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).

April 26, 2022

Artwork of graduating seniors showcased at the BFA Exhibition

We’re celebrating a new generation of artists and designers at the 2022 Annual BFA Exhibition: Landscapes of Intimacy now through May 14 at H&R Block Artspace and KCAI Gallery. The work of over 100 artists receiving their BFA this spring is on display and for many of these artists, it’s their first public exhibition.  Get a sneak peek at the powerful work in our video walk-through. 

April 26, 2022

Zahner competition gives students valuable fabrication experience

Working with fabricators to execute an artistic vision is usually reserved for architects and artists with big budgets. Thanks to the Zahner Art Competition, 14 KCAI students are getting the chance to collaborate with the nationally renowned metal fabricator. The sculptures they’re creating will be auctioned at the Art & Design Auction on June 4th to benefit student scholarships. “To be competitive and successful on the global stage, young artists need to learn how to work with fabricators. It’s an incredible real-world experience,” said Zahner Art Business Developer Sean Kelley. In the first step of the competition, 20 students presented 3-D or sketched concepts for art that could be made from a 3’ X 3’ sheet of metal. A committee of seven, which included several Zahner employees who are KCAI alumni, interviewed students and chose 14 winning designs. The students work with Zahner engineers to ensure their design fits production capabilities. The final product sometimes looks different than the original vision, but it’s a collaborative effort between the artist and Zahner. “The Zahner competition gives me a chance to create work in a new way, and it is also an amazing opportunity for the future. I have many projects and read more…