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/.
On nearly every college campus around the country, summer months are spent cleaning up facilities, taking care of maintenance projects and preparing for the next academic year. KCAI is no different, except that this summer we will also be working on two major campus improvement projects. For years, the Irving Courtyard has been a vacant outdoor space located between two of our growing departments– Animation and Graphic Design. Thanks to a smart design by the architecture firm GastingerWalker&, we are converting the formerly bleak courtyard into 4,000 square feet of much-needed academic space. This project is an investment in two of our stalwart academic programs and provides modern, flexible learning space that our faculty and students deserve. Construction on the new Mildred Lane Kemper Terrace on the south side of Vanderslice Hall is also underway. The architectural design was informed by historical photographs and brings back the natural integration between the indoor reception rooms and outdoor terrace. The new wheelchair accessible ramp is a significant addition, that ensures everyone will enjoy the beautiful view of our campus green. We anticipate construction for both of these projects will be complete by late August, just in time for returning students to enjoy their “spruced up” campus read more…
Kansas City Art Institute’s newest studios and The Rowland Commons will be the epicenter for a fabulous evening of awe-inspiring fine art and festive food and drink at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Art & Design Auction. Silent and live auctions will feature more than 200 pieces of original artwork donated from distinguished alumni, faculty and friends of KCAI. Proceeds benefit student scholarships and programs. Honorary Chairs Sue and Lewis Nerman and Event Chairs Abby and Alex Wendel are planning an evening perfect for friends who share a passion for supporting art and design education. Keith Jacobshagen (’65 design) is the Star Artist and one of his signature landscape paintings will be featured in the live auction. There will be a woodblock rubbing by John Buck, a flag by Peregrine Honig, a photograph by Patty Carroll and hundreds more pieces of amazing art. Artwork is valued from $75 to upwards of $25,000. The silent auction hosted by Paddle8, an international art auction site, is now open, allowing collectors a preview and opportunity to bid. The live auctioneer is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House. Proceeds from read more…
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- April 4, 20172017 Annual BFA Exhibition Opens at H&R Block Artspace
- March 21, 2017Art & Design Auction is June 3
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- February 9, 2017Kansas City Art Institute Receives $10 Million Donation
- February 3, 2017State of the World Opens at H&R Block Artspace