Public Art, Commissions, and Press

Kansas City Parade of Hearts
Kansas City In Harmony by Sheron Smith

More than 100 local artists will showcase their love for our region in a big way, and you can follow their hearts! Each of the 5-foot by 5-foot hearts is a unique design, with the artist’s inspiration and story behind it. Some hearts are whimsical, some are celebratory, some are thought-provoking…and all are simply beautiful. You’ll be captivated as you encounter these works of art during your normal daily travels. Download the app and plan your very own heart-stopping tour!

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I am an admirer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts structural design by Moshe Safdie. It is a work of art that adds so much interest and beauty to the Kansas City skyline. My heart, “Kansas City in Harmony” captures the Kauffman’s extraordinary design. I included representative elements of the Kansas City Symphony which performs or accompanies many vibrant and diverse performances at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.

The Kauffman plays a central role in Kansas City’s culture. It is a source of pride for many Kansas Citians. With Covid precautions in place the Kauffman continues to provide relief to Kansas Citians through access to the performing arts.

                                                                                            Sheron Smith - Artist

“TOGETHER WE RISE!” NEW ARTWALL BY SHERON SMITH

Permanent installation In DOWNTOWN Kansas City

Local artist Sheron Smith’s artwork “Together We Rise!” is now installed on the ARTwall, the 36 foot by 70 foot exhibition space on the south side of the Town Pavilion Garage in Downtown Kansas City!

Together We Rise! is inspired by all of the diverse people who are coming together around issues such as racial justice, climate control, equality for women, gay rights, gun control, and health. It is so beautiful to see people of every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and age rallying together in support of these critical issues. The people remain resilient as they face many obstacles during the process of advancing their goals.

Together We Rise! captures the energy, passion, and emotion of these times. The background is alive with the energy of vivid swirling colors. Within the background, crowds of people are marching, and brandishing signs. The edges of the painting are dark and torn, and the strips running top to bottom also look dark and torn. This represents the dark elements that are threatening to tear our country apart. Our society is being attacked and torn apart by racism, injustice, conspiracy theories, violence, and climate destruction, as well as the threat of authoritarianism.

The foreground of Together We Rise! shows diverse people marching together. The people in the painting are a reflection of society. They represent age diversity, gender diversity, physical diversity, religious diversity, and racial diversity. The people in the foreground are holding hands because they stand in support of each other, united against the forces that threaten our society and the world.

Location

ARTwall, a super-size, billboard structure for displaying art located on the northeast corner of 13th & Grand. The ARTwall was installed by Outfront Media.

Bio

Sheron Smith is a multi-talented artist who does not limit herself to one subject or discipline. Varying subjects, cityscapes, abstracts, and sculpture are all part of her portfolio. Sheron is an educator, and self-taught, lifelong creator of art.

website: sheronsmith.com

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Special Segment:  Women Who Walked on Water

Harriet Tubman  30x40 Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas by Sheron Smith

He gave me my strength and he set the North Star in the heavens. He meant I should be free.”

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Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Sheron Smith

KC Icons

Coordinator

Ann Holliday

Art In the Loop

Overview

Together We Rise!l Change and Diversity

Together We Rise! is inspired by the all of the diverse people who are
coming together around issues such as racial justice, climate control,
equality for women, gay rights, gun control, and health. It is so beautiful to
see people of every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and age rallying
together in support of these critical issues. The people remain resilient as
they face many obstacles during the process of advancing their goals.

Together We Rise! captures the energy, passion, and emotion of these
times. The background is alive with the energy of vivid swirling colors.
Within the background, crowds of people are marching, and brandishing
signs. The edges of the painting are dark and torn, and the strips running top
to bottom also look dark and torn. This represents the dark elements that are
threatening to tear our country apart. Our society is being attacked and torn
apart by racism, injustice, conspiracy theories, violence, and climate
destruction, as well as the threat of authoritarianism.

The foreground of Together We Rise! shows diverse people marching
together. The people in the painting are a reflection of society. They
represent age diversity, gender diversity, physical diversity, religious
diversity, and racial diversity.

"Community Circle" Mixed Media Sculptures By Sheron Smith

 COMMISIONED BY THE REACH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION 2020

Permanent Display at 8131  Metcalf, Overland Park  Kansas

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This project selected 123 artists to decorate the giant heart sculptures based on their design submissions. Some of them had two designs accepted for creation, bringing the total to 154 sculptures. All the artists have a connection to Kansas City: they either grew up here, went to school here or live here now. The artists involved in the project each received a $2,000 stipend from Parade of Hearts to cover the cost of their labor and materials. They range in age from eight to 71 years old. Nussbeck estimated that around 60% of the artists are women, and added that they represent 70 different ZIP codes around the city.

Read more at: https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article258475108.html#storylink=cpy