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 students are doing with the Kansas City business community through our Sponsored Studio program.

The Monarch Bar opens in late August. Be sure to get a seat at the large marble bar, order a craft cocktail and then gaze at the ceiling to see the brilliant chandelier made by KCAI — cheers!

April 16, 2018

Anne Boyer Wins Second Major Literary Award

KCAI is proud to share exciting news about one of our very own, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Anne Boyer, who has won two major literary awards just months apart! Anne was recently recognized as one of ten emerging writers by the Whiting Foundation in the category of Non-Fiction, Poetry. The award of $50,000 is based on early accomplishment and the promise of work to come. In January, she received the inaugural $40,000 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her recent book of personal essays, Garments Against Women, has been highly-praised and spent six months at the top of the Small Press Distribution list in Poetry. Two new collections, A Handbook of Disappointing Fate and The Undying are in the works. Her achievements have received international press and put KCAI on the global stage. One of the hallmarks of KCAI is our liberal arts education, which is taught by our accomplished and gifted faculty.  Anne has set a new precedent for inspirational teaching and artistic talent–please join us in congratulating her for this tremendous recognition.  We can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish next!

March 28, 2018

Artist Joyce J. Scott Speaks at Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture

Come hear a relevant voice for our time at the Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Baltimore-based artist Joyce J. Scott who is known for her artistic commentary on issues regarding race, politics, sexism and stereotypes. The lecture is from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in Epperson Auditorium on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus, 4415 Warwick. Scott is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator, but she is probably most well known for her work in jewelry, beadwork and glass. Her art reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry and the immediate world of her neighborhood. Scott will be exhibiting in Open Spaces this fall. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment and was established as part of a 2:1 Match through the $25 million “Great Gift” by an anonymous donor.  The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to KCAI students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives from KCAI, members read more…