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Kayla Kemper

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Class of 2016

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B.S. (Art) University of California, Santa Cruz


Kayla Kemper is an artist based in Santa Cruz, California. Growing up along the California coast, she was fascinated by marine ecosystems and started volunteering at local aquariums. Kayla developed an appetite for exploring nature, which would later fuel her art practice. During her time as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, she used photography and sculpture to find out more about what it means to be human and connected to nature. Science illustration became an outlet that allowed her to continue asking questions to further develop not only her own, but others' understanding of nature. Upon completion of her B.A, she was accepted into the Science Illustration Program at CSU Monterey Bay. Kayla's mission is to develop visual media that will enhance viewers' understanding of nature and inspire nature stewardship.