May 2, 2019

Join us for an evening of art, food and fun at the Art & Design Auction on June 1

On June 1 the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be the epicenter for a remarkable evening of art, entertainment, creative food and festive drink at the Art & Design Auction. Honorary Chair George Terbovich and Event Chairs Ellen and Jamie Copaken are planning an evening perfect for friends who share a passion for supporting art and design education.  This year’s ADA celebrates Kansas City’s creative economy and the KCAI alumni, faculty and friends that have helped shape it.

Browse and bid on more than 250 silent and live auction artworks donated by our faculty, alumni and friends. The artwork will span across mediums and price points to include sculptures, paintings, prints, fibers, ceramics and more.  Live auction items include work by Lester Goldman (1942-2005) (Late Faculty) and Angela Dufresne (’91 Painting) as well as Sculpture Chair Jill Downen (’89 Painting & Faculty) among others.

The silent auction, hosted by GiveSmart will open a week before the event, giving you plenty of time to bid on artwork.  The auctioneer for the live auction is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House. The silent auction will also include fourteen 3 ft. X 3 ft. sculptures designed by students and built at Zahner as well and unique curated experiences like a winery tour and private tour of UMB’s art collection. New this year, the Buy it Now Gallery will feature handcrafted jewelry, art, textiles, and ceramics in multiples available for purchase…no bidding required!

The Art & Design Auction is not just about the fabulous art, it’s also about the fun. Creative fare will be provided by Lon Lane ‘s Inspired Occasions Catering and artisanal cocktails are by Liquid Minded Concepts. Michael Crane (’79 Photography) owns Crane Brewing and ADA is proud to feature his creations. Victor & Penny will entertain you with their swing-infused folk-jazz and you will be greeted by Calvin Arsenia’s electric harp performance that will leave you breathless. And, the party doesn’t end when the auction is over. Stay and dance the night away at an industrial vibe after-party featuring DJ Rico Dejoie and creative libations by Liquid Minded Concepts.

Proceeds from this event support scholarships for students; expansion of curricula and programs; recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty members; and technology acquisitions. The auction ensures KCAI maintains its reputation as one of the premier institutions of higher education in art and design. Individual tickets are $125 and sponsor levels begin at $1,500. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit https://donate.kcai.edu/pages/ada.

July 11, 2019

Veteran Reflection Exhibition Shines a Light on Social Isolation and Loneliness

A powerful new exhibition Veteran Reflection, which gives insight into the social isolation and loneliness experienced by many veterans, debuted on campus this week. It was created by Illustration students and developed through partnerships with the After Action Network, The Battle Within, Humana and Veterans Community Project. Visitors viewed 18″ x 24″ paintings and snapped a QR code with their phone to listen to the personal struggles of 14 veterans from different generations and branches of the military. For many of the students, this was their first time to have a personal conversation with a veteran. “When I first started this project, I was really nervous because I didn’t know much about what it’s like to be a vet. But Gary was so kind and his story was so inspirational. I felt a huge responsibility to portray him in a way that really showed what he was about,” said Claire Kinnell, who used bright colors and flowers in her representation of Retired Air Force Sgt. Gary Walker. Talking about social isolation and loneliness was not easy for many of the vets. “In this exhibition, we are talking about something hard — about coming home and not being able to integrate read more…

July 1, 2019

Mid-Century Architecture Inspires John Ferry’s Art & Life

When you grow up in Decatur, Ill. with several Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the neighborhood, you’re destined to be a fan of mid-century architecture. Associate Professor of Illustration John Ferry (’92 Illustration) takes his life-long passion for modern houses built between 1933 and 1965 to the next level. Not only does he live in a mid-century home in Prairie Village, he also uses them as inspiration for his latest exhibition Mid-Century Modern, open through July 27 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. “I fell in love with mid-century houses at a really young age and they are a huge influence on my art. My Dad was crazy about them, too. I’d tag along when he gave tours of the neighborhood,” said John. John’s ongoing fascination with urban structures has been the foundation of his studio practice. He’s had 18 solo exhibitions and has work in the permanent collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Negro League Baseball Museum, and has been featured in 3 X 3 Illustration Annual, American Illustrator and The International Painting Annual. In addition, he collaborates on other projects like a collection of concrete molds he’s been working on with “Dr. Concrete” John read more…