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 1, 2020

KCAI: We Stand Against Racism

KCAI utterly condemns the ongoing racist treatment of Black Americans that has resulted in the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and in the continued murders, harassment, and prejudice that our Black community members face on a daily basis.

May 28, 2020

Fond Farewell to Two Inspirational Faculty Members

Two beloved faculty members, with over 76 years of combined service to KCAI, are retiring at the end of the 2020 academic year. They’ve inspired generations of students with their relentless passion for teaching and leave an immeasurable impact on the college. Thank you Steve Whitacre and Karen McCoy for your years of service, dedication to our students, and active engagement on campus. Congratulations on your retirement. You will be missed.  Fellow faculty share tributes to their accomplishments. Steve Whitacre Professor and Sosland Family Chair of Foundation Joined KCAI in 1969 For over half a century, Steve Whitacre’s remarkable and distinguished career and long-standing leadership of the Foundation program at KCAI has earned national and international recognition.  Before coming to KCAI in 1969, Steve studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design and earned both a BFA and MFA from Ohio University.  According to the artist and educator, his studio practice continues to explore the estuary between art and architecture in relationship to sculpture and personal, poetic language.  Steve’s works are held in many private collections and have been widely exhibited in this country, England, Scotland, and Italy. He has taught and led projects at the Cranbrook Academy of Art read more…