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.

September 11, 2019

Jill Downen’s Open Spaces Work Donated to the City

Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture Jill Downen’s (’89 Painting) Open Spaces artwork has been gifted to the people of Kansas City by the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust. An Architectural Folly from a Future Place, aconcrete and stone low wall with a fissure, is designed to be a social space —a bench for visitors to sit on and enjoy the serene green space of Swope Park. Jill’s work is one of three Open Spaces artworks donated to the city and two are connected to KCAI. Any Word But Wait by Flavio Cerqueira was sculpted at KCAI Crossroads Gallery last year when he was an artist-in-residence. Flavio’s work is located on the UMKC Volker campus. Join us in congratulating Jill for this amazing accomplishment and read the complete press release from the city here.

August 19, 2019

KCAI Announces Lineup for Fall Current Perspectives Lecture Series

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome two notable Visiting Artists this fall to present at the Current Perspectives lecture series. These presentations by a diverse group of artists will inform, engage and celebrate relevant topics and practices in contemporary art and culture. The artists will also directly engage with students through a series of classroom conversations and critiques. Current Perspectives Lectures Each lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus at 4415 Warwick.  Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/. Lisa Congdon Finding Your Voice: Uncovering the Holy Grail Thursday, October 17 To Illustrator and Author Lisa Congdon, the process of finding your creative voice is akin to uncovering your own superpower. Join Congdon, author of Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, as she unravels the mysteries and delights of the process of finding your voice, including what it means to have an artistic voice and why having one matters, how to navigate influence, and practices that can accelerate the process of finding and refining your voice. Liz Collins The Best of Both Worlds Thursday, November 21 Embracing abstraction, optics, read more…