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.

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…