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.

June 4, 2018

Frank D. Uryasz III Named Chairman of the KCAI Board of Trustees

We are pleased to announce that Frank D. Uryasz III, founder of The National Center for Drug Free Sport, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) effective July 1. A member of the board since 2015, he succeeds Pat McCown, who has served as Board Chair since April 2015. We are immeasurably indebted to Pat for his strong leadership and dedication to the college, first as a Board of Trustee member for five years and as Chairman for the last three. “There is no one better poised to move us forward than Frank. His experience on the Development and the Finance & Audit committees, his exemplary commitment to KCAI and his stellar work in the Kansas City community, make him the ideal candidate to lead the board during this exciting time of transformation for the college,” said The Nerman Family President Tony Jones. Frank has a master’s degree in business administration and bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the founder and former president of The National Center for Drug Free Sport, a worldwide leader in the sport drug testing industry. He is president of read more…

May 17, 2018

Stingrays, Sharks and Art

Two of Kansas City’s great institutions – the Zoo and KCAI – have teamed up to create a fabulous new exhibit called Stingray Bay at the Kansas City Zoo! Opening on May 18, visitors will experience the gigantic 13′ x 45′ tropical-colored mural that spans the entire back wall of the new touch tank for stingrays and “cat sharks”. The Caribbean-inspired underwater scene was designed by our very own Vaughn Parish, a junior in Illustration. The project is part of KCAI’s MICRO Agency class, which gives students real-life experience designing and pitching ideas to clients. The students learn to work collaboratively, listen to a client’s needs or challenges, take constructive criticism, and present their ideas and solutions. In turn, clients receive an opportunity to have a group of highly talented artists and designers bring forward fresh, creative approaches to their business. “Each project at the Zoo is unique, and we enjoy being able to collaborate with local partners when we can. Working with the Kansas City Art Institute allows us to showcase the talent we have here in Kansas City and enhance the Stingray Bay exhibit in the process,” said Randy Wisthoff, Kansas City Zoo Executive Director/CEO. It’s exciting for read more…