November 18, 2020

KCAI Annual Fund

This year, we have all been tested as individuals and communities. Since March, students and faculty at KCAI have faced extraordinary circumstances, big and small, and they have responded with perseverance and grace. These times demonstrate the many ways in which our stories and experiences are deeply interconnected; and show us the power that art and design has to lift us up when we need it most.

Not surprisingly, the KCAI community found creative ways to stay connected and make art: our students turned home bathrooms into darkrooms, shifted apartments into film studios and made sculpture from natural objects in city parks. These expressions are at the very heart of KCAI. Our students solve problems. They inspire. And as artists and designers, they build a world beyond what others think is possible.

We welcomed nearly 700 students to campus this fall. Through a hybrid model, we are able to provide face-to-face instruction with in-person studio access and virtual Art History and Liberal Arts courses. The college is committed to helping students successfully navigate the complexities of the pandemic while balancing their education. But we need your help.

KCAI Fund continue to provide scholarships that make an art education more affordable, and possible, for many of our students. This year, your donation will also be used to keep the studios open for all majors. Tuition does not cover the additional expenses needed for special equipment, such as air filtration units, to maintain a safe campus or the resources, like a nurse practioner, required to ensure a healthy community. Providing a safe, relevant, in-person education is how we find the most talented students from across the country and welcome them home at KCAI.

In this extraordinary year, there will be multiple requests for your resources. As you consider your charitable giving, we ask that you join us to help support our students and the work KCAI is doing to imagine what the world has yet to see.

December 9, 2020

Julie Farstad Awarded The Rosser Biennial Faculty Fellowship

The Rosser Biennial Faculty Fellowship Endowment was created by Professor Emeritus Warren Rosser to promote the advancement of individual artistic practice and its application to the pedagogy of painting at KCAI. Its purpose is to encourage and support individual research in one’s studio practice and to develop outcomes that relate and promote excellence in one’s teaching practice. This year’s recipient of the Rosser Fellowship is Associate Professor of Painting, Julie Farstad! Julie’s proposal for the Marlborough Native Plants and Pollinator Public Art Project aims to make her Marlborough neighborhood become a place full of color, art, and nature. In recent years, Julie has been researching and practicing ornamental and native gardening and using her plants as subjects for paintings. “Unfortunately, the area I live in has empty concrete lots, boarded-up houses, and vacant storefronts. People dump their garbage on these sites thinking it won’t matter or no one will notice. These visual signifiers overwhelm the identity of our community, and I want to change that,” said Julie. She hopes to replace the visual symbols of blight using native flowers and pollinators as motifs. According to Julie, “I would love to collaborate with other artists, schools, and community centers in the read more…

December 9, 2020

Tony Jones Receives AIAKC President’s Award for Advocacy

Nerman Family President Tony Jones’s unwavering support of the local architecture community was recognized yesterday when he received the President’s Award for Advocacy of Architecture from The American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIAKC). Over the past five years, KCAI has used local architects and contractors for five major campus projects including the Barbara Marshall Residence Hall, Wylie Dining and Café Nerman (Helix); Paul and Linda DeBruce Hall (Hufft); The Tony Jones Studios (Gould Evans); David T. Beals Studios for Art & Technology (Gould Evans); and the restoration of historic Vanderslice Hall (GastingerWalker&). The campus transformation caught the attention of AIAKC Board of Directors President Ryan Warman who created a special award to celebrate Jones. “We honor the Kansas City Art Institute as advocates of architects and architecture, as they demonstrate the value of collaborating with design professionals in our community to enhance the experience for their students, faculty, and staff,” said Warman. Helix Principal Alissa Wehmueller admires Jones’ devotion to Kansas City architects and his collaboration with neighborhood and community groups. “Tony is the best kind of client in the way he both challenges and trusts the people he works with. It’s a gift that he gives his trust read more…