November 8, 2018

KCAI’s Illustration Program Ranked in Nation’s Top 15%

KCAI’s transformative Illustration program has been named as one of the best in the country by Animation Career Review. The online resource for people seeking careers in animation ranked KCAI in the top 15% of Illustration B.F.A. programs in the United States.

Charlie Sosland Chair of Illustration Steve Mayse, an award-winning designer and Illustrator with 25 years of KCAI teaching experience, isn’t surprised by the national recognition. He’s built a department with a robust curriculum that helps to prepare students for an illustration career in a rapidly changing world. The KCAI Illustration department is an incubator – a creative place to explore and find the next trend.

“We encourage our students to innovate, not duplicate. We want them to invent their own form and embrace it. Their future employers are always looking for that next new talent, the next big thing and our students can start that movement,” he said.

The department brings undergraduates from all over the world to study at KCAI and is the largest major at the college with 100 students enrolled. The talented Illustration faculty is a huge draw for students. They bring authenticity, process and diversity in the four main areas of illustration – Corporate, Advertising, Editorial and Institutional. The full-time faculty, all working artists with experience at Hallmark, ad agencies and the Kansas City Star, include Steve Mayse, Hector Casanova, Maura Cluthe, John Ferry and David Terrill.  The newest faculty member, Il Sung Na, is an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books including A Book of Sleep, Welcome Home Bear, The Opposite Zoo, Bird Balloon Bear and The Dreamer. He’s also a ceramicist known for his whimsical lamps.

Learn more about the Illustration rankings here.

December 11, 2018

Ground Breaking – The 2017-18 President’s Report

We are excited to share with you Ground Breaking, KCAI’s annual President’s Report taking a look back at all that we achieved together in 2017-18. From the groundbreaking for the new Student Residence Hall to sharing the success of alumni and faculty, this report celebrates the extraordinary capital campaign and recognizes the many ways that KCAI is positively impacting our community. View the President’s Report. 

November 25, 2018

****** ALERT – DELAYED START – Tuesday, November 27th ******

As a result of poor weather-related conditions, the Kansas City Art Institute will operate on a delayed start on Tuesday, November 27th. All classes will begin and campus offices will open at 10 a.m. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution throughout the day as roads and sidewalks may still be icy.