October 26, 2021

AICAD Fellows bring new points of view to students

With the addition of five diverse AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design) Fellows, students are beginning to see themselves reflected in the faculty. These recent MFA BIPOC graduates are bringing new points of view to KCAI classrooms. 

“The impact that this fellowship provides is a teacher closer to their current experiences as art students who have yet to start their professional careers. It allows me to relate to them directly by crafting the projects I wish I had in art school or giving advice about how I navigated similar challenges not so long ago. In this way, I believe the program goes beyond just providing diverse faculty based on identity but also in experience and perspectives,” said Visiting Assistant Professor in Foundation and AICAD Fellow Kevin Demery.  

The AICAD program provides professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni who have recently graduated from AICAD member schools, while also increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of faculty at institutions. It not only benefits students, but it also allows the recent graduates to experience teaching at an arts college. 

“Joining KCAI, particularly the Foundation department, has done an excellent job of integrating me into the faculty and making me feel at home. I feel more confident in my teaching ability, and I have been provided with many freedoms to explore what curriculum I want to develop. I think KCAI has indeed taken on the program’s spirit by giving me the ability to get the experience necessary to pursue teaching at the college level as a career while simultaneously giving me space to follow my artistic practice,” said Kevin. 

The five fellows come from a variety of colleges and disciplines. Rodrigo Carazas Portal (Curatorial Practice, 2020, Maryland Institute College of Art) joined Foundation faculty in the fall of 2020. This year, Kevin Demery (MFA, 2018, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) joined Foundation, and Luis Gutiérrez Arias (Film and Video, 2020, California Institute of the Arts) joined Filmmaking, Eager Zhang (Visual Communication Design, 2021, School of the Art Institute of Chicago) joined Graphic Design and Spandita Malik (Photography, 2019, Parsons School of Design) joined Photography and Foundation. 

The fellows teach at KCAI for one or two years so new fellows will join the faculty every year. “The AICAD fellowship program is an opportunity like no other I have seen. Most graduating MFA students would love the opportunity to teach yet often spend many years before they are given the opportunity. This program afforded me experience as a full-time professor, and I am truly grateful for the chance to make a difference in young artists’ lives,” said Kevin. 

January 26, 2022

Welcome Back, Students!

Here we go again!  This isn’t the way that we hoped to start the new year, but the highly contagious Omicron is bringing new challenges to our campus community. With precautions in place, we’re starting the semester cautiously optimistic. Our COVID protocols have been designed with one goal in mind – keeping our campus community safe.  Some of the spring 2022 guidelines include: Masks are required indoors on campus. Each student was given a K95 mask at the beginning of the semester.  KCAI strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.  We will continue to offer free vaccine and booster clinics for our community.  Review all the current Covid protocols at https://kcai.edu/covid19_updates/. Our current plan is to host two in-person graduation — one for 2022 graduates and another for the 2020 and 2021 graduates who weren’t able to graduate in person, due to the pandemic.  Both ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 14 and more details will be shared soon.  We know this hasn’t been easy, and we thank you for your diligence and patience. With your help, we’ve been able to navigate this ongoing , ever changing pandemic. We’ll continue to meet regularly with the  Kansas City. Missouri Health read more…

January 26, 2022

Join us on June 4 for Art & Design Auction

Art & Design Auction June 4, 2022 Visit the Event Page Fabulous art, festive food & drink, inspired entertainment, and the iconic KCAI campus will set the stage for the Art & Design Auction on June 4, 2022. Julia Irene Kaufman will serve as Honorary Chair while Meyer and Mindy Sosland are Co-Chairs of this signature fundraising event. Attendees will browse and bid on hundreds of live and silent auction items donated by faculty, alumni, and friends of KCAI. Through an exciting collaboration with A. Zahner, 15 student designs will be selected through a competition to have their concept turned into reality and auctioned that night. ADA also features a “Marketplace” shop featuring handcrafted jewelry, art, textiles, and ceramics available for purchase. And it’s all for a good cause!   “We are honored to serve as this year’s Art & Design Auction event chairs for this biennial tradition, which raises funds for student scholarships. The incredible work generously donated by KCAI alumni, faculty, staff, and friends represents some of the best artists in Kansas City. Along with Honorary Chair Julia Irene Kauffman, we can’t wait to welcome you to the KCAI campus for this special evening,” said Meyer and Mindy Sosland, read more…