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.

August 19, 2019

KCAI Announces Lineup for Fall Current Perspectives Lecture Series

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome three notable Visiting Artists this fall to present at the Current Perspectives lecture series. These presentations by a diverse group of artists will inform, engage and celebrate relevant topics and practices in contemporary art and culture. The artists will also directly engage with students through a series of classroom conversations and critiques. Current Perspectives Lectures Each lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus at 4415 Warwick.  Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/. Daniel Eatock Talking In Circles Thursday, September 19 Spend an hour with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at Talking in Circles, where he’ll narrate insights to 360 images arranged around the circumference of a circle starting and ending at the top. Eatock’s fascination with the circle is evident in much of his work. His practice not only rounds the circle but reinvents and questions the very premise of what a circle might be. Lisa Congdon Finding Your Voice: Uncovering the Holy Grail Thursday, October 17 To Illustrator and Author Lisa Congdon, the process of finding your creative voice is akin to read more…

August 6, 2019

DANIEL EATOCK TALKS IN CIRCLES

Begin with Ideas. Embrace Change. Celebrate Confidence. Ad-lib and Make Things Up. From Daniel Eatock’s Manifesto Spend an hour on September 19 at 7 p.m. with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at a Current Perspectives presentation, Talking in Circles, where he’ll narrate insights to 360 images arranged around the circumference of a circle starting and ending at the top. Eatock’s fascination with the circle is evident in much of his work. His practice not only rounds the circle, but reinvents and questions the very premise of what a circle might be. The presentation will take place in Epperson Auditorium, located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. With over 20 bios on his website eatock.com, it’s hard to choose just one to describe Eatock and his art. This one by Tim Milne, for the British website Container, sums it up –  Daniel Eatock is renowned for his exploration of the wit and conceptual irony that exist in everyday objects and situations. He devises systems, templates and opportunities for collaboration inviting contributors to shape the outcome and participate in the creation of his work. He embraces contradictions and dilemmas; seeking out alignments, paradoxes, chance circumstance, loops, impossibilities, and oxymorons. He likes to create the feeling read more…