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CFCC student’s artwork selected for NC Museum of Art exhibit

CFCC Advertising and Graphic Design student Kennedy McAnally has always been passionate about graphic design. A lifelong lover of magazines, billboards, logos, and typography, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in magazine design, layout, and publication.

Kennedy McNally

Laying Out the Process

After graduating from Ashley High School in 2021, McAnally began researching design schools. She was excited to discover that CFCC offers a graphic design program that was precisely what she wanted.

The decision to enroll at CFCC has been fortuitous. McAnally believes that this is where she was meant to be.

“I love the classes, and I love the instructors,” shares McAnally. “They have pushed me, which is what I needed. They will work with you 100% of the time because they want to help you improve and succeed.”

Kennedy McNally

Illustrating The Craft

During her first semester, she was already receiving hands-on training and attention for her craft. CFCC Fine Arts Instructor Sharon Wozniak Spencer quickly recognized McAnally’s talent. Wozniak Spencer encouraged her to submit one of her works to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh for the “Thinking through Making” college exhibition.

Open to students from across the state, the exhibition features students’ works that demonstrate the steps to the finished piece. The students are encouraged to submit sketches, studies, or failed attempts at paintings, drawings, or sculptures. The judges critique the artist’s process from conceptualization through completion.

McAnally submitted a video, an accepted medium, of her graphic design in progress. The Museum selected her work as one of only eight pieces to be displayed as part of the exhibition.

“We were told to make something abstract, and what’s more abstract than scream to release negativity from your body! Screaming is such a powerful magic in my opinion! ❤️ screaming made beautifully can spread a good message to the viewer.”

If you take an excursion to Raleigh, check out the “Thinking through Making” exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The show opens on Tuesday, November 18. McAnally’s piece will be on display through February of 2023.

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