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KCAI student takes international honors in game design competition

16 February 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 16, 2012) — Ian Snyder, a junior majoring in printmaking and creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, is one of eight students from around the world to be named a Student Showcase winner for the 2012 Independent Games Festival. According to the IGF website, the awards celebrate “the brightest and most innovative creations to come out of universities and games programs from around the world in the past year.” There were 300 game entries in the student competition this year, encompassing all platforms from PC to console and mobile.

KCAI receives 10-year reaccreditation from NASAD

8 February 2012

Kansas City, Mo. (Feb. 8, 2012) — The Kansas City Art Institute has received a 10-year reaccreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. KCAI also is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

“On Watch” opens at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

27 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2011) – “On Watch” opens Feb. 10 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition explores strategies of surveillance in contemporary art and culture in the works of six international artists and a pioneering open-source project team.

Kansas City Art Institute Appoints Ann Willoughby as Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design

23 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Jan. 23, 2011) – Ann Willoughby of Willoughby Design, a nationally recognized brand innovation and identity design firm, has been appointed as the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, a private four-year college of art and design. Having aided in launching the pilot AIGA design leadership program at Harvard, Willoughby will significantly enrich the school’s graphic design program and the experience of its students.

Kansas City Art Institute Alumnus Wins $50,000 Award

20 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 20, 2011) – Kansas City Art Institute alumnus Akio Takamori was recently awarded a $50,000 USA Fellow grant from the United States Artists Foundation. The USA Fellow grants are annually distributed to innovative performing, visual, media and literary artists across the country. Takamori’s hand-painted ceramic sculptures of standing, seated or sleeping human figures are often drawn from childhood memories of small-village life in Japan and are said to “evoke an eerie sense of reality and presence.”

"Art as Magic: Be Transformed" is theme for 2012 KCAI Gala

16 January 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 16, 2012) — The transformational power of art underlies the theme of the Kansas City Art Institute’s 2012 gala: “Art as Magic: Be Transformed.” The event begins at 6:30 p.m. April 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. Tickets are $175 per person and may be purchased online at Proceeds from the event benefit the student scholarship fund at KCAI, a four-year college of art and design.

KCAI students design posters for Folly Theater Jazz Series

21 September 2011

Junior-year graphic design students at the Kansas City Art Institute, under the leadership of assistant professor Jamie Gray, have designed posters for the seven concerts that comprise the Folly Theater’s 2011-12 jazz series. The winning posters will be unveiled next week. Jazz performances are scheduled Oct. 1 through March 3 at the Folly.

KCAI booth at Plaza Art Fair will host the Kids Art Workshop

13 September 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 13, 2011) — Looking for a fun activity for your kids at the Plaza Art Fair? Be sure to stop by the Kids Art Workshop, which will be hosted this year by The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute.

The Plaza Art Fair hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The booth is located on Broadway between 47th Street and J.C.

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