In 2015, Margaret Silva; alumna, former board member, and longtime supporter of the Kansas City Art Institute, generously gifted 1819 Grand Boulevard, the building that housed Grand Arts for 20 years, to KCAI. The facilities include two galleries, a large cross-disciplinary studio and an artist-in-residence apartment. Renamed KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, the space provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District. We envision programs that expand the academic curriculum by offering students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment. The site will also be the location for a new KCAI artist-in-residence program. Director Michael Schonhoff will guide the site’s programs, while a faculty group, the Center for Contemporary Practice Committee, will build the curricula for this location.

Build It Better Yourself and Time Bank

The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Build It Better Yourself and Time Bank exploring artist-making processes as well as theory and practices relating to the Arts and Crafts movement, D.I.Y. culture, makers spaces and digital automation. Time Bank invites one to consider a related alternate economy that has historic and contemporaneous ‘currency’ and was co-organized by intern Isabella Matute (Senior, Photography).

The exhibitions were developed from the course Topics In Contemporary Art: Build It Better Yourself, and investigate self-sufficiency, community-individualism, the history and tradition of craeft, the history of homesteading, industrial automation, alternate economies, socialism-capitalism, agrarian nostalgia and amateurism vs. master built.

The exhibition includes works by recent KCAI graduates Brooke Cirone (’19 Graphic Design), Rebecca Cook (’19 Animation), Shannon Deatrick (’19 Painting), Muriel Hansen (‘19 Ceramics & Art History), Nicholas Kerns (’19 Sculpture), Alexandra Lisenbee (19 Graphic Design), Alyza Perez (’19 Printmaking & Art History), Zane Smith (’19 Interactive Arts), Devon Wolfe (’19 Graphic Design) and Joseph Canizales (Senior, Sculpture). Artist April Pugh served as master studio technician. Special thanks to KCAI students, Seth Peters (Junior, Illustration) and Josepha Costelloe, (Senior, Painting), KCAI faculty Michele Fricke and Phyllis Moore and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Bambi Burgard.



Michael Schonhoff


Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Schonhoff’s experience as an arts professional extends nationally including projects involving exhibitions, collections, living artists, and publications. Curatorial projects include The Position We’re In, KCAI: Crossroads Gallery, Center for Contemporary Practice, Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, You’re Such A Good Sport, Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Black & Blue, University of South Dakota, and Colleen Burner, The Skin That Forms On The Surface, Project Wall, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is the co-founder of Kunstraum KC, an artists’ studio initiative located in Kansas City, Missouri and currently, he serves as the Director of KCAI Gallery.

His artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and his works appear in numerous public and private collections including the Nerman Museum of Art at Johnson County Community College, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation in Missouri, AGB Graphics Collection in Wisconsin, and the Studio Place Arts in Vermont. Schonhoff also completed a studio residency at takt kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany through the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program and a curatorial residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, through KCAI.

As a musician and songwriter Schonhoff has written, toured, and recorded with the bands Male NurseBoba FettishWelton Founderstartruck, and thee DEVOTION.

Schonhoff earned his MFA in Visual Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo receiving an academic art scholarship. His BFA was completed at Iowa State University where he was awarded the Helen Beresford/Frances Seeds Scholarship in Art. He lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact: mschonhoff@kcai.edu

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