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Hannah Huizenga
Excellence Award Winner
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Painting immerses you in its rich history and vast creative potential to find your unique voice.

Through creating layered compositions, intuitively developed and full of references to pop culture and family history, I delve into the parts of me I have yet to understand. Paintings, drawings, and collages allow me to layer media and references in this identity-searching endeavor. I am interested in how rearranging materials on the surface of my work help me explore what I am feeling, each composition holding a different level of self-investigation. Bright colors pulled from ‘70s advertisements and rock n’ roll posters, the romantic fade of photographs from my family’s collection, and the grainy black and white of old movies inform my color pallet. My compositions vary based on the process I am using, and they range from solitary self-portraits in humorous poses culled from tv shows and movies, to densely populated compositions of found images in which no space is left open.

What is your most memorable

experience at KCAD?

My most memorable experience at KCAD has to be meeting and getting to know all the amazing faculty members such as Boyd Quinn and Danielle Wyckoff.

What are your most

notable accomplishments?

My most notable accomplishments while at KCAD are having the privilege to work with Mandy Cano Villalobos, exhibiting at The Moon, and being the 2021 recipient of the Excellence Award.

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