Alyssa Sturges
Excellence Award Winner
Drawing
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Drawing allows you to experiment boldly and build a cohesive body of mindful, personally significant work. 

I create work that depicts/represents the aspects that make up who I am. Whether it be my loved ones, my appearance, the food I eat, the music I listen to, the experiences I’ve had, and the two communities I come from. I fully embrace both my Hispanic and Black background throughout my everyday life as I do within my art. Sadly, both are fighting against racism and discrimination which is highlighted in my work. Instead of expressing anger and frustration, this causes my work to focus on the many questions that lead with “why”. Why is my hair texture deemed inappropriate? Why is my skin color not considered beautiful? By providing new dialog to old conversations that have been muted by society, my work requests that the viewer reflects on and questions the morality of their own observations and experiences. And just as importantly, this work celebrates my culture and the characteristics of the Black and Hispanic communities through appreciation and thoughtful criticism. My goal is to empower my community. My work shows how those who make up my community are worthy.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

My most memorable experience at KCAD will be getting to know as well as work with Danielle Wyckoff. Who was not only my mentor while at KCAD, who pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone, strive to always do my best, and consider absolutely every possible outcome when creating art. Professor Wyckoff has also turned into a very dear friend that I am able to turn to for advice, a pep talk, or a good laugh. She has taken my college experience to the next level.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

  • Working alongside the artist Rosie Lee to create the BLM pieces that are permanently owned by KCAD.

  • Creating art for the BLM protest hosted by the Firecracker Foundation and other organizations.

  • Encouraging much-needed conversation and change regarding racism and discrimination.