January 13, 2012Daren Kendall (M.F.A. ‘12) has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in recognition of excellence in studio practice.
Kendall has been a practicing artist for more than a decade, often incorporating unconventional materials into his work. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, in 1993 and has participated in several solo and group shows around New York state.
"My work gives form to those behaviors which exist in the margins of resistance and free play,” says Kendall. “It is the intention of my art practice to activate the role of imagination within everyday sites of competition and production.”
Members of Hartell’s family, friends, and former students established the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in his memory after his death in 1995 at the age of 93. Hartell joined the architecture faculty in 1930 and the art faculty in 1940, serving as chair of the art department from 1940 until 1959. A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition.