KCAD in the News: December 2017

Posted January 1, 2018 in Alumni, Faculty, Painting, Master of Fine Arts, Collaborative Design, MFA Painting, Photography, Illustration, Master of Art Education, Graphic Design, Master of Arts in Design, MFA Drawing, Digital Art and Design, MFA Photography

Alum Salvador Jiménez-Flores Awarded $25,000 Grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation

Salvador Jiménez-Flores (’14, MFA) is one of 25 artists nationwide to receive a Painters & Sculptors Grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation for 2017. Jiménez-Flores will receive an unrestricted grant of $25,000 along with professional development and residency opportunities.

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Alumnus Ryan Kilpatrick Takes Helm of Regional Affordable Housing Initiative

Ryan Kilpatrick (’15, Master of Arts in Design) has been named director of the Housing Next Leadership Council, an initiative of the Greater Ottawa County United Way in Ottawa County. Mich. that’s focused on addressing the need for affordable housing in the region.

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Alumna Chakila Hoskins Explores Journey to Artistic Identity in Interview with Women’s Lifestyle Magazine

Chakila Hoskins (’12, BFA Painting; ’16, MFA) recently sat down with Women's LifeStyle Magazine to discuss her journey from mimicking her father's sketches as a young child to discovering her own artistic identity at KCAD.

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Michigan Radio Spotlights Alumnus Joshua Risner, Artist in Residence at the Michigan State Capitol

Joshua Risner (’14, MFA) was featured on Michigan Radio in a segment exploring the work he’s doing to preserve Michigan’s political history as the State Capitol Building’s Artist in Residence.

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Alumnus Matt VanSweden Explores the Living Building Challenge in Global Online Innovation Festival

Matt VanSweden (’17, BFA Collaborative Design) was a featured speaker at the 2017 Disruptive Innovation Festival, an online open-access event hosted by the UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? Van Sweden and Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, participated in a discussion about the Living Building Challenge certification standards.

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Illustration Professor Patricia Constantine Brings New Work, Professional Perspective to Mott Community College

Illustration Professor Patricia Constantine held a solo exhibition of drawn and painted works at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich. Constantine also gave a public presentation on her work in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Fun Pal Studio Showcases Pen and Ink Work from Alum/Adjunct Instructor Taylor Mazer

Adjunct instructor and alumnus Taylor Mazer (’12, BFA Illustration) was profiled by online entertainment magazine Fun Pal Studio in a piece highlighting his small-scale pen and ink work.

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Paint, Pain, and Pride: Alum Brian Whitfield’s Summer Under the Bridge

Brian Whitfield (’85, BFA Illustration) was featured on the website of Lansing, Mich.-based publication City Pulse in a piece exploring the series of murals he recently created under freeway overpasses in the city.

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Subliminal Masterpieces: Alum Matt Peppler Creates Scary, Movie-Themed Posters with Hidden Meanings

Matt Peppler (’06, BFA Digital Media) was featured on the website of Lansing, Mich.-based publication City Pulse in a piece exploring his minimalist approach to illustration and his penchant for reimagining movie posters. 

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Alum Scott Hoyle Donates Top 25 Work from ArtPrize 7 to Spectrum Health Foundation Unietd and Kelsey Hospitals

Scott Hoyle (’74, BFA Illustration) donated the pieces in his “Blue Ribbon” photography series, named a juried finalist in the 2D category in ArtPrize 7, to the Spectrum Health Foundation United and Kelsey hospitals.

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Nationally-Recognized Artist and Alum Ali Cavanaugh Takes Fresh Approach with Frescoes

Ali Cavanaugh (’95, BFA Painting) recently sat down with The Southeast Missourian to talk shifting mediums, deriving inspiration from her children, and a forthcoming book that will be a 10-year retrospective of her work.

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Make Art, Then Prosper: Alum and Award-Winning Teacher Tricia Erickson Values Connections Most

Tricia Erickson (’10, Master of Art Education) was profiled by the School News Network for recently being named Secondary Art Educator of the Year and Art Educator of the Year by the Michigan Art Education Association.

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Alum Cody Sielawa Works with Children with Special Needs During ArtPrize Education Days

Cody Sielawa (’12, BFA Digital Media), a multi-dimensional designer with YouTube, was profiled by the School News Network for meeting with special needs students at the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kent Transition Center for a superhero-themed event.

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Alumni Matthew Provoast and Erika Townsley Celebrate Success of First Year Running Light Gallery + Studio in Grand Rapids

Matthew Provoast (’16, BFA Photography) and Erika Townsley (’16, BFA Photography), owners of Light Gallery + Studio in Grand Rapids, Mich., were profiled in an article by cultured.GR exploring their success and growth during their first year as owners/operators of an independent gallery.

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Alum Bill Chardon Holds Photography Retrospective at Pine Rest Leep Art Gallery

Bill Chardon (‘81, Advertising Design) recently held a solo exhibition at the Pine Rest Leep Art Gallery in Grand Rapids, Mich. titled 50/50: of Color and Black & White.

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Alum James Arendt Makes Art From Trash, Exhibits Internationally

James Arendt (’01, BFA Painting) created artwork from trash destined for the landfill that was featured in the 2017 From Waste to Art exhibition in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Alum Kellie Zaplitny Hired by Newhall Klein

Kellie Zaplitny (’11, BFA Graphic Design) was hired as a senior graphic designer by Kalamazoo, Mich.-based branding agency Newhall Klein.

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Alumni Chris Kehoe and Tim Maret Help Power New Show at Chaffee Planetarium

Chris Kehoe (’17, BFA Digital Media) and Tim Maret (’16, BFA Digital Media) contributed original musical compositions and digital 3D work, respectively, to an exhibition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Chaffee Planetarium focused on the discover of the Higgs boson.

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Alum Rogelio Almaguer’s Tattoo Business Helping the Arts Thrive in Kalamazoo

Rogelio Almaguer (’16, BFA Illustration) was featured in West Michigan arts and entertainment guide REVUE in an article exploring The Park Trade Center, a Kalamazoo, Mich.-based space where he runs Manifold Art Studios, a tattoo and freelance illustration business. 

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Alum Jillian Brown Explores Masquerade, Role-Playing in Solo Exhibition at Adrian College

Jillian Brown (’14, MFA) held a solo exhibition, Role-Playing as Masquerade, at Adrian College as a part of its annual Alumni Art Exhibition.

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Alum Salvador Jiménez Flores Leads Boston-area Students on Cultural Mural Project 

Salvador Jiménez Flores (’14, MFA) led students at Boston’s Josiah Quincy Elementary School on a collaborative project that resulted in the creation of a large triptych that reflected the students’ experiences living in the city’s increasingly gentrified Chinatown neighborhood.

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Alum Megan Leong Named Featured Artist for Summit Art Festival

Megan Leong (‘09, MFA) was named the Featured Artist at the 2017 Summit Art Festival, an annual event held in Kansas City, Mo.

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