August 28, 2017

KCAI Showcased in PBS Documentary

Last October, 17 teams of makers and inventors from across the nation came to the Kansas City Art Institute campus for a product design competition called Make48. Our very own David T. Beals III Studios for Art and Technology were full of contestants (including a team of KCAI students) designing, sawing, drilling, sticking things together – dreaming up great ideas, crafting mock-ups, and refining prototypes and products. After 48 hours of making, the products were judged by prestigious industry experts from QVC, plus leading entrepreneurs. It was a thrilling weekend of creativity and learning for our students and faculty.

Now you can experience the exhilaration of this invent-a-thon first hand in an eight-part Make48 documentary airing on more than 200 public television stations this fall! If you’re in the Kansas City region, you can watch the first episode at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 3 on KCPT, Kansas City Public Television. Please check your local listings for specific times in your area.

Our remarkable campus, studios, technical support and students are showcased in the first five parts of the documentary, which takes you through the competition and the judging. Episodes six through eight follow the winning team through re-design, marketing and preparing for the product launch.

Episode 5 is so exciting that we’d like you to Join us for a Watch Party at KCAI on Sunday, October 1 at 5 p.m. Together, we’ll enjoy popcorn and treats outside on the Rowland Commons while we watch the big screen. Bring your lawn chair and see the big reveal of the winning team. We’re sworn to secrecy, but there are some very big surprises in store!

The Make48 competition went so well that it’s coming back to KCAI September 28-30, and they’ll be filming again! Stay tuned for more exciting news about the Season Two documentary. Read more.

September 24, 2018

Jason Pollen’s Exhibition Inside/Out Benefits Student Scholarships

Former Fiber Chair Jason Pollen’s exhibition INSIDE/OUT is at the Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut St. in downtown Kansas City through October 26. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit student scholarships at KCAI. Comprised of Portals, Outliers, Descendants, Oracles, and Nomads, these series of works were inspired by a fascination with how surfaces can both conceal and reveal. Our skin acts as an envelope, hiding its precious contents; the earth we live on hides the fathomless depths of its molten core. Pollen strives to make works whose surfaces intimate the deeper animating force that is the creative process. During a lifetime of dedicated practice, Jason has focused on the phenomena of color, light and shadow, movement and stillness. The works are successful if they prove to be thought- and feeling-provoking, and communicate fascination and delight.

August 31, 2018

Professor James Woodfill and Stephen Lichty Design Installation for New Monticello Library

An installation at the recently-opened Monticello Library in Shawnee, Kan., Mediated Set (Cart Forms and Glass Inclusions), is a collaboration of Painting Professor James Woodfill and New York-based artist Stephen Lichty for a site-specific commission through the Johnson County Public Art Commission. “Our contribution to the Library consists of seven modified book cart sculptures and a set of adjustments to the glass separating the building’s private meeting rooms from an otherwise open plan. As a consequence of our collaborative approach these works represent a full stack of conceptual and material negotiations. Two people looking at the same thing will see something different. Learning to affirm difference has been the virtue and strength of our collaboration, and a virtue that is echoed both by the County’s willingness to commission our experimental project and by the infinite possibilities – the sanctuary – given by any library and the agency of its patrons,” said Woodfill and Lichty in their artist’s statement.  Mediated Set (Cart Forms and Glass Inclusions) is a two-part installation carried out after extensive collaboration with the library designers and staff. The Glass Inclusions were meant as a mediator between the idea of public and private meeting areas, and involved added layers of read more…