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  • SiTE LAB: Art in the Wild

    Posted August 3, 2011 in Events
      I’ve never been to an art installation where I needed to cover myself head to toe with bug spray. And I’ve never been to a show at which I thanked my tour guides with a piece of green apple and a pat on the nose. But that’s the novelty of attending an art installation created by SiTE LAB. SiTE LAB creates temporary site-specific art projects aimed at facilitating dynamic collaborations between the art, education, business and cultural communities of Grand Rapids. This summer’s SiTE LAB was held July 29 at the Blandford Nature Center. It’s an incredible learning oasis of 143 acres of beautiful wooded land in northwest Grand Rapids. Blandford Nature Center believes children and adults learn best through personal experience – whether that be standing knee-high in water to learn about stream ecology or planting squash seeds to start a garden. But on this Friday evening, Blandford was about art in the wild. About 30 groups of student/artists displayed their work throughout the grounds on the east and west trails. All art shown was made of natural materials found on-site. Kendall sponsored the horse-drawn Read More…
  • Upscale Fashion Debuts at Kendall College of Art and Design

    Posted July 20, 2011 in Youth and Adults
        Judy Huyck bounded into the Upstyled Fashion class last week at Kendall College of Art and Design, full of enthusiasm for taking old, unworn or slightly used Read More…
  • Annual Picnic, Annual Project

    Posted July 18, 2011 in Classes & PresentationsCompetitions
      Professor Ron Riksen has been teaching graphic design at Kendall for 40 years, and for 25 of them, his graphic design classes have participated in a rite of spring: Read More…
  • Dual Enrollment Students Jump Start their Kendall Experience

    Posted July 4, 2011 in Events
    If I recall correctly, the last project I made in high school art class was an ugly, mushroom-shaped ashtray. (My dad was a smoker.) But Rick Brunson remembers his high school Read More…
  • See. Say. Do.

    Posted June 20, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Our third speaker Tuesday at NeoCon was Justin Ahrens, founder and principal of Rule29. Rule29 is not your typical Chicago advertising agency. For one thing, Read More…
  • The Dirt on DIRTT

    Posted June 16, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
     Our second speaker Tuesday (remember, there were three) was Geoff Gosling, Environmental Designer at DIRTT. The name, DIRTT, can be a little deceptive. DIRTT is an acronym Read More…
  • Decorators, Designers and Door Pulls

    Posted June 15, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
    On Monday, we crawled the floors of NeoCon (not literally, of course), seeing great design. Tuesday, our brains were as packed as the showrooms as we had the opportunity to hear Read More…
  • NeoCon: A Treat for All The Senses

    Posted June 13, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      NeoCon is a show. To paraphrase Ed Sullivan, a really big show. Celebrating its 43rd year in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, NeoCon is the premier design center for the Read More…
  • Climate Control and Creative Candidates in the Windy City

    Posted June 12, 2011 in Classes & Presentations
      Have you ever heard of CCID? Neither had I until Sunday, June 12, but more about that later. It was our first day in Chicago for NeoCon. Our first order of business was Read More…
  • Extraordinary Design Wins

    Posted June 9, 2011 in Award WinnersClasses & PresentationsCompetitions
    Traditions can be good things. Kendall College of Art and Design and NeoCon have a few in common. I’ll elaborate. First, 2011 will be the 16th year that Kendall students Read More…
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