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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September 20, 2017

KCAI Hosts Second Make48 Competition

The David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology on the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be full of contestants dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products during the 48-hour product design competition Make48 on September 28 – 30. Twelve teams from 12 states, including Kansas and Missouri, will be competing. They’ll be given a product category and then have 48 hours to create a prototype product and pitch it to a panel of experts from QVC and other industries. Some of the teams applied to compete and pitched themselves at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where last year’s winners were showcasing their products. One of the teams is composed of a NASA engineer and his family, which shows the range of experience that contestants have.  You never know who is going to come up with winning product…everyone has a big idea! This is the second year KCAI has hosted Make48 and last year’s contest is the focus of a PBS documentary running in 200 markets this fall. You can see it in Kansas City on KCPT or KTWU on Sunday evenings through October 22.  A second season of the documentary will read more…

August 30, 2017

KCAI Crossroads Gallery – Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper.

KANSAS CITY, MO – August 15, 2017 – KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to announce its fall exhibitions, Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper. Red Dirt Rug is an ephemeral, site-specific installation invoking the inherent stories within the Oklahoma soil, repetitive processes and found ubiquitous forms. Artist Rena Detrixhe uses the refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of pattern as a meditation on the past, a gesture of sensitivity and the desire to understand the beauty, pride and sorrow of the Oklahoma land. Born in Kansas, Detrixhe received her B.F.A. at the University of Kansas City.  Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dale Eldred: Works on Paper is a selection of works displaying the monumental landscape projects by acclaimed sculptor and former chair of the KCAI sculpture department. Eldred’s material, environmental ambition included phenomena in clay, steel, wood, water and light in various landscapes and urban-scapes. Eldred joined KCAI in 1959 and was a major influence until his untimely death in 1993