Kahlil Robert Irving is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University, Irving is a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. In 2015 he received his undergraduate degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, double major in Art History and Ceramics. He was a resident at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy, in the summer 2016. He has work in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; The Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary. He recently completed a Durwood trust Provenance Research internship at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for the Architecture, Design, and Decorative Art department in Kansas City, Missouri.
Most recently, his work is comprised of large sculptures that are to challenge the set up of traditional means of viewing and relating to sculptures and objects. He has many questions for the viewer as they interact with his work... He wants to challenge historical notions of colorism, structural barriers that separate communities, and objects that exist in and around the urban environment.