April 13, 2020

Brian Henke Joins KCAI as Chief Financial Officer

After a nationwide search, Kansas City Art Institute announced today that Brian Henke will be joining the college on May 1 as Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer. In his new position, he will work closely with KCAI’s Board of Trustees and serve as liaison to the Facilities, Finance & Audit, Investments and Retirement Plan Committees. He replaces Yvonne Kean, who has served as Interim Chief Financial Officer since November 2019. 

Henke has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience, most recently as the Director of Operations at the Kauffman Foundation where he oversaw the operation of the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center and managed multi-million dollar budgets for the foundation’s many areas of focus. Henke also led the Kauffman Scholars Program where he performed budget oversight for more than 1,000 individual scholars and built a network of post-secondary institutions, working closely with their admissions, student life and financial aid departments. Henke has also served as the lead on many facility-related projects, working closely with architects and contractors and managing building renovations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Missouri. 

“Brian is exactly the type of candidate we hoped to attract to this leadership position at KCAI. His solid experience, combined with his good nature and sense of humor will serve the college well, especially during these unprecedented times,” said KCAI Board of Trustees Chair Frank Uryasz.  

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…