KyCAD Graduates First Cohort of Students

MAY 10, 2022—LOUISVILLE, KY.—Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD) is celebrating its first graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts class. The ceremony, held at the Louisville Woman’s club will take place May 10 at 7pm, and will feature remarks from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and internationally renowned artist Mel Chin. 

Chin was selected as keynote speaker, in large part, because his extensive body of work is very much in alignment with KyCAD’s interdisciplinary curriculum that folds the humanities and technology into the studio space.

President Moira Scot Payne said of the upcoming graduation ceremony and related senior BFA exhibition, “This occasion marks an important milestone in the history of the school and signals the beginning of our students’ individual creative journeys.”

The students’ capstone show at the 849 Gallery, which is the culmination of 4 years of work, opens May 9 with a public reception from 7-9 pm and will remain on view during select gallery hours and by appointment through July 29.

“When I first came to KyCAD, my hopes were to further develop my studio practice and quality of craftsmanship and refine my research processes to better inform my work,” said 2022 graduate Jada Lynn Dixon. “With my thesis project I’ve done just that.” 

Dixon’s thesis is focused on mental health and the impact of trauma on human memory. 

“My muse for my senior thesis is my genealogy – exploring how we all have different perspectives and why we hold weight to different things,” said 2022 graduate MacKenzie Taylor. “I was inspired by my grandfather and our connection since I never met him. Many of our family stories go back to him, so I want people to leave with a curiosity of who Henry Foster was.”  

Taylor said she has grown most in the medium of digital and performance art, having focused more on drawing prior to attending college. She said she values KyCAD because it celebrates the individuality of being a Louisville-based artist and creating in her hometown. 

“The motivation behind my work in clothing is to provide people the opportunity for expression and ask them to consider the inaccessibility of high-end fashion and fine art,” said 2022 graduate Austin Kopp. “I consumed fine art and luxury fashion through image-based material – it was never a physical thing I could grasp onto. That’s why I began to make it for myself.”

Kopp said the value of attending a college like KyCAD is the one-on-one connection with professors and access to opportunities within our community and in other geographies.

“I came to KyCAD to blur the line of what fashion and art is, and I have done exactly that in my senior thesis, so that is the work I’m most proud of. I plan to continue to experiment and make more work and explore what it is to be a fashion designer and an artist.”