Year-end student exhibition returns to KCAD

Undergraduate students will display their works of art and design this week — the first in-person exhibition Kendall College of Art and Design has held since the onset of COVID-19. Courtesy KCAD

After a two-year hiatus, Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) is resuming its annual undergraduate student art exhibition.

KCAD will showcase works by its 2022 undergraduate students across all disciplines with an opening reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 3. The pieces will remain on display across the campus through Saturday, May 7. 

The opening reception also will introduce works from the Excellence Awards Exhibition, which features students who have achieved particular mastery of their specific disciplines. 

This year’s showcase marks the first student exhibition at KCAD since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.

The exhibition provides students with the opportunity to show their art to the public, showcasing their artistic development, and it includes an online showcase for those unable to attend in person. 

“These exhibitions offer a platform for our talented graduates and a window for the public,” said Michele Bosak, director of curatorial for KCAD. “For that reason, we welcome potential employers who come to explore and recruit creative talent, as well as prospective students and their families, who have an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about what a KCAD  education offers and why our graduates find successful, impactful careers after graduating.”

The art exhibition will feature hundreds of works of art and design of various media and formats. All pieces will be available for purchase and can be picked up beginning May 9.

This year, Kendall also will hold a Master Thesis Exhibition. This four-part show will be included in the online exhibition and will include fully developed works by graduate students.

“These students have broadened both their technical abilities and their understanding of their respective disciplines at KCAD, and this exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the processes, methodologies and pure passion that went into the compilation of their final thesis projects,” Bosak said. 

“These exhibitions remind us that students are at the heart of all we do here at KCAD,” said Tara McCrackin, president of KCAD. “They emerge as highly valued and sought-after creative leaders, thanks to the versatility, empathy and problem-solving skills they embody that are so vital to creating a better future for us all.” 

More information on the showcase is online.

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