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/.
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…
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…
- December 6, 2017Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Endows and Names The Charlie Sosland Chair in Illustration
- December 4, 2017The 2016-2017 President’s Report is here!
- November 21, 2017Spread more holiday cheer this year on #GivingTuesday
- November 20, 2017Start the holiday season at KCAI’s End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale
- October 24, 2017Hilgemann Sculpture Installed Near Campus Gates
- October 12, 2017KCAI Brings Creativity to the Workplace