Kansas City Art Institute B.F.A. Exhibition opens at H&R Block Artspace

27 March 2012
Pictured: Teapot, Nate Salvin, 2011, stoneware.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 27, 2012) – Artwork by candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute will be on view in the “2012 B.F.A. Exhibition” from April 14 to May 12 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 11. 

With work installed throughout the Artspace — in the main gallery and also on the upper level — the invitational exhibition will include work from 81 graduating seniors representing most departments at KCAI, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Pattern is a strong visual theme among this years works.

In connection with the B.F.A. exhibit, KCAI’s fifth annual “Distinguished Alumni Lecture” will feature a presentation by alumna Raïssa Venables at 7 p.m. April 26 in Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The presentation will be part of the college’s “Current Perspectives” free public lecture series.

In addition to her B.F.A. degree from KCAI, Venables holds an M.F.A. degree in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in New York and an M.P.S. degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Venables has had numerous solo exhibitions and her work has been part of group exhibitions at museums such as The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Emden Museum, the Marta Herford Museum and the Städel Museum. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program in New Mexico. In 2006, Hatje Cantz Publishers released a monograph titled “Raïssa Venables,” and the British American Tobacco company of Germany sponsored an exhibition and catalog in 2010. She is represented by Gallery Wagner + Partner in Berlin and Galerie Rothamel in Frankfurt. Venables lives and works in Pleasantville, N.Y., and teaches photography at the School of Visual Arts.

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 students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. 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, 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, contact Cat Szalkowski at cszalkowski@kcai.edu or 816-802-3458.