September 24, 2021

Nick Cave’s dancing Soundsuits adorn New York subway mosaic

Our mission is to prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design. Many of our alumni embody this statement, and one in particular is creating relevant and meaningful work that’s having an impact. Nick Cave (‘82 Fiber) recently unveiled new work titled Each One, Every One, Equal All, a massive, permanent mosaic installation that spans the 42nd Street connector between Times Square and Bryant Park in New York City. This piece, stretching 360 feet in one of NYC’s busiest transit corridors is an awe-inspiring spectacle that solidifies Nick as one of the most influential artists of our time. 

Nick’s list of achievements over the past few years has been remarkable and thankfully, his work will be on view a little closer to home. Nick was recently selected to be one of four artists commissioned for the new KCI Terminal. Currently, you can see one of his famed Soundsuits in our very own KCAI Gallery, thanks to Sue and Lewis Nerman who have generously shared select works from their collection for the exhibition All Things Being Equal.  

KCAI alumni represent the best part of our mission. We are proud to recognize Nick’s recent accomplishments and look forward to following his continued success.  

Photo by MTA/Trent Reeves

January 26, 2022

Welcome Back, Students!

Here we go again!  This isn’t the way that we hoped to start the new year, but the highly contagious Omicron is bringing new challenges to our campus community. With precautions in place, we’re starting the semester cautiously optimistic. Our COVID protocols have been designed with one goal in mind – keeping our campus community safe.  Some of the spring 2022 guidelines include: Masks are required indoors on campus. Each student was given a K95 mask at the beginning of the semester.  KCAI strongly encourages everyone to get vaccinated and boosted.  We will continue to offer free vaccine and booster clinics for our community.  Review all the current Covid protocols at https://kcai.edu/covid19_updates/. Our current plan is to host two in-person graduation — one for 2022 graduates and another for the 2020 and 2021 graduates who weren’t able to graduate in person, due to the pandemic.  Both ceremonies will be on Saturday, May 14 and more details will be shared soon.  We know this hasn’t been easy, and we thank you for your diligence and patience. With your help, we’ve been able to navigate this ongoing , ever changing pandemic. We’ll continue to meet regularly with the  Kansas City. Missouri Health read more…

January 26, 2022

Join us on June 4 for Art & Design Auction

Art & Design Auction June 4, 2022 Visit the Event Page Fabulous art, festive food & drink, inspired entertainment, and the iconic KCAI campus will set the stage for the Art & Design Auction on June 4, 2022. Julia Irene Kaufman will serve as Honorary Chair while Meyer and Mindy Sosland are Co-Chairs of this signature fundraising event. Attendees will browse and bid on hundreds of live and silent auction items donated by faculty, alumni, and friends of KCAI. Through an exciting collaboration with A. Zahner, 15 student designs will be selected through a competition to have their concept turned into reality and auctioned that night. ADA also features a “Marketplace” shop featuring handcrafted jewelry, art, textiles, and ceramics available for purchase. And it’s all for a good cause!   “We are honored to serve as this year’s Art & Design Auction event chairs for this biennial tradition, which raises funds for student scholarships. The incredible work generously donated by KCAI alumni, faculty, staff, and friends represents some of the best artists in Kansas City. Along with Honorary Chair Julia Irene Kauffman, we can’t wait to welcome you to the KCAI campus for this special evening,” said Meyer and Mindy Sosland, read more…