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Kerry Kelly finds her Muse

If you’re looking for Kerry Kelly and she’s not in class, chances are she’s in the painting and drawing studios on Kendall Campus.

Kerry KellyTwo years ago, Kerry came to Miami Dade College after graduating from high school in Maine. She was looking for a college that would nurture her love of the arts and give her a stepping stone to a four-year degree.

As luck would have it, Kerry’s parents were moving to Miami, and her father introduced her to some of the teachers in the Miami Dade College art department. “After talking with them, I enrolled because I felt I would be challenged and I also would have a good time.”

In addition to working toward her Associate in Arts degree at Miami Dade, Kerry has served as vice president of the Visual Art Student Organization (VASO), where she has worked on community arts projects,  treasurer of The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) to help spread tolerance between the gay and straight communities, and was art editor of the award-winning Miambiance literary arts magazine.
In the classroom and in the studio, Kerry says her professors have pushed her in ways she never imagined. “The teaching here is beyond excellent. All of the teachers I came in contact with gave me the feeling that they truly wanted me to succeed. Professors Wick Whalen and Jennifer Basile are my favorites. These two professors showed me such a love for their field that it encouraged me to improve myself as a student, and inspired me to be a better artist. They were hard on me when they had to be, but always pushed me toward success.”

Kerry’s also been influenced by Alberto Meza, professor of fine arts. Meza holds degrees from the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile), Syracuse University, and Northern Illinois University and he was the recipient of the 1998 Florida Artists’ Book Prize. His works are in the permanent collections of: El Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Bienes Center for the Literary Arts, Broward County Libraries Division; Florida International University, Art Department Collection;, and others.

This spring, Kerry earned her A.A. from Miami Dade. “Now that I have graduated from Miami Dade, I will be attending Massachusetts College of Art in the fall.  I chose this college because it is one of the top-rated art schools in the country and it happens to be in Boston—a city where I would like to settle down. I will be working toward my Master’s in painting and drawing and hope to someday become a teacher and own an art gallery. One thing I do know: none of this would have been possible without my years at Miami Dade College.”

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