Kansas City Art Institute elects new board chair

2 August 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 2, 2012 ) — C. Stephen Metzler, president and CFO of Metzler Bros. Insurance, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute. His term of office began July 1. A member of the board of trustees since 2008,he succeeds L. William Zahner, CEO of A. Zahner Company, who had served as board chair since July 2010.
 
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.
 
“In his four years on the KCAI board of trustees, including his recent chairmanship of the development committee, Steve has already contributed a great deal to the vitality of the board and to the broader profile of the Kansas City Art Institute in the Kansas City community,” said Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI. “This spring he co-chaired our 2012 gala, which was an enormous success. He is a creative person with a longstanding interest in the performing and visual arts, and he has demonstrated his commitment to our college in many ways. I look forward to working with him to finalize KCAI’s strategic plan and to explore and undertake a number of new initiatives that are part of our shared vision for the college.”
 
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.
 
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Contact: Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 or acanfield@kcai.edu