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.

January 24, 2020


Due to hazardous road conditions, KCAI’s campus and administrative offices will open at 10 a.m today, Friday, January 24. New student orientation will begin with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Morning activities in the central shop will be rescheduled. Please be safe when traveling to campus.

January 16, 2020

Sculpture Faculty Win Major Accolades

Two Sculpture faculty members are kicking off the new year with incredible accomplishments. Chair Jill Downen (’89 Painting) has been selected to exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s new contemporary art space the Momentary and Jarrett Mellenbruch has received a prestigious Creative Capital Award. Downen is one of 60 artists chosen for State of the Art 2020, which celebrates the opening of the new contemporary art space, the Momentary. The exhibition will be on view at the Momentary and Crystal Bridges from February 22 through May 24 and is free for all visitors. Downen’s art envisions a symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, destruction and restoration emerge as thematic possibilities. The work that will be exhibited, Three Dimensional Sketchbook, is a cabinet of drawers that viewers may open to view a range of material sketches. Each drawer features a label and keyword which poetically corresponds to its contents. With the opening of each drawer, the artwork reveals a visual-spatial language in miniature scale. “The opportunity to exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is meaningful in that I can share my voice within a national conversation about contemporary art today,” said Downen. Mellenbruch’s The Redwood Preserve was one read more…