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Campus Amenities

H&R Block Artspace

Open to the Public

Celebrating 20 years of artists, art and ideas in 2020, the Artspace continues its commitment to presenting timely, solo projects by internationally recognized, mid-career artists offering diverse perspectives. 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.

See their upcoming exhibitions and hours here.

Media Center

All Students

The media center serves as the campus headquarters for audio/visual equipment. It houses KCAI’s vast inventory of projection, photographic, audio and video equipment, which is generally available for student checkout on a 24-hour basis. The facility maintains a varying inventory of audio/visual equipment to support classroom instruction and student installations. The media center also seeks to educate students and faculty on the proper operation of equipment, and its staff are available by appointment for personalized instruction. The media center provides advice and support regarding all aspects of media-related tools and operates an on-site full-service photo studio that can be reserved for photographic projects requiring a light-controlled environment.

Barbara Marshall Residence Hall


Opened in January of 2020, the Barbara Marshall Residence Hall is the center for student life on campus. The new Residence Hall features suite-style rooms with semi-private bathrooms and basic furniture. Residents can relax in one of many common spaces and study lounges after a long day in the studio, unwind in the game room, or rev-up in the fitness center. Find out more and take a virtual tour here.

Jannes Library

All Students

The 19,000 square foot mansion on Warwick Boulevard provided the perfect setting for the Jannes Library and Learning Center. Once the Cunningham Estate, this home now holds KCAI’s extensive and growing library collections (30,000 volumes, including circulating books, periodicals, reference resources, special collections and rare books), approximately 100 periodicals in print, several electronic databases, and the campus computer lab. Find more info and hours here.

Café Nerman

Open to the Public

KCAI’s very own coffee shop serves delicious specialty coffee drinks and pastries as well as a more robust offering of burgers, fries, sandwiches, and salads.

Learn more and see their hours here.

Central Shop

All Students

The Central Shop is a 3,000 square foot fully equipped auxiliary woodworking studio. To use these facilities students must first attend a safety orientation scheduled at the beginning of each semester. All Foundation students are oriented to the shop by attending an organized Foundation department orientation project.

Experienced shop technicians are on duty to maintain safety and to assist shop users with their individual projects. Throughout the academic year various demonstrations such as picture frame and stretcher frame building are provided. Additionally, a large inventory of hand power tools are available for check-out.

David T. Beals III Studio for Art and Technology

All Students

Located next to the Volker Building, Beals Studios is a fabrication laboratory in which students have access to cutting-edge emerging technologies, as well as staff to instruct and mentor them on their capabilities and operation. The lab contains a teaching and design work area with powerful computers boasting an array of modeling and design software. The teaching area also contains an 84” SurfaceHub which the lab computers can swiftly project to. 

Beals Studios houses Ten 3D printers that can print in a range of plastics and rubbers — Two laser systems with a variety of features including a fourth axis, autofocusing, and metal engraving — Two CNC mills — One vacuum former — One desktop water jet cutter — One digital loom that assists in weaving complex weave structures and images. Beals Studios is open to all students, faculty, and staff. It is a place of collaboration, exploration, and discovery.

Current students can submit a job, reserve equipment, or view Beals Studios policies at MyKCAI.

KCAI Underground

All Students

The KCAI Underground houses the Art Supply Store, Mailroom, and Print Center.

The Art Supply Store carries a variety of art supplies. Additionally, it also carries other helpful merchandise, which includes toiletries, snacks and beverages, KCAI clothing and apparel, over the counter health products, and residence life supplies.

In the Mailroom students may purchase stamps or pay to have mail metered. UPS and Express Mail Services are also available. On-campus residents receive packages through parcel lockers, and off-campus residents can arrange to have packages sent to the mailroom by first notifying the mailroom staff.

Students can submit work to be printed on a variety of paper including archival options in the Print Center. Postcards, business cards, and zines are also available with the help of a print technician.

KCAI Underground Map

Sherman Family Student Union

All Students

A new place for students to gather on campus with spaces like; the living room, Helzberg Conference Room, JE Dunn Game Room, Baum Community Kitchen, and the Fitness Center.