April 8, 2019

KCAI Announces a New Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design in Partnership with The Regnier Institute

A new minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design at Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will prepare artists and designers to have an entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and the leadership skills to engage in innovative artistic ventures. Starting in fall 2019, the minor is offered in partnership with The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a program of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City providing KCAI students with unrivaled access to entrepreneurial courses taught by experts in the field.

According to Dr. Bambi Burgard, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, recognizing the need and demand for entrepreneurship and business skills in the 21st century was the catalyst for the new minor. “This partnership with the Regnier Institute allows us to provide students with the business and management skills they need to find success in their pursuits. Students with a major in a studio discipline coupled with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design will be extremely well poised to lead their own studio practice, launch a new venture or contribute creative problem solving and business skills to an existing business as soon as they graduate.”

The minor is available to students in all of KCAI’s 14 majors and requires 16 credit hours in courses designed to provide classroom and practical experience. Students will not only learn marketing, management and accounting skills through the lens of a creative enterprise, they will also put their education to practice in an internship, get the opportunity to start a new venture and engage in entrepreneurship events in the Kansas City community.

“This partnership is another extension of our commitment to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City,” said Dr. Jeff Hornsby, Director of the Regnier Institute and Chair of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department in the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at UMKC. “Most entrepreneurs have expertise focused in the product or service they provide, whether that stems from science, technology or the arts. Our role is to provide the business acumen and entrepreneurial competencies that they need to succeed.”

Learn more about the Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design Minor at KCAI.


June 4, 2019

Art & Design Auction Raises More Than $550,000 for Student Scholarships

Over 625 art lovers gathered on the Rowland Commons and in the David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology on June 1 for the social event of the summer, the festive Art & Design Auction (ADA), which raised more than $550,000 for student scholarships. The balmy evening, inspired food and drink, amazing art, and dedication of Co-Chairs Ellen and Jamie Copaken and Honorary Chair George Terbovich added up to a perfect evening to support arts education. This year, ADA celebrated the undeniable impact that KCAI has on the creative economy of Kansas City. Our graduates, faculty and friends are artists, architects, designers, chefs, curators, fashion designers and small business owners. They make KC a more vibrant and innovative place to live. Guests were greeted at the campus gates with a Prosecco cart and they enjoyed creative appetizers and the haunting harp music of Calvin Arsenia while browsing the silent auction of 250 pieces of donated original art. An amazing display of 15 metal wall sculptures, designed by our students and fabricated at A. Zahner, was popular with bidders and a Buy-It-Now Gallery allowed guests to purchase handcrafted art and goods, no bidding required. After a KC-themed dinner and read more…

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.