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.

November 13, 2019

Sculpture Chair Jill Downen Selected to Exhibit at Crystal Bridges

The Momentary and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced that Sculpture Clair Jill Downen (’89 Painting) has been selected as one of 60 artists for State of the Art 2020. As part of opening 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, 2020, free for all visitors. More than 100 artworks will be featured in State of the Art 2020— most created in the last three years. At both the Momentary and Crystal Bridges, artwork will include paintings, sculpture, photography, video, performance and mixed media. 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 read more…

November 12, 2019

Shop for Art Made By Students at the End-of-Semester Sale

One Weekend. Fifteeen Exhibitions. Take home original artwork made by KCAI’s talented students at the End of Semester Exhibition and Sale. Browse all the studios on our 16-acre campus to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and take in the amazing work on display. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Beals Studio, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, H&R Block Artspace, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Sculpture, and a pop-up exhibition in Vanderslice Hall. All proceeds benefit individual artists and designers. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/. Don’t miss the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.