April 30, 2018

Mayor Sly James Delivers Commencement Keynote Address

Board of Trustee Chair Pat McCown and Alumni Nick Cave are also honored at the ceremony

On May 5, Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver the commencement address at the 2018 KCAI graduation ceremony. The Mayor is a passionate and committed supporter of the arts and education, and a good friend to our college.

Mayor James has worked extensively to raise Kansas City’s statewide and national profile by highlighting the myriad of cultural and human capital resources in our great city.  We owe him a debt of thanks for his dedication to environmental concerns, the creation of the incredibly successful KC Streetcar, and the planning for a new airport terminal by the internationally-renowned firm of Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) – a gateway building that will become the architectural ambassador for our city. The arts in KC have thrived under his leadership – and he’s not only a fan, he’s an artist himself – no other American city has a mayor who was the lead singer of a terrific band, and who loves jazz with a daily devotion.

The Distinguished Friend Award will be bestowed upon another shining star, Pat McCown.  Pat has been a highly-effective member of the Board of Trustees for nine years, consistently helping students, faculty and the college as a whole. In 2015, he was asked to become Board Chair with virtually a day’s notice, following the unexpected death of Chairman Steve Metzler.  Pat’s dedication to the college has been exemplary, leading us through complex new projects like building the Beals Studios and the regeneration of the campus. We have no finer friend than Pat, and we want to thank him as he steps down this year.

At the commencement ceremony, we’ll also give an honorary doctorate to one of our very own, artist and educator Nick Cave (’82 Fiber). Nick is celebrated for his Soundsuits, which are elaborately designed assemblages of unexpected materials that emit sound as they move. They’ve been displayed in museums around the world including the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He’ll be back in Kansas City this fall, taking part in Open Spaces – Kansas City Art Experience, and will have a major exhibition next year at Crystal Bridges Museum for American Art in Bentonville, Ark.

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…