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 in fine arts, horticulture, and landscape architecture.

A graduate of the sculpture department of the Kansas City Art Institute, Jason earned a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Jason lives and works in New York City and the Catskills.

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…

May 7, 2018

Vanderslice Hall Closed for Renovations May 10-18

Phase III work begins on Vanderslice Hall this week and will proceed throughout the summer. Vanderslice Hall will not be accessible from May 10-18, which means that every department will be relocated. Each department will be displaced for a different period of time. The reason for this is due to the type of work happening in Phase III, including the addition of an elevator and refurbishment of floors and spaces. While we realize it is inconvenient, this is for the safety of our employees, students and visitors. During renovation, each department will relocate to various offices around campus. Below is a list by department that includes dates they will be out of Vanderslice and their temporary location. Please note that all phone extensions will remain the same during construction. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Walker ext. 3301, kwalker@kcai.edu. This information can also be found on the kcai.edu website and signage around campus. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to improve our facilities! Department               Move Date         Return Date            Temporary Location Administration              5/9              read more…