December 6, 2017

Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Endows and Names The Charlie Sosland Chair in Illustration

The Stanley H. Durwood Foundation, under the direction of Charles Egan, trustee, has endowed and named The Charlie Sosland Chair in Illustration. Professor and Program Head of Illustration Steve Mayse will be the first to hold the title.

The Chair in Illustration is named in honor of Charlie Sosland, who served as a KCAI Trustee from 1997-2009 and Chairman of the Board from 2002-2004. “I am very pleased and honored to have my name identified with the Chair of Illustration at KCAI. The art of illustration has an amazing impact on everyone’s lives. I am very grateful to Charlie Egan and the Durwood Foundation for this wonderful honor,” said Sosland.

Steve Mayse is an award-winning illustrator and has been program head of Illustration for 25 years. He’s built a program that draws undergraduate students from all over the world to study at KCAI, and Illustration is the largest major at the college with almost 100 students enrolled.

“I wish to thank Charles Sosland for his continued support and confidence in our work here at KCAI. I will continue, in the years to come, to meet the expectations of this position with honor and integrity. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity and am hopeful that this relationship can remain beneficial to KCAI’s mission and to the community of art practitioners,” said Mayse.

This is the fifth named and endowed position KCAI has announced over the past two years. Endowed chairs are critical to the college’s efforts to attract and retain top faculty. They provide a dedicated source of funds, in perpetuity, to cover a portion of the chair holder’s scholarship, art practice and compensation.

March 13, 2018

Experience the Totality of ArtPop on April 26

Experience the totality of ArtPop on April 26 from 6-10 p.m. on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd. Hop on a trolley or stroll around campus to enjoy this exclusive “pop-up” shop where you can view and purchase student artwork, indulge in creative fare and festive libations, and revel in live music. Musical guests include Victor & Penny and Julia Hale.  Specialty cocktails are hosted by Lifted Spirits, Extra Virgin and Café Trio. All proceeds from this event support student scholarships. Honorary Chairs are Frank Wewers, KCAI Trustee and his wife Helen. Event Chairs are Scott Heidmann and Ken Petti.  Tickets start at just $75.  Buy Tickets Here! 

March 12, 2018

Alumnus Jason Siebenmorgen Speaks at Current Perspective Lecture

In his lecture, Plants and Parks: Shaping the Urban Environment at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in Epperson Auditorium, Alumnus Jason Siebenmorgen will discuss current landscape architecture projects at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.  A series of case studies will focus on the design and construction of urban public spaces as well as the practical challenges of intensive use, varying horticultural practices, and long-term maintenance. Jason Siebenmorgen is Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA), a landscape architecture firm based in New York City.  At MVVA, Jason leads the planting design and its implementation in projects ranging from courtyard gardens to large-scale public parks. One of his focus areas and passions is how planting in public spaces is becoming increasingly rich—informed by both natural and urban ecologies—rendering park spaces both more diverse and more resilient.  At MVVA, Jason’s current projects include Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, New York, A Gathering Place for Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas, and continuing work at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York. Jason is the recipient of the 2016 Garden Club of America Rome Prize. As a resident at the American Academy in Rome, he investigated the evolving role of plants in both historic and contemporary Italian gardens, bridging his interest read more…