Professional Practice


KCAI’s professional practice presentation series compliments┬áthe studio portion of the professional practice program by providing highly focused and enlightening discussions on professional core competencies for B.F.A. degree candidates. This program also creates networking opportunities between students and the presenters, who are knowledgeable entrepreneurs, distinguished artists, and engaged professionals in their fields.

2015-2016 Seminar Topics

The one-credit-hour professional practice course is required for all junior and senior fine arts majors. Students are expected to attend all professional practice studio sessions, as well as the Thursday presentation sessions. Together, they provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge for career success.

Junior Year Seminar Topics
(Fall 2015 / Spring 2016)
Senior Year Seminar Topics
Fall 2015
Always Being Prepared
Leone Reeves of Blanket Undercover, and Kevin Fullerton of Springboard Creative Transferable Skills
Taxes and the Arts
Dean Vivian, CPA
Transferable Skills
Sam Thompson and Brett Ginsburg of HUFFT
Rhianna Weilert of Polyform Design
The Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview
AACS: Tori Sinclair and Ari Fish DIY Public Relations
Megan Mantia of Blanket Undercover
The Commercial Gallery
Bill Haw of Haw Contemporary
Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants (KCVLAA)
Danielle Merrick, Director of KCVLAA
Packing, Crating, Shipping & Caring for Art
Anson Stancliffe of Art Works KC
Working With a Bank
Julie Nelson Meers of Missouri Bank
Building a Career From What You Love Doing
Kelly Porter of Porter Teleo
Museum Careers
Erin Dziedzic and Andrea Phillips of the Kemper
Writing About Art
Alice Thorson, Editor of KC Studio
Starting a Gallery
50/50 and Plug Projects
The Grant Writing Process
Kristy Ladd, Consultant
Choosing a Career and Starting a Business
Emily Lodigensky, M and E Photo Studio
The Artist’s Practice
Artists Debra Smith and Michael Krueger
A Career in Art Education
Educators Jason Lips (Pembroke Hill) and Melinda Robino (KCAI, Post-Bacc Art Ed)
Documenting Your Work
E.G. Schempf, Photographer
Internship Fair
Guests from the KC Business Community