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KCAI installing solar panels to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint

2 March 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 2, 2015) — KCAI is in the process of installing 100 solar panels on the roof of the East Building in an effort to reduce energy costs and become better stewards of the environment. With support from interim president Tony Jones and the KCAI board of trustees, the East Building installation is part of a project to use solar power to meet 5 percent of the college’s energy needs in a two-building complex.

“We believe the campus will take pride in being part of this,” Jones said.

Laura Snow joins KCAI as vice president for administration/CFO

16 February 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 16, 2015) — Laura L. Snow, CPA, CGMA, joined KCAI Feb. 16 as vice president for administration/CFO.

A. Zahner Company to fabricate winning sculpture for KCAI Art and Design Auction

26 January 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 26, 2015) — Jay Schmidt, a 1974 sculpture graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute, had his concept “MOMOCON” selected from among 12 finalists to earn the grand prize by the A. Zahner Company for its biennial sculpture competition. His work will be featured in the live auction during KCAI’s 2015 Art and Design Auction, which raises funds for student scholarships. The auction will take place June 6 on the KCAI campus. 

Tony Jones to join KCAI as interim president

20 November 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2014) — Tony Jones cbe, chancellor and president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will join the Kansas City Art Institute Dec.

H&R Block Artspace presents new Project Wall by Lara Shipley

30 October 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 28, 2014) – “Believer,” by Kansas City-based artist Lara Shipley, has been selected for presentation on the Project Wall at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. 

New course bridges art and biotech

10 September 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 10, 2014) — This fall 15 students are enrolled in KCAI’s first course in biomedical visualization, a 3-credit-hour elective offered through the college’s illustration program. The instructor is Stan Fernald (’94 industrial design), a research associate at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Fernald also does industrial design on a freelance basis and founded a Web-based company, Retro Diode LLC, which provides LED retrofits for classic microscopes primarily for customers based in Europe. 

H&R Block Artspace at KCAI celebrates 15th anniversary this fall

4 September 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 4, 2014) — Since the H&R Block Artspace opened 15 years ago this November, the Kansas City Art Institute’s public gallery has welcomed thousands of visitors and presented more than 100 exhibitions and public art projects, as well as numerous educational programs and publications.

KCAI, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance freshmen to ‘converge’ for unique class experience at The Nelson

21 August 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 21, 2014) — The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting a lecture for the entire freshmen class of the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance at 10 a.m. Aug. 29. The class is part of the KCAI Freshman Symposium and the Muse curriculum co-taught and designed by Mara Gibson, academy director for the Conservatory, and Sarah Tyrrell, assistant teaching professor at the Conservatory.

Board announces retirement of president

4 August 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 4, 2014) -- Jacqueline Chanda, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 2011, has informed the college's board of trustees that she plans to retire on Aug.4, 2014. Chanda had joined KCAI following her previous role as academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France.  

Kansas City Art Institute introduces fifth-year program in art education

30 April 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 30, 2014) — The Kansas City Art Institute has launched a new fifth-year post-baccalaureate program in art education. The Missouri State Board of Education formally approved the program on April 15. The program is aimed at students who are interested in teaching art in Pre-K through Grade 12 public school classrooms. 

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