August 28, 2017
KCAI Showcased in PBS Documentary
Last October, 17 teams of makers and inventors from across the nation came to the Kansas City Art Institute campus for a product design competition called Make48. Our very own David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology were full of contestants (including a team of KCAI students) designing, sawing, drilling, sticking things together – dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products. After 48 hours of making, the products were judged by prestigious industry experts from QVC, plus leading entrepreneurs. It was a thrilling weekend of creativity and learning for our students and faculty.
Now you can experience the exhilaration of this invent-a-thon first hand in an eight-part Make48 documentary airing on more than 200 public television stations this fall! If you’re in the Kansas City region, you can watch the first episode at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 on KCPT, Kansas City Public Television. Please check your local listings for specific times in your area.
Our remarkable campus, studios, technical support and students are showcased in the first five parts of the documentary, which takes you through the competition and the judging. Episodes six through eight follow the winning team through re-design, marketing and preparing for the product launch.
Episode 5 is so exciting that we’d like you to Join us for a Watch Party at KCAI on Sunday, October 1 at 5 p.m. Together, we’ll enjoy popcorn and treats outside on the Rowland Commons while we watch the big screen. Bring your lawn chair and see the big reveal of the winning team. We’re sworn to secrecy, but there are some very big surprises in store!
The Make48 competition went so well that it’s coming back to KCAI September 28-30, and they’ll be filming again! Stay tuned for more exciting news about the Season Two documentary. Read more.
The David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology on the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be full of contestants dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products during the 48-hour product design competition Make48 on September 28 – 30. Twelve teams from 12 states, including Kansas and Missouri, will be competing. They’ll be given a product category and then have 48 hours to create a prototype product and pitch it to a panel of experts from QVC and other industries. Some of the teams applied to compete and pitched themselves at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, where last year’s winners were showcasing their products. One of the teams is composed of a NASA engineer and his family, which shows the range of experience that contestants have. You never know who is going to come up with winning product…everyone has a big idea! This is the second year KCAI has hosted Make48 and last year’s contest is the focus of a PBS documentary running in 200 markets this fall. You can see it in Kansas City on KCPT or KTWU on Sunday evenings through October 22. A second season of the documentary will read more…
KANSAS CITY, MO – August 15, 2017 – KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to announce its fall exhibitions, Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper. Red Dirt Rug is an ephemeral, site-specific installation invoking the inherent stories within the Oklahoma soil, repetitive processes and found ubiquitous forms. Artist Rena Detrixhe uses the refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of pattern as a meditation on the past, a gesture of sensitivity and the desire to understand the beauty, pride and sorrow of the Oklahoma land. Born in Kansas, Detrixhe received her B.F.A. at the University of Kansas City. Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dale Eldred: Works on Paper is a selection of works displaying the monumental landscape projects by acclaimed sculptor and former chair of the KCAI sculpture department. Eldred’s material, environmental ambition included phenomena in clay, steel, wood, water and light in various landscapes and urban-scapes. Eldred joined KCAI in 1959 and was a major influence until his untimely death in 1993
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