C. Stephen Metzler to serve as interim president of KCAI

5 August 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 5, 2014 ) — C. Stephen Metzler, chair of the Kansas City Art Institute board of trustees and area executive vice president of Gallagher Metzler Insurance Co. in Kansas City, will serve as interim president of KCAI following the retirement Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., which was announced yesterday. 

Metzler holds an M.B.A. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Metzler is widely active in the Kansas City community. He was a founding board member of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and co-chaired the organization’s 25th anniversary Gala in 2008. For 10 years he served on the board of Kansas City Young Audiences, and in 2006, he chaired that organization’s 45th anniversary gala. He currently serves on the board of the Women’s Employment Network and the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. He is a former board member of the AIDS Council of Greater Kansas City and the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City, where he served as president from 1992 to 2003. In 2003, he received the foundation’s Marion Kreamer Ribbon of Hope award.
In 1998, Metzler received the John and Marion Kreamer Award for Entrepreneurship in Volunteer Community Service. The award is presented by the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration. And in 2011, he received the inaugural Virtuoso Award from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, recognizing an exceptional individual or group of individuals who have volunteered for a metropolitan area arts organization or artist. Honorees are selected on criteria that include involvement or support, impact of contribution and quality of service.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute, located in Kansas City, Mo., 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, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. KCAI also offers a post-baccalaureate program in art education, as well as certificate programs in social practice and in Asian studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI 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