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Alumni Opportunity with A. Zahner Company

As a member of our KCAI alumni community, I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this new opportunity for alumni to submit entries for a biennial competition to have your artwork fabricated for free with the A. Zahner Company, the largest fine-art fabricator in the United States, which also happens to be located here in Kansas City.
Visit azahner.com/kcai  to apply, see fabricated works by past winners, or to cast votes for entries that have already been submitted. (As you will see from the few entries received and posted to the site, your submission would be especially welcome.)
Entries are due December 15, 2014, at 11:59 PM. Voting will take place from December 1 – December 31, 2014

. The winner will be announced January 21, 2015.

Every other year, A. Zahner Company has continued to sponsor a competition for KCAI students to fabricate an artwork for the Biennial KCAI Auction, the proceeds of which go to future students’ scholarship funds. This year, however, the competition is being opened up to KCAI alumni as well.
The winning contestant will have his/her artwork produced by Zahner and receive an additional $1,000. Zahner donates the metal, engineering, and production of the project, and the produced work will be featured in the Live Auction portion of the 2015 KCAI Biennial Art & Design Auction held in Kansas City on June 6, 2015. All proceeds will go to the KCAI Student Scholarship Fund for future students. This competition is open to all students* and alumni** at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Rules for Entry
*Competition open to all KCAI sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as Alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute. **Current employees and family members of A. Zahner Company or Kansas City Art Institute are not eligible contestants for entry. Contestants may submit multiple entries.
Guidelines for Submissions
The description should clearly describe the artist intent as well as the desired outcome of the project. Contestants may choose to deliver 3D Mockups or additional materials to Zahner for consideration. For hand-delivered or shipped materials, please use the address below. This is optional, and will not increase or decrease chances of winning the competition.
ATTN: Lauren Landreth
A. Zahner Company
1400 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Proposal materials are to be shipped at the expense of the applicants.  Entries will be not returned to applicants and become property of A. Zahner Company.  All applicants must fill out the online form, and may submit only one image. If the artwork will be outdoors, it must be designed and constructed to withstand the elements of the four seasons.
– The artwork may be any size up to 12’x12’x12’.
– The artwork should not require any ongoing maintenance.
– The artwork must have a minimum lifespan of 25 years.
– The artwork will be located in an area that is used by the general public.
– Subject matter should be suitable for a viewing audience of all ages.
– The artwork should have no sharp edges and be mounted securely.
– The artwork must be able to withstand touching and handling by the public.
Winning Artists Will:
Not be responsible for costs incurred in the construction of the artwork; not be responsible for the transportation of the artwork to the site; be willing to allow use of pictures of the artwork for the promotion of the project by both A. Zahner Company, Kansas City Art Institute, and publications.
The jury reserves the right to reject any or all of the proposals at their discretion. Winning Artists will be notified by phone. Artists whose work is not chosen will receive notification by mail.
Voting and Judging:
Friends, family, and the general public are invited to vote on entries. Voters may vote for as many projects as they want, but only once per project. Voters must create an account to vote, and may only vote for each project once.
After voting has ended on December 31, 2014, the top finalists will be invited to present their designs to a jury on January 13, 2015, at 4pm Central time.  Artists will each have five minutes to present and discuss their designs with panelists, and a winner will be selected and announced January 21, 2015.
Prize Package:
Grand Prize:    Artwork Fabricated by A. Zahner Company for June 6, 2015 Auction + $1,000
Second Prize:  $750
Third Prize:      $250
If you should have any additional questions, please contact Zahner directly.
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Job Postings for November 2013


Wilton Brands, a multibillion $ sticker and scrap booking company wants to hire KCAI students for 9 full-time positions and paid internships.
contact khope@wilton.com with your resume and website to find out more.

There are several openings at KCAI

Delka Designs in Olathe, KS is looking to hire a full-time Production Assistant for wood and metal.

Dysfunctional Society LLC. is a clothing store based in Kansas City, KS looking for a Fashion/Graphic Designer.

KCPT has entry level positions for recent students and alumni in their donor and membership office.

Several Positions are open at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Surplus Exchange (nonprofit in the West Bottoms) is seeking applications for a Receptionist/Social Media Specialist.

TEAVANA: Staff needed for Specialty Tea Country Club Plaza

Flower Shop has an immediate Part-time Floral Designer opening available.

The Glass Gallery is a seasonal nationwide retailer of a unique line of collectible blown-glass gifts at Oak Park Mall

Johnson County based construction company looking to hire a full-time skilled carpenter.

Johnson County Community College seeks a Metal Fabrication Instructor.

JCCC seeks an Adjunct Assistant Professor – Animation

JCCC seeks an Adjunct Assistant Professor – Game Development

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has an opening for a Graphic Designer

Part-time graphic design work needed for a printing company.

The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas, seeks to fill the position of Gallery Associate. Email your resume and cover letter to sandzengallery@sbcglobal.net by Jan 17. Position begins in April 2014.


Albino Dragon in Austin, TX seeks an illustrator to assist with the creation of several new table top games.

The Laumeier Sculpture Park in St Louis seeks a Collections Manager/ Registrar.

The Center of Creative Arts in St Louis has several openings available.

Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC has a preparator position open.

The city of Chicago is looking for a curator of exhibits.

The Wichita Art Museum seeks a skilled and team-oriented Preparator to lead all aspects of museum display plus care and handling of the collection.

Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN seeks a junior Graphic Designer.

Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, OR seeks a knitting and crochet instructor who can teach these techniques in all levels youth and adult classes during the Spring 2014 term.

Assistant Curator / Arts Writer (NW Portland) at Portland Pearl District Art Gallery:  Part time position available 20-30+ hours a week.

WANTED: ART STUDIO AND SHOP ASSISTANT – Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago.


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Job Postings for September 2013


There are several openings at KCAI including administrative assistant, coordinator for k-12 post-bacc program, assistant dean of students, maintenance painter and more!

One World Plastics wants to hire a KCAI student or alumni to be a part time Adobe Illustrator Artist.
Contact: Jeff Lane at  jlane13@kc.rr.com or 913-484-0005

Nelson Atkins has an opening for a Interpretive Planner in the education department.

The Kemper Museum seeks a Protection Officer.

Bishop Miege High School seeks a full-time graphic designer.

The Northeast News, a weekly, award-winning community newspaper, is in need of an experienced graphic designer who enjoys being part of a casual but professional environment at one of Kansas City’s last independently owned community weeklies. Roughly 30-35 hours per week with growth potential in the future. Send resume, samples of your work and three verifiable professional references.

Studio Dan Meiners, Kansas City’s premier Floral and event Design Company is looking for a logistics/special events coordinator. The ideal candidate would be extremely organized, a team player with a great attitude, creative, must be willing to work nights and weekends.

MetroMedia, a niche magazine publisher since 1997, is seeking an experienced graphic designer who enjoys creative latitude in producing award-winning four-color magazine and publication work.

LYNK® is looking for a creative graphics designer who has excellent graphics layout skills, strong packaging experience, and a great eye for detail. This position includes a wide range of involvement in early concept development through final packaging and collateral material design.

Hallmark Retail is opening a new store in the Plaza.  They are looking for candidates with a creative design background to manage our personalization/customization services in a very high profile location.  Training will be provided but experience with InDesign, sewing, and a retail background is a plus. Contact Art Silva ASAP at  art.silva@hallmark.com Part Time and Full Time positions are available.

National World War I Museum’s (NWWIM) seeks a Marketing & Communications Manager.

The Friends of Chamber Music is looking for a talented team player to join our staff and produce all graphic design projects including print media, website and electronic marketing as well as manage the box offices.

Young Rembrandts is a national award-winning after school drawing program in Basehor, KS seeks part-time art instructors.

Dimensional Innovations is looking to add a Project Coordinator to our Project Management team. The right fit will be a collaborator at heart, excel at creating exceptional customer experiences, love design and truly embodies an uncommon commitment.

Dynamic arts studio seeks creative and responsible individual to work with developmentally disabled adults. This is a part-time position with daytime hours only, 1-2 days/week to start; and working up to 30 hours per week.


Looking to move to Cincinnati? Tons of opportunities in the arts can be found on the Artswave!

The Craft Alliance in St Louis seeks a gallery sales associate in their Delmar Gallery Shop.

The TexARTS Association in Austin, TX is looking to hire a Costume Designer/Wardrobe Supervisor for its upcoming youth musical theatre production.

Rimkus Consulting Group, a leading Houston based engineering consulting firm is in need of technical professionals to promote our continued growth. We are currently seeking an experienced Computer Animator to support our animation and graphics department.http://www.artshound.com/classifieds/detail/27355

Art Resources Gallery in Minneapolis, MN is looking for a part time gallery assistant to help with the day to day operations in the gallery.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design has an immediate opening for a full-time, benefits-eligible Cashier/Clerk in our Art Cellar & Bookstore.

CITYarts, a 45-year-old Soho-based public art non-profit, is looking for a dedicated, hard-working, organized and creative individual for the position of Project Coordinator.

Fast-paced, high profile artist’s studio based in Brooklyn seeks an extraordinarily capable, smart and experienced Project Manager to run projects in collaboration with artist and studio members.

Fine Art In Space is an art installation and fine art picture framer in Long Island City.  We are looking for a full time Art Handler.

Venice Arts in LA seeks a Gallery & Public Programs Assistant.

Venice Arts in LA seeks a versatile, accomplished, and committed filmmaker, educator, and manager for its Art Mentoring Program.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a Collections Management Assistant.

Nike in Portland, OR seeks an Art Director.

Avon cosmetics in NYC seeks a Global Package designer.

Riot Games in LA has an opening for a Senior technical Game Design Artist.

Coach in NYC is looking for a senior digital art director.


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Job Postings for July 2013


KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies has an opening for a full-time program coordinator.

Mid America Art Alliance seeks a full-time preparator at their crossroads location.

The Nelson Atkins seeks a museum educator and curatorial assistant.

The Unicorn Theater needs a full-time marketing director to do in house graphic design.

A Kansas City based company is seeking to hire a full time Art Coordinator. Their primary business is designing and producing custom decorated apparel for customers. Must be proficient in illustrator.

Lyric Opera is seeking a full-time Receptionist/Data Assistant.

Rockhurst University has an exciting opportunity in the Public Relations and Marketing Department for a Marketing Communications Writer.

C K Enterprises is searching for a full time Graphic / Media Designer to provide support in the creation and revisions to several communication pieces, both online and print. Individual will continue to utilize current company branding and develop new branding ideas.

Cargo Largo is seeking for a graphic designer to bring innovation and eye-catching design to their brand.

Lacuna Creative has an opening for a website designer that dabbles in development. We are a boutique design firm that primarily has clients in the
hospitality industry. Contact: katie@lacunacreative.com

PART TIME position – 25 to 30 hours a week with “The UPS Store” in Liberty, MO.

Michaels Arts and Crafts has an opening for a customer experience manager.

Rolland Studios, specializes in school photographs in Kansas and Missouri, is looking for photographers for the fall, spring, and summer.


Photography collection internship with  Curatorial Assistance, Inc. a museum services organization specializing in the creation and traveling of art

LA MOCA seeks an Exhibition Technician.

San Francisco MOMA has an opening for a Marketing and Communications Assistant

Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN seeks a qualified person to be head of technology.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is seeking an experienced museum professional to serve as Chief Curator/Director of Curatorial.

The UCR ARTSblock seeks an Exhibition Designer/Preparator

Cincinnati Artswave current Job Opportunities.

Association of Midwest Museums current Job Opportunities.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Current Full-time Faculty Positions.

New York Foundation for the Arts: Jobs in the Arts, current vacancies.


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Website Advice from Rhianna Weilert (Design ’08)

website formats

Websites, Part One: Website Formats

Having a website has become a potentially frustrating standard for artists and designers in the 21st century.
Can I get by without one? Do I build one myself? How often does it need to be updated? Is it expensive? What the hell is CSS?

The necessity of a website is probably in the eye of the beholder, but in my opinion, it’s all but mandatory. Why? It’s a permanent gallery for people to find out more about you and hopefully see a curated collection of your work, be it visual or written.

So it seems reasonable to assume that step one of getting a professional website together is to figure out what format you want to publish in.

Most website formats, though constantly in flux, can be broken down into an organized list of designs probably stemming from current trends and technology capabilities.

Each website typically contains a logo, a navigation menu (either vertical or horizontal), and then the page content (consisting of images, text, and hyperlinks). But the grid that contains this content can vary greatly. Each format has benefits and downfalls. So what is best for small businesses, artists, photographers, writers, you?


The Center Column

This design provides a vertical frame with content centered in the middle of the browser. The navigation is typically horizontal across the top. It is best for a site with a limited amount of pages. Small businesses flourish in this grid because it lends itself to easy navigation with simple content that consists of images and text. It loads quickly with a pre-determined amount of content per page and works with all kinds of users, even those on a phone. It may not be best for a site that is primarily image-based, but overall, it’s a pretty traditional design that has stood the test of time.

Column Five Media (http://www.columnfivemedia.com/)
Digital Podge (http://www.digitalpodge.co.uk/2009/)

The Sidebar

In this case, the navigation becomes key because you’ve got one thin column down the side (usually the left) that holds the logo and navigation menu and the rest is open for page content. This format works well for computers rather than phones because the screens are almost always a horizontal format. It’s become a popular format for visual portfolios, perhaps because the wide open space is great for image-based content.

The Hungry Workshop (http://www.thehungryworkshop.com.au/)
Brooke Vandever Photography (http://www.brookevandever.com/)

The Full Frame

This layout has the wow-factor. It’s basically one giant image filling the entire screen with a menu tucked in somewhere along the edge. Navigation and written content play a minor role so it’s best for content that can be appreciated by wandering through a slideshow of images. It’s perfect for websites that are mostly image-based (ahem, artists) but make sure you’ve got flawless images.

Oyyo (http://www.oyyo.se/)
Twenty8Twelve (http://www.twenty8twelve.com/)


The Blog

Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress. The page is a basically list of “posts,” starting with the most recent at the top. It’s become quite common for nearly everyone to have a blog attached to their regular website.  This format works best when content is being added regularly (read: daily!) and the most important content to see is what is most recent. What really doesn’t work well in this format are images with little text unless your images really need to be organized by the date they were published. Beware: if you don’t have a significant amount of time to post regularly, your blog will look forgotten with a posts at the top that dates back to last year.

Apartment Therapy (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/)
Man Repeller (http://www.manrepeller.com/)

The Long Scroll

This format is a fairly new addition to the web world that came about with experimentation in HTML5 (but you certainly don’t need to use HTML5 to make this format work). Think of the categories of content as rows, stacked one on top of the other, all on one page. Users can either scroll down and discover the rows of content or often times the website will have what’s called “anchor links” that take you to the correlating spot on the page when you click the link. The major benefit is that all your content loads at once and you avoid users having to jump from one page to the next, which is perfect for phone users. It’s a nice way to abbreviate information but in-depth content feels overwhelming.

Caava Design (http://www.caavadesign.com/)
Turner Classic Movies – Summer (http://www.tcm.com/summer/)

The Image Grid

Popularized by the website Pinterest, this layout is a great way to cram in a lot of image-dominate content in a playful manner. I imagine the original inspiration for this grid was a physical pin board which lends itself to seeing a bunch of stuff all at once. The images either vary in size or are all the same height and width. It’s a great way for users to get a quick look at a lot of visual content that can be expanded by clicking a particular image if desired. Many online stores have this kind of layout. Watch out for consistent content. If there’s no unifying thread, the page might feel too chaotic.

Swinton (http://www.swinton.co/)
Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/)

The Newspaper

This format works well with a website that is constantly getting new content that needs to be featured or categorized, like news articles. Formats usually resemble ye olde newspapers of yesteryear: small photos with short descriptions or a brief title, prompting you to follow the thread to more in-depth content. This would be a nice website for a writer.

USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/)
New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/)

Want more? Visit siteInspire (http://www.siteinspire.com/) for an endless amount of website ideas, beautifully organized.

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Access Alumni Events Museum Tour This Saturday 1-4pm!

Meet us at the Living Center at 12:30 to catch a bus ride to the Nerman Museum of Art and Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art. We will leave at 1 and should return by 4:30. See alumni and former professor work in local museum collections and meet alumni gallery directors. Hope to see you there!

AAE Museum Tour (1) copy 2

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