The fiber department at KCAI combines traditional and experimental practices to provide students with technical and conceptual training. You will have opportunities to explore contemporary issues in art and design within the context of a working studio environment. In addition to core courses in fiber, the KCAI fiber curriculum offers courses in Jacquard weaving, costume design, textile design and fashion knitwear.

Fiber as a medium crosses boundaries and interfaces with art, design, craft and technology. Inherently multi-disciplinary, the field of fiber encompasses painting, printing, dyeing, pattern design, sewing, experimental fashion and costume design, weaving, knitting, crochet, basketry techniques, felting, spinning and papermaking.

Emphasis in this medium is on skill development and the generation of ideas through a materials-based process of making. Interest in greener, more sustainable practices and recent technological advances expand the field to include such areas as architectural textiles, interactive textiles, electronic textiles and smart textiles.

View work by junior-year fiber students.

Check out the fiber department's blog.

Fiber Faculty

  • Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber

    Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M...Read More
  • Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor

    Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and...Read More
  • Marie Bannerot McInerney, assistant professor

    Marie Bannerot McInerney is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator. Her process driven work investigates conceptions of...Read More
  • Mariah Gillespie, fiber technician

    Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her B.F.A. degree...Read More
  • Cory Imig, lecturer

    Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture...Read More
  • Maegan Stracy, lecturer

    Maegan Stracy graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 receiving a double major in...Read More

Samples of Work


Thinking about life after KCAI? We've got some ideas. And plenty of alumni success stories to prove our point. Start planning your future.

KCAI Viewbook

The Kansas City Art Institute's award winning viewbook provides an overview of KCAI's academic programs, students, faculty, alumni and campus. Download the Viewbook.

Visit KCAI

The best way to know if the Kansas City Art Institute is right for you is to experience it. Schedule a tour today.