Annual B.F.A. exhibition opens April 20 at H&R Block Artspace

26 March 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 26, 2013) — Artwork by more than 100 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute will be on view from April 20 to May 18 in the “2013 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition” at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 19, and a closing reception is planned for May 17.

With work installed throughout the Artspace — in the main gallery and also on the upper level — the invitational exhibition will include work from graduating seniors representing most departments at KCAI. The college awards B.F.A. degrees in 13 major fields of study, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
In connection with the B.F.A. exhibition, KCAI’s sixth annual “Distinguished Alumni Lecture” will feature a presentation by Karen Kice (’01 ceramics and art history). Kice, who earned a master’s degree in architectural history and theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London, is the Neville Bryan assistant curator in the department of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on contemporary architecture and urbanism with a particular interest in the influence of the political economy on the built environment and the role of branding, identity and mobility in architecture. Her presentation, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. April 25 in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Part of the college’s Current Perspectives lecture series, Kice’s appearance is sponsored by the H&R Block Artspace.
About the H&R Block Artspace
Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at or call 816-561-5563.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at

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