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

November 23, 2020

Graphic Design Alumna creates Biden campaign branding

Aimee Brodbeck (’08 Graphic Design)  Social impact work has always been important to Graphic Design Alumna Aimee Brodbeck, so when she got the chance to lead the design for the Biden campaign, she jumped on it. She volunteered her time and designed the iconic, patriotic red, white, and blue logo. And, she didn’t stop there. She created a complete marketing suite of SWAG, GIFs, yard signs, emails, and other materials that helped to position Biden for the win. The brand was used by the campaign from April 2019 until Kamala Harris joined the ticket in September. How did you get involved with the Biden campaign? I was working for the ad agency Mekanism, and I received a text from Tom Lyons during a meeting asking me, “how do you feel about politics?” The opportunity came through the agency’s relationship with Creative Alliance, a foundation that donates creative efforts to social impact work. They previously worked on the It’s On Us campaign, an Obama-Biden initiative that raised awareness and fought against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women.  Tell me a little about the design strategy behind this project. The strategy for the brand was simple – how read more…

November 23, 2020

Faculty, students and staff work together on important initiatives

The newly-formed KCAI IDEAS Council, made up of a broad cross-section of faculty, staff, and students, is set to address the critical issues of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability across all facets of the Institution. Last Winter, the faculty Diversity Working Group (DWG) created a wide-ranging set of recommendations for the Institute which included the formation of an IDEAS Council as a way to formalize engagement and collaboration across all campus constituencies. Shortly thereafter, and in the wake of nationwide unrest over police killings and systemic racism, the KCAI Student Solidarity Network and Black Student Union issued a list of demands on KCAI, calling for systemic change and reform of policies and practices that perpetuate racism, anti-black, and colonial systems within our Institution.  From this series of events, the IDEAS Council began to take shape in the fall of 2020, adding members, clarifying its duties and processes, and beginning to meet regularly. In the spirit of transparency and campus-wide communication, the Council would like to share its collective vision and mission. In striving for a better KCAI for all, the Council warmly welcomes any feedback and ideas related to inclusion, diversity, equity, access, and sustainability: ideas@kcai.edu IDEAS Council Vision read more…