The New David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology
We are so pleased to announce that the construction on the new David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology is finally complete. The studios are filled with the latest cutting-edge technology including 3-D printers, cameras and scanners; laser cutters; touch-screens; and computer numeric control (CNC) routers to advance our student’s outstanding making capabilities and allow for instruction on the most innovative processes in art and design.
We are pleased to announce that we were recently presented with a Kansas City Business Journal Capstone Award for the best new industrial building in the region for the David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology.
Additionally, we completed a new Sculpture Studios’ entryway. The rear courtyard for Sculpture, with a large new slab and new canopy, is complete and fully functional. The construction of a new courtyard and social space to be named the Rowland Common is finished.
The main entry gates and parking area for campus, off Warwick, have been revised and expanded. The entry gates will lead pedestrians crossing from Foundation Studios, Ceramics Studios and the Kemper Museum directly into our main campus.
There’s more coming soon! KCAI is being transformed so continue to check back with us as we will be announcing new construction projects this summer.
Vanderslice Hall Restoration Project
At the heart of the Kansas City Art Institute’s campus resides historic Vanderslice Hall, the geographic and administrative core of the college. The three-story red-brick mansion, once known as Marburg, became home to the school’s administrative offices in 1928 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Vanderslice Hall has undergone a historic restoration, returning the mansion to its original grandeur. In fact, we are tremendously honored to have received a Major Award of Excellence in Best Preservation Practices from Historic Kansas City, for our recent restoration of the 1895 Vanderslice Hall.
Here’s what’s happened:
Master craftsmen were on ‘cherrypicker’ type lifts all around Vanderslice Hall doing tuckpointing by hand.
All of the stonework was carefully power-washed.
The historic stained glass windows were removed, cleaned and replaced.
Roof repair, metal repair and HVAC upgrades were made.