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.

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…

February 19, 2019


One hundred percent of our faculty are practicing artists, designers and scholars and when they aren’t busy teaching, they’re painting, drawing, sculpting, writing books, making films and creating public art.  Below are the stories of two of our faculty members who are changing the world in their own way, one by writing and illustrating children’s books and the other by working on what might become the world’s tallest public art piece. Whimsical Animals Come to Life in Children’s Books by Illustration Assistant Professor Il Sung Na Once there was a pig that admired birds. But there was no way a pig could fly. Or was there? So, begins the story of a tenacious pig in the children’s book The Dreamer written and illustrated by Assistant Professor of Illustration Il Sung Na, whose playful drawings and never-give-up message captured the attention of the New York Times and Kirkus Reviews. Published in the fall of 2018, it was his twelfth children’s book starring imaginative animals. His inspiration for his books begins with his never-ending desire to learn more. “It all starts with my curiosity. I keep asking myself questions and keep finding answers. Once I find an answer, it becomes a story and read more…