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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 email

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President: Jade Pyman, 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 // IxDA or email.

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President: Samantha Boudiab, 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: Lynn Loubert, Advisor: Dr. Cindy Todd, Associate Professor and Chair of Art Education

Art History Club

The KCAD Art History Club is a collaborative, student organization for Art History majors, minors, and anyone who has an interest in art, architectural and/or design history. The club's main goal is to create opportunities for KCAD students to closely engage with art by visiting museums, galleries, and other institutions in Michigan and beyond as well as through club activities on campus. The club will also promote in the broader KCAD community new ways of thinking about the history of art and design in a range of contexts and formats.

Contact by email: Stefanie Snider

President: Madison Court, Advisor: Stefanie Snider, Assistant Professor of Art History

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 or by Facebook: B.O.A (Bodies of Art)

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President: Meaghan Newhouse, 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: Joseph Mead, 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.

Contact by: email Matt Schenk

President: Travis Lind, 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: Elena Gray, Advisor: Danielle Wyckoff, Assistant Professor of Printmaking

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

Film Society

The focus of the KCAD Film Society is to promote diversity, educational, and cultural awareness through the viewing and production of films. This group is for students who are interested in getting a hands-on, collaborative experience in filmaking, participating in local film festivals/competitions, and furthering their networking opportunities.

Contact by: Facebook – KCAD Film Society

Meetings: Thursdays at 11:30am in Room 703, 17 Fountain St NW.

President: Noah Bashore, Advisor: Mike Dollar, Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design

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: Kevin Schlick, Advisor: Monty Simpson, Assistant Professor of Furniture Design

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: email or Facebook: Kendall IDSA Student Chapter

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President: Parker Wonser, Advisor: Jon Moroney, Associate Professor and Chair of Industrial Design

KCAD IIDA

The vision and mission of the International Interior Design Association stands for the Future of Design. IIDA, with respect for past accomplishments of Interior Design leaders, strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary Interior Design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. The Association provides a forum to demonstrate design professionals' impact on the health, safety, well-being and virtual soul of the public, balancing passion for good design and strategy for best business practices. IIDA stands at the intersection of passion and strategy where designers create extraordinary interiors and experiences.

Contact by: Facebook – KCAD IIDA


Meetings: Room 527, 17 Fountain St NW. Contact the organization for meeting dates/times.

President: Leanne Westrate, Advisor: Tara McCrackin, Assistant Professor of Interior Design

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 email: Jane Zhang

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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: Emma Riley, 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

Contact by: email.

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President: Katie Bork, 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 AIGA // IxDA). Questions, comments, or suggestions for meeting topics can be sent to our email (KcadIxda@gmail.com).

Contact by: email
Facebook – KCAD AIGA // IxDA

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President:Samantha Boudiab, 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 email

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President: Elise Adrian Ostrander, 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 of KCAD and the alumni thereof.

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

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President: Alyson Rodriguez, Advisor: Diane Zeeuw, Professor and Chair 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: Andrew Biggs, Advisor: Patti Constantine, Professor of Illustration

KCAD Pride Club

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

Contact by email: Stefanie Snider

Advisor: Stefanie Snider, Assistant Professor of Art History