Events and Workshops

Sophomore preparation workshops

You won’t go into an internship or professional practice without a plan. Sophomore workshops are our newest initiative to help second-year students get ready for their first steps into the professional world. You will learn what to expect of an internship — and what will be expected of you. Then you practice building a resume that is clean and concise and captures attention. Finally, you learn how to match your skills with the right job opportunities. Each of these steps gives you an edge when vying for the internship you want the most.

Access Alumni Events

Pictured: Marie McInerny ('02 fiber), right, has a studio visit with fiber student Carie Allman who was chosen by the AAE alumni jury to have work in the AAE student exhibition.

Access Alumni Events is a program offered to KCAI students through the AACS. Each year a group of alumni are chosen to sit on a jury panel who then are charged with reviewing student work and choosing students to participate in the annual AAE exhibition. Throughout the process of selecting artists and artwork, alumni jurors conduct studio visits and provide critique and networking opportunities for students.

The 2013-2014 AAE alumni jurors are Anthony Baab ('04 painting), Theresa Bembnister ('01 illustration and creative writing), Connie Griffith ('07 ceramics), Holly Hayden ('03 graphic design) and Dean Johnson ('08 graphic design).

The 2013-2014 exhibition will be on view in March 2014 at The Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St., in Kansas City, Mo.

Pictured: Gallery owner Bill Brady speaks to KCAI students during an AAE West Bottoms gallery and studio tour.

In addition to the annual exhibition, AAE includes tours of alumni studios and galleries, workshops and events to further extend networking opportunities with alumni to current KCAI students. For more information about Access Alumni Events, contact Calder Kamin at

Networking reception

The annual networking reception offers juniors and seniors from KCAI's fine arts departments an opportunity to interact with community leaders, internship sites and employers in the arts in an effort to gain valuable information in preparation for their life after KCAI. Often the introductions made at the networking reception lead to internships and even job opportunities for KCAI students. The networking reception is held at the H&R Block Artspace during the Annual B.F.A. Exhibition.