August 24, 2018

Powerful Public Art Unveiled on Campus

Come by the Rowland Commons on the KCAI campus to experience a dynamic new sculpture – This is NOT a Refuge by Anila Quayyum Agha. Part of the ambitious, city-wide arts festival Open Spaces, the sculpture is a house-like installation made of white laser-cut steel featuring intricate patterns that reflect shadow and light. The work was made at Anila’s direction at A. Zahner in Kansas City. Be sure to take a seat on the bench inside and contemplate this beautiful installation, inspired by the plight of global refugees.

Pakistan-born, Indianapolis-based artist Anila is known for her structures that meld architecturally specific references to themes of global politics, cultural identity, mass media and social/gender roles. Her artwork aspires to be both soothing and conceptually challenging at the same time. This is NOT a Refuge is a temporary, yet significant, addition to the college landscape. Students have just started the Fall semester and the opportunity to see a major installation enriches the curriculum and understanding of what it means to produce large, public works of art.

This project will be on site for nine weeks and represents just one example of the amazing art you will see throughout KC during Open Spaces.  We congratulate the nine KCAI alumni and faculty members who were chosen to participate and exhibit as part of openspaceskc.com. Be sure to visit our two galleries, H&R Block Artspace and KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, to see exhibitions and programs as part of The Expanded Field of Open Spaces.

A wonderful new sculpture on the KCAI campus and a ground-breaking 62-day arts festival – two great reasons to celebrate Kansas City’s vibrant arts community this fall.

November 16, 2018

Shop for Artwork and Goods Made by KCAI Students at the End of Semester Sale

Art lovers and art collectors – start your holiday shopping at the Kansas City Art Institute’s (KCAI) End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale, November 30 through December 2.  Find original artwork and goods made by KCAI’s talented students from Ceramics, Fiber, Illustration, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Graphic Design, Sculpture and other departments. All proceeds benefit individual students and KCAI studios. New this year, see a display of artistic wedding dresses made from upcycled materials. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

November 8, 2018

KCAI’s Illustration Program Ranked in Nation’s Top 15%

KCAI’s transformative Illustration program has been named as one of the best in the country by Animation Career Review. The online resource for people seeking careers in animation ranked KCAI in the top 15% of Illustration B.F.A. programs in the United States. Charlie Sosland Chair of Illustration Steve Mayse, an award-winning designer and Illustrator with 25 years of KCAI teaching experience, isn’t surprised by the national recognition. He’s built a department with a robust curriculum that helps to prepare students for an illustration career in a rapidly changing world. The KCAI Illustration department is an incubator – a creative place to explore and find the next trend. “We encourage our students to innovate, not duplicate. We want them to invent their own form and embrace it. Their future employers are always looking for that next new talent, the next big thing and our students can start that movement,” he said. The department brings undergraduates from all over the world to study at KCAI and is the largest major at the college with 100 students enrolled. The talented Illustration faculty is a huge draw for students. They bring authenticity, process and diversity in the four main areas of illustration – Corporate, read more…