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.

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.