- Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) is a private, independent, four-year college of
fine arts and designfounded in 1885 that has taught many creative students including animator Walt Disney, designer Marisol Delunaand painter Robert Rauschenbergin Kansas City, Missouri.
Ranked among the nation's top 10 art schools by
U.S. News and World Report, KCAI is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design(NASAD), the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design(AICAD) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
KCAI comprises nearly 600 students (representing more than 45 states and several foreign countries) and approximately 75 faculty.
Students pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in which a comprehensive liberal arts program is complemented by emphasis in one of the following studio majors:
Animation, Ceramics, Design, Fiber, Painting, Photo& New Media, Printmaking, Interdisciplinary Arts , and Sculpture. Majors in Art Historyas well as Studio Art with an Emphasis in Creative Writingare also available.
The school started in 1885 when art enthusiasts formed the "Sketch Club" with the purpose of "talking over art matters in general and to judge pictures." Meetings were originally in private homes and then moved to the Deardorf Building at 11th and Main in downtown Kansas City.
The club had its first exhibition in 1887 and 12 benefactors stepped forward to form the "Kansas City Art Association and School of Design."
Howard Vanderslicepurchased the August R. Meyerresidence, a Germanic castle entitled Marburgand its convert|8|acre|m2|sing=on estate at 44th and Warwick Boulevard adjacent to the about to be built Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. A Wight and Wightaddition was added to the building. The residence was later renamed "Vanderslice Hall" and is listed on the National Register of Historic Placesalong with another building on the campus -- Mineral Hall. The campus has since expanded to 15 acres (61,000 m²).
Thomas Hart Bentonleft New York Cityfor a teaching job at the school. Among the dozens of other artists Benton impacted as a teacher at KCAI were Frederic James, Robert MacDonald Graham, William Wind McKim, Margot Peet, Duard Marshall, Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Roger Medearis, Aaron Pyle, Glenn Gant, and Delmer J. Yoakum. [ Under the Influence: The Students of Thomas Hart Benton. Marianne Berardi. The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. 1993.] Though Benton brought a great deal of attention to the Art Institute, he was dismissed from the faculty in 1941 after making disparaging references to, as he claimed, the excessive influence of homosexuals in the art world. [ cite news | date=1941-04-14 | publisher=Time | title=Benton Hates Museums | url=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,932248,00.html | accessdate=2007-07-29]
In 1992 the
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Artopened on the west side of the campus.
Notable names associated with school
Martin Arnold- filmaker
* Thomas Hart Benton - leader of Regionalist art movement; KCAI teacher, 1935-1941
Robert Berdella- serial killer, attended briefly
Dan Christensen- abstract painter
Richard Corben- comic book artist
* [http://www.treatzone.com/ Matthew Davis] - [http://www.treatzone.com/ Treatzone] founder, actor
Marisol Deluna- New York fashion designerand founder of Deluna By Design, Inc.
John de Martelly- Regionalist printmaker, KCAI printmaking teacher
Walt Disney- Mickey Mousedesigner who attended as child
Ellen Fullman- inventor of long string instrument
Glenn Gant- Regionalist painter, student of Benton, KCAI teacher
Jon Gnagy- author of "New Television Art Instruction Book"
Angela Dufresne- painter
April Greiman- page layout designer
Christian Holstad- conceptual artist
Dennis Hopper- actor, attended Saturday classes during high school
Frederic James- watercolor painter, KCAI teacher
Arthur Kraft- sculptor and painter
Ronnie Landfield- abstract painter
* [http://www.ramblinworker.com/ Steve MacDonald] - fiber artist
Roger Medearis- Regionalist painter, student of Benton
* Robert Morris - sculptor, performance and installation artist
Jackson Lee Nesbitt- Artist known for his regionalist etchings and lithographs, student of Benton
William F. Nolan- prolific writer, original "Twilight Zone" co-author
Victor Papanek- Campaigned against unsafe design
Margot Peet- painter, student of Benton
Sam Prekop- Chicagophotographer, musician with The Sea and Cake
Archer Prewitt- Chicagocartoonist, musician with The Sea and Cakeand the Coctails
Robert Rauschenberg- contemporary painter, forerunner of Pop Art, Grammy Award-winning album designer
Mikel Rouse- Composer who developed Totalism (music)
Akio Takamori- Ceramic artist
* Jeff Thornton - New York painter [http://jeffthorntonfineart.com/index.html website]
Christopher Willits- Musician, Sound and Multimedia artist. Class of 2000.
Delmer J. Yoakum- Artist, Disneylandand movie set painter
* [http://www.kcai.edu/ Official site]
* [http://www.myartcollege.com/ Micro site]
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