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
A signature Artspace event, the 2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile is the ninth project in this popular biennial series.…
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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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Artspace Project Wall: Paul Anthony Smith

08/25/2018 - 02/28/2019
Paul Anthony Smith, Fence (Dreams Deferred), 2016-2018     As a way to observe and understand a place, Paul Anthony…
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Selections from the Collection: Home Dome Pop Zone

Cohen Resource Room

06/08/2018 - 09/29/2018
The Artspace is home to a modest teaching collection and has recently created a new fellowship focused on art history,…
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Upcoming Programs

2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Opening Reception

Main Gallery

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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