March 31, 2020

Associate Professor Anne Boyer Wins the 2020 Windham Campbell Prize

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Anne Boyer was honored last week with the prominent 2020 Windham Campbell Prize in Non-Fiction. The prize was established by Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell, who bequeathed their names and fortunes to celebrate writers and give them the freedom to focus on their craft. Boyer was one of eight international writers in non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama to receive the award. 

“This is an extraordinary surprise, unfathomably generous, and already it has opened the door to new possibilities for me, ones that make the real difference for any writer: the possibilities of time and space,” said Boyer.

A prolific poet and essayist, Boyer is the highly-praised author of The Undying (2019), The Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018), and Garments Against Women (2015), among other works. She was recognized as one of ten emerging writers by the Whiting Foundation in the category of Non-Fiction, Poetry and received the inaugural Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her book, The Undying, was one of the five finalists in the PEN Jean Stein award, which chooses the best five books published in the last year. Boyer has been teaching at KCAI since 2007. 

When announcing the prizes, British writer Damien Barr described Boyers’s work as “…unflinching self-scrutiny that exposes uncomfortable truths about our culture, mistreatment of the individual in stress and the ways we are complicit in that neglect.”

He went on to acknowledge that this is a very difficult time in history but emphasized the transformative power of the written word. Barr said, “Now more than ever stories have the power to heal us, to open our hearts and minds, to provide company and to console. And, what better time than self-isolation to catch up on your reading?” 

Explore Boyer’s most recent book The Undying here.

June 1, 2020

KCAI: We Stand Against Racism

KCAI utterly condemns the ongoing racist treatment of Black Americans that has resulted in the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and in the continued murders, harassment, and prejudice that our Black community members face on a daily basis.

May 28, 2020

Fond Farewell to Two Inspirational Faculty Members

Two beloved faculty members, with over 76 years of combined service to KCAI, are retiring at the end of the 2020 academic year. They’ve inspired generations of students with their relentless passion for teaching and leave an immeasurable impact on the college. Thank you Steve Whitacre and Karen McCoy for your years of service, dedication to our students, and active engagement on campus. Congratulations on your retirement. You will be missed.  Fellow faculty share tributes to their accomplishments. Steve Whitacre Professor and Sosland Family Chair of Foundation Joined KCAI in 1969 For over half a century, Steve Whitacre’s remarkable and distinguished career and long-standing leadership of the Foundation program at KCAI has earned national and international recognition.  Before coming to KCAI in 1969, Steve studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design and earned both a BFA and MFA from Ohio University.  According to the artist and educator, his studio practice continues to explore the estuary between art and architecture in relationship to sculpture and personal, poetic language.  Steve’s works are held in many private collections and have been widely exhibited in this country, England, Scotland, and Italy. He has taught and led projects at the Cranbrook Academy of Art read more…