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Haw Contemporary

1600 Liberty

Kansas City, Missouri 64102

United States

Company Description

Haw Contemporary, located in the Stockyards District of the West Bottoms, is Kansas City's premier gallery. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History


Uncommon Stock


Amazon Japan

President and Country Manager, Japan



Founder and President
Lexicon International Corporation


Masters degree

Japanese Studies

University of Kansas

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Kansas City Artists Coalition - Events [cached]

Bill Haw, Sherry Leedy & Todd Weiner

Ever wonder what a gallery owner is looking for when they are looking for an artist? Do you ever want to ask them what they are thinking about when they are curating their gallery space?
Well, now is the time to jump right in and hear from some of the best Kansas City gallerists about their selection process, what they expect from their artists and what running a gallery in Kansas City is all about.
Bill Haw owner of Haw Contemporary in the West Bottoms since 2013.

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Wendy, along with Bill Haw Jr. (Haw Contemporary) and Bruce Hartman (The Nerman Museum), joined a group of Travoisians for some great conversation and a nice dinner.

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Haw/Contemporary owner Bill Haw said that while the artists he represents are two-thirds men, those featured in solo shows since he opened the gallery last year are 50-50.

Haw said male artists have told him they think it's great he's working with so many women, so they must find it unusual. In truth, he said, it's coincidental.
"I don't even think about it, whether it's a man or a woman," he said.

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Bill Haw Jr. will open contemporary art gallery in former Dolphin building

Bill Haw Jr. will open contemporary art gallery in former Dolphin building
Haw Contemporary, a new gallery run by Kansas City native Bill Haw Jr., will occupy the Dolphin space at 1600 Liberty St. and will open its first exhibition, a group show, Sept. 13.
Haw, a businessman and art collector whose family owns the Livestock Exchange Building and other West Bottoms properties, is buying the Dolphin building.
Everybody knows that Dolphins closing was going to leave a big hole in Kansas City, Haw said.
Out of the passion and commitment that Bill Haw Jr. has gathered as a Dolphin supporter, collector and businessman, he is stepping up to embrace a destiny that is calling him to take it on.
Haw said he planned to continue to support local artists and keep the community event atmosphere. At the same time, he said, I want to more proactively engage and have a dialogue with collectors and deepen my relationship with them.
OBrien, who has decided to pursue his own creative projects, initially planned to lease the West Bottoms building, which he bought and renovated into a premier exhibition space five years ago.
Im not sure I would have done this with another person, he said. The potential of possibilities with Bill Haw doing this are beyond my imagination. Its something very exciting that we need in Kansas City, to have a different eye and different viewpoint on how to run a commercial gallery.
A lot of artists are leery of businesspeople, he added. I consider him to have a creative mind and also a business mind, and I think thats a rare thing. He seems to be able to walk in both worlds with ease.
Haw comes to his new project with a long resume of business experience. In the mid-1990s, he founded the Emma Chase Cafe in Cottonwood Falls, Kan. Last year he teamed up with restaurateur and chef Todd Schulte on a popular hand-made soup business, Uncommon Stock. He also runs the historic Hotel Frederick in Boonville, Mo., which the family bought and restored in 2004.
Haw has spent much of his career in Japan, where he worked for six years in education, translation and interpretation after graduating from the University of Kansas in 1989. He returned to KU in 1996 to earn a masters degree in Japanese studies and then set off for San Francisco, where he founded Lexicon, an English/Japanese translation business that expanded into bilingual Web development and other services for companies in Japan.
In 2001, he took a position with the online company, which sells Asian entertainment products, from CDs to video games. Four years later, Amazon hired him to be director of Amazon Japan.
Any business is about finding where the energy lives and accessing it and channeling it, whether its a soup business, a gallery or Amazon, Haw said. Thats why its not just 100 percent crazy for me to do an art gallery.
OBrien thinks the seeds were planted in 2010, when Haw returned to the U.S. with his wife, Hitomi, and two children and began to meet artists and buy art at Dolphin.
The Dolphin and John were really important parts of my life, Haw said.

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Bill Haw

Floored as a kid by the Beatles' Revolver, Bill has been obsessed with music ever since. He first moved to Japan in 1989, where he worked on the JET Programme, and later at Doshisha and Ryukoku universities in Kyoto. After returning to the United States and obtaining a master's degree in East Asian Studies, he moved to San Francisco and founded Lexicon International, a provider of Japan-related services. In 2001 he returned to Japan as General Manager for online Asian entertainment retailer, and is presently with Amazon Japan, where he remains closely connected to the music industry. As a freelancer, Bill has written for advertising and creative agencies in Japan, and translated between Japanese and English in multiple disciplines.

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