Last updated: 1/17/2012
Kansas City, Missouri
Street Address
4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
Mailing Address
4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
phone: 816-472-4852
e-mail: info@kcai.edu
web: www.kcai.edu/
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Raechell Smith, Director, H&R Block Artspace
phone: 816-561-5563
Anne Canfield, Vice President for Communications
phone: 816-802-3426
Description

Welcome to the Kansas City Art Institute, a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines. This great institution has a stellar history, dating back to its origins in 1885.

Be sure to check out our digital gallery, where you can see work by students, faculty and KCAI alumni.

H&R Block Artspace

The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute was founded in 1999 as a university gallery program to benefit the academic and public communities of Kansas City.

The Artspace houses and manages the Kansas City Art Institute’s permanent collection of fine art. KCAI began acquiring works in 1885, and today the collection includes an eclectic range of more than 1,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, contemporary and historical prints, works on paper, design objects, folk art, outdoor sculptures and a range of decorative art and collectibles.

The permanent collection serves as a teaching collection. "Selections from the Collection" exhibitions are organized thematically to complement programming and other exhibitions at the Artspace. These are curated by the Artspace staff and shown in the Roger L. and Joni Cohen Resource Room. Academic interns have opportunities to provide curatorial and managerial support for the permanent collection, including curating "Selections from the Collection" exhibitions or other special projects in the Resource Room.

The KCAI permanent collection has the largest holding of artwork by Missouri self-taught artist Jesse Howard. The collection includes more than 100 signs and sculptures by Howard. Howard's pieces have been featured in main gallery exhibitions at the Artspace, including "Signs of the Times" and "Now Read On: Jesse Howard and Roger Brown." The permanent collection also features a special collection of prints produced by Landfall Press, owned and operated by Jack Lemon in Santa Fe, N.M. These prints have been featured in Artspace exhibitions including "Landfall Press: 1970–2000," "Big and Beautiful," "Storyline: Inviting Narratives," "Process in Printmaking" and "Chicago Art: Early and Contemporary Imagery and Influence."

Mission

The mission of Kansas City Art Institute is to be a leader in visual arts and design education by preparing gifted students for lifelong creativity through intensive interaction with preeminent faculty and facilities and by stimulating active public awareness, support, and participation in the visual arts and design.

Educational Programs

Public Programs

The Artpsace hosts a range of educational programs to complement our exhibition program. Exhibiting artists, guest curators and arts professionals are invited to give illustrated presentations to Artspace visitors at noon on select Fridays for T.N.T. (The Noon Thing) Fridays. Check our events calendar on our website for upcoming programs at the Artspace.

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