Tom Lewis, associate professor and chair, photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media
Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001...Read More
Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001 and 2003 and joined the foundation faculty in 2005, becoming director of the School of the Foundation Year for 2012-2013. He joined the KCAI faculty after having taught at the University of Washington, Seattle.
While in Seattle, in addition to teaching at the University of Washington School of Art, Lewis served as an assistant to Rod Slemmons at Crux Photographic Restoration printing for photographic restoration and stabilization, research and exhibition. He also assisted Michael Van Horn, curator for "After Art-Rethinking 150 Years of Photography," at the Joseph and Elaine Monson Collection. He was co-founder and manager of CORE 317, an alternative space in Denver, and completed an internship at the International Center of Photography in New York.
His range of expertise includes photography; photographic restoration, stabilization, research and exhibition; installation; archiving; printing; processing; and cataloging.
His work has been exhibited at the Soil Invitational; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College-Chicago (a group exhibition in conjunction with "Persistence of Vision," a Paul Berger retrospective); the University of Texas; the Art Space Gallery in Seattle; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, and the University of Notre Dame among others.
Lewis studied at KCAI on a Presidential Merit Scholarship and went on to earn a B.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Washington, where he held the Jane and David Davis Fellowship and Parnasuss Endowment.
Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance,...Read More
Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance, installation, music, audio art and writing.
Collaborative in nature, his projects emphasize research and a commonality between the fine and performing arts. "The Irish Wilderness: A Phantasmic Meditation" received a Golden Reel Award. "Center of the World," from Frizzell's work about his boyhood neighbor, Harry S. Truman, was featured in the Peabody-awarded "Lost and Found Sound" series broadcast on National Public Radio.
Gary Sutton, professor of photography and digital filmmaking, joined KCAI in 1975. From 2001 to 2007 he was dean of faculty at the...Read More
Gary Sutton, professor of photography and digital filmmaking, joined KCAI in 1975. From 2001 to 2007 he was dean of faculty at the college. He has shown his work regionally and nationally. He received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to photograph in Hungary and an MIAA/NEA Photography Fellowship and a Mellon Grant to support his photographic pursuits. His work is in many collections, including the Denver Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum and the American Century collection.
Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound...Read More.
Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound. Heise’s work is invested in exploring psychological states and creating a free space for contemplation that lends itself to the promotion of awareness and non-violence. Her work has been exhibited galleries and festivals internationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum, the Film Anthology Archives, Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, New York, and the DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, N.Y. She is also a recipient of a Performance Art Fund Grant from the Franklin Furnace Inc. as well as a Presidential Fellowship at the American University in Cairo.
Heise is currently a resident artist at Review Studios in Kansas City, Mo. She has spoken about her work in venues such as the Parsons School of Art and Design, the H&R Block Artspace and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. After receiving a research grant from Vassar College, she published her research on Slovene art collectives in Global and Local Art Histories, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her curatorial projects include exhibitions with artists such as Aziz + Cucher, Julia Jacquette and Karen Rifas. She holds an M.F.A. degree in photography, video and related media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.A. degree in art history from Vassar College. She lives and works in Kansas City, Mo., and North Hero, Vt. For more information, please visit www.dianaheise.com.
Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach...Read More
Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach to her collaborative practice, blending installation, performance, filmmaking, sonic design, curation and media study. Both her collaborative and solo works have been exhibited internationally, including at the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/ New Films Festival at MoMA, Deuxieme Manifestation International Video et Art Electronique and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She has received first place awards from the American Film Institute and the New York Film Festival and received a grant from the National Park Service. Her commercial work within the music industry has received accolades by NME and Spin magazines. Meeks received her B.F.A. degree in new media from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1995, studied for her M.F.A. degree at the California Institute of the Arts in 1997 and completed her M.F.A. degree in media studies at the State University of New York in 2003.
Mark Berndt is a fine art and commercial photographer, film director, printmaker and educator. His environmental...Read More
Mark Berndt is a fine art and commercial photographer, film director, printmaker and educator. His environmental portraits and narrative images celebrate people where they live and work. With more than 40 years of experience in film and photography, Berndt brings his knowledge and expertise as a visual storyteller to every image.
With a multi-disciplinary background as a television commercial director/producer/editor working with national advertising clients for more than 20 years, and as a commercial and fine art photographer for more than 40 years, Berndt shares a uniquely comprehensive perspective on the creative, technical and logistical aspects of image creation.
“Digital” since 1994, and an accomplished fine art digital printmaker, he has taught photography and digital imaging courses at the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Center College of Design/Pasadena, Julia Dean Photo Workshops/Los Angeles and in private workshops and individual consultation to professional and advanced amateur photographers. He has lectured at colleges, universities and creative organizations.
Berndt has served on the board of directors of both the Los Angeles (2011-2012) and KC-Midwest (currently) chapters of the American Society of Media Professionals, and he is a director member of the Director’s Guild of America.
Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,...Read More
Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, SIGNAL, Terminal Projects and Smith-Stewart. In 2010, he was a Curatorial Fellow at the Neuberger Museum of Art. He has organized many curatorial projects, including SUNY SUMI - SUMI INK CLUB at State University of New York and The Bulletin Board Program. He was curatorial associate/archivist at White Columns, New York's oldest alternative art gallery, and is presently archive project manager at Grand Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a co-founder of SPECTRA, a platform presenting time-based artwork in Kansas City. In 2010, he received his M.A./M.F.A. degrees in studio art and art history from SUNY Purchase College. In 2007, he earned a BF.A. degree in photography and art history from KCAI.
Lara Shipley is from rural Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She...Read More
Lara Shipley is from rural Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She is a photographer, writer and bookmaker who primarily makes work about people and their relationships with the out-of-the-way places they call home. Her work has recently been exhibited at photo-eye in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is slated for exhibition at 555 Gallery in Boston. Lara’s photographs appear in publications such as The British Journal of Photography, The Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones Magazine, Vice Magazine, GOOD Magazine, Slate Magazine and Oxford American and on NPR. She is the founder of the photography book publisher SEARCH PARTY and recently released a series of books, "Spook Light Chronicles," with collaborator Antone Dolezal. Before becoming a professor of photography, she was an online photography producer for National Geographic and a freelance photographer in Washington, D.C. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri.
For more than 25 years, Tal Wilson has owned and operated a 2,500-square...Read More
For more than 25 years, Tal Wilson has owned and operated a 2,500-square-foot commercial photography studio in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo. He has handled projects for Sprint, Hallmark and IBM as well as for many local clients and publications. He has worked on a variety of pro bono projects locally and in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Community Service Award for KCAI alumni.
Wilson, who holds a B.F.A. degree in photography from KCAI, has taught as a lecturer in the college’s photography program for more than 21 semesters in areas of large-format photography, lighting, digital imaging, printing and digital compositing, and professional practice. Recently he helped to start a new Photography Certificate program offered through KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. His areas of special interest include high-end digital capture and digital compositing, lighting and set-building. He describes himself as “a tinkerer who has designed and fabricated many customized photographic tools.”