MCAD News


Jessica Ibarra ’06 was selected to speak at a TEDx event in Seoul, South Korea, with the theme Nature+. She was one of two people selected from a pool of eighty essays to speak at the conference. Ibarra presented to a live audience of over 1,000 people and was streamed live over the web. Her topic was "ecofeminism: making connections between environmentalism and feminism."

Brian Nigus '11 has been offered a position at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. As Sculpture Lab Technician at MIAD, he will teach at the college level by directing a sculpture workshop.

The City Pages 6th Annual Comix Issue was released, featuring a great lineup of MCAD artists. Contributors include Bart King ‘10, Evan Palmer ‘08, Steve Robbins ‘08, Maxeem Konrardy ‘05, Tim Sievert ‘05, Erik Lervold ‘04, Brent Schoonover ‘02, and MJ Heubach ‘00 .

Mat Ollig '10 was featured in a Star Tribune article about the unique refurbishing of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The new design of the hotel takes on a local flare, and a painting by Ollig has been placed in 250 rooms of the Hyatt. Read and view below.

Mitch Dose '05 is now the director of Studio Bricolage, a 21st century, community-driven art, craft, and technology playground for creative and adventurous adults. Studio Bricolage is a project of Leonardo's Basement in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Mystery Spot Volume 2: Nature's Nation, a new book featuring work from alum Kate Casanova '08, Caleb Coppock '07, Chad Rutter '06, and faculty Pamela Valfer and Paula McCartney will be officially launched Thursday, August 9 at SooVAC. The new book will be available, as well as past titles from Mystery Spot Books.

Guerilla by Design, an ambush-style furniture exhibition featuring fifteen local furniture designers, features many MCAD alum. For the exhbit, an urban commercial space will be re-imagined and re-furnished with furniture from Minneapolis designers. The exhibit will be held for one weekend only in downtown Minneapolis from August 10 through August 12, with an opening event on Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 pm.

With just eight hours to spare, Mike Perry '03 successfully raised more than $30,000 for a free community exhibition to be held in Brooklyn, New York this fall. "Wondering around Wandering" will be a three month free community exhibition and event space where Perry will be conducting workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions, and much more. The space will be an evolving environment where visitors will be able to freely explore and create their own unique experience.

Vestiges (a client of MCAD DesignWorks) and Katie Evans '10 were mentioned in a story in the New York Times this July. While working for DesignWorks, Evans created designs for Vestiges' line of retro souvenir dish towels. The founder of Vestiges is Mary Dearing Lazarus, the chair of MCAD's Board of Trustees. Read the article and see the designs below.

Karen Wirth (Vice President of Academic Affairs) has work included in the "Continuum 2012" invitational exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery from August 27 to September 14, 2012.

Michael Gaughan '02 currently has a solo exhibit at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis, entitled "BUCK TURBO: Recent Watercolor Paintings." Gaughan's vivid and lighthearted watercolors are on display at Burnet through September 9.

Adjunct Faculty Patty McMeans has created a new experimental artists' residency program in the Twin Cities, dubbed "Ten Chances No Hustle." The residency program begins on July 25, and aims to fill the gap between academia and the real world through a three-week intensive artist residency. Current residents include two MCAD alumni, Chad Rutter '06 and Kelsey Olson '10.

Work by Associate Professor Brandt is featured in Jianping He's much anticipated book "One by One." The book is a survey of the global graphic design scene, and is "dedicated to every graphic designer."

On July 26, Tom DeBiaso (Director of Graduate Program, Professor) will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at IFP Minnesota's 25th annual meeting. The award is given for DeBiaso's "history and commitment to the development of film education programs, his founding role in Film In The Cities, his role on IFP's board and advisory board, and his expert management of the Minnesota film programming at this year's Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival."

Adjunct Faculty Amy Sands has been invited to exhibit in the International Print Exhibition Tokyo 2012. She is one of only twelve artists selected from the United States.

Victoria Martinez ‘10 will be participating in a group exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art during fall 2012.

Three artist books by Andy Baird '76 are included in the Hennepin County Employee Art Show at the Hennepin Gallery in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, on view July and August 2012.

Melissa Breitenfeldt '06 has designed a new logo for Victory Motorcycles, as part of a brand evolution effort in its 15th year as a company. She designed the logo using the bold modern lines of the actual bikes as her inspiration. Check out a video of the making of the actual tank badge below.

Two MCAD illustration alumni received prestigious awards from the competitive 3x3 International Student Show Annual, which will be published in New York Fall 2012. Teagan White '12 received two awards (Distinguished Merit and Merit), while Bill Rebholz '12 also received a Merit award.

Illustration alum Jessica Sander '05 is now Multimedia Designer for Wired Magazine in New York City.

Illustrator Kasie Gonczy '12 is now a Junior Designer at Animal Adventure in Hopkins, Minnesota. Animal Adventure creates plush toys for many of the top retail stores including Target and Toys'R'Us. Gonczy was offered the position after showing her portfolio to a recruiter at MCAD's Emerging Talent Show.

Work by Gregory Euclide MFA '08 has been widely recognized on the art blogosphere for his ephemeral "Laid Down & Wiped Away" whiteboard drawings. Recent blog postings include Colossal Art & Design, Hi Fructose, and Boing Boing (links below).

Well-known Minneapolis installation/yarn graffiti artist HOTTEA (Eric Rieger '07) recently installed "Letting Go," over 82 miles of yarn hanging across two floors at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Llew Mejia '12 was featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, for his hand drawn collection of illustrations entitled "Peyote Party." View below.

Alum Christopher Williams held a solo show at the new Cult Status Gallery in Minneapolis. The show, entitled "Subliminal Chloform," opened in June and featured prolific site-specific paintings.