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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. 

Juried Show – To Flourish

The Four Chapter Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming juried show, entitled:
TO FLOURISH — an exploration of personal wholeness,
human happiness, and life well lived


For millennia, poets and scholars, philosophers and theologians, politicians and artists have articulated visions of what it means for humans to flourish in every dimension of life. Their assessments have varied. Some have advocated simplicity. Others complexity. Some engagement. Others withdrawal.

To flourish asks: What is a life well lived? What does it mean for humans to feel well, be well, and do well?

It’s our hope that the collection of artworks assembled in this exhibition will prompt viewers to reassess and reconsider what it means for humans to thrive – to flourish.


The Four Chapter Gallery is seeking submissions for its “To Flourish” exhibition.

Artists are invited to submit original work to be presented during this exhibition. Work must be submitted in digital format via the online submission form by July 15.

Artists will be responsible for bringing or mailing selected work to The Four Chapter Gallery by July 29, 2019.

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. All work will be displayed in the Four Chapter Gallery for two months (August and September 2019).

Artwork may be sold. Sales will be managed by Four Chapter Gallery staff. All artwork displayed will be insured while it is displayed. Four Chapter Gallery earns a thirty percent commission on each sold work.


Current Exhibit:

FLOOD: an Elegy, a Fear
June/July 2019


Flood: an elegy, a fear tells the story of an imagined flood. The flood results from willful human ignorance and evils. As the waters rise, much is lost; little is preserved. Large painted works, handmade books, and sculptural work tell the story of destruction, and examine what remains.  This provocative body of work asks: Can humans learn from their mistakes? Why do humans rush towards destruction? What beauty might be lost due to our hasty and myopic decision-making?


Cameron DuPratte is a graduate of the University of Kansas, where he studied Industrial Design and Visual Art. To learn more, visit

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:

ARTIST: Minji Kim

May 2019

This exhibition of hand-woven and hand-dyed textiles uses the graphic, dynamic relationships between color and form to examine human life. Color is employed to explore individual personalities in a dynamic ways. By placing color in relationship to other colors, this bold body of work highlights life’s vivid moments, while causing others to soften and fade away.

Minji Kim was born in South Korea. In 2010, Kim moved to the United States to complete her high school education and is currently pursuing her BFA in Fiber at Kansas CityArt Institute. In 2018, Kim received the Susan Lordi Marker Award of Excellence in Fiber and was a nominee for the Lead Bank Emerging Artist Award.

Cross & Resurrection
ARTIST: Christos Collective

March/April 2019


The cross is the single most important image in Christian theology. It represents the powerful act of self-sacrifice that defines the faith. This powerful collection of artwork explores new life, unjust death, and eternal redemption, as it engages various aspects of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

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.

To learn more, visit

BLACK WALL STREET: A Modernized Revelation
ARTIST: Dawn Tree

February 2019


Black Wall Street: A Modernized Revelation examines the historic massacre outside Tulsa, OK, popularly known as “Black Wall Street.” The massacre, which took place in the summer of 1921, swelled in brutal force as white residents murdered hundreds of black residents and razed Greenwood (a thriving African American neighborhood) in the span of a few hours.

Dawn Tree, who attended high school in Oklahoma, focuses her mind on the tragedy and the current state of Black Tulsa whenever she revisits the state. Though her work takes her across the country and around the globe, she remains actively engaged in matters of justice and equity in Tulsa through her relationship with the Greenwood Cultural Center, the Black Wall Street Chamber, the Black Wall Street Market, and other entities. This engagement has enabled her to see the profound oppression that persists in Tulsa.

Dawn Tree hopes that her work related to Black Wall Street and to the rebuilding efforts that took place fewer than five years after the massacre will bring fresh attention to this often marginalized and ignored history. The art she has created through archived photos, journalistic findings, and imaginative assemblage causes this tragic history to come to life. Tree’s ultimate hope is that this work might open minds and erupt conversation that brings real change.

November/December 2018


When a piece of paper is folded, the memory of that fold remains. When a child is impacted by the interaction of another, that impact remains. Both the paper and the brain hold the creases and bends. Paper Memory is an exploration of the subconscious crease patterns of the mind, the impact from childhood narratives. Works in paper and encaustic are accompanied with corresponding stories of particular memories or narratives that have impacted the artist’s own life. The paper works emphasize the shadow and light that occur when a crease is made.

Amanda Jolley is a Kansas City-based artist, who was was raised in a rural environment. Her father was a farmer from a line of farmers. Throughout her life, she’s felt a profound draw to the earth, to the prairie, and to the cycles of nature. Initially, her creativity was given outlet through music, writing, and dance. After a period working in commercial accounting, she decided to embrace visual art vocationally. Now, Jolley specializes in encaustic painting and paper folding.


Known, Knowing and Unknown / ARTIST: Caroline Colby-Gonzalez
September/October 2018


The title of the show, Known, Knowing and Unknown, is a play on the Hebrew word yadah, which means “to know.” Yadah appears frequently throughout the biblical text, and in many instances alludes to sexual and emotional intimacy. Engaging this concept of “knowing” as a heightened metaphor for intimacy within marriage, this body of work explores how an intimate relationship—a relationship built on mutual trust, respect, love and compassion—can become compromised or negated by the reality of the people who make it, because people are often in a state of flux, both in relation to themselves and to each other.

Caroline Colby-Gonzalez is a figurative painter hailing from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University in 2014, earning a BA in art history and a BFA with a focus on painting. After graduating, she was accepted to a two-year, faith-based residency program with Transform Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, which concluded in December of 2017.

During her residency, she curated her first show, Banal Magic: Latin American Artists Transmute the Ordinary, which featured emerging artists of Latin American descent and took place at the Four Chapter Gallery. In addition to volunteering at the Four Chapter Gallery as an art installer and maintaining her studio practice, Caroline has assisted in teaching elementary school students art history-based lessons, and has instructed high school students in the fundamentals of drawing.

Her work has been collected privately and featured in the Freedom 58 collection to bring awareness to survivors of human trafficking. She has exhibited her work in the Museum of Florida Art and Culture, the Leedy Voulkos Art Center, the Four Chapter Gallery, and the Kansas City Artist Coalition.

Out of the Woods / ARTIST: Kansas City Woodturners
August 2018


Michelangelo once remarked that “Every block of stone has a statue inside, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” For artists skilled in turning wood, it could be just as easily argued that every block of wood contains a bowl, an urn, a platter, or a spinning top. This month, Four Chapter Gallery is delighted to display a variety of works produced on a lathe by members the Kansas City Woodturners. These beautiful pieces of craftsmanship and artistry display the remarkable skillfulness and unique vision that woodturners possess. Indeed, it’s amazing what beauty can emerge out of the woods.

The Kansas City Woodturners is a non-profit chapter of The American Association of Woodturners and serves woodturners in the KC metro area. Members gain and share knowledge, and learn how to use woodturning lathes. The Kansas City Woodturners invite anybody interested in woodturning to join as a member. Visit for more information.

First Fruits / ARTIST: CIVA
June/July 2018


First Fruits is a traveling exhibition presented by CIVA that engages ideas related to generosity, productivity, and returning to the Creator the first fruits of what has already been given to humanity—in talent, labor, and wealth. The exhibition is rooted in the understanding that the biblical narrative is filled with images of feasting, fruitfulness, and faithful service in which both God’s people and kingdom flourish. Comprised of a variety of two dimensional and three dimensional works, First Fruits is a multisensory experience that encourages viewers to consider how they utilize their resources—physical, spiritual, and relational.

Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) explores and nurtures the relationship between the visual arts and the Christian faith.

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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