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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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