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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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    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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    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!

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.

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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: $500-1200 (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.

Department News

    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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    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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    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.”

    VIEW ARTICLE

    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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Faculty and Staff

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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 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

UMKC Violence prevention & Response Program

MARKETING & DESIGN INTERN

The Marketing intern will evaluate the 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.

We at KCSourceLink are once again looking for an intern to help us out during the fall.

It would be a paid gig, of course.(We’re thinking 15$/hour.)  We’re looking for someone who can commit to up to 20 hours a week, possible more if we can find a candidate with the right skills:ability to communicate a brand through various assets, infographic design, and annual report layout and design.  We’re especially looking for a self-starter with strong visual and verbal communications skills solid interpersonal skills and a “can-do” attitude who also has:

  • Solid graphic design and layout skills in digital and print using the Adobe Creative Suit (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) along with PowerPoint (yes, that beast).
  • Visual communication skills that are clear, engaging and will knock socks off.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate an established brand across different visual messages.
  • Strong attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Knowledge of photography and video-editing a super plus.

Sarah Mote

Marketing director KCSourceLink, SourceLink

chat: 816.235.6500

connect: http://www.linkedin.com/sarahmote

follow: http://www.twitter.com/kcsourcelink

befriend:http://www.facebook.com/kcsourcelink

 

United Soccer Coaches

Design Internships (non-paid)

Full-time Digital Designer (paid)

Advocacy, Education, and Services to soccer coaches of all levels of the game.  Every January, we have a Convention (this year its in Chicago), where roughly 13,000 soccer coaches attend, and the MLS draft, and NWSL drafts are held at our Convention.  It’s a fun work environment, wit hoffices located in historic Union Station in downtown KC.

Letters and resumes should be sent to Rusty Kulger: rkulger@unitedsoccercoaches.org

816-471-1941

http://unitedsoccercoaches.org

 

Charlotte Street Foundation

Fall 2018 Student Graphic Design Internship Agreement

Description: Charlotte Street Foundation’s graphic design internship is an opportunity created to help up-and-coming- illustrators and graphic artists gather more experience within the world of awareness within Kansas City.  The Team at Charlotte Street is small, caring, and encouraging of a fun and creative work environment.  The graphic design intern will report to the Marketing + Communications Manager.

The internship offers the following opportunities:

Design and draft print material, which may include:

  • Event Postcards
  • Open Call business cards
  • Program posters
  • Brochures
  • Informational guides
  • Event handbills
  • Stickers

Design and produce online material, which may include:

  • Website ads and banners
  • Social Media images and GIFs
  • Video graphics and animation

Internship Qualifications:

  • Students Must be enrolled in at least 6 college credits in the Fall of 2018 semester
  • Available to work at least 6 hours a week and attend a weekly meeting of 1 hour
  • Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, and Photoshop
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms

Essential Functions:

  • Manage Various tasks and deadlines
    • Tell us when you can or can’t get things done by a deadline!
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a timely manner
    • Respond to emails/texts within 24 hours
  • Possess a positive attitude and interest in promoting other artists
    • Give us a notice when you are not in the mood!
  • Express interest in supporting the Kansas City art community
    • Ask questions about other organizations and how they promote their artists
  • Has a steady access to equipment and resources to work
    • Notify us ASAP if you are having difficulties with resources.  We can talk about a solution or agree on delaying certain projects
  • Ready to work within a newly established brand
    • Don’t be afraid to try some new ideas!
  • If additional responsibilities are requested that do not entail the original agreement, the two parties must discuss the new responsibilities before going forward
    • Lets talk it out!

Applications can be submitted to communications@charlottestreet.org

Please send a resume and your Fall 2018 schedule of availability by August 3rd 2018.

 

 

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.

Research

Depending on your artistic, academic and career goals, you should considering 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.

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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 Undergraduate Advisor, Poppy Di Candeloro, 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?

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 course work and provide unique interactive learning opportunities.

UMKC student Cara Nordengren poses for a photo outside of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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.