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Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni

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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

Age: Dec. at 74 (1936-2010)

Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon ...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

Age: Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...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

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

Milton Ernest "Robert" Rauschenberg (October 22, 1925 – May 12, 2008) was an American painter and graphic artist whose early works anticipated the pop art movement. Rauschenberg is ...more

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Robert Berdella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni

Age: Dec. at 43 (1949-1992)

Birthplace: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Robert Andrew Berdella Jr. (January 31, 1949 – October 8, 1992) was an American serial killer, known as The Kansas City Butcher and The Collector, who kidnapped, raped, tortured, and murdered at ...more

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Calvin Maglinger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni

Age: Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

Birthplace: Owensboro, Kentucky

Calvin Maglinger (December 5, 1924 – January 20, 2010) 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

Age: 88

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Robert Morris (February 9, 1931 – November 28, 2018) was an American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer.. He was regarded as having been one of the most prominent theorists of Minimalism ...more
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Richard Corben is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 78

Birthplace: Anderson, Missouri

Richard Corben (born October 1, 1940) 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 ...more
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Doris Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Painter, Printmaker, Artist

Age: Dec. at 78 (1905-1983)

Birthplace: Aledo, Illinois

Doris Emrick Lee (February 1, 1905 – June 16, 1983) was an American painter known for her figurative painting and printmaking. She won the Logan Medal of the Arts from the Chicago Art Institute ...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

Age: 40

Christopher Willits (born April 8, 1978) is a San Francisco based guitarist, electronic music composer and producer, pioneering technologist, visual artist and scholar. His music is ...more
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Raissa Venables is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Raissa Venables Artist, Photographer

Age: 42

Raїssa Venables (born 1977) is an American photographer.
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William F. Nolan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Screenwriter, Author, Writer

Age: 91

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

William Francis Nolan (born March 6, 1928) is an American author, who has written hundreds of stories in the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and crime fiction genres.
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John Steuart Curry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 49 (1897-1946)

Birthplace: Kansas

John Steuart Curry (November 14, 1897 – August 29, 1946) was an American painter whose career spanned the years from 1924 until his death. He was noted for his paintings depicting life in his ...more
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April Greiman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, New York

April Greiman (born March 22, 1948) is an American designer widely recognized as one of the first designers to embrace computer technology as a design tool. Greiman is also credited, along with ...more
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John Balistreri is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
John Balistreri

Age: 57

John Balistreri (born 1962) 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 ...more
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Arnold Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Arnold Zimmerman

Age: 64

Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York

Arnold Zimmerman (born 1954), also known as Arnie Zimmerman, is an American ceramic artist. He was born December 13, 1954 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He received a BFA degree from the Kansas City ...more
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Archer Prewitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 56

Birthplace: Frankfort, Kentucky

Archer Prewitt (born 1963, Frankfort, Kentucky) 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

Age: 51

Birthplace: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Robert ParkeHarrison (born 1968) is a photographer, best known for his work (with wife Shana ParkeHarrison) in the area of fine art photography. The photographs of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison ...more
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Paul Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 89 (1923-2012)

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Paul Jenkins (July 12, 1923 – June 9, 2012) 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

Age: Dec. at 65 (1942-2007)

Birthplace: Cozad, Nebraska

Dan Christensen, (October 6, 1942 – January 20, 2007) was an American abstract painter He is best known for paintings that relate to Lyrical Abstraction, Color field painting and Abstract ...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

Age: 61

Birthplace: Warracknabeal, Australia

Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor, best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave ...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

Age: 70

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Richard T. Notkin is an American ceramic artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois in October 1948. He earned a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 1970, studying under Ken Ferguson. In 1973, ...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

Age: Dec. at 72 (1910-1982)

Birthplace: Plattsmouth, Nebraska

John Philip Falter (February 28, 1910 – May 20, 1982), 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

Age: Dec. at 81 (1915-1996)

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri

Delmer J. Yoakum (December 6, 1915 – October 25, 1996) was an American fine artist, oil and watercolor painter, designer, serigrapher, Disneyland and Hollywood motion picture studio scenic
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Roger Medearis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Kansas City Art Institute Alumni
Roger Medearis

Age: Dec. at 81 (1920-2001)

Birthplace: Fayette, Missouri

Roger Medearis (March 6, 1920 – July 5, 2001) 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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Ellen Fullman (born 1957) is an American composer, instrument builder, and performer. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is known for ...more