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KCAD AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a student organization dedicated to promoting excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. AIAS is open to students of all majors within KCAD and is constantly seeking collaboration and partnerships across all majors and disciplines.

Contact by: Facebook - KCAD AIAS
or kcad.aias@gmail.com

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President: Courtney Wierzbicki, Advisor: Dr. McCulloch, Associate Professor in the Master of Architecture program

KCAD AIGA

AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA's mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. Membership is open to all majors.

Contact by: Facebook – KCAD AIGA or aigakcad@gmail.com

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Co-Presidents: Samantha Boudiab, Maeve Grace, Advisor: Suzanne Jonkman, Associate Professor of Graphic Design

Kendall Art Education Student Association

Our mission is to support pre-service teachers as they build community and develop character and professionalism through leadership, service, and professional development.

Contact by: Facebook - Kendall Art Education Student Association

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President: Jaclyn Lewis, Advisor: Dr. Cindy Todd, Associate Professor and Chair of Art Education

Bodies of Art

Bodies of Art (BOA) is a KCAD student organization that brings together students of many different creative abilities from a variety of majors with a common interest in fashion and design. Our goal is to showcase the works of students in fashion-related events. Our organization hosts fashion-related events for the purpose of emphasizing fashion in the Grand Rapids area and to also raise funds for a variety of causes. BOA meetings are held in a creative, opened-minded atmosphere and all students are welcome to attend.

Contact by email: kcadboa@ferris.edu or by Facebook: B.O.A (Bodies of Art)

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President: McKenzie Stegmeier, Advisor: Natalie Wetzel

KCAD Christian Fellowship

KCAD Christian Fellowship is open to everyone who is seeking to learn and study more about Christianity. This group meets regularly to worship and praise the Lord, study the Bible, and encourage each other in the journey taken with Christ. KCF also seeks to explore and develop members' artistic gifts for the glory of God and service to others. Kendall Christian Fellowship's goal is to create a strong community of believers and to rock this world for Christ!

Contact by: Facebook – Kendall Christian Fellowship

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President: Cassidy Carnill, Advisor: John Koziatek, Graphic Design

Collaborative Concept Community

Our goal is to learn to work together in a professional environment. We will seek opportunities for professional critiques, mentoring, and find ways for everyone to learn and improve upon their skills.

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Contact by: EmilyRenkert@ferris.edu

President: Michael Taylor, Advisor: Matt Schenk, Assistant Professor of Illustration, Medical Illustration

Collective Pressure: The Printmaking Club

Collective Pressure focuses on several areas of drawing/printmaking, professional development, social networking, fundraising and community service. Priority is placed on maintaining a student moderated open figure drawing session (once a week), group critiques, exhibition opportunities and community service.

Contact by: Facebook – Collective Pressure

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President: Jenna Para, Advisor: Danielle Wyckoff, Assistant Professor of Printmaking

Digital Drawing Club

The Digital Drawing Club will meet to practice digital life drawings on cintiqs. We encourage and help each other to grow in digital drawing practice.

Contact by: ddckcad@gmail.com Contact the organization for meeting dates/times/locations.

President: Chloe Stewart, Advisor: Susan Bonner, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Illustration

KCAD Emergency ReSource - Volunteer Group

Our mission is to support the food and art supply donations for the Emergency ReSource on campus.

Website: Emergency ReSource

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President: Elizabeth Bush, Advisor: Gayle DeBruyn, Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Design Studies

Furniture Club

The Furniture Club meets with the intention of informing its' members of annual events, contests, and scholarships; acting as a resource for networking between the junior and senior level students and those new to the program. On a basic level, we create a collective of students with the same drive and interests.

Contact by: Facebook – 2017 KCAD Furniture Club

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President: Annina Fremgen, Advisor: Monty Simpson, Assistant Professor of Furniture Design

KCAD Game Club

This club brings together a diverse group of people to unite under all forms of gaming and games. Meet new, like-minded people and relax after a strenuous week at school with a social club that lets you go a little crazy.

Contact by: Facebook – Kendall Game Club


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President: Ian Middleton, Advisor: Susan Bonner, Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Illustration

Green Council

Green Council is focused on educating KCAD students, faculty and staff on improving the impact we leave on the environment. The group plans events, attends lectures/seminars/conferences, offers green social activities, and much more. Join us at one of our meetings for more information.

Contact by: Facebook – Kendall Green Council

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President: Elizabeth Bush, Advisor: Gayle DeBruyn, Assistant Professor of Furniture Design and Design Studies

KCAD IDSA

The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) is a professional network for industrial design students. Our mission is to create and foster a collaborative studio environment, help to promote KCAD's creative talents and to build understanding, connection, and involvement with the larger design community. Our weekly meetings involve group discussions, professional workshops, demos and tutorials, portfolio/project critique, and semester long skill development. This group is open to all departments and participation is encouraged at all class levels.

Contact by: KendallIDSA@ferris.edu or Facebook: Kendall IDSA Student Chapter

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President: Bobby Adderley, Advisor: Jon Moroney, Associate Professor and Chair of Industrial Design

KCAD IIDA

The KCAD chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) intends to create a vying professional and social student organization that allows for the furthering of a student's education as well as to create networking opportunities.

Contact by: Facebook – KCAD IIDA


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President: Alanna Sanchez, Advisor: Tara McCrackin, Assistant Professor of Interior Design

Inclusion and Diversity Club

Our focus is to address and discuss topics that affect the Kendall community regarding race, gender, sexuality, and religion.

Contact by: EmilyRenkert@ferris.edu

Contact by: Facebook – Inclusion and Diversity Club


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President: Ali Smith, Advisor: Darcy Storms, Director of Counseling and Disability Services

International Student Club

The KCAD International Student Club is open to international students from all over the world. We host regular events to encourage friendships, explore diversity, and support each other as well as present the different cultures that we come from to American students.

Contact by: JaneZhang@ferris.edu

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President: Zhiyue Chen, Advisor: Yajuan Jane Zhang, International Student Advisor

Interspace

Our focus is to create a context for artists of all disciplines, and attending KCAD, to collaborate on transdiciplinary works in conjunction with visiting artists to Grand Rapids.

Contact by: Facebook – INTERSPACE

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President: Mackenzie Tucker, Advisors: Natalie Wetzel, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Functional Art

KCAD Illustration Society

KCAD Illustration Society (KIS) aims to inspire artists and illustrators alike in discovering and pursuing creativity. We look to get involved with the community to support our students and members.

Contact by Facebook: KCAD Illustration Society

Email: kcadillustrationsociety@gmail.com

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President: Teagan Burns, Advisor: Nancy Hart, Assistant Professor of Illustration

KCAD IxDA

The KCAD Interaction Design Association (IxDA) wants to start an ongoing conversation about the ever-evolving world of interaction design among students. We strive to create opportunities to learn, collaborate, and apply this knowledge as early on in our education as possible. Local and national speakers are brought in to lecture about their areas of expertise every other week. Students of all majors are encouraged to attend and participate in the exchange with professionals, and to utilize the networking opportunities. Meeting info is posted around the school on flyers, and also shared on our Facebook (KCAD IxDA) and Twitter (@kcadixda). Questions, comments, or suggestions for meeting topics can be sent to our email (KcadIxda@gmail.com).

Contact by: KcadIxda@gmail.com
Facebook – KCAD IXDA
Twitter- @kcadixda

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President: Co-Presidents: Samantha Boudiab, Maeve Grace. Advisor: Suzanne Jonkman

Medical Illustration Club

Our mission is to provide support and resources for the Medical Illustration students, create a supportive environment for the studnets, and help them meet their individual goals in the Medical Illustration field.

Contact by: Facebook - KCAD Medical Illustration Club or kcadmedicalillustrationclub@gmail.com

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President: Alyssa Marsh, Advisor: Matt Schenk, Assistant Professor of Illustration and Medical Illustration

Masters Student Collective of KCAD

The Masters Student Collective is an organization of KCAD graduate students that functions to provide community and opportunity for students in the masters programs.

Contact by: Facebook – The Masters Student Collective of KCAD or themastersofkcad@gmail.com

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President: Emily Mayo, Advisor: Diane Zeeuw, Professor and Chair of Painting

KCAD Modeling Club

We aim to create a space where people can have fun and learn something new at the same time. We work with other student organizations for fashion events. We're also available to fashion studies students looking for someone to model their designs when preparing a portfolio.

Contact by: Facebook - KCAD Modeling Club

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President: Thierry Kepgang Nana, Advisor: Deborah Rockman, Professor of Drawing

Painting Collective

The Painting Collective's members seek to connect Kendall College of Art and Design to the surrounding community through events and activities focused in fine arts. We offer opportunities for students to build their resumes along with increasing their involvement within the College and the Grand Rapids art community.

Contact by: Facebook - The Painting Collective at KCAD

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Advisor: Elizabeth Hawkins, Adjunct Professor of Painting

KCAD Performing Arts Collective

The KCAD Performing Arts Collective is a group for KCAD students who want to express and exercise their love for theatre and performance arts. We engage in both on and off stage activities, and host performance-related events at KCAD. KPAC is open to any and all students whether they have a background in performance or not, and hopes to bring the art of performing to the forefront of our artistic community!

Contact by: Facebook - Kendall Performing Arts Collective

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President: TBD, Advisor: Patti Constantine, Professor of Illustration

KCAD Photography Association

The KCAD Photography Association is a club focused on getting students, faculty, and the Grand Rapids community interested in photography. The group holds student exhibitions, volunteers for charitable organizations, and collaborates with other clubs to organize/photograph events. The goal is to allow anyone the opportunity to get involved and broaden his or her appreciation for photography as an art form.

Contact by: Facebook - KCAD Photography Association

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President: Vaughn Hartley, Advisor: Adam DeKraker, Assistant Professor of Photography

KCAD Pride Club

Our purpose is to create a safe space for LGBTQIA students on campus and promote fair treatment and equal rights of LGBTQIA people around the world. Allies are welcome.

Contact by: EmilyRenkert@ferris.edu

Advisor: Stefanie Snider, Assistant Professor of Art History

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