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Kendall Announces Annual Student Exhibition 2013

Posted May 6, 2013 in Campus

Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) of Ferris State University proudly announces that the 2013 Annual Student Exhibition will begin on Tuesday, May 7 and continue through Saturday, May 11, 2013. This year’s theme, “Impact,” marks a time of celebration for everyone in the KCAD community. It recognizes the powerful effect of artists and designers on their industries, their communities and the world. The college will literally open it doors for everyone and anyone who wants to come and experience the immense talent of the KCAD student population. Student work will be exhibited on almost every floor of both the 17 Fountain St. NW and Historic Federal Buildings, filling 270,000 square feet of space. The Fed Galleries will be displaying the 2013 Excellence Awards Exhibition and 2013 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The event is free and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

“One of my favorite events is the Kendall Annual Student Exhibition. The quality of the art and the many different avenues of expression are truly impressive,” said David Eisler, President of Ferris State University.

Adds Kendall President David Rosen, “On any day, I love walking through the corridors to see the student work that changes daily as new work is completed. It always leaves me in awe of the creativity and achievement of our students. But when all 270,000 square feet of the buildings come alive with the work of our students, one is immersed in a world fully transformed by the spirit of imagination and making. I experienced it for the first time last year, and I thought that it was unbelievable, overwhelming, and moving. I can't wait to be in the space again when it will be alive with students, their creations, and their communities.”

Student work from all levels, first year through graduate, of seventeen different fine art, design, and academic programs will be on display. Fine art programs Drawing, Illustration, Medical Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture and Functional Art will be represented alongside work from design programs Collaborative Design, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Furniture Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Metals and Jewelry Design. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy the work of Art Education and Art History students. New to the exhibition this year are works from the three unique programs launched this past fall: Collaborative Design, focusing on specialists who can collaborate across disciplines; Fashion Studies, an exciting “3+1” program with the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; and Medical Illustration, a groundbreaking partnership with Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.

“The Annual Student Exhibition is a celebration of the achievements of our students, providing a venue for us to share with the community a presentation of the breadth and scope of what makes Kendall great. Classrooms, lobby spaces and hallways become galleries featuring presentations by graduating seniors and representative work by the entire student body,” says Dean Max Shangle.

“There really is no better time to come and see the range of accomplishments our students are capable of," says Sarah Joseph, Director of Exhibitions.

Adds Assistant Director of Exhibitions Michele Bosak, “It’s the culmination of another year's worth of exploration, growth, and endless hours in the studio. It is a week of reflection and celebration.” Noting that many of the pieces are for sale she continues, “Being an avid art collector, I delight in the opportunity to support Kendall's emerging artists, while adding to my own collection.”

The exhibition is free and open to the public, beginning with the opening reception at 4:00pm on Tuesday, May 7. Hours are Tuesday, May 7, 4:00-7:00pm; Wednesday May 8-Friday May 10, 9:00am-9:00pm; and Saturday May 11, 9:00am-2:00pm. The exhibition culminates with the Commencement ceremony on Saturday May 11. Please visit kcad.edu for more information.

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