KCAD Announces Winners of 2021 Excellence Awards

Posted April 28, 2021

KCAD is pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the college’s Excellence Awards. Representing the pinnacle of undergraduate achievement at KCAD, Excellence Awards are given annually to those graduating seniors who exhibit a rare level of mastery and accomplishment in their chosen field of study. 

The 2021 Excellence Award winners’ creative work is on display in the 2021 Excellence Awards Online Exhibition at kcad2021.org, along with KCAD's Master's Thesis Exhibition and Undergraduate Senior Exhibition. 

“These outstanding senior undergraduates have shown an exemplary work ethic, dedication, curiosity, and resiliency throughout their time with us,” said KCAD President Tara McCrackin. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the 2021 Excellence Award Winners, and look forward to celebrating their continuing excellence as KCAD alumni.” 

On Friday, April 30, KCAD will recognize the Excellence Award winners in the college’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony—at which awardees are honored in the presence of friends, family, and the KCAD community with a spoken tribute from their faculty and a slideshow presentation of their creative work. The virtual ceremony will be limited to a private audience to continue the tradition of a more intimate celebration. 

We're proud to introduce the 2021 Excellence Award winners: 

Lynn Loubert (Art Education) 

Work by Lynn Loubert (Headshot credit: Sidney Baker-Green; Images courtesy of Lynn Loubert) 

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS:  

"When will I ever use this?" This question is asked in the classroom often as students grow to become individuals. The art classroom is seen as a space where expression and creativity come alive, but it's much more than that. Through art, those who struggle with words find a voice...Often allowing us to reflect as we broaden our perspectives... To the student, it offers unique perspectives and creative solutions...? Art teaches us that everyone possesses different skills and passions; as art teachers, we celebrate this! Great teachers honor what each student brings to the classroom while modeling compassion and trust. If we are going to change the world, it will be through education by building a curriculum that fosters the many benefits the arts provide. We, art educators, provide the tools and knowledge to apply art in everyday situations while providing the skills to find solutions to problems they face.  

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

In early 2020, I was in an education course where we worked with students of special and diverse populations. I chose to work specifically with the students at the refugee center as I wanted to broaden my perspective of teaching and of the individuals whose lives were vastly different from my own. I worked with three other incredible educators to craft lessons for these students to exhibit alongside the Translating Valence: redefining black male identity exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Being a refugee, many people see you as a number rather than a human being. We wanted to combat this ideology by creating a lesson that would highlight everyone's identities. Working with these students taught me patience, gratitude, struggle, but most of all, trust. One of the teachers I worked with, Samuel Abejean, instantly connected with these kids. The first day we met the students, Samuel saw a student with his hood up and his head on the table. You could tell that he understood and instantly knelt by his chair and became his friend. He was gentle, empathetic, and open. Samuel's level of compassion for his students will be a memory that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.  

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • 3rd place winner of the Lowell Arts Annual West Michigan Art Competition / 2015 
  • Elected as President, Social Coordinator, and Secretary of Kendall Art Education Student Association / 2017-2020 
  • Art piece exhibited in the Lowell Arts Annual West Michigan Art Competition / 2018 
  • Presenter at the Michigan Art Education Association Conference / 2018 
  • Presenter at the National Art Education Association Conference / 2019 
  • Collaborated with the Van Andel Education Institution to create a traveling mural for a science education convention. Led a team of education students to paint a mural based on plant cells / 2019 
  • Elected as Preservice Division Director of the National Art Education Association / 2019-2023 
  • Institution Service Award recipient / 2021 
     

Mia Kivel (Art History) 

Work by Mia Kivel (Headshot credit: Erik Smendik; Images courtesy of Mia Kivel) s

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Inspired by the work of Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault, among others, I strive to put forth a concept of art historical analysis that centers not on the art object in its own right, but on the interactions between that object and society as a whole. In short, I believe that art can serve as both a mirror and a mold, reflecting the views and attitudes of the society in which it was created while simultaneously shaping the beliefs of those who view it. Perhaps more importantly though, I believe in a broad understanding of what should be understood as "Art" within the context of art-historical practice. My work centers around contemporary Japanese art and visual culture, and I feel that it would be incomplete without attention paid to animation, illustration, fashion, and even music. If anything, these "pop culture" artifacts are the most critical to understanding the influence visual culture holds on society. To younger Japanese audiences, anime, manga, street fashion, and video games can the most salient forms of visual media, and their significance cannot be overlooked. 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience during my time at KCAD has to be the trip I took to Tokyo in December of 2019, just a few short months before pandemic lockdowns began. While the trip was largely recreational, it also served as the inspiration for the research I would eventually conduct on the Shinjuku Gyoen Imperial Gardens, Lolita fashion, and Daidō Moriyama's street photography. I also credit that two-week stay with giving me the motivation to fully commit to contemporary Japanese art as a subject for inquiry at the graduate level. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I certainly take pride in being nominated for and receiving these awards, but I would say my greatest achievement at KCAD has been the final project of my cultural studies capstone course with Dr. Susanna Engbers. The project--a genre study of "magical girl" anime and manga from "Sailor Moon" to "Magical Girl Site"--is near and dear to my heart and progressed from the final assignment of a six-week summer course to something much larger. I ended up writing far more than the guidelines of the project called for, and fortunately, Dr. Engbers was happy to read it. On a less serious note, I've become an accomplished cheese monger over the last three years and take a certain amount of pride in my work in that area as well.  

 

Katherine Langell (Collaborative Design) 

Work by Katherine Langell (images/video courtesy of Katherine Langell)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

A lifelong learner with a passion for sustainability, I apply design thinking to create efficient design solutions. My experience in the Collaborative Design program has led me to become an adaptable and effective leader in interdisciplinary teams. I strive to use design methodologies to enhance the user experience for all.  

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

One of my favorite experiences at KCAD was with Doug Medema's model-making class. I've always loved working in the shop, and this class allowed me to do something I love every day. Doug made me feel so welcomed at KCAD and his passion and knowledge lead me to be more confident in my work. I'm very grateful for my experience in this class. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

As a Collaborative Design student, I'm lucky to have been involved in the 2018 Spark Park. As a new student, setting up the Spark Park was my first truly collaborative experience at KCAD. I'm proud to have been a part of something that brought so much joy and strength to our community. The Spark Park is a very fond memory from my first year at KCAD, and I hope it returns in the future. 

 

Charlie Beam (Digital Art and Design) 

Work by Charlie Beam (Headshot credit: Amman Khan; Images courtesy of Charlie Beam)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS:  

My creative practice is meant to draw to the surface my own creative philosophies and tell my story. Be authentic, do what is difficult, the intention decides the medium, learn all that you can, the best ideas come when a prompt completely stumps you. I'm a forgetful person by nature, my work tells my story where I cannot. My relationship with creation is rooted in the philosophy of leaving your mark in the world and the quality of your mark matters. And finally, either make or make better. 

See more work at: charliebeam.com. 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

I hold my time with my classmates and colleagues in my highest regard. The best times I have had at Kendall have been the moments between classes, quickly catching up or resting alongside my friends. My most memorable experience at KCAD was a critique that completely blindsided me. I was presented with an assignment on a Thursday and was given the weekend to complete it. After many hours of work, under the assumption that this was a practice assignment meant to familiarize myself with woodblock printmaking, I created a large self-portrait woodblock print of myself eating a cob of corn in a folding chair. It was a tongue-in-cheek portrait of a genuinely happy moment, nothing more, nothing less. As I arrived the next class day, I soon learned that the practice assignment was the final assignment. My professor came up to me, looked at my work, and with a smile said, "Oh, I love it, I'm so interested to find out how it fits the prompt: Journey." I panicked. I was blindsided by the fact that the assignment was meant to follow a prompt at all, let alone "Journey". Within the next two minutes, I had to come up with a rationale for how my ethereal corn munching self-portrait represented my own personal journey. I stumbled through the strictly visual explanation of the subject matter with as much blind confidence as I could muster. I got through it and my ruse of truly having no idea what I was doing had not dawned on my professor or classmates. After giving almost no explanation of the "meaning", I turned the attention to my classmates, "What do you think it means?" What followed was one of the most philosophically rich discussions I have ever been a part of. We talked about the darkness surrounding the subject, solitude, despair (I had too big of a plate and simply drew my figure a workable size). We talked about the juxtaposition of the crushing darkness and the humor of the simple pleasure of the corn (I was just eating corn). We even went as far as to talk about the facial expression, the apathy in his eyes, looking away from the center of the composition. I came out of the discussion with a completely new meaning to my work: the crushing suffering of reality and consciousness and the simple and meaningful pleasures of creature comforts. In the end, I created six prints. At the bottom of each print reads the now appropriate title: "Journey." 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

My most notable accomplishments are also my favorite aspects of Kendall: exploring mediums and creating meaningful work. I personally tend to stick to what I know and my time at Kendall has proven to me that exploration is what creates good work. Going into Kendall, I was worried that my creativity would run out and it did, often. Having no immediate, easy solution to a prompt is what has helped me create my best work. The push of bridging the gap between an unfamiliar material or process and an equally difficult prompt or design limitation is, without fail, added to my list of accomplishments. I think back to my time in design drawing where we had to create a fantastic device. I racked my brain for an idea for days and finally, out of nowhere, I came up with a helmet that allows you to see in darkness by using a bat's sonar... what? Projects like these are why I thank Kendall for the work that they put into their programs. I'm not afraid to do what is difficult or what is unknown, and I thank Kendall for that. My accomplishments are Kendall's accomplishments. 

 

Alyssa Sturges (Drawing) 

Work by Alyssa Sturges (Images courtesy of Alyssa Sturges)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

I create work that depicts/represents the aspects that make up who I am. Whether it be my loved ones, my appearance, the food I eat, the music I listen to, the experiences I've had, and the two communities I come from. I fully embrace both my Hispanic and Black background throughout my everyday life as I do within my art. Sadly, both are fighting against racism and discrimination which is highlighted in my work. Instead of expressing anger and frustration, this causes my work to focus on the many questions that lead with "why". Why is my hair texture deemed inappropriate? Why is my skin color not considered beautiful? By providing new dialogue to old conversations that have been muted by society, my work requests that the viewer reflects on and questions the morality of their own observations and experiences. And just as importantly, this work celebrates my culture and the characteristics of the black and Hispanic communities through appreciation and thoughtful criticism. My goal is to empower my community. My work shows how those who make up my community are worthy.  

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience at KCAD will be getting to know as well as work with Danielle Wyckoff. Who was not only my mentor while at KCAD, who pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone, strive to always do my best, and consider absolutely every possible outcome when creating art. Professor Wyckoff has also turned into a very dear friend that I am able to turn to for advice, a pep talk, or a good laugh. She has taken my college experience to the next level. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Working alongside the artist Rosie Lee to create the BLM pieces that are permanently owned by KCAD.  
  • Creating art for the BLM protest hosted by the Firecracker Foundation and other organizations. 
  • Encouraging much-needed conversation and change regarding racism and discrimination.  

 
 

Isabella Lotterman (Fashion Studies) 

Work by Isabella Lotterman (Images courtesy of Isabella Lotterman)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

As a designer, I like to think about what makes me happy, and what will make people smile. My goal is to make clothing that makes people feel happy, fierce, feminine, and bold all at the same time. A lot of my work is inspired by rock and roll music and feminist icons. My final collection, Cherry Bomb, is inspired by 1970s female rockers with a fun& flirty modern touch. I really just wanted to make it fun and bold as to distract from reality. 

See more work at: https://bellalotterman.wixsite.com/portfolio 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

I had the opportunity to travel all the way to Australia with KCAD’s Pamella Roland DeVos School of Fashion Studies program. It was such an amazing experience and so cool to see how the fashion industry works on the other side of the planet. We got to meet so many cool people who are big in Australia's fashion world and we became enriched with the history of fashion in Australia while visiting. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

During my final year at KCAD, I opened an online boutique. My goal post-graduation is to start introducing my own line of clothing to it, and eventually open a brick and mortar! 

 

Adam Podboy (Furniture Design) 

Work by Adam Podboy (Images courtesy of Adam Podboy)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

The way I approach design is not much different than the way I approach most things in life. I observe and ask questions in order to learn and build empathy. This method usually starts with a curiosity, and it generally leads to more questions which then develops a deeper understanding of the world around me. Greater curiosity begets greater creativity. If I was not a curious person, I would not be a creative person. Curiosity rounds out my creativity by creating a desire to engage with more artistic mediums and explores ordinary ideas and ways of thinking that will ultimately guide me to solve more problems and create more engaging and egalitarian design solutions. 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

During my first semester, I took Design Drawing with Vyana Slattery. The environment that was created through the beautiful way the class was taught, as well as the conversations that were shared, helped me to see the world in a different and greater way. That experience was one that I look back on very fondly. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

I was a finalist for the 2020 ISFD Pinnacle Awards in the Student Award category with my VinylMod storage console.  I also designed the artwork and packaging for five singles and two EPs, as well as developed a brand/identity for the respective touring cycles for the band Michigander.  

 

Becca Morris (Graphic Design) 

Work by Becca Morris (Images courtesy of Becca Morris)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

I've begun to see a pattern in my work where the design style, layout, theme, and objective may vary greatly across projects, but the overall focus is still on humanity. I see myself as a visual communicator, but I also see myself as an emotional and empathetic being, and I think that those things very much go hand-in-hand with design. My intention is always to reach people on an emotional level while communicating with them in a thoughtful way. One of the most beautiful things about design is that we are all human, and we can all connect with it – no matter who we are or where we come from. This is why I love what I do!  

See more work at: beccamorris.com. 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

It's difficult to sum up my journey in one experience, but I think my favorite moments were simply my interactions with students, staff, faculty, and friends (now lifelong friends) that I've come across in the four years I've been at KCAD. I loved having a job on campus—I've actually had three! —because it gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of really amazing and interesting people. To sum it up, there were a lot of coffee runs, homework parties, late nights, and library hangs, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • KCAD Art Day Competition Scholarship Recipient / 2017  
  • Library Student Employee Scholarship Recipient / 2019  
  • West Michigan AAF Gold Student Addy / 2020  
  • West Michigan AAF Judge's Choice Student Addy / 2020  
  • President's List / 2017-2021  
  • KCAD Graphic Design Studio Excellence Award / 2021  
  • KCAD Class of 2021 Valedictorian / 2021 

 

Erica Bradshaw (Illustration) 

Work by Erica Bradshaw (Headshot credit: Alexa Karabin; Images courtesy of Erica Bradshaw )

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Growing up on 17 acres of field land, I am drawn to the variety of textures and patterns found in our natural environment. In nature, there is connection and growth everywhere -characteristics I strive to embody as a person, and artist. Working with mixed media is an immersive experience that allows me to experiment with different materials and create an interaction between them in a way that feels "meant to be." A goal of mine is to embrace the process behind techniques and absorb what makes them successful. This approach creates a large variety within my work that allows me to look at new projects from all angles. A message that remains present throughout my work is wonder and introspection. I enjoy making pieces that can create thought-provoking questions for the viewer. Thoughts of the possibility of bettering themselves, the world around them, or as simple as embracing their curiosity. No matter our age we have the capability to grow from our experiences and interactions. I hope that viewing my work helps people better understand the environment around us. 

See more work at https://todrawattention.com/ 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience at KCAD has to be meeting world-renowned children's book illustrator David Wiesner. In fall 2019, the GRAM hosted an exhibition, The Art of Wordless Storytelling, featuring his collective works. This was followed by an informational talk and a demonstration of his process. Being personally invited to this event by the head of the Illustration program was an honor I won't soon forget. I spoke one on one with David after the event where he signed books of his I purchased and I gifted him a copy of my children's book, the first of many I hope to create in my lifetime. After the event, I was tasked with helping curate a collection of student works inspired by David Wiesner- which was displayed at the GRAM. 

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Mermaid Bar and Grill Saugatuck- Mural Painting / 2020 
  • Lions and Rabbits Storm Drain Project- Mural Painting / 2020 
  • Live Chalk Artist at "Chalk it Up" Grand Rapids / 2020 
  • Windows GR Project- Mural Painting / 2020 
  • Apprenticeship- Alexa Karabin / 2020     
  • John Ball Zoo- Exhibit Mural Painter / 2020         
  • KVCC Virtual Alumni Solo Show- Facebook & Instagram Show / 2020 
  • Joint Exhibition Kalamazoo Nature Center with Artists Beth Purdy and Molly Burgess / 2020 
  • West Michigan Area Show - Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Juried Exhibition Entry / 2020 
  • GRAM Student works inspired by David Wiesner- Grand Rapids / 2019 
  • Joint Tarot Card Show Dog Story Theater- Grand Rapids / 2019 
  • Co-Curator for KCAD Student Show- GRAM David Wiesner Inspired Show / 2019 
  • Tempo Vino Winery Featured Art Hop Artist-The Greater Arts Council of Kalamazoo / 2019 
  • Great Grounds Cafe Featured Art Hop Artist-The Greater Arts Council of Kalamazoo / 2019 

 

Bethany VanOeffelen (Industrial Design) 

Work by Bethany VanOeffelen (Headshot credit: Sidney Kamaloski; Images courtesy of Bethany VanOeffelen)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Industrial design challenges us to explore human behavior in relation to products and use design thinking to critically analyze the user experience. Through growing my creative practice, I have come to understand that design is about us, people, humans. By designing products, we have the ability to improve the human experience. Product design can be anything from a useful gadget to a lifesaving device and everything in between, and that is why I love what I do. My process is very user-oriented, from the first stages I want to understand how a problem is currently solved and evaluate what could make it better. I truly enjoy the research phase as much as the actual designing because research and understanding help push the design forward and mold it into something that meets the needs while still encapsulating good design in every sense. 

See more work at: https://bethanyvanoeffelen.wixsite.com/portfolio 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience has to be the semester I volunteered with Art Link's Site Studio: Children Designing for Children, which incorporates industrial design and design thinking. Along with a KCAD Industrial Design professor and other student volunteers I had the privilege of mentoring a group of middle school girls at the Grand Rapids Public Southwest Community Campus, to help teach them about the design process. Together they designed an adaptive piece of furniture for the Children's Healing Center, and I helped guide them and was able to put their design into 3D. I rendered images, put together a poster, and made a 3D print model for them to present their idea to a panel of judges. I will always remember the looks on their faces when I showed them the model and poster, they were so excited to see their idea come to life, and they won second place out of all the teams! This experience made me realize how passionate I am about design and making those ideas come to life.  

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

To start, keeping a spot on the President's list and a consistently high GPA during my time at KCAD has been a big accomplishment that I worked incredibly hard for. I also received the Joe Withers Endowed Scholarship my senior year. I completed a year-long internship with Spectrum Health Innovations and Grand Valley State University, which was an amazing experience, that was both challenging and rewarding, where I was able to get real experience working with an interdisciplinary team on real-world problems. And lastly my internship at 2B Studio during my last semester, which I couldn't have gotten without the recommendation of a great professor.  

 

Kelly Clouse (Interior Design) 

Work by Kelly Clouse (Images courtesy of Kelly Clouse)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Designing interiors involves understanding the human bodyphysically, mentally, and emotionallywhile considering all factors including age, size, race, culture, gender, etc. The interior environment has a tremendous impact on how we feel and interact in particular situations. As humans, we deserve to have spaces that support our needs regardless of our background. 

People should enjoy their environment whether it is for working, learning, playing, or relaxing. This includes the environment, rather than certain elements within a space. I design so occupants can enjoy an experience throughout the entire process from the moment they enter to when they exit. I tie interior elements into the architecture to create a functional and cohesive design that supports users’ needs in ways that delight and surprise them. 

See more work at: https://kellyclouse.wixsite.com/portfolio  

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience at KCAD was the way my classmates and friends were able to adapt and stay connected during a time of such uncertainty. This includes daily Zoom meetings with friends as a way of socializing, spending time virtually after class to share our concerns, and supporting others in ways I had never imagined. I am so grateful for all the professors and students in the Interior Design program who made the best out of this situation we never expected!

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Attending the National Kitchen and Bath Association events 
  • Becoming a part of the student board for the KCAD student chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) 
  • Attending monthly IIDA events 
  • Job shadowing at Vision Interiors, Hooker DeJong, and Trellis 
  • Accepting first internship at Hooker DeJong 
  • Accepting a position at Gotcha Covered 

 

Kristina Smith (Medical Illustration) 

Work by Kristina Smith (Headshot credit: Susan Smith; Images courtesy of Kristina Smith)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Medical illustration is the art of bringing visual clarity to complex ideas. I will often find myself researching for hours to learn everything I can about what I’m illustrating so I can fully grasp what needs to be included and how best to emphasize important structures. I view my drawing process as three steps. In the beginning sketches, it's like a little kid that has limitless potential and I guide it along. Then it turns into an awkward teenager, and I question why I even brought it into this world. Finally, it's a fully rendered adult and I have to send it out into the world. It's a little sad to be finished, but also a great triumph. I truly love medical illustration. It gives me the opportunity to constantly learn about science, grow as an artist, and visually help other people. 

See more work at greystoneillustration.com. 

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience at KCAD has been a collection of memories of spending time with amazing people. KCAD and the Medical Illustration program have given me the opportunity to interact with some truly great artists and medical professionals on a daily basis. I have countless great memories on the third floor with my fellow students and illustration professors, sitting cluttered around each other's computers offering ideas to bring the best out of every illustration. I also have numerous great memories of learning about the beauty and complexity of the human body at MSU's Secchia Center, with exceptional doctors guiding us to further our knowledge. Each person here has helped me grow as an artist and made my time at KCAD very memorable.  

 NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

  • Working with Michigan State University to document the musculoskeletal anatomy of alpacas. 
  • Michigan Taxidermist Association Wildlife Art Competition 2019 - First Place Professional Division 
  • Transfer Student Academic Achievement Scholarship 
  • Vice President and Secretary of the Medical Illustration Club 2019-2021 
  • Student member of the Association of Medical Illustrators 
  • Multiple semesters recognized on the Dean’s List. 
  • Recipient of the 2021 Medical Illustration Excellence Award 
     

Hannah Huizenga (Painting) 

Work by Hannah Huizenga (Headshot credit: Rachel Wadke; Images courtesy of Hannah Huizenga)

DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS: 

Through creating layered compositions, intuitively developed and full of references to pop culture and family history, I delve into the parts of me I have yet to understand. Paintings, drawings, and collages allow me to layer media and references in this identity-searching endeavor. I am interested in how rearranging materials on the surface of my work help me explore what I am feeling, each composition holding a different level of self-investigation. Bright colors pulled from '70s advertisements and rock n' roll posters, the romantic fade of photographs from my family's collection, and the grainy black and white of old movies inform my color pallet. My compositions vary based on the process I am using, and they range from solitary self-portraits in humorous poses culled from tv shows and movies, to densely populated compositions of found images in which no space is left open.  

MOST MEMORABLE KCAD EXPERIENCE: 

My most memorable experience at KCAD has to be meeting and getting to know all the amazing faculty members such as Boyd Quinn and Danielle Wyckoff.  

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 

My most notable accomplishments while at KCAD are having the privilege to work with Mandy Cano Villalobos, exhibiting at The Moon, and being the 2021 recipient of the Excellence Award.  
 

To see more from KCAD's 2021 Excellence Award Winners, visit the 2021 Excellence Awards Online Exhibition.