Museums and Galleries


Less than 200 yards west of the KCAI campus is the world-renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The museum's recent expansion, designed by architect Steven Holl, has won international acclaim and allowed the museum to increase its exhibition space by more than one third, allowing for a greater amphsis on modern and contemporary art, African art and photography.


Less than 100 yards east of the campus is the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, housing one of the nation's finest permanent contemporary collections and hosting as many as a dozen special exhibitions each year.


The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI is the college's own contemporary gallery,which hosts a variety of exhibitions during the year, including the annual B.F.A. exhibition, a showcase of work by graduating seniors.


Throughout the city are dozens of additional galleries. A hub of visual arts activity is the Crossroads Arts District, located about three miles north of the campus, and further downtown are a cluster of galleries showing contemporary and experimental art as part of the Urban Culture Project.

Within easy driving distances are additional outstanding art museums in Lawrence, Kan., St. Joseph, Mo., and Sedalia, Mo. To request a copy of a brochure listing museums and galleries in the Kansas City area, contact info@kcai.edu.