ARTNotes August 2016

From The President's Desk

One year ago, KCAI was honored to receive a $25 million gift from an anonymous donor, via the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Today, we are thriving thanks to the “Great Gift” and generosity of amazing donors who helped us exceed the $3 million matching challenge grant (more than a year ahead of schedule!).

Nine new scholarships were created, plus three new endowed Chair positions and an endowed Presidency – the first one at an art school in the world! A magnificent transformation is taking place at KCAI and it’s with great enthusiasm that we welcome the new and returning students to campus, plus 13 highly-talented new full and part-time faculty.

Upon arriving, they will discover a new entrance off Warwick Boulevard and a snappy looking black building that is now the David T. Beals III Studios for Art & Technology. This digital laboratory for 3-D printing also includes a digital loom and new CNC routers, a laser cutter, and a myriad of tools and technology that will be incorporated into the curriculum and available for students to learn and explore.

Undoubtedly, the “Great Gift” is a difficult act to follow! Yet, I assure you that the leadership and administration remain committed to improving the facilities at KCAI, raising scholarship funds for students, and continually improving who we are and what we offer to the community.



KCAI will host Make48 on October 28-30!

JN2016-01382This is a competition event that fosters innovations and inventions.  Teams will have 48 hours to plan and build a prototype product. They will then pitch their product concept and design with the potential for a licensing deal.  REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Read more. 

Student Profile

Rowen Foster (junior, sculpture and creative writing) credits KCAI faculty with inspiring creativity and supporting her artistic vision in a recent article in the Houston Free Press.

“The Kansas City Art Institute has been absolutely wonderful, not only within school hours or during out of class studio time, but in the connections it has given me and allowed for me to grow entirely outside the institution,” she said.
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Alumni Profile

Rosie Ruzicka’s KCAI education prepared her for life at Sprint’s internal agency Yellow Fan

1 - ROSIE_EDITED_COLORWhen Sprint’s new internal agency Yellow Fan offered Rosie Ruzicka (’15 illustration) a job, she didn’t hesitate. Her education at KCAI gave her the confidence and skills she needed to work in a start-up agency.

“When I graduated from KCAI, I felt I had a leg-up because of the experience I had. I was really well prepared because the core focus of the curriculum is to work fast, be a producer and have a good attitude. We learned teamwork and how it’s more about successful collaboration than your individual style,” said Ruzicka.

She also learned the art of the quick turnaround, a vital skill in the fast-paced agency world. Her instructors would send her home with an assignment and give her six hours to come up with an image that worked for the project. Read more.

Introducing design podcast, Hello Atelier

A new podcast, Hello Atelier, lets you step inside the studio of your favorite designers, including alumni Meredith Host (’01 ceramics) and Brady Vest (’95 printmaking) as well as KCAI Assistant Professor of Fiber Kim Eichler-Messmer.

Mark your calendar for a listening party at Kansas City Textile Studio, 924 E. 5th St., on August 19 from 6-9 p.m., which will feature a preview of the premiere Hello Atelier episode showcasing Jacquie Gering. Tour three textile artist studios and enjoy a pop-up shop from artists featured in the first season of Hello Atelier! See work from: Jacquie Gering, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Jaime David, Tammy Smith, Emily Blodgett-Panos and Hammerpress. Read more.