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Throughout the academic year, KCAI students have opportunities to meet, work with and hear lectures by a wide range of celebrated artists and designers. Often, they conduct workshops during their stay. Some take time to talk with students one-on-one and critique their work.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Current Perspectives will be virtual. All lectures are free and open to the public. Please register at the links below.

Spring 2022 Guest Speakers

Save the date for the Spring 2022 Current Perspective speakers. More information and registration will be available soon.

Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind

February 10

Carolina Rubio MacWright

February 24

Casey Gerald

March 24

Hoffman Visiting Lecturer

Sharon and John Hoffman have supported KCAI for almost fifty years and have both served on the KCAI Board of Trustees. They are major collectors of contemporary art, and own works from numerous KCAI alumni including sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment is another way for them to show their deep commitment to nurturing and supporting the careers of artists. Each spring, the Hoffman’s┬ábring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to KCAI and Kansas City for an annual talk and to engage with students and faculty.┬áPast lecturer’s include Titus Kaphar, Sonya Clark and Emma Nuzzo.

Previous Lectures