May 2, 2018

ArtPop raises over $300,000 for Student Scholarships!

A beautiful spring evening set the stage on April 26 when 500 peopl gathered on campus to enjoy the totality of our exclusive pop-up shop ArtPop, which raised more than $300,000 for student scholarships.

Guests enjoyed specialty cocktails by Lifted Spirits, Extra Virgin, Café Sebastienne and Café Trio while wandering the 13 studios to view and purchase student artwork. They reveled in the live music of Victor & Penny and Julia Hale and enjoyed delicious, festive fare. Special thanks to the Honorary Chairs of this event Frank Wewers, KCAI Trustee and his wife Helen and Event Chairs Scott Heidmann and Ken Petti for making ArtPop a magical evening.

The money raised at ArtPop makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students. At KCAI, we welcome brilliant young artists to our campus to develop their talent and creativity, regardless of their financial circumstances. Thank you to all our friends and sponsors for your generosity and making our student’s dreams come true.

See photos from ArtPop here.

July 17, 2018

Lead Bank Announces Emerging Artist Awards

Lead Bank, a leader in financial technology, an advocate for small businesses, and the recent winner of the coveted Mr. K Award continues to show its support for the arts by sponsoring the Kansas City Art Institute’s Sponsored Studio Program by the creation of the “Lead Bank Emerging Artist” award. This award was recently given to the following four KCAI students: Vivian Becks (Sophomore, Animation), Anella Fernandez (Sophomore, Fiber and Social Practice Certificate), Lisa Bjornstad (Junior, Sculpture) and Rachel Tucker (Sophomore, Fiber). Each year, Lead Bank commissions KCAI students to create artwork for their Community Art Panels located in their Crossroads branch parking lot. These panels were specifically erected so the Bank can give back to the art community by showcasing local artists’ work throughout the year. These four Emerging Artists’ artwork will also be featured as a 2D mural on the Community Art Wall each quarter at 1801 Main Street in the Crossroads as well as inside the Main Street Bank lobby. Each award winner received a $500 scholarship and the nominating department received $200. The community is invited to view each of their work beginning in October 2018, which will feature Vivian Becks animation and sound design called read more…

July 9, 2018

KCAI Breaks Ground on Student Residence Hall and Dining Center

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will break ground on a new student residence hall and dining center on Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. Located along Warwick Blvd south of the campus gates, the building will house a 244-bed residence hall, the Wylie Dining Center and the Café Nerman. The residence hall went from wish list to reality following a $10 million lead gift by an anonymous donor, given through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation last year. The new facility is designed by award-winning Helix Architecture + Design. Helix designers Doug Stockman and Alissa Wehmueller, along with Christopher Carvell of Denver, Colo., designed the new building to look beyond traditional student housing models and nurture the creativity and wellbeing of art students. Featuring ouble-occupancy semi-suites with private baths and cozy gathering spaces, plus a student gallery, large living room and gaming center, the building celebrates the unique individuality of each student while creating a sense of community. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor for the project. “The contemporary student coming to KCAI to study deserves the best possible living space and the residence hall will be exactly what the students and their parents want – read more…