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Bill Haw

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Haw Contemporary

HQ Phone:  (816) 842-4415

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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

Co Owner

Uncommon Stock


Director

Amazon Japan


President and Country Manager, Japan

YESASIA.COM LTD


Affiliations

Lexicon International Corporation

Founder and President


Education

Masters degree

Japanese Studies

University of Kansas


Web References(12 Total References)


Bill Haw of Haw Ranches | The Greater Kansas City

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Bill Haw of Haw Ranches
In contrast to the discussions that I had with small area farmers, I had the good fortune to meet with Bill Haw, Owner of Haw Ranches. In addition to a number of interesting positions in other industries, Bill Haw has worked extensively in Large Commercial Agriculture and Commercial Meat Production. My conversation with Mr. Haw was nothing less than amazing for me. His thinking took me a bit by surprise. As with my conversations with the small farmers, I was affected by this interaction. Mr. Haw is someone that I will not easily forget, nor would I want to. Stockyard 2 Without Bill Haw's intervention more than 20 years ago, the Historic Stockyard District might have been on its way to being quickly forgotten. The stockyards were established in 1871 and grew to cover 55 acres. Located near the intersection of the Kaw and Missouri rivers and close to the state line it was easily accessible to operations in both states. "During its heyday", he said, "The stockyards were brimming with activity. I'm not just referring to the abundance of livestock trading, but to all sorts of business that supported the industry, including drinking and whoring". One might guess that it is this nostalgic, frontier imagery that prompted Haw to buy most of the land and remaining buildings in the then blighted Stockyard District. Since the early nineties fabulous transformations have arisen, beginning with the 13 million dollar restoration of the Kansas City Stockyard Exchange Building which was constructed in 1911. The Kansas City Livestock Exchange building is truly a community complete with a gym, post office, barber shop, bank and a restaurant. The Kansas City Livestock Exchange building is truly a community complete with a gym, post office, barber shop, bank and a restaurant. As we spoke Haw looked into the distance and his face lit up, "Every year I see more and more walkers and cyclers using the levy trail", he said. Bill Haw is not only attached to the idea of building a community, he is connected to the preservation of land. The Haw family owns one of the larger ranches in Kansas. The land located in the Kansas Flint Hills is protected by conservation easement. Mr. Haw proudly anticipates that his parcel of land need never change and remain intact and unblemished by development. Haw says that the Flint Hills hold a truly magical beauty that warrants preservation. The walls of his office are adorned with photos of his Flint Hills home and the surrounding area. Bull Mountain A large part of Bill Haw's career has been spent in Commercial Agriculture and Commercial meat production. I anticipated a conversation that would provide a shielding perspective of the industry. Instead, I heard a viewpoint that was insightful, reflective and incredibly wise. Haw spoke of a disenchantment for pork production. He acknowledged that large pork farms produce an enormous amount of animal waste which he said is strictly regulated to avoid any run off. Interestingly, he said that hogs like other animals have a range of emotion similar to those of humans. "Pigs are highly intelligent" he said, "If you've ever had a dog you know that they experience happiness and fear. I began to feel that the pork industry was something I needed to leave behind". Mr. Haw also expressed concern for the decline of career farmers and the spiritual connection to the land that farming offers. He talked about the satisfaction of the visible, tangible consequence of labor that farming provides. When I asked him if the Kansas City area had a future in agriculture he relied by saying, "No. Mr. Haw said that he believed that in the future, grain fed cattle might become a thing of the past. Bill Haw has worn many hats in his career. Perhaps most impressively he is a thinker and a visionary. One thing that is certain is that he is determined to leave things better than he found them.


Kansas City Artists Coalition - Events

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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.


Travois

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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.


www.lancasterfarming.com

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.


www.kansascity.com

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 yesasia.com 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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