Admissions Team

Nina Muhammad

Admissions Officer

Employment History

  • Nina Jay's Illustration since 2008
  • Joined the Kendall Admissions team in Spring 2012

Educational Background

  • B.F.A. Kendall College of Art and Design, Illustration, 2007
  • Currently pursuing my Masters of Arts: Arts Administration, University of Michigan (Flint)

Best Achievement

Providing a good stable home for my daughter and starting a nonprofit (Nina Jay's Illustration) that provides artistic opportunities to underserved students, K-12.

Favorite Artist

Edgar Degas- His work is amazing!

Youth artists- elementary aged children are so creative, it amazes me!

Top 3 favorite works of art

  • "Little Dancer", Edgar Degas
  • "Graceful Beauty", Paul Collins
  • "Sleeping Love", Nina Muhammad

Creative Philosophy

Do what YOU love, not what others would love for you to do!

Favorite Kendall Fact

The Baker Furniture Collection has amazing pieces that date back to the 1400s

 Who do you think every Kendall student should meet?

Meet and maintain relationships with students from different programs- this adds great networking opportunities after graduation.

What's the best-kept secret in Grand Rapids?

Every Wednesday night is Reggae Night at Billy's and it's FREE!

Favorite medium and why

I love to use charcoal (it's messy and I love it!) with charcoal I can do larger pieces in a short amount of time as well as achieve great quality and rich values.

Which art book would you recommend to students?

I think this depends on the program.  Once the student identifies their program of interest, they should go to the library and read up on the history behind their career choice.  By understanding the effect your talent will have on the world will be beneficial as you hone your skills here!

What Is The One Thing You Do Not Feel Should Be Represented In a Portfolio Review

Anything that shows a lack of effort and creativity.  Your portfolio is a representation of your artistic skills and should only reflect your best work.

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