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News Bites: Sculpture and Functional Art Grad Wins Inaugural UICA Fresh Pick Award

Posted May 18, 2015 in AlumniNews BitesSculpture and Functional Art

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has announced Lydia Boda, a 2015 graduate of KCAD’s Sculpture and Functional Art program, as the winner of the inaugural UICA Fresh Pick Award.

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UICA created the award as a way to spotlight KCAD graduates who exhibit an exceptional level of talent. One member of KCAD’s graduating class will be selected at the end of each academic year to receive the award, which also entails a solo exhibition in UICA’s Green Room Gallery and recognition on the organization's website and social media platforms.

UICA Curator Heather Duffy says that Boda first captured her attention with “Dream Diary,” an installation featured in KCAD’s annual student exhibition.

Dream Diary by Lydia Boda"Dream Diary" by Lydia Boda

“I was immediately drawn to Dream Diary. The work felt encompassing, and is comprehensive… a complete show on its own. KCAD’s Pace Gallery is a challenging space that was really successfully activated by the partnership between Boda’s pieces and their presentation. The hanging installation, lit from within, is a magnet for curious viewers who relish details and need to know more; the pedestal of precious, perfectly organized, imperfect artifacts gives insight into the artist’s process and aesthetic; and the quiet wall-based sculptures are contemplative while directing viewers toward the artist’s own words in her statement. We’re excited to see where Lydia’s work will go from here.”

More on Lydia Boda and her work can be found at lydboda.tumblr.com.