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Tran Receives 2013 Excellence Award for Digital Media from Kendall

Alyn Tran, of Grand Rapids, has been chosen as the 2013 Excellence Award Winner for the Digital Media program at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

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.”

Tran’s passion for digital media was evident early on when her family bought its first computer, she said. In the beginning, she admits she barely knew how to use a computer, let alone the complex digital imaging programs. However, by the age of 10 she was able to effectively produce digitally designed artwork.

“Alyn Tran captures this sense of magic and wonder to everything she designs. I can’t wait to live in the magical world she will create,” said Digital Media assistant professor Susan Bonner.

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