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About Kandy Lopez

Kandy G. Lopez, M.F.A., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS). As a visual artist, Professor Lopez explores constructed identities, celebrating the strength, power, confidence and swag of individuals who live in urban and often economically disadvantaged environments. With a variety of mediums, her images develop a personal and socially compelling visual vocabulary that investigates race, the human defense mechanism, visibility and armor through fashion, and gentrification. Professor Lopez wants her artwork to help educate, communicate, and foster uncomfortable topics that we seem to look past or avoid in our multi-cultural society. Representing individuals within poor communities in the U.S., these portraits help her, as a female Afro-Dominican American, come to terms with the way she too has to adopt and perform identities of survival.
Professor Lopez’s work has been exhibited in several galleries and museums. Recent exhibitions include: Delray’s Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, the Girls’ Club, Broward College Rosemary Duffy Gallery, Yeiser Art Center, Lincoln Center Fort Collins, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Gallery 51-Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Santa Fe’s Gallery 901, Armory Art Center, and Palm Beach International Airport. Professor Lopez has served on the studio art and design faculty at Dayton State College, Florida Atlantic University.


Present Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University

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Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Academic Affairs Professional Development Opportunity Award - Studio Arts, Daytona State College
  • 2015 Faculty of the Month - February, Daytona State College
  • 2014 FAU - Friedland Project Grant
  • 2014 FAU - Advisory Board Graduate Scholarship
  • 2013 FAU Diversity Fellowship
  • 2013 Women In The Visual Art Inc. & The Peter Salvatore Award In Memory Of Gail Salvatore
  • 2013 FAU Friedland Project Grant
  • 2012-2013 FAU Academic Excellence Fellowship
  • 2012-2014 FAU Graduate Grant
  • 2012 Women In The Visual Arts, Inc. Scholarship
  • 2011- 2012 Provost Fellowship – Florida Atlantic University
  • 2011 FHEAN Certificate of Recognition for Advocacy in the Arts
  • 2010 Bring the Light Rail to USF Competition – 3rd Place
  • 2009-2011 Exceptional Talent Grant - University of South Florida
  • 2009-2010 SIEDE Student Fund Award- University of South Florida
  • 2007 NAHS Scholarship - Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2007 Presidential Scholarship - Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2007 Ruth Jenkins Bristor Scholarship - Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2007 Scholastic Art Award - Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2007 Access for Excellence Award - Maryland Institute College of Art
  • 2007 ACT/SO Maryland Institute College of Art Match
  • 2006 Latino Art Beat National 1st Place Winner
  • 2006 Scholastics Silver Key Portfolio Winner
  • 2006 Scholastics Gold Key Regional Competition
  • 2005 28th Annual National Competition (Act-So) Gold Medalist in Painting
  • 2005 Act-So Miami Dade County Gold Medalist in Painting
  • 2004 Second place Act- So Contest Winner in Photography
  • 2002 Most Successful Art Student
  • 2002 Award of Distinction - Miami Dade County
  • 2001 First in color pencils - Miami Dade County Youth Fair


2011 - 2014 M.F.A., Painting, Florida Atlantic University
2007 - 2011 B.S., Marketing and Management, University of South Florida
2007 - 2011 B.F.A., Painting & Drawing, University of South Florida

Contact Information

(954) 262-7612