February 15, 2017
Misfit Cup Liberation – Kansas City Opens at KCAI Crossroads Gallery
February 13, 2017…Michael Strand’s Misfit Cup Liberation opens February 17 and runs through March 10 at KCAI Crossroads Gallery – Center for Contemporary Practice. It started in 2011 as an experiment to understand the history and connection people have with the things they possess. The process is simple. Strand trades the cups he creates for cups that individuals bring to the exchange event. Just as important, he asks each individual to share the personal significance of their cup. Share your cup and story on Fri., March 3 from 6-8 p.m.
Misfit Cup Liberation has traveled the globe and to date the project has collected 700 cups from four continents. In the end these cups and their stories will form a large single exhibition and publication highlighting our shared humanity through the simple, common object — the cup. For more information and exhibit hours go to http://kcai.edu/crossroads-gallery/.
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…
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
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- July 27, 2017Donutology Hosts July 29 Book Signing with Author Bill Severns
- May 24, 2017Two Major Campus Improvement Projects Launched
- May 24, 2017Don’t Miss KCAI’s Art & Design Auction on June 3