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 glass with translucent films applied that confounded the original idea of transparency within the space by forming emergent moiré patterns where the films overlap.

The Cart Forms resulted from a number of week-long collaborative studio sessions at Union Office, Woodfill’s West Bottoms studio in Kansas City, where James and Stephen built and dismantled many experimental versions of the carts until the final set of seven were arrived at. Upon delivery to the library, the staff was encouraged to use the carts as part of their set of tools to promote explorations and instigate patron involvement.

For more information on where to view the installation visit the library website.

December 11, 2018

Ground Breaking – The 2017-18 President’s Report

We are excited to share with you Ground Breaking, KCAI’s annual President’s Report taking a look back at all that we achieved together in 2017-18. From the groundbreaking for the new Student Residence Hall to sharing the success of alumni and faculty, this report celebrates the extraordinary capital campaign and recognizes the many ways that KCAI is positively impacting our community. View the President’s Report. 

November 25, 2018

****** ALERT – DELAYED START – Tuesday, November 27th ******

As a result of poor weather-related conditions, the Kansas City Art Institute will operate on a delayed start on Tuesday, November 27th. All classes will begin and campus offices will open at 10 a.m. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution throughout the day as roads and sidewalks may still be icy.