Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City MO 64111-1874
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 472-4852
Fax 816- 802-3439
Mission Statement

To prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.

We can do this by:

  • Providing a rigorous education in art, design and the liberal arts that combines theory and creative application through facilitating aesthetic exploration and critical inquiry and reflection in a historical and contemporary context.
  • Nurturing the professional, intellectual and personal growth of our students through access to dedicated preeminent, professionally active faculty.
  • Preparing our graduates for thriving multifaceted careers by creating partnerships that serve and involve the public, encourage lifelong learning and promote student engagement with local, national and international communities.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tony Jones CBE
Board Chair Mr. Frank Uryasz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Uryasz Family Foundation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1885
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Ways to donate to the Kansas City Art Institute include mail, telephone and online.

  • By mail - send a check to Kansas City Art Institute, Attention: Advancement Office, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111.
  • By phone - call the KCAI Advancement Office at 816-802-3468 with credit card information. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express are accepted.
  • Donations online - https://donate.kcai.edu/donate
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

To prepare gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.

We can do this by:

  • Providing a rigorous education in art, design and the liberal arts that combines theory and creative application through facilitating aesthetic exploration and critical inquiry and reflection in a historical and contemporary context.
  • Nurturing the professional, intellectual and personal growth of our students through access to dedicated preeminent, professionally active faculty.
  • Preparing our graduates for thriving multifaceted careers by creating partnerships that serve and involve the public, encourage lifelong learning and promote student engagement with local, national and international communities.
Background Statement
As the city’s oldest arts organization, KCAI’s mission to provide a premier arts and design educational experience to students since 1885 has thrived. Our institution provides a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, interactive arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, studio art with a creative writing emphasis, and Freshman Foundation. In addition, KCAI also awards certificate programs in social practice and Asian Studies under the B.F.A. degree program, and in spring 2018, KCAI began an entrepreneurship course in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Business.
KCAI also values community involvement, and our dedication to educating youth and art enthusiasts continues through our various outreach programs. We host youth and adults at our Continuing Education (CE) program, free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace Gallery and the KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, and the “Current Perspectives” free lecture program.
Impact Statement
Recent Accomplishments:
During the 2017-18 school year, KCAI the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the new Master Plan. The primary goal of the Master Plan is to better serve the 21st century student including where students dine, live, and learn. KCAI’s freshman experience is a key factor in the Master Plan and includes the construction of a new student living center, a new Center for Art History and Liberal Arts building, and renovation of the former student living center to new academic studios for Animation and Illustration departments. To date, 95% of the $25 million Space to Create campaign has been raised.
Two new curricular offerings were developed– a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design in collaboration with UMKC’s Bloch School of Management and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and a major in Product Design. Both programs are supported by alumni feedback, informed by industry, appeal to a new generation of students seeking business/entrepreneurial skills, and are relevant for today’s design-conscious world.
KCAI’s department of Continuing Education offers Pre-College Art Lab (PCAL), a three-week residency for high school students. PCAL provides college-level art and design curriculum to help students advance creatively, technically, and conceptually. PCAL continues to be a successful recruitment pipeline. Of the 66 participants in 2018, 15 enrolled as first-year Foundation students at KCAI.
Short Term Goals:
During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, KCAI plans to complete the new 244-bed student living center and continue its progress on the renovation of existing buildings to create more studio space and additional academic spaces. Enrollment remains a topmost concern and primary challenge. KCAI implemented a “test optional” policy for the 2019-2020 academic year, and as a result, we experienced our highest applicant pool in the last 10 years.
Needs Statement The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, nonprofit college. KCAI does not receive federal or state government funding, and tuition generates only 61 percent of the income necessary to underwrite our annual operating expenses. Therefore, the college relies on the generous support of corporations, foundations, businesses and individuals who believe in our mission as a leader in art and design education and higher learning. Financial support helps the college maintain its facilities and provide scholarships to deserving, gifted students.
Service Categories
Undergraduate Colleges
Arts Education
Adult Education
Areas of Service
Geographic Area Served Narrative

KCAI draws students from the Kansas City metropolitan area, throughout the Midwest, and from across the nation. Additionally, an average of 12 international students enroll each year, representing 10 countries.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
The present state of KCAI is strong. Led by a talented and visionary leader, Nerman Family President Tony Jones, KCAI is blessed to have excellent administrators, faculty, and staff. Our buildings and grounds are in better shape than they have been in years. Standing at the heart of campus, I enjoy seeing historic Vanderslice Hall as the anchor, the David T. Beals, III Studios for Art & Technology to the left, and the under-construction Student Living Center to the right, where KCAI’s past, present, and future intersect. Most importantly, however, we are preparing our students for careers in industries that need and value their talents.
It is an exciting time to be part of the Kansas City Art Institute. Our Master Plan is complete and provides a comprehensive vision for the future of the college, focusing on the first-time student experience. Major construction and renovation projects are underway as part of the Space to Create capital campaign, which, when finished, will transform not only our campus, but the entire student experience. Two major academic programs were developed and are preparing to enroll the first cohort of students; the minor in Entrepreneurial Studies in Art and Design, and Product Design major. Due to continued excellence in our Pre-College programs, combined with new student recruitment initiatives, incoming student enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year is higher than it has been in a decade.
When I first experienced KCAI nearly 30 years ago, I knew it was a special place, and it still is!
Description KCAI offers BFA degrees in the following major areas of study: animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, studio art with an emphasis on creative writing, and Freshman Foundation. The college also offers two specialized certificates in social practice and Asian studies. In 2018, a minor in Entrepreneurship in Art & Design was launched in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Management and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. KCAI is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Higher Learning Commission.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
KCAI’s expected learning outcomes include the ability to:
  1. Apply critical thinking and integrate ideas from multiple approaches and perspectives.
  2. Effectively communicate and express ideas visually, orally, and in writing.
  3. Conduct independent inquiry and research through critical engagement with information sources.
  4. Apply creative thinking to problem solving.
  5. Demonstrate a high level of creativity, inner-directedness, and willingness to take risks.
  6. Demonstrate a level of global understanding necessary to be an informed citizen of the world.
  7. Demonstrate intellectual curiosity in the pursuit of living an examined life.
Long-Term Success KCAI’s approach to education is designed to produce creative problem-solvers who are agile thinkers able to transform their lives and those of others. Graduates of KCAI are expected to demonstrate a level of global understanding necessary to be informed citizens of the world and to exhibit a high level of creativity, inner-directedness, willingness to take risks, and intellectual curiosity.
Program Success Monitored By
To ensure our programs and services are meeting KCAI’s standards of excellence, the college employs several evaluative techniques. All academic and non-academic departments track their evaluation procedures through an Institutional Effectiveness Report, which is reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff members and then submitted to the cabinet and president for decisions related to budget and staffing requests. These reports help the college monitor department and program effectiveness and evaluate areas for improvement.
A survey taken by the entire student body every two years communicates broad patterns in student satisfaction. The survey results also assist faculty and staff in creating strategies and allocating budgetary resources for the continual improvement of student satisfaction. Individual student success is demonstrated through high grades and positive reviews from the faculty.
Examples of Program Success

Our Sponsored Studio program integrates meaningful arts in education experiences through its project collaborations between KCAI students and businesses in the community. Businesses approach KCAI with a creative problem or need, while students work on site and in their studio classrooms to present creative solutions and ideas specifically developed for each business or organization. Most recent projects include the KC Zoo’s stingray touch tank mural, storefronts and murals for elementary aged children participating in UMB’s School of Economics, and exhibits designed for the Rabbit Hole, the new literacy and children’s story museum opening in KC spring 2020.

The Sponsored Studio program continues to expand its reach into the business and civic community. During the 2018-19 school year, KCAI created 11 projects that raised over $100,000 in funds for student scholarships. This was a substantial increase from the year prior, which raised $65,000. There are 13 tentative projects to be completed in the 2019-20 year. An exciting project that took place in the 2018-19 school year involved a partnership with Humana. The project was designed to help the company bring awareness to the loneliness and social isolation issues facing our military veterans. Our illustration students created a portrait exhibit featuring 14 area veterans that is currently traveling the country at medical conferences and veteran gatherings. It has received national publicity for its frank and meaningful depiction through a visual and audio display. The Sponsored Studio program continues to expand the awareness of KCAI in our community and surrounds the public with the quality works by our students.
Description The Kansas City Art Institute's Continuing Education (CE) program offers art and design classes for youth and adults, as well as specialized programs for high school students, art educators and professionals. Evening, weekend, summer and online courses for adults and youth provide a variety of options to meet any person’s schedule. Classes are held on campus, at area schools, and at other locations throughout the metro in conjunction with partnering organizations.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
While participating in a CE class, both youth and adult students will learn to:
  1. Illustrate their point of view through visual art projects.
  2. Improve their skills while working with newly introduced materials and artistic techniques.
  3. Analyze the elements and principles of design in historical works of art and in their own.
  4. Explain and defend their artistic choices.
Specifically, KCAI measures the success of its CE programs as follows:
  • Increased opportunities for Kansas City-area youth to create original artwork with new mediums and techniques;
  • Increased technical, conceptual, and creative preparedness of high school students to pursue post-secondary art and design education through access to college-level art instruction and portfolio development; and
  • Increased opportunities for content-specific professional development opportunities for local and regional art educators.
Long-Term Success
CE classes focus on skill development and creative thinking through exposure to a wide range of disciplines in the visual arts and design. The overarching goal of the CE program at KCAI is to make “art for everyone” affordable and accessible. The program continued its exposure in the community and provided free classes for the youth and high school demographics and discounted or free classes for art educators. Long-term success for each demographic is envisioned as follows:
Youth – increased learning outcomes in school such as art achievement, academic achievement, attendance, self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, and success in life and work as a result of art instruction and exposure to a wide variety of mediums, techniques, and technology.
High School Students – increased decision-making to pursue art and design in college and career as a result of participation in art instruction and portfolio development in high school.
Art Educators – increased job satisfaction and retention as a result of ongoing content-specific professional development in the area of art instruction and development of personal artistic skills.
Program Success Monitored By
The CE program participates in KCAI’s annual institutional effectiveness report process, which assesses all programs against the college’s learning outcomes and strategic plan. Course evaluations are completed at the conclusion of every CE course and are a major component of the institutional effectiveness process. The outcomes measure abilities such as critical thinking, effective communication, independent inquiry, creative thinking and problem solving, risk-taking, global understanding, and intellectual curiosity. Additionally, success is specifically measured using CE enrollment data and course feedback.
Examples of Program Success In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, CE hosted 24 free workshops for 385 elementary and high school students. Participants in CE programs totaled 2,687 people, of whom 926 were between the ages of 6 and 14. Highlights from these courses include instruction in printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber, and portfolio development for college readiness. All courses are taught by KCAI faculty, alumni and CE staff. For example, in spring 2019, August DeMarea (’19 Illustration) taught an illustrative drawing course to 60 students ages 6-14 at Mid-Continent Public Library’s Woodneath Branch in Liberty, Missouri. This course allowed the participants to have hands-on experience in a medium they may not have access to in their own school. It also provided firsthand interactions with a recent alumna who exhibited the skillsets she gained as a KCAI student in a professional working capacity.
Description Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists. The Artspace’s vision is to contribute value and diversity to the artistic advancement of the city; to create meaningful collaborations that benefit regional artists and audiences; and to foster conversations and engagements that explore innovation, experimentation, knowledge, and create greater cultural understanding. The Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, acquired in 2015, provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District. The gallery offers students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment and acts as a site for the KCAI artist-in-residence program.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Museums
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The Artspace and Crossroads Gallery support the creation, presentation and appreciation of important contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, public art projects, educational programs, professional development opportunities, collection stewardship, and partnerships.
Long-Term Success Through their programs, the Artspace/Crossroads Gallery strives to: promote the values of diversity, innovation, and experimentation; generate awareness of global artists, art, and ideas; and enhance and sustain a strong and vibrant regional arts ecology.
Program Success Monitored By A successful project at the Artspace/Crossroads Gallery is one that is embraced by KCAI students and the Kansas City community. Attendance, audience interactions, requests for gallery talks, interest from peers and colleagues, critical reception of exhibitions, and visits to our website and resource collection help us gauge the success of our efforts.
Examples of Program Success During 2018, Artspace hosted six exhibits highlighting the full range of artistic talent – from newly graduated KCAI artists and designers to celebrated and established national artists. The most impactful exhibit during 2018 was Danielle Tegeder’s “Chroma Machine Suite: In Collaboration With,” which was an Artspace-commissioned new work by an acclaimed New York-based interdisciplinary artist. As a visiting artist in residence at the H&R Block Artspace from January - March 2018, Tegeder worked closely with a project team of 12 KCAI students to create a large, site-specific wall drawing and an immersive and evolving sculptural installation with a variety of locally-sourced materials. This one-of-a-kind exhibit allowed Artspace leadership to offer a wide range of public programs and events and resulted in published national and regional reviews which enhanced the identity of the H&R Block Artspace.
CEO Comments
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Tony Jones CBE
Term Start Dec 2014
The Nerman Family President Tony Jones CBE is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator and historian of art, architecture and design and a consultant on higher education and the arts. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, he was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London and the Newport College of Art in Wales as a sculptor, painter and art historian. He came to the United States for postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar. He was appointed president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1991, when he took a position as director of the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to SAIC in 1996 and served as president until 2012, when he was named chancellor and president-emeritus. From 1996 to 2012 he also was co-CEO of the Corporation of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other leadership appointments, he was chairman of the department of art and art history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and director of the Glasgow School of Art in the U.K.
Conferred the title Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2003, Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, six honorary doctorates and an array of international honors. He was conferred the Austrian Knight’s Cross for services to education in Europe, elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Lawyers for the Arts, to mention only a few. He is a former two-term national chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of which KCAI is a member. In 2011, an historic landmark building in downtown Chicago was named Jones Hall in his honor.
Former CEOs
Dr. Jaqueline Chanda Ph. D.July 2011 - July 2014
Mr. Stephen MetzlerJuly 2014 - Dec 2014
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for Academic Affairs

Bambi Burgard joined KCAI in 2000 as assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the academic resource center. In 2006, she became associate vice president for student achievement; from 2008 to 2010 she served the college as interim vice president for enrollment management; in 2010 she was promoted to vice president for enrollment management and student achievement; and in 2012, she was named vice president for academic affairs. Before coming to KCAI, she worked in the student counseling center at University of Missouri-Kansas City and in private practice. Burgard earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a licensed psychologist in Missouri and Kansas.

Title Vice President for Advancement
Experience/Biography Nicolle Ratliff joined KCAI in 2012 from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where she was development director. Before that, she was manager of individual giving at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, with responsibility for the Nelson’s Friends of Art and Society of Fellows membership groups. A member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s 2011-2012 Centurions class, Ratliff was an ambassador for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, serving on that group’s executive committee from 2006-2010 and on the “1Yr2Go” planning committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, from which she graduated cum laude, and she studied art history in Florence, Italy, and Paris.
Title Vice President for Enrollment Management
Experience/Biography With 19 years of progressive experience in admissions and recruitment, Townsend most recently served as the Director of Admissions of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in Boston. Prior to her work at SMFA, Karen held leadership positions at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Maine College of Art, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Townsend received her B.F.A. from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design | George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Paid Full-Time Staff 154
Paid Part-Time Staff 84
Paid Contractors 106
Volunteers 150
Retention Rate 69%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 76
Hispanic/Latino 7
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 145
Other (Please Specify) Unspecified
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 134
Male 98
Not Specified 6
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
  • Art in the Loop
  • ArtsKC- Regional Arts Council
  • A. Zahner Company
  • A-Z Theatrical Supply
  • Capitol Federal Savings
  • Chadwick Brooks Productions
  • Charlotte Street Foundation
  • Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Commerce Bank
  • Coterie Theatre
  • Crestwood Shops
  • The Dunes at St. Andrews
  • Hallmark
  • Hamburger Mary’s
  • Hufft Projects
  • Independence Center
  • International Council of Fine Arts Deans
  • John Michael Kohler Art Center
  • Kansas City School District
  • Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
  • Kansas City Public Library
  • Kansas City Photo Forum
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre
  • Kansas City Zoo
  • KC Studio Magazine
  • Keepers of the Sandlot
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Labconco
  • Lead Bank
  • Make48
  • Manica Architecture
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • The Monarch
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Populous
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Rockhurst University
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Simpson College
  • St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum
  • State Fair Community College
  • SoftVu
  • Spaces Magazine
  • Spangler Graphics
  • Square One
  • STUFF, Inc.
  • UMB School of Economics
  • UMKC
  • University of Kansas
  • UMKC-Bloch School of Business Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship
Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design - Member2019
External Assessment and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2017
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2007
National Association of Schools of Art and Design - Accreditation2011
Missouri Arts Award for arts educationState of Missouri2009
$250,000 Challenge GrantThe Windgate Charitable Foundation2015
$25,000,000 Gift from an anonymous donorGKCCF2015
Award RecipientThe Santo Foundation2015
$10,000,000 gift from an anonymous donorGKCCF2017
National Juried CompetitionSociety of Illustrators2017
Visual Artists FellowsCharlotte Street2017
“Students to Watch”Graphic Design USA2017
Charlotte Street Visual Artists AwardsCharlotte Street2018
Windgate Fellowship AwardsThe Windgate Charitable Foundation2018
$5,000,000 giftThe Sunderland Foundation2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Frank Uryasz
Company Affiliation Uryasz Family Foundation
Term July 2018 to June 2021
Email frank.uryasz@gmail.com
Board Members
Ms. Cathy Thompson BrentsFreelance Graphic Designer, Art Director, Interior Designer and Artist
Mr. Bill CrandallCBC Real Estate Group
Mr. Thomas R. DowlingStinson Leonard Street LLP
Ms. Laura FlaniganCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Kristin GoodmanGoodLINES Design
Mr. Howard HarrisEagle:xm
Mr. Hank HerrmannWaddell + Reed
Mr. Tony JonesThe Nerman Family President, Kansas City Art Institute
Ms. Nancy L KemperCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Whitney KerrCushman Wakefield
Mr. Herb KohnBryan Cave LLP
Mr. Brad KrohSummit Street Counseling
Ms. Lisa MurrayEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Mr. Daniel F. MusserZimmer Real Estate Services
Mr. Joshua C. RowlandLead Bank
Ms. Susan Seidler-NermanCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Mark J SpencerHallmark Cards, Inc
Ms. Tracie TempelPeyton Lane, LLC
Mr. Jay TomlinsonHelix Architecture + Design
Mr. Frank UryaszUryasz Family Foundation
Ms. Pauline Verbeek-Cowart
Ms. Kathy Walter-MackFocus Consulting LLC
Mr. Frank WewersManning Systems
Ms. Pam WoodardCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Megan WyethMegan Wyeth Photography & Design
Mr. Julián ZugazagoitiaNelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 96%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 15%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Student Affairs
Board Governance
CEO Comments
At its core, KCAI is a heartland college. We treasure traditions of craft and skill. For us, the maker movment is old news, making things is what we have always done. We help students make their dreams into physical reality and share the skills to empower them to do so. Few colleges of the arts today offer a full array of curriculum dedicated to making, but we do. While many art colleges got rid of traditional craft tools, at KCAI we invested in them - come and see our new bronze foundry! We remain fundamentilists if you want to learn how to weave, you need fundamental respect for sheep before you can dye the wool, spin it, and weave it on the loom.
We know that employers are looking for talent that can make traditional and brand-new products that improve everyday life. Businesses know that highly creative individuals not only secure existing markets, but also expand them and even invent new ones. With the addition of the David T. Beals Studios for Art & Technology, it's only natural that the college introduce a new major in Product Design. Beginning in 2020, the program will be offered through a unique partnership with the Regnier Institute  for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Students will work with some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds learning to collaborate and transform ideas into successful products and businesses.
The  Kansas City Art Institute has been key in the development of our city as a creative hum, a role we have played since 1885. We promise to continue pushing boundaries and improving because that's what groundbreaking colleges do - continually improve who we are and do even better. We do it for Kansas City, our community, and for the brilliant young talent that comes to study with us at KCAI. 
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $20,638,027
Projected Expenses $20,638,027
Endowment Value $74,994,628
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 4.5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 6/30/2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$1,402,236$1,464,023
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,144,814$1,740,642($2,569,648)
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events$365,622$147,017$347,128
Revenue In-Kind$159,841$1,217,966$13,344
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$26,443,239$25,837,904$24,871,041
Administration Expense$5,272,006$4,443,764$4,211,617
Fundraising Expense$674,615$628,638$643,585
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.291.371.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%84%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$127,764,276$112,120,055$101,435,558
Current Assets$27,475,555$21,039,644$17,439,933
Long-Term Liabilities$1,857,980$1,860,949$1,853,316
Current Liabilities$13,143,507$13,076,112$12,434,058
Total Net Assets$112,762,789$97,182,994$87,148,184
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.091.611.40
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount $11,891,753 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $1,250,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount $250,000 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose In 2015, KCAI embarked on a campus-wide master plan to update its facilities to better serve the 21st-century student.
Goal $25,000,000.00
Dates May 2015 to May 2021
Amount Raised to Date $23,750,000.00 as of Aug 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments In July, an incredible $5 million gift from the Sunderland Foundation was announced in support of the new student residence hall, for which we are extremely grateful.  Their generosity, along with many others, is advancing KCAI's capital campaign, the Space to Create. Combined with a $22 million bond offering (that sold within minutes!) the college was able to literally break ground on a 244-bed residence hall, the Wylie Dining Center and Cafe Nerman. Now our vision is coming to life - you can see it and hear it, growling bulldozers have flattened the site, and the song of the concrete mixer is in the air. Local architecture firm Helix designed it with the contemporary student in mind and this state-of-the-art building will provide a proper home away from home. We are eager to welcome students to the new residence hall in January 2020.
Other Documents
KCAI Course Catalog2017View
KCAI Course Catalog2016View
KCAI Strategic Plan2013View
Organization Name Kansas City Art Institute
Address 4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 641111874
Primary Phone (816) 472-4852
Contact Email info@kcai.edu
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tony Jones CBE
Board Chair Mr. Frank Uryasz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Uryasz Family Foundation
Year of Incorporation 1885