News Bites: MFA Painting Alum Takes Big Steps Forward as an Artist and Educator

Posted June 16, 2016 in Alumni, News Bites, Master of Fine Arts, Painting

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna Beth (Siewert) Purdy (’06, MFA Painting) has had a big year this year, both in her career as a painter and as an educator.

Alumna Beth PurdyBeth Purdy

Purdy recently won the Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize in the Kalamazoo Institute of Art’s West Michigan Area Show with her piece “Fact: When Tasmanian Devils Are Upset Their Ears Blush Bright Red.”

work by alumna Beth Purdy“Fact: When Tasmanian Devils Are Upset Their Ears Blush Bright Red” by Beth Purdy (image courtesy of the artist)

“I am honored that this painting's final destination is as part of the Kalamazoo Institute of Art's collection,” says Purdy. “I hope that it both educates and entertains patrons for many years.”

The piece, which is part of Purdy’s “It’s A Fact” series, also won a Juror’s Recognition Award in the West Michigan Regional Art Competition in Lowell and took home an Honorable Mention in the 87th Regional Exhibition All-Michigan Edition in Muskegon last year.

Purdy was also recently granted tenure at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where she teaches 2-D Art.

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