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.

March 21, 2018

KCAI Mourns the Loss of Margaret Nerman

We are deeply saddened today by the loss of our treasured friend and KCAI Board of Trustee member from 1999-2008, Margaret Nerman. KCAI and the Kansas City arts community are immeasurably more vibrant because of Margaret’s extraordinary dedication to the arts. Our hearts go out to her son, Lewis, daughter-in-law, Sue, and the Nerman family. In 2016, Margaret and her husband, Jerry,  permanently endowed the president’s position. Among their many other contributions to KCAI, they were the benefactors who made KCAI’s Café Nerman possible, a central gathering place for faculty, students, staff and visitors that was dedicated in 2004. Margaret and Jerry were awarded honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees during the college’s commencement ceremonies in 2008. In honor of Margaret, our campus flag is flying at half-staff today.

March 13, 2018

Experience the Totality of ArtPop on April 26

Experience the totality of ArtPop on April 26 from 6-10 p.m. on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. Hop on a trolley or stroll around campus to enjoy this exclusive “pop-up” shop where you can view and purchase student artwork, indulge in creative fare and festive libations, and revel in live music. Musical guests include Victor & Penny and Julia Hale.  Specialty cocktails are hosted by Lifted Spirits, Extra Virgin and Café Trio. All proceeds from this event support student scholarships. Honorary Chairs are Frank Wewers, KCAI Trustee and his wife Helen. Event Chairs are Scott Heidmann and Ken Petti.  Tickets start at just $75.  Buy Tickets Here!