May 4, 2017

Jane Chu Will Deliver KCAI’S 132nd Commencement Address

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 24, 2016) — The Kansas City Art Institute celebrates its 132nd Commencement on May 6 and will award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree to 130 students.

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will deliver the keynote address. Chu will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts from KCAI during the ceremony. The inaugural Distinguished Friend Award will be presented to Marshall Miller, founder of Art of the Car Concours®. Chu is the 11th chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.

Chu has a deep connection to Kansas City and its arts community. From 2006 to 2014, Chu served as the president and CEO of the
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. She was
a fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and vice president of external relations for Union Station
Kansas City from 2002 to 2004. Previously, she was vice president of community investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002.

“Jane Chu has been an outstanding leader of the National Endowment for the Arts, widely respected for her thoughtfulness and advocacy of the arts as a daily enrichment to the lives of all Americans, of every age and background. We are tremendously proud to welcome her back to Kansas City and to confer this recognition,” said Tony Jones, The Nerman Family President.

Miller will receive a special recognition award for raising more than $1.1 million for student scholarships through Art of the Car Concours. He was inspired to start the event by his late wife Janet, who served on the KCAI board for more than 20 years, the last five as Chair. The
10th and final Concours was held in June 2016 when 210 vintage, classic and special event vehicles were displayed on the campus green.

“Marshall Miller has been a long-standing supporter of KCAI. So many students have been helped by the scholarship program he founded ten years ago, we all owe him mega-thanks for making a major difference in the lives of KCAI’s young artists,” said Jones.

Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, Mo.

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January 18, 2018

KCAI Faculty Member and Alumna Recognized for Artistic Achievements

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…

December 12, 2017

BEST IN THE NATION ARCHITECTS CHOSEN FOR NEW KCAI STUDENT LIVING CENTER

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…