Exhibition to open in KCAI Alumni Gallery

15 October 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 15, 2010) –– Paintings by Kansas City Art Institute alumnus Robert Blunk, who graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting, will be displayed in the Alumni Gallery in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. The exhibition, which coincides with Veterans Day on Nov. 11, will include nine paintings by Blunk dating from 1949 to 2010. The gallery is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Blunk was born in 1923 in Salyards, Kan. After serving in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, Blunk attended the Kansas City Art Institute on the GI Bill. After graduating from KCAI, he embarked on a 40-year teaching and arts organizing career in Chanute, Kan., and Pittsburg, Kan. He continued his education at Pittsburg State University, earning a master’s degree in 1962 at which time he joined the faculty at Pittsburg State University. He has served on the Kansas Arts Commission and has been honored with residencies from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the International Executive Service Corps of Lusaka, Zambia.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, 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, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning 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 the 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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For more information contact Lauren Tobin, ltobin@kcai.edu, 816-802-3532 or Don Lambert, 816-753-0753 or 785-230-3630