Clay Alchemist: Jonathan D. Lopez
I'm a self-taught sculptor from Grand Rapids, MI. I studied photography to become a better stop-motion animator, only to fall in love with illustration using those same characters.
I enjoy taking my characters along on adventures – they aren't cut and pasted into scenes. Characters have accompanied me as far as New York, Louisiana, Texas, Colorado and the places in-between.
My other interests include biking, playing the harmonica, and reorganizing (yes, it's an addiction, haha).
Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts. Caricatures of Candidates. June 1-24, 2016. Photography Juror Award.
GRCC Art Student of the Month. Display featuring sculptures and illustrations from 2014 and 2015. February 2015
Paul Collins Art Gallery. Art.Downtown. I'm Not Myself. April 2014.
Paul Collins Art Gallery. Student Exhibition. Black and white gelatin prints. Winter 2014.
Vertigo Music. ArtPrize. Diggin' Days. August - September 2013.
Paul Collins Art Gallery. Student Exhibition. Spring 2013.
G1 Gallery [GRCC]. Art.Downtown. Diptych from 57 Year. April 2013.
Photographer of the Year - Division Three. Michigan Press Association. 2016.
Delta Pi Alpha. Top 5% of graduating class. GRCC. 2015.
1st Place, Video Production and Online Production. MCCPA. 2015.
1st Place, News Photo. MCCPA. 2015.
3rd Place, Photo Essay. MCCPA. 2015.
Honorable Mention for Informational Graphic/Illustration. MCCPA. 2015.
1st Place, Photo Essay. Scott McNabb Scholarship. 2015
GRCC Excellence Award in Photography. 2013.
SiTE:LAB Morton House. August - September 2014.
TEDxGrandRapids. May 2014.
ArtPrize Panel Discussion. Behind the scenes of "an industrious menagerie".
CraftSanity. Illustration and photography. Issue 10
claylist: a parody of online dating. Ebook. 2015.
NEDx Holland. Photo work in student exhibition. November 6, 2014.
GRCC Collegiate. 2014, 2015.
5 Things to Avoid in GRCC Parking Ramps. Claymation. 2015.
TYCA Midwest Conference. "Crafting a Community: Empowering Commuter Students to Invest". October 3, 2014.
[Grand Rapids] Gallery Guide 2014-2015. Cover photo.
West Michigan Woman Magazine. October/November 2014 Issue.
GRCC Display Magazine. Photography, Illustration. Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, 100th Issue.
Boinx iStopMotion 3. Advertising. 2013.
Boinx Chronicles. Tutorials. 2012 & 2013.
Official Jars of Clay Blog. Claymation. 2007.