Bingo for PLUG Projects

U-News Staff

Hamburger Mary’s hosted a Bingo Night fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 29 for PLUG Projects. Founded in 2011, PLUG Projects describes itself as a “curatorial collaboration by five Kansas City artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local art community.”

Caitlin Horsmon, communication studies professor at UMKC and award-winning artist and filmmaker, is the newest member of PLUG Projects. She explained that the project’s goal is to bring national and international artists to Kansas City as a network for local artists. PLUG Projects currently operates a gallery at 1613 Genessee that incorporates work from Kansas City artists as well as other prominent artists from around the world.

In addition to curating 12 exhibitions per year, PLUG states that it is also interested in art writing, and releases a bi-annual print publication entitled “8 1/2 x 11.” The group also hosts a bi-monthly film series, “Frames Per Second,” which incorporates work relating to the exhibition themes, such as a book fair for self-published writers as well as critique nights throughout the year. Professor Horsmon also explained that PLUG Projects organizes planning retreats every year to look at proposals and to develop themes for the exhibitions.

While PLUG Projects primarily operates through grants and private donations, the Oct. 29 event was the first of its kind. Fortunately for PLUG Projects, the turnout for their fundraiser ended up being sizable, considering its competition with game seven of the World Series. As well as winning prizes through Hamburger Mary’s Bingo Game for adult audiences only, PLUG Projects raffled off a gift card to Voltaire, memberships to Hello Art and Howard’s Organic Fare and Vegetable Patch, a free night at The Hotel Phillips and a one-of-a-kind sculpture created by Garry Noland.

PLUG Projects’ next exhibition, “Portrait Show,” opens Nov. 21 and will incorporate the experimental film submissions for the FPS film series on Dec. 18. The gallery is open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. during exhibitions.

UMKC’s Davin Watne, undergraduate studio art advisor and coordinator of the UMKC gallery of art, will be featured in the March 20, 2015 exhibition “Mystic Show” at PLUG Projects’ gallery.

If you are interested in attending or contributing to any of PLUG Projects’ unique endeavors, contact the organization at