KANSAS CITY, MO June 14, 2016 – The Kansas City Collection IV (KCC IV) proudly announces the participating artists and businesses that will launch the 2016-17 Collection on Tuesday, June 28, at the global design practice Populous. “We’re pleased to feature The Kansas City Collection in our new home at 4800 Main,” said Populous Managing Director Earl Santee.  “Our designs are visible across the globe but our creative roots are here in Kansas City and it’s gratifying to showcase area talent.”

The Kansas City Collection, created by The Collectors Fund in 2010, brings the outstanding artwork of Kansas City’s fine artists to participating area businesses through a unique rotation program. One of the many qualities that makes Kansas City a creative community is the depth and diversity of its artists. In combination with corporate partners that value fine art as an enhancement to the quality of life for their employees and customers, the Kansas City Collection creates meaningful exchanges between artists and leading businesses in the community.

The Kansas City Collection IV features approximately 100 works of art by 15 area artists working in a wide variety of artistic media at different stages in their careers. The 2016-17 Collection will feature the work of Debbie Barrett-Jones, Laura Berman, Patty Carroll, Miranda Clark, Emily Connell, Sarabeth Dunton, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Cary Esser, Gloria Baker Feinstein, Madeline Gallucci, Marcie Miller Gross, Anne Austin Pearce, Warren Rosser, Phil Shafer, and Lara Shipley. All artists participating in the program enjoy broader exposure through events held by the partner companies, along with additional marketing opportunities such as museum-quality catalogues and a website which features their work.  Uniquely, the Kansas City Collection program also guarantees artists the sale of their work, which makes inclusion a highly sought objective.

Textiles, photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture comprise The Kansas City Collection IV. The artwork in the Collection rotates through the work environments of the business partners’ offices every six months, allowing each company to experience the majority of the artwork during the eighteen-month cycle of the program. The partner companies for The Kansas City Collection IV are: Barkley, Black & Veatch, KCP&L, Polsinelli Law Firm, Populous Architecture, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City and Waddell & Reed.

One of the greatest differentiating features of this collection is guaranteed sales for the artists, which is not offered through any other art + business collaboration in the region.  Through this program, participating businesses have purchased almost $500,000.00 in artwork from Kansas City area artists in the first three Kansas City Collections, marking a tangible investment in the local arts economy.

“Participating in the Kansas City Collection helps distinguish Black & Veatch’s corporate environment and symbolizes the value we place on innovation,” said Chad Pulley, Director, Global Marketing and Brand. “We are privileged to have these unique pieces on display for our professionals and guests to enjoy at our global headquarters, all while supporting the local artists who make Kansas City a vibrant hub of creative expression.”

The Collectors Fund will unveil The Kansas City Collection IV with a reception and temporary exhibition featuring artwork by each of the 15 participating artists as well as the 70 page Kansas City Collection IV catalogue at the global design practice Populous, 4800 Main.

About The Kansas City Collection:

The Kansas City Collection is managed and coordinated by The Collectors Fund (TCF). TCF was founded by Alexander "Sandy" Kemper and Will Conner in 2006. In addition to creating and managing The Kansas City Collection program, TCF is the management company for the American Masters Collection I and Twentieth Century Masters Collection, two art ownership and investment funds for over 100 member families and businesses across the United States. The collections comprise works by many of the most recognized American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Their distinguished features include the art rotation program that allows members to enjoy museum-quality art in their homes, and unique educational events around the country.

High resolution images of artwork from The Kansas City Collection IV are available upon request.