News Bites: Illustration Alum Named Artist of the Month by The Sanford Museum

Posted September 30, 2016 in Alumni, Illustration, News Bites

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna Candace Camling (’07, BFA Illustration) has been named Artist of the Month for September 2016 by The Sanford Museum in Cherokee, IA.

KCAD alumna Candace CamlingCandace Camling (credit: Derek Tingstrom Photography)

Camling, a professional children’s book illustrator based in Des Moines, IA, has a selection of her work on display in the museum through the end of the month.

Since graduating from KCAD as both the Illustration program’s Excellence Award winner and the Valedictorian of her graduating class, Camling has illustrated four children’s books while also working as a freelance illustrator for clients such as American Greetings and ESPN Magazine.

work by Candace CamlingIllustration by Candace Camling (image courtesy of the artist)

“Children's books were a natural fit for my work. I love bright colors, drawing children and animals and the way that words and pictures collaborate into a very magical creation,” says Camling. “I started by building my portfolio with the goal of being a children’s book illustrator in mind, as children's literacy is important to me and the field is a really exciting one to work in.”

work by Candace Camling(above and below): Illustrations by Candace Camling (images courtesy of the artist)

work by Candace Camling

Camling’s fifth children’s book, a historical non-fiction picture book about the North Carolina Gold Rush titled “North Carolina: The First Golden State,” is scheduled to be released in mid-2017.

“I’m painting the illustrations with watercolor and gouache. It's much different than the other books I've done, but the historical aspect has been more interesting and rewarding than I anticipated,” says Camling.

This is Camling’s second solo exhibition at The Sanford Museum. In addition to showing her work in a number of exhibitions throughout Iowa and Michigan, she has also been published in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin.  

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