The Game Show Press Release
for immediate release
The Game Show
The Game Show is a unique art extravaganza featuring a group show of game themed artwork from thirty artists. The Game Show will also feature a live art event featuring a real life artist-built game show that will feature contestants pulled from the crowd.
Thursday, July 21, 6pm – 10pm
Friday, July 22, 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 23 12pm-6pm
Grand Reception – Friday, July 22 6-10pm
Live Game Show Performances will take place on Thursday and Friday nights at 7,8, and 9.
River Market Event Place
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Free event, VIP packages are available for Thursday night
The River Market Event Place is located one block north of the City Market, and the River Market North stop on the KC Streetcar. There is on street parking available throughout the River Market Neighborhood as well as free off street parking available at the Park and Ride located at 2nd and Grand.
What is happening:
The Game Show is the latest multi-artist, interactive group show produced by KCAI graduate Michael Schliefke. Blurring the line between gallery show, performance art, and public participation, The Game Show is centered around a game themed art show featuring the works of 30 local and national artists. During the receptions on Thursday and Friday night, an hourly game show will be performed that will feature contestants pulled from the audience, playing a variety of artist built games, completing against each other and sometimes with enlisted artists to win prizes! The Game Show will also feature live musical performances from Kansas City’s The Sexy Accident of original musical compositions inspired by 1970’s game show theme songs.
About Michael Schliefke:
Equal parts painter and artistic impresario, Michael Schliefke has worked hard to find ways to bring his artistic endeavors to the largest audience possible. A traditional painter trained under the watchful eyes of Richard Mattsson, Michael Walling and Lester Goldman at the Kansas City Art Institute in the late 90’s, Michael has bounced around between the Northeast, Ireland, and Austin before returning back to his adopted home of Kansas City in 2014.
While in Austin, Michael was a driving force in the growth and development of the East Austin art scene. Michael worked side by side with Big Medium, the founders of the East Austin Studio Tour, to enhance, develop and help produce the annual event. A member of Blue Genie Art Industries, Michael worked on various murals and art projects from Austin to Qatar, and this enabled Michael to produce large group art shows showing a diverse group of artists in a variety of expansive, publicly accessible shows. ‘Will There Ever Be a Rainbow’ was named the Best Art Show of 2005 by the Austin Chronicle, and follow up group shows, ‘Father’s Day Show’, and ‘Radical Nautical’ were both critically acclaimed, with the latter receiving an Austin Critics’ Table Award.
In addition to painting and showing his own work regularly, Michael also wrote and drew ‘The Really White Vigilante’ comic book series, a satirical look at the gentrification of East Austin. In 2012, Michael returned to producing large, public oriented art events with the ‘Blue Genie Danger Derby’. A no holds barred pinewood derby race featuring art cars built by artists and the public. Cars were raced down a 120’ track fraught with dangers – spinning saw blades, ACME anvils, firepits and blowtorches that merged art, performance, events and blurred the lines between the public and art.
Since returning to Kansas City in 2014, Michael has continued to focus on his studio work, teaching private painting and drawing lessons. A 2015 Artist Inc. fellow, Michael recently showed his new series of paintings in Lawrence, and produced a holiday show in December in the River Market featuring 25 artists and has plans for a series of large art shows over the next several years in Kansas City.
Michael lives in the River Market neighborhood with the longtime girlfriend Elizabeth, their two cats Theo and Vincent. Michael been obsessed with game shows since he was a toddler, growing up with Bob Barker, Chuck Woolery and after seven years , finally makes the Game Show a reality.