KCAD in the News: September 2018

Posted September 3, 2018 in Digital Art and Design, Illustration, Painting, Fashion Studies, UICA, Master of Fine Arts, Product Design, Printmaking

Printmaking Alumna Erica Lang Stars in Merrell Social Media Video Erica Lang (’14, BFA Printmaking), owner of Grand Rapids printshop/retail store Woosah, was profiled in a social media video released by Merrell that explored her work at the intersection of entrepreneurship, creativity, and community. 

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KCAD Furniture Design Program All Over ASFD Pinnacle Award Finalist List Eight alumni and one current student from KCAD’s Furniture Design program have been nominated for Pinnacle Awards by the American Society of Furniture Designers:

Michelle M. De La Rosa (’14, BFA) – Casual Dining Kyung Min Lee (current student) – Student Award Shannon Lookabill (’95, BFA) – Youth Furniture and Formal Dining Joe McCambridge (’90, BFA) – Home Entertainment Andrea Otto (’10, BFA) – Youth Furniture and Formal Dining Christopher Sandomenico (’01, BFA) – Stationary Upholstery and Major Collections Thor Taber (’08, BFA) – Formal Dining and Major Collections Mike Warren (’82, BFA) – Youth Furniture and Formal Dining Taylor West (’05, BFA) – Home Office

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Furniture Design Alumnus Evan Fay Talks Detroit-Based Creative Practice in Interview with Dwell Dwell Magazine published a Q&A with Evan Fay ('14, BFA Furniture Design) and his design partner Ayako Aratani, who together run the Detroit-based design studio Aratani Fay. 

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Sculpture and Functional Art Student Emma Riley, Professor Bob Marsh, Collaborate with 13 On Your Side for Unique ArtPrize 10 Entry One of the more unusual ArtPrize 10 entries, "Floral Transmit" is the result of a collaboration between KCAD Sculpture and Functional Art student Emma Riley, Professor Bob Marsh, and 13 On Your Side that's transformed an area of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum into a functional performance space the local news station will broadcast from throughout this year's event. 

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MFA alumna Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter, KCAD’s UICA Named to ArtPrize 10 Jurors' Shortlists Brianna Lynn Hernandez Baurichter ('16, MFA) had her piece "Consequence" named to the ArtPrize 10 Jurors' Shortlist in the Time-Based category. The piece was hosted at Bend Gallery, owned and operated by KCAD alumni Madison May (’16, BFA Printmaking) and Gina Masterson (’16, BFA Illustration). KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) was named to the Outstanding Venue shortlist for UICA Outside: Westside, which featured the mural “Anishinaabek” by artist Alan Compo, in the pedestrian tunnel below the Pearl St. bridge over the Grand River. Read more from MLive


Rapid Growth Media Spotlights UICA's Community-Focused ArtPrize 10 Exhibition, Nominated for the Outstanding Venue Award Featuring five mural projects in three Grand Rapids neighborhoods, UICA Outside, the ArtPrize 10 exhibition from KCAD's Urban Institute for Contemporary Artsdraws together diverse artists and Grand Rapids stakeholders to create permanent artworks that are energizing and accessible to all. The exhibition's Westside venue was named to the ArtPrize 10 Jurors' Shortlist in the Outstanding Venue category. 

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Illustration Alumna Lori McElrath-Eslick’s ArtPrize 10 Entry Sprung from Environmental Activism KCAD alumna Lori McElrath Eslick's ('81, BFA Illustration) ArtPrize 10 entry, inspired by her work with elementary school students, doubles as a call to action for the Michigan State House of Representatives to adopt legislation that would make the endangered Karner Blue butterfly Michigan's first state butterfly.

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ArtPrize 10 Entry from Illustration Alumnus Joshua Solas Makes Sharp Statement on Inequality “You’re Joking Right?”—the ArtPrize 10 entry from Joshua Solas (’18, BFA Illustration)—is aimed at spurring conversation around inequality in America during the annual event.

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Painting Alumna Sharon Smithem Profiled by Petoskey News-Review Sharon Smithem ('00, BFA Painting) was featured in an article in the Petoskey News-Review exploring her Charlevoix, MI-based creative practice. Read more from the Petoskey News-Review


MFA Alumnus Salvador Jiménez-Flores Discusses Socio-Political Influences Roots of his Artwork at Southern Utah University Salvador Jiménez-Flores ('14, MFA) was invited to speak at Southern Utah University on the themes underpinning his creative practice as a part of the university's "Art Insights" event series. 

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Women's Lifestyle Magazine Highlights Collaboration Between KCAD Fashion Studies Program, Illustration Alumna/Adjunct Instructor Kelly Muschiana, Local Clothing Manufacturer Women's Lifestyle Magazine published a piece on local clothing manufacturer Public Thread that highlighted how the company's Product Development Lead, Kelly Muschiana, a KCAD alumna and current adjunct faculty member in the Fashion Studies Program, has been giving KCAD students opportunities to explore new design possibilities within the company's upcycling model that drastically reduces material waste. 

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Alumni Duo, Bandmates Tyler Newkirk and Matt Taylor Release Music Video  KCAD alumni Tyler Newkirk ('08, BFA Industrial Design) and Matt Taylor ('09, BFA Digital Media), members of local indie-rock band The Blue Pines recently collaborated on a music video for "If I Ever Started Missing You," the first single off the group's recently-released debut album.

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Painting Alumna Loralee Grace Featured in Water-Focused Exhibition at Ferris State University Loralee Grace ('10, BFA Painting) has her piece "Midnight Sun" featured in The H20 Exhibit, an exhibition currently on display in the Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery.   Read more from The Torch


KCAD Fashion Studies Program, Van Andel Arena, Team Up to Envision Elton John-Inspired Garments for Musician's Upcoming Grand Rapids Performance Van Andel Arena collaborated with KCAD's Pamela Roland DeVos School of Fashion to give 10 Fashion Studies students an opportunity to submit original garment designs inspired by the aesthetic legacy of Elton John that will be displayed in the arena during the John's upcoming concert in Grand Rapids. 

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