New president will be inaugurated and address students at KCAI convocation

10 August 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 10, 2010) — Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of the Kansas City Art Institute, will speak at the college’s annual convocation, which will double as the inauguration of Chanda as the 23rd president of the college. The convocation and inauguration will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 

Prior to Chanda’s appointment as president of KCAI in 2011, she was the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of art-related topics and, as a researcher, has explored cognitive and pedagogical issues related to art history instruction in art education, cultural influences of African art and technology and learning. She has received numerous travel and research grants from the institutions on whose faculty she has served and from other entities, including the U.S. Department of Education, and her articles have been widely published. She is a member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, the National Art Education Association and the College Art Association, among other organizations.

Linda Lighton, a visual artist and founder of the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program, will receive the Kansas City Art Institute’s Excellence in Visual Art and Education Award.

The award is given in recognition of significant individual, organizational or corporate contributions to the visual arts or visual arts education in the Kansas City region and beyond. This award recognizes the recipients’ influence in the field of visual arts and outstanding work in advancing art and art education.

Lighton has had 46 solo shows since 1974 and participated in more than 117 group exhibitions. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. She has had the opportunity to represent the United States at numerous symposia and residencies. Lighton is a fervent arts advocate and activist and helped launch the One Percent for Art program in Kansas City, Mo. She currently serves on the Kansas City Jewish Museum Board and the National Committee at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture, will receive the Distinguished Achievement award; Phyllis Moore, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the School of Liberal Arts, will receive the Excellence in Teaching award; and Gary Sutton, professor, photography and digital filmmaking, will receive the Outstanding Special Project award. Tyler Galloway, associate professor and acting chair of graphic design, will receive the President’s Award for Community Servce.

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


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