An Exquisite Corpse

There’s only a few more days left  to go see KCAI at SACI: An Exquisite Corpse, an exhibition featuring work from the summer 2015 Kansas City Art Institute program in Florence, Italy.  The exhibition is currently on view in the Dodge Painting Galleries – 3A space (take the elevator to 3A), located on the Kansas City Art Institute campus, and closes September 11th, 2015.

Especially if this program has ever been of interest to you, this exhibition might offer a taste of what the experience would be like with KCAI at Studio Art Centers International (SACI), per the artwork of the students exhibited.

KCAI at SACI: An Exquisite Corpse features the work of:
Katie Pilmaier (ceramics)
Davin Roberson (painting)
Lauren Seider (illustration)
Natalie Spicker (fiber)
Lauren Taylor (design)
Fazida Yathali (painting)

If you would like more information about the summer 2016 program, please contact Misty Gamble at

For more information about Studio Art Centers International (SACI), please visit:

And Here We Are, Fall 2015

For those coming back to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to pursuit their BFA, and even to those outside of KCAI revisiting this blog because they love to hear about everything FIBER, welcome back to another school year at KCAI!  And a special welcome to all the new and wonderful sophomores who entered the realms of fiber in the Fiber Department at KCAI!  I suspect it is going to be a grand year as we welcome new technologies, processes, ideas, and collaborations in order to fulfill our goals as successful artists. 

On the topic of artists (in general), I would like to make an announcement, preluding with some facts about an awesome organization that exists in Kansas City, Missouri.  Every year Charlotte Street Foundation awards artists in Kansas City a studio residency in one of their two facilities.

These awards go out to visual artists, writers, and performing artists and ensembles qualifying them for a year-long Charlotte Street Foundation studio residency which provides them free studios, rehearsal space, and related support for artists of all disciplines in downtown Kansas City.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Max Adrian”, 2015

While approximately 23 artists were chosen for the full year from 2015-16, with two returning Fiber majors, I would like to highlight the two new Fiber majors that were accepted for their first time this year.  These awesome visual/ fiber artists are Max Adrian and Kadie Nugent, both who graduated last year from KCAI, 2015.  Congrats and mazel tov!

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Kadie Nugent”, 2015



Also, per honorable mention, Hannah Carr and Lauren Sobchak from the Fiber Department at KCAI were awarded a second term with Charlotte Street this year as well.

FYI: To kick off the new studio residency term, the public is invited to meet the artists and learn about their work at a free “Studio Residents Slide Slam” Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina Gallery, 1000 West 25th Street. This fun, informal evening will feature 3-minute (timed) slide presentations (10 slides per artist) by 24 of the incoming studio resident artists—thus providing a rapid-fire introduction to the work, ideas, processes, and personalities of these diverse artists.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Act II, scene I: Outcry”, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Laundry Day Was Last Week” detail, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Please Sweep”, 2015


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Undergrads Underground

On behalf of the Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee:

The Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee is now accepting applications for exhibitions at Undergrads Underground, the KCAI gallery at Leedy Voulkos Art Center. Individual students or groups of students are eligible to apply. Applications are due by noon on Friday, October 2.  For any questions, contact Marie Bannerot McInerney and Kim Eichler-Messmer at

See the Call for Gallery Submissions with application information and guidelines via the following link: undergrads underground call F15

Laura Spencer KCUR

Laura Spencer KCUR

Kansas City Art Institute receives a record donation of $25 million

Fundraiser at Potbelly

Mark your calendars for KCAI night at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 4725 Broadway. This Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., 25 percent of sales will go toward’s KCAI’s annual fund, benefiting general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and more.


Nicole Leth will have items for sale at this event from her Sex & Ice Cream clothing line, including avocado t-shirts, watches, baseball hats, and assorted donut dresses!

Alvin Ailey Project

Recently, the entire Fiber Department worked together on creating some fabric for an upcoming Alvin Ailey production. The students were encouraged to submit design plans for a stage backdrop, curtain, and leotards. Sophomore Becca Gemeinhardt’s design was chosen. Congratulations Becca!

ailey winner

We had a fun day, all working together!




Photos by Rochelle Brickner and Kadie Nugent

It’s All Arbitrary

Senior, Rochelle Brickner, has an exhibition opening tonight so go see it and show her some support!

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Check out her website at

The Locust Factory Exhibitions Tonight!

The Locust Factory KC First Friday Art Fair presents:

Kansas City Art Institute Senior Thesis Exhibitions-

“Lepidopteric Dichotomy”: Fiber and Video Installation, by Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, is an exploration of the process of production with textiles connected to the life cycles of different creatures, such as moths, who both constantly create and destroy fibers.

“Behind Closed Doors Vol. 1”: Photographs by Derek Hutsell, dealing with the subject matter of religious morality and sexuality.

“Woven Sanctuary”: Gradient Hand-Dyed Weaving Installation by Evander Camorlinga.

Locust Factory KC
504 East 18th Street, KCMO, 64108
Contact: Apryl McAnerney 816.716.5940

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2nd, 6-9pm
Open Saturday, May 3rd, 12-4pm
Show closes May 3rd at 4pm.



Allay showcases three individual artists whose aesthetics and concepts behind their work speak to the same idea of the verb allay: meaning to diminish or put to rest fears and worry, or to alleviate pain. While some of the work may be visually diverse, the language they each use comes together to create a fluid and dynamic dialogue.

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Toward An Ideology

Destination Gallery
4421 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 64111
Inside the KCAI Student Living Center

Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd from 6-9PM


Junior Aneesa Shami describes her work:

Overwhelmed by techniques and information, I did not know where to go next in my artistic journey. I began to make a map of where I’ve been. Notes mark my thoughts about things I’ve read, while various small objects parade the fiber process I’ve learned. All materials are scraps from previous projects or small samples made this semester. I took inventory of all the tools I’ve collected and reorganized them. Working through blind faith and intuitive impulses, this culmination of research is my foundation. It’s becoming my ideology.

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