ARTNotes April 2016

From the President's desk...

Scholarships are so important to our students here at KCAI. Did you know that 98 percent of our students benefit from some sort of financial assistance? We have students from Florida, Oregon, Texas and other states across the country that wouldn’t be here today without your contributions. A gift to KCAI’s Annual Fund is a gift that goes toward making dreams possible. It gives students experiences and opportunities that wouldn’t be conceivable otherwise. There are so many incredibly talented students here that rely on these funds and that’s why I’d like to personally invite you to join me at ArtPop on May 5.

Art Pop, is our preview to the End-of-semester Student Exhibition and Sale, where you will have the opportunity to go into the studios, buy artwork and meet the artists. Plus, we will treat you to cocktails, appetizers and a lovely dinner on campus. The best part of this event is that all of the money raised from ticket sales goes toward student scholarships. When you support our school, you are giving the gift of confidence to a young, budding artist, which is an incredibly powerful gift.

Get your tickets to ArtPop today. It promises to be a wonderful evening full of art, food and fun. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family President



If you’re driving by KCAI, you will see extensive improvement efforts taking place. Construction crews are working throughout campus and will continue the building and restoration projects through the summer. The David T. Beals III Studio for Art and Technology is rising quickly and work will begin in the next several weeks on the new Sculpture Studios entryway. Additionally, restoration on historic Vanderslice Hall has begun. Master Craftsmen are on ‘cherry picker’ type lifts doing tuckpointing by hand. Read more

Photos: Tal Wilson (’81 Photography)



Student + Faculty News

Students Selected to Exhibit in Prestigious NY Competition

 Five KCAI illustration students were selected to show their work this May at the Society of Illustrators Student Competition exhibit in New York.  Each year, only 200 students get accepted out of over 9,000 entries from across the country. Congratulations!

The students exhibiting are:

Courtney Belisle (junior, illustration)     Allason Lewis (junior, illustration)
Title: Bicycle Shadows                             Title: Ouija Alphabet Soup
Medium: Ink                                             Medium: 3D Mixed Media
Instructor: Johne Richardson                  Instructor: Hector Cassanova

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Dakota Meier (junior, illustration)
Title: Wild
Medium: Ink pen and acrylic with digital finish
Instructor: Maura Cluthe

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Kelsey Wroten (’15 illustration)                Rosie Ruzica (’15 illustration)
Title: Keep it Weird                                     Title: Age of Information
Medium: Ink and digital                              Medium: Digital
Instructor: David Terrill                               Instructor: David Terrill

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Debt Day
Calling all students! Andrew Lattner and Jahaira Aguliar, seniors in the painting department, have organized a field day with games and activities that serve as visual metaphors for how students can interact with student-loan debt in creative ways.  The day will be fun, educational and a tool for empowering students. Debt Day will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. April 23 on the campus green.

Illustration Students Host a Gallery Show
“Groupshow_1.jpg” will be at the Vulpes Bastille in the Crossroads through the month of April. Find out more

Steam Rolling Printing
Printmaking students are creating large format prints to commemorate U.S. Presidents and first ladies from then and now on Friday, April 15 in the Lead Bank Parking lot, 1801 Main Street. The relief printing starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Stop by to watch the students create the pieces!

Three Students Win KCAI T-Shirt Design Challenge
This past winter, the KCAI Art Store and the Office of Alumni Relations partnered to create a t-shirt contest and invite all students and alumni to submit new design proposals for a series of limited edition KCAI t-shirts. The shirts were offered through the Art Store’s Shopify website for one month. A total of 47 designs were received and made available for purchase, and each sale constituted a vote for that design during the month-long competition.

The winners were:

    • First place: Sarah Dean (junior, graphic design). Sarah will receive a cash award of $550 and a $250 KCAI Art Store gift card.
    • Second place: David Tillema (sophomore, graphic design). David will receive a $300 cash award and $100 KCAI Art Store gift card.
    • Third Place: Kaitlyn Jordan (sophomore, illustration). Kaitlyn will receive a $150 cash award and a $50 KCAI Art Store gift card.

The three winning t-shirt designs will also be offered for sale through the KCAI Art Store for up to one year.

Cash awards were provided by Assistant Professor of Illustration and Acting Chair of Graphic Design Maura Cluthe (’93 illustration), Illustration Chair and Professor Steve Mayse and the KCAI Office of Alumni Relations. The KCAI Art Store provided the gift cards.

The competition sold 117 t-shirts, with 50-percent of each sale going to the KCAI Annual Fund to provide support for student services, financial assistance, campus technology and equipment.

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Join us on Thursday, May 5 for ArtPop! See student work, buy art and meet our artists — all while enjoying cocktails, appetizers and dinner.  Find out more


2016 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition

The exhibit will be held at H&R Block Artspace from April 16 to May 12, featuring works from over 100 KCAI B.F.A. candidates. Find out more


Thank You!

We’d like to extend a special thank you to everyone who came out and supported us at the second annual Hamburger Mary’s Bingo night!