Earlier this month, the Kansas City arts community celebrated the life of Lester Goldman, a longtime professor and artist at the Kansas City Art Institute. Tonight, another notable artist is honored: the late Ken Ferguson (1928-2004), ceramist and KCAI professor from 1964 to 1996. In 1981, Ceramics Monthly readers voted him one of the 12 greatest living ceramic artists. Tonight, Rainy Day Books sponsors the launch of Ken Ferguson: Talking With the Wheel, a book on the life and work of the revered artist, with photographs and appraisals by the book's contributors: Garth Clark, Peter von Ziegesar, Ted Rowland, John Perreault, E.G. Schempf and Gloria Baker Feinstein.The evening begins at 7 at Unity Temple on the Plaza (707 West 47th Street). Art collector Ted Rowland will lead a discussion of the book and the artist. Two tickets come with the $45 hardback book. For information, call 913-384-3126.
Wed., Jan. 30, 7 p.m., 2008