February 26, 2020

KCAI Presents Spring Roster of Current Perspectives Lectures

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome six notable visiting artists this spring 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 unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/.

Magalie Guérin
March 9
Magalie Guérin is a Chicago-based painter. She is the author of NOTES ON, a compilation of studio writings published by The Green Lantern Press in 2016. Guérin was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2018), a Chinati Foundation residency (2018), and the Stephen Pace Residency Award for a Mid-Career Painter at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (2019).

Daniel Eatock – Talking in Circles
March 12
Spend an hour with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at the 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. 

Coco Fusco – Haunted by History
March 26
Interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity through multi-media productions incorporating large-scale projections, closed-circuit television, web-based live streaming performances with audience interaction, as well as performances at cultural events that actively engage with the audience.

Vladimir Zimakov – Cover to Cover: Words, Pictures and Everything In Between
April 8
Boston based illustrator, book artist and designer Vladimir Zimakov will share his work and the process behind his artistic practice.

Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind – Ways to Wander KCAI
April 2
Ways to Wander and Ways to Wander the Gallery are two books, conceived and edited by Qualmann and Hind, that invite the reader to interpret and embody a Wander Score.  Inspired by contemporary walking arts practice and performance, the books contain instructions for making or taking a walk.

April 16
Casey Gerald is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir that stands the American Dream narrative on its head while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. There Will Be No Miracles Here was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times

April 7, 2020

Art School in the time of COVID-19: Support + Resilience + Community

April 7, 2020 How quickly life changed in a matter of weeks. We went from mid-term critiques to addressing a global pandemic by taking our curriculum virtual. Thanks to our dedicated faculty, KCAI is fostering a new way of learning, researching and making. As a school of art and design, we are a community full of innovators and creative problem solvers. That is how we intend to approach the exceptional situation that we find ourselves in.  Beginning last week, students and faculty are meeting through video conferencing, discussion boards, and conference calls – one-on-one and in groups. As this new way of living and learning unfolds, we will share the inspiring stories of creativity and resilience within our community. How has our faculty adapted studio-based classes to on-line teaching? What kinds of studio practices have students built at home? What does it mean to be an art student in the time of COVID-19? In the coming weeks, we will share with you stories of adaptation and perseverance. And someday (hopefully soon) we will recall how KCAI– its students, faculty and staff– was resilient in a time of turmoil.  Be well, Tony Jones ᴄʙᴇ The Nerman Family President

April 2, 2020

New KCAI Cares Fund Provides Student Relief

A Message From The Nerman Family President Tony Jones In the past month, we have adapted daily life to an entirely new version of “normal” and done things we never thought possible. We are in this together, yet each of us has experienced this pandemic in very personal ways. Several KCAI students have lost their employment during this time and many families are experiencing hardship. In this time of uncertainty, it’s comforting to know that KCAI is part of a supportive and generous community. For those who have reached out and asked how you can help, the college has created two ways to support our students and campus: KCAI Cares Fund. This newly created fund is in direct response to the growing and immediate needs of our students. KCAI Cares will provide financial assistance grants up to $300 for students who are unable to meet essential expenses, such as groceries, utilities or rent. KCAI Annual Fund. An existing fund that supports our commitment to every person at the college. During this time, KCAI is compensating faculty, staff, technicians, work study students, models in studios and those who provide services that our community relies upon like security, facilities and dining for residents who read more…