Since the age of the locomotive, Kansas City has been a crossroads of imagination. In 1972, the aesthetic footprint of mid-America was elevated with the building of Arrowhead Stadium. American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt built an architectural masterpiece that has become a cultural icon in the region. A work of art in its own right, Arrowhead’s tradition of design and ingenuity continues today.
So much a piece of the cultural fabric that is Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium underwent a massive renovation in 2010 while many of its decades-old stadium counterparts were being deemed obsolete. This revitalization not only maintained the beautiful architectural styling of the original design, but also introduced new opportunities and avenues for the organization to offer programs that engage the community year-round.
As part of these efforts, the Hunt family and the Kansas City Chiefs introduced plans to install an art collection at Arrowhead Stadium. The program celebrates regional art while providing educational opportunities and engaging the community in a way that touches individuals of all ages and walks of life. Sharron Hunt, a member of the founding family of the Chiefs and Lamar Hunt’s only daughter, serves as Chairwoman of the program.
A call for artists was issued to the surrounding region including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Arkansas, inviting interested artists to submit examples of their work to be considered for inclusion in the Arrowhead Art Collection. Over the past two years, a committee made up of representatives from the Chiefs and leading members of the Kansas City business and arts communities, has been reviewing submissions and assembling a world-class collection of artwork.
Over thirty pieces of art have been installed to date and plans are underway for additional installations. In 2014 the Chiefs also introduced an educational program that will give children ages 8-12 the opportunity to visit Arrowhead and learn about art with a curriculum that mirrors the Common Core standards in both Missouri and Kansas.
Tours of the Arrowhead Art Collection are available by reservation. Please contact ArrowheadArt@chiefs.nfl.com for additional information.
Infinite Aspirations, 2013
Born: Big Sur, California 1974
This sculpture is about living your dreams and looking up to the stars. Each aluminum dreamcatcher element carries a unique pattern; the patterns include depictions of microscopic cells, jungle vines, and maps. Each element is a window into a different universe. These elements are united as a team into a single, massive piece that brings inspiration, strength and character into Arrowhead Stadium.
Small is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Prairie River Winding, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Born: Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 1967
Lisa Grossman has painted the Kansas River (or Kaw, as it’s known locally) from its banks, explored its sandbars, kayaked it, and photographed it from a small plane along its 170-mile course from Junction City to Kansas City. This painting celebrates her experience of flying over the river and reveling in the vast horizon and great sweeping bends that aren’t visible from the ground; as well as a sense of movement, flux, and time passing.
Grossman lives in Lawrence, Kansas.
Sofa Art: La Colisión, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Born: Kansas City, Missouri
Adolfo Martinez began the concept of the sofa series when he was a starving artist. He would see late-night TV ads that often advertised “Sofa-Sized Paintings for $19.99 by Starving Artists.” He was amused by this, knowing that no one could sell an original for that price and cover the cost of materials. It also gave him the idea to do an actual series of sofa paintings; he chose, however, to use Aztec and Mayan motifs along with some social commentary.
This painting complements the 1962 Championship Banner of the Dallas Texans, who later became the Kansas City Chiefs. The wooden floor, full moon and sky give the piece a surreal quality; while the cactus is a reference to Texas. The fullness of the sofa design relates to the size and muscularity of football players and the colliding cushions relate to the action of the game itself.
Martinez studied at the Kansas City Art Institute.
War Paint, 2013
Oil on Canvas
Born: Hubbard, Texas, 1933
Mark English’s love of horses began as a small boy when the rodeos visited the small Texas town where he grew up. Their magnificence, powerful grace, and elegance have been a frequent subject throughout his career as an artist. By combining this horse’s natural beauty with patterning and color influenced by Native American motifs, English created this memorable image of an Appaloosa.
English has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1977.
Home of the Brave, 2013
Graphite, Acrylic, Ink, Spray paint, and Mylar on paper
Born: Kansas City, Missouri
While taking Sunday drives through Kansas City as a child, Marilyn Mahoney was struck not so much by the polished and the elegant, but by the gritty, industrial honesty of bridges, trains, and half-completed buildings. These outings fueled her fascination and interest in re-imagining architecture.
She honors the energy of Arrowhead Stadium by picking apart the structural elements that intrigue her: the industrial edges, the uplifting wings, the sheer hulking mass of the building, and the immense Midwestern space and sky around it. All elements for this deconstruction and reconstruction were guided by studying the architectural drawings of the original Arrowhead Stadium completed in 1972 and the 2010 renovation.
Mahoney currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
India Ink on Birch Panel
Born: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1982
Each individual filters their surroundings from the point of view of their own experience. This rural Nebraska landscape is Kruger’s interpretation of her surroundings.
Kruger’s life-path has taken her to live across the United States and abroad. The landscapes she has painted upon settling in Nebraska are artificial and fantastical. These scenes, which serve as metaphors for her experiences as a foreigner in a foreign land, are intended to enchant.
Kruger is a Professor of Art at Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska.
Born: Kansas City, Missouri 1946
This work was inspired by colors used by the teams in the National Football League’s AFC West division, including the Kansas City Chiefs. It also alludes to the natural rivalry inspired by the seasons of the year. The specific geometry and arrangement emphasize the energy created by the interface of those colors.
Norquist is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Connecting Threads, 2014
Born: Kansas City, Kansas, 1948
A cozy quilt connects family, history, and culture. Evidence exists that a "quilt code" once signaled directions to runaway slaves and quilts played an important role in funding both the Underground Railroad and the suffrage movement.
This imaginary scene depicts three women quilting together, in historic Quindaro, Kansas, where the artist grew up. The women are sewing a star, a symbol common in all three of the women’s’ cultural traditions. This particular star that is centered in the quilt-piece is known as the North Star. During slavery, the North Star represented the flight to freedom.
Quindaro was settled by Wyandotte Indians in the early 1840’s. They were joined by members of the New England Immigrant Aid Society who supported an element of the Underground Railroad that ushered slaves across the Missouri River to freedom in Kansas. There are currently families living in Quindaro who trace their ancestry to one of those events.
Bonds was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and still resides in the area today.
Aqua Alta Series, 2011
Woodcut, Watercolor, Wax
Born: Omaha, Nebraska, 1952
Kunc creates a panoramic cycle, meant to evoke an immersive sensation, from woodblock prints and watercolor. This series demonstrates a poetic tracking of observations into the physical world of water; ever-moving reflections, changeable spaces, material transformation, all serve as a mysterious alchemy. Her visual cues of this precious resource, revealed at the water’s edge, offer universal perspectives and a timeless sense of life’s ebb and flow.
Kunc works from Constellation Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Pyrograph on paper
Born: Dublin, Georgia, 1949
There is a certain lure of the mountains and the coasts, while few race to embrace the landscape of the plains states. Yet the broad fields, elongated skies stretching across the horizon lines, and the bales of hay in varied shapes and sizes dotted along the hillsides have a poetry all their own.
Susan White creates pyrographs which are drawings made with the use of a burning tool. She is attracted to the natural aspect of this way of drawing. The marks are burned into the surface which changes the nature of the paper itself. Using millions of individual marks, the artist expresses a quiet, meditative hum beneath the constant motion of our everyday lives.
Susan White lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.
Musing by the River, 2013
Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas
Born: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1979
This work is inspired by a stroll along the river, a grand perspective under the Broadway bridge, and the Kansas City skyline as frozen in time by the artist’s vision.
Chow’s paintings are paradoxes – through robust swaths of brilliant color, they capture individual moments that seem to stretch into infinity.
With his intuitively developed bold colors and spontaneous strokes of palette knife, Chow gives form to earth and sky; he conjures a unique vision of breathtaking landscapes into their own two-dimensional existence.
Chow is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Blown Fused Glass, Stainless Steel
Born: Kansas City, Missouri 1965
An abstract representation of a football in blown glass of various reddish tones. Endeavor to persevere. Endeavor to win. Endeavor to become champions!
Van Keppel’s glass factory is located in Merriam, Kansas.
Open Spaces, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Born: Henderson, Nebraska 1949
This work of art is a celebration of places that offer a respite from our complex daily existence and a place where nature and emptiness offer perspective. Yet because the painting involves a storm, as a reference to the adversities in life we all must overcome, the piece is also about resilience.
Epp resides in Newton, Kansas.
Field Cloud, 2013
Stainless Steel Wire, Pine, Acrylic Paint
Born: Iowa City, Iowa 1962
Field Cloud is a three-dimensional drawing, cast across the wall to create a flowing abstract form that is reflective of a variety of associations. Forms reflected include grasses, landscape, flocking birds and body rhythms - such as breathing. Made from hundreds of individual elements, the arching wire lines move gently in the air movements of the building to bring a subtle, elegant and kinetic quality to the work. Field Cloud was made specifically for this wall at Arrowhead Stadium.
Lindberg taught at the Kansas City Art Institute for 9 years.
Large Horizontal Prairie # 5, 2014
Graphite and acrylic on paper
Born: Mérida, Venezuela, 1973
As a testimony of a life lived, Souto's work is a response to the awareness of the pristine emptiness of the sky and the vastness of the prairie. The central preoccupation of this piece is his visual reconciliation of the influence of living in the middle of the Great Plains. This piece was conceived as a direct visual response to the ever-present feeling of the expansive geography of the Great Plains.
Souto lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Hand built and glazed ceramic on stainless steel table
Born: Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, 1942
A human head is a universal image to which all viewers can relate regardless of age, nationality or language. The artist works with the abstract head because he wants everyone to find their own interpretation of the artwork. The lack of features allows the viewer to develop their own experience of ideas with the artwork. Kaneko glazed this head with warm primary colors to express perseverance; the curved line of turquoise conveys understanding; the black and white pattern signifies calm and the yellow circle represents focus. Visual balance is created by the totality of the color composition.
Kaneko has been based in Omaha, Nebraska, since 1986.
Acrylic enamel and collage on canvas
Born: Poughkeepsie, New York, 1951
While his artistic sources are vast, Rizzie’s compositions are unified and explore traditional imagery in contemporary application. His works may contain layers of newspaper, paint, wax, or dirt; he often incorporates filigree, historic decorative patterns, and bold botanic imagery. A signature motif is graphic silhouettes of birds or flowers cast in front of decorative, abstract patterns.
The title of the painting "Hawthorn" is derived from the state flower of Missouri. In addition, Rizzie chose to represent the state flowers and birds of five states that border Missouri. Can you find those birds and flowers?
Rizzie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Red Landscape IV, 1960
Oil on Canvas
Born: Kansas City, Missouri, 1925
Wilbur Niewald's artistic vision has a great deal to do with Kansas City, Missouri. His early painting classes at the age of 10 were the beginning of what turned out to be a 56-year association with the Kansas City Art Institute where he taught for 46 years. Niewald refers to his early paintings from the 1960s as “abstractions of the landscape” utilizing color and large brushstrokes to create a sense of space.
Niewald has lived and worked in Kansas City, Missouri, for over 85 years.
To The Power of Twelve, 2013
Osage Orange wood milled wood and branches, aluminum gussets, dichroic film, plexi-glass, paint
Born: Leawood, Kansas 1973
This artistic vision reflects the elements of a successful team: family ownership, front office, coaches, players and the undying support of the fan.
The ribs are Osage Orange wood which was highly prized by Native Americans for its’ strength in making bows. The raw branches evolve into finished hardwood. Likewise, the raw talent of individual players is molded into a team united.
The 12 ribbed members reflect the 11 players on the field and the “12th Man” in the stands. These ribs surround the inner translucent core like a team huddle. The core represents the legendary founder of the Chiefs, Lamar Hunt.
Dehaemers was born in Leawood, Kansas and currently resides in Mission, Kansas.
Panorama of the Plains, 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
Born: Kansas City, Kansas 1958
Midwest Regionalism is saluted and celebrated in this sweeping scan of historical icons, artists, and shapers that have passed through our domain. Their heritage and influence is felt today and is a gift that continues to enrich our culture and nurtures our senses. Flyover country? Hah!
Podrebarac is a lifelong resident of Kansas City, KS.
Fairgrounds, Parks & Community Gatherings, 1995 - 2013
Pigment ink prints
Born: Kansas City, Missouri, 1952
“I can think of no better place to be on a summer evening, watching the sunlight fade and the lights of the fairground taking over” reminisces Mike Sinclair about his first trip to a state fair as a child. Now an accomplished photographer and Guggenheim Fellow, Sinclair continues to document rural America. He has photographed regional parks, fairgrounds and rodeos, basketball and baseball games, fireworks, and Christmas tree lots.
Without a trace of irony or condescension, Sinclair observes spectators and participants alike. Relishing the ordinary, Sinclair awakens our eyes as he recaptures incident and atmosphere in a novelistic rather than journalistic way.
Sinclair is based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Circa Series, 2014
Enamel and oil on copper
Born: Dearborn, Michigan 1963
Basing his Circa Series primarily on the reproduction of vintage board game covers, Liddy explores the boundaries of truth and fiction. A keen observer will see decades of American culture unfold within these board games. Underlying themes include social norms and paradigms, gender and racial stereotypes, class separation, and cultural history.
In this series, Liddy chooses a survey of football-related board games. These 10 box covers, dating from 1919 to 1991, exhibit a progression of design, function, technology, and the evolution of the rules, equipment, and nationwide popularity of the American game. In seeing these covers chronologically, we can witness a range of aesthetic choices in painting, illustration, typography, layout, and photography employed within the game board industry.
Liddy lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.
Heartland Abundance, 2013
Oil with Palette Knife on Canvas
Born: Lincoln, Nebraska 1935
This still life painting utilizes images of fruit, vegetables, and flowers that can be found at regional farmers’ markets. The pottery is Czech in origin and is a reference to the artist’s heritage.
Bennett is the co-founder of the Kansas City Artist’s Coalition, established in 1976.
The Unbearable Lightness, 2004
Oil Marker on Varnished Acrylic
Born: Bucaramanga, Colombia
This is an adaptable piece with no preferred vantage point, leaving the orientation entirely to the owner of this piece. This unique approach allows the painting to be hung sideways, diagonally or upside down.
The title refers to the release of control by the artist and the inability to limit whatever significance may be derived from the work. This narrative painting about line, shape, and color draws on topographical maps and shell formations. The varied-color lines interact with the background color and form new shapes depending on color overlay and orientation.
Faus is a visual artist and writer based in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a B.A. in English Creative Writing and a B.A. in Art Studio Painting from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.
Rockwoods VII.13, 2014
Oilstick on canvas
Born: St. Louis, Missouri, 1942
Landscapes from Rockwoods Reservation State Park in eastern Missouri are the source of Worley’s paintings. Trees alone or in groups dominate his work which is rich in texture, space and light. Oilstick is used to create a full range of surfaces to achieve the drama that is nature’s power in the Missouri Ozarks.
Worley is based in St. Louis, Missouri.
Okesa II, 2010
Oil on panel
Born: Fairfax, Oklahoma, 1958
The word Okesa means “halfway” in the Osage Language. “Okesa II” becomes a metaphorical landscape where place, names and symbols communicate an ever-changing landscape. The use of layered imagery, including the physical landscape, a superimposed road map, and the elk from tribal mythology, are combined to represent a uniquely Osage sense of place. Akers creates paintings where tribal tradition and history are present and continue to strengthen his connection to home.
Akers earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas in 1982. Since 2009, he has served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas.
The Hunt Family would like to express sincere gratitude to the Kansas City Chiefs Arts Council for their invaluable contributions to the Arrowhead Art Collection:
Dr. Jacqueline Chanda - President, Kansas City Art Institute
Dr. Mary Cohen - Chair, Barton & Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust
Catherine Futter - Senior Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts, Nelson-Atkins Museum
Jan Leonard - SVP & managing director of Fine Art Management Services, UMB Bank
Barbara O’Brien - Executive Director, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Julián Zugazagoitia - Director and CEO, Nelson-Atkins Museum
Also a special thanks to Paul Dorrell, for his tremendous insights and support in the development of the Arrowhead Art Collection.