Campus Construction

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 currently being 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.

Additionally, we have recently 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 in front of the Nerman Cafe is finished.

Plus, the main entry gates and parking area for campus, off Warwick, has 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! KCAI is being transformed so continue to check back with us as we will be announcing new construction projects soon.




Main Entry Expansion

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.

This spring Vanderslice Hall is undergoing an historic restoration, returning the mansion to its original grandeur. These updates will help preserve this significant building for many years to come.

Here’s what’s happening:

Master craftsman are on ‘cherrypicker’ type lifts all around Vanderslice Hall doing tuckpointing by hand.
All of the stonework is being carefully power-washed.
The historic stained glass windows have been removed, cleaned and replaced.
Roof repair, metal repair and HVAC upgrades in Vanderslice Hall is almost finished.



Window Replacement