August 30, 2017

KCAI Crossroads Gallery – Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper.

KANSAS CITY, MO – August 15, 2017 – KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to announce its fall exhibitions, Red Dirt Rug by Rena Detrixhe and Dale Eldred: Works on Paper. Red Dirt Rug is an ephemeral, site-specific installation invoking the inherent stories within the Oklahoma soil, repetitive processes and found ubiquitous forms. Artist Rena Detrixhe uses the refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of pattern as a meditation on the past, a gesture of sensitivity and the desire to understand the beauty, pride and sorrow of the Oklahoma land. Born in Kansas, Detrixhe received her B.F.A. at the University of Kansas City.  Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Dale Eldred: Works on Paper is a selection of works displaying the monumental landscape projects by acclaimed sculptor and former chair of the KCAI sculpture department. Eldred’s material, environmental ambition included phenomena in clay, steel, wood, water and light in various landscapes and urban-scapes. Eldred joined KCAI in 1959 and was a major influence until his untimely death in 1993

August 28, 2017

KCAI Showcased in PBS Documentary

Last October, 17 teams of makers and inventors from across the nation came to the Kansas City Art Institute campus for a product design competition called Make48. Our very own David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology were full of contestants (including a team of KCAI students) designing, sawing, drilling, sticking things together – dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products. After 48 hours of making, the products were judged by prestigious industry experts from QVC, plus leading entrepreneurs. It was a thrilling weekend of creativity and learning for our students and faculty. Now you can experience the exhilaration of this invent-a-thon first hand in an eight-part Make48 documentary airing on more than 200 public television stations this fall! If you’re in the Kansas City region, you can watch the first episode at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 on KCPT, Kansas City Public Television. Please check your local listings for specific times in your area. Our remarkable campus, studios, technical support and students are showcased in the first five parts of the documentary, which takes you through the competition and the judging. Episodes six through eight follow the winning team through re-design, marketing read more…

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