As a member of the photography program you will explore aesthetic and conceptual perspectives of photography with students who are working in diverse areas of personal image-making. You will join a department that is recognized as among the best in the country. The program is active in darkroom and lightroom production and provides strong grounding in professional lighting, and you will work extensively to develop your digital and Photoshop skills.

A preeminent faculty of educators who are exploring, producing and exhibiting their art nationally and internationally will provide you with current practical information, aesthetic knowledge and professional skills.

You will be exposed to all modes of contemporary fine art photographic practice, including narrative, landscape, portrait, documentary and expanded photographic works, including installations and emerging relationships between the still and moving image. The elective program is developed in conjunction with core curriculum instruction to provide a variety of methods for you to develop your personal aesthetic approach to photography.

Photography Faculty

  • Tom Lewis, associate professor and chair, photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media

    Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001...Read More
  • Dwight Frizzell, professor

    Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance,...Read More
  • Gary Sutton, professor

    Gary Sutton, professor of photography and digital filmmaking, joined KCAI in 1975. From 2001 to 2007 he was dean of faculty at the...Read More
  • Diana Heise, assistant professor

    Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound...Read More.
  • Cyan Meeks, assistant professor

    Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach...Read More
  • Mark Berndt, lecturer

      Mark Berndt is a fine art and commercial photographer, film director, printmaker and educator. His environmental...Read More
  • Jeff Eaton, lecturer

    Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,...Read More
  • Lara Shipley, lecturer

    Lara Shipley is from rural Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She...Read More
  • Talbott L. (Tal) Wilson, lecturer

    For more than 25 years, Tal Wilson has owned and operated a 2,500-square...Read More

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