Kansas City Art Institute

Arts & Culture
5:32 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Warren Rosser Steps Down As Chair Of KCAI's Painting Department

'View From the Top,' oil on clayboard, 2013
courtesy: Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, KCMO

This week, colleagues and friends marked a ceremonial passing of the torch as Warren Rosser stepped down as chair of the painting department at the Kansas City Art Institute. 

"After 28 years, I think it was time to pass it on to someone else, so to speak," he says.

Rosser's tenure as chair of the department is reportedly the longest, to date. He's taught at the Art Institute for 42 years, and says he will continue to do so. 

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Arts & Culture
7:52 am
Tue December 9, 2014

For Kansas City Art Institute Film And Animation Students, It's Showtime

A still from 'Dictum,' by Kansas City Art Institute filmmaking student Ayah Abdul-Rauf.
Credit Ayah Abdul-Rauf / Kansas City Art Institute

Film and animation students at the Kansas City Art Institute get some big-screen time – and a chance to see how their work goes over with a live audience – at their end-of-semester show on Wednesday at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Kansas City Art Institute Names New Interim President

Tony Jones, chancellor and president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will serve as the interim president of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Credit James Prinz / Courtesy: Kansas City Art Institute

The Kansas City Art Institute Thursday announced new leadership — at least for the next 18 months. Starting Dec. 3, Tony Jones, chancellor and president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will step in as interim president. 

Stephen Metzler, chair of the KCAI board of trustees, has served this role since August, when former president Jacqueline Chanda retired. 

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Arts & Culture
3:29 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

PHOTOS: KC Designers Get Primal For 'Rituals And Celebrations'

Hadley Johnson, When the Bough Breaks, nylon cargo parachute, Ace bandage-wrapped high heels, parachute pack of cargo belting (collaboration with Beniah Leuschke).
Credit Kansas City Museum

The Kansas City Art Institute doesn’t offer degrees in fashion design, but students in the fiber department spend plenty of time thinking about clothing, costumes, performance and the human body as a means of expression, says Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, the chair of the department.

So when she got a call from Kansas City Museum Executive Director Anna Marie Tutera about co-curating a show called Rituals and Celebrations: Exploring Meaning Through Dress, she was up for it.

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Arts & Culture
10:43 am
Mon August 4, 2014

KCAI President Announces Retirement, Effective Monday

KCAI President Jacqueline Chanda has announced her retirement.
Credit Mark McDonald / Kansas City Art Institute

Updated: 5:30 p.m., Monday

The Kansas City Art Institute has announced that President Jacqueline Chanda is retiring, effective Monday.

In May, the faculty sent the board of a trustees a "no confidence" vote for Chanda. 

The board distributed a letter this morning to faculty, staff, and students including the following: 

"Jacqueline Chanda, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 2011, has informed the board that she plans to retire on Aug. 4, 2014." 

The chair of the board, Steve Metzler, will step in as interim president. 

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Up To Date
9:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Art Of The Car Concours: A Classic Car Lover's Dreamland

"Jake's Coupe" is just one of the hot rods on display at the Art of the Car Concours this Sunday.
Credit Art of the Car Concours

Hot rods first hit the scene in the 1930s. Their enduring popularity drives owners and fans to preserve and enhance these mobile pieces of history. This Sunday, The Kansas City Art Institute once again transforms the campus into a classic-car lover’s dreamland for its Art of the Car Concours event. On Friday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with the event organizer and an automotive expert about the rare autos at this event and the long road of hot rod history.

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Visual Arts
9:13 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

KCAI Fiber Department Showcases Student Work

A crowd of visitors explored the exhibition and pop-up shop in the Warehouse on the KCAI campus.
Julie Denesha KCUR

At the Kansas City Art Institute, a sale and exhibition of student artwork at the end of each semester is a nearly 45-year tradition for the ceramics department; some of the other departments, such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture, have also opened their doors for the past 20 years. This weekend, the fiber department showcases student work in a new location called the Warehouse. 

Art in a gallery context

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5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Artspace Exhibition Explores 'Performance Now'

Clifford Owens, "Anthology (Maren Hassinger)," 2011, HD video, 25 min., 35 sec.
Credit Courtesy of the artist

A traveling exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace, Performance Now, includes performance art from the last decade, with work by artists spanning generations, such as Marina Abramović, Yael Bartana, and Clifford Owens.

There’s a 12-hour performance of a 3 ½ minute aria; a slightly-scripted soap opera filmed in Ikea stores; and a Claymation film about urban violence. There are also re-performances, or re-creations of famous works from the past.

Performance art, then and now

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Visual Arts
11:21 am
Tue August 20, 2013

'Seven' Questions for Artist Luis Camnitzer

'Seven' by conceptual artist, Luis Camnitzer at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

The Project Wall, a temporary site for public art at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, currently features Seven by conceptual artist, Luis Camnitzer. This large image of eight ivory dice on casino green felt - spelling out the number seven - is simple yet striking; it draws the attention of those passing by, in cars or on foot, to the exterior of the Artspace, a boxy gray building at the intersection of 43rd and

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Artistic Cars On Display At Kansas City Art Institute

A hood ornament from a 1935 Auburn Model 851, supercharged boattail speedster gleams in the early morning light at at the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours on the grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours showcases vintage and classic cars and gives visitors the chance to meet some of the men and women who raced them during the 1950s and ’60s.

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Visual Arts
5:30 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Collaborating With The Xijing Men

As the Xijing Men work a sign requesting silence is posted on the door of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Kansas City Art Institute students experienced cross-cultural communication through art during a Sunday workshop with visiting artists at the H&R Block Artspace. As part of their 1o-day residency in Kansas City, the Xijing Men led the students through activities designed to inspire them to use their skills as budding artists.

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3:44 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Donaldson House Slated For Demolition

The historic Donaldson House in Kansas City, Mo. is slated for demolition on December 19. It's something that's been in the works for at least a decade.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with Angela Dufresne

Artist Angela Dufresne

A 1991 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Angela Dufresne paints loose figurative works that evoke works by seminal artists of 19th-century Europe and America, such as Thomas Cole and Frederick Church as well as French painters Jean Corot and Gustave Courbet. Dufresne manipulates idyllic scenes to rewrite history in her works.

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Visual Arts
10:28 am
Thu November 29, 2012

KCAI In Legal Wrangling Over Unpaid Pledge

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge Painting Building at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Kansas City Art Institute is taking a southern California couple to court. The issue is stirring up a lot of controversy and national -- and international -- attention.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Bronze Installation Inspired By Idea: 'Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around'

Michael Wickerson's nine-panel bronze installation is near the front entrance at the South Branch Library in Kansas City, Kan.
Laura Spencer KCUR

At the new South Branch Library in the Argentine district in Kansas City, Kan., nine 700-lb. bronze panels flank the entrance, some with images of vertical stacks of library books.

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KC Currents
3:30 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Area Nerds Unite: Nerd Nite KC Features Erin Dahl On The Topic Of Silk Worms

Female moth laying eggs. (Photos used in Erin Dahl's Nerd Nite KC presentation.)
From the book Silkworms by Sylvia A. Johnson

Alison Heryer and Jason Kovac started hosting Nerd Nites in KC this past April.  Nerd Nites have been described a lot of ways, like where whiskey meets wisdom, and The Discovery Channel with beer.

They were first started in the Boston area in 2003 and have grown to be hosted all around the world.  They even publish their own Nerd Nite Magazines which dives into a diverse array of nerdy topics.

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KC Currents
11:47 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Best & Worst All Nighters From The Art Institute

A student rests on the lawn at The Kansas City Art Institute.
Tomeka Weatherspoon KCUR

Students often describe being up all night as “the all-nighter.”  And who among us who’ve faced a deadline of any sort can’t relate to being awake until 5 a.m. doing something you intended to finish the day before.  We stopped by the Kansas City Art Institute for some stories from students who’ve been up all night creating art.

Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Jim Leedy: The Documentary

Jim Leedy is known as the "founder of the Crossroads Arts District." His gallery, the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center at 20th and Baltimore, was founded in 1985.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The Crossroads, a once blighted area in downtown Kansas City, is now a thriving arts district. 

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Up to Date
10:04 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

The Art Of The Automobile

Ginger Rogers' 1929 Dusenberg 80
Chad Chambers

Each year the Kansas City Art Institute hosts  the Art of the Cars Concours, a gathering of exotic vehicles whose purposes extend far beyond transportation.

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Visual Arts
12:03 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Art Generates Controversy In Johnson County

"Accept or Reject" by Yu Chang

Prompted by a recent visit to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens with her family, an area resident has started circulating a petition to remove one of the sculptures. The work is called "Accept or Reject" (note: a brass plaque also lists the title as "Choice") by sculptor 余畅 Yu Chang, an artist who also reportedly directs the Guangzhou Sculpture Academy. Overland Park officials say that, at this time, there are no plans to remove it from the Arboretum.

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Visual Arts
3:57 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Andres Serrano at KCAI Commencement: 'Art is a mystery to most people'

Photographer and artist Andres Serrano at the Kansas City Art Institute's 2012 commencement ceremony
Courtesy of Kansas City Art Institute

This time of year marks a flurry of commencement speeches at academic institutions around the country.

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Visual Arts
9:32 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Kemper ARTcast: Interview with the Artist Wilbur Niewald

Self Portrait, 2010; oil on canvas, 32 x 23 inches.
courtesy of the artist

Kansas City artist Wilbur Niewald has been associated with the Kansas City Art Institute for 76 years, and claims it has changed, “but not as much as you would imagine…it's always been like an oasis.”  In this Kemper ARTcast, Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, recently inducted President of the Kansas City Art Institute, asks Niewald about the changes in his painting over his career in conjunction with the Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, now on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

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7:33 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, January 20, 2012

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  • Missouri House  OKs Spending Limits
  • Charity Head Pleads Guilty To Fraud
  • Painting What He Sees

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Wilbur Niewald: Painting What He Sees

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, draws and paints from direct observation – what he sees around him.

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Visual Arts
8:20 am
Mon May 1, 2006

Artist Wilbur Niewald Wins Guggenheim

Wilbur Niewald works on an etching at Loose Park. He's returned to this grove of pine trees for the past three years (notice the worn spot).
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Artist Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute, began his year-long Guggenheim Fellowship on May 1.

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Visual Arts
10:33 am
Thu March 31, 2005

Remembering Kenneth R. Ferguson

Artist Ken Ferguson

One of Kansas City's most respected artists Ken Ferguson passed away in December. In April, a memorial service was held in his honor.

Kansas City, Missouri – Memorial service for Ken Ferguson, Saturday, April 2, 2005 at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, Missouri.

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