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Residency Deadlines | June + July 2014

calderkamin @ May 23, 2014

Upcoming residency deadlines follow. Happy searching!


AIR Studio Paducah (Paducah, Kentucky, United States)


ArtCenter/South Florida Studio Residency Program (Miami, Florida, United States)


AZULE (Hot Springs , North Carolina United States)

Elsewhere Studios (Paonia, Colorado United States)


Mesa Refuge (Point Reyes Station, California United States)

The Banff Centre | Interdisciplinary programs (Banff, Alberta Canada)

Thurber House | John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence (Columbus, Ohio United States)


Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California United States)


Caldera (Sisters, Oregon United States)

HUB-BUB (Spartanburg, South Carolina United States)

Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont United States)


AHHA Visual Art Residency | Hardesty Arts Center (Tulsa, Oklahoma United States)

Lanesboro Residency Program (Lanesboro, Minnesota United States)


Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, California United States)

The Rensing Center (Pickens, South Carolina United States)

Weir Farm Art Center (Wilton, Connecticut United States)


Willapa Bay AiR (Oysterville, Washington United States)

Kansas City Print Society Presentation

labcake @ May 19, 2014

The Kansas City Print Society hosted a panel presentation with Kansas City Art Institute printmaking students and alumni last month.

Participating students included:
Robert Howsare
Adri Luna
Kelsey Van Horn
Daiana Oneto
Emmett Merrill
Sara Haug

Here is the documentation of their fantastic presentation.

Reverend William Ellis Bradley

Michael Wickerson @ May 8, 2014


Rev. Bradley, has been awarded a full year tuition scholarship at Wickerson Studios to take place between the 1st of September and the 1st of May 2014/2015. Should he fulfill all six independent projects throughout the he you will be granted a certificate of all the "rights and obligations" associated with this diploma. He will walk across the most recently built platform, 'Fishers Among Men', and enter the 'Trench of Accomplishment'. - Michael Wickerson, May 6th, 2014

The Locust Factory Exhibitions Tonight!

kcaifiber @ May 2, 2014

The Locust Factory KC First Friday Art Fair presents:

Kansas City Art Institute Senior Thesis Exhibitions-

“Lepidopteric Dichotomy”: Fiber and Video Installation, by Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, is an exploration of the process of production with textiles connected to the life cycles of different creatures, such as moths, who both constantly create and destroy fibers.

“Behind Closed Doors Vol. 1”: Photographs by Derek Hutsell, dealing with the subject matter of religious morality and sexuality.

“Woven Sanctuary”: Gradient Hand-Dyed Weaving Installation by Evander Camorlinga.

Locust Factory KC
504 East 18th Street, KCMO, 64108
Contact: Apryl McAnerney 816.716.5940

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2nd, 6-9pm
Open Saturday, May 3rd, 12-4pm
Show closes May 3rd at 4pm.

Wickerson Studios’ most exciting commission to date!

Michael Wickerson @ May 1, 2014


By collaborating with Wickerson Studios, Zahner was able to exactly replicate the 197 aluminum festoons, tassels, rosettes and trim castings. These were produced using aluminum casting in 3000 pounds of resin sand molds at the Kansas City Art Institute by Michael Wickerson, sculpture chair at KCAI. Two KCAI alumni and one student (Keyan Alemifar, Piers Watson, and Joey Williams) were also involved in the project, and would see the decorative elements from casting, to finishing, to delivery at Zahner’s plant.

Ceramics Major Chase Travaille Wins the KCAI 2014 Magic Sock Fund

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Congratulates to Chase Travaille, 2014 Magic Sock Fund grant recipient! The Magic Sock Fund was established in memory of KCAI alumnus Jaymes Leahy. Grants may be used for expenses related to mounting an exhibition, materials and supplies, or other academic projects. Find below an excerpt of how Chase plans to use the grant.

“I want to challenge the idea of ceramics being archival by using objects with my animals and figures that are not permanent. Through experimentation with acrylic gel mediums, clear casting resin, diorama supplies, wood, and epoxy I’ll be able to challenge ceramic processes through post firing methods. By mixing the acrylic gel mediums and resin my hope is to experiment with texture and the ability to have complete control over a piece rather than rely on the unpredictable nature of kiln firings. The diorama supplies, wood, and epoxy will help me push the ideas of display further away from the white podium that has become a standard in display of ceramic sculpture.”  -Chase Travaille 


Chase Travaille, junior


Job Postings for May 2014

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Full-time and part-time art handler positions are open!

KCAI CPS is seeking a part-time Services Assistant on weekends.

KCAI is looking for visiting professors in animation and graphic design.

Children’s Mercy Hospital is seeking an illustrator/ graphic designer. Contact Susan Abdel-Rahman at srahman@cmh.edu for more info.

Murphy Hoffman Company would like to hire a KCAI alumni for a full-time graphic design position ASAP.

Vance Publishing, an industry leader in b2b media communications, is seeking an Assistant Art Director to join our Creative Services team in our Lenexa, Kansas office.

Portraits Today Studios is a retail, same day portrait studio and is looking for an experienced photographer not afraid of the challenge of retail photography.

Fast growing sign company needs a vinyl production team leader and print production person.

GameStop, a Fortune 300 Company is searching for management and PT Supervisors (Sr. Game Advisor) candidates for our Kansas City area stores. Send resumes to ChrisJordan@GameStop.com.

Lowe’s is hiring. Contact kelly.l.williams@store.lowes.com for more info.

Exhibit company looking for a full time fabrication assistant and all around enthusiastic worker with a great attitude and a willingness to grow.

LogoKC currently has an immediate opening for a full time Graphic Artist.

Lifestyle Publications is one of the fastest growing companies in Kansas City and has an immediate opening for the position of Graphic Designer/Art Editor.

The Museum at Prairiefire (MAP) was established in 2010 based on a pioneering content partnership with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and is scheduled to open in May 2014 in Overland Park, KS. The Museum is looking for talented and motivated candidates to join the team as Visitor Services Coordinators.

Paper Source is a premier paperie and online retailer offering a unique selection of fine and artisanal papers, invitations and announcements, personalized and distinctive gifts, quirky greeting cards, gift wrap, and custom stamps, envelopes and cards. They are looking to hire a KCAI affiliate for an Assistant Manager Position. in the Plaza and Leawood store, along with several other positions. Applicants should contact: tkennedy@paper-source.com or apply online www.paper-source.com



Professional post production company in the St. Louis metro area is seeking full time photo editors to perform color correction and artistic editing on primarily wedding and portrait images using Adobe Lightroom.

DCM Art Services provides transportation, installation, packing / crating, storage and specialty work for Houston and the surrounding areas. We currently have an Art Handler Position available.

The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, TX seeks a part-time Gallery Educator.

Austin based art’s non profit seeks Director of Operations and Accounts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a visitor services assistant.

Established East Coast Gallery with four locations is seeking a professional, proactive, detail oriented individual to assist in the receipt, cataloging and shipment of artworks to both our domestic and international clients, as well as to our other gallery locations.

Grapefruit Moon Gallery in the twin cities seeks a gallery sales specialist.


2014 Regional Undergraduate Showcase

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Professor Cary Esser; Sebra Debrecht, senior; Joey Watson, senior; Kahlil Irving, junior; and Professor Paul Donnelly,

On April 12th the Regional Undergraduate Showcase opened at the Kansas City. Joey Watson, a senior in the KCAI ceramics department took Best In Show. Also included in the exhibition are Sebra Debrecht and Kahlil Irving.

Junior Group Critiques

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Each semester, juniors and seniors divide into groups for a work-in-progress peer critique.  It’s a great opportunity to clarify ideas and gain a fresh perspective on your work before the semester wraps up.  This semester, Tommy Frank, Casey Whittier, Reed Anderson, and Rebecca Dubay, all made excellent additions to our critiques.



Jessica Morris, junior, presenting her work for critique


Pierce Haley, junior, presenting his work for critique

Pierce Haley, junior, presenting his work for critique


kcaifiber @ April 30, 2014


Allay showcases three individual artists whose aesthetics and concepts behind their work speak to the same idea of the verb allay: meaning to diminish or put to rest fears and worry, or to alleviate pain. While some of the work may be visually diverse, the language they each use comes together to create a fluid and dynamic dialogue.

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