ABOUT + C/V

Olivia Clanton is an artist and facilitator based in Kansas City. Clanton holds a BFA in Fiber with and emphasis on socially engaged art practices from the Kansas City Art Institute. Clanton grew up in Argentina, where she ran spotlight for her parents co-directed play preformed in various community centers. Her practice centers on creating spaces of engagement that examine and address broader issues of disconnection between people through craft, learning, play, and humor.  In 2016 she founded the Extraordinary Material Exchange and is currently working on developing the program in Kansas City. The EME is a space for artistic, intellectual and practical exchange for individuals and institutions committed to empowering the Kansas City community at large through art and craft. Inspired by the city of New York’s MFTA, the EME offers reclaimed, unused materials through trade, providing access to materials for art making as well as intellectual exchange. 

Education

The Kansas City Art Institute

Fiber and Social Practice Certificate Program KCAI Merit Scholarship

May 2017

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Fall Fiber Department End of Semester Show Kansas City, Missouri

2014 Spring Fiber Department End of Semester Show Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Fall Fiber Department End of Semester Show Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Spring Fiber Department End of Semester Show Kansas City, Missouri

2016 Spring Fiber Department Junior show Kansas City, Missouri

Public Programming and Curatorial

2017 ​Pinch/Punch Casey Whittier and Mark Raymer, Beco Flowers, Kansas City, Missouri

2017 Colorwheel Potluck in Collaboration with Megan Pobywajlo-Bailey, Colaboratory, Kansas City, Missouri

2017 The Third Pill in Collaboration with Trey Hock and Megan Pobywajlo-Bailey, Colaboratory, Kansas City, Missouri

2016 Artzpalooza in Collaboration with Julia Cole and the Marlborough Community Coalition Kansas City, Missouri 2015 Intro to Swavy, Extraordinary Material Exchange, Kansas City, Missouri

2015 We Start Here, Fort Festival in Collaboration with Gillis Center and Cornerstones of Care Kansas City, Missouri

Editorial

2016 ​Victoria Martinez Highlights The Energy Of Urban Sites Through Pattern, Color, And Site-Specificity, Informality Blog, Kansas City, Missouri

Experience

2015-Present Extraordinary Material Exchange, Founder/ Program Supervisor Kansas City, Missouri

2016 Mattie Rhodes Art Center Teaching Assistant/ Intern, Kansas City, Missouri

2015 Marlborough Community Coalition Programs Intern, Kansas City, Missouri

2013 Convoy Of Hope Art Therapy Intern, Haiti and Dominican Republic