Kansas City Art Institute announces joint program with Landfall Press
Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts will offer apprenticeships for printers or print-based artists

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 16, 2011) — The Kansas City Art Institute and Landfall Press, based in Santa Fe, N.M., have announced the establishment of the Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts, which will offer six-month apprenticeships in Santa Fe.

“This is an exciting collaboration, and we are grateful to Jack Lemon, an alumnus with a long history of involvement with the Art Institute, for initiating this unique apprenticeship program,” said Kathleen Collins, president of the Kansas City Art Institute.

She noted that Lemon, who founded Landfall Press in 1970, graduated from KCAI in 1963 with a B.F.A. degree in printmaking. He went on to teach at the college and later became a benefactor and advocate for KCAI nationally and internationally, she said.

Lemon said the Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts will provide hands-on training for printers and other print-based artists in graphic processes such as lithography, etching, woodcut and digital printing.

“It will prepare participants for professional application of the skills they acquire during their apprenticeship,” Lemon said, noting that a maximum of four apprentices will be accepted for participation at any one time.

Apprentices will work directly with Master Printer Jack Lemon as well as with Senior Printer Steven Campbell, director of Landfall Press, and a variety of invited artists.

To be eligible for admission to the Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Graduates of the Kansas City Art Institute are eligible to apply, as are printers or print-based artists from throughout the United States and around the world who meet the eligibility requirement of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of Landfall Press.

To apply for an apprenticeship, candidates must provide the Landfall Institute with:
A completed application form, providing contact information
Proof of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
Three written recommendations from practicing artists within the field
A digital portfolio of current work
A statement of accomplishments and interest in the program
A resume or curriculum vitae

A personal interview with Landfall staff is also required, accompanied by a selection of original works. Skype interviews may be accepted, but telephone or written applications, by themselves, will not be sufficient for acceptance to an apprenticeship.

The cost for a six-month apprenticeship is $9,600, payable to the Kansas City Art Institute. Estimated costs for room and board are $1,500 per month, and participants are expected to provide for their own accommodations as well as travel to and from Santa Fe. If a participant is called to active military duty during an apprenticeship or required to withdraw for health reasons, the participant may request a refund in writing to Landfall Press with appropriate documentation. If approved, the refund will be made on a pro-rata basis.

Candidates will pay the cost for the six-month apprenticeship in two installments: One half is due at the beginning of the first three-month period, and, if a candidate does not continue for the second three-month period, no additional payment will be made. At the end of the first three months of an apprenticeship, Landfall staff will conduct a review to determine the viability of the apprentice’s continuation in the program.

About Landfall Press

Landfall Press is preeminent among a handful of atelier/publishers throughout the world. It provides a printmaking workshop environment that  is collaborative and inventive for artists, printers and those in apprenticeship. Landfall Press has published more than 650 editions of prints to date, representing a wide variety of contemporary ideas and trends.”

Major retrospective exhibitions of Landfall Press productions have been held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. Artists in the Landfall stable include Christo, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Cottingham, Vernon Fisher, Terry Allen, Robert Arneson, Lesley Dill, Kara Walker and James Drake, to name only a few.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

Founded in 1885, the Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design that awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 13 areas of emphasis, ranging from animation to sculpture. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

KCAI’s distinguished faculty, over the decades, have included Thomas Hart Benton, Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu, Dale Eldred, Jim Leedy, Rob Roy Kelley, Jack Lew, Wilbur Niewald and Jack Lemon. Noted alumni include Josh DeWeese, Sarah Jaeger, Richard Notkin, Irv Tepper, Kurt Weiser, Robert ParkeHarrison, Dan Christensen, Keith Jacobshagen, Ming Faye, Nick Cave and April Greiman, to name only a few.

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