August 19, 2019
KCAI Announces Lineup for Fall Current Perspectives Lecture Series
Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome two 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/.
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 uncovering your own superpower. Join Congdon, author of Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, as she unravels the mysteries and delights of the process of finding your voice, including what it means to have an artistic voice and why having one matters, how to navigate influence, and practices that can accelerate the process of finding and refining your voice.
The Best of Both Worlds
Thursday, November 21
Embracing abstraction, optics, and extreme material contrasts, and surrounding the viewer in vibrating color ﬁelds, Artist Liz Collins explores the boundaries between painting, ﬁber arts and installation, intuitively laying bare expressions of energy, emotion and the viscereality of existence. Join her at a Current Perspectives lecture The Best of Both Worlds as she touches on persistent themes in her work and explores her hybrid art/ design practice through a few recent projects.
Kansas City Art Institute
Founded in 1885, the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is one of the oldest and most respected art and design colleges in the United States. Located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., KCAI is a private, fully-accredited college awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors. KCAI’s mission is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design. Learn more at www.kcai.edu or follow us on Twitter: @KCArtInstitute, Facebook: Facebook.com/kansascityartinstitute and Instagram: KCArtInstitute
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…
One Weekend. Thirteen 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, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. 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.
- October 16, 2019Imagine What the World has Yet to See
- September 11, 2019Jill Downen’s Open Spaces Work Donated to the City
- July 11, 2019Veteran Reflection Exhibition Shines a Light on Social Isolation and Loneliness
- July 1, 2019Mid-Century Architecture Inspires John Ferry’s Art & Life
- June 4, 2019Art & Design Auction Raises More Than $550,000 for Student Scholarships
- May 20, 2019KCAI Commemorates Student Residence Hall Topping Out