KCAD “Spark”

“…the photo was carefully cropped, so as not to expose the controversial pony tail.” I met with Dean Ron Riksen one sunny spring morning. Dean Riksen is a kind and gentle soul who, by all accounts, has put his heart and soul into KCAD and its humans. As I met with him, you could see…

History In 35mm Slides

“Those little square images represent years of teaching, and all the passion I have for imparting the history of art to Kendall students.” The head of the Art History department at Kendall College of Art and Design is an amazing woman by the name of Dr. Suzanne Eberle. With a full record of achievements she…

Just Spin

“Escaped the deadlines just for a second. “ This chair was one of the first things I remember seeing when I came to Kendall. When you initially see them it isn’t quite clear what you’re supposed to do with them. But once you figure out they’re chairs and you sit down and spin around, just…

Bob

“The picture that enters my mind is one of a city falling to its knees – skyscrapers dissolving, fires raging – and through the dust, smoke, and crumbling monoliths there’s Bob – in his chair, as calm as a monk who’s breached nirvana.” Bob, the security guard at the WNF building, exudes a warmth and…

Diverse Backdrops

“We all see the world drenched in meaning and we all see our own potential to shape and control that meaning through ideas and craft.” The camera, as a symbol, speaks to the ways in which we, as artists and designers, see the world. Each specialization here at KCAD looks at the world differently, and…

New Methods, New Practices

“How does KCAD evolve in the face of this rapid change? How does KCAD explore and adopt the constantly changing spectrum of new methods, practices, and tools in all creative processes?” This piece of hardware and software is the tool of choice for most of the school. Most days are spent staring at this screen…

Wigged Out

“These interdisciplinary collaborations are paramount.” This wig is a representation of Kendall student’s willingness to try anything. Although we all have a major with designated skills we must master, it is rare that a Kendall student will stick to these predetermined skills alone. Kendall professor Natalie Wetzel really reinforces this transdisciplinary mindset. She gave me…

Parking or Lunch?

“Parking or lunch.” My friend, Tony, was a student at KCAD back in the early 90’s. Even then, living off campus made parking a challenge. We often took what was called the Gus Bus. A parking lot many blocks away from the campus, but the parking was free as we rode the Gus Bus to…

Tuned Out

“When music flows through the headphones, conversation is stopped in its tracks.” At a first glance, the obvious connection with headphones to Kendall could be that our student population loves music of all types, which is true. It could also mean that Kendall’s music and sound production elements are flourishing and taking shape, which again,…

Our Common Ground

“Great ideas only seem to happen at three am when you’ve had too much caffeine.” All throughout college, students rely deeply on the addition of coffee to their diets to keep them going. Between school, homework, outside jobs, and just regular personal tasks the college student has more on their plate than most adults. Scholars…

Lecture? Is there Pizza?

“If you offer free pizza, they will come.” As one of the main staples of Kendall, the pizza box continues to strike up conversation between students and faculty. With the lack of food inside and surrounding the campus, students struggle to find quick and affordable food. Many students have similar stories as they describe their…

Weapon of Choice

“ …through the mat board and directly into my kneecap.” As a student in Kendall in the early 90’s, the Interior Design program was entirely analog. The projects were meticulously crafted with scads of drafting tape and Rapidiograph pens. Famously, as many students do, I was hurriedly trying to complete my work to catch some…