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April 2020

CANCELLED Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind

April 2
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CANCELLED KCAI Illustration Presents: Vladimir Zimakov

April 8
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CANCELLED Casey Gerald: Personal // History

April 16
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May 2020

Primordial Soup: Senior Film Exhibition

May 1 - May 3

Join KCAI Filmmaking seniors Olivia Barnum, Carley Hungerford, RJ Junger, Morgan Pech and Anna Walters as they present their work at Primordial, an experimental film exhibition. Watch the films online May 1 - 3 or join Screenland Theater as they present all the films on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. A Q&A with the filmmakers, moderated by Kansas City Women in Film & TV (KCWIFT), will follow at 5 p.m.  

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Magic Lantern: Rebirth A Film and Animation Showcase

May 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

 Tune into KCAI's Facebook Live to see the Film and Animation Showcase. Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP for the event and receive the stream information.  

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End of Semester Virtual Exhibition

May 22

KCAI End of Semester Virtual Exhibition showcases the work of more than 600 KCAI student artists and designers through 13 exhibitions, all in one place. Due to our current situation, we are hosting this year’s exhibition in a place that we never thought possible–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.  Visit the End of Semester Virtual Exhibition Artwork by Lily Mueller ('20 Fiber)  

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August 2020

Virtual Commencement 2020

August 22
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Congratulations 2020 Graduates! This year's graduation will be a virtual commemoration or your achievements. On Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m., a produced celebratory video will be made available to graduates and their families.

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2020 Annual BFA Exhibition

August 28 @ 5:00 pm - September 19 @ 8:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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August 28 – September 19, 2020 The Artspace is pleased to present the 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition featuring new works throughout the Artspace galleries created by recent graduates who have earned their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. The 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition is organized in collaboration with Michael Schonhoff, KCAI campus gallery director, with support provided by Isabel Vargas, Block Fellow. Public programs have been organized with the support of the BFA Exhibition Advisory Committee: 2020 BFA graduates JR Junger, Lueking Knabe, Charlotte May, and Jada Patterson. The Online Viewing Room has been created in partnership with KCAI Office of Communications. 2020 Exhibition Awards Jurors José Faus, Latino Writers Collective founding member, artist, poet, writer, educator Neysa Page-Lieberman, independent curator, lecturer, writer, educator Press Online Viewing Room You may also visit the 2020 Annual BFA Exhibition Online Viewing Room Online Viewing Room   Public Engagement The Artspace is excited to engage artists and audiences in new ways through a series of digital programs. #KCAIGRAD2020 on Instagram will introduce artworks in the exhibition and explore new themes each week. The New TNT: Artists at Work…

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September 2020

Current Perspectives Presents: Aram Han Sifuentes: Art in Action

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Aram Han Sifuentes uses art to disrupt, unsettle, and rupture dominant narratives to assert, demand and claim spaces for those who are commonly othered, particularly for immigrants of color. She will talk about her projects U.S. Citizenship Test Sampler, Protest Banner Lending Library, and Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t and how she uses art to confront social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. Register

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October 2020

Current Perspectives: Amir Zaki: Building and Becoming

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amir Zaki has an ongoing interest in the rhetoric of authenticity, as it is associated with photography as an indexical media. Simultaneously, he is deeply invested in exploring digital technology’s transformative potential to disrupt that assumed authenticity. However, his interest is not in utilizing digital trickery as illustration to undermine a photograph’s veracity. In fact, Zaki often creates hybridized photographs that carefully use the vocabulary of the documentary style so that the viewer’s belief in its veracity remains intact, at least initially. He constructs scenes that are somewhat off-register, ‘out of key’, and ever so slightly faux. He often uses the architectural and organic landscape of California as a subject.

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