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Jason Pollen


November 3, 2023 - January 27, 2024

Main Gallery

It starts with a creative impulse.

There is the allowing of nothing to become something

It proceeds mark by mark, shape by shape, color by color.

There is the merging with the rhythm and following the lead of what wants to go where.

What is inside and invisible is now outside and visible.


Artist Statement

I have been drawing, painting, collaging, designing, and stitching since childhood. Elaborate sand castles were the first source of inspiration. 

My art journey has been characterized by experimentation with process and materials and the search for a compelling communicative visual language. I have often felt as if I were a witness, watching my hands create something from nothing, then compelled to breathe as much life as possible into whatever has revealed itself.




Jason Pollen is an internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and educator. He has been on the faculty at the Royal College of Art in London, Parsons and Pratt in New York City, and Professor and Fiber Chair at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is Professor emeritus at KCAI,  President emeritus of the Surface Design Association, and an American Craft Council Fellow. His work is in numerous prominent private national and international collections, including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Pollen had designed numerous collections of textile designs for Channel, Dior, Yves. St. Laurent, and Jack Lenor Larsen. He also created sets for the Kansas City Ballet.

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