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.


April 12, 2019

KCAI Alumni Win Prestigious Awards

For the second time this week we have remarkable news to share — two KCAI alumni have been recognized with prestigious awards! Fatimah Tuggar (’92 Sculpture) has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and Roberto Lugo (’12 Ceramics) has won a Rome Prize. Both distinctions are highly competitive and recognize the artistic practice, scholarship and accomplishments of some of the best minds in art, design and architecture today. Multi-disciplinary artist and former KCAI Foundation faculty member Fatimah Tuggar uses technology as both medium and subject as metaphors for power dynamics.  Her work has been widely exhibited at international venues in over 25 countries on five continents including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and Museum Kunst-Palast in Dusseldorf among many more. She is currently working on her first augmented reality artwork commissioned by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, which is titled Deep Blue Wells. The Guggenheim Fellowship recognizes her past achievements and future promise and provides her with a stipend to continue her work. Roberto Lugo is a potter, social activist, spoken word poet and educator who creates contemporary ceramics featuring hip-hop and his work is drawing national acclaim for activism themes. Roberto is the read more…

April 11, 2019

KCAI Breaks Ground on Liberal Arts Building

The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will break ground on Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m. on a new 18,000 square foot building that will house the Liberal Arts program including Art History and Creative Writing, as well as all of student services. The opportunity to build the Hall, located on the northeast corner of 44th and Oak, is largely thanks to the generosity of donors who have given to the Space to Create capital campaign. The Hall is designed by Hufft, a Kansas City-based architecture, interior design and custom fabrication firm. Hufft has a strong reputation as a firm that creates meaningful spaces and objects inspired by people and places while integrating designers and builders into one holistic process. With a project list ranging from student unions to corporate offices to residential homes, their distinctive approach of creating a building that complements both the physical site and the surrounding neighborhood made them the perfect choice to design KCAI’s new Hall. Award-winning landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt will design the expansive outdoor spaces and Kansas City construction company McCownGordon will build the facility According to Tony Jones, the Nerman Family President of KCAI, the college worked closely with the surrounding neighborhood read more…