In his own work, he uses both studio and plein-air approaches, with a passion for boats, water, and “Other People’s Parties,” an ongoing painting series.

"[Paint] is a material that is used to directly express many things including when and where commerce occurs."


John Howard Sanden tried to paint the best in people. Right after his graduation, he became the art director for Billy Graham’s Evangelistic Association, where he spent fourteen years.

Blessed with swift success, and barely out of MCAD, Jennie Smith knew what she needed next: more learning.

Remember “Don’t touch the art?” Jim Ockuly helped make our switch to “Please touch this to learn about the art!”

To understand Mary Meehan’s ambition, you need to know that MCAD has never offered a theater design degree...

Valley City, North Dakota native who went to art school, advertising art director who discovered photography, custom-publishing entrepreneur, world traveler, and devoted MCAD Trustee.

Despite the careful framing and lighting in his pictures, many of them portraits, Shen Wei says he “works very spontaneously . . . often purely with my instinct.” He invites casual acquaintances, even strangers, to sit for his camera, and the results are composed, with touches of sadness or isolation.

Medicine Horse leads a team of animators at Hybrid Studios in St. Louis Park.

Photo credit: Sam Santos via Canadian Film Centre

Stephen Rivkin ’75 is best known for his Oscar-nominated editing work on James Cameron’s Avatar, in addition to his contributions to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, The Hurricane, Ali, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Somewhere between street photography and solemn portraits sits the work of Tom Arndt. He’s drawn to public events, but is more likely to shoot the crowd than the parade.

“Constructed photography” is the art-critic term for what James Casebere does. But however you react to his moody, thought-inducing photos, their power is undeniable.