Photographer Andres Serrano to speak at KCAI commencement

12 April 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 12, 2012) — Photographer and artist Andres Serrano will be the featured speaker at the Kansas City Art Institute’s 2012 commencement ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. May 12 at the Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. Approximately 110 seniors will receive their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from KCAI.

Serrano was born in 1950 in New York. He studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1967 to 1969 and currently lives and works in New York.

Serrano is an internationally recognized artist and has shown work in several solo and group exhibitions at major institutions in the United States and abroad. His work is included in numerous public collections, including the University of Alabama, Birmingham; Institute of Contemporary Art in Amsterdam; Baltimore Museum of Art; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux in France; The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston; National Gallery of Australia in Canberra; The Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; FRAC (Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain) Centre in Orléans, France; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Spencer Museum of Art at The University of Kansas in Lawrence; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid; Cintas Foundation in Miami; Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City; the New Museum in New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb in Croatia.

Serrano is a participating artist in the traveling exhibition “America: Now and Here,” which was organized by New York-based artist Eric Fischl and began its national tour last spring in Kansas City, Mo. “America: Here and Now” is a collaboration among visual artists, playwrights, filmmakers, musicians and poets who are sharing their work to inspire dialogues about America and foster positive community engagement and action. Several artists from this exhibition, including Serrano, are speaking at commencements at schools belonging the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Their addresses will explore new relationships developing between artists and society and will be compiled in a forthcoming publication.

Since 1999, it has been a KCAI tradition for the president’s office to commission a sash from a fiber student to be worn at commencement. This year’s sash has been created by senior Whitney Manney. It will be worn by Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI. Sashes from previous years are distributed to senior faculty to be worn during commencement; then the sashes become part of the college’s permanent collection.
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. 
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