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 a young artist like Vaughn to have a mural in a public place that will be seen by as many as a million people per year! Please join us in congratulating Vaughn and all of our students who create public art that make Kansas City a better and more interesting place to live.

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…

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.