Mott-Ly, Kansas City, Mo., died May 30, 2007, at Truman Memorial Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Born Lee Tisdale, Dec. 19,1962, in Lincoln. Lincoln High School graduate, 1981, earned BFA degree from Kansas City Art Institute, 1987.

His art, in the words of KC art critic Gina Kaufmann, "paid homage to the small, the discarded, the broken and the backward … Mott-Ly drew and etched, sculpted and collaged … Every detail was painstakingly rendered … He knew how to fill a matchbook with a universe." He had his first solo art exhibit at The Late Show, a gallery that always held a special place in his heart. He exhibited work primarily in Lincoln and Kansas City, including, in 2005, a "Retrospective" of nearly 100 pieces at the Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University and an "Aftermath, New Outside of the Box Works" at the Pi Gallery, both in KC.

In 2002 he opened MöMO Studio in the East Crossroads, where he displayed the work of new, struggling and underexposed artists and musicians, whose works were often on the gritty edge. In the late 1980s, he started, with Archer Prewitt, the band Mudhead, for which he was the lead vocalist, and in the 1990s he hosted the show "Susan" at KKFI radio in KC. Beset all of his life by physical challenges, he inspired and instilled - through his humility, courage and humor - love in all who met him. He fought constantly for social justice, and he harbored all, animals as well as humans, who sought refuge in his space.

Survivors: mother, step-father, Christy and Richard Hargesheimer; father, step-mother, Charles Tisdale and Jean Dunekacke; brother, sister-in-law, Paul and Carla Tisdale; niece, Jocelyn; grandmother, Oriel Kinley; step-sister, step-brother, Stacey Hargesheimer, Josh Hargesheimer; countless special friends throughout the universe.

Celebration of life, Kansas City: 5:30 p.m. Friday, beginning with a Buddhist prayer service, Rime Buddhist Center, 700 W. Pennway, followed by a parade led by The Dirty Force Band starting outside YJ's, 128 W. 18th St., proceeding east on 18th Street and ending at The Late Show, 1600 Cherry.

Celebration of life service, Lincoln: 2 p.m. June 23, the Unitarian Church, 6300 A St. Memorials, in lieu of flowers to: Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City; Nebraska Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation, Lincoln; services, shelters for the homeless; donors choice. Cremation. Marts Memorial Services, Kansas City, Missouri (816.561.8181).
Published by Lincoln Journal Star on Jun. 6, 2007.
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Mott-Ly and I were in a punk band, Society's Grudge with Jake Ryan (deseased) and Brian Hobbs in the early 80's. man, what a great time. Mott was a real original, always his own person, and always making perfect sense. he had a quiet presence, but none of it would have been worth anything without him. thanks, Mott
Tim Tharp
June 21, 2007
I went to school with Paul and always remember the Tisdale family as being artistic and interesting. I was shocked and saddened by the news of Mott-Ly's passing. I haven't seen Paul in years and my condolences go out to the Tisdale family.
Jill Engel
June 20, 2007
Christy and Richard,

You have told me stories about Mott-Ly and I have seen his art. I know he must have been a strong spirit. His creative work lives on as will his influence and memory. You have been great, supporitve, and loving parents. You must feel very sad, but also very lucky to have had such a fine son. My condolences to you and the family.
Love and peace. Salama.
Betty Levitov
June 8, 2007
I never met Mott-ly,but nature has its way and i met and knew Richard from my mother country Kenya and now that i have met Christy,they have loved and cared for me like a son.I share the loss and sorrow of loosing a brother i knew i would have met one day.Rest well my brother.
Isaac Kinyanjui
June 8, 2007
The Tisdale family is etched in my memory. I did not know Mott-Ly as well as his brother, but I do know he was a good man that stood up for what he believed. This trait is increasingly absent in our city, nation, and world. We need more Tisdales and more Mott-Lys in the world. My thoughts and prayers will be for him and his family on this windy spring day. Take care Paul and Carla, and please let me know if I can do anything. Regards, Dan and clan
Dan King
June 6, 2007
Rest in peace and comfort Lee. You endured and prospered beyond all resonable expectations. Your gifts to this world are immesurable.
Larry Nedrow
June 6, 2007
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