An alumnus of Central Missouri State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in art education (functional with...Read More
An alumnus of Central Missouri State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in art education (functional with commercial art), and the University of Kansas, where he earned a master's of fine arts degree in design, Steve Mayse brings 30 years of practical experience as the owner of his own business and as a free-lance illustrator and designer. His client list included Sports Illustrated, Arthur Anderson, Chevron, McDonald's, Boys' Town, Employers Reinsurance Corp., American Airlines, Cessna Corp., Sprint Corp., The Los Angeles Times, Cerner Corp., Cable in the Classroom, Physician, Ingram's, Vision, Emerge and many others.
His work has received awards for excellence three dozen times from the three-dimensional Art Directors and Illustration Awards show in New York, the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles, the Kansas City Art Directors' Award Show and the Addy Awards. In addition, Central Missouri State University awarded Steve the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work as a practicing visual artist and as an educator.
He has served as a visiting artist/guest lecturer at the State University of New York, the University of Kansas, Central Missouri State University, William Jewell College, Graceland College, Northwest Missouri State University, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and at the International School in Prague, the Czech Republic. His work has been included many times in juried fine art exhibitions, nationally as a contributing artist and regionally as a solo artist.
Maura Cluthe, assistant professor of illustration and acting chair of graphic design
An impressive collection of stripey socks, funky watches, bottlecaps and vintage robots are just a few things that make up the world of...Read More
An impressive collection of stripey socks, funky watches, bottlecaps and vintage robots are just a few things that make up the world of Maura Cluthe. This silly world was first discovered by Hallmark in 1991. Still a student in illustration, Cluthe first interned at Hallmark at age 19 and has continued to work there since.
Blurring the lines between fine art, illustration and design, Cluthe has spent much of her career as a collaborator, combining all three disciplines. Hallmark career highlights include helping to launch the "Fresh Ink" alternative card line, the redesign of Kaleidoscope (a creative fun place for kids), being the art director for Shoebox Cards and a member of the Blink Studio. Cluthe currently works as an illustrator in the Kids Studio at Hallmark.
In addition, she has shown her personal mixed media work in various cities including Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Calgary, London and Atlanta. These mixed media pieces integrate text, drawing, photography, painting and other “stuff” she has collected into her art. These collected fragments take on new meaning and live on within her work.
When she isn't hanging out with her husband, she might be doting on her two dogs and cat, digging in the garden, spending time with family and friends or making stuff in her studio.
John Ferry received his B.F.A. degree in illustration from KCAI and his M.F.A. in illustration form School of Visual Arts, New York. He...Read More
John Ferry received his B.F.A. degree in illustration from KCAI and his M.F.A. in illustration form School of Visual Arts, New York. He has taught illustration, drawing and painting at KCAI and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He also has had his work featured in national publications such as The New York Times and American Illustration.
John lives and paints in Prairie Village, Kan., with his wife Amy and two daughters Katherine and Paige. He is represented locally by the Dolphin Gallery. His work can also be seen at the C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. “Ferry’s works reveal the aesthetic beauty of the overlooked and forgotten urban environment and brilliantly portrays the cycle of change in our cities,” said Will Hipps, art museum and gallery director at Kennesaw State University.
David Terrill has been creating compelling illustration and design for over 20 years. Terrill studied illustration at Miami University...Read More
David Terrill has been creating compelling illustration and design for over 20 years. Terrill studied illustration at Miami University in Ohio and impressionist painting in Giverny, France and has held positions at Kansas City-based marketing and design companies Blacktop Creative, Barkley, Hallmark Cards and most recently, C3. Terrill has been the recipient of numerous honors, including being named an Outstanding Achievement winner in HOW International Design Competition, being recognized in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annuals as well as receiving national and regional ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation and recognition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Terrill’s work evokes influence from 19th century British Victorian painting and posters, illustrations of English poet and artist William Blake, 1920s print advertisements and 1960s psychedelic concert posters and handbills. Terrill’s latest work, “What the Gardener Saw,” is a series of oil paintings and bronze sculptures inspired by a Victorian-era means of communication, “The Language of Flowers.” Always exploring new ways to create, Terrill is adapting this body of work for the digital space, as an interactive, immersive novella.
In addition to being a member of the illustration faculty at KCAI, Terrill continues his role as creative director at C3, a leading family and kids marketing and design agency. Terrill enjoys sharing knowledge of his craft through the lens of his professional experience, while mentoring students for a career in the creative industry.
Terrill lives in Kansas City with his wife and two children.
A native of Mexico City, Héctor Casanova graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 with a double major in illustration and...Read More
A native of Mexico City, Héctor Casanova graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998 with a double major in illustration and art history. He has been working as a fine and graphic artist for more than 15 years, doing work for collectors, magazines and corporations nationally and abroad. He is a staff artist at The Kansas City Star, where he has illustrated hundreds of articles and stories and won a handful of awards and accolades. His comics work include Screamland with writer Harold Sipe (published by Image Comics) and The Lurkers with writer Steve Niles (published by IDW).
Between 2000-2008, he co-founded and operated The Green Door Gallery, an alternative art space dedicated to showcasing the work of established and emerging artists from Kansas City and beyond. Since the gallery's closing, his work has often involved collaborations with other artists, musicians and dancers to create larger than life spectacles, most recently collaborating with Renée Cinderhouse for the exhibition 'Manifest Destiny' at La Esquina and with Voler - Thieves of Flight for 'Lucid' during the 2012 Fringe Festival.
Stan Fernald graduated from KCAI in 1994 with a B.F.A. degree in industrial design. He also holds a master's degree from Domus Academy...Read More
Stan Fernald graduated from KCAI in 1994 with a B.F.A. degree in industrial design. He also holds a master's degree from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.
Fernald is a research associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He also does industrial design on a freelance basis and founded a Web-based company, Retro Diode LLC, which provides LED retrofits for classic microscopes primarily for customers based in Europe.
Laura Huliska Beith is a free-lance illustrator living in Kansas City, Mo.She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art...Read More
Laura Huliska Beith is a free-lance illustrator living in Kansas City, Mo.She is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and worked at Hallmark Cards before finally pursuing her dream of illustrating children’s books. Laura’s siblings and husband were the inspiration behind her first picture book, “The Book of Bad Ideas” (although she takes full credit for Bad Idea #143). She has since illustrated many books including “The Recess Queen” by Alexis O’Neill, "The Adventures Of Granny Clearwater and Little Critter” by Kimberly Willis Holt and "Little Red Hot" by Eric Kimmel.
Her illustrations have been shown at the Society of Illustrators Children’s Book Show in New York, Chemers Gallery in Tustin, Calif., 3X3 Illustration Annual and Print Magazine. Her work has also led to many community art projects, children’s art workshops and presentations at elementary schools. She is currently creating a story-telling workshop with writer colleague Penny Krugman Howard. She is also a volunteer with Reach Out and Read KC at Swope Health Central in Kansas City.
Bob Kolar grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. degree in illustration from the...Read More
Bob Kolar grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. degree in illustration from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and an M.F.A. degree in visual communications from Syracuse University in New York. The majority of his professional career has been focused on creating products for children. He has illustrated more than 20 picture books, for seven of which he was also the author. Kolar’s work has been translated into nine different languages. Two of the books he created have been turned into animated television series that air on PBS and NBC.
In addition to books, Kolar has created an array of products for children including cards, puzzles, games, ornaments, apparel, plush and toys. He also works as a consulting artist for Hallmark Cards. His work was recently featured in an exhibit “Retold – The Art of the Children’s Book” at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Wes Benson is an illustrator and painter currently teaching in the Kansas City Art Institute’s illustration department. Benson also...Read More
Wes Benson is an illustrator and painter currently teaching in the Kansas City Art Institute’s illustration department. Benson also works from his studio in the Crossroads District and is represented by Weinberger Fine Art in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Wes holds an M.F.A. degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York and completed his art history degree at the University of Kansas. In class, Benson provides advice and direction on a student-by-student basis, always tailored to each student’s needs and skill level; his classes are engaging and inclusive. He also teaches oil and acrylic painting for KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies.
Wayne Wilkes graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute illustration department and has been working as a designer for the past 18...Read More
Wayne Wilkes graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute illustration department and has been working as a designer for the past 18 years. Currently, he is the web director at Unbound, a non-profit organization where he leads online development and creates a user experience that is engaging for the online audience and promotes a strong brand presence. Wilkes also remains active as a painter when not in front of the computer and frequently exhibits around town in collaborative shows as well as solo exhibits. Wilkes has been an instructor in the KCAI Continuing and Professional Studies program since 2006.