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Rauschenberg, Wilson to receive honorary doctorates at KCAI commencement

4 May 2010
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.

KCAI appoints director for special programs for main and Northland campus

26 April 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 26, 2010) — The Kansas City Art Institute this week announced the hire of Tabitha Schmidt as director of special programs for KCAI’s main and Northland campuses.  The main campus is located at 4415 Warwick Blvd., and the Northland Campus for Special Programs is at 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., #275, in Riverside, Mo. Both locations offer programs for children, youth and adults as well as special opportunities for art educators and for high-school students thinking about majoring in art and design in college.

Noted artist to address 2010 KCAI graduates, commencement audience

14 April 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 14, 2010) — Kerry James Marshall, known for large-scale paintings, sculptures and other objects that take African-American life and history as their subject matter, has been named the Kansas City Art Institute’s 2010 commencement speaker. Commencement ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. May 15 at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.

Emerging artists to show and sell work at end-of-semester exhibition and sale

14 April 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 14, 2010) –– The Kansas City Art Institute’s end-of-semester exhibition and sale, showcasing contemporary student artwork in a wide range of media, will take place May 7-9. The exhibition and sale will feature two- and three-dimensional work by students in the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Pieces will be displayed in the various studio buildings on campus. Work can be purchased beginning at 5 p.m.

Graduating seniors show work at H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

2 April 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 2, 2010) – Artwork by 98 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute will be on view in the “2010 B.F.A. Exhibition” from April 17 to May 15 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 14. In connection with the exhibition, art history and creative writing students will read from “Compendium 2010,” an anthology of their writings and images, at noon Friday, May 14.

President of Kansas City Art Institute to retire in June 2011

17 March 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 17, 2010) — Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 1996, today announced she will retire as of June 30, 2011. At the time of her retirement, Collins will have served as president of the college for 15 years, longer than any other president in the Art Institute’s 125-year history.

KCAI students receive awards from national initiative Design Ignites Change

5 March 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 5, 2010) — Design Ignites Change, a collaboration between Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio, announced the inaugural 2009 Implementation Award winners: PieLab’s “Pecans!” and Kansas City Art Institute’s “A Book by its Cover: Reading Stereotypes” and “Freewall: Making Space for Diversity.”

March is the month to celebrate children's creativity

23 February 2010

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125th anniversary book salutes Kansas City Art Institute faculty

19 February 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 19, 2010) — Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute has published a book that showcases work by members of the college’s full-time faculty.

Kansas City Art Institute to create murals for Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

3 February 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO. (Feb. 3, 2010) — A group of Kansas City Art Institute students, supervised by members of the KCAI faculty, has begun work on a project to design and paint murals at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Funding is being provided by the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. The murals are to be completed in time for the center’s opening in fall 2011. 

Upcoming events at KCAI

Upcoming events at KCAI

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