Toy from America’s Monsters, Superheroes & Villains

In 2015, MCAD's Director of Entrepreneurial Studies Stephen Rueff curated an exhibition at the Goldstein Museum of Design that broke attendance and contribution records for the museum. Now it has been named Best Museum Exhibit by City Pages.

May 5, 2016
James O'Brien Illustration

An illustration by James O'Brien ’89 was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal alongside a story about sliding compensation for execs.

May 4, 2016
xylander poster

Faculty member Natasha Pestich will be opening an exhibition titled A Survey of Jan Xylander Exhibition Posters at the SNAP Gallery.

In the show, "Pestich charts the trajectory of a fictitious artist’s exhibition career, not through the artist’s work, but through the design and display of digital and screen-printed exhibition posters 'supposedly' made by several different designers, advertising his shows."

May 3, 2016
Still of Sam Hoolihan's Film

The Minnesota State Arts Board proudly presents the Arts Board Film Festival, showcasing work by more than twenty-five Arts Board grantees from 2013–15 whose projects resulted in a film or video. MCAD faculty members Patrick Coyle, Sam Hoolihan, Ben Moren, and Tom Schroeder, as well as Allison Bolah ’14, MFA, Britni West ’08, and Kristen Lowe ’88, are participating.

May 1, 2016
Rebranding of the Minneapolis Foundation

5IVE is a local creative agency founded by Boriana Strzok ’08 who recently rebranded one of the oldest community foundations. Boriana and her team, which includes fellow alumni Mike Borell ’12, Andi Jordt ’14, and Bruce Edwards ’87, were tasked with the rebrand challenge. 

Last year, in honor of the Minneapolis Foundation’s Centennial, the agency was in charge of the branding and advertising for the year-long celebration. In 2016, after 100 years of service to the community, it was time for a new look.

April 14, 2016
Electricity on my table by David Goldes

Faculty member David Goldes was recently featured in Musée Magazine Science and Technology issue four as a Spotlight artist.

His work (photographs, drawings, video, and sculpture) is based on his examination of historical research into the nature of physical phenomena and is included in public collections including MOMA, Walker Art Center, Bibliotheque Nationale, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Yale University Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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April 13, 2016
Watch the Stove

This past April Fools' Day was particularly special for faculty member Craig Rice's Advanced Filmmaking students.

April 8, 2016
Schroeder animating memories for film

MCAD faculty member Tom Schroeder was recently featured on KFAI Radio's MinneCulture series where he describes his work and process.

Schroeder talks about his new film, which is a collaboration with his deceased friend. His new work is "a remembrance of friendship in its earliest and final days fueled by love, nostalgia, and dark humor." 

April 7, 2016
Body and Machine

Faculty member Ben Severns, Dan Miller ’00, Scott Szarkowicz ’13, and former student Joe Lacina are featured in Body and Machine 2016.

Body and Machine is the second juried exhibition that features kinetic and interactive work from Midwestern artists. Jurors and staff that make the exhibition possible include Peng Wu ’13, MFA, Jack Pavlik ’12, MFA, and faculty member Brad Jirka.

Body and Machine
April 2–24
Northrup King Building 3rd Floor Gallery
Opening Reception: April 2, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

April 1, 2016

MCAD faculty members Jessica M. Dandona, Anna Chisholm, and Erika Nelson will be participating in the first annual Art Historians of the Twin Cities Symposium this weekend. Dandona, along with Amy Hamlin of St. Catherine University, have organized this event.


"The Joseph Beuys Export Economy: East-West Translation in Polentransport," Alex Alisauskas, Independent Scholar (and recent MCAD instructor)

"Performing Postmortem: Scoring Live Labor in Water De Maria's Art by Telephone," Jordan Carter, Walker Art Center

March 29, 2016
The Sparrows Flight

Faculty member Tom Schroeder will be presenting ninety minutes of his short animated films at the Trylon Microcinema.

Schroeder says the show "basically represents the last twenty years of [his] life." Schroeder will be present after the late show each night to take questions.

His film The Sparrow's Flight will be included in the showing, which will have its official premiere in June at the Annecy International Animation Festival in France. This event is a chance for viewers to see the film first!

March 24, 2016
Student Work

Lynda Monick-Isenberg, co-founder of the Drawing Project and MCAD professor, has arranged for first-year MCAD students to have their own exhibition. Discovery, Invention, Process will feature select drawings from MCAD's 2015–16 foundation drawing courses honoring the hard work and commitment of all foundation students.

MCAD First-Year Drawing: Discovery, Invention, Process
April 1–20, 2016
Reception: April 1, 6:00–9:00 p.m. 
Homewood Studios 

March 23, 2016

A jury has selected the work of BFA student Shanice Jackson-Ellison, MFA student Nick Rivers, and MFA student Rachel Jennings as MCAD’s nominees for this year's International Sculpture Center's Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

This is the premier international competition for student sculptors and can only be entered after nomination by the faculty of a college or university. The winning works are selected from a number of submissions through a portfolio review process.

March 21, 2016

This weekend the Drawing Project and Floating Foundations present a Drawing and Floating Fundraiser for John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Arts Challenge Grant.

March 8, 2016
Fin de siècle: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, At the Moulin Rouge, 1895

MCAD faculty member Jessica Dandona recently co-chaired a panel at the College Art Association annual conference in Washington, DC. 

Sponsored by the Design Studies Forum, New Perspectives on Art Nouveau and Fin-de-Siècle Design brought together scholars from Japan, France, and South Africa to explore the ways in which art nouveau's meanings shifted in divergent national and transnational contexts. 

CAA conference
February 2–6, 2016

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March 7, 2016
E-card for Warm

MCAD faculty member Lynda Monick-Isenberg will be participating in the juried WARM exhibition The Guerrillas: Feminist Vision at the Grain Belt Bottling House Gallery. 

February 24, 2016

Faculty and staff member Nathan Lewis will be a keynote speaker at Anthropology of the Supernatural, a conference at the University of Minnesota this Saturday.

Lewis, a member of the Twin Cities Paranormal Society, will speak about contemporary paranormal investigation.

February 24, 2016
Revolution by Amy Sands

MCAD faculty member Amy Sands has two upcoming exhibitions. 

Sands has three works included in The Second Sex at Gamut Gallery as part of the Guerilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. For the exhibition, Sands designed a piece that visually explores the conventional feminine roles at the dinner table. Gathering at the Dinner Table is a mixed media piece highlighting the artist’s mastery of printmaking and drawing.

Her work has also been selected to show in the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition. 

February 17, 2016

Betsy Ruth Byers ’08, MFA, is presenting a solo show at the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

Submerge features works in oil, acrylic, and watercolor by Byers.

"My studio practice explores the engagement of the body's senses with the surrounding environment. I am compelled to make work that focuses on wilderness experiences due to my growing fear over our disconnectedness to the natural world."

On view through April 24
Hillstrom Museum of Art
Reception: February 15, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

February 15, 2016

The Light Grey Art Lab, cofounded by Lindsay Nohl ’03 and Chris Hajny ’04, recently put on The Robo Show, an exhibition that features several artists' depictions of robots.

The gallery puts out a new call for art about every six weeks and gallery manager Jenny Bookler ’11 helps look through them.

One of the submissions came from Evan Palmer ’08. His piece, entitled The Final Battle, portrays a war where cats and dogs attempt to finally settle their never-ending disagreement.

February 14, 2016

Faculty member Andy DuCett's interactive installation Mom Booth will be at Mia this Thursday as a part of their State of the Art exhibition.

Mom Booth is a piece of performance art that is a new take on a typical museum information booth and is staffed by museum volunteers who are also mothers. 

State of the Art: Discovering America Now
February 18–May 29
Reception: February 18, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

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February 14, 2016
Work by Arlene Birt

Arlene Birt ’02 will be exhibiting Behind the Outlet at MSP airport through 2018.

Birt's work illustrates how the amount of energy that needs to be produced is directly connected to our individual consumption habits. LED-backlit steel cutouts connected by power cords light up as people occupy specific tables. As the tables are vacated, the appliance cutouts and lamps turn off, which powers down the electrical grid.

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February 6, 2016

Katherine Jones ’79 and faculty member Brad Jirka's Newtonian Proxies was selected as one of twenty-five works for inclusion in CODAmagazine's Light as Art III January Issue.

February 2, 2016
Patch Man, James O'Brien

James O'Brien ’89, James Dryden ’96, and faculty member Jody Williams are featured in the University of Minnesota's student-run newspaper the Minnesota Daily.

The article describes the history of the local Form + Content gallery, which Dryden and Williams cofounded as a co-op gallery.

The newest show to go up is an invitational exhibition curated by Dryden and Williams titled Illustrator's Studio: the Art of Illustration, which will open this Saturday and features the work of seven different artists.

January 21, 2016
Sara Suppan and the Guerrilla Girls, Photo by Nathan Lewis

Sara Suppan ’15 is featured in the Star Tribune in an article about the upcoming Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover.

Suppan, who interned for the Guerrilla Girls in the fall of 2015, has played an important role in the takeover as well as had a unique chance to work closely with the anonymous feminist art collective.

January 21, 2016