KCAD's Annual Student Exhibition Showcases Class of 2024 Emerging Talents

Posted April 15, 2024 in Annual Student Exhibition, Community Events, Graduates, Campus, Galleries, Student Exhibitions

As KCAD closes out the academic year, the college is proud to place its graduating students center-stage during the 2024 Annual Student Exhibition, April 29 through May 4. Emerging artists and designers from all programs will present a diverse showcase of their best creative work, transforming KCAD’s 17 Fountain St. building into a massive gallery on display to the public for one week. 

A person posing in front of a wall adorned with colorful digital artwork.

All are invited to attend the closing reception celebrating KCAD’s 2024 Annual Student Exhibition on Friday, May 3 from 4:00-7:00pm. The open house style event will feature live music from local bands Low Phase and PHABIES. Admission to both the exhibition and reception event is free.  

“Celebrating our 2024 graduating seniors, this exhibition represents a culmination of student experience and highlights the breadth of learning that happens in our studios, labs, and classrooms,” said KCAD President Tara McCrackin.  

"These talented emerging artists and designers have dedicated themselves to expanding their skills and pushing the boundaries of their disciplines, and we are proud to share their passion with the entire community." 

For prospective students, the show also offers a valuable glimpse at KCAD's wide range of programs, close-knit community, and creative career possibilities. High school and transfer students and their supporters are invited to join the KCAD Admissions team for a free Connect to KCAD event on Tuesday, April 30 from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Participants will have the chance to meet with faculty and current students, learn about the admissions process, and take a guided tour of campus, including the 2024 Annual Student Exhibition. Guests must register for Connect to KCAD to attend. Group tours of the 2024 Annual Student Exhibition are available by request.  

The Annual Student Exhibition also offers employers an opportunity to scout new talent and connect with the next generation of creative leaders. In addition, art and design lovers will have the chance to purchase students works to add to their collections. 

2024 Annual Student Exhibition 
April 29 – May 4 
Mon - Friday 7:00am - 7:00pm 
Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm 

2024 Annual Student Exhibition Closing Reception  
Friday, May 3 4:00 - 7:00pm  

An online exhibition, opening April 29 at kcad.edu/ase, will complement the on-campus exhibition. 

A group of people viewing a collection of artwork on the wall.

The annual tradition concludes with KCAD’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center. From May 2–10, the work of First Year Experience students will be on display at the FHFAC gallery and serve as a reminder for graduates of how far they have come as artists, designers, and scholars. 

KCAD's 2024 Master's Thesis Exhibitions have also begun and will continue throughout the semester. Here's what's coming up:

Master’s Thesis Exhibition: Sean Allen 
April 9 – 19  

Master of Architecture Thesis Exhibition 
April 22 – July 20 | Reception: April 24, 4:45pm  

FORUM: A Showcase of Research-Driven Student Work 
April 22 – July 20 

Master’s Thesis Exhibition: Aaron Marker 
May 14 – 24 | Reception: May 14, 5:00pm 

KCAD’s 2024 Annual Student Exhibition is generously supported by Visionary Sponsor: X-rite Pantone, Inc; Supporting Sponsors: Custer, Elevator Service LLC, Interphase Interiors | Haworth, and Rapid Growth Media; Program Sponsors: AHC Hospitality, Boxed Water, DK Security, Fishbeck, Furniture City Creamery, KBOGroup Inc, Landscape Forms, River City Mechanical, Via Design, and Van Dyken Mechanical; and Friends Sponsors: C.C. Sullivan, Blick Art Materials, Design Edge, FastSigns, Foremost Graphics Group, Grand Valley Automation Inc, Mathison | Mathison Architects, and Vizcom Media. 


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