May 24, 2022

Summer brings teens, teachers, and dancers to campus

In mid-May, students moved out of Barbara Marshall Residence Hall (BMRH), the studios were packed up and cleaned, and life on campus slowed down. 

Not for long! Over the summer, a record-breaking number of high school students and arts educators from around the country will be on campus making art, living in the residence hall, and learning about life at KCAI. 

Art teachers settle into BMRH July 10-15 for Educators Art Lab (EAL). More than 60 educators will explore advanced studies in ceramics, printmaking, illustration, and painting and experience Kansas City on tours of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Crossroads Arts District. 

“EAL offers art educators an unique opportunity to make art, network with their peers, and learn new skills to take back to their classroom. They leave the program with in-depth insight into KCAI, which they can share with their students back home,” said Darcy Deal, Director of Admissions. 

A record-breaking 180 high school students will enhance their creative skills and experience college life when they attend Pre College Art Lab (PCAL) July 17-29. They’ll live in the residence hall for two weeks while they study life drawing and a major studio practice — sculpture, animation, illustration or painting. On the weekends they take workshops exploring a variety of disciplines and check out the local arts scene. Students successfully completing PCAL are offered a $1,500 scholarship to KCAI, which is in addition to any financial aid or additional scholarships they may receive. 

“PCAL is an important way to expose young artists to creative energy at KCAI and boost future admissions. Thirty percent of the students who attend PCAL go on to enroll in the college and pursue their BFA,” said Darcy Deal, Director of Admissions. 

KCAI also partners yearly with local organizations on summer programs. Dancers ages 12 -22 from Kansas City Ballet’s  Summer Intensive Program will stay in BMRH June 26 – July 23 while attending classes at the Todd Bolender Center for Dance & Creativity. In June, we welcome back Lyrik’s Institution for a four-week Summer in the City program for inner city teens. Lyrik’s is a non-profit committed to reducing crime and violence. The teens spend the morning in behavior modification programming and the afternoon exploring the creative arts.  

KCAI Gallery and H&R Block Artspace both have summer exhibitions. Site 3 at Artspace, the third iteration of the “Site” series of nomadic projects, will invite Kansas City-based artists to create new works. Drop in Café Nerman for a signature cup of KCAI blend coffee from the Roasterie and stop by the Art Supply Store for your art supplies or pick up some KCAI merchandise.

August 8, 2022

KCAI Names Allison J. Puff Executive VP of Academic Affairs

Allison J. Puff has joined KCAI as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs. An accomplished academic and administrative leader, a professor of visual communications, and a lifelong artist, Puff joins the college after more than two decades at Farmingdale College in New York. Her most recent position was Academic Program Manager, where she created and revised academic programs and initiated community college admission agreements that helped to increase enrollment. Prior, she was Associate Provost, Associate Dean of Business, and Chair of the Department of Visual Communications. In her new role at KCAI, Puff will have primary leadership responsibilities for planning, implementing, and shepherding academic programs. She’ll execute strategic plans and create transformational initiatives to further strengthen academic excellence. “I have admired Allison’s career as a practitioner, educator, and leader and relied on her as a member of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Education Board. Her track record positions her to make an immediate and lasting impact on the college,” said Nerman Family President Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar. Puff has an AST from Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, a BA in English and Communication Arts from Ursinus College, an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts, and read more…

June 21, 2022


Artwork by Sarah and Colin Walsh We’re showing off our beautiful campus and welcoming 300 visitors from throughout the globe next Wednesday and Thursday, June 29 and 30 for ICON11: The Illustration Conference. KCAI is a Platinum sponsor of the event. ICON workshops will be held in the Tony Jones Studios, Epperson Auditorium, William T. Kemper Painting Studios, and Printmaking in the East Building. The Painting Studios are the setting for an Education Symposium happy hour from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday and for coffee on Wednesday and Thursday from 7-8 a.m. Additional seminars are at the Nelson-Atkins Auditorium and other locations around town. The ICON11 Exhibition will be on display at Studios Inc July 1-29. One-third of the workshop presenters are KCAI faculty members including Illustration Lecturer Elizabeth Baddeley, Professor of Printmaking Laura Berman, Illustration/Printmaking Lecturer Michelle Dreher, Professor of Illustration John Ferry, Chair of Graphic Design Tyler Galloway, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Lisa Maione, Illustration Lecturer Dean Kube, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Adam Lucas, Illustration Lecturer Frank Norton, and Associate Professor of Illustration David Terrill. Assistant Professor of Illustration Hector Casanova is presenting at the Educational Symposium and 20 KCAI students are volunteering at the conference. Bravo read more…