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KCAI Names Tony Jones as New President

22 October 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2015) – Less than a year into an 18-month interim position, Tony Jones has been named the 24th President of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI).

Hired in December 2014 as the college’s Interim President, Jones’ appointment is effective immediately. He will lead KCAI through June 30, 2017, with the possibility of a contract extension.

KCAI Receives $25 Million Donation

18 August 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 18, 2015) – In its 130th year, the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is honoring its past and celebrating its future, thanks to a $25 million gift, believed to be one of the largest donations to a North American art college. 

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation presented the $25 million donation on behalf of an anonymous donor during a private reception August 18 with KCAI’s board of trustees, faculty, staff and Kansas City arts community supporters in attendance.

Renowned Chinese Artists Travel Around the World to Work at Kansas City Art Institute

3 August 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 3, 2015) — The Kansas City Art Institute is gaining international attention with a six-week international sculpture collective and residency program known as Studio Nong.

$750,000 renovation to KCAI ceramics building

21 July 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 21, 2015) – The Richard J. Stern Ceramics Building at Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) has quietly been home to one of the nation’s leading ceramics programs for nearly half a century. However, today – thanks to a $750,000 renovation – this hidden gem in Kansas City now shines for the global arts community to see.

Two KCAI students awarded $15,000 Windgate Fellowships

23 April 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 23, 2015) — Two KCAI students, Max Adrian Belanger (senior, fiber and creative writing) and Siara Berry (senior, sculpture and creative writing), have won 2015 Windgate Fellowships. The $15,000 fellowships are awarded annually to 10 senior students nationwide working in the field of craft. The fellowship program is supported and administered by the Center for Creativity, Craft and Design, based in Asheville, N.C. 

Kansas City Art Institute elects Pat McCown new board chair

21 April 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 21, 2015) — Pat McCown, CEO and co-founder of McCownGordon Construction, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Kansas City Art Institute. His term of office began April 8. A member of the board of trustees since 2010, he succeeds C. Stephen Metzler, who had served as board chair since July 1, 2012. Metzler, a devoted supporter of KCAI and chair of its board of trustees, suddenly passed away March 24. 

KCAI installing solar panels to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint

2 March 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 2, 2015) — KCAI is in the process of installing 100 solar panels on the roof of the East Building in an effort to reduce energy costs and become better stewards of the environment. With support from interim president Tony Jones and the KCAI board of trustees, the East Building installation is part of a project to use solar power to meet 5 percent of the college’s energy needs in a two-building complex.

“We believe the campus will take pride in being part of this,” Jones said.

Laura Snow joins KCAI as vice president for administration/CFO

16 February 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 16, 2015) — Laura L. Snow, CPA, CGMA, joined KCAI Feb. 16 as vice president for administration/CFO.

A. Zahner Company to fabricate winning sculpture for KCAI Art and Design Auction

26 January 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 26, 2015) — Jay Schmidt, a 1974 sculpture graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute, had his concept “MOMOCON” selected from among 12 finalists to earn the grand prize by the A. Zahner Company for its biennial sculpture competition. His work will be featured in the live auction during KCAI’s 2015 Art and Design Auction, which raises funds for student scholarships. The auction will take place June 6 on the KCAI campus. 

Tony Jones to join KCAI as interim president

20 November 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2014) — Tony Jones cbe, chancellor and president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will join the Kansas City Art Institute Dec.

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