KCAI GALLERY: Center for Contemporary Practice

Launched in 2016 in the Crossroads District and relocated to the Tony Jones Studios on the main campus, the KCAI Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice serves the mission of KCAI through collaborative, curriculum-based engagements with students, faculty, community and artists in residence. Our new campus gallery presents curatorial outcomes of these engagements that include exhibitions, screenings, lectures, readings, and conversations. This site and related programs hold space for critical thought, reflection, and dialog about current social issues and global challenges in our world.

The KCAI Gallery will continue to work closely with all departments and explore new community partnerships. Our prime location will help facilitate a collaborative, integrated space for KCAI students and offer the public a new destination nestled between the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the H&R Block Artspace.


Upcoming Exhibition

All Things Being Equal: Selections from the Nerman Collection

September 9 – October 17, 2021

KCAI is pleased to present a selection of rarely seen works from the private Nerman Collection. The Nerman Family has provided longtime generational support to KCAI which includes Cafe Nerman and creating the Nerman Family President endowment at the college. We concurrently celebrate Sue Nerman’s new role as elected chair of the Board of Trustees. This exhibition brings to view select critical works by African American artists from their home sharing the related stories, creativity and practice with the KCAI community and the public. This exhibition includes works by Nick Cave (’82 Fiber), Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Harold Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Artwork: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Amber and Jasmine, 2018

Get Tickets Here



KCAI Gallery is open to the public with free timed-entry tickets. To protect the well-being of visitors and the KCAI community, the Gallery will limit the number of guests.

Thursday noon – 5 p.m.
Friday noon – 5 p.m.
Saturday noon – 5 p.m.
Sunday noon – 5 p.m.
Other days by appointment

Protect yourself and others: maintain a safe distance of 6’ between you and other guests, use the designated entrance and exit, and follow the designated path that leads you through the exhibition. The path through the galleries is marked with arrows.

For your safety and ours, KCAI requires all individuals on campus to wear a mask during their visits. Please wear your mask both inside and outside of campus buildings. If you find yourself without one, KCAI and the gallery have a limited supply for visitors.

Surfaces are sanitized throughout the day and hand sanitizer is available at the front desk.

You can email us at gallery@kcai.edu if you have questions or need to make special arrangements for your visit.

Public Online Programs
The KCAI Gallery is excited to engage artists and audiences in new ways through a series of online programs. Please register for these programs here!