March 28, 2018

Artist Joyce J. Scott Speaks at Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture

Come hear a relevant voice for our time at the Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Baltimore-based artist Joyce J. Scott who is known for her artistic commentary on issues regarding race, politics, sexism and stereotypes. The lecture is from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in Epperson Auditorium on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus, 4415 Warwick. Scott is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator, but she is probably most well known for her work in jewelry, beadwork and glass. Her art reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry and the immediate world of her neighborhood. Scott will be exhibiting in Open Spaces this fall.

This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment and was established as part of a 2:1 Match through the $25 million “Great Gift” by an anonymous donor.  The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to KCAI students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives from KCAI, members of the Hoffman family and local experts in art and design.  Establishing partnerships with other Kansas City area cultural or educational organizations, like Open Spaces, is an important component of the annual lecture.

Sharon and John Hoffman have supported KCAI for almost fifty years and have both served on the KCAI Board of Trustees. They are major collectors of contemporary art, and own works from numerous KCAI alumni including sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment is another way for them to show their deep commitment to nurturing and supporting the careers of artists.

“Joyce J. Scott, an inspiring lecturer and recent MacArthur Fellow, exemplifies the type of contemporary artist we want to share with KCAI and the Kansas City community.  We also welcome the opportunity to introduce her work before it is displayed later this year at Open Spaces. We hope our annual Visiting Artist program will be enjoyed by the entire art community,” said John Hoffman.

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…