July 27, 2017

Donutology Hosts July 29 Book Signing with Author Bill Severns

Donutology at 1009 Westport Road will host motivational speaker and author Bill Severns for a signing of his new book, “Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams” on July 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The inspirational story draws on Severns’ 22-year baseball career, which included six years playing in the Milwaukee Brewers Farm System, and also doubles as an interactive journal that encourages readers to write their story as well as draw pictures throughout. Students from the Kansas City Art Institute—many whom will attend the book-signing event— created the striking illustrations for the book. 

“As a business owner, I discovered my own passion, have taken risks, and worked hard to achieve my goals—I find Bill Severns’ message relatable and inspiring, ” say Andrew Cameron, founder of Donutology. “We are excited to host him at Donutology so we can share our two passions, coaching others and making high-quality donuts, respectively, with the greater community.”

“I can’t think of a better place to share Donuts, Diamonds, and Dreams than at Donutology, which of course serves delicious donuts and is a space that brings families together,” says Severns. “This book is a practical tool to continue the engagement process with your family. Children talk to your parents. Parents talk to your children. It’s never too early.”

Severns will give away a signed copy of  “Donuts, Diamonds and Dreams” every half hour during the event.

July 9, 2018

KCAI Breaks Ground on Student Residence Hall and Dining Center

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will break ground on a new student residence hall and dining center on Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. Located along Warwick Blvd south of the campus gates, the building will house a 244-bed residence hall, the Wylie Dining Center and the Café Nerman. The residence hall went from wish list to reality following a $10 million lead gift by an anonymous donor, given through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation last year. The new facility is designed by award-winning Helix Architecture + Design. Helix designers Doug Stockman and Alissa Wehmueller, along with Christopher Carvell of Denver, Colo., designed the new building to look beyond traditional student housing models and nurture the creativity and wellbeing of art students. Featuring ouble-occupancy semi-suites with private baths and cozy gathering spaces, plus a student gallery, large living room and gaming center, the building celebrates the unique individuality of each student while creating a sense of community. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor for the project. “The contemporary student coming to KCAI to study deserves the best possible living space and the residence hall will be exactly what the students and their parents want – read more…

June 4, 2018

Frank D. Uryasz III Named Chairman of the KCAI Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Frank D. Uryasz III, founder of The National Center for Drug Free Sport, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) effective July 1. A member of the board since 2015, he succeeds Pat McCown, who has served as Board Chair since April 2015. We are immeasurably indebted to Pat for his strong leadership and dedication to the college, first as a Board of Trustee member for five years and as Chairman for the last three. “There is no one better poised to move us forward than Frank. His experience on the Development and the Finance & Audit committees, his exemplary commitment to KCAI and his stellar work in the Kansas City community, make him the ideal candidate to lead the board during this exciting time of transformation for the college,” said The Nerman Family President Tony Jones. Frank has a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the founder and former president of The National Center for Drug Free Sport, a worldwide leader in the sport drug testing industry. He is president of read more…