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Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Shannon Perkinson

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Shannon Perkinson

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Shannon Perkinson, BFA in Visual Communications
Perkinsondesign.com

“Graphic design and art has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I have grown in my art but also as a person these past three years in the VisCom program at NIU. My other passions are crafting, nature, photography, traditional arts, and paper making. I hope in moving forward that I will continue to grow in my work and be a part of the larger conversation that art and design brings to our world.”

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Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Jenna Cavin

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Jenna Cavin

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Jenna Cavin, BFA in Illustration
https://jennacavinstudio.wixsite.com/illustration

Artist Statement
“Growing up in a transracial adoptive family, my identity was not something I was comfortable sharing. Being a Chinese girl in a Caucasian family, it was difficult to blend in. As I am getting older, I appreciate the uniqueness of my life and the support that is all around me. Although societal norms dictate what belongs and what does not, my artwork celebrates the differences that exist in today’s world. My goal is to spread empathy, inclusion, and awareness on relevant issues. Through my work, I hope to empower others to accept themselves and to learn to have empathy for others.”

Artist Bio
Jenna Cavin was born in Heng Feng, China. In 2020, she received a BFA in Illustration from Northern Illinois University. During her senior year, she placed first in the President’s Holiday Card Contest. Cavin is an illustrator currently based in Aurora, Illinois.

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Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Katelyn Phillips

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Katelyn Phillips

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Katelyn Phillips, BFA in Time Arts
Katelyn-phillips.jimdosite.com

Artist Statement
“Working in organic elements has been a way to showcase my skills and define my style. I recently found uncanny valley territory with the imagery of my dream sequence 3D animation. I have always been drawn to surrealist imagery that goes along with a deep perception of reality. I continue to look at how the mind perceives vivid details that feed into our unconscious as we sleep. My own dreams usually push concepts for my pieces throughout my undergraduate education. I created these pieces based on my own passion projects that as a senior I was able to evolve from a small concept into a full-fledged idea where I could push my technical abilities and dive deeper into concepts. My work has continued to push the limits with perspectives and social ideas around beauty, conscious thoughts, and what makes up reality. I want to have the viewer question moral ideas and come up with their own thoughts behind each piece. I believe my work continues to form from my unconscious ideas around society and a continued theme of the body and metallic or crystallized materials.”

Artist Bio
Katie Phillips is a Chicagoland artist who specializes in Animation and Design. The area of interest is in surrealist work and uncanny valley perceptions. The development of the collection has stemmed from social media, visual perceptions, and the entertainment industry.

Phillips continues to look for ways to manipulate the viewers standards for identity and what we should consider the new normal to be. Pushing concepts on what the brain produces visually during sleep and how that can be brought to life. The ideas are not new but reinvented in 3D animation to immerse the viewer in a new environment. The influences for these pieces stem from several sci-fi thrillers and many sci-fi horror books. The design elements are brought back to the Bauhaus and hyperrealism. These styles in periods of art have heavily influenced Phillips to create pieces that are brought to life through animation in a 3D program.

View all of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Class of 2020 spotlights.

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. Beginning Illustration Class (Part Three)

NIU Artists. Never. Quit. Beginning Illustration Class (Part Three)

As NIU and the world around us deals with a global pandemic, artists continue to find ways to express themselves. In the College of Visual and Performing arts the learning and teaching hasn’t stopped, it’s simply evolved to meet the needs and limitations of the situation. Over the coming days, we’ll be featuring how NIU students, alumni and faculty in the arts are continuing to do what they love. View the entire collection of NIU Artists. Never. Quit. submissions.

Final project in Beginning Illustration (Part Three). (Part OnePart Two.) Students needed to create pen and ink drawings that best represent your view of current events/state of affairs.

They had to consider current social, political, personal, educational, environmental, and financial aspects. Because of COVID-19 virus, we are currently living through a historically significant event that has the ability to change how we interact with nearly every aspect of our life, from school to work to social gathering, etc.

We also are experiencing other significant changes, such as our political system, environment, etc. Illustrators are in a position to make powerful commentary about current events through visual imagery.

Myel Simmons
Facade
We, as people who are currently free to roam the world with 6 feet as a safeguard, are spoiled. On the outside, people of privilege rally and cry about their ‘lack of freedom’ as they yearn for haircuts and deny the existence of a disease that has killed thousands. They complain from their ivory towers, calling quarantine a prison. Meanwhile, those who are actually incarcerated are not being catered to in recognition of this virus, but rather left to fend for themselves.

Flood
This composition is a piece that greatly reflects my discomfort and self-loathing during quarantine as a black woman. Many of us find solace through our hair, as it is something that makes us feel beautiful. In quarantine, I’ve had no choice but to leave it be, as I am not someone who knows what to do with my kinks and unmanageable curls. Because many non-black people can fix their hair by themselves, this is a singular happening that is very specific to the black experience.

Frontline
With this composition, I sought to encapsulate the distance between the essential worker and the consumer. While in quarantine, I was in a position where I was constantly buying food, and there was nothing I could truly offer to the worker beside a tip and a hopeful ‘thank you’. This not only applies to deliveries but every curbside pickup, every drive-thru experience, and every face-to-face encounter.

Functional
Even in the middle of a pandemic, students were expected to put in 100% of the same effort they did while attending classes. non-remotely. To me, this seemed inconsiderate and terribly approached, as not all students have homes that allow them to make such a transition. Not all students have internet access or good families. Not all students can thrive in a classroom that doesn’t hold them accountable for being fully present. Not all students can function properly and work under the stress of a pandemic as their parents lose income, supplies become scarce, and hope starts to fade. Online-schooling was simply the bare minimum.

Are you a student, alumni or faculty member in the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts with video of yourself performing or creating, or photos of a finished product? Use this form to share it with us. 

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Anjela Cabalong

Art and Design Senior Spotlight – Anjela Cabalong

The School of Art and Design is spotlighting recently graduated students and their work on Facebook, and we’ll be sharing them here on the blog, as well.

Anjela Cabalong BFA in Visual Communications

Being raised on the island of Guam by a single Filipino mother for most of her childhood motivates and inspires many of Anjela’s work. Her interest in nature, travel and culture leads her to the topics she ends up choosing for projects. Anjela hopes many of her works create interest, awareness and conversation.

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