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

Midterms

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

New Collection Room Display

The current selection of work in the window of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection is a showcase of historical breadth. Work study students Issac Logsdon and Donut Goshorn have curated the window to… Continue reading

Elsewhere

This past Friday, seniors wrapped up their Elsewhere projects with presentations at the H&R Block Artspace. The elsewhere project challenges students to make artwork that exists outside of the context of the KCAI… Continue reading

Visiting Artists: Joanna Powell and Jesse Ring

The KCAI ceramics department welcomed Joanna Powell and Jesse Ring this week to give lectures and critique student work. Jesse graduated from the KCAI ceramics department in 2006 and recently received his MFA degree… 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

Update: Upstairs

After the renovations to the “old kiln room” this summer, their is a new upstairs wing that is dedicated to 3D printing and expanded storage for the teaching collection. Here are some photos… 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

Students intern with Andy Brayman

This semester, Maggie Demeulmeester (senior) and Austin Bradshaw (junior) are interning with Andy Brayman, a local ceramic artist who slip casts CNC routed forms to create sculptural vessels, among other commissioned and collaborative projects.… Continue reading

Resin Relics: Student Interns with Rain Harris

This semester, senior Leah Nelson is interning with Rain Harris, a local sculptor. Leah is helping Rain prepare for several upcoming shows – including a show at the Belger Arts Center during NCECA 2016.… Continue reading

EXHIBITION: DREAMING IN MAGYAR

This Friday, October 2, six students from the KCAI ceramics department have a show opening as part of Leedy-Voulkos’s “Undergrad Underground” series. The students (Donut Goshorn, Maggie Demeulmeester, Melanie Johnson, Angelina Yang, Erika Hiebert,… Continue reading

Junior and Senior Critiques

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

Breaking in the new facilities

This summer, the section of the building known as the “old kiln room” was completely remodeled – the space is now a new plaster lab, an expanded glaze room, and space upstairs for 3D… Continue reading