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:       Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

About H&R Block Artspace:
Artists. Art. Ideas.

Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, and the general public. Support is provided by the H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Please visit www.kcai.edu/artspace for more information about public programs. Call 816-802-3571 to schedule a group visit or gallery talk with Artspace staff.

Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. To schedule a group visit or gallery talk with Artspace staff, call 816-802-3571. For more information about the Artspace and public programs, visit http://www.kcai.edu/artspace.

Call 816-802-3571 to schedule a group visit or gallery talk.

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May 24, 2017

Two Major Campus Improvement Projects Launched

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…

May 24, 2017

Don’t Miss KCAI’s Art & Design Auction on June 3

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…