Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists. For the 2018-2019 exhibition season, we present a new initiative that focuses our exhibitions and programming into year-long blocks of themed inquiry, speaking directly to timely and topical issues relevant to KCAI, Kansas City and the world.

The momentum of technology in a digital age has revolutionized how information is gathered, manipulated, stored, retrieved, classified and sharedall influencing how we see our world, tell our stories and relate to one another. Information Processing suggests that both the creation of art and the encounters art enacts can be understood in relation to theories of cognition and computation. This year our programming will explore a myriad of online, offline, hands-on and subversive strategies in order to examine how art can effectively encourage critical thinking, enable civic duty and restore public trust in a post-truth culture.


Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Monday: Closed


Program schedule:

First Friday Meditation
Friday, April 5, 11:00 a.m.
A one-hour guided meditation led by Lisa Murphy, inspired by the exhibitions on view.

Opening Reception of the 2019 B.F.A. Exhibition
Friday, April 5, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Current Perspectives
KCAI Distinguished Alumni Speaker, Mel Ziegler (’78 Sculpture):
Thursday, April 11, 7:00–8:00 p.m. (Epperson Auditorium, KCAI campus)

TNT (the noon thing)
Fridays, April 12, 19 and 26, 12:00 p.m.

Noon-time public engagement series offering additional context to the exhibitions on view.

PDF Club
Thursday, April 18, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Reading and discussion group inspired by the exhibitions on view.
Click here to access a PDF Digital Commons to see an archive of PDF Club and/or to participate in an online commenting and discussion.

Artspace After Hours
Friday, April 26, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
End-of-Semester Show Open House

TNT (the noon thing) 2019 Art History and Creative Writing Compendium Readings

Friday, May 3, 12:00 p.m.

Closing reception of the 2019 B.F.A. Exhibition
Friday, May 3, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Open House during the KCAI End-of-Semester Exhibition & Sale