November 20, 2018

Corey Antis Awarded Warren Rosser Faculty Fellowship Award

Associate Professor of Painting Corey Antis’ proposal to explore book arts and paper materials in western Japan, study Chinese ink frottages at the Field Museum in Chicago and create a new body of work recently earned him the inaugural Warren Rosser Faculty Fellowship Award. For the next two years, he will receive financial support to pursue his project, which will ultimately influence KCAI drawing electives in book arts.

“I am grateful and humbled by my selection for this award. It echoes the values that we try to share with our students – that a creative practice requires individual commitment but also a strong degree of collaboration between our roles as practicing artists and educators. It is an honor to be given the opportunity to pursue a project that would otherwise not be possible without this support,” said Antis.

To be eligible for the fellowship, full-time Painting faculty members submit a proposal for research in studio practice that will develop outcomes for excellence in teaching. At the end of the two-year cycle, they present their outcomes at a public forum.

Former William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting Warren Rosser, who joined KCAI in 1972, is well-known in the art community for inspiring generations of painters. He retired from teaching in 2017, but his contributions live on through this award. “KCAI faculty work very hard — they are serious artists and their art gives an authenticity to their teaching. I wanted to establish an award that would not only help shape their studio practice but also crossover to the painting curriculum and students,” said Rosser.

July 28, 2020

Large Scale Hilgemann Implosion Sculpture Installed on Campus

A 20-foot sculpture that used to sit on Park Avenue in New York City was installed Tuesday morning on campus. Double Stack by Ewerdt Hilgemann (b. 1938 in Germany, lives in the Netherlands and US), is 20 ft. high and made from stainless steel.  Double Stack is the second work that has been generously loaned to the college by the artist and Zahner Metal Conservation. Dancers was on campus in 2017-18 and now is part of Leawood’s Public Art Collection. This installation is part of KCAI’s plan to place large-scale works on the campus, on a constantly-changing basis. They connect the large public artworks already in place at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the works in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Previous sculptures on campus include This is NOT a Refuge by Anila Quayyum Agha and The Consistency of Change by Caleb Bowman, (’99 Sculpture). See how Hilgemann implodes these giant sculptures here.

July 27, 2020

Recent Grad Designs Mural at Zoo’s Elephant Exhibit

Watching elephants frolic in the new waterfall pool is delighting visitors at the recently renovated Elephant Expedition at the Kansas City Zoo. The pachyderm’s passion for H2O is also the theme of another one of the exhibition’s new features, a vibrant mural by Anh Le, a 2020 graduate of KCAI’s Illustration program. The large-scale panorama on the Learning Cottage at the exhibit entrance shows animal families coming together at a waterhole in the wilds of Africa. “I wanted the whole scene to have a warm, inviting vibe for visitors.  It gives them a little peek into the world they are entering,” said Le. The project was created when Le was a senior in KCAI’s MICRO Agency, which connects Kansas City businesses with the creative talent of KCAI students. Several students presented designs to the Zoo team and Le’s interpretation made the final cut. This is the second time KCAI students have designed murals for the Zoo. Vaughn Parrish (’19 Illustration) created the underwater themed wall in Stingray Bay. Le’s motivation for the mural is simple — to bring happiness. “With everything that’s going on in the world right now, we need a spark of positivity and joy. I hope people read more…