Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists. For the 2018-2019 exhibition season, we present a new initiative that focuses our exhibitions and programming into year-long blocks of themed inquiry, speaking directly to timely and topical issues relevant to KCAI, Kansas City, and the world.

The momentum of technology in a digital age has revolutionized how information is gathered, manipulated, stored, retrieved, classified, and sharedall influencing how we see our world, tell our stories, and relate to one another. Information Processing suggests that both the creation of art and the encounters art enacts can be understood in relationship to theories of cognition and computation. This year our programming will explore a myriad of online, offline, hands-on, and subversive strategies in order to examine how art can effectively encourage critical thinking, enable civic duty, and restore public trust in a post-truth culture.

Summer Hours

Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Tuesday: Closed

The Artspace will be closed on July 4 & 5 and from August 8-11.

Current Exhibitions

2018 Kansas City Flatfile and Digitalfile

Main Gallery

06/08/2018 - 09/29/2018
The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents the 2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile, an invitational biennial exhibition…
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Commonspace

Studio Gallery

06/08/2018 - 12/18/2018
Modeled as an exhibition of community action, Commonspace endeavors to facilitate “do-it-together” programs and events in collaboration with other institutions that consider how creativity, action, and information intersect.
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Leeah Joo

Project Wall

09/29/2017 - 08/01/2018
Leeah Joo is a Korean-American artist who explores cross-cultural experiences by combining Eastern and Western painting traditions to examine the…
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Selections from the Collection: Home Dome Pop Zone

Resource Room

06/08/2018 - 09/29/2018
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Curator’s Talk with Laurena Roytberg: Saturday, June 9, 2:00 p.m. The Artspace is…
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Upcoming Programs

2018 Summer Exhibitions: Opening Reception

Main Gallery

06/08/2018
Main Gallery: "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" A signature Artspace event, the "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" is…
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First Friday Meditation Series

Main Gallery

07/06/2018
Join us for a guided meditation inspired by our current exhibition! Teaching mindful practices for healthy living, Lisa Murphy will…
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2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Opening Reception

Main Gallery

10/11/2018
Jillian Youngbird Happy Trails (from Mild Mild West series), 2018 Collage Opening Reception: Thursday, October 11, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Since 1997,…
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