While Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics, is on her sabbatical at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana, we have the pleasure of welcoming back Casey Whittier as her sabbatical replacement! Casey graduated from KCAI in 2008 with her BFA and a concentration in ceramics, and in 2011 received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. She has exhibited work at venues such as the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE, as well as the Vulpes Bastille and the Belger Arts Center here in Kansas City, MO. In the fall semester she had joined us as an adjunct professor, teaching a course entitled This is Place (more information on this course in this post: ), and has performed as and adjunct at many other institutions. Her work “explores the intersections between nature and imagination, desire and destruction and the overriding issue of mortality. Through intimate sculptures and large-scale installations, her work often addresses issues of scale and space in relationship to the human body,” (quote from http://www.kcai.edu). We are lucky to have her working with students from the junior and senior classes this spring.