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The UMKC Department of Art & Art History provides an educational experience that prepares students for diverse careers in studio art and art history.

Our Faculty

The Department of Art & Art History faculty specialize in two key areas: studio art and art history.

Our studio artists have expertise in painting, drawing, photography, print media, digital imaging, graphic design, digital imaging, and video and motion design.

Our art historians’ expertise spans ancient art, 17th and 18th century art, modern art, contemporary art, art of the Americas, and architecture.

Learn more about our studio art professors.

Learn more about our art history professors.

Our Students

Art and Art History students at UMKC explore diverse interests through classroom work, research, internships, and individual practice, collaborate with faculty on research, and develop their resumes and portfolios at a variety local institutions.

Meet our students

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If you have questions about our programs or want to know more about studying studio art or art history at UMKC, get in touch with us.

Campus Location

The Department of Art & Art History is located in the Fine Arts Building on the UMKC Volker Campus. Campus maps can be accessed here.

Office Hours

Fine Arts, Room 204
Monday through Friday, 8 am – noon and 1 PM – 5 pm

Contact Information

Ph: 816-235-1501
art@umkc.edu

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Department of Art & Art History
Fine Arts, Room 204
5015 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO 64110

Art & Art History Scholarship Winners Announced

The department of Art & Art History would like to congratulate the following students who were awarded scholarships, nearly $20,000 combined, for the 2020-2021 academic year:

 

Christopher Bown – Advertising Artist Guild Grant

Sabrina Owings – Dr. George Ehrlich Scholarship, Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship, and the Jedel Family Foundation Professor’s Scholarship

Mollie Stanek – S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art

Ezekial Taylor – John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship

 

 

Arts and Humanities News

    2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize

    Hadara Bar-NadavAssociate Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav's publication, Fountain and Furnace, was awarded the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize Winner by Tupelo Press.

    Winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Award, selected by Peter Stitt

    Tupelo Press is delighted to announce that Peter Stitt has selected Hadara Bar-Nadav of Kansas City, Missouri as winner of the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize for her chapbook manuscript, Fountain and Furnace.

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    2017 Winter Commencement Challenges Graduates to Better the World

    UMKC students at graduationApproximately 1,000 University of Missouri-Kansas City graduates, friends and families filled Swinney Auditorium to celebrate the culmination of years of late nights and hard work as graduates claimed their diplomas. The university held three ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16 and presented two honorary doctorate degrees.

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    365 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2018 Semester

    A total of 365 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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    A Balance Between Poetry and Motherhood

    Credit: Laura Spencer / KCUR

    Kansas City Writer Hadara Bar-Nadav Strikes A Balance Between Poetry And Motherhood

    Eighth Street Tap Room, a bar at 8th and New Hampshire in Lawrence, Kansas, hosts poetry readings each month in a dimly lit basement. As poets take the stage, they're cast in a reddish light, with gold streamers as backdrop.

    Sunday's event started with a short open mic session, and then three featured poets. The final reader of the night: Hadara Bar-Nadav, an associate professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City...

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    A Degree from UMKC can take you anywhere

    UMKC Alumna Edie McClurg receives honorary doctorate
    Honoree Edie McClurg | Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

    UMKC Alumna Edie McClurg receives honorary doctorate

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City received a surprise visit by alumna Edie McClurg (B.A.) in April and a return visit on May 13 for commencement, where she received an honorary doctorate and delivered the College of Arts and Sciences commencement address.

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    A king of KC theater takes on Shakespeare’s great king — and then steps aside

    Shakespeare’s King Lear is the theatrical equivalent of an Olympic decathlon.

    UMKC Theatre's Theodore Swetz

    Lear may be the most challenging role in the English-speaking theater, one that takes prickly concepts of vanity, loss and madness and pushes them about as far as they can go.

    “Of all the roles I’ve done, this is the most demanding,” said Theodore Swetz, who will play the mad king in the Kansas City Actors Theatre production starting Friday, Oct. 13, in Spencer Theatre as a co-production with UMKC Theatre.

    “It’s a sustained assault on the mind and body. At the same time it’s fun. Terrific fun.”

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    A Literary Force Emerges: The Rise of UMKC’s MFA Program

    MFA Program, Creative Writing Team

    For decades art has been a vital part of Kansas City culture. Visitors from all over the world travel to Kansas City for a glimpse of its vibrant art districts, including the Crossroads Art District and the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District. But Kansas City also nurtures another art form – a hidden gem. Creative Writing.

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    Addressing the Cost of Higher Education: Open Educational Resources reduce costs for students, enhance learning

    Male student wearing UMKC shirt with laptopThe cost of higher education is an issue, and one the University of Missouri-Kansas City is addressing.

    As part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, UMKC has had one of the lowest rates of tuition increase in the U.S. during the past decade. And despite this year’s tuition increase of 1 percent, efforts to keep the overall cost of education are continuing, and are working.

    For example, in June 2017, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined UM System in the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) program to save students money on textbooks and other course materials.

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    ALAS speaker Steve Ellner discusses Maduro’s Venezuela

    Scofield Hall

    On November 15th, during his fall speaking tour, Steve Ellner spoke on the challenges Venezuela is experiencing under President Nicolás Maduro. The event was a combined effort of The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) worked with the Latino Alumni Student Organization (LASO). Read the full article in the University News…

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    Architecture students compete to design building that promotes activity inside

    AUP+D students, from left: Lauren Uhls, Tania Chavez and Rachel Baier. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsBuildings at a college typically serve a specific, inwardly-focused purpose: teaching and research. Architecture students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City were recently charged with infusing that basic functionality with a higher mission: get the broader public excited about what’s going on inside.

    Second-year students in the Architectural Studies program took on that assignment this semester. The assignment called for students to design a new home for UMKC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The assignment was fictional, in the sense that no such new building is planned, but the students were charged with creating a functional, properly scaled building as if it were to be built.

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    Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

    Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

    The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars.

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    AUP+D Students Present ‘A Vision for UMKC’

    AUPD - a vision for UMKCThe UMKC Volker campus boasts a beautiful and eclectic collection of buildings integrated within an urban setting in Kansas City, Missouri. Recent efforts to improve the student experience on the Volker campus are evident, but there’s always room for improvement — as a group of UMKC students recently concluded.

    UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton gave the charge to the UMKC Trustees who partnered with the UMKC Urban Planning + Design students to conduct an assessment of the urban design of UMKC’s Volker campus during the spring 2016 UPD Studio 312 class. The students examined the human experience on campus, walk and bike circulation, campus monuments and campus gateways. Students and the university promoted an Instagram photo and hashtag campaign #UMKCSpaces to collect images of great spaces on campus, which were geocoded and mapped.

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    AUP+D Studio helps Kansas City earn “Music City” designation

    A studio in Urban Planning + Design, led by Dr. Jacob Wagner, completed a semester long project focused on putting together material that helped Kansas City earn a “Music City” designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The UNESCO application focused on Kansas City’s jazz history and current music scene.

    UNESCO established the Creative Cities Network in 2004, as a way to "work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level."

    Read the full KCUR article

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    Broadway World review of Theatre's Frank Higgins' play Black Pearl Sings!

    Black Pearl Sings!BLACK PEARL SINGS! Drama and Music at Its Best in Kansas City

    A line from the play best describes Black Pearl Sings! when Susannah Mullally says, "Pearl is a pearl." Black Pearl Sings! opened on Saturday March 7 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The production marks two firsts for Spinning Tree Theatre, the production of a local playwright and the first time the company utilized a director outside the organization.

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    CAS Alumnus and Kauffman School Founder/CEO to receive UMKC Bill French Alumni Service Award

    Hannah Lofthus poses for a headshotHannah Lofthus, who received Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from UMKC in 2007, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Bill French Alumni Award. Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes individual alumni and one family with top honors.

    UMKC will honor Lofthus and other outstanding alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards event on Friday, June 15. The reception is one of UMKC's largest events, with proceeds going to support student scholarships. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards event has garnered more than $1 million in scholarships and immediate aid for students.

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    CAS presents inaugural Royall Professorships

    Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

    “As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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    CAS Professors Receive 2016 UMKC Online Awards

    UMKC Online AwardsTwo UMKC College of Arts and Sciences professors recently received 2016 UMKC Online Awards for their online teaching.

    Dr. Kymberly Bennett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program, was honored with the 2016 Accessible Course Content Award for the course Psychology 312 – Social Psychology. This award recognizes the individual who supports and promotes accessibility through the incorporation of accessible design/universal design standards into the online course.

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    Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program

    Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

    Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

    One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

    Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

    The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is: www.sreb.org.

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    Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

    Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

    “This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities."

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    Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

    Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

    Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

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    Durwood Foundation's recent gift to support two more Durwood Scholars in the creative writing program

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation is pleased to announce an additional $50,000 gift from the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation to UMKC’s creative writing program.

    The gift, which follows several years’ of similar support from the Durwood Foundation, will provide funding for UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of English to designate two additional Durwood Scholars.

    Durwood Scholars, as recipients of this prestigious scholarship are known, get tuition assistance and an additional stipend to help cover living expenses over the course of the three-year program.

    Read the full article.

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    Dylan Mortimer's struggles lead to a Cure

    As an artist known for making impressively scaled signs and combining hip-hop symbols with references to Christianity — Google him and his brilliant Prayer Booths still come up first — Dylan Mortimer has always made personal art. But his latest exhibition transcends the personal for something revelatory. Cure is his externalized dialogue with God, one in which he attempts to lay out the terms of his genetic lot, his cystic fibrosis.

    Speaking to about 15 people at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center on a Monday evening in December

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    Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA '08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

    Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, "Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature," a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

    Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC's History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

    Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, "The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science," looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

    We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

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    Over 360 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Fall 2019 semester

    Congratulations to the 361 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

    Fall 2019 Dean's List graphic

    Joseph Adams – Earth and Environmental Science BS
    Maggie Agee – Psychology BA
    Chaehyun Ahn – Pre-Pharm
    Jennifer Aktar – Pre-Law, A&S
    Kamariah Al-Amin – Languages and Literatures BA: French
    Adin Alem – Political Science BA
    Nida Ali – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Ahmed Al-Makhazoom – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Naomie Alnatas – Liberal Arts BLA
    Mahreen Ansari – Political Science BA
    Kathryn Antrainer – History BA
    Melissa Appelquist – Psychology BA
    Cemile Arabaci – Physics BS
    Bosten Arcand – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
    Liam Arciga – History BA
    Cristian Arechiga – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Brent Arnold – Psychology BA
    Yusof Asefi – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Lucy Bahner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Hayden Baker – English BA: Creative Writing
    Alex Barbour – History BA
    Reagan Barr – Environmental Science BS
    Mahryn Barron – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Brayden Basch – English & Philosophy BA
    Brianna Bauer – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Kennedy Bauer – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
    Abigail Bavuso – Pre-Pharm
    Alexander Bearden – Geology BS
    Bailey Beauchamp – Psychology BA
    Catherine Belcher – Psychology BA
    Jillian Bell – Psychology BA
    Michelle Bell – English BA
    Samuel Bellefy – English: Creative Writing & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    J'aime Bellingham – Psychology BA
    Jerrah Biggerstaff – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Abigail Birkner – Psychology & Chemistry BA
    Margaret Boggs – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Psychology BA
    Christopher Bown – Studio Art BA
    Jane Boyd – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Thomas Branson – Architectural Studies
    Jeb Brantner – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Grace Brewer – History BA
    Kyle Broley – Earth and Environmental Science BS: Physical Geography
    Jameson Brown – Economics BA
    April Brown – English BA: Creative Writing
    Renee Bruch – Communication Studies BA
    Camrin Buchholz – Political Science & Economics BA
    Alexus Buckert – Political Science BA
    Mason Bur – Psychology BA
    Hayden Burnett – Psychology BA
    Kayla Burns – English BA
    William Burrus – Economics & Languages and Literatures BA: French
    Isabella Burton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Joel Busch – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Austin Butler – Art History BA
    Kevin Buzzie – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Bailey Cairns – English BA: Language and Rhetoric
    Beulah Calixte – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Sociology BA
    Tessa Campbell – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Crystyn Campbell – Psychology BA
    Samantha Capkovic – Political Science & Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Marin Carey – Environmental Studies BA
    Cody Carmack – Psychology BA
    Rebecca Caro – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Abigail Castle – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Brianna Catching – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Adam Chanliongco – Pre-Pharm
    Sarah Chapman – English BA: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature
    Gabrielle Chappelle – Psychology BA
    Hunyee Choi – Psychology BA
    Lacey Clark – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Jordan Clarkin – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Sarah Clough – English BA
    Cassandra Coffey-Murray – English BA: Creative Writing
    Jacob Cooley – Psychology BA
    Cameron Cooper – Pre-Pharm
    Matthew Corcoran – Liberal Arts BLA
    Brooklyn Cornett – Psychology BA
    Emily Costelow – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Lindsay Cox – Art History BA
    Kyra Crabtree – English BA: Creative Writing
    Haley Crawford – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Rachel Crazybear – Psychology BA
    J Robert Crowley – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Skylar Crowley – Psychology BA
    Lucas Cuni-Mertz – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
    Madisen Curtin – Pre-Medicine, A&S
    Emily Daggett – Liberal Arts BLA
    Victoria Davidson – History & Languages and Literatures BA: German
    Kyler Davis – Economics BA
    Hallie Dawson – English BA
    Katie Denny – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Devon Dewey – Art History BA
    Sarah Dirks – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Shaleana Disorbo – History BA
    Abigail Doss – Psychology BA
    Mairaed Dunda – Environmental Science BS
    Rachel Dwyer – Liberal Arts BLA
    Gina Dwyer – Psychology BA
    Jacob Eisenhauer – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Audra Elford – English BA: Creative Writing
    Elizabeth Elmendorf – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Tomas Escarpita – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Gretchen Fiebig – Psychology BA
    Matia Finley – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Shannon Finneran – Liberal Arts BLA
    Ashlee Fish – Architectural Studies
    Lauren Fitzpatrick – Environmental Studies BA
    Jade Flanders – Psychology BA
    Madison Flynn – Psychology BA
    Victor Folk – Economics & Mathematics and Statistics BA
    Alexandra Foster – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Kayla Fox – Psychology BA
    Cori Fricke – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Makayla Friedrich – Economics BA
    Rachael Fritz – Psychology BA
    Miranda Fritz – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Sarah Fuentes – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Olivia Gallo – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Prae Gamel – Pre-Medicine, A&S
    Daisy Garcia Montoya – Communication Studies: Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science BA
    Daniel Garcia-Roman – Studio Art BA
    Shea Geran – Environmental Science BS
    Alexander Gleason – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Kylee Gomez – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Political Science BA
    Allanis Gordon – Liberal Arts BLA
    Bethany Graham – English BA: Creative Writing
    Hannah Green – Psychology BA
    Hillary Green – Political Science BA
    Emera Greenwood – Psychology BA
    Brittany Grindle – Political Science BA
    Kyle Grogan – Psychology BA
    Dominic Guillen – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Garrett Gunderson – Film and Media Arts
    Hannah Haake – Urban Planning and Design BA
    Sadho Habib – Economics BA
    Madelene Hajer – English BA
    Andrew Hall – Sociology BA: Cultural Anthropology
    Ashton Hall – Psychology & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Garam Han – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Katherine Hanners – History BA
    Estelle Hansen – Film and Media Arts
    Alicia Harrington – Psychology BA
    Jonathan Hawley – Psychology & Philosophy BA
    Naomi Henry – Geology BS
    Griselda Hernandez – Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Jonathan Hernandez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Amelia Hess – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Lauren Higgins – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Valeczia Hooks – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Marika Houser – Political Science BA
    Madeline Houx – Psychology BA
    Cierra Howe – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Colton Hrabe – Film and Media Arts
    Seth Hudson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Ali Hufft – Political Science & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Aleister Hughes – History BA
    Tasneem Huq – English BA
    Nursyuhada Huq – Pre-Dentistry, A&S
    Alyx Hutchins – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Marissa Iden – Political Science BA
    Jared Islas – Urban Planning & Design- BA
    Michael Jenkins – Political Science & Philosophy BA
    Cheryse Johnson – Psychology BA
    Kate Johnston – English BA
    Nikita Joshi – History & English BA: Creative Writing
    Natalie Juno – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Medina Kajtazovic – English BA
    Franck Kamgain – Communication Studies BA
    Kara Kanatzar – English BA: Creative Writing
    Brandon Kanoy – Political Science BA
    Alexander Keith – Psychology BA
    Hannah Kempker – Pre-Pharm
    Lukas Kenney – English BA: Creative Writing
    Zaal Khazraeinazmpour – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Tracy Khiew – Studio Art BA
    Brenna Killen – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Brittni Kilton – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    David Kirk – Studio Art BA
    Daniel Kirk – Studio Art BA
    Brenna Kiu – Urban Planning & Design- BA
    Makenzie Kleist – Sociology & Psychology BA
    Melissa Klotz – Psychology BA
    Luke Knapp – Political Science BA
    Kaitlyn Korah – Pre-Pharm
    Molly Kordonowy – History BA
    Michaela Koval – History BA
    Carolyn Kovar – History BA
    Rhyan Kubik – Psychology BA
    Anabeth Laaker – History BA
    Gabriella Lavenbarg – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Shairry Lene – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
    Maria Leno – Film and Media Arts
    Emma Leonard – History BA
    Lia Lombardini – Liberal Arts BLA
    Tyler Lott – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Vincent Lowry – Studio Art BA
    Mia Lukic – Philosophy BA
    Jennifer Lyons – Liberal Arts BLA
    Leah Maass – Psychology BA
    Christina Mackenzie – Architectural Studies
    Jackson MacLellan – Political Science BA
    Brett Madsen – Studio Art BA
    Reyna Mallory – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Studio Art BA
    Abbie Malm – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Julio Mares – Psychology BA
    Caroline Matz – Psychology BA
    Emily Maupin – Psychology BA
    Caleb McCain – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Keegan McCarthy – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Olivia McCune – Psychology BA
    Michael Mead – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    William Meeds – Psychology BA
    Samuel Menner – Pre-Pharm
    Amelia Milldyke Gifford – Film and Media Arts
    Kesi Milligan – Urban Studies BA: Community Development and Housing
    Caroline Moriarty – Political Science BA
    Madison Murphy – Sociology BA
    Lauren Myers – Studio Art BA
    Jason Nalley – History BA
    Alex Niner – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Ryley Nolin – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
    Slater Oden – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Jacob O'Neill – Psychology BA
    Odindo Opole – Film and Media Arts
    Silvestre Ortiz-Romo – Environmental Science BS
    Kenechukwu Osude – Pre-Medicine, A&S
    Abbey Outain – English BA: Creative Writing
    Randi Owens – Earth and Environmental Science BS
    Saketh Pachalla – History BA
    Christine Park – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Shivani Patel – Psychology BA
    Ahmad Pazhoohi – Pre-Pharm
    Riley Peek – English BA
    Josie Pennington – History BA
    Enrique Perez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Cailyn Persinger – Pre-Pharm
    Kenny Phan – Earth and Environmental Science BS
    Kacper Piekarek – Economics BA
    Josilinia Plyman – Political Science BA
    Maggie Pool – Film and Media Arts
    Philip Potter – History BA
    Kaitlyn Powell – Film and Media Arts
    Lydia Powers – Languages and Literatures BA: French
    Aaron Price – Urban Studies BA: Urban Policy and Management
    Noah Price – Psychology BA
    Bayleigh Priddy – Psychology BA
    Bethany Pritchard – History BA
    Halena Procopio Ross – Environmental Science BS
    Monica Propst – Urban Studies BA
    Stephen Quackenbush – Architectural Studies
    Jordan Railsback – Film and Media Arts
    Angela Ramirez – Art History BA
    Carson Rau – Sociology BA
    Isabel Recker – Languages and Literatures: Spanish & Psychology BA
    Grace Reesman – Physics & Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Mary Reust – Studio Art BA
    Zoe Rickman – Film and Media Arts
    Jayla Riggins – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Karla Rincon – Psychology BA
    Erin Roth – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Ryan Rowland – History BA
    Michaela Roxas – Psychology & English BA: Creative Writing
    Guillermo Rubio – Philosophy BA
    Sagi Rudnick – Political Science & Communication Studies BA
    Anna Ryan – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Jacob Salas – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Jared Schild – Psychology & Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Jessica Scott – Criminal Justice and Criminology & Philosophy BA
    Audrey Seider – Art History BA
    Teah Sensenich – Psychology BA
    Alexandra Serafin – History BA
    Sydney Serrano – Psychology BA
    Gary Sharp – History BA
    Destinee Shehan – Psychology BA
    Mariah Shipley – Psychology BA
    Madison Sieger – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Sophie Simes – English BA
    Dawson Sims – Environmental Studies BA
    Kimberly Sims – Studio Art BA
    Adam Sisk – Communication Studies: Film and Media Studies & Languages and Literatures BA: Spanish
    Helene Slinker – Political Science BA
    Regan Smith – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Katrena Smith – Psychology BA
    Justin Smith – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Hunter Smith – Psychology BA
    Joshua Sola – Geography BS
    Grace Solomon – Political Science BA
    Paul Sorensen – English: Language and Rhetoric
    Annie Spencer – English: Classical, Medieval, and Early Literature & History BA
    Carrine Spinks – Psychology BA
    Samantha Sprouse – Psychology BA
    Nichole Stahly – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Mollie Stanek – Studio Art BA
    Gabrielle Stansell – Political Science BA
    Shea Staples – Liberal Arts BLA
    Maria Starns – History BA
    Kyleigh Steenrod – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
    Lanisha Stevens – Psychology BA
    Ronnea Stiles – English BA
    McKenna Still – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Sophia Straight – English BA
    Abby Strawn – Political Science BA
    Robyn Sullins – Psychology BA
    Erica Sullivan – Psychology BA
    Julianna Swickard – Film and Media Arts
    Chandler Tarrant – Physics BS
    Ezekiel Taylor – Studio Art BA
    Lillian Taylor – Psychology BA
    Lauren Textor – English BA
    Myo Thai – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Jasmine Thai – Pre-Pharm
    Maeghan Thomas – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Scott Thompson – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Kristina Thomson – Earth and Environmental Science BS
    Aleena Tofanelli – Psychology BA
    Fatima Towakoli – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Jessica Tran – Pre-Pharm
    Uyen Tran – Studio Art BA
    Lucy Trask – Pre-Pharm
    Chloe Tremain – English BA
    Gregory Troiani – Physics BS: Astronomy
    Dashiell Tucker – Political Science BA
    Nathan Underwood – Mathematics and Statistics BS
    Kelsey Van Buskirk – Communication Studies BA: Film and Media Studies
    Cheeia Vang – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
    Eisa Vasquez – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Cozette Viles – Liberal Arts BLA
    Ashley Vogel – English BA
    Sierra Voorhies – Psychology BA
    John Waggoner – Psychology BA
    Kara Walters – English BA: Creative Writing
    Jack Walton – English BA
    Jasmine Walton – Political Science BA
    Julia Weber – Psychology BA
    Madison Wellman – Studio Art BA
    Brayan Westergaard – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Samuel Westlake – Psychology BA
    Emily White – Art History BA
    Madison White – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Alexandra Whitlow – Philosophy BA
    Rowan Wiley – Political Science BA
    Jermeha Williams – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Kelly Williams – Psychology BA
    Alexa Williams – Pre-Dental Hygiene, A&S
    Abby Williams – Sociology BA
    Candace Williamson – Criminal Justice and Criminology BA
    Justin Wills – Environmental Science BS
    Jacob Wingert – Mathematics and Statistics BA
    Sophie Woycheese – Psychology BA
    Abdulrehman Yousaf – Pre-Medicine, A&S
    Ayat Youssef – Psychology BA
    Taylor Yuhas – Pre-Pharm
    Mariya-Tereza Zelenchuk – Communication Studies BA: Interpersonal and Public Communication
    Zackary Zeller – Communication Studies BA: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Samantha Zoellner – Pre-Pharm

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    Fellowship Award Helps IPhD Student Broaden Vision of Life In Humanities

    UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student Matt Reeves recently received a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The fellowship award will pay for Reeves to participate in the organization’s Alternative Academic Careers Summer Workshop. The workshop aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside of the academy.

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    4th Floor Cherry Hall (CJC and Philosophy)

    photo by: University CommunicationsFourth Floor Cherry Hall Now Open For Business

    Honors College, Criminal Justice, Philosophy Host Grand Opening of New Space

    UMKC faculty, staff and students filed into Cherry Hall Nov. 2 and headed toward the fourth floor, not sure what to expect.

    Upon arrival, they found a beautifully renovated, wide-open new space that had been vacant for nearly seven years. The top floor of the former dormitory, constructed in 1955, is now home to the Honors College, the Department of Philosophy and the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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    Hadara Bar-Nadav Publishes New Collection of Poetry

    Book cover for Hadara Bar-Hadav's collection of poems The New NudityEnglish Professor Hadara Bar-Nadav recently published a new collection of poetry, The New Nudity, which shocks everyday objects to life. In these chiseled, electrically-charged poems, a ladder, a wineglass and a spine ignite into being. With a nod to Francis Ponge, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Neruda, Bar-Nadav’s poems have a heartbeat all their own, small miracles that haunt and heave.

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    UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

    Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

    Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

    K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

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    New UMKC Guest Professor studies German Aristocrats in the Modern World

    Tryg Has-Ellison newsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce that Dr. John Trygve “Tryg” Has-Ellison will be serving as a Guest Professor for the 2018-19 academic year.

    Dr. Has-Ellison is the current Non-Immigrant Visa Chief at the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to this post, he was Vice-Consul in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Desk Officer for European Issues of Congressional interest in Washington D.C. His visiting appointment at UMKC coincides with his participation in the Command and General Staff Officers Course at Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

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    Kansas City Philanthropist and Children's Health Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate, Gives Commencement Address

    David Westbrook gives the commencement address during Spring 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement CeremoniesUnhindered by juvenile glaucoma that took his sight at age 17, David Westbrook (B.A. ’71) has proven that vision has nothing to do with one’s ability to see. He founded Corporate Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm he sold before taking his talent and dedication to longtime client Children’s Mercy.

    Westbrook attributes his lifetime of success to his parents and to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His alma mater awarded him with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, and he gave the address to the graduating class at Swinney Recreation Center on campus.

    “This is not a defining moment, this is a moment of celebration,” said Westbrook, who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from UMKC. “Defining moments are with your professors and your friends.”

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    Laurie Ellinghausen Publishes New Book on Notorious Figures in Renaissance England

    Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing Book CoverCongratulations to Laurie Ellinghausen, Ph.D., associate professor in the UMKC Department of English Language and Literature, on the publication of her fourth book, Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing.

    This monograph examines the tales of notorious figures in Renaissance England, including the mercenary Thomas Stukeley, the Barbary corsair John Ward, and the wandering adventurers the Sherley brothers. Ellinghausen sheds new light on the construction of the early modern renegade and its depiction in English prose, poetry, and drama during a period of capitalist expansion. Pirates, Traitors, and Apostates: Renegade Identities in Early Modern English Writing shows how domestic issues of class and occupation exerted a major influence on representations of renegades, and heightened their appeal to the diverse audiences of early modern England.

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    Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

    University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

    A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

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    Local artist discusses his love for Kansas City and how UMKC helped him discover his passion

    Jose Faus
    Image via the artist's website

    Jose Faus (BA, ’87) is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who came to Kansas City from Bogota, Columbia, as a child. Most of his school years were spent in the KC metro and he fell in love with the city.

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    More than She Imagined: Q&A With Studio Art Graduate Heather Burton

    Q&A with Heather Burton, who landed a career before graduationHeather Burton, an Olathe, Kansas, native, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in December 2017. Before graduating though, she'd already landed a job. Check out Heather's story in this Q&A:

    How was your graduation day?

    It was overwhelming to me. It’s the day you work so hard for since you’re 5. I kept worrying about my cap falling off, and of course it did as I walked up to receive my diploma.

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    Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

    Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

    The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC "Today" host Megyn Kelly's show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke's was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

    UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

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    Over 360 students named to CAS Dean’s List for Fall 2017

    CAS Dean's List Fall 2017A total of 369 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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    Professor Emeritus Hank Frankel Receives UM System President’s Award

    Prof Emeritus Hank Frankel receives awardHenry R. Frankel, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been awarded the ninth of 10 UM System President’s Awards for his excellence in teaching, research, writing and service to the University of Missouri and larger community.

    The award was presented by University of Missouri System Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Graham.

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    Professor Krause interviewed for KSHB news

    Nice Terrorist AttackForeign Languages Professor Krause interviewed for KSHB's "Kansas City residents with ties to France react to terror attack" and relates her knowledge of the area and her worry for her colleagues in the area.

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    Researching Saints: English Department Chair Receives NEH Grant

    National Endowment for the Humanities New Grant Recipients photo collageDr. Virginia Blanton, professor and chair of the UMKC Department of English Language and Literatures, recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the only 2018 recipient in the state of Missouri.

    “I have a big job ahead,” said Blanton, who joined the UMKC faculty in 2002. Her awarded project is a book-length study on the lives of saints in medieval England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

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    Science Fiction Solutions

    Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

    Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

    In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

    “I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

    Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings.

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    ALAS Raises Funds for Latinx Scholarships

    Association of Latin American StudentThe Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) raised nearly $9,000 in matching scholarship dollars benefiting UMKC’s Latinx first-generation and DACA students. Read the full article in the University News…

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    Students Chime in on Hot Topic Discussion: Urban Planning Seniors Present Comprehensive Study on Affordable Housing in Kansas City

    Spring-2018-Senior-StudioAffordable housing has been a hot topic in the Kansas City community for decades, and more recently due to new downtown housing developments and the continued revitalization of Troost Avenue. As city officials develop new housing policies, students from the University of Missouri-Kansas City have played a significant role in the community conversation.

    A group of seven urban planning undergraduates spent the spring semester researching the city’s housing affordability issues as part of their final project in professor Stephanie Frank’s planning and design studio class. Seniors Sean Thomas, Dave McCumber, Billie Hufford, Thomas Kimmel, Taylor Vande Velde, Rawya Alrammah and Alexander Gilbertson put together a comprehensive planning study on housing affordability in Kansas City. Each student researched and wrote one chapter in the study. They recently sat down to discuss the background and recommendations included in their study.

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    Take a Journey to the Andean Cosmovision with UMKC Theatre

    UMKC Theatre’s next graduate student production, “The Storytelling Project,” has something for every theatre fan – drama, intrigue, music, dance, comedy and originality.

    The Storytelling Project” is a devised theatrical show featuring the UMKC second year MFA actors, MFA designers and undergraduate production staff.

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    The Kansas City Star quotes AUP+D's Professor Frisch

    Rising KC rentAUP+D's Professor Frisch quoted in the Kansas City Star's "Spiking rents in Kansas City threaten new real estate bubble that’s hardest on the poor" article.

    This was nuts. Lisa Miller’s rent was jumping a third this summer, to $600 from $450 — more than she could possibly bear.

    What the Kansas City home caregiver didn’t know was that the whole central city has been going nuts. But she was about to find out. 

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    Top 25 Women in Higher Education

    Diverse Issues in Higher Education name Dr. Cantú  as one of 2015 's Top 25 Women in Higher Education. Dr. Norma E. Cantú Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio and Professor, Latina/o Studies and English, University of Missouri-Kansas City A professor emeritus of English at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Cantú is currently a professor of Latina/o studies and English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    Transit-Driven Thinking: Nichols Student Prize contestants inspired by streetcar expansion

    Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

    Kansas City’s new streetcar is already driving development activity along its route. So with an election to decide on an extension plan in the offing, it’s only natural to imagine what changes in the city’s urban environment could follow.

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    History Professor quoted in the New York Times

    Prof. Diane Mutti-Burke, Chair of the History Department, was quoted in an article in the New York Times on 6. August 2018 entitled "On a Civil Rights Trail" because of her research into the history of slavery in Missouri.

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    Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

    Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

    Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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    Two UMKC French Alums Receive Fund for Teachers Grants

    Three teachers in Independence, Missouri, hold signs about their 2018 Fund for Teachers grantsTwo UMKC French alumni, Katy Foudree Owens and Brandi Pruente have been awarded Fund for Teachers Grants to attend the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) congress in Martinique this summer.

    The AATF convention is an immersion opportunity allowing educators to work on their French language skills while learning more about teaching practices.

    “We in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, particularly in French, are thrilled for their success,” said UMKC French professor Dr. Kathy Krause.

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    U-News Wins First Place for Best Overall Website, 12 Total Awards at MCMA Conference

    U-News won first place for best overall website and 12 total awards at the Missouri College Media Association (MCMA) awards Tuesday (4/7/2020) night.

    The newspaper, which competes in Division 1 against the largest schools in the state, doubled its award total from last year.

    The 12 awards won and their recipients are:

    • First Place, Website, Sam Capkovic, Ethan Evans, Lucas Cuni-Mertz and Jodi Fortino.
    • First Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Carlos Mercado and Alex Fulton.
    • Second Place, Op-Ed page, Lydia Fultz, Robert Zimmerman and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Op-Ed page, Jodi Fortino, Gary Enrique Bradley-Lopez and Mason R. Dredge.
    • Third Place, Investigative Reporting, Stephanie Klein.
    • Third Place, News Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Third Place, Feature Writing, Emily Reid.
    • Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Lukas Kenney.
    • Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Caleb Wilson.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Entertainment Review, Mason R. Dredge.
    • Honorable Mention, Video, Darius Stewart, Abbey Higginbotham, Sam Capkovic and Henry Gamber.

    Go to U-News.

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    UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

    Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

    The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts.

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    UMKC Art Professor’s public artwork seen on famous Sunset Strip

    Professor Barry Anderson, chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, has a video on public display in West Hollywood, California.

    The piece, Totemic Persona, is a two-channel video animation that was created with the help of UMKC Studio Art students.

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    UMKC Art Professor’s Videos at KC Streetcar Metro Center

    Totemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art HistoryTotemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is being shown at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Northbound Stop and Kiosk, located at 12th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Professor’s work featured in Art in the Loop Project

    Professor Toivanen's HopscotchUMKC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of 25 artists selected for the third annual Art in the Loop Project in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Toivanen’s work, a larger-than-life rendition of the childhood game of hopscotch entitled “Hopscotch,” will be on display in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Locust through September.

    “Hopscotch aims to provide moments of surprise and playful delight in the downtown business environment,” Toivanen said. “Images of familiar toys and even a spilled ice cream cone merge into the sidewalk, inviting participation from viewers.”

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    UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

    University of Missouri - Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

    An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

    Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

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    UMKC English Professor Selected for Guggenheim Fellowship

    Michelle BoisseauUMKC English Professor Michelle Boisseau has been awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

    Professor Boisseau, a poet, teaches in UMKC’s MFA program, is Senior Editor of BkMk Press and is Contributing Editor of New Letters. She is the recipient of two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    UMKC English Professor Wins $25K NEA Fellowship

    Prof. Hadara Bar-NadavHadara Bar-Nadav, associate English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for poetry. She will receive a $25,000 grant to use for writing, research, travel and career advancement.

    The NEA creative writing fellowship is the considered among the most distinguished prizes a poet can receive. Judging is anonymous.

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    UMKC + Helix Announce 2016 Bud Prize Scholarship Winners

    Bud Prize AwardThe UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design teams up with Helix each fall semester for the Bud Prize – a design competition and scholarship grant awarded to students attending UMKC. The annual scholarship was created in honor of the late Bud Persons, who was a Senior Interior Architect with Helix when he unexpectedly passed away in 2002. The award recognizes the his vibrant life and work by promoting the study and knowledge of architecture and design.

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    UMKC to offer new B.A. in Film and Media Arts in Fall 2017

    BA in Film and Media ArtsThe University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Communication Studies is pleased to announce a new degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Arts. Students will be able to officially enroll in this new degree program beginning Fall 2017.

    “Film and Media Arts has been an emphasis area within Communication Studies for many years. We decided to create a full-fledged B.A. in Film and Media Arts in response to increasing student demand for this particular major and credential,” said Dr. Lyn Elliot, Professor of Film and Media Arts.

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    UMKC to Present Honorary Doctorates to Outstanding Kansas City-Based Authors

    Dean Wayne Vaught speaks to a faculty member at UMKC commencement in 2016Celebrated Kansas City-based non-fiction authors David Von Drehle and Candice Millard will be honored with honorary doctorates at mid-year commencement ceremonies Dec. 16 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance and Department of Theatre Re-Envision New Home for all UMKC Performing Arts Programs

    UMKC Theatre PerformanceFaculty in two nationally recognized performing arts programs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have voted in support of a merger of the Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Department of Theatre.

    The proposed merger is designed to strengthen both programs by opening up new and expanded opportunities for performance, composition and research at the University that for decades has been designated as Missouri’s Campus for the Visual and Performing Arts by the University of Missouri System.

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    UMKC's Urban Planning + Design Program Earns National Recognition

    Urban Planning + DesignThe Urban Planning + Design program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has earned accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board, which accredits university programs in North America leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in planning.

    “We are very pleased that the Planning Accreditation Board has recognized the quality of teaching and learning in our program,” said Michael Frisch, Ph.D., AICP, associate professor and director of the program. “It signifies that our program has been rigorously reviewed by national experts in urban planning, and found to produce graduates who meet the expectations of the planning profession.”

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    Urban Planning and Design Graduate Idris Raoufi

    Idris Raoufi - AUPD Idris Raoufi's views on urban planning in Kansas City border on bleak.

    KC is one of the most underplanned municipalities in the United States," Raoufi says. "We're 30 years behind the curve with land use, neighborhood preservation, municipal services, community health. There's been almost no emphasis on planning for the future." But even in challenging environments, dedicated souls tend to locate niches in which a difference might be made. Raoufi's niche: the 816 Bicycle Collective, where he focuses his energy when he's not working his day job as a transportation planner for Wilson & Co., an engineering and architecture firm.

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    VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

    Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

    The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

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Become a Student

We serve a variety of students – ranging from the non-major to the professionally oriented – and each receives academic and career advising tailored to their individual needs.

Most of our courses have a small student to faculty ratio, allowing for more one-on-one interaction between faculty and students and an enhanced learning environment.

Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to work with faculty who are known on the national and international level.

Want to see what it would be like to be a part of our Department? Contact us to set up a meeting with a faculty member or advisor who can introduce you to our programs.

Schedule a visit!

CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

Faculty Awards are as follows:

Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

Staff Award is as follows:

Outstanding Staff Member

(awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

Updates for UMKC Art & Art History’s Current and Prospective Students

Even though Volker Campus is closed, our faculty advisors are “open” to answer any advising questions you may have about Summer and Fall enrollment!                                                                                                                                                                      We are excited to welcome our students back to campus in the fall for face-to-face and online course formats. We are planning for every eventuality, and even as some courses are shifting to online or hybrid formats to maximize flexibility, our faculty are finding many innovative ways to interact actively with our students!

 

Current and Prospective Students:

  • All Summer 2020 courses will be offered online and can be found here.
  • Our Fall 2020 schedule includes:
    • All Art History courses have moved online
    • Our Studio Art courses will remain in-person and online. (last updated 5/1/2020)
  • Due to UMKC’s campus closure, our departmental advisors will, for the time being, not be able to offer in-person advising appointments.  Instead, we will be conducting all advising for Summer and Fall 2020 online through email and/or Zoom. Due to the high volume of advising requests, please be patient as you await a response from our academic advisors.
    • For current and prospective Undergraduate Students please reach out to Barry Anderson (Department Chair) for one-on-one virtual advising.
    • Our Graduate Academic AdvisorsDr. Cristina Albu (Art History MA program) and Barry Anderson (Studio Art MA program), will be available to field any enrollment questions for our current and incoming MA students.
  • Please contact art@umkc.edu if you have any questions about course offerings, advising, or to learn more about our department.

 

Degree Programs

The programs offered by the Department of Art and Art History provide students with tools to develop their creative and critical thinking skills, their visual and verbal communication abilities, and their versatility in professional and personal situations.

We serve a variety of students – ranging from the non-major to the professionally oriented – and offer minors, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Art History or Studio Art. Art History also participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

Learn more about our undergraduate programs.

Learn more about our graduate programs.

Department Awards and Scholarships

The Department of Art and Art History offers several scholarships and awards to help students pay for their education and build their resumes and portfolios.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

The juried UMKC Student Art Exhibition takes place each spring semester and is an excellent opportunity to showcase your artwork in a gallery setting. Monetary prizes are given for Best in Show, First and Second Places, and Honorable Mention.

How do I submit work for the Student Art Exhibition?

Watch for the Call for Entry in your UMKC email inbox to enter! Not getting our department’s emails? Let us know at art@umkc.edu.

Graduate Assistantships

Current and prospective graduate students in Art History and Studio Art are encouraged to apply for our department’s graduate assistantships. The GA assignment and responsibilities are determined based on the student’s experiences and merit in addition to the needs of the department. Common assignments include providing teaching support to a particular faculty member or working in the UMKC Gallery of Art.

How do I apply for graduate assistantships?
The application process opens in late Fall for the next academic year. Once announced, send the application form along with your CV and letter of interest to art@umkc.edu to apply. Students who are applying for admission for Fall need to have their admission application complete by the previous spring to be considered for a position.

More information on Graduate Assistantships can be found on the School for Graduate Studies website.

View Application

Department Scholarships

There are several scholarships available exclusively to students in the Department of Art and Art History.

Currently enrolled students must fill out the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for all departmental scholarships, as well as many college- and university-wide scholarships.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Advertising Artist Guild Grant: Full time student with financial need. Preference give to junior, senior or graduate student majoring in Studio Art. Award Amount: $500-3000 (funding dependent).

George Ehrlich Scholarship: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Art History. Award Amount: $1000-2000 (funding dependent).

Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Art History. Award Amount: $1000-3000 (funding dependent).

John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship: Full-time student majoring in art with preference given to junior, senior or graduate students in Studio Art. Award Amount: $850-1500 (funding dependent).

Jedel Foundation Professor’s Scholarship Fund
Undergraduate or graduate student(s) majoring in the Department of Art and Art History. Award Amount: $4000

S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art History: Studio Art or Art History major demonstrating financial need. Award Amount: $1000-2500 (funding dependent).

How do I apply for annual scholarships?

Fill out the UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application by March 1. Many scholarships are awarded based on financial need, because of this a FAFSA is often required before submission for those awards.

*Studio Art applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 15 images showing recent artwork. Video or animation projects are also accepted. Students must submit a numbered image list referring to each digital image and including the title, medium, size and year for each piece.

**Art History applicants must submit their best art history paper, preferably 10 pages or less. Papers may include images and should not exceed 15 pages. Save file as LastnameFirstnameScholarshipname, or if you use the same paper for two different scholarships, save it as LastnameFirstnameArtHistory.

The College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office has more information and a full list of department- and college-level scholarships available to current students.

The UMKC Financial Aid Office has more information regarding university-wide scholarships.

Department News

    Art & Art History Scholarship Winners Announced

    The department of Art & Art History would like to congratulate the following students who were awarded scholarships, nearly $20,000 combined, for the 2020-2021 academic year:

     

    Christopher Bown - Advertising Artist Guild Grant

    Sabrina Owings - Dr. George Ehrlich Scholarship, Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship, and the Jedel Family Foundation Professor's Scholarship

    Mollie Stanek - S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art

    Ezekial Taylor - John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship

     

     

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    Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

    Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

    The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars.

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    CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

    The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

    Faculty Awards are as follows:

    Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

    Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

    Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

    Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

    Staff Award is as follows:

    Outstanding Staff Member

    (awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

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    Barry Anderson, Dept. Art & Art History, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

    Department of Art & Art History faculty member, Barry Anderson, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

     

    WAITING ROOMS

    Anderson’s Art in the Loop project, Waiting Rooms, is a series of animations shown on the KC Streetcar kiosks. These animations present fabricated, playful landscapes of the artist’s imagination, with some referencing actual elements from places along the streetcar line. Each animation is 15-20 seconds in length and is played at random times on all kiosks on the line.

     

     

    Location

    KC Streetcar Kiosks, located at each stop.

     

     

    Bio

    Barry Anderson’s work in video and photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the country and abroad. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a Professor in Studio Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, teaching courses in motion design, photography, 3D modeling, and professional practices.

     

     

    http://www.barryanderson.com
    Instagram: @barryanderson
    http://www.facebook.com/barryandersonart
    Twitter: @barry_anderson

     

     

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    Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

    Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

    “This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities."

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    Dylan Mortimer's struggles lead to a Cure

    As an artist known for making impressively scaled signs and combining hip-hop symbols with references to Christianity — Google him and his brilliant Prayer Booths still come up first — Dylan Mortimer has always made personal art. But his latest exhibition transcends the personal for something revelatory. Cure is his externalized dialogue with God, one in which he attempts to lay out the terms of his genetic lot, his cystic fibrosis.

    Speaking to about 15 people at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center on a Monday evening in December

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    Futurist Lucite Plains art exhibit features work of three professors

    Lucite Plains is a new performance collaboration between Kansas City-based artists and UMKC professors Ricky Allman and Barry Anderson. Combing elements of Allman's paintings and installations with Anderson's work in video and animation, and adding music composed for analog synthesizers and guitars, the performances create a psychedelic futurist experience. The concept came from a melding of themes they have been working on individually for the past few years including eco-futurism, geological ritualism, ancient mythology and retro utopian visions.

    For their first extended performance residency, they will be presenting a series of seven events October 19-21 at SubTropolis as part of Open Spaces where they will be joined by guest musician, artist, and fellow UMKC colleague Davin Watne.

    Learn more about about the complete performance schedule and ticket info.

    Preview a video of a studio rehearsal
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    More than She Imagined: Q&A With Studio Art Graduate Heather Burton

    Q&A with Heather Burton, who landed a career before graduationHeather Burton, an Olathe, Kansas, native, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in December 2017. Before graduating though, she'd already landed a job. Check out Heather's story in this Q&A:

    How was your graduation day?

    It was overwhelming to me. It’s the day you work so hard for since you’re 5. I kept worrying about my cap falling off, and of course it did as I walked up to receive my diploma.

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    NOVEL 2020 UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition

    NOVEL 2020

    UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition 

     

     

    The UMKC Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the virtual opening of Novel 2020 our digital version of the Annual Student Exhibition. This show takes place annually each spring semester to showcase the work of both graduate and undergraduate students within the department. Due to novel circumstances, the exhibition has moved to an online platform. Our distinguished faculty juried each submission and selected the art that highlights our students’ highest achievements. This year’s exhibition will include work selected from 24 students in all mediums. The conversion to an online platform allows the gallery to showcase our student’s artistic talents, as well as their growth, adaptability, and desire to face challenges head-on.

     

    Please click on the link above to view the exhibition and join us in spreading the word about our virtual gallery. Stay safe and enjoy the work, we will see you soon.

     

    List of participating artists:

     

    Carmen Lopez-Anderson, Christopher Bown, Daniel Garcia-Roman, Gabby Saffier, Haleigh Peterson, Jack Wrisinger, Jeff Henry, John Campbell, Julia Smith, Keith Baynham, Kelly Woltering, Lauren Myers, Luke Blevins, Makayla Booker, Megan Lashbrook, Nhu Nhieu, Kimmy Sims, Rachel Houtman, Sabrina Owings, Sarah Bleha, Sharon Mitchell, Sidney Saunders, Sophia Vietze, Vincent Fallis.

     

    List of awards and award winners:

     

     

    Best in Show: Megan Lashbrook, Fortune Tellers

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    2nd Place: Lauren Myers, Take the Gamble

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    3rd Place: Sophia Vietze, Untitled

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    Science Fiction Solutions

    Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

    Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

    In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

    “I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

    Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings.

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    UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

    Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

    The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts.

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    UMKC Art Professor’s Videos at KC Streetcar Metro Center

    Totemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art HistoryTotemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is being shown at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Northbound Stop and Kiosk, located at 12th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    Professor’s work featured in Art in the Loop Project

    Professor Toivanen's HopscotchUMKC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of 25 artists selected for the third annual Art in the Loop Project in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Toivanen’s work, a larger-than-life rendition of the childhood game of hopscotch entitled “Hopscotch,” will be on display in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Locust through September.

    “Hopscotch aims to provide moments of surprise and playful delight in the downtown business environment,” Toivanen said. “Images of familiar toys and even a spilled ice cream cone merge into the sidewalk, inviting participation from viewers.”

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    UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

    University of Missouri - Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

    An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

    Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

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Barry Anderson, Dept. Art & Art History, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

Department of Art & Art History faculty member, Barry Anderson, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

 

WAITING ROOMS

Anderson’s Art in the Loop project, Waiting Rooms, is a series of animations shown on the KC Streetcar kiosks. These animations present fabricated, playful landscapes of the artist’s imagination, with some referencing actual elements from places along the streetcar line. Each animation is 15-20 seconds in length and is played at random times on all kiosks on the line.

 

 

Location

KC Streetcar Kiosks, located at each stop.

 

 

Bio

Barry Anderson’s work in video and photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the country and abroad. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a Professor in Studio Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, teaching courses in motion design, photography, 3D modeling, and professional practices.

 

 

http://www.barryanderson.com
Instagram: @barryanderson
http://www.facebook.com/barryandersonart
Twitter: @barry_anderson

 

 

Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff Resources

Advising Resources

Student Forms

Financial Support

Pursuing a graduate degree can be a major financial investment. At UMKC, we do our best to offer support and connect students to funding resources.

Graduate Assistantships

Current and prospective graduate students in Art History and Studio Art are encouraged to apply for our department’s graduate assistantships (GA). The GA assignment and responsibilities are determined based on the student’s experiences and merit in addition to the needs of the department. Common assignments include providing teaching support to a particular faculty member or working in the UMKC Gallery of Art.

How do I apply for graduate assistantships?
The application process opens in late Fall for the next academic year. Once announced, send the application form along with your CV and letter of interest to art@umkc.edu to apply. Students who are applying for admission for Fall need to have their admission application complete by the previous spring to be considered for a position.

More information on Graduate Assistantships can be found on the School for Graduate Studies website.

View Application

Scholarships

There are several scholarships available exclusively to students in the Department of Art and Art History.

Currently enrolled students must fill out the Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1 to be considered for all departmental scholarships, as well as many college- and university-wide scholarships.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Advertising Artist Guild Grant: Full time student with financial need. Preference give to junior, senior or graduate student majoring in Studio Art. Award Amount: $500-1200 (funding dependent).

George Ehrlich Scholarship: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Art History. Award Amount: $1000-2000 (funding dependent).

Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship: Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Art History. Award Amount: $1000-3000 (funding dependent).

John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship: Full-time student majoring in art with preference given to junior, senior or graduate students in Studio Art. Award Amount: $850 (funding dependent).

S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art History: Studio Art or Art History major demonstrating financial need. Award Amount: $1000-2500 (funding dependent).

How do I apply for annual scholarships?
  1. Fill out the UMKC Continuing Scholarship Application by March 1.
  2. Submit your portfolio* or paper** to art@umkc.edu, or bring in your submissions to the department office.

*Studio Art applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 15 images showing recent artwork. Video or animation projects are also accepted. Students must submit a numbered image list referring to each digital image and including the title, medium, size and year for each piece.

**Art History applicants must submit their best art history paper, preferably 10 pages or less. Papers may include images and should not exceed 15 pages. Save file as LastnameFirstnameScholarshipname, or if you use the same paper for two different scholarships, save it as LastnameFirstnameHistory and mention in the email that it is for both.

The College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office has more information and a full list of department- and college-level scholarships available to current students.

The UMKC Financial Aid Office has more information regarding university-wide scholarships.

Graduate Advising

Advising appointments should be scheduled by contacting your advisor directly.

Graduate Art History Advisor for the M.A. Program

Cristina Albu
albuc@umkc.edu

Graduate Art History Advisor for the Ph.D. Program

Cristina Albu
albuc@umkc.edu

Graduate Studio Art Advisor

Barry Anderson
andersonbs@umkc.edu

Graduate Programs

The UMKC Department of Art and Art History is fortunate to enjoy close physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios, and organizations in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community so we can offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists, and enrichment programs to supplement coursework.

Graduate Program Options

Graduate Admissions

Once you explore our Graduate Admissions requirements, we invite you to visit campus and meet with the department.

Contact Us

Internships and Other Opportunities

Outside the classroom, we encourage Art History and Studio Art students to foster connections with their peers, network with arts professionals, and participate in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community.

UMKC Art Opps

We curate opportunities and post them on http://cas.umkc.edu/art/student-opportunities/internships/internships/, our very own search engine of art and history opportunities and events. You’ll find curated listings of internships, scholarships, jobs, volunteer positions, workshops, calls for artwork and papers, and more!

Search UMKC Art Opps

 

Earning Academic Credit for Internships

Our students have the opportunity to earn class credit for certain internships, provided there is a significant educational component to the internship experience.

How to enroll in our department's internship course
  1. Identify a faculty member to sponsor your internship. Contact and discuss your internship idea with your preferred sponsored faculty before the semester in which you plan to complete the internship.
  2. With your faculty sponsor, determine the amount of credit hours to be earned for the internship. Each credit hour earned is equivalent to 50 internship contact hours. To earn 3 credit hours, approximately 150 internship contact hours must be completed. A 3-credit hour internship will amount to approximately 10 hours per week over the course of a semester.
  3. Submit the internship agreement to the Department Office in Fine Arts 204 no later than the second week of classes.
Intern responsibilities throughout the semester

There are three parties who commit to the internship agreement: a student, a faculty member, and a site supervisor. Please review and record duties/expectations associated with the internship.

Student Intern Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate with your faculty sponsor and site supervisor to complete necessary paperwork to begin the internship.
  2. Provide a written evaluation of the internship experience to the faculty sponsor upon completion of the internship.

Faculty Sponsor Responsibilities

  1. Assign a grade upon completion of the internship.
  2. Request progress reports or schedule a site visit during the internship.

Site Supervisor Responsibilities

  1. Provide a written evaluation of the student’s performance no later than two weeks prior to the end of the semester.
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Internships


https://info.umkc.edu/vpr/internships

If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about violence prevention, we’d love to talk to you! The Violence Prevention and Response Program may have an internship available that will give you valuable hands-on experience, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use.

Time Commitment
10-15 hours per week with a consistent schedule to be determined with the intern.

Compensation
Our internships are unpaid positions; however, we are happy to work with your academic department to help you receive academic credit for your internship.

Benefits to the Intern

  • Practical application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom
  • Exposure to multiple aspects of operations and a professional environment
  • Increased familiarity with issues in violence prevention
  • Stronger teamwork, attention to detail, organizational skills, and follow-through on multi-step projects
  • When it can be arranged with your college/university, academic credit for your work with us

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student
  • Strong communication skills, evidenced by application materials and interview
  • Time and project management
  • Proven dependability, efficiency, and team skills
  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Additional qualifications as indicated in the description for each internship

Application Process

  1. Review the descriptions for positions below.
  2. Email a cover letter, resume, list of two references, and, if requested, a work sample (see individual descriptions for requirements) to umkcvprp@umkc.edu with “Internship Application” in the subject line.
  3. When you apply, please be sure to make clear the internship(s) and semester(s) for which you would like to be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of the UMKC Violence Prevention & Response Program!

Available Internship Positions

  • COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
    The communications intern will help to map a communications strategy for VPR, contribute to our email newsletter and blog, and develop and implement communications plans. Prior experience with email design and list management (Exact Target, MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.) preferred. With your application, please send a writing sample of no more than 500 words.
  • DEVELOPMENT INTERN
    The development intern will help to strategize and execute VPR’s fundraising efforts, including assisting with finding grant opportunities and writing proposals, writing fundraising appeals, seeking event sponsorships, and other fundraising-related activities as needed. Strong writing and organizational skills, combined with a keen attention to detail, are required. With your application, please send a writing sample of no more than 500 words.
  • EVENT PLANNING INTERN
    VPR hosts and partners to present events throughout the academic year. The events intern will help to coordinate logistics, registration, and execution of VPR events. Previous experience in planning and carrying out events of a variety of sizes and types a plus, but all applicants should be detail-oriented and organized.
  • MARKETING & DESIGN INTERN
    The marketing intern will evaluate VPR’s current brand identity, assist in developing a marketing strategy for our program, and create materials to share about our work with the general public. Skills in graphic design and experience with Adobe Creative Suite are required for this internship. Applicants should provide a link to a portfolio of their design work.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA/WEB INTERN
    The social media/web intern will assess our current online presence, assist in developing a social-media and website strategy for the organization, and schedule content to keep our online presence up to date. Applicants should submit creative ideas for three posts that would be well-received on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
  • RESEARCH INTERN
    The research intern will read and summarize current research on issues in violence prevention, violence prevention in higher education, best practices, programming possibilities, and more. With your application, please submit a writing sample that reveals your research abilities, preferably an academic research paper.

Do you have different skills to contribute or want to tailor an internship to your interests? We’re still interested in hearing from you! Send us your ideas for an internship to umkcvprp@umkc.edu with “Internship Idea” in the subject line.

 

 

Student Organizations

The Department of Art & Art History currently has three student organizations spanning various interests and activities. We encourage students to get involved, network with their peers, and build their resumes and portfolios in the process.

Student Art League (SAL)

An active voice in support of the arts and creative practices, SAL connects Art & Art History students with UMKC and the KC community by presenting student-run art exhibitions and organizing other artistic activities.

Graduate Art History Association (GAHA)

GAHA welcomes all students, both undergraduate and graduate, and provides educational and resume-building opportunities form curating exhibitions, organizing tours and visits, to peer-editing papers for classes.

Egghead Student Design Agency (Egghead)

Egghead provides experiential learning to students with potential to excel in graphic design. The group works with UMKC clients to envision strategies, explore solutions, and make art.

Contact us to join!

IPh.D. in Art History

Art History is a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program administered by the UMKC School of Graduate Studies.

Learn more about the IPh.D. in Art History.

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program enables students to work across multiple disciplines and develop an academic focus that is just as individual as they are.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Futurist Lucite Plains art exhibit features work of three professors

Lucite Plains is a new performance collaboration between Kansas City-based artists and UMKC professors Ricky Allman and Barry Anderson. Combing elements of Allman’s paintings and installations with Anderson’s work in video and animation, and adding music composed for analog synthesizers and guitars, the performances create a psychedelic futurist experience. The concept came from a melding of themes they have been working on individually for the past few years including eco-futurism, geological ritualism, ancient mythology and retro utopian visions.

For their first extended performance residency, they will be presenting a series of seven events October 19-21 at SubTropolis as part of Open Spaces where they will be joined by guest musician, artist, and fellow UMKC colleague Davin Watne.

Learn more about about the complete performance schedule and ticket info.

Preview a video of a studio rehearsal

Master of Arts in Art History

Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Art History will be prepared for entry into a Ph.D. program or the job market.

The UMKC Department of Art and Art History offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree with a thesis and non-thesis option. The M.A. degree at UMKC provides an excellent preparation for doctoral work, and Art History participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program as well. Degree requirements are structured to give students a thorough background in research methodology, and courses are taught by faculty actively involved in research.

UMKC is fortunate to be adjacent to one of the most comprehensive and distinguished art museums in the country, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Department maintains a close relationship with the museum through joint appointments, curator-taught seminars, student internships and other cooperative programs.

Outside of the classroom, the department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art and local organizations in the vibrant Kansas City arts scene provide internships, networking, entrepreneurial mentoring and other professional development opportunities. Visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions, and enrichment programs supplement course work and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.

Research in Art History is supported by the Miller-Nichols Library at UMKC, the Spencer Art Reference Library at the Nelson-Atkins, and the Linda Hall Library. Career paths in Art History include work in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Master of Arts in Studio Art

Students graduating with an Master of Arts in Studio Art will be prepared for entry into an M.F.A. program or the job market.

Each student’s program of study is designed in consultation with the lead professor in the primary discipline, who will be their principal art advisor. The Studio Art faculty is comprised of accomplished and actively exhibiting artists, offering courses in drawing, painting, graphic design, print media, digital imaging, motion design, and photography.

Outside of the classroom, physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists, and enrichment programs to supplement coursework.

Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Catalog.

Meet Our Students

Art & Art History students at UMKC come from all over the world and explore diverse interests. Get to know our students, and you’ll learn what our programs are about.

Cara Nordengren is a Nelson-Atkins Scholar

Art History | College of Arts and Sciences | 2019

What do you do as a Nelson-Atkins Scholar?

I’m doing independent research in the Nelson on a special exhibition that came through, Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire. And I’m doing work with the permanent collections and then research about Roman glass and Roman marble and carbon techniques.

Cara Nordengren

What do you want your legacy to be after graduation day?

Positivity – I think that’s what I’d like my legacy to be. Positivity and community.

I would love to become an art curator. Being able to bring the world of fine arts to more people. I feel like people get intimidated about art. I want people to be able to have more of an access to art. Art just has such a calming influence on my life. I feel like more people should be able to have access to that. I’d also love to travel more and see the world and learn about people. I love learning, so getting to know how different parts of the world work and how different people think would be great.

How do you feel UMKC will help you achieve your goals?

Definitely the people here. Most everyone that I’ve interacted with has been really helpful and out to make sure that you really succeed. Also giving me introductions and access to the right people. Because where I’m at in my life right now I definitely would not be if I hadn’t come to UMKC and taken the right classes and shook hands with the right people. Connections.


Myles Cheadle Experiments with Jazz-Inspired Quilts

Myles - Art and Art History

Why did you choose Art History?

I love art! I was pursuing studio art as a career and had my first show at the American Jazz Museum. The curator, Sonié Ruffin, saw my potential and took me under her wing. I am currently working as an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the photography department at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Between these two organizations, I have worked with amazing scholars and learned basic museum operations, performed research and cataloguing, and worked on exhibitions.

What are you currently working on?

My work focuses on 20th century American photography. I presented a paper at a conference in Minneapolis about Gordon Parks’ photography for Life magazine in the 1950s. I’m also working on a photography exhibition at the Nelson, and received a research grant that will allow me to travel to New York this summer and visit The Gordon Parks Foundation to continue my research.

In my studio art practice, I’ve been experimenting with jazz-inspired quilts. There are a lot of qualities in jazz that correlate with quilting: improvisation, asymmetry, rhythm, color, etc. I listen to different songs like Miles Davis’ “So What,” and design quilts that aesthetically respond to certain characteristics of the song.

NOVEL 2020 UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition

NOVEL 2020

UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition 

 

 

The UMKC Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the virtual opening of Novel 2020 our digital version of the Annual Student Exhibition. This show takes place annually each spring semester to showcase the work of both graduate and undergraduate students within the department. Due to novel circumstances, the exhibition has moved to an online platform. Our distinguished faculty juried each submission and selected the art that highlights our students’ highest achievements. This year’s exhibition will include work selected from 24 students in all mediums. The conversion to an online platform allows the gallery to showcase our student’s artistic talents, as well as their growth, adaptability, and desire to face challenges head-on.

 

Please click on the link above to view the exhibition and join us in spreading the word about our virtual gallery. Stay safe and enjoy the work, we will see you soon.

 

List of participating artists:

 

Carmen Lopez-Anderson, Christopher Bown, Daniel Garcia-Roman, Gabby Saffier, Haleigh Peterson, Jack Wrisinger, Jeff Henry, John Campbell, Julia Smith, Keith Baynham, Kelly Woltering, Lauren Myers, Luke Blevins, Makayla Booker, Megan Lashbrook, Nhu Nhieu, Kimmy Sims, Rachel Houtman, Sabrina Owings, Sarah Bleha, Sharon Mitchell, Sidney Saunders, Sophia Vietze, Vincent Fallis.

 

List of awards and award winners:

 

 

Best in Show: Megan Lashbrook, Fortune Tellers

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2nd Place: Lauren Myers, Take the Gamble

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3rd Place: Sophia Vietze, Untitled

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Research

Depending on your artistic, academic and career goals, you should consider engaging in research. Our faculty both mentor student research projects and encourage student participation in faculty research.

Funding Opportunities at UMKC

UMKC fosters research by providing different forms of research funding for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Funding
The Office of Undergraduate Research at UMKC offers two research grants specifically for undergraduate students: the SEARCH and SUROP grants. For more information, see Applying for SEARCH & SUROP Grants.

Graduate Funding
The UMKC School of Graduate Studies offers several fellowships and grants, some of which can be used for research. For more information, see their Fellowships and Grants page. SGS also provides UMKC students with free access to Pivot, one of the best databases for grants, fellowship awards, and other funding opportunities.

Publication & Presentation Opportunities at UMKC

UMKC fosters scholarship by providing different outlets for presentation and publication to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate Opportunities
The Honors College publishes UMKC’s only journal of undergraduate research, Lucerna. Find out how to submit your paper for publication here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research at UMKC hosts an annual Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. that gives undergraduate students at UMKC an opportunity to present their work.

Graduate Opportunities
The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Graduate Student Council hosts an annual Community of Scholars Symposium that gives graduate students at UMKC an opportunity to present their work. Contact SGS for more information.

Research: Getting Started

If you’re interested in research but not sure where to start, request an advising appointment.

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Student Opportunities

Outside the classroom, the Department of Art and Art History offers numerous opportunities for students to enhance their education and build their resumes and portfolios.

Ranging from completing internships, to exhibiting artwork, to participating in multiple student organizations, to applying for scholarships exclusively for our Department’s students, our Department offers enriching extracurricular activities that prepare students for the job market.

Learn more about internships.

Learn more about our department awards and scholarships.

Learn more about our student organizations.

Student Resources

Degree Requirements

Forms

Advising

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Undergraduate Advising

The College of Arts and Sciences has a dual advising system of general/professional advisors and department advisors designed to help undergraduate students achieve academic success.

Department Advising

The Department of Art and Art History Department Chair, Barry Anderson, helps students get the most of their experience at UMKC by advising them on the specific needs for their major(s) and/or minors.

To prepare for an advising appointment, students should review their MyPlan Audit and devise a potential course schedule for the upcoming term. Additionally, bring any questions you may have to the advising session.

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Advising with CAS Student Services

General UMKC advising and pre-professional program advising is handled by CAS Student Services. Current students should schedule appointments through Connect.

Undergraduate Programs

We provide a creative and comprehensive learning environment that leads students in the discovery of a broad liberal arts education and serves as the foundation for further academic and career-oriented pursuits.

At The Department of Art and Art History at UMKC, you will enjoy small class sizes with interactive learning experiences; internship, mentoring and professional development opportunities; and relationships with community arts organizations and immersion in a dynamic urban arts scene.

Degree Options

We offer three degree options for undergraduate students.

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Studio Art will be prepared for entry into a professional school, a graduate program or the job market.

Learn more about the B.A. in Studio Art

The Studio Art faculty is comprised of accomplished and actively exhibiting artists. Teaching laboratories and studios are equipped with advanced technologies as well as traditional tools.

Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration. For incoming freshmen, there are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the University.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Art History

Students graduating with a B.A. degree in Art History will be prepared for entry into a graduate program or the job market.

Learn more about the B.A. in Art History.

The faculty is comprised of dedicated and actively publishing art historians – one with a joint appointment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Classes make use of the extensive collections at The Nelson-Atkins located three blocks away, as well as the major contemporary collections in Kansas City, including those of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Belger Arts Center and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Career paths in Art History include work in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science. There are no special requirements beyond those for admission to the University to become an Art History major.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog.

Minors: Art History / Art & Visual Communication / Studio Art

Students can also choose a minor in Art History, Art and Visual Communication or Studio Art, all of which provide students with a comprehensive foundation of their chosen subject while they pursue another major.

Learn more about the Minors in Art and Art History.

Students who declare a minor should see their departmental advisor every semester until the minor is completed. If a student is interested in declaring a minor, they should make an appointment to talk to a department advisor as soon as possible.

Requirements can be found in the UMKC Undergraduate Catalog:

Art History

Art & Visual Communication

Studio Art

Why Art and Art History?

Study in the disciplines of Art and Art History provides students with tools to develop their creative and critical thinking skills, their visual and verbal communication abilities, and their versatility in professional and personal situations.

Career opportunities in Studio Art include graphic design, interactive design, video arts, motion graphics, photography, digital arts, illustration, education and arts administration.

Art Historians can find career paths in in museums and galleries, educational institutions, and arts administration. Other career choices that mesh well with an Art History degree are publishing, art appraisal, non-profit art or history organizations, archival work, and library science.

Why UMKC?

Students on annual student trip to Seattle in 2019

At the Department of Art and Art History at UMKC, you will enjoy small class sizes with interactive learning experiences. We serve a variety of students – ranging from the non-major to the professionally oriented.

Our faculty is comprised of accomplished and nationally exhibiting artists, as well as dedicated and actively publishing art historians – one with a joint appointment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

The strong adjunct faculty consists of local artists, art educators and professionals, and Curators from The Nelson-Atkins regularly offer advanced Art History courses.

Outside of the classroom, the department’s own UMKC Gallery of Art, visiting artists and scholars, gallery exhibitions supplement coursework and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.  We engage students in high-impact learning trips that span from local artists’ studios to active art hubs across the country.

Students on an annual student trip to Seattle in 2019

At Home in Kansas City

UMKC’s location in the City of Fountains makes it an ideal place for studio art and art history students.

Physical proximity and professional connections to the museums, studios and organizations in Kansas City’s vibrant arts community offer students additional opportunities for internships, visiting artists, and enrichment programs to enhance their education.