In The News

President of Kansas City Art Institute to retire in June 2011

17 March 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 17, 2010) — Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, today announced she will retire as of June 30, 2011. At the time of her retirement, Collins will have served as president of the college for 15 years, longer than any other president in the Art Institute’s 125-year history.

KCAI students receive awards from national initiative Design Ignites Change

5 March 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 5, 2010) — Design Ignites Change, a collaboration between Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio, announced the inaugural 2009 Implementation Award winners: PieLab’s “Pecans!” and Kansas City Art Institute’s “A Book by its Cover: Reading Stereotypes” and “Freewall: Making Space for Diversity.”

March is the month to celebrate children's creativity

23 February 2010


125th anniversary book salutes Kansas City Art Institute faculty

19 February 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 19, 2010) — Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute has published a book that showcases work by members of the college’s full-time faculty.

Kansas City Art Institute to create murals for Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

3 February 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Feb. 3, 2010) — A group of Kansas City Art Institute students, supervised by members of the KCAI faculty, has begun work on a project to design and paint murals at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Funding is being provided by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The murals are to be completed in time for the center’s opening in fall 2011. 

Kansas City Art Institute at 125: announcing new programs in digital media

12 January 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 12, 2010) — The Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year college of art and design, is celebrating its 125th anniversary by announcing the launch of a four-track major in digital media. Areas of concentration will include 3-D design and modeling, electronic game design art, motion graphics and visual effects.

Deck the halls with works of art: KCAI exhibition and sale is the perfect stop for holiday shoppers

19 November 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 19, 2009) –– Looking to wow friends and family with unique gifts? What could be more unique than an original work of art created by an emerging young artist? Visit the Kansas City Art Institute’s end-of-semester exhibition and sale Dec. 4-6 where a multitude of works in a wide range of media can be purchased. The exhibition and sale will feature two- and three-dimensional work by students in the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Kansas City Art Institute to offer Chinese language course

16 November 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 16, 2009) — This spring the Kansas City Art Institute will introduce a Chinese language and culture course into its curriculum. The course will provide an introduction to Chinese characters, and students will focus on daily conversational skills, including speaking, listening, reading and writing standard Mandarin Chinese. The course also incorporates relevant topics related to Chinese arts and culture from the past to the present. The course is available only to students enrolled in the college’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.

H&R Block Artspace presents new Project Wall by David Ford

4 November 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 4, 2009) – A new Artspace Project Wall will be unveiled at the opening reception for “The 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards,” which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. The reception also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, which first opened its doors on Nov. 13, 1999.

Upcoming events at KCAI

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