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.

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March 21, 2018

KCAI Mourns the Loss of Margaret Nerman

We are deeply saddened today by the loss of our treasured friend and KCAI Board of Trustee member from 1999-2008, Margaret Nerman. KCAI and the Kansas City arts community are immeasurably more vibrant because of Margaret’s extraordinary dedication to the arts. Our hearts go out to her son, Lewis, daughter-in-law, Sue, and the Nerman family. In 2016, Margaret and her husband, Jerry,  permanently endowed the president’s position. Among their many other contributions to KCAI, they were the benefactors who made KCAI’s Café Nerman possible, a central gathering place for faculty, students, staff and visitors that was dedicated in 2004. Margaret and Jerry were awarded honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees during the college’s commencement ceremonies in 2008. In honor of Margaret, our campus flag is flying at half-staff today.

March 13, 2018

Experience the Totality of ArtPop on April 26

Experience the totality of ArtPop on April 26 from 6-10 p.m. on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. Hop on a trolley or stroll around campus to enjoy this exclusive “pop-up” shop where you can view and purchase student artwork, indulge in creative fare and festive libations, and revel in live music. Musical guests include Victor & Penny and Julia Hale.  Specialty cocktails are hosted by Lifted Spirits, Extra Virgin and Café Trio. All proceeds from this event support student scholarships. Honorary Chairs are Frank Wewers, KCAI Trustee and his wife Helen. Event Chairs are Scott Heidmann and Ken Petti.  Tickets start at just $75.  Buy Tickets Here!