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.
Visit our beautiful campus, tour studios and shop for original artwork and unique gifts created by KCAI’s talented students in ceramics, fiber, filmmaking, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, illustration and graphic design. Proceeds benefit individual students and KCAI studios. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/.
The “Dancers” are here! The dynamic two-part work, “Dancers (Tango)” by sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann was recently installed at the campus entrance. Hilgemann, born in 1938 in Germany, lives in the Netherlands and US. “Dancers” was previously part of an installation on Park Avenue in New York City and has been generously loaned to the college by the artist. These 20-foot-high stainless steel and Corten steel columns each weigh a massive 1,675 pounds. This project inaugurates the college’s plan to place large-scale works on campus, on a constantly-changing basis. The idea is to create a “Sculpture Walk” that will connect the public artwork already in place at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, through the campus, to the array of work in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Generous support for this installation was given by Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Meg and Bill Zahner, Dick and Evelyn Belger, and Sean Kelley of A. Zahner Company. “Dancers” was installed during the International Sculpture Conference, which was held in Kansas City October 26-29. This conference brought together hundreds of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students and sculpture enthusiasts from around the country. These visitors read more…
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