About the Patrons Gallery
For the students and teachers of Shawnee Mission North High
School, the Brantman Patrons Gallery has been a staple of the art
department for over 40 years. Serving both students and the
broader community, the Gallery provides a space for students and
community artists to present their work. It provides for North’s art
students what gymnasiums and theaters offer for other students.
The first of its kind, the Gallery opened in 1980 with overwhelming
support from the community. The Patrons Art Gallery, Inc, a
501(c)(3) organization, was formed with a Board of Directors to
support the programming and fundraising needs of the space.
The Board, comprised of community volunteers and North
teachers, has continued to support the Gallery through the years.
The Brantman Patrons Gallery has engaged many professional
artists who have shown at the gallery and worked alongside
students in their classrooms. In addition to regular exhibits, the
gallery has purchased over 50 pieces of art from students to form
a permanent collection. To support the art department, the Gallery
has funded scholarships for over 30 North students to attend
summer art enrichment classes at the KC Art Institute.
Annually, the Gallery funds opportunities for students to visit the
Nelson-Atkins Art Museum exhibits—some students attending
a museum for the first time. The Board is proud to continue
providing enrichment opportunities and support for
the artistic growth of Shawnee Mission North art students.
The Patrons Gallery, a federally registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1979, aims to provide art education and programming for Shawnee Mission North High School students. In partnership with the school, the organization provides and maintains gallery space for students to show their work, engages workshops from local professional artists, and experiential learning opportunities throughout the Kansas City area. Since its inception, the organization has provided art programs to hundreds of area students. For many students, these opportunities were central to their pursuit of art as a passion or even profession.
The Patrons Gallery encourages the artistic endeavors of Shawnee Mission North High School art students by providing enrichment through student and professional art exhibitions in the school gallery and though scholarships, workshops, field trips, and special collaborations in the Kansas City and regional art communities.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Greg Brantman, President
- Cathy Thomas, Vice-President & Secretary
- Sara Dunham, Treasurer
- Susie Brantman, Member At-Large
- Stephanie Dalley, Member At-Large
- Juliet Miller-Martin, Member At-Large
- Hillary Thomas, Member At-Large
- Barbara Salvaggio, Member-At Large
- Brian Cross, Member At-Large