Arts & Culture

UK School of Art and Visual Studies Hosts State's ‘Interconnected’ Talk With Illustrator Andrea Pippins

photo of web banner for Interconnected Black Voices in Design lecture by Andrea Pippins on April 16
Popular illustrator and author Andrea Pippins will close out this year's Interconnected lecture series beginning 11 a.m. Friday, April 16.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2021) University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies will host the final lecture in the 2020-21 Interconnected//Design Lecture Series presented by art and design programs at six of the Commonwealth’s universities in conjunction with the region’s chapters of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Illustrator and author Andrea Pippins will deliver the series’ final virtual talk beginning 11 a.m. Friday, April 16.

Andrea Pippins has a passion for creating images that reflect what she wants to see in art, media and design. Her work has been featured in Essence magazine, The New York Times and O: The Oprah Magazine. She has produced artwork for brands such as ESPN, Five Below, Instagram, Sephora, Lincoln Center, Malala Fund, Nick Jr., U.S. Postal Service and VH1. 

Pippins is the author of: “I Love My Hair,” “Becoming Me” and “We Inspire Me,” and the illustrator of “Young Gifted and Black” and “Step Into Your Power.” Pippins is based in Stockholm.

To watch Pippins’ Interconnected lecture, register online at

Pippins’ talk is being made possible with support from UK Gaines Center for the Humanities.

Interconnected — a new design lecture series — is a collaboration with the design and art programs at Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, in partnership with AIGA Cincinnati, AIGA Louisville and AIGA Nashville. This year’s focus — “Black Voices in Design” — aims to diversify and decolonize pedagogical practices and design curricula.  

Over the last academic year, each university hosted one speaker for a live, virtual lecture free for interested students, faculty and professionals in the design community across the region.

The largest professional membership organization for design, AIGA offers its members opportunities for professional development, continuing education on a local and national level, discounted rates to select programs and events, access to virtual webinars, leadership opportunities, and exclusive member discounts, as well as access to a network of mentors, influential designers, design educators and more.

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studiesart educationcuratorial studies and digital media design.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.