Culture House School of Visual Art. The Culture House’s School of Visual Art equips young artists who desire to grow in their abilities and confidence. As a gallery committed to emerging artists, it is a privilege to display this work in our space.

The Culture House a non-profit arts education organization that offers extensive training in Dance, Theatre, Music and Art for both the recreational and the vocational student.

Mosaics / ARTIST: Laura Rendlen
March 2017


This collection of mosaic work from Laura Rendlen explores natural environments that capture the essence of a place and its permanence. Through vivid color and soft expression, Rendlen conveys the intangibles in nature, particularly wind, light and movement.

Laura Rendlen is a Kansas City based artist, who has been published in several books, blogs and magazines including Mosaic Fine Art Portraits and Mosaic Art Now magazine. She earned her BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and spent 25 years as a scenic painter. In 2012, she received the prestigious MAI Jurors’ Choice award and the Mosaic Artis International conference.

Renaissance 12:21 / CURATOR: Ollisha Pamplin
February 2017


Curated by Ollisha Pamplin, this invitational art show features a series of performances and discussions celebrating the strengths and legacy of African American culture. Artists of all nationalities participate in this conversation across media, which encourages our broader community to embrace the African American story as an integral thread in the American tapestry, while inspiring current generations of African Americans toward progressive aspirations.

Ollisha Pamplin is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Art History and an emphasis in African American art. She works in Kansas City as an art historian, exhibition organizer, and freelance personal assistant.

My Iron Heart / ARTIST: Kelly Kruse
January 2017


This body of mixed-media paintings responds to the nineteen Holy Sonnets by the English poet John Donne. Donne was born into a Catholic family who lived in a time of religious tumult in post-Reformation England, when Catholics were still being cruelly persecuted. Catholics living in England during Donne’s lifetime were still being executed for high treason, imprisoned for harboring priests, and at the very least, at an extreme social and political disadvantage. Descended from a line of proud Catholic martyrs (he was the great nephew of Thomas More), Donne’s devotion to his Catholic faith ultimately resulted in great social and career-related hardships throughout his early life.

Kelly Kruse uses her work to explore the painful, beautiful experience of human longing and suffering. Her background in classical music and opera puts her in a unique position to explore the intersection between scripture, poetry, musical works, and the visual arts. Kelly is a Daler-Rowney sponsored artist.

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