Inside the Art Life of Adrienne Walker Hoard

“Inside the Art Life of Adrienne Walker Hoard” is an extensive exhibit of paintings, photography, and jewelry from Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard, Professor of Fine Art and Black Studies at UMKC.

Beyond her life as a professor at UMKC, Adrienne Walker Hoard, M.F.A., Ed.D., is an accomplished painter, photographer, and jewelry maker. A New York State Arts Council CAPS grantee (Creative Artists for Public Service), former Fulbright Scholar, and Ford Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Hoard’s paintings and photography have been exhibited in over 900 national and international solo and group exhibitions.

From 2009-2016 three of her paintings were featured in “IndiVisible,” a seven-year traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian. This October, Hoard received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant to attend the 4th Annual Berlin Biennale for Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin, Germany. Her photograph, “Maria as a Mother of Sons,” was a 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Award finalist and was featured in the Biennale.

Hoard has had the pleasure of teaching at various universities around the country as well as multiple universities in South Korea and South Africa. Much of her photography portrays the Ndzundza Ndebele women of South Africa, who initiated her into their jewelry making techniques–a high honor to have bestowed upon someone outside of the culture.

This exhibition of photographs, original paintings, and beaded jewelry provides an opportunity to connect with the visual fine art and wearable creations produced by this local and international artist.

This exhibit is on display in the Dean’s Gallery on the 4th Floor of the Miller Nichols Library through May 19, 2017.

You can learn more about Hoard and her work at www.homegirlinc.com or www.homegirl49.etsy.com.

This exhibit is brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series, and is free and open to the public.

Leon Jordan in the Media

Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media

Policeman, politician, and renowned murder victim.

Experience the life of Leon Jordan as only the press could tell it.

Articles from news outlets like The Kansas City Star and The Call partner with images from our archives to move you through the rise, untimely fall, and stranger-than-fiction murder case of Leon Mercer Jordan, prominent political leader in Kansas City and Missouri. This exhibit is on display in the Miller Nichols Library in the Ground Floor Link Gallery until May 12, 2017.

All images were curated by Alexa Sundeen, from the Leon M. Jordan and Brian Thurn Collections housed in LaBudde Special Collections at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library.

Want more on Leon Jordan? Check out our collection!

This exhibit is brought to you as part of the UMKC Friends of the Library portFOLio Series.


Award winner Austin R. Williams (right) poses with David Weeda in front of the
Kansas City LGBT Historical Marker
, erected in October 2016.

Starr Research Award Winner: Austin Williams

Congratulations to Austin R. Williams, UMKC PhD Student and winner of the 2017 Martha Jane Starr Library Research Award!

Williams won a $1000 award to help complete his research for two, separate but related, projects. The first, his dissertation, focuses on the efforts of Kansas City activists, volunteers, and politicians to pass anti-discrimination legislation in the late 1980s and 1990s, while the second is an oral history project titled Responding to AIDS: Kansas City (1981-1995).

Williams used his award to fund a trip to Maine to visit and interview David Weeda, an activist in the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP/KC) and co-founder of the Human Rights Ordinance Project. He also traveled to New York, where he visited The New York Public Library to study the official records of the New York chapter of ACT UP.

“My time spent at the New York Public Library was a researcher's dream come true,” Williams said, “and the information I gathered from Mr. David Weeda is beyond anything I could have hoped for.”

Much of Williams’ research was pulled from the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America (GLAMA) at LaBudde Special Collections, so one of his goals for his East Coast trip was to help explain how sources kept at GLAMA fit into a larger national context.

Williams’ oral history project and much of his research will be added to the GLAMA collection, and available for reference and study by others interested in LGBTQIA history.

In 2016, the UMKC Libraries won a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant, which established a small endowment to honor one UMKC graduate student each year with an award for research using the LaBudde Special Collections for research in women and gender studies. You can learn more about the award here.


UMKC Librarian Receives Excellence Award

Tracey Hughes (middle), the Library Instruction and Reference Librarian at the UMKC Dental Library, recently received the Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Sciences Librarianship.

The award was given to Hughes for her high level of professional accomplishment. We are incredibly proud of Tracey's accomplishments and happy to have her on the UMKC University Libraries team. Congratulations, Tracey!

In case you missed them...


UMKC University Libraries was proud to take part in our eighth consecutive offering of the African American Read-In, which was created by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) in 1989. The 2017 African American Read-In took place on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at the Miller Nichols Library. UMKC staff, faculty, students, FOL Board Members, and greater KC community members gathered to share and listen to works by African American authors.


"'Stop and Smell the Roses Man' was an exhibit for the students, faculty and employees of UMKC to take a moment for themselves, get lost, and to realize that everything is going to be alright in this life."
- Alexa Rose Di Trolio

Graphic Artist and recent UMKC graduate, Alexa Rose Di Trolio, displayed the culmination of her Senior thesis on the first floor of the library for our UMKC community to appreciate during the most hectic part of the semester…finals! These works are a product of Di Trolio's own experience with stress. "When I approached the idea for my senior thesis, it came from the chaos that surrounded my life at the time," Di Trolio writes. "I realized the only thing that could calm me down in the hardest of times was working on my canvases...Our overall mental state of mind is the most important component of our lives, and we must remind ourselves daily to stop, and smell the roses, man."


Artist Alexa Rose Di Trolio, photo by Anh Phan

Throughout December 2016 finals, the UMKC community had the opportunity to view her exhibit on the first floor of the Miller Nichols Library!

You can learn more about the artist and view her other works by visiting her website.

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