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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May 17, 2018

Stingrays, Sharks and Art

Two of Kansas City’s great institutions – the Zoo and KCAI – have teamed up to create a fabulous new exhibit called Stingray Bay at the Kansas City Zoo! Opening on May 18, visitors will experience the gigantic 13′ x 45′ tropical-colored mural that spans the entire back wall of the new touch tank for stingrays and “cat sharks”. The Caribbean-inspired underwater scene was designed by our very own Vaughn Parish, a junior in Illustration. The project is part of KCAI’s MICRO Agency class, which gives students real-life experience designing and pitching ideas to clients. The students learn to work collaboratively, listen to a client’s needs or challenges, take constructive criticism, and present their ideas and solutions. In turn, clients receive an opportunity to have a group of highly talented artists and designers bring forward fresh, creative approaches to their business. “Each project at the Zoo is unique, and we enjoy being able to collaborate with local partners when we can. Working with the Kansas City Art Institute allows us to showcase the talent we have here in Kansas City and enhance the Stingray Bay exhibit in the process,” said Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo Executive Director/CEO. It’s exciting for read more…

May 7, 2018

Vanderslice Hall Closed for Renovations May 10-18

Phase III work begins on Vanderslice Hall this week and will proceed throughout the summer. Vanderslice Hall will not be accessible from May 10-18, which means that every department will be relocated. Each department will be displaced for a different period of time. The reason for this is due to the type of work happening in Phase III, including the addition of an elevator and refurbishment of floors and spaces. While we realize it is inconvenient, this is for the safety of our employees, students and visitors. During renovation, each department will relocate to various offices around campus. Below is a list by department that includes dates they will be out of Vanderslice and their temporary location. Please note that all phone extensions will remain the same during construction. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Walker ext. 3301, kwalker@kcai.edu. This information can also be found on the kcai.edu website and signage around campus. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to improve our facilities! Department               Move Date         Return Date            Temporary Location Administration              5/9              read more…