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 students of the older ones. It also charts the up-to-the-minute influence of a diversity of original and accomplished artists—the current faculty—on one another. Throughout, the show reveals not only the wide array of individual artistic practices gathered at the Kansas City Art Institute but the dialogue among and between practices, by which one artwork is seen to teach another.

Participating artists: Corey Antis, Laura Berman, Anne Boyer, Shaun Cassidy, Christiane Cegavske, Maura Cluthe, Cyrus Console-Soican Jonah Criswell, Jill Downen, Rebecca Dubay, Jeff Eaton, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Cary Esser, Julie Farstad, Ken Ferguson, John Ferry, Jessie Fisher, Dwight Frizzell, Hirokazu Fukawa, Tyler Galloway, Lester Goldman, Diana Heise, Milton Katz, Carl Kurtz, Trey Hock, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy, Tom Lewis, Adam Lucas, Lisa Maione, Richard Mattsson, Karen McCoy, Lilly McElroy, Marie Bannerot McInerney, Cyan Meeks, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Hugh Merrill, Phyllis Moore, Il Sung Na, S.E. Nash, Wilbur Niewald, David Overholt, Jason Pollen, Miguel Rivera, Warren Rosser, Steve Rowell, Jim Sajovic, Ormaza Jean Schmitt, Steve Snell, Jordan Stempleman, Gary Sutton, Caleb Taylor, David Terrill, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, Steve Whitacre, Casey Whittier, Michael Wickerson, Tal Wilson, James Woodfill, Erin Zona

Please join us for an opening reception Friday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, MO.

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…