August 6, 2020
Rodrigo Carazas Portal
Rodrigo Carazas Portal was born in Lima and raised in the Callao Province of Peru. He studied in the art department at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and later relocated to the U.S.A in 2009. Carazas earned his BFA from George Mason University’s School of Art in 2015. Also, he holds a MFA in Curatorial Practice from the Maryland Institute College of Art/MICA (class of 2020). Recent awards include the Graduate Merit Scholarship MICA (2018-2020), the Meyerhoff Fellowship (2019), [R.A.T] Fellowship -Mexico City (2019), the Best New Project Prize -Lima Biennial Art/“ABLi” (2016), and the Academic Excellence Distinction in Sculpture (GMU, 2015).
A new school year always feels like a fresh start—a time to nourish creative spirits through self-expression, push the boundaries through making, doing, and thinking, and build new collaborative relationships. This week 700 students — our biggest fall enrollment since 2013 — joined us on campus for a slate of welcome back activities. On Monday they started in-person studio classes and hybrid online/in-person liberal arts classes. Take a look at the video to see the energy and fun of the first few days on campus.
Three people who had a tremendous influence on the college and the Painting program were celebrated earlier this month at the dedication of the William T. Kemper Painting Studios, Lester Goldman Gallery, and Wilbur Niewald Senior Studios. The building is named in honor of William “Bill” T. Kemper, a board of trustee member from 1933 to 1989, a person who believed in giving, sharing, and in the arts. Bill’s nephew Jonathan Kemper, Chairman Emeritus, Commerce Bank said, “Bill Kemper provided leadership and resources to this college for decades, as his bequest will continue to do in the future. Today, with the naming of this building, we are doing something special to remind ourselves of this deep devotion to the Kansas City Art Institute, which was indeed one of Bill’s life-long passions. I’d like to thank KCAI for this recognition of my great uncle, keeping his memory alive in a place he worked so long to sustain and to flourish. According to Nerman President Tony Jones, the naming is also in homage to the Kemper family for the many ways they support KCAI. “We can’t overestimate the dedication of the Kemper family to this college. So, I must say to Jonathan, read more…
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