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 craft cocktails, Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House, auctioned 10 incredible items including a painting by Angela Dufresne and a hanging metal sculpture by Jason Pollen.

At KCAI, 99% of our students receive scholarships and we welcome brilliant young artists to develop their talent and creativity, regardless of their financial circumstances. Thank you to all our friends and sponsors for your generosity and for making our students’ artistic visions come true.

Backer Bash
On May 15, A&D Auction patrons and sponsors received an exclusive preview of auction artwork and enjoyed artisanal fare and libations at the elegant contemporary home of Chris and Kristen Ridler.

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…