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May 2020

End of Semester Virtual Exhibition

May 22, 2020

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, 2020
MO United States

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, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - September 19, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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Current Perspectives Presents: Emory Douglas: Some American History

October 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Emory Douglas created the visual identity for the Black Panther Party and his iconic image graphics came to symbolize the struggles of the social justice movement. As the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s. His work was characterized by strong graphic images of young African Americans men, women and children. He used the Black Panther community newspaper’s popularity to spur people to action, portraying the poor with empathy and as being unapologetic and ready to struggle for basic human rights. Douglas continues to create art with social and political concerns. Reserve a free ticket here.

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November 2020

Current Perspectives Presents: Kevin Willmott: Race, History and the Urgency of Now

November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kevin Willmott, director, screenwriter, and professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas, will show a montage of his films at his presentation Race, History and the Urgency of Now. He has made a career out of making movies that examine race in America including Ninth Street, C.S.A: Confederate States of America, The Only Good Indian, Destination Planet Negro, The 24th, and Jayhawkers. He also won an Academy Award for screenwriting for BlacKkKLansman, the story of an undercover black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Willmott also co-wrote with director Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods about four African American veterans returning to Vietnam, which premiered on Netflix this past summer to rave reviews. He has a long history of working on social justice issues including fighting for the rights of the poor, creating two Catholic Worker shelters for the homeless, and forcing the integration of several long-standing segregated institutions. He attended graduate studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts where he earned an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing. Reserve a ticket here.   

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December 2020

Magic Lantern: A Film and Animation Exhibition

December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tune into Facebook Live to see the Magic Lantern: Film and Animation Showcase. Join us for a virtual screening of KCAI students' films and animations.

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KCAI Alumni Accomplishment Showcase

December 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

A virtual showcase featuring creative works by more than 100 alumni in 11 disciplines, spanning across six decades in a wide range of media. Join us to celebrate KCAI alumni and view how they transform the world creatively through art and design in their personal and professional endeavors. In this inaugural event, our alumni provide a visual career update by documenting and sharing an accomplishment or recent professional project. This showcase allows alumni to share their skills, talents and work with you, the KCAI community. Whether a piece is in progress or finished, created for a gallery or made to be digital - KCAI alumni do it all. Above image: Recent Work by Mark Lewis ('82 Painting)

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End of Semester Exhibition

December 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - January 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for a virtual celebration of work representing each KCAI's internationally recognized programs including work done both on campus and in home studios. This generation of students, who persevered during the COVID-19 crisis will be characterized above all else by their resilience, grit and determination. Register for a Free Ticket Artwork by Cooper West Walker (Junior, Painting).

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