April 10, 2019

KCAI Faculty Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Two KCAI faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Assistant Professor in Animation Christiane Cegavske and Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography Steve Rowell both received this highly competitive award based on prior achievement and exceptional promise. A Guggenheim allows artists and scholars to pursue their creative endeavors.

Christiane Cegavske is an award-winning director and stop motion animator known for her 2006 highly-praised feature-length filmBlood Tea and Red String, and other short films. She is also a sculptor, painter and poet who has worked on projects at NBC, Oxygen Channel, VH1 and the Disney Channel, among others. She considers the Guggenheim Fellowship a gift to continue work on her second feature-length, stop-motion puppet animation, Seed in the Sand, a story of furry, beaked nest-dwelling creatures facing starvation. Find out more about Christiane at http://christianecegavske.com/menu.html

Steve Rowell is an artist who works with photography, moving image, sound, installation, maps, and spatial concepts to produce complex multicomponent works. His work has been exhibited internationally at a range of galleries and museums, including MoMA PS1 and Storm King in New York, the California Museum of Photography, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, among others. During his Guggenheim Fellowship, Steve will finish a final cut of his Oxford thesis film, Humans Lived Here Once and complete his Creative Capital-supported project, Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys, which will premiere in early 2020 as a multiscreen installation, a series of photographs for publication, and as a film for the festival circuit. Learn more about Steve and his work at www.steverowell.com.

Please join us in congratulating Christiane and Steve for this tremendous recognition.

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.