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The Artspace provides numerous opportunities for KCAI students to experience working in a gallery setting. Students also have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Artspace, as part of the annual Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition.
Annual B.F.A. Exhibition
Every year the Artspace organizes and hosts the B.F.A. exhibition for students graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute. Featuring work from all departments at KCAI the exhibition includes work by 90 to 120 graduating seniors and is the only show in which all the gallery spaces are utilized.
The annual B.F.A. exhibitions are among the most popular and widely attended exhibitions organized by the Artspace. They are highly anticipated by the KCAI community and the general public, appealing to the business, corporate and arts communities alike. Dozens of public tours for area high schools, community colleges and groups from outside the region frequently occur.
The Artspace also offers a range of professional practice programming for graduating seniors in conjunction with the exhibition and in collaboration with KCAI’s Career Services department, the office of student life, the exhibition and outreach committee and the academic departments at the college. Workshops and programs include an introductory presentation by Artspace staff highlighting past B.F.A. exhibitions and projects; providing basic information on preparing work for exhibition and advice on site-specific and complex installations.
The entire experience of the B.F.A. exhibition and related programming provides professional practice for these emerging artists and a unique opportunity to exhibit with their graduating class.
The Block internship was initiated in 2004 through financial contributions from the H&R Block Foundation. This compensated internship provides the intern with the opportunity to gain critical professional experience and job skills that augment the rigorous academic education received at the Kansas City Art Institute.
It also supplies staff with support that enables the Artspace to more fully realize its mission as a unique contemporary art institution focused on both visual art and visual art education. Block interns work closely with the Artspace staff to provide mentorship to work-study assistants and academic interns. They are involved in all aspects of the Artspace’s programming including exhibitions, educational and outreach programs and collection management. The experience they gain from this internship prepares them for promising futures.
The Artspace offers academic internships for outstanding KCAI students. Academic interns are required to assist with various projects under the supervision of senior Artspace staff. Areas of focus for academic interns include management assistance with the permanent collection, research assistance for main gallery exhibitions and advanced administrative support including maintenance of the Artspace resource collection, exhibition archives and permanent collection files. The internship culminates with an independent curatorial project.
Interns are expected to have a strong background in art history, preferably pursuing a double major in studio art and art history at KCAI and should have prior experience working with art objects and/or collections. Academic internships are organized by the Career Services department at KCAI. All applicants must apply and be interviewed by senior Artspace staff. For more information, contact Career Services.
The Artspace emphasizes visual art education and professional development for emerging artists and arts professionals. As a teaching museum, the Artspace offers a range of educational opportunities that allow students to gain critical insight into careers in the field of gallery work and provide practical, hands-on experience in a gallery setting.
In addition to internships, the Artspace also offers opportunities for KCAI students to work as gallery assistants through the work-study program at KCAI. Gallery assistants are responsible for monitoring the gallery, working at the reception desk, answering questions, conducting gallery tours, assisting with gallery preparation and art installation and assisting with office administration. Often gallery assistants remain on the staff for the duration of their academic career at KCAI. Working as a gallery assistant also can lead to an academic internship during the student’s senior year, as well as extended work opportunities or a professional internship at the Artspace after graduation.
Students interested in applying to the work-study program can make an appointment with the financial aid office. Applicants must submit a resume, a letter of interest and three references.
The Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute by providing extraordinary learning opportunities for KCAI students through a student work program and an internship program. Student interns and assistants are involved in all aspects of our gallery –– from the inception of an exhibition’s beginning to its design and installation to its reception by a public audience.
Through their roles at the Artspace, students gain insight and expertise that expand their educational opportunities at KCAI and an introduction to a range of professional opportunities available for them after college. Artspace interns also have an opportunity to curate one exhibition in the Roger Cohen Resource Room to implement all they have learned and contribute publicly to Artspace programming.
On occasion, the Artspace invites artists to create new work for an exhibition or project while in residence at the Artspace. Artists are invited to interact and collaborate with KCAI students, faculty and Artspace staff as well as meet with Artspace visitors during their residency.
Artist-in-residence Ghada Amer working with KCAI students and alumni at the Artspace.
Past Artist-in-residence participants:
2016 : Simone Leigh
2014: Kate Gilmore
2012: The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok
2007: Mel Ziegler
2006: Jeffery Vallance, Sean Foley, Marc Swanson
2005: Ghada Amer
2003: Wenda Gu
2002: Jamie Walker, Sadashi Inuzaka, Frances Whitehead, Jeanne Quinne, Walter McConnell
2000: Lee Boroson
1998: Eve Sussman, Karen McCoy and Don Wilkison, Bill Botzow, Adam Kuby, Li Shen, Susan White, Lynn Hull