Category Archive: Faculty

“Replication: Molds & Meaning” at KCAI Crossroads

Photograph by Archive Collective Sophomore instructor Casey Whittier’s elective course, Replication: Molds & Meaning, has a show on view at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice. The exhibition features works created by… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students Take On Reclaim

This semester, sophomores Callie Bryan and Serena Dobson are working with Casey Whittier and alumni Maret Miller (graduated 2014) to initiate a sustainable reclaim project for ceramic waste with leftover clay and glazes… Continue reading

Paul Donnelly wins Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Paul Donnelly was recently awarded the first place (5,000 dollar award) Zanesville Prize for 2015 for his piece titled Tray. According to the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics website, “the idea for the… Continue reading

Senior Critiques with Marcus Cain and Beverly Ahern

Seniors had their first group critiques of the semester last Wednesday with special guests Marcus Cain and Beverly Ahern. Marcus and Beverly critiqued the seniors’ progress on their Elsewhere projects, which are on… Continue reading

In Pursuit: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

The current show at the H&R Block Artspace, titled “In Pursuit: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial,” features work by “faculty who are preparing to conclude their distinguished teaching careers alongside new work… Continue reading

Welcome, Casey!

2008 graduate Casey Whittier is joining us again this year – this time, as a full time instructor for the sophomores. The image above is from her most recent solo show, titled Above… Continue reading

Studio Nong: Summer at the KCAI Ceramics Department

We all know that art has a way of bringing people and cultures of all kinds together. The KCAI ceramics department is participating in that age-long exchange this summer with the Studio Nong… Continue reading

New Work by Cary Esser

Cary Esser, chair of the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department, recently showcased horizontal tile compositions that “simultaneously suggest organic yet geometric islands or hives” (quoted from the exhibition catalog essay by curator… Continue reading

Cary Esser, Ceramic Department Professor & Chair

This is a detail shot of an interactive piece to be shown in November 2008 at Epsten Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas. These tiles are made of a fritware clay body developed from… Continue reading

“Remembering Beauty” Ceramic Work of Victor Babu

On February 3rd, The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom opened an exhibition of work by, the beloved former ceramics department professor, Victor Babu. (above: Victor Babu, Copper Red Charger with Lizards (2007) Porcelain… Continue reading

George Timock, Ceramic Department Professor

George Timock (Ceramic Department, Professor) created the vessels below during KCAI’s 2007 summer study-abroad trip to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. 2007 was the third consecutive summer George co-led a trip… Continue reading