August 26, 2020

Gallery Renderings

September 24, 2021

Nerman family shares private art collection at KCAI Gallery

For the first time, Kansas City art lovers can view work from the renowned private contemporary art collection of Lewis and Sue Nerman.  All Things Being Equal: Selections from the Nerman Collection at the on-campus KCAI Gallery now through October 17, showcases rarely seen critical works by artists of color, including Nick Cave (’82 Fiber), Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Harold Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.  The sixteen spectacular works include a sequined and beaded, eight-foot Soundsuit by Alumni Nick Cave. Another memorable work is Refusal by Hank Willis Thomas. Made from the coating commonly used in stop signs, it is designed to be viewed in different ways. When you shine a flashlight on it, an image appears of a man at a 1936 Nazi rally refusing to salute Hitler.  The Nerman family has a motto — “search, secure and share” — and although they share individual pieces with museums like the Whitney Museum of American Art,  this is the first time they have shown a curated exhibition of their home collection.  “Sharing our collection with the college is very important for the students and read more…

September 24, 2021

Nick Cave’s dancing Soundsuits adorn New York subway mosaic

Our mission is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design. Many of our alumni embody this statement, and one in particular is creating relevant and meaningful work that’s having an impact. Nick Cave (‘82 Fiber) recently unveiled new work titled Each One, Every One, Equal All, a massive, permanent mosaic installation that spans the 42nd Street connector between Times Square and Bryant Park in New York City. This piece, stretching 360 feet in one of NYC’s busiest transit corridors is an awe-inspiring spectacle that solidifies Nick as one of the most influential artists of our time.  Nick’s list of achievements over the past few years has been remarkable and thankfully, his work will be on view a little closer to home. Nick was recently selected to be one of four artists commissioned for the new KCI Terminal. Currently, you can see one of his famed Soundsuits in our very own KCAI Gallery, thanks to Sue and Lewis Nerman who have generously shared select works from their collection for the exhibition All Things Being Equal.   KCAI alumni represent the best part of our mission. We are proud to recognize Nick’s recent accomplishments and look forward read more…