Denise Gonzales Crisp

Denise Gonzales Crisp

Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professors

Named in honor of the founder of Hallmark Cards, the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design position at KCAI has been underwritten by the Hall family since 1985. The position has been held previously by a distinguished line of design professionals including Katherine McCoy, Ivan Chermayeff and Milton Glaser, each of whom has helped contribute to the shape of the KCAI graphic design curriculum.

Cary C. Goodman

Cary C. Goodman

The Cary C. Goodman Graphic Design Project Awards

The Cary C. Goodman Graphic Design Award will underwrite an annual graphic design award competition that will allow students to explore and discover the new, the unexpected, the surprising. Award recipients will include bright talented young designers who dream a little bigger, risk a little more.

Cary was a wonderful family man, professional colleague and champion of Kansas City. His ethics and values informed every area of his life. He was interested in everything that would benefit Kansas City and Kansas Citians. And he cared deeply about organizations that he believed were significantly contributing to the quality of life in our community.

The Cary C. Goodman Graphic Design Project Awards is an endowed fund that celebrates the creativity and excitement Cary brought to everything he touched.

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors currently enrolled in the graphic design department are eligible for application. Students must have completed one semester of graphic design classes at KCAI in good standing, with a minimum of a 3.0 graphic design class grade average, to be eligible for application.

Lauren Taylor ’16 |


Goodman Grant recipient, Lauren Taylor '16, embarked on a study abroad trip with the Kansas City Art Institute to Italy in the summer of 2015. During her 6 week stay she visited Rome, Florence, Fiesole, Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca, and Venice. While there, she took a drawing class and a Renaissance Art History course taught in front of all of the subjects of art.

Italy’s rich and vibrant culture is something Lauren wanted to illustrate and share with others. She decided to start a poster series to reflect upon the cities that influence her the most, starting with Rome and Florence.

John Muller

John Muller

The John D. Muller Scholarship

John D. Muller (1949-2014) was a 1973 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute’s graphic design program. Along with his wife and partner – Kathy – he founded Muller + Company, an award-winning advertising and design agency in Kansas City, MO in 1983. A prolific graphic artist, John’s work received international recognition, including exhibits in New York, Zurich, Kansas City, Tokyo and Los Angeles. He was a member of the Kansas City Art Institute Board of Directors and a fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His work is featured in many private collections nationwide and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.

Kristen Ashton ’17 |

Kristen Ashton '17 recipient of the John Muller Scholarship