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.
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.
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.
The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present “Sexybeast” by Leeah Joo on the Project Wall, a public art billboard located on the west side of the Artspace building facing Main Street. The unveiling of this new Project Wall will coincide with the closing reception of our current exhibition 100 Proof on Friday, September 29 from 6 – 8 pm. Project Wall Leeah Joo is a Korean-American artist who explores cross-cultural experiences by combining Eastern and Western painting traditions to examine the act of looking through depictions of what is being uncovered and/or what remains hidden. Presenting a vista of silk wrapped mountains and valleys, Sexybeast sets the stage for Korean folklore and history to unravel before a contemporary American experience. The drapery in this work is inspired by one of Kansas City’s most treasured American masterpieces: Venus Rising from the Sea—A Deception by Raphaelle Peale, which hangs in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Peeking over the v-fold in Joo’s violet swathed hilltops is a traditional Korean goblin or dokkaebi in place of the Venus. The dokkaebi is a fearsome supernatural beast known for pranks that ultimately prove to be harmless. In this composition, the leering goblin stands in for read more…
- September 20, 2017KCAI Hosts Second Make48 Competition
- August 30, 2017KCAI Crossroads Gallery – Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper.
- August 28, 2017KCAI Showcased in PBS Documentary
- August 15, 2017KCAI Designs Butterfly Chandelier for Monarch Bar
- August 9, 2017100 Proof Opens at H&R Block Artspace
- July 27, 2017Donutology Hosts July 29 Book Signing with Author Bill Severns