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

2022 Annual BFA Exhibition

April 15 – May 14, 2022

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 planning your visit.

H&R Block Artspace
16 East 43rd Street
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m.

KCAI Gallery
4415 Warwick Blvd
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.


Public Engagement

2022 Annual BFA Exhibition
Opening Weekend
Friday, April 15, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 12:00-6:00 p.m.

T.N.T. (The Noon Thing)
April 15, 3:00 p.m., KCAI Gallery
April 22, April 29, May 6, 12:00 p.m., H&R Block Artspace

2022 BFA Animation Screening
May 5-14, KCAI Gallery

Check Artspace and KCAI Gallery Instagram and Facebook accounts for featured artworks and artist profiles.

For more information, if you have questions, or if you need to make special arrangements for your visit, email bfa@kcai.edu.

Visitors Guide

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, email gallery@kcai.edu.

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!

Past Exhibitions