Kemper Museum Operating Foundation dba Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
4420 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64111-1821
Exterior view of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Gunnar Birkerts.
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 753-5784
Mission Statement

Enriching lives through the experience of contemporary art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits, collects, and educates in a free and welcoming environment.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Barbara O'Brien
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kemper Wolf
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Filmmaker
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

Enriching lives through the experience of contemporary art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits, collects, and educates in a free and welcoming environment.

Background Statement

What began as the dream of Bebe and Crosby Kemper now stands as one of Kansas City’s most beloved cultural treasures. More than two million visitors have viewed the Museum’s world-class art collection and special exhibitions since opening in 1994 – always with free admission. Under the current leadership of the co-founders’ daughter, Mary Kemper Wolf, the Trustees, Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers work together with the community to provide thought-provoking exhibitions and unique learning experiences, inspiring creativity and expression in the lives of children, and life-long learning for adults.
 
A focus on excellence, knowledge of the artist, and place of the work in the history of both the artist’s career and the history of the art of our time are the guiding principles of building the Museum’s Permanent Collection, which has grown to include more than 1,200 works of art. The Museum offers opportunities for dialogue with living artists and docents, with curators and education staff, in an environment that is open, light-filled, engaging, and free.
 
The Kemper Museum strives to find a place in the lives of visitors and neighbors who share a commitment to civic engagement and the advancement of Kansas City. Attendance figures support an understanding that cultural tourism is significant to the economy of the region.
 
The Kemper Museum is committed to offering social engagement through exhibitions, artist talks, hands-on workshops, docent-led tours, and gatherings that attract diverse audiences to three locations (never at any cost to the participants). Successful outreach programs such as school tours, Scavenger Saturdays, ArtReach, Family Days, and story time in the gallery with librarians reading to 3-5 year olds continue to expand. Camp Kemper engages children ages 6-12 each spring and summer; the No Boundaries Teen Art Initiative, introduced in 2014, serves 13-15 year-old students from across the Kansas City Metro area in an eight-week after-school program at Kemper at the Crossroads.

Impact Statement

Recent achievements include the following:
 
  • In 2016, the Kemper Museum welcomed 102,992 visitors, including educational program participants, to its three locations. This attendance figure represents a 4.6% increase over 2015.
  • Based on increasing attendance figures and positive evaluation feedback from 2015 educational programming, the museum educator, youth and family programs position transitioned from a part-time to a full-time position in January of 2016.
  • The Kemper Museum presented the “Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder” exhibition, the first presentation of Armajani’s exploration of the structural and philosophical underpinning of bridges since the late 1960s. The accompanying catalogue offered additional scholarship.
  • The exhibition “A Whisper of Where It Came From” highlighted six artists who integrated ceramics into their broader mixed-media art practices. The exhibition coincided with the 50th Anniversary Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Kansas City, MO. “A Whisper of Where It Came From” was selected by NCECA as one of 50 exhibitions endorsed by the organization and promoted to more than 5,000 conference registrants.
 
During 2017, the Museum will complete a strategic planning initiative that will provide guidelines for the next three years, and solidify the Museum’s commitment as a strong cultural and civic partner with the Kansas City community. The Museum will continue to expose a broad, diverse audience to modern and contemporary art through exhibitions and programs. Current and upcoming exhibitions include “Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy”; “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today”; and “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today.” The Museum will aggressively pursue a range of funding opportunities through foundations, government sources, corporations, and individuals to diversify and maintain support of the Museum’s free exhibitions and programming.

Needs Statement

The goal for Operating Support from the community in 2017 is $1.4 million. Unrestricted operating support allows the Kemper Museum's exhibitions and programs to remain open and free for all in the community.
 
Volunteer Support is vital for offering visitors docent-led exhibition tours and guest services. Museum interns and volunteers offer important assistance for multiple departments and committees.
 
Educational Programming Support helps to provide free high quality programs for tots to teens, and learners of all ages. Direct support for specific programs, such as the Museum's school bus transportation cost reimbursement or ArtReach programs, is always welcome.
 
Permanent Collection Care and Conservation Support helps maintain, preserve, and research the 1,200 works of art within the Museum's Permanent Collection.
 
Strategic Planning Initiatives identified within the Museum's completed three-year plan require support. For details, please contact Don Schreiner, director of development, at 816-457-6128.
Service Categories
Art Museums
Arts Education
Museums
Areas of Service
MO
KS
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Executive Director Barbara O’Brien: The Kemper Museum is fortunate to be supported by a generous Board of Trustees and Directors. Together, we are currently undertaking a strategic planning initiative, which will shape strategic initiatives that respond to our many audiences: school children, teens, families, art lovers, and the culturally curious.

 

I am proud of our capable volunteers and staff who innovate every day, offering exhibitions and programming that inspire all ages and all walks of life, free of charge. To continue to sustain fiscal responsibility and balance, we operate a diversified development program that engages federal and state sources, as well as individuals, corporations, and foundations. As evidence, in 2012, we secured our first-ever grant from the United States Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and our first National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in 2014. A second NEA grant was received in 2015 that was double the grant amount from the previous year.

 

During the course of 2014, we celebrated the Museum’s 20th anniversary season. In preparation for this momentous celebration, the Museum launched the 20th Anniversary Fund with a fundraising goal of $1 million. All told, cash contributions and the value of gifted works of art that were added to the Permanent Collection in honor of the 20th anniversary successfully surpassed the $1 million mark.

 

The overshadowing challenge of recent years was the passing of the Museum’s co-founder R. Crosby Kemper, Jr. (1927 – 2014). The Kemper Museum and the Kansas City community were immensely fortunate to have been beneficiaries of Mr. Kemper’s passion and devotion to the arts. As both a cultural and civic leader, Mr. Kemper cultivated investment from a broad group of supporters to ensure the Kemper Museum would be able to flourish. Mary Kemper Wolf, his daughter, stepped up as his successor in 2013, and continues in the same tradition.

 

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mary Kemper Wolf: Since 1994, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art has enjoyed the greatest privilege of bringing current and compelling visual art to Kansas City and presenting it, free to our regional audience. Our mission to nurture, challenge and inspire the community is as strong today as it was when my mother and father opened the doors of the Kemper Museum twenty years ago. My parents, Bebe and Crosby Kemper, harnessed their shared passion for art to create a very special museum.

 

The Kemper Museum has played an important role in my personal life – like that of a trusted mentor, inspiring me from age seventeen. I have been both challenged and moved by countless exhibitions and artists, singular works of art, lectures, programs, conversations, and of course the artful culinary creations plated at Café Sebastienne. I look forward to the amazing art and exploration that the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will share with our community for many years to come.
Programs
Description

The Kemper Museum presents three or four special exhibitions per year in the Museum, and at Kemper at the Crossroads. The staff organizes and curates exhibitions of art by emerging, mid-career, and established artists from around the world. These exhibitions are designed to engage with themes that are topical to contemporary art today, while making meaningful connections to the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success

  • Museum attendance in 2016 increased 4.6% as compared to 2015. Over 102,000 annual visitors were welcomed to Museum galleries.
  • After participating in a school tour of the Museum’s special and Permanent Collection exhibitions, a student from the Sumner Academy of Arts & Science in Kansas City, Kansas, reflected, “School is obviously a place to learn, but learning outside of school really gives my mind a state of peace and dedication to what it is I’m learning and helps me think about it.“
  • In 2016, the Kemper Museum received its third consecutive grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and its first-ever grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Both grants provide exhibition support for Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.

Long-Term Success

Special exhibitions provide opportunities for thought-provoking learning experiences for children, and life-long learners. Research has proven that exposure to art increases critical thinking, historical empathy, tolerance, appreciation of cultural institutions, and likelihood to visit again and share with others. The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth Report details that low-income students with high participation in the arts are five times more likely to stay in school than students with low participation.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Tallying attendance figures at all Museum programs
  • Soliciting feedback from tour groups through evaluation forms
  • Examining development activity, including timing and levels of donations as well as membership numbers
  • Collecting visitor feedback as relayed by educators, partners from cultural and other organizations, docents, visitor service associates, Museum protection staff, and Museum Shop personnel
  • Gathering qualitative and quantifiable information from social media sources
  • Monitoring website activity
  • Conducting periodic surveys of members and non-members
Examples of Program Success

Every visitor at each of the three Kemper Museum locations is tallied by Museum Security Personnel. These attendance figures verify that attendance at the Kemper Museum remains strong at over 102,000 annual visitors.

Reviews of special exhibitions in publications including the The Kansas City Star and Hyperallergic lend support to the success of the Museum-curated or organized exhibitions.

Description

Exhibitions displaying artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection are curated with a focus on topical themes, consistent with trends and conversations within the contemporary art world that will highlight and explore new aspects of the core Collection. In addition, these exhibitions serve to provide a broader context for works being shown in special exhibitions. Approximately 13-15 Permanent Collection exhibitions are planned for the Museum, Kemper East, and Kemper at the Crossroads locations.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success
  • Museum attendance in 2016 increased 4.6% as compared to 2015. Over 102,000 annual visitors were welcomed to Museum galleries.
  • After participating in a school tour of the Museum’s special and Permanent Collection exhibitions, a student from the Sumner Academy of Arts & Science in Kansas City, Kansas, reflected, “School is obviously a place to learn, but learning outside of school really gives my mind a state of peace and dedication to what it is I’m learning and helps me think about it.“
  • Membership totals in 2016 reached 689 households compared with 564 households in 2013, an increase of over 22%. 
Long-Term Success

Exhibitions of works of art from the Museum's growing Permanent Collection shine light on local, national, and international emerging, mid-career, and established artists. These exhibitions provide opportunities for thought-provoking learning experiences for children, and life-long learners. Research has proven that exposure to art increases critical thinking, historical empathy, tolerance, appreciation of cultural institutions, and likelihood to visit again and share with others. The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth Report details that low-income students with high participation in the arts are five times more likely to stay in school than students with low participation.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Tallying attendance figures at all Museum programs
  • Soliciting feedback from tour groups through evaluation forms
  • Examining development activity, including timing and levels of donations as well as membership numbers
  • Collecting visitor feedback as relayed by educators, partners from cultural and other organizations, docents, visitor service associates, Museum protection staff, and Museum Shop personnel
  • Gathering qualitative and quantifiable information from social media sources
  • Monitoring website activity
  • Conducting periodic surveys of members and non-members
Examples of Program Success

Every visitor at each of the three Kemper Museum locations is tallied by Museum Security Personnel. These attendance figures verify that attendance at the Kemper Museum remains strong at over 102,000 annual visitors.

Description

Free educational programs for life-long learners are developed to introduce adult participants to the innovation of modern and contemporary art and the inspiration of the artists who create it. Programs are designed to complement the exhibition and exhibition themes on view. Adult programs include the Visiting Artist Program, featuring artist talks and interactive workshops with exhibiting artists; and a lecture series where experts share their perspectives on art-related topics to provide deeper understanding.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success

Adult educational programs offer deeper audience engagements by hosting approximately 12 to 15 artist lectures, panel discussions, performances, and workshops annually in conjunction with exhibitions. All adult programs are provided free of charge.

Long-Term Success

The Kemper Museum's adult educational programs will inspire creativity and expression in the lives of adults, as well as life-long learning opportunities. Research shows that among the benefits of adult participation in arts education are a greater understanding of others, tolerance, and openness to collaboration.

Program Success Monitored By
  • Tallying attendance figures at all Museum programs
  • Soliciting feedback from tour groups and educational program participants (or parents) through evaluation forms
  • Examining development activity, including timing and levels of donations as well as membership numbers
  • Collecting visitor feedback as relayed by educators, partners from cultural and other organizations, docents, visitor service associates, Museum protection staff, and Museum Shop personnel
  • Professional Museum staff regularly observe programs and provide constructive, instructive feedback to docents and educators
  • Conducting periodic surveys of members and non-members
Examples of Program Success

With the exhibition "A Whisper of Where It Came From," four exhibiting artists within a wide range of artistic and cultural perspectives visited the Kemper Museum for artist talks, panels, and workshops. Participating artists included Nicole Cherubini, Mark Cooper, Jiha Moon, and Huma Bhabha. Museum visitors were enlightened with each artist’s unique insights, experiences, and practices.
Description

Family educational programs provide free experiences for parents, grandparents or guardians and children to come together to build memories, gain cultural knowledge, explore, and create. Family programs include Scavenger Saturday, which provides adventures through self-guided activities and clues; homeschooler programs, such as Fine Art Fridays + Docent-led Talk; Gallery Conversations where staff-trained docents introduce exhibition themes and in-depth understanding on the artists and art on view; and musical, spoken word and dance performances that provide insights into the cultural histories of the exhibiting artists.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success

Based on attendance figures and participant (or parent) evaluation feedback, the Museum's family educational programs have appreciated great success. To help meet demand, the Museum Educator, Youth and Family Programs position transitioned to a full-time position in January of 2016.

Long-Term Success

In evaluating the success of the Museum’s educational programs, success includes: 

  • Students whose experience motivates them to return to the Kemper Museum and other museums for inspiration and education
  • Students who receive new appreciation and understanding of modern and contemporary art
  • Enthusiastic funders who help to ensure continuation, refinement, and expansion of the program
Program Success Monitored By
  • Tallying attendance figures at all Museum programs
  • Soliciting feedback from tour groups and educational program participants (or parents) through evaluation forms
  • Examining development activity, including timing and levels of donations as well as membership numbers
  • Collecting visitor feedback as relayed by educators, partners from cultural and other organizations, docents, visitor service associates, Museum protection staff, and Museum Shop personnel
  • Professional Museum staff regularly observe programs and provide constructive, instructive feedback to docents and educators
  • Conducting periodic surveys of members and non-members
Examples of Program Success

Many anecdotal stories and survey results have been received in appreciation of the Museum's family educational programs. Grandparents have been particularly appreciative to find activities, such as Scavenger Saturdays or artist-led workshops that they can share with their grandchildren (always free of charge).

Description

The Museum’s education programs geared toward youth audiences help to supplement art education programs in schools by providing first-hand experiences with the highest quality works of art. Participants may be inspired toward a career in the arts and will have an outlet to discuss and learn how modern and contemporary art relates to their lives. Educational programs for youth audiences include school tours led by staff-trained docents; Tots on Tuesdays where 3 to 5 years olds enjoy story time, and hands-on art making; Camp Kemper provides campers chances to explore the Museum’s galleries, play games, and create; and the No Boundaries Teen Art Initiative brings together nominated students ages 13 to 15 from diverse social-economic circumstances to explore their talent and passion for art in an eight-week after-school program.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success

Based on attendance figures and participant (or parent) evaluation feedback, the Museum's educational programs for youth audiences have appreciated great success. To help meet demand, The Museum Educator, Youth and Family Programs position has been transitioned to a full-time position. With this development, additional free sessions will be available in the ArtReach, Camp Kemper, Family Days, and Tots on Tuesday programs, and a new teen program has been developed.

Long-Term Success

Research studies have proven that the benefits of art education include:

  • Students with a high participation in the arts and a low socio-economic status are five times more likely to stay in school.
  • Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate from college as peers with no arts education.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Tallying attendance figures at all Museum programs
  • Soliciting feedback from tour groups and educational program participants (or parents) through evaluation forms
  • Museum staff regularly observe programs and provide constructive, instructive feedback to docents and educators
  • An outside educational consultant has been hired to observe and provide objective feedback on practices and processes as an additional method of strengthening the educational opportunities provided to those the Museum serves.
Examples of Program Success

To help eliminate major budget barriers to schools, the Kemper Museum provides funds to cover busing transportation costs to and from the Museum for any school that requests assistance. Schools participating in the Transportation Cost Reimbursement program consist primarily, but not exclusively, of Title 1 schools throughout the region.

CEO Comments

The Kemper Museum welcomes opportunities to reach out to new and diverse audiences. For example, with the understanding that individuals with disabilities need opportunities to experience the arts and to express themselves through their creativity in an environment that is welcoming and conducive to their needs, the Museum has made a concerted effort to design rewarding programming for this group. The Museum’s ArtReach program provides children with and without developmental disabilities opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. ArtReach is offered as part of a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The Museum is actively looking for a sponsor to help support educational programs and would love to talk about your special interests. To discuss, please contact Don Schreiner, director of development, at 816-457-6128 or dschreiner@kemperart.org.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Barbara O'Brien
Term Start Sept 2009
Experience

Barbara O’Brien joined the staff of the Kemper Museum in the fall of 2009. Prior to being named Executive Director in 2012, she was the Chief Curator and Head of Exhibitions and Collections. Over the past two decades, O’Brien has curated more than 70 exhibitions of works of art in all media. She is known as a curator and critic with a strong record of scholarship and advocacy for contemporary art and artists.

Before moving to Kansas City, O’Brien lived in Boston where, as Associate Professor of Art & Music at Simmons College, she was the Director of the Trustman Art Gallery and head of the Arts Administration program. From 2003-2005, she was the editor-in-chief of Art New England magazine.

O’Brien is an elected member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA), and ArtTable, on whose National Board she served (2011-12). O’Brien earned an MFA in 1990 from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and both BA and BS degrees from the University of Kansas. At the 2006 RISD Commencement, she was presented with the RISD National Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography A native of northeast Kansas, O’Brien holds a MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design as well as undergraduate degrees in Women’s Studies and Journalism from the University of Kansas. Before working in various capacities at Simmons College (2006–08), O’Brien served as a public art consultant for the City of Boston (2004–05).  At Art New England Magazine, she was the Editor in Chief (2003–06), as well as its Regional Reviews Coordinator (2002–06). From 1990–2001, O’Brien was the Director of the Gallery and Visiting Artist Program at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts. Over the years, she has held various positions at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Ute Stebich Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts; Cragin Fife Gallery, Brookline, Massachusetts; Intermedia Arts Minnesota, Minneapolis; 1469 Pacific Gallery, San Francisco, California; Community Art Resource, San Francisco; and the Association of Community Arts Councils, Topeka, Kansas.
Title Director of Finance and Accounting
Experience/Biography Kathy Surber joined the Kemper Museum in January 2013. Previously, she served for three years as Director of Finance at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and as VP of Finance and Operations for C3 in Overland Park, KS. Surber brings over 20 years of experience in organizational financial management, and holds a BS degree in accounting from Avila University.
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Don Schreiner began work at the Kemper Museum in October of 2013. Schreiner was recently director of major gifts for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. He brings to the Museum a wealth of not-for-profit experience, including more than 20 years of fundraising at Powell Gardens, Catholic Charities, and the Unicorn Theatre. He holds an MPA from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an art history degree from the University of Kansas. Schreiner is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE), and serves on the board of the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Title Curator and Head of Adult Programs
Experience/Biography Erin Dziedzic joined the staff of the Kemper Museum in 2013 after six years as Curator at Savannah College of Art and Design. She has recently been selected for a nationally known critic-in-residence program with BURNAWAY magazine and Pelican Bomb. Dziedzic serves as a juror for national, regional, and local art competitions and grant-making agencies, and has written for both local and national publications. Dziedzic earned a BFA in art history froth University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MA in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Title Director of Marketing and Communications
Experience/Biography Kent Smith brought a wealth of not-for-profit experience to the Kemper Museum upon his start in April of 2014. His background includes nearly 14 years of museum experience from the Nerman Museum, the  Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio. He holds an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from Emporia State University.
Title Director of Food & Beverage and Special Events
Experience/Biography

Tony Glamcevski joined the staff of the Kemper Museum in August of 2016 with 20 years of experience in the hospitality and event management industries. His most recent experience came as General Manager and Partner at The Rieger in Kansas City, Missouri. Glamcevski holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 32
Paid Part-Time Staff 64
Volunteers 84
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 79%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
The Kemper Museum is honored to collaborate with these organizations through year-round initiatives:
  • The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art
  • Alta Vista Middle School
  • American Jazz Museum
  • ART for Arthritis
  • The Barstow School
  • Blue Springs, Missouri School District
  • Boys Grow
  • The Bridge
  • Central Middle School
  • Charlotte Street Foundation
  • Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
  • Children’s Home Society of Missouri
  • Congress Middle School
  • Coterie Theatre
  • Creative Mornings
  • Cristo Rey Kansas City
  • Educare – Project Eagle
  • Gilda’s House
  • Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri
  • GUILDit
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City
  • Homeschoolers of Kansas and Missouri
  • Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
  • JC Harmon High School
  • JDRF
  • Kansas City Academy
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kansas City Artists Coalition
  • Kansas City Ballet
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Kansas City KS School District
  • Kansas City Young Audiences
  • Kids TLC
  • KKFI, Community Radio Station
  • Liberty High School
  • Lighton International Artists Exchange Program
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts
  • Pembroke Hill
  • Prep-KC
  • Rockhurst High School
  • Rockhurst University
  • St. Teresa’s Academy
  • Sumner Academy of Arts & Science
  • University Academy
  • University of Kansas Medical Center for Childhood Development
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • YMCA Children’s Campus
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
American Alliance of Museums2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Third Consecutive Art Works Grant AwardNational Endowment for the Arts2016
First Exhibition Grant AwardThe Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts2016
First Grant Award for Digital Files of the American Arts Portion of the Museum's Permanent CollectionHenry Luce Foundation2016
Best Brunch in KC: Café SebastienneKC Magazine2016
Top Exhibitions of 2015The Kansas City Star2015
2017 Knot Pick The Knot Best of WeddingsThe Knot2017
Open Table Diner's Choice AwardOpenTable0
Best of KC: Best Sunday Brunch: Café Sebastienne435 Magazine2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kemper Wolf
Company Affiliation Independent Filmmaker
Term May 2013 to Dec 2050
Email mwolf@kemperart.org
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Consuelo Cruz Office of Culture and Creative Service, City of KCMO
Mr. Bill Gautreaux Crestwood
Mr. Tom Holcom Retired
Mrs. Karen Holland Community Volunteer
Mr. Alexander "Sandy" Kemper C2FO
Mr. Mariner Kemper UMB Bank
Mrs. Bebe Kemper Artist/Community Volunteer
Mrs. Mary Kemper Wolf Independent Filmmaker
Ms Lindsay Major Artist/Community Volunteer
Mr. L. Joshua Sosland Sosland Publishing
Mr. Clyde Wendel UMB Bank
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Collections
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $4,737,532
Projected Expenses $4,737,532
Endowment Value $2,139,518
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 

 

Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,693,196$2,510,409$2,654,864
Government Contributions$92,439$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$92,439$0$0
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
$0$0$0
$1,463,802$1,548,193$1,221,398
Investment Income, Net of Losses($158,891)$398,379$734,182
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$422,867$335,946$313,418
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$12,338$47,459$75,292
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,668,389$3,631,563$3,011,779
Administration Expense$725,415$725,385$593,646
Fundraising Expense$355,990$250,852$176,726
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.371.051.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%79%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%9%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$21,196,511$19,318,824$19,113,793
Current Assets$8,655,590$6,460,293$1,348,631
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$336,646$234,916$262,471
Total Net Assets$20,859,865$19,083,908$18,851,322
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.7127.505.14
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountR Crosby Kemper Jr. Trust, UMB Bank, N.A., Trustee $2,000,000William T. Kemper Charitable Trust $1,583,054William T. Kemper Charitable Trust $1,379,927
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWilliam T. Kemper Charitable Trust $1,400,000Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation $287,586RC Kemper Charitable Trust & Foundation $355,250
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountBEBE & Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank, N.A. Trustee $212,950Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation $52,500Enid & Crosby Kemper Foundation $150,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Kemper Museum Operating Foundation dba Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Address 4420 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 641111821
Primary Phone (816) 753-5784
Contact Email dschreiner@kemperart.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Barbara O'Brien
Board Chair Ms. Mary Kemper Wolf
Board Chair Company Affiliation Independent Filmmaker
Year of Incorporation 1995