In 2015, Margaret Silva; alumna, former board member, and longtime supporter of the Kansas City Art Institute, generously gifted 1819 Grand Boulevard, the building that housed Grand Arts for 20 years, to KCAI. The facilities include two galleries, a large cross-disciplinary studio and an artist-in-residence apartment. Renamed KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, the space provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District. We envision programs that expand the academic curriculum by offering students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment. The site will also be the location for a new KCAI artist-in-residence program. Director Michael Schonhoff will guide the site’s programs, while a faculty group, the Center for Contemporary Practice Committee, will build the curricula for this location.

The Model’s Origin: Beyond The Core

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The Model’s Origin: Beyond The Core is an exhibition highlighting the works and practices of fundamental art and design instructors throughout North America.  It examines the internal and external influences that propel and challenge their art practices. Currently that trajectory is fueled by the political environment. Through understanding the core of their art practices, these instructors are able to set an example for their students socially, ideologically and in the classroom.

The Model’s Origin: Beyond the Core explores this topic through the works of Gretchen Batcheller, Amanda Bulger, William Carpenter, Brandon Gellis, Katie Hargrave, Rachel Hayes, Garin Horner, Dahye Kim, Eddy Lopez, Guen Montgomery, Heather Szatmary, and Veronika Szkudlarek.

Curated by Melaney Ann Mitchell (’13 painting) and Daniel Reneau (’04 art history and painting) the exhibit will be on display in tandem with the 16th Biennial FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) Conference that will be held April 6-8 2017 in Kansas City.
March 24 – April 15, 2017
Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
6 to 8 p.m. First Fridays and Saturdays by appointment.


2017 Calendar of Events



Michael Schonhoff


Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Schonhoff’s experience as an arts professional extends nationally including projects involving exhibitions, collections, living artists, and publications. Curatorial projects include The Position We’re In, KCAI: Crossroads Gallery, Center for Contemporary Practice, Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, You’re Such A Good Sport, Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Black & Blue, University of South Dakota, and Colleen Burner, The Skin That Forms On The Surface, Project Wall, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is the co-founder of Kunstraum KC, an artists’ studio initiative located in Kansas City, Missouri and currently, he serves as the Director of KCAI Gallery.

His artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and his works appear in numerous public and private collections including the Nerman Museum of Art at Johnson County Community College, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation in Missouri, AGB Graphics Collection in Wisconsin, and the Studio Place Arts in Vermont. Schonhoff also completed a studio residency at takt kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany through the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program and a curatorial residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, through KCAI.

As a musician and songwriter Schonhoff has written, toured, and recorded with the bands Male NurseBoba FettishWelton Founderstartruck, and thee DEVOTION.

Schonhoff earned his MFA in Visual Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo receiving an academic art scholarship. His BFA was completed at Iowa State University where he was awarded the Helen Beresford/Frances Seeds Scholarship in Art. He lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact: mschonhoff@kcai.edu