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2014 Annual Student Exhibition to Fill Campus with Exceptional Art and Design

Posted April 22, 2014 in Public

The region’s brightest emerging art and design talents will be on display for all of West Michigan to see during Kendall College of Art and Design, Ferris State University’s (KCAD) Annual Student Exhibition Week, running from May 6 through May 10. Graduating students from each of the College’s undergraduate and graduate programs will showcase their best work in three concurrent exhibitions spanning all floors of both the 17 Fountain St. NW building and the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building at 17 Pearl St. NW.

annual student exhibition 2013 Crowds filled KCAD during the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition

A special exhibition in The Fed Galleries of the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building will feature work from KCAD’s 2014 Excellence Award winners. Given annually to students who exhibit a rare level of mastery and accomplishment within their chosen field of study, the Excellence Award represents the pinnacle of KCAD student achievement. Each program with a graduating class selects one student to receive the award. This year’s 15 winners include the Valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class, Courtney Wierzbicki (Interior Design). The rest of the winners are as follows:

Art Education: Olivia Miller; Art History: Javon Borst; Digital Media: Jericho Castillo; Drawing: Kyle Sharkey; Drawing with a Printmaking Focus: Erica Lang; Furniture Design: Christopher Eitel; Graphic Design: Matt Fouty; Illustration: Tim Crecelius; Industrial Design: Joseph Parr; Medical Illustration: Tess Tobolic;Metals and Jewelry Design: Alex Walker; Painting: Katherine Throne; Photography: Sara Fahling; Sculpture and Functional Art: Mark Schentzel.

More information on the 2014 Excellence Award winners can be found at http://www.kcad.edu/blog/a-class-of-their-own-the-2014-excellence-award-winners/

The Fed Galleries, decked out with awesome student work during the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition

Also housed in The Fed Galleries, the MFA Thesis exhibition will spotlight the fully developed work of the 13 students who have completed their graduate studies. These skilled artists have spent the last three years honing their skills in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Photography, and this exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the process, methodology, and passion that went into the compilation of their final thesis projects.

The rest of the campus, including all seven floors of the 17 Fountain St. NW Building and all four floors of the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building, will be transformed into one massive gallery. From Metals and Jewelry Design to Medical Illustration to Industrial Design, each program will have a unique section of the campus to display the best work from its 2014 graduates.

2013 annual student exhibition Student gallery monitors guide the viewer experience during the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition

Student Exhibition Week will commence with a campus-wide opening reception on May 6 from 4-7pm that is free and open to the public. There is also no charge to view the exhibitions, which will run through May 10.

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