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.

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…