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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Kansas City Art Institute and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Kansas City Art Institute, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Kansas City Art Institute include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Kansas City Art Institute alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Kansas City Art Institute are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Kansas City Art Institute.

Examples of graduates on this list include Dennis Hopper and Walt Disney.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Kansas City Art Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Kansas City Art Institute alumni?”

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films ...more

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and ...more

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Robert Rauschenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Painter, Graphic Artist, Artist Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to ...more

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Robert Berdella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Robert Andrew "Bob" Berdella was an American serial killer in Kansas City, Missouri who raped, tortured and killed at least six men between 1984 and 1987.

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Calvin Maglinger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Calvin Maglinger was an American fine-art painter.

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Robert Morris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist Robert Morris is an American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer. He is regarded as one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism along with Donald Judd but he has also made important ...more

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Richard Corben is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Cartoonist Richard Corben is an American illustrator and comic book artist best known for his comics featured in Heavy Metal magazine. He is the winner of the 2009 Spectrum Grand Master Award. In 2012 he ...more

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Doris Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Painter, Printmaker, Artist Doris Emrick Lee was an American painter known for her figurative painting and printmaking. She won the Logan Medal of the Arts from the Chicago Art Institute in 1935. She is known as one of the ...more

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Christopher Willits is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Artist Christopher Willits is an American musician and multimedia artist located in San Francisco. His music is electroacoustic in nature, in that both analogue and digital sounds are meshed into one.

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Raissa Venables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Raissa Venables Artist, Photographer The photographs of New Yorker Raїssa Venables portray distorted rooms with intoxicating colours in a surreal manner. Despite the absence of people in her photographs, we still feel their souls ...more

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William F. Nolan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Screenwriter, Author, Writer William Francis Nolan is an American author, who has written hundreds of stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres.

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John Steuart Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist John Steuart Curry was an American painter whose career spanned from 1924 until his death. He was noted for his paintings depicting life in his home state, Kansas. Along with Thomas Hart Benton ...more

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April Greiman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Graphic Designer April Greiman is a designer. "Recognized as one of the first designers to embrace computer technology as a design tool, Greiman is also credited, along with early collaborator Jayme Odgers, ...more

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John Balistreri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
John Balistreri John Balistreri is an American ceramic artist best known for his large scale sculptures. He is currently an associate Professor of Art and the head of the ceramic art program at Bowling Green ...more

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Arnold Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Arnold Zimmerman Arnold Zimmerman, also known as Arnie Zimmerman, is an American ceramic artist.

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Archer Prewitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Cartoonist Archer Prewitt is an American musician and cartoonist associated with the independent music scene in Chicago, Illinois.

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Robert ParkeHarrison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Robert ParkeHarrison Photographer Robert ParkeHarrison is a photographer, best known for his work in the area of fine art photography. The photographs of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been displayed in 18 solo exhibitions ...more

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Paul Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist Paul Jenkins was an American abstract expressionist painter.

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Dan Christensen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist Dan Christensen, the American abstract painter, was born in Cozad, Nebraska on October 6, 1942, he died in Easthampton, New York on January 20, 2007. He is best known for paintings that relate ...more

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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Film Score Composer, Poet, Musician Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad ...more

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Richard T. Notkin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Richard T. Notkin Richard T. Notkin is an American ceramic artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1948. He earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, studying under Ken Ferguson. In 1973, he ...more

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John Philip Falter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
John Philip Falter John Philip Falter, more commonly known as John Falter, was an American artist best known for his many cover paintings for The Saturday Evening Post.

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Delmer J. Yoakum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Delmer J. Yoakum Delmer J. Yoakum was an American fine artist, oil and watercolor painter, designer, serigrapher, Disneyland and Hollywood motion picture studio scenic artist.

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Roger Medearis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Roger Medearis Roger Medearis was an American Regionalist painter.

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Ellen Fullman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Ellen Fullman Composer Ellen Fullman is an American composer, instrument builder, and performer. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known for the 70-foot long ...more

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Ernest Lawson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist Ernest Lawson was a Canadian-American painter and a member of The Eight, a group of artists who formed a loose association in 1908 to protest the narrowness of taste and restrictive exhibition ...more

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Nemo Gould is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Nemo Gould Nemo Gould is an American artist and sculptor known widely for his kinetic found-object sculpture as well as two-dimensional graphic work. Much of his work presents whimsical aluminum and wooden ...more

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Marc Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Animator, Artist Marc Fraser Davis was a prominent American artist and animator for Walt Disney Studios. He was one of Disney's Nine Old Men for his knowledge and understanding of visual aesthetics, the famed ...more

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Carl Blair is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Carl Blair Artist Carl Blair is an artist and was for more than forty years a member of the art faculty at Bob Jones University.

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John E. Buck is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
John E. Buck John Buck is an American sculptor and printmaker who was born in Ames, Iowa.

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Shawn Brixey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Shawn Brixey Shawn Alan Brixey is Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, in Toronto, Canada. He is the former Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Chair for Arts, as well as Co-Founder and former ...more

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Theo Parrish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Theo Parrish is a musician and selector based in Detroit, Michigan, often described as a 'techno/house' artist. He was born in Washington, DC. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois listening to jazz ...more

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Christian Holstad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Christian Holstad Christian Holstad is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York City. He received his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. His work is included in collections at the Museum of ...more

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David Askevold is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
David Askevold David Askevold was an experimental Canadian artist who lived in Nova Scotia. Askevold studied art and anthropology at the University of Montana. In 1963, he won a Max Beckmann Scholarship to ...more

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Joe Deal is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Photographer Joseph Maurice "Joe" Deal was an American photographer who specialized in depicting how the landscape was transformed by people.

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Waylande Gregory is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Waylande Gregory Waylande Desantis Gregory was one of the most innovative and prolific American art-deco ceramics sculptors of the early twentieth century. His groundbreaking techniques enabled him to create ...more

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Eric Sall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Eric Sall Eric Sall is an artist from South Dakota.

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Ming Fay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Ming Fay Ming Fay is a Shanghai-born and New York City-based sculptor and professor. His work focuses on the concept of the garden as a symbol of utopia and the relationship between man and nature. ...more

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Akio Takamori is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Akio Takamori Akio Takamori is a Japanese-American ceramic sculptor and is a faculty member at the University of Washington.

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Lee Mullican is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Lee Mullican Actor Alva Lee Mullican is a 1959 Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts.

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Mikel Rouse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Mikel Rouse Composer Mikel Rouse is an American composer. He has been associated with a Downtown New York movement known as totalism, and is best known for his operas, including Dennis Cleveland, about a television ...more

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Nathan Mabry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Nathan Mabry Nathan Mabry is an artist based in Los Angeles. Mabry was born in Colorado. His work is a mixture of primitive sculpture and Minimalist-style art. He references the work of artists such as Sol ...more

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Peregrine Honig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Peregrine Honig Peregrine Honig is an American artist whose work is concerned with the relationship between pop culture, sexual vulnerability, social anxieties, the ethics of luxury and trends in consumerism. ...more

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Robert Templeton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Robert Templeton Robert Templeton was an American artist. Known for his portrait of former President Jimmy Carter displayed in the National Portrait Gallery's Hall of Presidents, Templeton was very prolific with ...more

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Nelson Shanks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Nelson Shanks Nelson Shanks is an artist and painter who was born in Rochester, New York in 1937. He lived in Wilmington, Delaware for most of his childhood. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and in ...more

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Archie Scott Gobber is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Archie Scott Gobber Archie Scott Gobber is an artist currently living and working in Kansas City, Missouri, who is known for eye-catching works that employ clever wordplay as a vehicle for social and political ...more

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Jackson Lee Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Jackson Lee Nesbitt Jackson Lee Nesbitt was an American artist. Nesbitt was born in McAlester, Oklahoma and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute off and on from 1933 to 1941, working primarily with famed ...more

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Michael J. Byron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Michael J. Byron Michael J. Byron is an American visual artist. He holds a B.F.A from the Kansas City Art Institute and a M.F.A from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Byron currently lives in St. Louis, ...more

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Christina McPhee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Christina McPhee Christina McPhee is an American painter, new media and video artist. She currently lives on California's central coast and San Francisco, CA.

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Maria Ogedengbe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Maria Ogedengbe Maria Ogedengbe, née Creyts, is an American artist whose production straddles disciplines of photography, design, assemblage, and installation art. Ogedengbe, who earned her BFA at Kansas ...more