Student Spotlight: Kimberly Kuba
Major: Associate in Science
Kimberly Kuba is already an accomplished artist. A member of the La Grange Art League since her junior year in high school, Kuba exhibits and sells her work through the league as well as on a web site she opened on Etsy.
But she also wants to pursue a career in art education. Instead of going away to school, Kuba felt comfortable coming to College of DuPage, which she already knew because of the good experience her brother had.
"I didn't want to be one of those people who would be overwhelmed with the whole experience of going off by yourself, away from your family and friends, to a place you weren't familiar with at all," she said. "I wanted to commute from home so that I could get used to college."
Kuba enrolled at COD in fall of 2010, and her plan was on target.
“COD helped me toward achieving my dream of becoming an art teacher, but it also helped me learn what I needed to do to and what it took to succeed in college,” she said. “I also learned a lot about myself along the way as I continued my art both inside and outside of school with a different perspective in mind.”
Kuba, who maintained a 4.0 GPA, graduated from COD in 2012 with an Associate in Science degree and then transferred to Northern Illinois University, where she switched majors from Art Education to Illustration to keep up with the growing integration between art and technology. She received the Huskie Legacy Award, which is a scholarship for students whose family members also attended NIU; maintains a 4.0 GPA; and was inducted into Tau Sigma Honor Society, geared toward transfer students, and Phi Kappa Phi. In 2014, she received the O’Malley-Pugh Scholarship, awarded through the NIU School of Art after a portfolio review.
She also is looking at graduate schools to pursue an MFA in Painting and eventually would like to teach art at the college level.
Kuba continues pursuing her art, whether it’s displaying or selling her work in galleries or online.
“I also do commissioned work for people in the area," she said. "I love working with paint, specifically acrylics and oils on stretched canvas. The subject matter in my work tends to change, although I do have a fondness for dark, contrasting color combinations as well as surrealistic landscapes.”
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