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Attending Art School in Kansas City

“The City of Fountains”, so named because no other city in the world aside from Rome has more fountains, is the land of Truman, Hemingway, and, of course, the Chiefs. Given that the state of Missouri is surrounded by eight other states, it often boasts the quality of neighborliness and the residents of Kansas City embody this characteristic more than any other. In addition to its congenial denizens, the city, often called KCMO so as not to be confused with another city of the same namesake, is surprisingly affordable, rich in Jazz history, and, if you feel lucky, home to more than a few riverboat casinos. For an art student considering school in this pristine Midwest city, there is a wonderful art community in the city’s downtown Crossroads district, which is home to countless galleries as well as monthly First Fridays that showcase them. Kansas City also hosts one of the nation’s oldest and most recognized art festivals, the Plaza Art Fair, that takes place every autumn and draws crowds of over 300,000 people. This 75 year old event, along with the also popular Brookside Art Fair, highlight the work and local color of local and state artists, as well as rising art students. The city’s most recognized museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, exhibits over 5,000 masterpieces by American and European artists, and is also home to the Kansas City Sculpture Park. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is also worth a visit, along with a long list of impressive galleries, including The Blue Gallery, Cube at Beco, the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Leedy Voulkos Art Center. For any art student, there is much to see and be shown in this fine “Show Me State” city.

4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 472-4852
www.kcai.edu
Enrollment:  
600
Faculty:  
75
Programs:  
Ceramics, Design, Fiber, Illustration, Painting, Photo and New Media, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art with an emphasis in Creative Writing, Art History
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts
Features:  
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, visiting artists lecture series, study abroad Program, year-round classes, multi-million dollar renovations offer state of the art amenities, H&R Block Artspace
Noted Alumni:  
According to US News and World Report on best performing and visual arts schools, the Art Institute of Kansas is ranked among the nations top 20 art schools.
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1000
www.umkc.edu
Enrollment:  
170
Faculty:  
22
Programs:  
Art History, Studio Art (drawing, painting, design, printmaking, multimedia, and photography)
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Art in Art History, Master of Art in Art History, Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Bachelor of Arts in Art
Features:  
PUMKC Gallery of Art, internships at local galleries, museums, and art centers, Hand Print Press
Noted Alumni:  
Robert Brookmeyer (jazz trombonist), Danny Carey (drummer for the band Tool), John Carmack (video game programmer), John Ciardi (poet and etymologist), William Levi Dawson (composer and founder of Tuskeegee School of Music), Sean Phillip Harrington (theatre director), Edie McClurg (actress), Henry M. Morris (father of modern creation science), Richard Rhodes (Pulitzer Prize winning journalist), Mikel Rouse (composer), Craig Stevens (actor), Leith Stevens (film composer), Harry Truman, Dame Ruth Warrick (actress), J. Michael Yates (poet and dramatist)
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698
(816) 942-8400
www.avila.edu
Enrollment:  
1800
Faculty:  
62
Programs:  
Graphic Design (typography; conceptualization methods; publication, logo and branding, advertising, and packaging design; traditional and digital photography; and various computer software), Art Education (major in art, minor in education), Pre-Art Therapy, Advertising/ Public Relations, Film & Digital Media
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Features:  
Dallavis Center (6000 sq ft. hi-tech lab), Thornhill Gallery, The Talon news magazine