September 20, 2017

KCAI Hosts Second Make48 Competition

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 be filmed during this year’s competition.

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.

September 27, 2017

GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENTS CREATE POSTERS FOR FOLLY THEATER JAZZ SERIES

For nine years KCAI Graphic Design students have been collaborating with the Folly to create posters for their jazz series. A panel of judges put together by the Folly was on campus this morning to choose the six winners from the 16 poster series design.  Matt Stewart from Fox4 News was on hand to cover the project. This project is a win-win for everyone involved. The Folly receives beautiful posters to promote their series, and the students get valuable experience working with clients. “Up to this point in their education, most of the students have only done work that has been assigned and critiqued by instructors. This is their initial experience in communicating someone else’s message out into the public. Serving clients is a great training ground for internships, interviewing and ultimately their professional practice,” said Tyler Galloway. The professional and educational value of the Folly collaboration is far-reaching, but according to Galloway, the project has even bigger meaning.“It’s so important for students to interact with other arts organizations like the Folly. Part of what we are teaching our students is the power of giving back and the importance of being civically engaged,” he said.