September 24, 2015

Tony Jones ᴄʙᴇ

Tony Jones ᴄʙᴇ joined KCAI in December 2014. He is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator and historian of art, architecture and design, as well as a consultant on higher education and the arts. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, he was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London and the Newport College of Art in Wales as a sculptor, painter and art historian. He came to the United States for postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1991, when he took a position as director of the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to SAIC in 1996 and served as president until 2012 when he was named chancellor and president-emeritus.

Conferred the title Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2003, Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, six honorary doctorates and an array of international honors. He was conferred the Austrian Knight’s Cross for services to education in Europe, elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Lawyers for the Arts. He is a former two-term national chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of which KCAI is a member. In 2011, a historic landmark building in downtown Chicago was named Jones Hall in his honor.

In addition to numerous books and articles, Jones has scripted and hosted several television series and radio programs for the BBC. Jones is also president of the Sir James Dyson Educational Foundation in America, co-chair of the Royal College of Art Foundation and international ambassador of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (“Young Arts Miami”).

June 29, 2021

Two KCAI students named finalist for the AXA Art Prize

Logan Compton ('23 Painting) and Kevin Hopkins ('23 Painting) have been named amongst the 40 finalists for the $10,000 prize.

June 29, 2021

KCAI Honors Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald and Board of Trustee Member Herb Kohn

Congratulations to two of KCAI’s dear friends for their special campus recognitions; the Wilbur Niewald Senior Painting Studios and the Herb Kohn Center for Social Practice. Wilbur Niewald Senior Painting Studios Naming the senior painting studios commemorate Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald’s lifelong relationship with the college, which began when he was just ten years old and a student at Blenheim Elementary School in Kansas City. A KCAI representative selected him as the winner of a drawing contest and he won free Saturday classes for a year.! He graduated from the college with a B.F.A. in ’49 and an M.F.A. in ’53 and went on to influence generations of students during his long tenure in the college’s Painting department. He served on the Painting faculty for 43 years and was Chair of Painting from 1958 to 1985. He retired from KCAI in 1992. “It’s grand to memorialize such a wonderful person by naming the studios that were his domain for so many years. It is a token of deep respect for Wilbur and is on the behalf of the many faculty, colleagues and students who worked and studied with him,” said Nerman Family President Tony Jones. Wilbur is known for his cityscapes and landscapes, which depict KC urban vistas. Since the 1970s, he has read more…