August 9, 2017

100 Proof Opens at H&R Block Artspace

100 Proof at H&R Block Artspace, August 12 – September 30, presents a diverse selection of prints created by 23 artists working in collaboration with Landfall Press, one of the preeminent contemporary publishers of artist editions in the United States. Surveying nearly two decades of innovative artistic collaborations, the exhibition features a broad range of media and techniques that reflect and celebrate the unique vision and experimental, adventurous approach of Landfall Press and its founder and master printer, Jack Lemon.

Featured artists include: Terry Allen, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Christo, Robert Cottingham, Lesley Dill, Jim Dine, Peter Doig, James Drake, Vernon Fisher, Peregrine Honig, David Levinthal, Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Paschke, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Philip Pearlstein, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Allen Ruppersberg, Hans Schabus, Kara Walker, H.C. Westermann, and William T. Wiley.

Jack Lemon, a 1963 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, founded Landfall Press in 1970. Preeminent among a handful of atelier/publishers throughout the world, Landfall Press has collaborated with 234 established and emerging artists to publish 3,000 editions to date, representing a range of contemporary ideas and artistic strategies.

Artists. Art. Ideas.
Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists and the general public. Support is provided by the H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council. Please visit www.kcai.edu/artspace for more information or call 816-802-3571 to schedule a group visit or gallery talk.

Please join us for the opening reception Friday, August 11 from 6-8 p.m.

August 15, 2017

KCAI Designs Butterfly Chandelier for Monarch Bar

When you enter the dazzling new speakeasy The Monarch Bar on the Country Club Plaza (at 4808 Roanoke) in Kansas City, a shimmering chandelier of over 1,000 acrylic ‘Monarch butterflies’ will be one of the first things to catch your eye. This marvelous installation was designed and built by Studio Coordinator Nathan Neufeld and a team of students in our very own David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology. When our friend and world-famous architect David Manica, the Monarch Bar owner, wanted to create a cocktail bar reminiscent of the great ones in London and Moscow, he turned to KCAI. He knew that the extraordinary creative talent of our students and the high-tech 3-D printing capabilities of the Beals Studios were the perfect combination to realize his vision of the chandelier. The translucent acrylic butterflies were laser cut, then heated in a kiln and melted to give them shape, then sand-blasted and etched to catch the light. They were hung in columns on a grid to give the illusion of butterflies in flight.  Specially-designed lighting changes the colors of the butterflies. The result is an exquisite, unique chandelier. This collaborative project is just one of many that our read more…

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 read more…