1014 E 19th St, KC, MO
(712) 541-5447
open 12-6 p.m. Thurs-Sat

About us

Located in the East Crossroads in Kansas City, Missouri, The Bunker Center for the Arts is a facility that provides the community with over 10,000 square feet of exhibition, education, and studio space. We offer residencies and studio spaces for artists as well as rotating exhibitions in our multiple gallery spaces. Call for details and to make an appointment to see the studios/galleries or come in during open hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.


Owner: Jim Adams


Jim Adams took up artistry in iron and steel after 24 years in the information technologies field. Prior to his years in IT, he had worked in the welding industry, selling specialty welding items for approximately 8 years. During that time developed the skill and knowledge of working with metals. His desire to do artful things with this knowledge was something of a ‘back burner’ interest that never seemed to go away.

In mid 2007, Jim decided to pursue the creation of artful things from iron and steel. The company ADAMS-FERRO Inc was set up to create and make available to the public objects of art in iron and steel. Practically all of the works are created from ‘rescued’ objects – scrap metal destined for the melting pots. Shapes and qualities of these various pieces of scrap become the inspiration for the works. Jim’s approach is to find and create beauty or thought provoking aspects from the many times unique characteristics of the items he finds – a piece of rippled metal becomes a wave, a large industrial gear becomes a flower blossom – and with a minimum of addition or cutting away, he brings that quality into the work.

The works created are diverse in themes, from surreal steel flowers, to aspects of humanity, to thought provoking abstracts. The work is minimalist in construction; its nature is raw and powerful.

Most of these works are solid and substantial and can be displayed outdoors as well as indoors. Weathering only adds to the rich coffee colored patina the works possess. Some of the works can become a focus point in a garden. Much of the works want to sit on a pedestal and be an exclusive center of attention.

Gallery Director/Resident Artist: Tj Templeton


Templeton's work spans performance, digital media, printmaking, and every method of drawing and painting from watercolor to oils to encaustic. Painting is my passion and accounts for the vast majority of my body of work. His is typically figurative and realist, inspired by social justice issues and the human condition.

Officially assuming his new role at the Bunker Center for the Arts in December of 2017, Templeton brings with him a skillset that spans both sides of the art sales business. Templeton's emergence onto the Kansas city art scene started in the early 1990s as a fine artist, but was interrupted when he relocated to rural Iowa and Nebraska for a little over a decade. While residing in Nebraska, he quickly became a force in the fine art scene and eventually crossed over from a producer of fine art to a dealer and curator of art.

Templeton began his career in curating and gallery management overseeing Spatium Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gallery owner, Angel Settel watched her fledgling gallery quadruple in sales as well as square footage in just two years under Templeton's management. Spatium closed its doors in 2016 when Settel relocated to California and Templeton returned to Kansas City.

Curatorial Experience

Gallery Assistant: Daniela Failla

Resident Artists

Tj Templeton
Rudolfo Marron III
Sharon Gradischnig
Dove Penn
Jeremy Bena
Daniela Failla
Jenn Brake

Call for artists

The Bunker is always looking to showcase new talent, either established or emerging. Visit our contact page to inquire about an exhibition.