ARTNotes February 2016

From the President's desk...

I am truly honored to share that the Nerman family (Jerry, Margaret, Lewis and Sue) has generously endowed my position at KCAI, as part of the 2:1 matching challenge grant by an anonymous donor. Henceforth, every president of this college will be known as The Nerman Family President. This gift connects our esteemed school with a highly regarded name in the art world, and we are thankful for their extraordinary support. On a personal note, I greatly admire this family and to be honored in this way means a great deal to me and to future leadership at KCAI.


Photo: (Left to right) Lewis and Sue Nerman, Tony Jones, Jerry and Margaret Nerman

If you have driven by campus recently, you have likely seen the bulldozers, jackhammers and concrete mixers that now reside in the Vanderslice parking lot. Construction is underway on the new David T. Beals III Studio for Arts and Technology and a new sculpture studio. We are most thankful to our friends at the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee for making this project a reality, and I look forward to keeping you updated on these projects.

You can also follow our progress on the newly redesigned website at Be sure to visit the Our Work section, featuring inspirational galleries that showcase artwork by students, faculty and alumni. KCAI is the only art and design college with this kind of digital gallery, and I hope you like the new design.

Tony Jones E-Signature - only 1 signature-1
Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family President


Construction is underway on the new David T. Beals III Studio for Arts and Technology. Located in the center of campus, the new facility was designed by local architects Gould Evans and is being constructed by McCownGordon. The studio will be filled with the latest cutting edge technology, including 3-D printers; cameras and scanners; laser cutters; touch screens; and computer numeric control (CNC) routers. All of this equipment will be used to advance students’ outstanding making abilities and allow for instruction on the most innovative processes in art and design.


Photo: (Left to right) Pat McCown, CEO of McCownGordon Construction and Chair of the KCAI Board; Tony Jones, The Nerman Family President; Scott Berghaus and Tony Twyman from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

The Beals Studio will serve all KCAI students and plans are underway to introduce new courses through the continuing education program for summer camps and adult learners to use the technology.

Student + Faculty news

Illustration Professor David Terrill and his MICRO Agency class of 12 students will be working on a Sponsored Studio project, preparing designs to wrap BMW Mini Coopers in artwork.

The Auto Show will select the top three designs for production and the cars will be on display during the show, March 4-6. Public votes for the favorite design will be tallied during the show and the Auto Show organization will award first, second and third place prizes.

Just last week, Baron BMW delivered a car to the school for the students to view and generate excitement about the project. The students came away with a number of ideas and are already working on designs. Wrap It Up vehicle wraps in Shawnee, Kansas is providing the wraps.

The top three wrapped cars will later be displayed at the tenth annual Art of the Car Concours on the KCAI campus, June 26, 2016.

Photo: Car wrap concept by Emily Woodson.


KCAI celebrates ceramics! Join us March 16-18 as we proudly exhibit faculty and alumni artwork during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Read more about this event.


H&R Block Artspace presents Simone Leigh: “I ran to the rock to hide my face and the rock cried out no hiding place.” The opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the Artspace, Friday, Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m. Read more about this event.