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March 2019

Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present

March 1 @ 9:00 am - May 4 @ 5:00 pm
Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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  Please join us for an opening reception Friday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, MO. Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, March 1- May 4 at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, celebrates seven decades of working artists on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, a community that values making, teaching, and learning art as interdependent, often inextricable practices. Beginning with and paying homage to Wilbur Niewald, who began teaching in 1949, the exhibition honors artwork by luminaries and pathbreakers such as Ken Ferguson, Hirokazu Fukawa, Lester Goldman, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy and Erin Zona, as well as emerging talents appointed to the faculty as recently as 2018. In keeping with KCAI’s commitment to forging connections across and between all artistic disciplines and practices, Lineage and Impactrepresents a multitude of fields: animation, ceramics, drawing, fiber, fiction, film, music, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and video, as well as installations and collaborative works resistant to classification. Media on display range from cast glass to silicon circuitry, from combed cotton to works on canvas, from letterpress to digital print, from modular synthesizer to modern languages; from rendered video to natural pigments. This vibrant collection…

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2019 Alumni Filmmaking and Photography Exhibition

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - April 12 @ 5:00 pm
East Building at KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
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Current Perspectives: Jon Rubin

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group, and institutional behavior. Rubin is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of the Contextual Practice area. Projects include Conflict Kitchen, The Last Billboard The Royal Danish Protesters, and The Independent School of Art. He has exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Guggenheim Museum; The Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; The Shanghai Biennial; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; The Carnegie International; as well as in backyards, living rooms and street corners.

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April 2019

Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Visual Artist and Social Critic Titus Kaphar

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Can art amend history?  Come and explore new narratives with visual artist and social critic Titus Kaphar, whose art reimagines historical events. His paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. Kaphar is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Ark., The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami, amongst others. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment. The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives from KCAI, members of the Hoffman family and local…

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Road Roller Day

April 5 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Lead Bank, 1801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO United States
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What kind of art can you create with a Road Roller? Find out on Friday, April 5 at the Kansas City Art Institute’s 12th Annual Road Roller Day at Lead Bank. The process requires lots of hands-on work drawing, carving, and inking the plates, setting up the prints, and working with the road roller to eventually “roll over” all of the art. The public is encouraged to stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Lead Bank parking lot located at 1801 Main Street. You can view a video from a previous year here. “Lead Bank is proud to be involved in such a cool and creative event,” said Josh Rowland," CEO of Lead Bank. “We’re excited to host this event again and to be a part of the process as we share this art with our community neighbors, providing them a cultural piece for reflection and enjoyment,” Josh added. Steamroller engraving is an experience that is not often available for public viewing. The process requires a steamroller, a heavy construction vehicle normally used for leveling surfaces, to be used as the pressure point to transfer the ink from a matrix onto a fabric or paper, creating a…

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2019 Annual BFA Exhibition

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - May 5 @ 6:00 pm

The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present the 2019 Annual BFA Exhibition featuring new work throughout the Artspace galleries created by graduating seniors earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and majoring in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. This annual exhibit is among the most popular and widely attended exhibitions at the Artspace – anticipated by the KCAI community and the business and arts communities alike. About the Opening Reception Sponsor Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA) has been providing legal and accounting services to artists and organizations from all creative disciplines along with seminars to educate its members on best practices since 2004. KCVLAA provides a critical link between members of the legal, business and arts communities and plays a vital role in the arts ecology of Kansas City. For more information, visit www.kcvlaa.org. About the H&R Block Artspace Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators,…

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Current Perspectives: Mel Ziegler

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Mel Ziegler began his undergraduate studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, later transferring to the Kansas City Art Institute to complete his BFA in 1978. He earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982. It was in Kansas City that he met Kate Ericson, his future artistic collaborator of 18 years. Together, Ericson and Ziegler made influential site-specific installations and objects concerned with mapping trajectories, questioning history, and highlighting the specificity of places and communities. After the tragic and premature death of his partner Kate Ericson in 1995, Mel Ziegler has continued to show works nationally and internationally. Ziegler earned a Loeb Fellowship for study at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1996-97. He continues to lecture and exhibit throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He is currently a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

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Current Perspectives: Christie Hodgen

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Christi Hodgen is the author of books of fiction. Her most recent novel, Elegies for the Brokenhearted, was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “the literary equivalent of a hand grenade.” Elegies was an Editors’ Choice selection in both The New York Times Book Review and Booklist and was released in 2014 its German translation. Her second book, Hello, I Must Be Going, was featured by Barnes & Noble in their “Discover Great New Writers” series. A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw, Hodgen’s collection of short stories, won the 2001 AWP Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award. Hodgen has also published short works of fiction and nonfiction in over a dozen literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Conjunctions, New Stories from the South, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. Two novellas, Special Problems and The History of Baseball, have been published as Kindle Singles. Her work has received several national awards, including two Pushcart Prizes, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Rail Day

April 24 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Jannes Library, 4538 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City , MO 64111 United States
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See, photograph and experience an artistic adventure as illustration students ride wacky vehicles made only from cardboard and glue. Can a Kansas City Art Institute illustration student build a vehicle out of cardboard and glue, climb on and drive it down an 80-foot long wooden rail? Find out Wednesday, April 24 at the KCAI’s annual Rail Day. Students from Professor Steve Mayse’s Image and Form Exploration class create the cars out of cardboard and glue then they attempt to ride them down the 80-foot long,18-inches high rail. The vehicles must withstand the student’s weight and move forward with the help of a team of two or more students for balance. Past examples of these unique vehicles include a lit cigarette, a red dragon and a Pac Man.

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End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

April 26 @ 5:00 pm - April 28 @ 5:00 pm
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 6411 United States
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Art lovers and collectors - get your hands on original artwork made by KCAI's talented students at KCAI's End of Semester Exhibition and Sale. Shop for art and gifts or just absorb the amazing work on display across campus. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Sculpture to see the great work from our students. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

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