Alumni Personal Development Series - Summer 2021

Professional development is a great way to supplement jobs and careers, and after the last year and a half, personal development is becoming more important to make sure you honor your own needs and goals. The KCAI Office of Alumni Relations has created a series of personal development events aimed toward sharing relevant and useful information specifically for KCAI alumni. On the last Tuesday in May, June and July, you’re invited to hear from experts in their field, ask questions, and join in conversation with fellow alums. 

Need new tips on balancing work and life? The second webinar in the series will take place on Tuesday, June 29th at 12 pm CST and is presented by Mary-Ellen Rogers, ICF certified Executive, Career and Life Coach, Founder and Former CEO of Work/Life Innovations. Register for this event.


Interested in learning about Roth IRAs or how to save for a big purchase? Join us for the final event in this series on Tuesday, July 27th at 12 pm CST. Jacob Watts, Principal and Certified Financial Advisor at Legacy Next, will discuss advanced topics on personal finance with time for Q&A. Register for this event.

If you missed the first live event, you can view the recording below. Also, please take a minute to complete the Satisfaction Survey so we can continue providing relevant and useful alumni programming.

The series kicked off on Tuesday, May 25th at 12 pm CST on the topic of Healthy Aging led by Charlotte Matthews (‘06 Illustration & Art History), Certified Master Health Coach. Charlotte discussed health and wellness in light of the pandemic and led a guided movement session with time for Q&A.

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

In case you missed it, you can still watch Commencement and celebrate the achievements of the graduating seniors.


Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family President
Frank D. Uryasz III
Chairman of the BoardFaculty Speaker
Michele Fricke
The Ray Beagle Chair of Art HistoryStudent Speaker
London Williams
(‘21 Painting)Presentation of Faculty Honors
Michael Wickerson
Associate ProfessorJedel Family Foundation Commencement Speaker
James Rondeau
President and Eloise W. Martin Director, The Art Institute of Chicago
Introduction by Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family President
Presentation of the Graduates and Special Awards
Department Faculty2021 BFA Exhibition Address and Exhibition Winners
Raechell Smith
Director and Curator, H&R Block Artspace
Michael Schonhoff
Director, KCAI Gallery: Center for Contemporary PracticeClosing Remarks
Glenn North
Author, Poet, and Executive Director, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural CenterConferring of Degrees
Tony Jones CBE
The Nerman Family PresidentDownload the full Program here.

Alumni Accomplishment Showcase
Fall/Winter 2020

View the 2020 Alumni Accomplishment Showcase

KCAI is thrilled to introduce our first Alumni Accomplishment Showcase! This virtual event gives you – all KCAI Alumni – the opportunity to share how you transform the world creatively through art and design in your personal or professional endeavors.

This Showcase is not an exhibition, but an opportunity to share your skills, talents and work with the KCAI community. Whether your piece is in progress or finished, created for a gallery or made to be digital–all submissions welcome!

No need to send dimensions or actual work. For this Showcase, you will provide a visual career update by documenting and sharing an accomplishment or recent professional project. In other words, a visual representation of your life after KCAI.

You may submit up to three images OR one video of: illustrations, animations, CAD models, architectural renderings, documentation of paintings, sculptures, or artwork of any medium, films, blueprints, creative writing, photos, graphic design – you name it! Videos don’t need to be heavily produced but can be if you prefer. For example, videos can be screen recordings of CAD models in progress or a tour of your business taken on a cell phone camera. Imagine the possibilities.

Still not sure about what to submit? Check out this list of examples. 

The Alumni Accomplishment Showcase will be featured on this webpage as well as our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Questions? Email or call 816.802.3461