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.

January 18, 2018

KCAI Faculty and Alumni Recognized for Artistic Achievements

We are starting off 2018 with an exciting announcement about two brilliant members of our KCAI family, faculty member Anne Boyer and Alumna Ellen Carey (’75 Printmaking), who have recently been recognized for their artistic achievement by two prestigious award organizations. Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Anne Boyer has received the inaugural $40,000 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, an organization founded by Jasper Johns and John Cage in the 1960s. Anne’s most recent book Garments Against Women, which explores everyday life themes, spent six months at the top of the Small Press Distribution bestseller list in Poetry. She has two additional books in the works, a collection of essays, A Handbook of Disappointing Fate, and The Undying, a personal account of her battle with highly aggressive breast cancer. Anne has been teaching and inspiring students at KCAI since 2007. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, N.Y. a $30,000 grant to support the upcoming retrospective Picture Nothing: The Experimental Photography of Ellen Carey 1977-2017. This exhibit of Ellen Carey’s groundbreaking photography will open in October and run through February. Ellen is a world-renowned photographer and Associate read more…

December 12, 2017

BEST IN THE NATION ARCHITECTS CHOSEN FOR NEW KCAI STUDENT LIVING CENTER

We end 2017 with one more exciting announcement! The Board of Trustees has selected Helix Architecture + Design to design a new student living center and dining hall to be built on campus starting next year. The opportunity to construct a new residence hall is possible thanks to a $10 million lead gift by an Anonymous Donor, given through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation earlier this year. Helix is an award-winning, Kansas City design firm consistently ranked among the Best in the Nation by Architect Magazine. The firm’s diverse portfolio of work includes extensive experience with higher education institutions throughout the region. Helix designers Doug Stockman and Alissa Wehmueller partnered with Christopher Carvell Architects of Denver, Colorado who has nationally recognized expertise in the design of “Next Generation” student life facilities. This is a complicated project that includes not only the new 250-bed living center but also contemporary dining that will be open to the public and a large new terraced garden. Following interviews with several firms, Helix presented a sophisticated plan on how to create a relationship between the new student living center, the new garden space, and our current student housing building. The result will be a read more…