KCAD students, alumni, faculty and staff are participating in ArtPrize Nine all around the city! In addition to displaying art, KCAD participants can be seen curating, demonstrating, educating and writing. Scroll down for details.
Want to be on the list? Send your name, KCAD affiliation, title of artwork, venue, link to artprize.org artist page and a small image of your work here to be included! If you're not showing artwork but are participating in some other way, we'd love to hear about that, too!
ArtistsAlphabetical by last name
Alumna Hannah Grohman (’16, BFA Art Education) – Owner/Curator of ArtPrize Nine venue Lions & Rabbits
Alumna Erica Lang (’14, BFA Printmaking) – Owner/Curator of ArtPrize Nine venue Woosah Printshop x Outfitters
Alumni Matthew Provoast (’16, BFA Photography) and Erika Townsley (’16, BFA Photography) – Co-owners/Curators of ArtPrize Nine venue Light Gallery + Studio
Current students Taylor Axdorff (Industrial Design) and Skylar Sparks (Sculpture and Functional Art) worked with WZZM 13 to design and construct a custom news desk the station will use to broadcast from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum during ArtPrize Nine.
Current student Casey Newberg (Metals and Jewelry Design) is engaging visitors to STEAM Village (located in the ArtPrize HUB) in a pop-up interactive design and production studio that demonstrates the intersection of art and technology, and highlights the KCAD FlexLab. The display will include a 3D printer along with an electroforming bath, studio artifacts, finished works by Newberg, as well as a question and response workshop area where ArtPrize visitors will help inform Newberg's art making process.
Faculty member Margaret Vega (Professor, Painting) curated an exhibition titled SEREMOS.ONE inside St. Joseph The Worker Church at the Rumsey Street venue. Vega selected two KCAD alumni, Enrique Andrade (’17, BFA Industrial Design) and Fernando Ramirez (’15, BFA Industrial Design), and current Graphic Design student Gustavo Enrique Bastidas Medina to respond to the question of space, of place. The exhibition emphasizes history, culture, neighborhood, and the soon-to-be-demolished church, St. Joseph the Worker. This church was a sanctuary for immigrants who came to the Grandville corridor starting in 1889. Now, the church remains only in memory; fragments of materials; artifacts of a building that existed for many in the recent decades as a gathering place for a Spanish speaking community.
Faculty member Natalie Wetzel (Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Functional Art) is participating on a Creative Many discussion panel focused on a frank discussion about the challenges facing creative practitioners in Grand Rapids as they look to secure suitable spaces to make and show their work. As the city grows and its culture creators are held up as a critical component to Grand Rapids’ vibrancy, what assurances do artists have that there will be room for them to stay and enjoy the fruits of their creative labor?