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.

March 15, 2019

Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Visual Artist and Social Critic Titus Kaphar

Can art amend history?  Come and explore new narratives on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium with visual artist and social critic Titus Kaphar, whose art reimagines historical events. His paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. Kaphar is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Ark., The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami, amongst others. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment. The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives read more…

March 4, 2019

Exhibition at Haw Contemporary Showcases Past and Present Faculty Art

Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, March 1- May 4 at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, celebrates seven decades of working artists on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, a community that values making, teaching, and learning art as interdependent, often inextricable practices. Beginning with and paying homage to Wilbur Niewald, who began teaching in 1949, the exhibition honors artwork by luminaries and pathbreakers such as Ken Ferguson, Warren Rosser, Lester Goldman, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy, Carl Kurtz, Steve Whitacre, Hirokazu Fukawa, Erin Zona, and Milton Katz, as well as emerging talents appointed to the faculty as recently as 2018. In keeping with KCAI’s commitment to forging connections across and between all artistic disciplines and practices, Lineage and Impact represents a multitude of fields: animation, ceramics, drawing, fiber, fiction, film, music, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and video, as well as installations and collaborative works resistant to classification. Media on display range from cast glass to silicon circuitry, from combed cotton to works on canvas, from letterpress to digital print, from modular synthesizer to modern languages. This vibrant collection demonstrates the profound historical influence of KCAI’s long tradition of appointing outstanding artists to its faculty—several of the younger artists were read more…