President's Corner

One measure of an institution is to be found in the accomplishments of our students, alumni and faculty. Below is a list of achievements in which all of us take pride: 

Fulbright Scholars

Alison Miller, art history instructor, was seletected for a Fulbright grant for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will be living in Tokyo, conducting archival research on her dissertation, which is entitled "Mother of the Nation: Femininity, Modernity and Class in the Image of Empress Teimei (1884-1951."

Suzanne Klotz ('66 painting) of Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for 2013-2014 to create an art salon and run a collaborative workshop with Palestinian women and their families in Amman, Jordan.

USA Fellows:

Kurt Weiser ('72 ceramics) received a $50,000 USA Fellow grant from the United States Artists Foundation in 2012. He became the fourth graduate of the KCAI ceramics program to be named a USA Fellow.

Akio Takamori ('76 ceramics) received a $50,000 USA Fellow grant from the United States Artists Foundation in 2011. He became the third graduate of the KCAI ceramics program to be named a USA Fellow. Sarah Jaeger ('85 ceramics) won the award in 2006, and Richard Notkin ('70 ceramics) was a USA Fellow in 2008.

Guggenheim Fellowships

Mike Sinclair ('74 photography) received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 175 fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars selected from a group of some 3,000 applicants.

Independent Games Festival Student Showcase winner: Ian Snyder, a junior majoring in printmaking and creative
writing, was one of eight students from around the world to be named a Student Showcase winner for the 2012 Independent Games Festival.

Student Academy Award: “Dried Up,” an animated film by Jeremy Casper (’09 animation), Isaiah Powers (’09 animation) and Stuart Bury (’10 animation), won a Student Academy Award in May 2010 in the 37th annual Student Academy Awards competition hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award: Kahlil Irving, a student majoring in ceramics at KCAI, received this award in November 2012 to study at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary during the spring 2013 semester. Learn more about the award program.

NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award: George Timock, professor of ceramics, received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013 from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Recipients of the award  have a career dedicated to the practice of teaching; have demonstrated excellence in their own creative work; and have highly visible former students in the field. An accomplished artist as well as educator, Timock has twice received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. His artwork is among the collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and other fine museums around the country. A native of Michigan, Timock earned his M.F.A. degree in 1971 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and joined the faculty at KCAI soon after.

Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship (NCECA): Maura Wright (senior, ceramics and art history) was awarded one of three $1,800 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowships at the 2013 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Wright plans to use the funds to travel to London, where she will visit the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, among other art venues, studying their ceramics and costume collections.  

    Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D.

Strategic Plan

In January 2013, the KCAI board of trustees approved a new five-year strategic plan for the college. Download a copy of the KCAI strategic plan.

Point of view: Art and science share special bond

Dr. Chanda writes about the connection between art and science in an op-ed article published July 17, 2013, in The Kansas City Star.

Point of view: Artists finding jobs and career satisfaction

Dr. Chanda writes about how KCAI is contributing to Kansas City's creative economy and how artists are finding jobs and career satisfaction in an op-ed article published Dec. 14, 2011, in The Kansas City Star.

Inaugural address

Download the text of Dr. Chanda's inaugural address.

About Dr. Chanda

Before joining KCAI in July 2011, Jacqueline Chanda was the academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France. 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. She has taught undergraduate courses in teaching art methods, drawing, learning strategies, art methods for elementary teachers, art history, criticism, aesthetics and art appreciation (online and face-to-face), as well as graduate courses in history of art education, research methods and issues in art education, curriculum for art history, advocacy and political action in art education, qualitative research in action and art history. As a researcher, she has explored cognitive and pedagogical issues related to art history instruction in art education, cultural influences of African art and technology and learning. Over the years she has received numerous travel and research grants from the institutions on whose faculty she has served, as well as from the U.S. Department of Education; the Texas Commission on the Arts; the Ohio Arts Council; the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs; the NAEA; and the Getty Institute. Articles by Chanda have appeared in the Journal of Aesthetic Education, the International Journal of Education through Art and the Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning, to name just a few. 

Learn more about Dr. Chanda from a news release that announced her appointment in February 2011.