UICA Fresh Pick
The UICA Fresh Pick award is given annually to a member of KCAD’s graduating class who shows a high level of talent and potential. Agopian will receive a solo exhibition at the UICA in conjunction with the award.
Eana Agopian, a 2016 graduate of the MFA Printmaking program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris University, as this year’s UICA Fresh Pick Award winner.
Eana Agopian is an artist and printmaker who is inspired by the progressive nature of transformational aspects within the creative process. Her current body of work, OCCULTATION: conceal / reveal, draws upon themes of alchemy, psychology, and various modes of sensual perception to explore magical and mysterious spaces and realms of the unknown. Agopian embraces the unknown from the initial stages, allowing materials, process, and intuition to guide the work’s formation. The resulting series is a collection of collages, thread prints, photograms, and embroidered etchings; built layer upon layer, each one is distinct, and a reaction to the previous stage. To create this type of work is to welcome the natural power of metamorphosis, the distinct stages along the way, and the acceptance that outcomes are not always known. More on Eana Agopian can be found on her website.
2015 Fresh Pick Winner: Lydia Boda
Lydia Boda is an artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan who’s work is rooted in memory and ritual. Boda’s meditative practice, itself a ritual, is paired with a deliberately complex and rigorous systematic process. This systematic process includes a strict set or rules for each material; her varied materials include paper, clay, wood, metal, and found objects. The resulting works are both a record of balancing between practice and process, and a collection of meticulous, ethereal sculptures and installations. More on Lydia Boda can be found on her website.