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Christina Kaputsos

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Christina has been an orientation leader, a mentor for the multi-ethnic student committee-
as well as a member of MICApella and Jazz Club. She designed masks for MICA's production of Fall of the House of Usher directed by David Drake, for the Illustration Concepts class taught by renowned illustrator Jose Villarubia.

Art, music, and writing have always gone hand in hand for me. Like me, my art is diverse. I love telling stories, performing, letting people's imaginations run rampant with a fever for the unknown and mystical. I work in so many mediums-paper, clay, 2D, 3D. Currently I'm interested in puppet making, theater, and set design, pushing the limits of telling a story. MICA has allowed me to nurture all my interests and find a way to mesh them.

As the oldest of four kids in a biracial family, I have an unquenchable thirst to learn about all kinds of art, culture, ways of thinking. I am constantly exploring what it means to be a woman in different cultures, each with different definitions of beauty. As a designer for the Steps to the Cure fashion show and benefit, I worked with a breast cancer survivor to make a dress that encompassed who she is as a strong and beautiful woman. I constructed it entirely of paper, and also designed and illustrated the VIP guest boxes for the event, which was hosted by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.

In Christopher Shipley's class, The Play's the Thing, we put on the musical HAIR. In daily rehearsals, and working together to learn the script, songs, and choreography, I discovered what it means to own your character and bond as a tribe, and I delved deeper into my love for theater. Students and
teachers at MICA are doing something new, challenging what it means to be an artist---collaborating and pulling from other academic disciplines to produce fresh ideas and new ways of working. The classes and art problems I've encountered at MICA have expanded my view of the art world.