MCAD News


Emily Harris '07 was hired at Lerner Publishing Group and will join Minnesota AIGA Board of Directors as the Associate Director of Archives.

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A new digital magazine called MPLSzine has been coordinated and produced by MPLS Collective. Several MCAD alumni and students have been involved in the production and have submitted content to the zine, including Julian Howley, faculty member Robert Algeo, and Clarissa Hamilton, who is the layout Director for the zine.

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A number of MCAD faculty and alumni are included in a brand new holiday pop-up shop called SOOlocal, a division of SooVac gallery.


Matthew K. Berg was recently hired by MN Film and TV as their new Production Services Manager. Most recently, Berg worked as assistant to producer Christine Walker on the indie feature, Stay Then Go, which was shot on location in Minneapolis in September.

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Escaping Logik was a solo exhibition presented at Fine Art in Space by Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Pugh ‘02. Pugh presented acrylic painted works, as well as over 100 watercolor pieces. In conjunction with his new work, he is releasing a limited edition sketchbook entitled Escaping Logik.


Share the news! MCAD’s animation program was rated #1 in the Midwest by Animation Career Review.


A new artist’s book by Paula McCartney titled As If Everything You Imagined Were True was published by Location Books in Minneapolis. McCartney’s book includes images from her series, Bronx Zoo, which she made while living in New York City. These images, which have been the foundation of all the work she’s made since, began her exploration of constructed landscapes.


To celebrate and acknowledge their 30th anniversary, the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota Mentor program held a special exhibition of works by Judith Roode, former MCAD faculty member. Gifted and Guided, the Warm Mentor Program Exhibition was on view from October 6 to November 10 at the Grain Belt Bottling House. Roode also spoke at the event.


Jerry Allan and the entrepreneurial studies department hosted visiting speaker and global citizen Isatou Ceesay on October 27, in part as a fundraiser for the organizations Ceesay has worked with in her efforts to empower African women. Ceesay works to help women in Gambia gain economic empowerment and began the Women’s Recycling Project in Njau, Gambia. In 2012, Ceesay was named the winner of the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 award.


Restaurateur and MCAD board member Andrew Dayton and head chef of the Bachelor Farmer, Paul Berglund, invited Karen Wirth, Vice President of Academic Affairs, to give a presentation on design and composition to the kitchen staff of the restaurant. The presentation on October 23, 2012 was included in the programming for a semiannual staff development day. The talk centered on attributes of Scandinavian design, compositional principles and their application to food presentation or plating.


Nicole Killian (Visiting Faculty, Graphic Design) has just completed a piece in collaboration with visual artist Charlie White for his Music for Sleeping Children pop album. This project combines White’s and Killian’s work with pop culture ephemera, creating a tension of critique.


Two photographs by Noel Worden ‘08 were accepted into SooVAC’s Untitled 9 show. This is the 5th SooVAC show this year, including a solo show, in which Worden’s work has been featured.


Robert Algeo (Professor, Continuing Studies) spoke at Mix 2012 as a part of the “Extraordinary Epics” panel. Mix 2012 is a comics symposium held by the Columbus College of Art and Design.


On October 25, the Walker shop hosted a meet and greet with product designers whose projects have been funded through Kickstarter.


Photos & Drawings, a short film by Jon Maichel Thomas ‘00 is now available on DVD. The limited special edition DVD includes special bonus features consisting of Joel’s Photos by Kent Anderson, Helena’s Drawings by Alyssa Thomas and Cryssa Otto, behind the scenes photos of the production, and the soundtrack of the film. The DVD can be purchased on Jon Maichel Thomas’ website.


Exactitude, an exhibition by Pamela Valfer (Adjunct, Fine Arts) and Christina Empedocles was reviewed in Artforum International Magazine in the Critics’ Picks section. The exhibition was held at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis through November 11.


Emily Hoisington for Changing Landscapes

Fine Arts adjunct Emily Hoisington had artwork in the Changing Landscapes show at Silverwood Park gallery that opened on Thursday October 11 from 6-8 p.m. The show ran until November 30.


Lyz Wendland

Lyz Wendland MFA '09 participated in a faculty exhibition at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls which opened on October 26 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Additionally, Wendland submitted twenty-five pieces for sale in the annual MCAD Art Sale, which took place November 15 - 17.


Carbon Collaborative (Meredith Stuart '06) for Landscape Structures at ASLA 2012

Carbon Collaborative, a Minneapolis based design studio involving Meredith Stuart '06, designed Landscape Structures' booth for the annual American Society of Landscape Architects EXPO held in Phoenix, AZ. The design referenced the arid southwest geology. Soaring blades of bright green grass burst from the ground, pulling the attendees toward the featured playground. The booth was awarded best in show for the second year in a row.


Katelyn Farstad at Midway Contemporary Art

Mouthbreather, an exhibition by Katelyn Farstad ’10, will be open at Midway Contemporary Art from November 3 to February 2. The gallery and its library are free and open to the public, Wednesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


Jonathan Bruce Williams's Sighthouse

In September, Jonathan Bruce Williams ’08 was featured in a Star Tribune article for his works Sighthouse and Fenced In. Both works appeared at Franklin Art Works.


Shirl Chouinard "She Walks on Egg Shells When He Is Around"

Shirl Chouinard ’93 has been honored with a 2012 Bush Fellowship. She plans to use the $75,000 award to develop a domestic violence prevention program using art.


John Teschner for Trop

John Teschner, adjunct faculty, wrote in his latest essay for Trop magazine about fishing with his father in the Boundary Waters, the origins of written language, and the lifespan of the planet Earth.


Nicole Killian's S E A R C H M E

A piece by Nicole Killian, visiting faculty, titled Search Me, is now live. The piece, now on tightartists.com, is a part of the show Human Resolution / PAMI at ArcadiaMissa for the Peckham Moving Image Festival in London. The show is also listed on netart.net, a directory of contemporary net art around the world.


Shawn McCann ’02 was awarded an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was one of only eighty-eight recipients nationwide. With the grant, McCann will be producing a few large scale murals in his hometown of Wahpeton, North Dakota.