In the spring of 2011, I got beers with Mike Sinclair to discuss an idea. During separate conversations, that idea was seeded in the back of our minds by John O’Brien, founder and director of Dolphin Gallery. The idea is simple. And more than anything else, it is a list of declarations:

  • There are great artists in Kansas City.
  • They work in great places.
  • Those places should be photographed and shared.

Conversations with John established a sense of urgency for us. The places where artists work are ever-changing. Artists are constantly building and destroying, and in some cases, moving on. The stuff of an artist’s studio—from the clippings on a wall to the collected debris in a corner—serves as a legend to the map of an artist’s mind. Most artists carefully choose what from their studio they will allow into "the world", for others to see. But the documentation of a studio at a singular moment in time produces an important artifact in determining and appreciating the context in which art is made. Those artists who agree—and are willing to share their space with us—are generously providing the data for what we hope will someday be a rich and vibrant document. Our criteria for inclusion is not fixed. We are looking for places where things are made. By avoiding type or clique, we hope this website will foster a sense of pride and community.

I want to especially thank Mike Sinclair, for his willingness to go most anywhere in order to take photographs that are both elegant and true. In addition to providing his photographic talent, Mike is also a co-curator, and he has thoughtfully helped me consider every step of this project. Special thanks also go to John O’Brien for his quiet, humble way of gently pushing us to believe that his idea was our idea. And thanks too, to all the artists that have already helped us begin this project.

—Robert Josiah Bingaman