MCAD News


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.


Adjunct Faculty Jody Williams (Flying Paper Press) participated in the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this past June. Her newest edition book set, "Drifting Here and There," was featured in the fair.


Sculpture artist Kurt Dyrhaug '89 was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.


This past Spring, Melodee Strong (Alum '06 and Adjunct Faculty) completed a mural  on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. Insight News published an article about Strong and her mural. The original artwork, also displayed in the business, will be included in the faculty show this Fall.


Artforum recently posted about "Isohyet; Isopleth," an exhibit by Katelyn Farstad '10 and David Frolich from this Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The article discusses the exhibit and MIA's Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP), a curatorial department of the museum dedicated to exhibiting artists living and working in Minnesota.


Natasha Pestich (Associate Professor, Fine Arts) will represent MCAD with Pillsbury House and Theatre in a large-scale community art project. Pestich and Pillsbury House, along with three other arts organizations, were selected to be funded by a major ArtPlace grant. The goal: to beautify Minneapolis by working with local artists and the community to complete twenty placemaking projects on Chicago Avenue.


Star Tribune covered a program created by John Davis '84, Executive Director of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, known as the "Great American Think-Off." The national contest, in which people submit short essays for the chance to come to New York Mills, Minnesota and participate in philosophical debates, is a highly esteemed and successful project.


Holland Wood '96 is branding a political campaign for Jim Graves, who is running in the 6th District against Michelle Bachmann. As pro-bono Brand Director, Wood is designing, creating, and developing the entire visual look of the campaign, as well as the strategy. Explore his company Brand Corps below.


Northern Spark 2012, a one-night celebration of art, technology, and community, featured more than thirty artists from the MCAD community. On the night of June 9 and 10, the festival featured art- and light-related exhibitions throughout the city. Click below to view MCAD's extensive array of contributions.


Two exceptional profiles of MCAD programs were recently posted in prominent media outlets. An article in HOW Interactive Design, "Schooled: Minneapolis College of Art and Design," highlights the excellence of MCAD's Web and Multimedia major. Core 77 design magazine features the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program. Read both articles below.


Alum Joe Heffron was selected to create the official 2012 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art poster. Heffron captures iconic elements of the fair with rich, vibrant colors and whimsical realism. The purchase of State Fair merchandise featuring Heffron's art supports the mission of the Minnesota State Fair Foundation to preserve and improve State Fair buildings, grounds, and educational experiences.


Professor Katherine Turczan, Terri Fullerton MFA '08, and Jason Pearson '02 were named to receive the 2012-13 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photography. The $25,000 mnartists.org and McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers support mid-career artists residing in Minnesota who use photography as a primary means of creative, personal expression. Check below for more information on the artists and their awards.


"Re: Identity," Constellation 20 of online arts criticism magazine Quodlibetica, features multiple MCAD contributors. Included are Professor Frenchy Lunning's "Cosplay and the Performance of Identity," Adjunct Faculty Lightsey Darst's  "Basilisk," and Professor/Chair Thomas Haakenson's "Gender Displacement: Re-Thinking Rogue Buddha." The article was also co-edited by Haakenson.


Liberal Art Professor and Chair Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson was featured in the June issue of Lavender Magazine. He was interviewed for an article entitled "Out on Campus." Read the full article below.


Julie Jilek '05 was awarded two artist residencies in Minnesota this year. The first is the Pine Needles Residency in St. Croix, Minnesota through the Science Museum of Minnesota this summer. The second is in Red Wing, Minnesota at the Anderson Center this fall.


Drawings by Heidi Hogden '08 were included in a three-person exhibition titled "New Talent" at Alpha Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts this summer. View the websites below for more information on the exhibit and Hogden's drawings.