125th anniversary book salutes Kansas City Art Institute faculty

19 February 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 19, 2010) — Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute has published a book that showcases work by members of the college’s full-time faculty. Entitled “Kansas City Art Institute at 125: A tribute to our faculty,” the book is now available for $19.95 at the college’s Art Supply Store, 4415 Warwick Blvd.; in the Museum Store at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St.; or by contacting info@kcai.edu.
 
“As a college of art and design, our proudest moments are those when our graduates are able to thrive in their chosen fields,” Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI, wrote in her foreword. “Without a doubt, much of their success is directly linked to the deep commitment their faculty at KCAI have had to excellence in teaching and to their own growth and development as artists, designers and scholars.”
 
Each of 46 two-page spreads features two works by an individual faculty member, along with a brief biography and photograph. Many of the spreads include a series of questions and answers, in which the faculty member reminisces about such topics as their favorite moment at KCAI, what aspects of art and design they feel may most profoundly affect the future and what makes KCAI a unique school.
 
The book also includes a preface by Mark Salmon, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, and a summary of a round-table faculty discussion moderated by Maria Buszek, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history.
 
The book was edited by Elizabeth Murray, communications manager at KCAI, and designed by Mary Lou Brous, who holds a B.F.A. degree in graphic design from the college and who also serves on the KCAI board of trustees.
 
The 112-page perfect-bound book measures approximately 9.5 inches by 9.5 inches and was printed by Mpress in Kansas City.
 
About KCAI
 
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. KCAI also hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at its H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
 
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Contact: Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 or acanfield@kcai.edu