KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 2, 2010) – Artwork by 98 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute will be on view in the “2010 B.F.A. Exhibition” from April 17 to May 15 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14. In connection with the exhibition, art history and creative writing students will read from “Compendium 2010,” an anthology of their writings and images, at noon Friday, May 14.
With work installed throughout the Artspace — in the main gallery and also on the upper level — this invitational exhibition will include work from all departments at KCAI, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
In connection with the exhibition, Mark Newport, who graduated from KCAI in 1986 with a B.F.A. degree in fiber, will conduct critiques of student work on April 29 and 30. Newport also will give a free public lecture at 7 p.m. April 29 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the “Current Perspectives” lecture series. Newport, artist-in-residence and head of fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, has exhibited work throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including solo exhibitions at The Arizona State University Art Museum, The Cranbrook Art Museum, The Chicago Cultural Center and Here gallery in Bristol, England. His work has been recognized with grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University. It is included in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Cranbrook Art Museum, The Racine Art Museum, 4Culture in Seattle, City of Phoenix Public Art, Microsoft and Progressive Insurance. The Greg Kucera Gallery and Lemberg Gallery represent his work. He earned his M.F.A. degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991.
About the H&R Block Artspace
Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace gratefully acknowledges financial support for this exhibition and the 2009-2010 exhibition series from the H&R Block Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and private contributions. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
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, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. KCAI also hosts a free public lecture series –– “Current Perspectives” –– and a range of public programs including exhibitions, events and partnerships in the community to benefit the general public as well as evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.