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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 seeks to re-examine the relationship between art and ideas, reality and fantasy, beauty and deception, individuality and community.

Current Exhibit:

Let the Bones That You Have Broken Rejoice
a reflection on suffering, scars, and healing
ARTIST: Kelly Kruse  |  March – April 2018



This body of work will include approximately eighteen paintings that examine the problem of pain, brokenness, and suffering along with the character of hope, resilence, and beauty it can produce in us. I will create each painting, physically destroy part of it, and then repair each canvas. It is my hope that this act of creation, destruction, and repair will enable me to create visual artifacts of suffering, beauty, and healing that will bear physical scars. I am drawing inspiration from the art of Kinstugi, Japanese pottery that has been broken and then repaired with gold sutures. In this process, no attempt is made to hide the brokenness, and when the piece has been repaired, it becomes more valuable than before, not in spite of it’s brokenness, but because of it. I am also meditating on principles of the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which values imperfect and temporal aeshtetics over those that are perfect and timeless.


The exhibition will be designed with an opening tryptych representing the three types of human beings and the suffering that they endure: the righteous man (repentant), the unrighteous man (unrepentant), and the God-man (these three types are also found crucified at Golgotha). The second section of the exhibition will specifically engage the bodily suffering of Christ and the subsequent healing that his suffering brings the world. Individual panels will represent the different sufferings of Christ. The show will end with a tryptych representing three levels of sin and brokenness and three ways in which Christ redeems the world by blotting out the sin and healing the broken.

Exhibits & Programs:

Four Chapter Gallery Juried Competitions

The Four Chapter Gallery is excited to host a series of a concept-based exhibitions that will explore contrasting and complementing ideas.   

Artists are asked to submit original work to be presented during these exhibitions.  Work does not need to be complete upon submission; however, all work submitted must be able to be completed at least one week prior to the exhibition’s opening.  

Three artists will be selected for these themed exhibitions – one at the $1,000 level, one at the $750 level, and one at the $250 level.  The artists will work together with Four Chapter Gallery staff to prepare the exhibition. All work will be displayed in the Four Chapter Gallery for two months.  

Artwork may be sold. All sales will be managed by Four Chapter Gallery staff.

Upcoming Shows:

a celebration of Kansas City’s Arts Educators



Four Chapter Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming juried exhibition, “Those who CAN, Teach” – a celebration of the artistic vision of Kansas City’s Arts Educators. This exhibition will feature various selected works from Arts Educators who actively create in their own media, while working to inspire and train future artists in local classrooms.

Four Chapter Gallery is convinced that Arts Educators perform vital work, empowering students’ to grow in confidence and skill while enabling communities to flourish by instilling artistic knowledge and awareness in those they instruct.

Four Chapter Gallery is excited to recognize the artistic skill of those who CAN, who also teach.


Four Chapter Gallery is seeking submissions for its “Those who CAN, Teach” exhibition.

Arts Educators from the Kansas City Metro Area are invited to submit original work to be presented during this exhibition. Work does not need to be created for this exhibition. Any items made during the past two years are eligible for submission. An image of the piece must be submitted with the application. Submissions are due Monday, September 26. The show will be juried that week.

Several artists will be selected for this themed exhibition.

Three prizes will be rewarded in recognition of artistic work that demonstrates outstanding ideation and technical excellence – one prize at the $1,000 level, one at the $750 level, and one at the $500 level.

Selected artists will work together with Four Chapter Gallery staff to prepare the exhibition. The artist will be responsible for bringing their piece to the gallery. We will have two delivery times, Sunday afternoon, October 1, and Tuesday night, October 3.

All work will be displayed in the Four Chapter Gallery for two months (October and November 2017). Artwork may be sold. Sales will be managed by Four Chapter Gallery staff. To submit artwork, visit


Previous Shows Archive:

December 2017/January 2018


There are many people on the streets of Kansas City who go unnoticed and ignored – met routinely by shifted eyes, averted glances, and lowered heads. As rates of homelessness in the U.S. increase and the demand for emergency shelters rise, the national conversation about the issue rarely includes opinions from those who have lived it.

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Public Library 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. The results are showcased in the exhibition Indisposable, which encourages viewers to look at the city through a different lens.

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:

Elena Maltseva
October/November Exhibit 2017


The Four Chapter Gallery will continue to display the work of international artist, Elena Maltseva. Elena’s art 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. Classical guitarist Beau Bledsoe, a faculty member at the UMKC Conservatory of Music, will perform a solo concert to accompany November’s opening from 6:30-8:30pm.

Banal Magic: Latin American Artists
Transmute the Ordinary 

August/September Exhibit 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.


Caroline Colby

Read more about this show at KC Studio Magazine online.

RECLAIM / ARTIST: Christos Collective
August / September 2017



An exploration of orientation, disorientation and reorientation.

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.

Christos Collective

April 2017- Kids Art Show

School of Visual Art Culture House

May 2017–   Kansas City Art Institute / Graduating Student Show

March 2017 – Laura Rendlen

Laura Rendlen’s aesthetic and style for mosaic art is representational. She creates environments that capture the essence of a place. Through vivid color and soft expression she conveys the intangibles in nature, particularly wind, light and movement.

Laura Rendlen earned her BFA in Sculpture from Kansas City Art Institute and spent 25 years as a scenic painter. Laura has been published in several books, blogs and magazines including Mosaic Fine Art Portraits and Mosaic Art Now magazine. She has also been included five times in the
Mosaic Arts International exhibitions, and in 2012 she received the prestigious MAI Jurors’ Choice award.

February 2017 – Renaissance 12:21 

An invitational art show, curated by Ollisha Pamplin, with a series of performances and discussions celebrating the strengths and legacy of African American culture. Artists of all nationalities will be incorporated to contribute to the conversation, encouraging the greater community to embrace the African American story as an integral thread in the American tapestry, as well as inspire the current generations of African Americans toward progressive aspirations.

Olli Pamplin, a graduate of Boston University with a degree in art history with an emphasis in African American art, will be curating the show. 

My Iron Heart / ARTIST: Kelly Kruse Hyatt
January Exhibit 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.

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