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.

May 20, 2019

KCAI Commemorates Student Residence Hall Topping Out

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) recently celebrated a construction milestone, the topping out of a new 244-bed student residence hall, Wylie Dining Center and Café Nerman. To commemorate the occasion, a fir tree, traditionally known as the ‘construction tree’, was placed on the literal apogee of the building, the highest point. “The final stages of construction on this project are about to begin. We are imminently closer to finishing the buildings where students will have a safe, comfortable home and the community can commune in our common spaces, dine in the new Wylie Dining Center and have a cup of coffee in Café Nerman,” said Tony Jones, Nerman Family President. Construction on the new facilities, located along Warwick Boulevard south of the campus gates, began last summer and students are slated to move in January 2020. Designed by Helix Architecture + Design with the contemporary art student in mind, the residence hall features double-occupancy semi-suites with private baths and cozy study spaces and celebrates the unique individuality of each student while creating a sense of community. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction is the general contractor for the project. See renderings of the project here.

May 2, 2019

Join us for an evening of art, food and fun at the Art & Design Auction on June 1

On June 1 the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be the epicenter for a remarkable evening of art, entertainment, creative food and festive drink at the Art & Design Auction. Honorary Chair George Terbovich and Event Chairs Ellen and Jamie Copaken are planning an evening perfect for friends who share a passion for supporting art and design education.  This year’s ADA celebrates Kansas City’s creative economy and the KCAI alumni, faculty and friends that have helped shape it. Browse and bid on more than 250 silent and live auction artworks donated by our faculty, alumni and friends. The artwork will span across mediums and price points to include sculptures, paintings, prints, fibers, ceramics and more.  Live auction items include work by Lester Goldman (1942-2005) (Late Faculty) and Angela Dufresne (’91 Painting) as well as Sculpture Chair Jill Downen (’89 Painting & Faculty) among others. The silent auction, hosted by GiveSmart will open a week before the event, giving you plenty of time to bid on artwork.  The auctioneer for the live auction is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House. The silent auction will also include fourteen 3 ft. read more…