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April 2022

Current Perspectives Presents: Lisa Reihana

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Lisa Reihana discusses a diverse and long engagement with video art, and wrestling with tools associated with cinema and broadcasting. The changing face of New Zealand society in the late nineteen-eighties was the backdrop to challenging visual norms of the time. This led to questions such as What does it mean to be a first generation urban artist in Auckland, New Zealand - the largest Pacific city in the world ? How does gender affect access to indigenous knowledge, and what is it’s impact on the stories you tell? The resulting strategies has led to a sustained practice that attempts to both normalize and transcend ideas of what it is to be Māori. Register for free Lisa Reihana Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūteauru and Ngati Hine. Through a pioneering practice combining photography, video and installation. Her philosophy is ‘making’ rather than ‘taking’, with a long-standing emphasis on portraiture photographs and historical and ancestral narratives. The collaborative nature of Reihana’s practice is made possible with the help of her family, numerous friends and fellow artists. Reihana’s work has been exhibited in museums, art galleries, and art festivals around the world. In 2017 she represented Aotearoa / New Zealand at the Venice Biennale with Emissaries which included in Pursuit of Venus…

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2022 Annual BFA Exhibition

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - May 14 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to present the 2022 Annual BFA Exhibition: Landscapes of Intimacy to celebrate a new generation of artists and designers earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from KCAI. Featuring recent work by over 100 artists receiving their BFA degrees in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Product Design, and Sculpture, this annual exhibition provides many of these artists with their first public exhibition opportunity while also representing the culmination of their BFA degree program. The 2022 Annual BFA Exhibition: Landscapes of Intimacy is organized for the Kansas City Art Institute by Guest Curator Zaina Bseiso (KCAI faculty in Filmmaking). Special thanks to Lisa Maione, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, and Eager Zhang, AICAD Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Graphic Design, for designing the exhibition identity. The 2022 Annual BFA Exhibition: Landscapes of Intimacy 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 are recommended. Visitors do not need reservations, however, please note the difference in gallery hours at each venue when…

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May 2022

End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - May 8 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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Discover your new favorite artist at the End of Semester Sale, May 6 - 8 where the immense talent of KCAI students is on display. Don’t miss your chance to shop for hundreds of one-of-a-kind artworks and browse all the studios on campus including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Product Design, and Sculpture. All proceeds benefit individual student artists and designers. Friday, May 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, from noon to 5 p.m. Masks are required. Artwork by Hunter Hedgepath ('23 Graphic Design)

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Commencement 2022

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO United States
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Celebrate the Class of 2022 Saturday, May 14 10:00 a.m. Unity Temple 707 West 47th Street Kansas City, MO Space is limited and attendance is reserved for a limited number of guests per student. A live stream of the event will be available and can be accessed at the link below. Event Livestream

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Class of 2020 and 2021 Commencement

May 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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In order to properly celebrate the class of 2020 and 2021 whose graduation ceremony was interrupted by COVID, we are hosting a make-up graduation. Registration

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June 2022

2022 Art & Design Auction

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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KCAI ART & DESIGN AUCTION IS SOLD OUT! We look forward to seeing you tonight New Event Entrance: Your evening starts at 4419 Warwick - the new courtyard entrance off Warwick and 45th Street. DO NOT enter through the KCAI main entrance. Staff volunteers and wayfinding signs will guide you in the right direction. Parking: Complimentary parking available at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, KCAI south parking lot at 45th Street and street parking. We recommend your favorite ride share! Bidding: Save time! Click the Browse and Bid link below to pre-register and start bidding. Remember to bring your fully charged phones to the event. What to Wear: Favorite summer cocktail attire. Food and Beverages: Appetizers and buffet dinner by Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions. Artisanal cocktails by Tom’s Town, Mean Mule and West Bottoms Whiskey. No Event Checkout: To eliminate long lines and waiting for check-out, winning bidders will select a day and time, June 7 - 9, to pick up art at the KCAI Gallery. GET EVENT DETAILS  BROWSE AND BID   

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Windfall Room: Poem Recitations in Place

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - August 7 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI Gallery, 4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Windfall Room: Poem Recitations in Place June 23 - August 7, 2022 KCAI Gallery is pleased to present Windfall Room: Poem Recitations in Place, June 23 through August 7. Windfall Room is a poetry publication & archive presenting high-quality video recitations. The most common way to experience a poem, even on digital platforms, is through the written word. Far less common by comparison, but no less wonderful, is to experience a poem well-recited by a human. With each issue, Windfall Room publishes a poet reciting from memory one of their works in a high-quality audio/video format, filmed in a meaningful location. There is no accompanying text version of the poem other than closed captions. "A marvelous thing happens as we watch a person give a great recitation: their own face becomes even more a threshold of meaning, and their personality becomes infused and in communion with the universe of the poem: the person and the poem are there physically transfiguring and revealing each other, as well as the space they are in. It’s pure poetry. There is nothing like it. Windfall Room is meant to be a corner of the internet where poets are invited to come, explore, and learn…

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Wilbur Niewald Celebration of Life

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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July 2022

Site Three

July 24 @ 12:00 pm - September 10 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Site Three July 24 – September 10, 2022 The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present Site Three, a collaborative project that celebrates the dynamic Kansas City art ecosystem and presents new work by 15 artists from Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, and Washington.  Site Three is organized in partnership with six Kansas City-based artist-run exhibition spaces, a guest curator, and a graphic design team. Participating venues each present works and public programs by artists they have invited into the project and include Beco Gallery, The Ekru Project, Kiosk Gallery, plug, Sapien Gallery, and Troost Gardens.  Participating artists include NedRa Bonds, Elaine Buss, Celina Curry, Austin Dearth, Kevin Demery, Myles Dunigan, Lizzie Green, Leon Jones, Sean Nash, Andy Ozier,  Jada Patterson, Cydney Ross, Sadaf Sadri, Kira Sullivan, and Carlie Trosclair. Conceived collectively and launched in 2021 as a quarterly project, the Site series has invited artists to activate public spaces in the city’s urban core while forming an active consortium of independent, artist-run spaces. Site One was hosted in November 2021 at the former Robert H. Gillham Fountain and Wading Pool known as the “The Slabs” in Gillham Park, while Site Two was presented pond-side at Loose Park in April…

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September 2022

In-Person Career & Internship Fair

September 6 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 6  11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Register The Professional Practice Center Career & Internship Fair is back and in person! Bring your resume and samples of work to share with local employers. For additional information contact cimig@kcai.edu

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