KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 4, 2010) — During commencement ceremonies May 15, the Kansas City Art Institute will confer honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees on Robert Rauschenberg (posthumously), who studied fashion design at KCAI in 1947-48 and went on to become one of the nation’s most celebrated artists, and Marc Wilson, who retires in June as director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Accepting the degree on behalf of Rauschenberg will be his sister and nephew, Janet Begneaud of Lafayette, La., and her son, Rick Begneaud.
About 150 students will receive Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees during the 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies at Unity Temple on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. The commencement speaker will be artist Kerry James Marshall.
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. KCAI also 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