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Biennial Zahner Competition for KCAI Students and Alumni

Enter the Zahner Biennial Art Competition for KCAI Students and AlumnEvery other year Zahner sponsors a sculpture competition for the Kansas City Art Institute. Entries are initially reviewed by Zahner experts.  Entries are narrowed down and the semi-finalists present their sculptures to a panel of judges.

Sixth Zahner Biennial KCAI Competition, 2014-15

Update 1: Finalists announced, 2014-15 Zahner Competition.
Update 2: Winning Entries selected for for the 6th Zahner Biennial KCAI Competition

Zahner donates the design support, fabrication, and installation of these sculptures at the Kansas City Art Institute for their biannual fundraiser and auction. The sculpture is auctioned off to the highest bidder, and all auction proceeds are donated to the scholarship fund for future students of the school.

Past Winners

Photo of Hannah Lodwick with her maquette and initial Zahner mockup

2013 - Hannah Lodwick

Working directly with the artist and her maquette, Zahner developed the concept using Zahner introduced Lodwick to a new medium whereby the canvas of materials is blue black stainless steel and bead blasted aluminum plate. Hannah Lodwick, a Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) senior majoring in painting and art history, won the opportunity to have her sculptural concept, “Factum Through Topography” turned into reality by A. Zahner Company.

In the late fall of 2010, a select group of art professionals convened at the Kansas City Art Institute to judge seven artists from the 2010-2011 Biennial Zahner Competition for KCAI. Zahner selected two artworks to produce, designed by Wen "Dan" Lin and Skye Livingston. Zahner donated the metal, the engineering, Wen-Dan Lin of ceramics and Skye Livingston of the fiber department.

Photo of Finished sculpture for Wen-Dan Lin at A. Zahner Company

Photo of Sculpture process for Wen-Dan Lin's artwork at A. Zahner Company

Photo of Wen-Dan viewing his artwork during fabrication at A. Zahner Company

2011 - Wen-Dan Lin Lady Martha, stainless steel, aluminum, and weathering steel.
The sculpture process shown above, was produced during the Spring of 2011 in the Zahner shop. The artist (pictured above) met with a team of engineers, craftsmen, and artists at the Zahner facillity, where they developed an intelligent process and plan to produced the artwork.

Photo of Sky Livingston's sculpture during patination and fabrication at Zahner

2011 - Skye Livingston Undulation, copper with custom patina.
The artwork uses a unique weave-structure developed by the artist in her studio at the Fibers Department at KCAI. The sculpture was produced using a patina developed by Zahner R&D. This project marks the first substantial work of art or architecture that this particular patina process has been applied to.

Photo of Anna Buckethorpe's sculpture completed on the lawn of KCAI before the Auction

2009 - Anna Buckethorpe, Domestic Geometry, aluminum, black mirror-finish stainless steel;
"For this project, I wanted to create a piece that people could experience in a tangible way. I aimed to create a work that would transform viewers into participants, encouraging them to take part in the appearance and organization of the piece. With large scale sculpture it so often seems that the viewer is an after thought. I wanted to make the viewer a collaborator, one who actively decides the arrangement and thus completes the design. I feel that by making an interactive artwork I can connect the participants to the work in a way that moves beyond visual and intellectual appreciation into actual collaboration and participation, engaging people both aesthetically and tactilely." --Anna Buckethorpe, 2009.

Photo of Joey Grimm's sculpture being installed at KU after being purchased at the KCAI Auction

2009 - Joey Grimm, Directed Futures, blackened aluminum, magnets, motor;
"Rotation and magnetism are the origins of this work; these two phenomena are prevalent in every day life. Directed Futures is an attempt to experience these phenomena in their purest state. It is a ten foot tall, one foot diameter aluminum cylinder that is suspended from both ends, the cylinders angle dictated by the location of installment. Inside of the cylinder is an adjustable low rpm A/C motor. The motor drives a series of magnets, on the outside of the cylinder. In correspondence with those magnets are mirror finished spheres that roll along the surface of the cylinder following the magnetic fields." --Joey Grimm, 2009.

Photo of Jordan Johnson's sculpture rendered by Zahner designers and engineersPhoto of Jordan Johnson's completed sculpture installed in Overland Park


2009 - Jordan Johnson, Holy House, stainless, weathering steel, copper;
"Formally this piece is gleaning architectural elements from the shantys, houses, churches or barns of Vietnam and Cambodia, the Midwest, and Galveston, Texas. The entire structure stems off a single shape which represents the idea of a roof becoming a boat and a boat becoming a roof. Through these concepts as well as the elevated height of a water tower, I strive to communicate the large through the small." --Jordan Johnson, 2009.

Photo of Reilly Hoffman's completed sculpture at the Zahner campus

2007 - Reilly Hoffman, Oculus, copper, steel;
Hoffman's sculpture is the smallest form ever built with the ZEPPS® Technology, the prefab panel system for building curved forms such as Frank Gehry's pods in Biloxi.  Although diminutive when compared to buildings, the sculpture is still quite large compared to the human scale.   The artist wanted to produce this massive sculpture in as light a way as possible, so the structural aluminum of the ZEPPS™ Process gave the sculpture a a lightweight frame that the sheets of steel and copper could securely attach to.  


Photo of Sculpture by Rachel Thomas during the KCAI Biennial Auction

2005 - Rachel Thomas, Light Filter, perforated aluminum;
This project was Zahner's first collaboration with students from the Kansas City Art Institute. This began the biennial Zahner Sculpture Competition, an opportunity for KCAI artists to have their projects professionally engineered and fabricated by the craftsmen at A. Zahner Company. The intricately formed 10' x 7' x 8' sculpture utilized filtered light through multiple layers of perforated metal. The sculpture raised a record $30,000 for the Kansas City Art Institute scholarship fund.

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