Art Research Center
ARC grew out of the new center U.S. art cooperative gallery which was dissolved in 1964 when the original idea for ARC was conceived. The founders of this gallery were part of an “abstract” segment of the 15 artists in the co-op. Their background and impetus was partially influenced by the Bauhaus and László Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus in Chicago.
International exhibits focused on multi-disciplinary experiments in constructive arts, exploring the relationship between art, science and technology and expositing issues of sensory perception with aesthetic structures.
 ==ARC timeline and exhibits==
|1963||New Center United States Artists Gallery at 9th & Delaware.
First artist owned and operated abstract cooperative gallery in the Midwest.
|1965||Thomas Michael Stephens & Jon Brees Thogmartin first met and discussed an art research group. Nancy Stephens was also in on these early discussions. Almost all of these discussions took place at Michael & Nancy's home off of 18th street in Kansas City, Missouri. In the beginning it was as simple as that. Norton Nelkin, Gary Rice, John Abbick, Harry Chase, Peter Clapp, Phillip van Voorst, David Desmond, Robert Blackman and many others came along as we grew and explored.|
|1966||Art Research Center First Exhibition: October 29 – November 6 (or 26) Kansas City MO Public Library, 12th & Oak.
Second Exhibition: January 14 – February 4, at the Kansas City KS Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.
|1967||Third Exhibition and panel symposium: April 8 - May 9
Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology, 5109 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri. Symposium topic: The Relationships of Art and Science and Technology.
|1968||1. Anonima Studio Gallery, 40 W 28th St. New York, New York. Art Research Center Group Exhibit – May 20 – June 20 included six artists, 33 works, conjunctive symposium/talk, electronic music. Artists included Patrick Manley “Transformations.”
2. Announced new “center” for the Center – 3 floors, 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2).
3. A. R. C. Group Exhibition and Opening of new center headquarters in October.
4. Film-makers Seminar series – August. Participants included William Westerman, Larry Bowser, Dave Peeples, William Peterson, Eliot Gage, Lee Clark.
5. Sound Environment Seminar - November. Electronic Music Audio Research Development Studio Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri. Electronic Music Concert with non-associative projected light environment – organized by Patrick Manley.
6. Science in Art Seminars – December: “Creative Problem-Solving for Design in Game Format” John Abbick and “Geometry in Art and Architecture” and Stanley Tigerman. Held in old ice cream factory downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
7. The Art and Architecture of Stanley Tigerman—February. Exhibition (being a total immediate survey of the international, inter-disciplinary works of Tigerman)
|1969||New Tendency Exhibit in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in May.
New artists and associates: Peter Clapp (Boston), Gary Rice – computer programmer, Laurence Booth, Zbiginew Blazieje (Toronto, Ontario multi-media artist), Stanley Tigerman (Architect, Chicago Ill), Frank Millich, David Garrison, Philip J. van Voorst (Missouri).
|1970||Address 4808 Troost Acquired exhibit space at the Trolley Barn, Kansas City, MO.
Toronto balloon show
|1971||Art Research Center at 922 East 48th Street, across from the old Trolley Barn.
Andreas Weininger's "Mechanical Revue"
|1973||International Matrix Exhibition in Kansas City, MO|
|1974||"Fire and Ice" William Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City Missouri|
|1979||1. City Celebration – May 27 “Spacenet” with "A Fair-for-All" a balloon structure at Volker Park, Kansas City, MO.
2. "Warped Planes in Space" 41st & Main, T.M. Stephens Kansas City, Missouri.
3. Brick building at 2nd & Delaware, Kansas City, Missouri.
|1980||International Conference of Constructive Art in Architectonic Space
1. "Constructivism and the Geometric TraditionFeb 6-7 Nelson Gallery of art and atkins museum of fine arts Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
2. TELIC 2 Group Exhibit.
|1986||20th anniversary TELIC 3 Exhibit, 175 artists, 300 works of art, 22 countries.|
|1989||The Symposium of Systematic and Constructive Art, April 7th-9th, Centro Cultural De LaVilla Ayuntamiento de Madrid|
|1991||PUBLIC ART IN NEW SPACES: Current Works of the Designers Collaborative Consortium of the Art Research Center, Oct 2-11, Kansas City, Missouri|
==ARC Members & Associates==
Andreas Weininger Chris Rexroad Dale Eldred Dave Peeples David Desmond David Garrison Denise Childers – secretary/librarian Douglas Freed Eliot Gage Francois Morellet Frank Millich Gary Rice – computer programmer Harold Chase Jay Heuser Jay Mandeville John F. Abbick John Baird - 3-D photographer John Brees Thogmortin -- architect Joseph Ziegler Kathryn Howard Ken Gray Kevin Kissinger Kevin Whelan Larry Alton Larry Bowser Laurence Booth - architect Lee Clark Nancy A. Stephens Norton Nelkin Pamala Gustavson Johnson Patrick Manley Peter Clapp (Boston) Philip J. Van Voorst Robert Blackman Robert Scagliotti Stanley Tigerman – Architect, Chicago Ill Vince Roark Exhibit in New York Virginia Hillix William Peterson William Westerman Zbiginew Blazieje – Toronto, Ontario multi-media artist
The ARC Welders
 The Art Research Center often recruited artists and musicians to participate in live music concerts. These concerts included improvised ensemble works by the "ARC Welders." The ARC Welders in general, consisted of the musicians who happened to be participating in any given event.
At least one of the ARC Welders concerts received favorable reviews from The Kansas City Star.
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- Oren, Michel (1980). The Regrouping of the Avant-garde: Some Contemporary American Groups and Their Work. University of Massachusetts.
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- Von Ziegesar, Peter (July 1986). "Art Center: Radical art form has found a home in Kansas City". Kansas City Magazine.