2020 Annual BFA Exhibition
Online Viewing Room

August 28 – September 19, 2020

Celebrating 20 years of artists, art, and ideas in 2020, the H&R Block Artspace continues its commitment to introducing new generations of artists and designers who have earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute. The Artspace is pleased to present the 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition, on view August 28 through September 19, 2020.

Featuring new works throughout the Artspace galleries and the Online Viewing Room created by recent graduates with degrees in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, the 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition provides many of these artists with their first public exhibition opportunity while also representing the culmination of their BFA degree program.

The 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition is organized in collaboration with Michael Schonhoff, KCAI campus gallery director, with support by Isabel Vargas, Block Fellow. Public programs have been organized with the support of the BFA Exhibition Advisory Committee: 2020 BFA graduates RJ Junger, Lueking Knabe, Charlotte May, and Jada Patterson. The Online Viewing Room has been created in partnership with KCAI Office of Communications, and the BFA 2020 graphic is designed by Jesslyn Jakobe.

Visiting the Exhibition
To attend the physical exhibition at the Artspace, reserve your time now.

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Please enjoy the exhibition

Click an image to enter the Viewing Room. This will enlarge the image and allow you to see the artist label. You can navigate the exhibition using the arrow keys or clicking the arrows on the screen. Videos will play automatically. If you do not hear the video’s sound, use the video controls to turn up the volume.

2020 Exhibition Awards Jurors
José Faus, Latino Writers Collective founding member, artist, poet, writer, educator
Neysa Page-Lieberman, independent curator, lecturer, writer, educator   

Visiting the Exhibition
To attend the physical exhibition at the Artspace, reserve your time now.

Reserve your time

Timed ticketed entry
The Artspace is open and free to all. To protect the well-being of visitors, students, and staff, the museum will limit the number of guests and all visitors will need to reserve tickets in advance.

The Artspace is open with timed, ticketed entry Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 pm.

Public Engagement
The Artspace is excited to engage artists and audiences in new ways through a series of digital programs.

On Instagram, we will introduce artworks in the exhibition and explore new themes each week of the exhibition.

The New TNT: Artists at Work
September 7 – 19 

A new approach to our TNT (the noon thing), this video series on Facebook will introduce the artists and designers of KCAI’s Class of 2020 through a series of interviews and conversations.

Protect yourself and others: maintain a safe distance of 6’ between you and other guests, use the designated entrance and exit, and follow the designated path that leads you through the exhibition. The path through the galleries is marked with arrows.

Better safe than sorry, so please wear your mask or ask Artspace staff if you find yourself without one of your own. Masks are required for all guests and staff when outside of individual offices.

Surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and hand sanitizer is available at the front desk.

You can email us at visitartspace@kcai.edu if you have questions or need to make special arrangements for your visit.

About the H&R Block Artspace
In 2020, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute celebrates two decades of innovative exhibitions, conversations, public programs, and commissioned projects that explore the artists, art, and ideas of our time. Engaging, educating, and inspiring the next generations of artists, designers, and culture workers since 1999, the Artspace continues its commitment with Artspace 20/20, a 20th anniversary series of exhibitions and public programs that draw on its generative history by reengaging artists and curators with whom the Artspace has previously collaborated, while also introducing new and emerging creative professionals. The Artspace 20/20 season of programs is supported by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Margaret Silva, Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, Boulevard Brewing Company, and private contributions.