Visual Artist Takes on Interior Design as Harrington Student

April 18, 2012 General, Interior Design 0 Comments

Makeba Kedem-Dubose thrives as a visual art professional with over 20 years of experience. At the same time, Makeba is a sixth semester student in Harrington’s Interior Design program. At Harrington, it’s not uncommon for our students to be active across several design industries, and we were excited to learn more about Makeba’s work outside of the college.

Makeba recently had a large painting on exhibit at Chicago’s Northern Trust Bank Art Gallery on LaSalle Street. Titled “Bean Digger’s Harvest,” the piece was chosen last year from thousands of entries to be featured in a national competition sponsored by Russell Simmons and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Organization in conjunction with Bombay Sapphire/Baccardi.

Since 1999, Makeba’s work has received widespread attention and extensive features in art collections and publications. Just a few examples include cover-page features in the Lake County News Sun in March 2002 and CAN (Chicago Artists’ News) in February 2004, a featured article in March 2004 issue of Afrique News, a 2005 and 2006 feature in the Family Magazine/Colgate Palmolive calendar “A Salute to African-American Artists,” cover art for “A Book of Poems” by poet Tara Betts in 2009, and a painting featured in “The Stigma of Illness” article in Woman’s Day magazine in 2011. See Makeba’s work by visiting her site at

We are proud of the accomplishments our students have both inside and outside of the classroom – congrats to Makeba on your visual art! We look forward to seeing all that you can bring into the world of interior design with your years of visual art experience!


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