February 9, 2017

Kansas City Art Institute Receives $10 Million Donation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 9, 2017) — The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) announced today a $10 million gift to build a state-of-the-art student residence hall on campus. “Today surely marks the beginning of a significant new chapter in the 132-year history of the Kansas City Art Institute,” said Tony Jones, The Nerman Family President of KCAI.

The visionary gift was made by an anonymous donor via the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF). It will be used as the catalyst for a plan to create a new residence hall, dining facility, student services and studios for academic programs­ — all of which will be designed specifically for the contemporary student in art and design.

Designed in 1963, the current residence hall at KCAI was built for a very different type of student, one without a laptop or cell phone. “Thanks to this amazing gift, we have an opportunity to address that challenge head-on by building a center for campus life that will attract students from around the world to Kansas City to receive a fantastic art and design education,” said Pat McCown, chair of the board of trustees.

In 2015, KCAI received “The Great Gift” $25 million for the endowment, student scholarships, endowed positions and campus improvements. “We are humbled by this further outpouring of generosity and the confidence in KCAI that it demonstrates,” said Jones. “As I consider the magnitude of this new gift and what it will do for our students, campus, and community, I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the anonymous donor and our friends at GKCCF.”

For more than a century, KCAI has been a leader in art and design education helping to prepare students for successful careers after graduation. For most students, that path begins in the residence hall. “The board is fully engaged and believe this project has the potential to shape campus culture and provide a unique experience for all KCAI students,” said McCown.

September 20, 2017

KCAI Hosts Second Make48 Competition

The David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology on the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be full of contestants dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products during the 48-hour product design competition Make48 on September 28 – 30. Twelve teams from 12 states, including Kansas and Missouri, will be competing. They’ll be given a product category and then have 48 hours to create a prototype product and pitch it to a panel of experts from QVC and other industries. Some of the teams applied to compete and pitched themselves at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where last year’s winners were showcasing their products. One of the teams is composed of a NASA engineer and his family, which shows the range of experience that contestants have.  You never know who is going to come up with winning product…everyone has a big idea! This is the second year KCAI has hosted Make48 and last year’s contest is the focus of a PBS documentary running in 200 markets this fall. You can see it in Kansas City on KCPT or KTWU on Sunday evenings through October 22.  A second season of the documentary will read more…

August 30, 2017

KCAI Crossroads Gallery – Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper.

KANSAS CITY, MO – August 15, 2017 – KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to announce its fall exhibitions, Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper. Red Dirt Rug is an ephemeral, site-specific installation invoking the inherent stories within the Oklahoma soil, repetitive processes and found ubiquitous forms. Artist Rena Detrixhe uses the refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of pattern as a meditation on the past, a gesture of sensitivity and the desire to understand the beauty, pride and sorrow of the Oklahoma land. Born in Kansas, Detrixhe received her B.F.A. at the University of Kansas City.  Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dale Eldred: Works on Paper is a selection of works displaying the monumental landscape projects by acclaimed sculptor and former chair of the KCAI sculpture department. Eldred’s material, environmental ambition included phenomena in clay, steel, wood, water and light in various landscapes and urban-scapes. Eldred joined KCAI in 1959 and was a major influence until his untimely death in 1993