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KCAD in the News: March 2019

Digital Art and Design Student Derek Desormeaux Named one of CMYK's Top 100 New Creatives
Derek Desormeaux, a current student in the Digital Art and Design program, was included in CMYK's Top 100 New Creatives #58 publication, alongside his piece "Asmodeus the Cute and Deadly." CMYK has published quarterly Top 100 lists of emerging creative professionals since 1996, with included individuals chosen by top industry professionals. 

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Painting Professor Margaret Vega Opens Solo Exhibition in New York City
Painting Professor Margaret Vega was featured in a solo exhibition, Landscape as Muse, at Dacia Gallery in New York City. The exhibition features work in which Vega leverages the natural world as both an inspiration and a point of departure. 

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Two Paintings from Illustration Alum Jon Post Featured in New Spike Lee Film on Jackie Robinson
Jon Post (’82, AFA Illustration) had two paintings of Jackie Robinson he created purchased by the production company of filmmaker Spike Lee for use in the short “Impact,” a collaboration with Budweiser that highlights the extraordinary impact of Jackie Robinson, who became the first African to play in Major League Baseball in 1947. Post’s paintings can be seen around the 2-minute mark. It's the second time Post has had his artwork purchased by Lee, the first coming 23 years ago, when the legendary director commissioned him to paint a 1952 Topps baseball card.

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Painting Professor Margaret Vega Featured in Exhibition Showcasing GRAM Permanent Collection
Painting Professor Margaret Vega has her oil monotype "Head of a Boy," part of Grand Rapids Art Museum's Permanent Collection, featured in the GRAM exhibition A Decade at the Center: Recent Gifts and Acquisitions

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MFA Alum Joshua Risner to Paint Official Portrait of former MI Governor Rick Snyder 
For his latest assignment in his role as the Michigan State Capitol's Master Decorative Painter, Joshua Risner ('14, MFA) will paint the official portrait of former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The portrait will hang in the State Capitol alongside portraits of other past governors in the state's history.

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KCAD Alumni, Current Students Helping Power "Rad Women" Public Art Initiative in Grand Rapids
Alumni Piper Adonya (’18, BFA Digital Media), Hannah Berry (’16, BFA Art Education), Marie Couretas (’09, BFA Art Education), Devin DuMond (’05, BFA Illustration; ’10, MFA), Madeline Graumlich (’18, BFA Illustration), Korin Hollinshead (‘13 BFA Drawing), Katie Moore (’11, MFA) and Kim Nguyen (’13, BFA Digital Media) and current students Elena Gray (Printmaking), Maddie Jackson (Illustration), Emily MacDonald (Illustration), Anna VanderLoon (Fashion Studies), and Dayna Walton (Illustration) are among the 27 artists who have been selected to participate in "Rad Women," a new public art initiative that's giving local female-identifying artists the chance to paint portraits of influential women on mechanical boxes located throughout Downtown Grand Rapids. The initiative was organized in collaboration between Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. and local gallery Lions & Rabbits, owned and operated by Berry.

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Art History Assistant Professor Dr. Stefanie Snider Publishes New Essay on the Work of Finnish Artist Iiu Susiraja
Art History Assistant Professor Dr. Stefanie Snider recently published her essay "Staring Back, Deadpan: Ugliness and Abjection in Iiu Susiraja's Self-Portraits" in ASAP Journal.

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Master of Arts in Design Alum Ryan Kilpatrick Kicks off South Haven Speaker Series with Talk on Affordable Housing
Ryan Kilpatrick ('13, Master of Arts in Design) gave a lecture titled "Affordable Housing: Obstacles and Solutions in Lakeshore Communities" as part of the 2019 South Haven Speaker Series. Kilpatrick is the executive director of the Housing Next Leadership Council, an initiative focused on addressing the need for affordable housing in Ottawa County in Michigan. 

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Painting, MFA Alum Shelley Stevens Featured in Solo Exhibition at Ferris State University
Shelley Stevens ('00, BFA Painting; '04, MFA) is currently holding a solo exhibition, An Army of Women, at the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery. The exhibition aims to highlight stories and experiences of real women that reflect their strength, intelligence, and courage. 

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Alumni Jake Blok and Taylor Mazer, Current Student Madeline Jackson Spotlighted as Alumni of Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Mentoring Program
Jake Blok ('13, BFA Furniture Design) and Taylor Mazer ('12, BFA Illustration) were included in a list published by the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair of notable alumni of the organization's New Art, New Artists College Student Mentoring Program. Current Illustration student Madeline Jackson, selected to participate in the program in 2018, was also profiled. 

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