March 21, 2017

Art & Design Auction is June 3

Mark your calendars now for the Kansas City Art Institute’s Art & Design Auction on June 3 when KCAI’s newest studios and plaza will be the epicenter for a fabulous evening of fine art and festive fare. It’s an event so big and bold, it only happens every other year.

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.  The silent auction, hosted by Paddle8, an international art auction site, will open two weeks before the event, giving you plenty of time to bid on artwork created and donated by distinguished alumni, faculty and friends of KCAI.  The auctioneer for the live auction is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House.

Proceeds from this event support scholarships for students; expansion of curricula and programs; recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty members; and technology acquisitions.   The auction ensures KCAI maintains its reputation as one of the premier institutions of higher education in art and design.

For ticket and sponsorship information, go to donate.kcai.edu/auction.

April 4, 2017

2017 Annual BFA Exhibition Opens at H&R Block Artspace

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 3, 2017) – The 2017 Annual BFA Exhibition, featuring new work from 89 Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) graduating seniors, is April 8 through May 6 at H&R Block Artspace. On May 6, KCAI will award 130 bachelor of fine arts degrees in 13 major fields of study: animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, fiber, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, interactive arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 7 and a closing reception will take place on Friday, May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. In connection with the exhibition, curator Jennifer Baker will lead public gallery walks at noon on Fridays, April, 14, 21, and 28.  Co-presented with the department of liberal arts, a public program on Friday, May 5 at noon will feature art history and creative writing students reading from Compendium 2017, an anthology of their writings.  Where:      H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute 16 East 43rd Street Kansas City, Missouri 64111  When:       April 8 – May 6 Opening reception – Friday, April 7 – 5-7 p.m. Closing Reception – Friday, May 5 – 5-7 p.m.  Hours:       read more…

March 1, 2017

KCAI Mourns the passing of Jerry Nerman

We have heavy hearts today as we mourn the loss of treasured member of the KCAI family, Jerry Nerman. He was 97 at the time of his passing. His passion and commitment to KCAI and the arts have left a lasting impression on everyone he met. “He was an extraordinary person. In your lifetime, you meet people who just stand out as being very special, very different, very unique, and he was one of those people, “said The Nerman Family President Tony Jones. KCAI has a intimate connection with the Nermans. Jerry’s wife Margaret served on the board of trustees from 1999-2008 and was active in KCAI’s Warwick Society. The connection continues today with daughter-in-law Sue, who currently serves on the board of trustees. KCAI Board of Trustees Chair Pat McCown said, “Jerry was a gentleman of the community and I am very sad to hear the news of his passing. He not only loved art and artist, but loved to share his art with so many. The Nerman Museum at Johnson County Community College is a legacy of Jerry & Margaret and an asset that will be forever cherished by the greater KC community.  Margaret, Lewis, Sue and his read more…