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.

October 24, 2017

Hilgemann Sculpture Installed Near Campus Gates

The “Dancers” are here! The dynamic two-part work, “Dancers (Tango)” by sculptor Ewerdt Hilgemann was recently installed at the campus entrance. Hilgemann, born in 1938 in Germany, lives in the Netherlands and US. “Dancers” was previously part of an installation on Park Avenue in New York City and has been generously loaned to the college by the artist.  These 20-foot-high stainless steel and Corten steel columns each weigh a massive 1,675 pounds. This project inaugurates the college’s plan to place large-scale works on campus, on a constantly-changing basis. The idea is to create a “Sculpture Walk” that will connect the public artwork already in place at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, through the campus, to the array of work in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Generous support for this installation was given by Marti and Tony Oppenheimer, Meg and Bill Zahner, Dick and Evelyn Belger, and Sean Kelley of A. Zahner Company. “Dancers” was installed during the International Sculpture Conference, which was held in Kansas City October 26-29. This conference brought together hundreds of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students and sculpture enthusiasts from around the country. These visitors read more…

October 12, 2017

KCAI Brings Creativity to the Workplace

Just weeks ago, for 48-hours the Kansas City Art Institute’s David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology were full of contestants dreaming up great ideas, crafting prototypes and products at the national Make 48 product competition. Our students were there every step of the way providing their expertise in fabrication, graphic design, photography, filmmaking and tech support. It’s part of KCAI’s ongoing commitment to give our students real-world, hands-on experience to prepare them for successful careers. In fact, we often work with businesses to provide unique opportunities for students who bring a creative, fresh approach to your organization’s challenges.  KCAI students have worked on a range of projects from product design for Weld Wheels, rebranding for Powell Gardens and medical illustrations for Children’s Mercy Hospital. Learn how our talented students can work with your business through internships and our Sponsored Studio program. Contact me at rwilliams@kcai.edu or 816-302-3527. KCAI has hosted Make48 twice. Last year’s competition is the focus of an eight-part documentary running in more than 200 public television markets across the country. You can see it Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on KCPT Channel 19.