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.

April 12, 2019

KCAI Alumni Win Prestigious Awards

For the second time this week we have remarkable news to share — two KCAI alumni have been recognized with prestigious awards! Fatimah Tuggar (’92 Sculpture) has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and Roberto Lugo (’12 Ceramics) has won a Rome Prize. Both distinctions are highly competitive and recognize the artistic practice, scholarship and accomplishments of some of the best minds in art, design and architecture today. Multi-disciplinary artist and former KCAI Foundation faculty member Fatimah Tuggar uses technology as both medium and subject as metaphors for power dynamics.  Her work has been widely exhibited at international venues in over 25 countries on five continents including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and Museum Kunst-Palast in Dusseldorf among many more. She is currently working on her first augmented reality artwork commissioned by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, which is titled Deep Blue Wells. The Guggenheim Fellowship recognizes her past achievements and future promise and provides her with a stipend to continue her work. Roberto Lugo is a potter, social activist, spoken word poet and educator who creates contemporary ceramics featuring hip-hop and his work is drawing national acclaim for activism themes. Roberto is the read more…

April 11, 2019

KCAI Breaks Ground on Liberal Arts Building

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will break ground on Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m. on a new 18,000 square foot building that will house the Liberal Arts program including Art History and Creative Writing, as well as all of student services. The opportunity to build the Hall, located on the northeast corner of 44th and Oak, is largely thanks to the generosity of donors who have given to the Space to Create capital campaign. The Hall is designed by Hufft, a Kansas City-based architecture, interior design and custom fabrication firm. Hufft has a strong reputation as a firm that creates meaningful spaces and objects inspired by people and places while integrating designers and builders into one holistic process. With a project list ranging from student unions to corporate offices to residential homes, their distinctive approach of creating a building that complements both the physical site and the surrounding neighborhood made them the perfect choice to design KCAI’s new Hall. Award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt will design the expansive outdoor spaces and Kansas City construction company McCownGordon will build the facility According to Tony Jones, the Nerman Family President of KCAI, the college worked closely with the surrounding neighborhood read more…