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Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kansas City


Look Me in the Eye: Portraits of Kanas City (runs Sep 15 thru Nov 29, 2019) will be a juried exhibition of portraits by artists who live or work within a 60-mile radius of Kansas City. We expect to exhibit work by at least 50 area artists who will each receive a printed exhibition catalog.

The Kansas City area is a much more diverse community than many realize, and this exhibition intends to acknowledge that. The Epsten Gallery seeks portraits of people of all ages, ethnicities, and genders for this exhibition.

Application Fee: $15.00


Summer of 2019

President's Welcome

What is this place we call The Epsten Gallery?

It’s a room with walls that can be transformed into an interactive art space for multi-generational use; a place where art becomes therapy; a place to explore different media and learn how art and life intersect; a place to explore and get your hands dirty.

It’s a room where I remember my mother-in-law, Jackee Epsten. She wanted to share art with the community of Village Shalom, a facility with a vision to enable senior adults to flourish in a safe, caring, compassionate community. She wanted families to come inside, look at art together and become engrossed in projects. Jackee loved to share her passion of art and movement with her grandchildren. She hoped people would come visit quality gallery exhibits that make us pause, think and appreciate life, as she did.

The Epsten Gallery’s mission is to provide innovative programs and art exhibitions that engage, inspire and enlighten a diverse community through all stages of life, celebrating our common humanity through art.

Join us as we explore outside the gallery, too. The Epsten supports art therapy at Children’s Mercy Hospital, St. Mark Child and Family Development Center, as well as at Village Shalom.  We enjoy collaborating with art organizations throughout the Kansas City community and beyond.

Please tour our website and come visit us in the Gallery and consider joining our efforts as a Friend of the Epsten Gallery.


Ginny Epsten
Board President