This time year always approaches so quickly, but it's that time once again! Join us TOMORROW, Friday, April 27 from 5-8pm for our annual End of Semester Show featuring work by KCAI Illustration sophomores, juniors and seniors. Light snacks and refreshment will be served. C'mon by, we'd love to see you! If you can't make it to the opening, the exhibition continues Saturday, April 28 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, April 29 from 12-5pm.
Every year thousands of students from across the United States enter the prestigious Society of Illustrators Student Exhibition, but only a small fraction of those entries make it in to the final exhibition. The exhibition is held annually at the Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York. We are proud to announce that four of our students had work selected for exhibition! Congratulations to Jasmine Mendez ('18), Hannah Gibbs ('19), MacKenzie Fulmer ('19) and Isaac Lee ('20)!!
The Student Scholarship 2019 Exhibition opens on May 8 and runs through June 9, 2018.
Assistant Professor David Terrill recently took his senior Cultural Safari sketchbook class to observe medical students dissect donor cadavers at Kansas City University of Medicine and BioScience (KCUMB). These donors gave their bodies to science to further our knowledge of the human anatomy and to train our future doctors. David and the seniors worked alongside the med students and anatomy fellows. They drew as they dissected the cadavers. When I asked David about it, he said "It was a humbling and fascinating experience." After their visit, David received an email from one of the anatomy fellows with a watercolor attached. He was so inspired by their visit that he went out and started drawing himself.
The professor is “live” dissecting a cadaver at the beginning of the lab in a central part of the lab. The students all have a monitor above each station where they are dissecting at the same time. They pause and watch, get the idea of what to do, and go from there.
I wanted share some of the pages from my sketchbook from our first trip to KCUMB yesterday. It was an AMAZING experience. I ended up with 14 seniors observing med students actively dissecting the donors. We had the ability to roam and draw what we liked. Even the opportunity to dissect ourselves. Lots of great conversations with the Medical Fellows and mutual love of drawing. It was a crowded environment with well over 100 med students with a 30-ish cadavers on tables. Lots of technology as well broadcasting the professor demonstrating the dissections on the head and neck.
We are going back tomorrow morning from 10-12. We will have a different experience Wednesday where we will have the dissection theatre to ourselves with a Fellow showing us anatomy and dissections in a "one on one" environment. We can dissect if we wish to.
The students held up well. Only one student had to step out on a couple of occasions. We even had one student attend that wasn't originally going to come. He was glad he did.
We were officially through at 3pm, but my ride wasn't arriving until 4:15. I was allowed to stay and draw in the next session of students coming in to dissect. One of the seniors stayed with me and we were able to get another hour of drawing in.
I am now so fascinated with the anatomy, perhaps I would have been an anatomist is another life. It’s pretty sobering and amazing at the same time.
- David Terrill, March 2018
David is currently gathering images from the students. Below are a few from the initial trip. Many thanks to the folks at the Kansas City University of Medicine and BioSciences for allowing our students to come by and draw.
Hi everyone! It's been a busy, bustling semester! After months of planning, we have two events coming up THIS WEEK here in Kansas City, both of which highlight and feature the work of our junior and senior Illustration students.
Our first event, The Harvest (held on Thursday, November 30, from 5-8pm), is an annual event that enables students to make connections, meet people and share their work with various individuals from the creative community of Kansas City that we invite to our department for the evening. If you're looking for an intern or are curious about the work that's currently being created within the department, we'd love for you to join us! The event is set up trade-show-style; juniors and seniors will have their portfolios available and will be in attendance for the duration of the evening to answer your questions and share their work with you.
Our second event, ILLUSTRATION NOW (held on Friday, December 1, from 5-8pm), features exceptional junior and senior work that was selected, curated and juried by the faculty. This show is also being held in the Illustration department and coincides with the campus-wide End of Semester shows at KCAI. This show, along with the End of Semester shows, continues throughout the weekend on Saturday, December 2 from 10am-5pm and on Sunday, December 3 from 12-5pm.
The work featured below is a sampling of some of the work that will be featured in ILLUSTRATION NOW 2017. We hope to see you at The Harvest and/or ILLUSTRATION NOW!
KCAI Illustration is located at 324 East 43rd Street, KCMO, 64111. Street parking is available.
Covers and Pages is a junior-level sequential storytelling course in which illustration students are encouraged to tell short, sequential, visual narratives. Oftentimes these narratives are without text, so the narratives rely exclusively on visuals as a means to tell the story.
Every spring, Assistant Professor Maura Cluthe and Assistant Professor Hector Casanova compile and curate the content for the anthology. The covers, however, are judged by various comic book artists from the Kansas City Community. This year, we were lucky enough to have Buster Moody and Matt Fox stop by and jury the covers this year. What an honor!
Buster and Matt graciously joined us one evening in March to jury the covers. With 28 students in the junior class, there were plenty of great covers to choose from. After some back-and-forth deliberation, Buster and Matt narrowed it down to 6 covers and then narrowed it down again to these final 4. For the final anthology, we'll be printing 2 separate books with 4 different covers but the content within the two books will be the same.
Please join me in congratulating Emily Alvarez, Astrid Blurr, Max Peake and Brinnon Schaub whose work will be on the covers of the 2017 Covers & Pages Anthology! Congratulations, too, to runners-up Gabbi Brandini and Cameron Kunkel! Congratulations all!
Every semester, we the faculty put together a 3-hour Mystery Project for our students. Although the timing of the Mystery Project is typically on the first Monday after Spring Break, until it's announced, the students don't know what the project is going to be - they only know that they'll have 3 hours to complete it. Every full-time faculty member takes a turn to create a Mystery Project and this spring, it was up to Assistant Professor John Ferry to put it together.
John had heard Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski speak at Hallmark several years ago when he was working there as a studio manager. What she had to say about her experiences was life-changing, impactful and unforgettable. In an effort to expose our students to Sonia's story, John reached out to Sonia's oldest daughter, Regina, who helps to coordinate Sonia's many speaking engagements. Sonia loves speaking to young people, specifically, as it is her hope to tell her story so that it is not forgotten and so that the atrocities of the Holocaust never happen again.
Sonia and her daughter, Regina, were kind enough to take some time to stop by and talk with our students yesterday. Senior Coti Meier posted about her experience in hearing Sonia speak and summarized her visit so eloquently:
"Yesterday KCAI Illustration hosted Sonia Warshawski to tell her story of how she survived the concentration camps during the Holocaust. She told some horrific accounts of what happened to her, what she saw and stressed the importance of reading history, but the most important topic of Sonia's speech was love. She said, "MOLD THEM WITH LOVE," emphasizing the importance of shaping a child's life with love. This resonated with me because she went through immense trauma at a young age, yet she is still here today to tell us to love and to put out hate. Something so simple, yet has the ability to do so much. She is an incredible woman and I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to listen to Sonia speak."
After hearing Sonia's story, we asked each student to create an image based on her story using the words CONVICTION or RESILIENCY as a springboard for their idea. Here are a few pictures from Sonia's visit as well as a few of the images that were created.
BIG THANKS to Sonia and Regina. Sonia, thank you for sharing your story. Our hearts are with you! Hats off to John Ferry, for making this happen.
For more information about Sonia and the upcoming documentary about her experience, be sure to visit bigsonia.com.
Students - if your artwork is posted here and your name isn't listed, please email me, Maura Cluthe, and I'll add your name by your image. Thanks.
JOIN US on Friday, May 6th from 5-8pm to view the 2016 End of Semester Illustration Exhibition, featuring works by sophomore, junior, and senior illustration students. The exhibition will be open to the public throughout the weekend. Refreshments will be served!
Come on by! We'd love to see you!
Stay tuned for a preview of the work that'll be in the show, here.
Three Illustration students from the Kansas City Art Institute, in cooperation with the Kansas City Auto Show and the Art of the Car Concours, are wrapping three BMW MINIs with original artwork for display at this year's Kansas City Auto Show. The program is coordinated through KCAI's Sponsored Studio program where student find creative solutions for area businesses. KCAI's Illustration students were asked to create unique designs that could be applied to cars. Representatives from the KC Auto Show, BMW, and Art of the Car Concours selected the top three designs for display at the Auto Show, held March 2-6, 2016 at Bartle Hall.
The three senior Illustration students whose work was selected for the program include Alison Polston from O'Fallon, MO; Emily Woodson from Pensacola, FL and Twodee Weaver from Austin, TX.
The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design while attending the Auto Show. The Automobile Dealers of Greater Kansas City Charitable Foundation will award scholarships to the three students based on public vote. The car with the top votes will receive $2000, second place will receive $1000 and third place will receive $750. The three final designs were culled from 13 student entries.
BiG CONGRATS to Alison, Emily and Twodee!
Every fall, sophomore students in John Ferry's Color & Space class take on the daunting task of creating a 4x4 foot self-portrait. Each portrait, made up of roughly 2300 individually painted squares, comes together over the course of 8-16 weeks throughout the semester. Students create the portraits using oil; for many of them it's the first time they've created a piece this large and it's the first time they've painted in oil. Here are just a few of the wonderful pieces that are popping up within the studio. It's always fun to see these come together!
We're just a little over a week away from the annual Art of the Car Concours event! Art of the Car Concours was initiated in 2007 by event originator/ KCAI supporter / car collector Marshall Miller. Miller wanted to create an event that highlights unique, vintage automobile, race car and motorcycle design. Additionally, it is also a benefit event for the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship Fund. For this year's event, Assistant Professor John Ferry worked with Marshall Miller to provide an opportunity to students to create artwork for the event catalogue through John's Illustration elective, The Voice. This year's theme: Dream Cars of the Mid Century.
In addition to having their work printed and part of the 2015 Art of the Car Concours catalogue, individual prints will be available for sale at the event on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Congratulations to all the students below!
For more information on Art of the Car Concours, visit their website.
Senior R.T. Smith recently did a piece for an event called Operation: War Fare, held this April at the National World War I Museum here in Kansas City. "They hosted the event and had an unbelievable turn out. The museum said the campaign for this event was one of the most successful they've ever had! We hope to do a series of illustrations for their events throughout the rest of the year," said R.T., who interned at the museum during his junior year.
Attached are a few shots that the museum sent R.T. from the night of the event. The museum decided to use R.T.'s illustration behind the panel of celebrity chef's and Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Too cool!
Holy cow there's a lot of incredible work once again this year! To give you a taste of what's going to be in the show, we've decided to give you a little sneak peek and show some of the work here. But don't take our word for it -- come by and see for yourselves! Join us for the opening Friday, May 8 from 5-8 pm! KCAI Illustration is at 324 East 43rd Street, KCMO, 64111. Hope to see you there!
It's become somewhat of a tradition in the Illustration Department to drop a "Mystery Project" onto the students from time to time. Although this project tends to happen in the spring, the students really have no idea when one of these projects is going to fall into their lap. The Mystery Project has taken on a few different forms, but it always starts first thing in the morning (at 8 am) and is due by mid-day. Students have about 3 or 4 hours to create a piece around specific parameters, however they want using whatever medium they have on hand.
This spring, instructor Hector Casanova received a generous donation of old vinyl records which he brought into the Illustration Department. On the day of the Mystery Project, each student was randomly given one vinyl record. Their goal was to reinvent the artwork / packaging for the album with fresh sensibilities. They had to keep one element from the original packaging, be it typography, color palette, or any physical element. The results were fun, silly, sophisticated and wonderfully all over the place!
At mid-day everyone put their transformed records up on the wall in the flex space in the studio. Seeing all the different solutions from sophomores, juniors and seniors is always a lot of fun. Department Chair and Professor Steve Mayse then has students vote on some of their favorite submissions. The following pieces are just a few of the results of this project.
The KCAI Illustration Department recently debuted a new elective this semester called “The Idea Collective.” It operates as an in-house “micro-agency” composed of select senior students, led by assistant professor David Terrill.
Performing the typical tasks of a small creative firm, conceptualizing, designing, illustrating and presenting the work, their first client was the Coterie Theatre, a professional equity theatre based here in Kansas City.
“The partnership has proven to be a success for both the students and the client,” said Terrill. “Students were responsible for preparing and delivering final artwork to the client ready for production. Through this exposure, students received hands-on experience working with the Coterie in a professional manner culminating in tangible results.”
The students created six promotional posters for the upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season. The posters were designed for “The Miracle Worker” by Kendall Quack, “And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns” by Kendall Quack, “Tomas and the Library Lady” by Kristopher Martin, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Taylor Smith and Kendall Quack, “Dreamworks Madagascar: A Musical Journey” by Rosie Ruzicka and “The Magic Treehouse: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens” by Kelsey Borcherding, opening during the 2016-2017 season. Check out these wonderful posters below.
We're all looking forward to seeing what The Idea Collective is up to next!
We just found out that senior Rosie Ruzicka and sophomore Lauren Seider have had work accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition and we couldn't be more proud! Big congrats you two!
Both of the pieces below will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in New York, NY from May 6 - 30 with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 8, 2015.
ILLUSTRATION NOW 2014 opens tonight! We're so excited! Make KCAI's Illustration Department one of your stops this First Friday and join us this evening from 5-8pm for our opening reception or stop by sometime over the weekend. We'll be open on Saturday, December 6 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, December 7 from 12pm-5pm.
KCAI Illustration is located at 324 East 43rd Street, Kansas City, MO, 64111.
We just found out that 9 of our students (4 alums and 5 current students) have had work accepted into the Society of Illustrators Student Competition and we couldn't be more proud! This is the fourth year that we've existed as a department since it was re-established and the third year that our students have entered work into this competition. Every year we've entered, we've had more work accepted into the show, which is a great feeling. Big congrats to all of our talented illustrators!
All the pieces below will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in New York, NY from May 7 - 31 with an opening reception on Friday, May 9, 2014.
Check out the winning pieces below. To see all of the student work that's going to be in the show, visit the Society of Illustrators.
Although last semester seems like forever ago (!), we wanted to stop and give a special shout out to Pam and Gary Gradinger for their generous support and for sponsoring our department. Your belief in our department and our students means the world to us and to KCAI. Thank you!!
Here are just a few picks from the Illustration NOW show, held on December 5, 2013.
Last December, the Society of Korea Illusart (SOKI) had a call for entries for their annual illustration competition. Welcoming entries from around the world, the SOKI competition is broken down into several categories including Character Illustration, Fashion Illustration (styles and patterns), Scientific and Technical Illustration, 3D Illustration, Typography Illustration, Gallery Illustration, Installation Illustration and Illustration for Communication Design.
We are pleased to announce that Taylor Fourt and Johannah Miller (both KCAI Illustration sophomores) have both been accepted into the SOKI international art competition in Seoul, Korea and have both been acknowledged and awarded for their entries into the competition. In addition, they are both honorary members of SOKI. Way to go, Taylor and Johannah!! Congratulations!
We're just a few days away from ILLUSTRATION NOW 2013! We're going to be prepping and painting the space tonight and the work will be hung tomorrow. So exciting! Here's some additional work that will be in the show.
Thanks for looking! We hope to see you sometime this weekend! (See previous post for exhibition details.)