MCAD News


Betsy Byers

Zoe Shulman ’13 and faculty members Betsy Byers and Karen Gustafson are all involved in the group exhibition About Space—Contemporary Abstraction, comprising work that expands the boundaries of space and abstraction.

Eric Syvertson Untitled Detail

MFA candidate Eric Syvertson has a new show opening this Saturday night at Soo Visual Arts Center. 

Kayleigh Fichten Breaking Form

Fichten and Drum interrupt our conventional realm through use of everyday imagery and source material from National Geographic Magazines in order to construct an emblematic and thought-provoking world.

Fountain of Youth by Steve Bateman and Jason Anhorn

Late last month, Stephan Bateman ’99 and Jason Anhorn took first place at the United States National Snow Carving Competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Mat Ollig

Mat Ollig ’10 is helping to shape the future of arts education at his old high school.

Clementine Fox Comic

A comic by student Leigh Luna is now running on GoComics, "the web's largest catalog of syndicated newspaper strips and web comics," which features everything from the classics (yeah Peanuts!) to recent hits like the Argyle Sweater

To Say Goodbye

Alec Schwandt ’13 (director of photography) and current MCAD students Arnie Wilkin and Max Sjoeberg worked with writer and executive producer Hamid Torabpour on the recently completed feature-length film To Say Goodbye.

Nohl Quote in Design Wisdom

Lindsay Nohl ’03 was asked to share a bit of her design knowledge in the new book Design School Wisdom, published by Chronicle books and edited by Brooke Johnson and Jennifer Tolo Pierce. 

Teresa Holm Grain Belt Packaging Redesign

Teresa Holm ’06 , marketing director for August Schell Brewing Company, is giving Grain Belt bottles and cans a new look in 2014. 

Lean LaunchPad Educators Seminar

Faculty members Cindy Gilbert, director of MCAD's master of arts in sustainable design program, and Jake Cook, instructor for a new spring 2014 course, Global Design Challenge, recently attended Lean LaunchPad Educators Seminars. Gilbert and Cook are co-instructing Global Design Challenge in an effort to bring entrepreneurial training to the master's program.

Forecast Public Art

Jack Becker ’76, founder and director of local non-profit organization Forecast Public Art and publisher of Public Art Review, the world's leading public art journal, will be receiving the Public Art Dialogue Award of Achievement at the College Art Association conference in Chicago in February.

Master of Arts Sustainable Design Students Systems Map

MCAD's master of arts in sustainable design program was recently featured on global design blog Core77 for its excellence in advanced design studies.

Greater Goods Storefront

Looks like we have a charming new neighbor! Greater Goods is a new store in the heart of Eat Street at 25th and Nicollet, featuring greeting cards, small gifts, and stationery, along with everything you need to mail your cards in store.

George Morrison

Join the National Museum of the American Indian in New York (NMAI) for a lecture on the first comprehensive retrospective of Ojibwe Modernist George Morrison ’43 (1919–2000). The lecture will be held in conjunction with NMAI's Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison exhibit.

Shannon Estlund Portrait

Shannon Estlund ’13, MFA, was featured in Studio Visit magazine. Estlund's paintings portray natural spaces that allow one to exist in the moment. Her featured oil paintings, Interval and Ultimatum, are a metaphorical “call to adventure” that offer the possibility of alternatives to capitalism and mass culture. 

Emma Trithart Caribou Medium Font

Emma Trithart ’08 is featured in Communication Arts' 2014 Typography Annual for her work with Colle+Mcvoy on Caribou's new font, designed as part of the "Life is short. Stay awake for it." campaign.

Lea Sorrentino

Lea Sorrentino ’12, MFA, is the latest MCADian to be featured on Twin Cities Public Television's MN Original series. Her work involves conceptual installations that challenge viewers to question consumerism and materialism in American culture.

Isa Gagarin Trieste

Isa Gagarin ’08 is taking part in Trieste, a group exhibition in the Netherlands organized by Jay Heikes. Addressing ideas of the unknown and impossible, Trieste metaphorically takes inspiration from the moody town of Trieste in northern Italy on the Adriatic sea near the border of Slovenia.

Nicholas McDougal

Nicholas McDougal ’10 is celebrating six months at KCCI 8 News, the largest local news network in Des Moines, Iowa. Employing illustration and design skills honed from his days at MCAD, McDougal creates stunning motion graphics as well as shooting and editing footage for commercial use.

Tom Garrett New Cafe

Faculty member Tom Garrett rings in on cell phone etiquette with artwork for the January issue of Choices. If you are in one of Garrett's classes, you should probably read this.

Baugnet Interior Basement

Andrew Baugnet ’87 celebrates twenty years photographing for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).

Great Personality Guardians Interactive Game

Light Grey Art Lab members Lindsay Nohl ’03, Jenny Bookler ’11, Francesca Buchko ’08, and Chris Hajny ’04 have created a series of four interactive games in coordination with Light Grey's newest exhibition, Great Personality. The exhibition features over fifty international artists who have come together to create an interactive world of allure, ambiance, and attitude.

Dan Lund, Jeffrey

Filmmaker and Disney animator Dan Lund ’89 has created an animated weekly series about Jeffrey, a middle-aged man trying to stay relevant through social media.

Jason Ramey's Ball and Clawall (L), Over The Wall Desk (R)

Visiting faculty member Jason Ramey is showing sculptural work in two exhibitions, both opening late this month. In his latest work, Ramey examines the ill-defined space between art, craft, and design. By imbuing found objects with stories from his past, Ramey welcomes viewers to examine the importance of the seemingly mundane objects that surround them daily.

Eddie Thomas

Previous staff and faculty member Christine Daves was recently included in a Star Tribune article about organized living. Alongside four other professional organizers, Daves, owner of Think Organized, gives advice on how to maintain a clutter-free life by streamlining everything from our environments to our minds.