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Well On Our Way

kcaiceramicsdept @ September 25, 2014

As the week roll by, the ceramics department is becoming increasingly active. In progress critiques for the seniors have just passed, and with new suggestions and advice under their belts the elsehwhere projects are taking off! The sophomore class is refining the features on their self portrait heads–done in terracotta this year–and proceeding to experiment with glaze and colors. Meanwhile, the juniors are whipping out some fantastic place settings and tiles. It’s full speed ahead at KCAI Ceramics!


Donut Goshorn and Melanie Johnson, juniors; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath



Jasmine Dorau, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath


Maddie Scott, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Kendall Hammond, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Kendall Hammond, sophomore; Photo Courtesy of Roger Ridpath

Reclaiming the Forgotten

kcaiceramicsdept @ September 18, 2014

Maret Miller, KCAI Ceramics Alumni, worked with three students over the summer to help the department reclaim glazes and clays that were forgotten or left behind. Hiromi Kanada, Allison King and Nathan Neufeld helped sort through all of the ceramic waste and mystery glazes, reclaimed it into categories based on ingredients and color, and began testing! They were successful in creating some interesting clays that can now be used and experimented with by current students. We are all excited to see the fruits of their efforts, and watch this new program grow as it helps us help the environment!


CBS Evening News Covers ‘State of the Art’

calderkamin @ September 17, 2014


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Kansas City Artists Are Defining ‘The State Of The Art’

calderkamin @ September 16, 2014

2014-09-14-CrystalBridgesStateoftheArt1364copy-thumbCurators from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., set out on a road trip to find the most compelling unknown artists hidden away in studios across the country. About a thousand studio visits later, artists had been selected for The State of the ArtexhibitTwo Kansas City artists made the cut.


Visiting Artist and Instructor: Hello Julie!

kcaiceramicsdept @ September 11, 2014


Congratulations to George Timock for receiving sabbatical this fall! Artist and KCAI alumni, Julie Malen, has joined us for the fall 2014 semester as the instructor for the sophomore studio course: Figure and Structure in Clay.  She completed her BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2009, received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and has been awarded a residency at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado for winter 2015. Julie collages photographs with natural fragments and cultural debris in her mixed media installtions to create the dizzying feeling of moving through many places and histories at once.

Julie Malen

Julie Malen

Passing The Torch

kcaiceramicsdept @

Thank you to Kara Dunbar for being the voice of the blog last year. My name is Dia Saunders, and I will be keeping you updated on all of the new happenings in the KCAI Ceramics Department as we watch a new group of young artists make some fantastic work!

Dia Saunders, senior

Dia Saunders, senior

Logo & poster design for Missouri AfterSchool Network

kellyludwig @ September 10, 2014

The Missouri AfterSchool Network a non-profit organization just announced a student contest for logo and poster design of their fast approaching statewide campaign to increase awareness and support of quality afterschool programs for youth. 
They would love for students from all universities across Missouri to have the opportunity to participate.  It is a very quick turnaround, but the prize is $300.  If you’d like more information, or to have the form to fill out, see me. (Kelly)

Opportunity this Fall with The Lean Lab (Kansas City)

Laura Berman @ September 9, 2014

The Lean Lab acknowledges that K-12 education could be better. The Lean Lab acts as a creative laboratory where creative professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and community leaders can work together to build the future of education in Kansas City.  More formally, we offer an incubator fellowship program where professionals with early stage ideas join the fellowship to create innovative ventures that provide excellent educational opportunities for Kansas City youth.  As of now, we have six ventures in our lab, each spending the next academic year developing and piloting their initiatives.  These six ventures need design help to create polished materials that will take their venture to the next level and allow them to begin seeking funding/investment and impacting urban students of Kansas City.

Their ventures are as follows:
  • Business Allied Scholars connects local businesses to urban youth talent for skill building and mentorship opportunities.
  • Resilient Connections is an intrapreneural initiative of Truman Medical Center’s Trauma Sensitive Care Initiative and professional development toolkit equipping urban educators with the skills necessary to support students who have experienced significant instances of trauma. 
  • Echo Grade is an app that motivates students through quick, meaningful, paperless feedback.
  • ELL Teacher Archive is a local toolkit for teachers to transition ELL (English Language Learner) students into classrooms.
  • My Sister-Girl, MySelf is a peer-to-peer mentoring program for adolescent girls of color.
What we need:

1.   Creative, mission driven, passionate and meticulous individuals looking to build out their graphic design portfolio. 
2.   logo design, media kits, video, templates, marketing materials, etc. 
3.   4 hours of work/week from October-June

What you get:
  1. A portfolio of work that you own all creative rights to.
  2. A work environment where creativity is respected and you have full creative license to create original work. 
  3. Networking opportunities to our design partners--such as MK12 and VML.
  4. An opportunity to work with mission driven organizations.

Application process: submit an electric portfolio by September 30, 11:59PM to katie@theleanlab.org

It’s All Arbitrary

mgillespie0123 @ September 7, 2014

Senior, Rochelle Brickner, has an exhibition opening tonight so go see it and show her some support!

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Check out her website at http://www.rochellebrickner.com

State Of The Art | Don Bacigalupi | TEDxKC

calderkamin @ September 5, 2014

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