College for Creative Studies: Illustration


Andrea Kowch

Freelance Illustrator/Fine Artist

As a freelance illustrator/fine artist, Andrea Kowch paints and illustrates books as well as continuously has work featured in art annuals and magazines, including CMYK, American Art Collector, and Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. 

She is the winner of numerous regional, national and international honors for her art and has exhibited in such places as Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill and Corcoran Gallery of Art, New York City’s Diane von Furstenberg Gallery and Miami’s Margulies Collection—all before the age of twenty.

“I chose to major in illustration because of my love of visual storytelling,” said Kowch. “I have practiced painting since I was a teen, and the illustration program at CCS exposed me to new trends and helped me hone my process to achieve something bigger, which was finding a personal voice that has brought me where I am in both my commercial and personal work today. I double majored in art education so I could give back to my local community through teaching.”

Kowch is a 2005 award winner and alumna of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, an honor which ranks her among the top 2 percent of young American talent. She has taken part in numerous national and international exhibitions, including world-renowned international fine art fairs, ArtHamptons and Art Basel Miami, and is currently working full-time toward a one-woman exhibition to be held in New York in 2011.

“The key ingredient for success as an artist is to work extremely hard. It all comes down to how passionate you are about your work and vision."

"Don’t let anything stand in your way. Target annuals and enter shows and competitions regularly. Find your audience then thoroughly research your audience. Listen to feedback and use it where and as it applies to further your growth; absorb it all, from both a creative and business standpoint.

“Most importantly, regardless of your medium, find your personal voice. Stand by it. And enjoy every part of the journey because each experience contributes to the shaping of you as an artist.”