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Kansas City Art Institute Alumnus Wins $50,000 Award

20 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Kansas City Art Institute alumnus Akio Takamori was recently awarded a $50,000 USA Fellow grant from the United States Artists Foundation. The USA Fellow grants are annually distributed to innovative performing, visual, media and literary artists across the country. Takamori’s hand-painted ceramic sculptures of standing, seated or sleeping human figures are often drawn from childhood memories of small-village life in Japan and are said to “evoke an eerie sense of reality and presence.”

"Art as Magic: Be Transformed" is theme for 2012 KCAI Gala

16 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 16, 2012) — The transformational power of art underlies the theme of the Kansas City Art Institute’s 2012 gala: “Art as Magic: Be Transformed.” The event begins at 6:30 p.m. April 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Tickets are $175 per person and may be purchased online at Proceeds from the event benefit the student scholarship fund at KCAI, a four-year college of art and design.

KCAI students design posters for Folly Theater Jazz Series

21 September 2011

Junior-year graphic design students at the Kansas City Art Institute, under the leadership of assistant professor Jamie Gray, have designed posters for the seven concerts that comprise the Folly Theater’s 2011-12 jazz series. The winning posters will be unveiled next week. Jazz performances are scheduled Oct. 1 through March 3 at the Folly.

KCAI booth at Plaza Art Fair will host the Kids Art Workshop

13 September 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2011) — Looking for a fun activity for your kids at the Plaza Art Fair? Be sure to stop by the Kids Art Workshop, which will be hosted this year by The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute.

The Plaza Art Fair hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The booth is located on Broadway between 47th Street and J.C.

Daniel F. Musser joins Kansas City Art Institute board of trustees

19 August 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 19, 2011) — Daniel F. Musser, senior vice president-principal and director of development management services for Zimmer Real Estate Services, has joined the board of trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute.

At Zimmer, Musser manages a diverse real estate consulting, development and project management practice, providing service to corporate, public sector, not-for-profit, institutional and investor clients.

New president will be inaugurated and address students at KCAI convocation

10 August 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 10, 2010) — Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of the Kansas City Art Institute, will speak at the college’s annual convocation, which will double as the inauguration of Chanda as the 23rd president of the college. The convocation and inauguration will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 

"People's Choice" awards go to five special cars seen at the Fifth Annual Art of the Car Concours®

6 July 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 6, 2011) — Some 5,000 visitors who attended the Fifth Annual Art of the Car Concours® on June 26 had a special obligation: Pick a favorite vehicle from among nearly 200 on view that day, and vote for that vehicle. The top five vote-getters would receive “People’s Choice” awards. Although many found it difficult to pick just one, Concours attendees turned in their ballots by the 2 p.m. deadline, and, when the votes were counted, the following five winners were announced:

KCAI to host fifth annual Art of the Car Concours® on June 26

16 June 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 16, 2011) - The fifth annual Art of the Car Concours®, featuring more than 180 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and vintage motorcycles belonging to collectors from eight states, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Vehicles from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and Oklahoma will be on view.

Kathleen Collins named president emeritus of Kansas City Art Institute

25 May 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 25, 2011) — Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, will become president emeritus of the college following her retirement on June 30. She is the first person in the college’s 125-year history to receive the president emeritus title.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized in this way,” Collins said at farewell reception May 18, when Bill Zahner, chair of the college’s board of trustees, made the announcement.

Upcoming events at KCAI

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