Leonard Pryor Fellowship

Toward our goal of fostering an IDEAS-centric culture, KCAI strives to attract, retain, and support faculty from underrepresented groups and to provide IDEAS-focused opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. To help support this need, KCAI has created the Leonard Pryor Fellowship to be awarded to an artist or designer whose background and art or design practice will help to foster and support a more inclusive community at the college.

Council Bylaws

Find the current bylaws below.

IDEAS Council Bylaws

2024-2025 IDEAS Council Members


Keith Kirkland – Leonard Pryor Fellow

Eleanor Lim-Midyett – Liberal Arts



Sienna Henson – Jannes Library

Ronnie Knight-Beck – Administration

Malisha Meador – Registrar’s Office


Kylee Crisswell – ’27, Graphic Design & Creative Writing

Jenny Niehaus – ’26, Graphic Design

Morgan Underhill – ’26, Illustration


Statement from KCAI on SB134

Here at KCAI, we are committed to protecting all students and giving them safe, inclusive place to learn and thrive.

As such, we want to address the Missouri General Assembly’s recent consideration of legislation to censor gender identity in K-12 public education settings: KCAI is strongly against any legislation that marginalizes the LGBTQ+ community.

We oppose all discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and strongly believe that Missouri Senate Bill 134 puts students at risk for depression, anxiety, and even suicide.

Here at KCAI, we will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. This bill sends an alarming message to already vulnerable youth in our communities. We understand that this bill is directly aimed at K-12 schools, but we also recognize it sets a dangerous precedent and ramifications for all levels education.

We must stand together to voice our opposition.

The mission of the Kansas City Art Institute is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design, and to do so, students must feel safe and equally protected.