Education Opportunities

The Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute by providing extraordinary learning opportunities for KCAI students through a student work program and an intern program. Student interns and assistants are involved in all aspects of our gallery – from the inception of an exhibition’s beginning to its design and installation to its reception by a public audience. Through their roles at the Artspace, students gain insight and expertise that expand their educational opportunities at KCAI and are provided with an introduction to a range of professional opportunities available for them after college. Artspace interns also have an opportunity to curate one exhibition in the Roger Cohen Resource Room to implement all they have learned and contribute publicly to Artspace programming.

Artist-in-Residence Program

On occasion, the Artspace invites artists to create new work for an exhibition or project while in residence at the Artspace. Artists are invited to interact and collaborate with KCAI students, faculty and Artspace staff as well as meet with Artspace visitors during their residency.

Above: 2005 Artist-in-Residence Ghada Amer working with KCAI students and alumni at the Artspace

Past Artist-in-Residence participants:

2007: Mel Ziegler

2006: Jeffery Vallance, Sean Foley, Marc Swanson

2005: Ghada Amer

2003: Wenda Gu

2002: Jamie Walker, Sadashi Inuzaka, Frances Whitehead, Jeanne Quinne, Walter McConnell

2000: Lee Boroson

1998: Eve Sussman, Karen McCoy and Don Wilkison, Bill Botzow, Adam Kuby, Li Shen, Susan White, Lynn Hull


Since opening in 1999, the Artspace has been met with enthusiastic response. In some measure, success can be determined and gauged by the company kept and by the alliances formed. The Artspace has benefited from a range of partnerships and collaborations and has received the support of many.

The Artspace works closely with members of the Kansas City Art Institute community and the external community to realize exhibitions and public programs for the benefit of Artspace audiences, KCAI students and exhibiting artists. Over the years, the Artspace has cultivated numerous beneficial mission-oriented partnerships with educational institutions, arts organizations, corporations, foundations and others to expand the scope and reach of its programs.

Artspace partners include:

National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Cultural Trust, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Roger Brown Study Collection at SAIC, UMKC Center for Creative Studies, Bates College Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New Art Examiner, Creative Time, Kemper Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, NAMA Young Friends of Art, Neoclassics, NAMA Docents, Southmoreland Neighborhood Association, Booklyn, Pierogi Gallery, University of Kansas, Salina Art Center, Asia Society and Museum, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, Independent Curators International, Derek Porter Studio, Dolphin Gallery, Norton Family Collection, ah Gallery of Los Angeles, Nancy Gray Foundation, Grand Arts, NCECA, Surface Design Association, Keith Coldsnow Art Supplies, UMKC, Linda Hall Library, University of North Texas, H&R Block Foundation, Charlotte Street Foundation, American Century Investors, Henry & Marion Bloch Foundation, Barbara Hall Marshall, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Courtney Turner Charitable Trust, Edgar Snow Society, Kansas City Power & Light Co., Janet and Marshall Miller, Miller & Jeanette Nichols Foundation, Francis Families Foundation, Vistawall, Bunni and Paul Copaken, Copaken Family Foundation, Kansas City Visual Arts Committee, Avenue of the Arts, Association of College & University Museums & Galleries, Missouri Task Force: CUMG, Review Magazine, Kansas City Star, Art Papers, Studio 150, Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Columbia Art League, Oklahoma Arts Festival, Hidden Glen Arts Festival, Plaza Art Fair, Society for Contemporary Photography, Metropolitan Arts Council of KC, and Kansas City’s One Percent for Art Program.

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The Kansas City Art Institute's viewbook provides an overview of KCAI's academic programs,  students, faculty, alumni and campus. Download the viewbook here  (PDF)