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McCarthy Honored With Kendall's 2013 Excellence Award for Metals and Jewelry Design

Stephanie R. McCarthy, of Coopersville, has been chosen as the 2013 Excellence Award Winner for the Metals and Jewelry Design program at Ferris State University's Kendall College of Art and Design.

Kendall presents an Excellence Award to one graduating senior in each program of study. The KCAD faculty chooses each award winner based on their outstanding accomplishments in their area.

"The Excellence Award winners represent the epitome of KCAD student achievement," said Kendall President David Rosen. "They show a mastery shared by all our students, but taken by these few to a rare level. It is a privilege to be in a community of young artists and designers like them, who so clearly have skills to shape the future of their chosen fields."

As a child McCarthy was always interested in symbolism. It was through this interest that she began to explore various cultures in an effort to understand how symbols are interpreted based on both culture and tradition. According to McCarthy, symbolism is an essential part of who she is and what she wants to do with her jewelry designs. This is demonstrated in her body of work as well as her thesis exhibition, which consists of four small jewelry lines. McCarthy's accomplishments while attending KCAD attest to her passion for metals and jewelry design and suggest even greater successes to come in the future.

"The Excellence Awards are presented in recognition by the program to students that best demonstrate the skill development and learning of that program," said Dean Max Shangle. "Selections are made using various criteria: GPA, program and/or institutional involvement, growth and potential. In every case, the students receiving Excellence Award represent the best of KCAD."

The complete list of this year's Excellence Award winners is as follows:

The award winners will display their work in The Fed Galleries at the Historic Federal Building, 17 Pearl St. NW, through the end of July.

As a unique part of Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters intellectual growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally. For more information, please visit