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”).

November 18, 2021

English Jueju Poetry and Chinese Printmaking

Assistant Professor Eleanor Lim-Midyett is bringing a contemporary take on a traditional Chinese compositional technique to her Modern Chinese Narratives class. Jueju poetry is the Chinese cousin of the more familiar Japanese Haiku that originated during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) The ancient artform is experiencing a revival led by Professor Jonathan Stalling of the University of Oklahoma who is working to adapt the traditional form to English for American culture. Students in Professor Lim-Midyett’s class crafted English jueju poems following the guidelines of 5 or 7 syllable quatrains which adhere to an AABA rhyme scheme. Dr. Stalling visited her class in order to workshop the poems.  “During the pandemic, I turned to composing classical jueju poetry in English as a form of self-reflection and cultivating a sense of inner-peace,” Lim-Midyett said. “As I started researching the jueju form, I came across resources from Professor Jonathan Stalling who teaches Chinese literature at University of Oklahoma and also happened to have an exhibition called the Poetics of Invention at UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library that addressed jueju literary composition, printmaking and translation. Professor Stalling accompanied me on a tour of his exhibition during a summer visit to UMKC, and we started collaborating read more…

November 16, 2021

Roberto Lugo (‘12 Ceramics) returns to KCAI to inspire students

Urban potter and social activist Roberto Lugo (’12 Ceramics) is having a moment.  In the last month, he’s been featured on CBS This Morning, PBS News Hour, and in the New York Times. He also has 26 pieces in Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room, which opened Nov. 5 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He’s crazy busy, but he still spent two days this month meeting with KCAI students and sharing his ideas about life as an artist. During his visit, he led a roundtable with Ceramics students and faculty. He also spoke about his life experiences at an evening lecture in Epperson Auditorium attended by 75 students. They were so inspired to hear from not only an alumnus who is receiving national recognition for his work, but also from someone who understands what it’s like to be an art student, that they lined up afterward to get his autograph. Roberto conducted ten studio visits with students across disciplines and spent time getting to know their motivation and process. The visit was pivotal for Carlos Heredia (Senior, Ceramics). “I felt like I was a little bit stuck before he came. He asked me some deep questions read more…