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.



Paul Collins Art Gallery.  ArtPrize 2016.  an industrious menagerie. September 21 - October 9, 2016.

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.  Caricatures of Candidates. June 1-24, 2016.  Photography Juror Award.

DeVos Place Convention Center. claylist. September 24 - October 12 2015.  A Top 25 Time-Based ArtPrize Entry.

GRCC Art Student of the Month.  Display featuring sculptures and illustrations from 2014 and 2015.  February 2015

SiTE:LAB.  ArtPrize.  86 documentary photographs on display during ArtPrize. September 24 - October 12, 2014.

DeVos Place Convention Center.  ArtPrize.  I'm Not Myself. September 24 - October 12, 2014.  Curator Pick by Joel Zwart and Nathan Kemler.

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts.  Festival of the Arts. I'm Not Myself.  May 30 - August 17, 2014.

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.

Documentary Photography

SiTE:LAB Morton House.  August - September 2014.

TEDxGrandRapids.  May 2014.  

Publications/Public Events

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.

SiTE:LAB Morton House. Catalogue. October 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.

The Progress Blog: