May 11, 2020

Associate Professor Anne Boyer Wins Pulitzer Prize

Associate Professor of Creative Writing Anne Boyer had added another award to her growing list. She won the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction for her book The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, an elegant and unforgettable narrative about the brutality of illness and the capitalism of cancer care in America. Earlier this spring Boyer won the prestigious  2020 Windham Campbell Prize in Non-Fiction.

“Winning the Pulitzer Prize was a complete surprise. It’s among the highest honors an American writer can receive, and that the news came in while I was teaching online, so I could share it with my students, made it all the more special. My hope is that the prize will call attention to the issues addressed in the book, particularly in the time of COVID when the brutalities and inequalities of for-profit healthcare have even more obviously put the well-being of our entire society at risk,” 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.

Read more about Boyer’s Pulitzer Prize in the articles below.

Kansas City Star
The Pitch 
IN Kansas City 

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…