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News Bites: MFA Alum One of Four Winners in Ann Arbor PowerArt! Competition

Posted September 20, 2016 in AlumniMaster of Fine Arts

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna Katherine Downie (’11, MFA) was recently named one of four winners in a competition aimed at combatting vandalism with art.  

MFA alum Katherine DownieKatherine Downie (image courtesy of Katherine Downie)

The Ann Arbor PowerArt! Competition sought original works of art to be reproduced on a special vinyl material and wrapped around power boxes throughout downtown Ann Arbor, MI. The vinyl material is resistant to graffiti and is easily replaced if damaged, helping to protect the power boxes from vandalism.

work from alum Katherine Downie(above and below): Downie's winning art work (images courtesy of Katherine Downey)

work from alum Katherine Downie

The competition was open to artists from Washtenaw County. A jury of local artists and community members selected a number of the submissions to be reproduced, while others, including Downie’s, were selected via on online public vote.

“Winning this contest means a lot to me,” says Downie. “As a native of the Ann Arbor area, having one of my paintings on permanent display in the city makes me feel like a bigger part of the community.”

Check out the photos of Downie’s work, or see it for yourself in downtown Ann Arbor!

Learn more about KCAD’s MFA programs here