Carter Art Center

Rhythms IN NATURE:
An Exploration of Patterns

February 1 - March 1, 2024

”This exhibition is a reminder that patterns are not only a visual delight, but also a fundamental part of the tapestry of our shared human experience. It encourages the viewer to see the world through a different lens, to appreciate the artistry of the natural world, and to find inspiration within the patterns that surround us every day.“
—ELISE HANSON, Guest Curator

Schedule of Events

Opening reception: February 1, 5 - 8 p.m. Artist talks 6 p.m.

Featured Artists:
Krista Cibis
Jackson Daughety
Alex Dooley
Nathan Ford
Elise Hanson
Isaiah Lee
Mohammed Murshed
Dana Potter
Midwest Pressed
John Cambridge Sutton III

First Fridays: February 2 and March 1, 1-6 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Friday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

2024 Rhythms in Nature: An Exploration of Patterns

Carter Art CenterAbout Carter Art Center

The Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology (also known as the Carter Art Center)

Graphic design and art have always been stand-out programs at MCC-Penn Valley. In March 2003, Penn Valley dedicated the 25,000 square foot Carter Art Center which provides state-of-the-art computer labs, lecture hall, fine art studio spaces and gallery.

Each year hundreds of students in the Kansas City region take day and evening classes in the graphic arts, studio arts and art history, preparing for transfer to baccalaureate programs or immediately to professional practice. Students benefit from study with MCC faculty who are skilled and prolific in their respective fields.

The gallery provides a gathering place for community and students to celebrate and enjoy the visual arts, featuring exhibits that educate, challenge and inspire through a wide variety of media, techniques and artists. On the lawn outside of the Carter Art Center, you'll find a stainless steel sculpture by Rita Blitt, "Black Box VII: Aspects of Nature II." Even more artifacts of a permanent collection can be found in Anna's Room and throughout the entire building.

We encourage you to join the Friends of the Carter Art Center and help provide financial and community support so the college can continue to grow through its quality art exhibits, scholarships and opportunities for arts education. Several students each year benefit from the gift and scholarship support. "Friends" get VIP access to exhibit previews.

The Carter Art Center reviews proposals for exhibitions on a yearly cycle. Group and solo exhibitions are possible and all media are considered. Exhibiting artists are encouraged to give public talks and/or critiques for students. Interested artists can contact the Gallery Director regarding exhibition prospects.


The mission of the Metropolitan Community College Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures.

Arthur Kraft Tree of Life Scholarship

Arthur Kraft Scholarship

In support of the Arthur Kraft Scholarship, the FRIENDS of the Carter Art Center along with the MCC Foundation are selling original Arthur Kraft Tree of Life lithographs for $150. Lithographs are signed by the artist and numbered.

Purchase one for your collection today!


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Location and hours

The Carter Art Center Gallery
3201 SW Trafficway,Kansas City, MO 64111

The gallery is open for visitors:
Monday - Tuesday: Closed 
Wednesday - Friday:  1:00 - 5:00 pm 
Saturday: Noon - 3 :00 pm 

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MCC Graphic Design Program

Graphic Design Program Information
Program Coordinator: Darlene Town, 816.604.4757

Past Exhibits

The mission of the Metropolitan Community College Art Program is to develop students' visual literacy and awareness that art is practiced in a variety of forms within different cultures. 

Rhythms in Nature: An Exploration of Patterns - 2024

On the Horizon - 2023

Faculty Art Exhibit - Fall 2023

Graphic Design Students Portfolio - 2023

Student Art Show and Sale - 2023

Our featured artists tell their stories through their artworks and artists talks. We invite you to tell your story through some art-making storytelling activities that will be collected and exhibited.

THREADS: Tell your story here - 2023

Carter Art Center KC Prints Exhibition - 2022

The MCC Art Faculty will present their latest works in this annual exhibit, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, graphic design, and mixed media.

Art Faculty Exhibition - 2022

Graphic Design Student Portfolio Exhibition - 2022

Student Art Exhibit/Sale - 2022

La Onda - 2022

Ambiguous - 2021

MCC Art Faculty Virtual Art Exhibition - 2021

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2021

Creative Spaces - 2021

MCC Art Scholarship Fundraising Exhibition - 2020

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2020

Receptions - 2019

MCC Art Faculty Virtual Art Exhibition - 2019

Student Art Exhibit/Sale - 2019

Colla Voce - 2019

Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibit - 2019