Principals: Caleb Taylor, Nicole Mauser, Amy Kligman, Misha Kligman, and Cory Imig

PLUG Projects was formed in early 2011 by five Kansas City artists. A fresh gallery with a fresh perspective, PLUG is not only a curatorial collaboration between these artists, it’s way to enrich and expand conversations about art.

PLUG renovated its West Bottoms location to house both a 350-square-foot exhibition space and individual artists studios. Exhibitions will feature nationally recognized artists from outside of Kansas City and give exposure to less visible talent from within the region.

Between exhibitions, PLUG will use the empty gallery walls to host a “Critique Night Series” led by critic Blair Schulman, along with a small rotating panel of established writers, curators, and artists from the community.

Its website, too, is a curatorial extension of the project space. It will include a news feed, archive of artists and programming, and curatorial blog. In its blog, PLUG will feature other artists whose work relates to that on view, critical writing and resources that relate to the themes of the exhibitions, and host international guest curators who will create online satellite exhibitions. The blog will serve as an entry point to its PLUG’s artists and projects as it extends the conversation beyond the physical gallery space.

PLUG is a for-profit business. It funded its first year of programming from grants, direct fundraising using Kickstarter, and rent from the resident artists.