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April 2021

2021 Annual BFA Exhibition

April 16 - May 15

The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to present the 2021 Annual BFA Exhibition to celebrate a new generation of artists and designers earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI. Featuring recent work by 140 artists receiving their BFA degrees in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture, the 2021 Annual BFA Exhibition provides many of these artists with their first public exhibition opportunity while also representing the culmination of their BFA degree program. The 2021 Annual BFA Exhibition is hosted by the H&R Block Artspace and the KCAI Gallery. The Artspace and KCAI Gallery are open and free to all. To protect the well-being of visitors, masks and social distancing will be required, venues will limit the number of guests, and all visitors will need to reserve tickets in advance for each venue. Make timed reservations on Eventbrite to visit each exhibition venue during public hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. using the links below: Visit H&R Block Artspace. Visit KCAI Gallery.  2021 Annual BFA Online Viewing Room Visit beginning April 23. Look for the link on www.kcai.edu. The New TNT: Artists at Work and #KCAIGRAD2021 Watch Artspace and KCAI Gallery Facebook and…

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May 2021


May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For the first time, the spring KCAI Virtual End of Semester Exhibition will feature online shopping. ArtPop donors will have an opportunity to purchase artwork online 24 hours before the exhibition opens to the public. All proceeds from this event support student scholarships. A donation of $75 to ArtPop provides you early access to purchase artwork and an ArtPop Pack including a custom deck of cards featuring Foundation student work plus surprise gifts! Experience your own surreal escape as you shop online and explore video shorts featuring students, studios, and Salvador Dali himself! HONORARY CHAIRS Mary & Dave Schulte EVENT CHAIRS Scott Heidmann & Ken Petti Event Information Donate now for a surreal escape.    

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KCAI End of Semester Virtual Exhibition

May 14 - June 30

KCAI End of Semester Virtual Exhibition showcases the work of hundreds of KCAI student artists and designers – in your living rooms!  Join us for a virtual celebration of work representing each of our internationally recognized programs including work done both on campus and in make-shift studios in apartments, garages and parks. This generation of students, who persevered during the COVID-19 crisis will be characterized above all else by their resilience, grit and determination.  Get your free ticket here!  

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Commencement 2021

May 15

Congratulations Class of 2021!   Commencement 2021 is Saturday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and will be streamed on kcai.edu. To those who have supported and followed our students through their KCAI journey, we invite you to join us for a Virtual Commencement to celebrate the  Kansas City Art Institute’s class of 2021.  The challenges of the past year have been immense, and our graduates have overcome tremendous obstacles while showing exemplary poise and perseverance. We applaud their hard work, determination and achievement, especially in this unusual final year.  Let’s come together to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our graduating class–the Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture B.F.A. recipients of 2021. Register to receive the access link on Saturday, May 15.

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