Congratulations to the Class of 2020 | Welcome to the KCAI Alumni Community!
To recognize the fantastic accomplishments of our 2020 graduates, the Office of Alumni Relations has created a special message with the help of some special friends.
Alumni Words of Inspiration
Frankie Oviedo (’04 Design)
Ari Fish (’06 Ceramics)
Megan Mantia (’06 Printmaking & Art History), Brockstar (’14 Fiber), and Leone Reeves (’03 Ceramics & Creative Writing)
Grace Powell (’19 Filmmaking)
These days my “studio practice” has been looking a lot more like this… when was the last
time you took a moment to just breathe? Every 30 minutes to an hour, claim a small
space by an open window, on your porch or backyard where you can take some deep
breaths and maybe even try some simple stretches. Let’s reflect and take our time as we continue to adjust to these unprecedented circumstances.
melting_giraffe (’18 Photography)
Take advantage of as many internships as possible.
As for while social distancing and when stuck for inspiration, take the time to submit your work. Send it around to as many blogs, galleries, grants, publications as possible. Part of being an artist is to be seen, get out there and share. It is a great way to see other great artists’ works and become part of the dialogue. A simple google search can lead you down some great paths.
Peregrine Honig (’20 Painting & Sculpture)
During this quarantine, I am having memories of how joyful and difficult these formidable years were. Yes, stressful because we were figuring out how to navigate intention but it endowed us with a permanent tool belt for the future.
I am grateful to have learned to deep breathe when it seemed like there was no air in the room, feast when the cabinets appeared empty at first glance and melt when I was frozen with fear. It takes a village and we are all teaching each other and ourselves to fish right now. We will get through this in a spectrum of loss and gain and we will be a better species on the other side. Your body is a battleground. Stay home, be still, and be safe.
Lauren Seider (’17 Illustration)
Now is the time to see limitation as another tool in your toolbox. By nature of being
limited to where you are, what you have to work with, the space you have to spread out, I have to wonder—what new things will you observe differently, what processes will you discover, how will your work scale itself in reaction to the space around it?
No one likes feeling like their practice is being held back.
In times like this, where so many factors aren’t in your control, I encourage you to reframe the rest of your semester this way: a chance to shift your perspective and make spontaneous discoveries you would never have made otherwise. I cannot wait to see what you create.
I’m sharing a sketchbook drawing I did recently of the window next to my studio desk in my small apartment. It’s a small space, but only recently while working from home did I try and draw it for the first time. It’s not my best drawing, and it tells me I have a lot of room to get to know this window better through drawing it more and ON it more! That’s a fun way to change your view.
Sam Yates (’16 Graphic Design and Art History)