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.

Reimagining the Third Space

Borderland Collective
Joe Harjo
Vincent Valdez

August 25 – October 14, 2018
Opening Day: Saturday, August 25, noon-5 p.m.
Lecture by Vincent Valdez: Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m.
Gallery Walk: Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Reimagining the Third Space, featuring works by Borderland Collective, Joe Harjo and Vincent Valdez. Created and organized by guest curator, Mary Kuvet (’17 Painting & Art History), Reimagining the Third Space was inspired by the need to share stories omitted from the founding narrative of the United States, as well as, Gloria Anzaldúa’s novel Borderlands/La Frontera, which positions the México-US border region as a cultural third space.

Susan White: Province of the Surreal

August 25 – December 8, 2018

Opening Day: Saturday, August 25, noon – 5 p.m.
Gallery Walk: Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Providence of the Surreal by Susan White as our inaugural window installation. Working with thorns from honey locust trees, White creates large-scale installations specific to architectural spaces. As three-dimensional drawings, they respond to the thorns’ innate elegance, play with structural limits, and investigate manifold cultural and political metaphors.

Randy Regier: Dreams of Flight

August 25 – October 28, 2018

Opening Day: Saturday, August 25, noon – 5 p.m.
Trolley Tour: Saturday, October 6 and Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. (RSVP to cgccp@kcai.edu)

Dreams of Flight by Randy Regier is a multi-venue, city-wide installation. This installation is realized in partnership with Open Spaces. Regier’s Dreams of Flight installations continue across Kansas City at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (5235 Oak Street, KCMO) and River Market Antiques (115 West 5th Street, KCMO). KCAI Crossroad Gallery will offer extended hours of operation on Saturday, August 25 and Saturday, October 13 from 12 – 5 p.m.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer

Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a pre/post-apocalyptic American opera, is at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5. The performance, a collaboration of the Crossroads Gallery and Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Illustration Department, is the result of a workshop by visiting artists Freight Train Rabbit Killer duo Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer. Read More




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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Noon – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday
Open 6 – 8 pm on First Fridays (except January)
Saturday by appointment

1819 Grand Boulevard, KCMO 64108
Call us at 816-914-5394

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