Cary Esser in Studio Potter

  Our department chair, Cary Esser, contributed an article to the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Studio Potter, a prominent publication within the ceramics community. Her piece appears alongside writings by prolific artists such as Ayumi… Continue reading

Visiting Artist Bryan Czibesz

Last Wednesday we welcomed Bryan Czibesz as our visiting artist for the Fall 2016 semester. Bryan, an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz, spoke briefly of his practice and experience with 3D printing before working with student volunteers… Continue reading

Recent Acquisitions

Last spring, a friend of the college generously gifted several Ancient Greek vessels to the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection. We thank Michele Fricke for connecting her friend to the ceramics department! The pieces were… Continue reading

Ten Years of the Ceramics Department Blog

Hey all — I’m Serena, a junior Creative Writing major and Ceramics minor. I’ll be continuing to chronicle the happenings in our beloved department, taking over for the much-missed Donut Goshorn, and am… Continue reading

Casey Whittier at Plenum Space

“My work is based in my need to better understand my own relationship to the objects and environments that surround me. I see each sculpture as a way to advocate for a direct… Continue reading

Lineage & Language

Our semester is wrapping up with Lineage & Language, our end of semester exhibition and senior thesis exhibition! The exhibition will be on view through this Saturday, May 14 from noon to 5… Continue reading

Students Intern with Misty Gamble

Monica Turner (junior) and Erika Hiebert (special status student) are currently wrapping up an internship with Misty Gamble, a local sculptor and Assistant Professor in the School of Foundation at KCAI. Each semester, Misty… Continue reading

Paul Donnelly does it all

For the past three years, Assistant Professor Paul Donnelly has been working as an On-Site Conference Liaison for the 2016 NCECA Conference. This means that, in addition to being a full time teacher,… Continue reading

KCAI Represented in National Student Juried Exhibition Awards

The Kansas City Art Institute was well represented in the National Student Juried Exhibition 2016 merit awards. Ariel Bowman, who graduated in 2011 and is currently attending graduate school at the University of Florida,… Continue reading

Chromophilia and Chromophobia

The new KCAI Gallery, formerly the GrandArts building, opened this spring with Chromaphobia & Chromaphilia, two alumni exhibitions sponsored by KCAI and organized by the KCAI Gallery and Director of Alumni Relations and Development,… Continue reading

A Look at NCECA Sponsored Exhibitions

Though NCECA has left Kansas City, many exhibitions sponsored by the conference are still up for a little while longer! NCECA has a complete list  of places to check out, but we wanted to… Continue reading

Alumni Reception

In conjunction with the Chromophilia and Chromophobia exhibitions at the new KCAI Gallery – two shows that feature all KCAI alumni – the ceramics department hosted an Alumni Reception. Below are images of… Continue reading

NCECA Awards & Honors

NCECA Awarded several of Kansas City’s own makers and mentors this year, including Victor Babu, Linda Lighton, and Richard and Evelyn Craft Belger. The Belgers received the Regional Award of Excellence, Linda Lighton… Continue reading

Mentors, Makers, and Milestones: Highlights of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

As part of NCECA coming to town, the KCAI ceramics department opened its (newly renovated) doors and allowed visitors to come tour the studios, the new plaster and glaze lab, the kiln room,… Continue reading


This week is midterm critiques! Here are some images from critique set-ups of student works.  

Ceramics Represented in KC Studio

KC Studio, Kansas City’s performing, visual, cinematic, and literary arts publication, recently featured several KCAI faculty and alumni, including Cary Esser on the cover, Victor Babu, Casey Whittier, Paul Donnelly, Brett Ginsburg, and… Continue reading

Emily Connell: Vade Mecum

Alumni Emily Connell (graduated 2012) has a solo exhibition opening at Kiosk gallery this Friday, March 11 through April 7th in conjunction with the NCECA conference. Kiosk Gallery describes the work in the… Continue reading

Guest critiques: Raechell Smith, Jose Faus, Mo Dickens, Amy Kligman

Juniors and seniors got some practice talking about their work in group critiques with special guest critiquers Jose Faus, Raechell Smith, Mo Dickens, and Amy Kligman. The group critique format allows for students… Continue reading

National Student Juried Exhibition At Leedy-Voulkos

The 2016 NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition will be held at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center this year. Two KCAI ceramics students, Donut Goshorn and Andrew Castaneda, will be in the exhibition alongside 56… Continue reading

Driveway Renovations

The ceramics department updated the interior facilities and is now updating the exterior as well! Renovations on our new front entryway are almost complete!

The Garden Party

  Visiting Assistant Professor Casey Whittier, alongside local artists Rain Harris and Kyle Triplett, are in The Garden Party at the Belger Arts Center. The Belger describes the show as exploring “the fine line between… Continue reading

Visiting Artist Lectures: Lori-Ann Touchette and Paolo Porelli

Visiting artist Paolo Porelli and curator Lori-Ann Touchette spoke to the ceramics, sculpture, and foundations students last Friday at the H&R Block Arts Space. In Paolo’s lecture, titled Icons of a Contemporary World, he talked… Continue reading

The Once and Future: New Now

As part of the influx of ceramics exhibitions in Kansas City for NCECA, a new show has opened at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. The show features Professor and Chair of the KCAI ceramics department Cary… Continue reading

Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995-2015

The spring semester opened with one of the many shows coming to Kansas City for the NCECA Conference: “Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995-2015″ at the Belger Arts Center. Organized and with selections by Cary… Continue reading

Lecture: Garth Clark at Belger Craneyard Studios

Garth Clark visited Kansas City a few weeks ago to deliver a lecture very pertinent to the upcoming spring, with shows like Every Semester at the Belger Arts Center and NCECA approaching: he spoke… Continue reading

Exhibition set up

Stay tuned for images of the works from the fall end-of-semester exhibition, “In Transition.” In the mean time, here is a behind-the-scenes look at setting up the show:

Sophomore final critiques

The 2015 fall semester wrapped up this week with the end-of-semester exhibition, “In Transition” – but before that, students put together displays of the work they did this semester for final critiques. Here… Continue reading

Junior / Senior Critiques

On November 6, juniors and seniors had their last in-process critiques together before the end of semester rush. They were joined by special guests Scott Rosenberg, Cydney Ross, Jose Faust, and Michael Baxley.… Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Simone Leigh

Simone Leigh, an artist who works with ceramics, sculpture, video, and installation, came to the Kansas City Art Institute for the Current Perspectives Lecture series. While she was here, she also led a… Continue reading

3D Printing in the New Digital Fabrication Lab

In the new digital fabrication lab, students are melding the digital with the tangible by designing and printing tools for their ceramic processes. This is part of a course taught by Jo Kamm… Continue reading