MCAD News


Brittany Nelson

Brittany Nelson, design professor, exhibited a new body of work at Art Platform LA from September 28 to 30, with the David Klein Gallery.


Michael Mott ’08 opened an exhibition of his work titled When the Sick Set Sail, the Sea Sets Them Free at the Seltzer Art Space on September 21. It was the first exhibition of the 2012 One Nighter Series. The exhibition also featured the release party of Wopozi issue #2.


Jody Williams' exhibition titled Starting From Nothing at Form + Content Gallery

Jody Williams, fine arts professor, has an exhibition at the Form + Content Gallery titled Starting from Nothing, which runs through October 13. Williams’s work is a collection of artist’s books, prints, and collages.


Li Zeng at MUW Gallery

Li Zeng ’12, MFA, exhibited in the 2012 Faculty Exhibition at the Mississippi University for Women, which opened on September 12 in the Eugenia Summer Gallery. Zeng gave an artist’s talk on the show, which included website work and handmade books.


Llewellyn Mejia - Ace of Wands

Llewellyn Mejia ’12 was featured in CMYK Magazine's Top New Creatives 54 for three of his winning entries, titled Sleep Tight!, Winners, and Ace of Wands.


Erik Brandt's logo for Anomalous Visuals

Erik Brandt, design professor, was commissioned by the UK artist collective Anomalous Visuals to create an alternative version of their logo. The piece has since received attention on the Internet, as Anomalous Visuals promoted it very heavily via the social networks.


Design Chair Bernard Caniffe spoke at the MAYO Clinic Transform Conference which took place from September 9 through September 11. Previously, while at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Caniffe collaborated with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on the MICA/JHU Design Coalition, which paired students with the neighborhood groups to create meaningful, powerful messages on health and wellness topics.


Alex Araiza for Project Know

Alex Araiza, filmmaking major, was hired as the writer for a video produced by Project Know. The video was produced to encourage Minnesotans to vote no in November against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.


On the AIGA Minnesota website Patrick Redmond ‘72 led an initiative to provide a list of all past presidents and chairmen of AIGA Minnesota including past presidents from when the chapter was known as MGDA, the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association.


Erik Brandt for the Eyeo Festival

The Eyeo Festival commissioned Design Professor Erik Brandt for a second time to produce a print collateral. The festival, the largest gathering of contemporary data visualization professionals, attracts an international audience of practitioners and was held at the Walker Art Center this year.


Sonjia Erickson

Sonjia Erickson ’93 launched her new website at sonjiaerickson.com. To accompany the launch, Erickson also produced a promotional video.


Pamela Valfer, adjunct fine arts faculty, is featured in Exactitude, a show at the Burnet Art Gallery of Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. The show explores concepts of memory and reality. Valfer is exhibiting with Christina Empedocles. The show will be open through November 11.


Two recent Fine Arts alumni, Caitlin Warner and David Frolich, are this year's recipients of the Jerome Emerging Printmaker's Residency 2012-2013.


Erik Brandt in Choi's Gallery
Erik Brandt in Choi's Gallery

Two works by Erik Brandt, design professor, were featured in the Chinese Choi's Gallery magazine (Vol. 16) in May. The magazine has an international distribution and was spotted in Germany by MCAD alum Dan Sinclair, during his travels this summer.


Natasha Pestich at Schaefer Gallery

Natasha Pestich, fine arts professor, has an exhibition at Schaefer Gallery titled Fulfillment is Such a White-Collar Thing. The show will run from Tuesday, October 2 to Friday, November 2, with an opening reception and artist's talk on Thursday, October 4, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.


Erik Brndt CRACK spread 1
Erik Brndt CRACK spread 2
Erik Brndt CRACK spread  3

In February works by Design Professor Erik Brandt were featured in the large-format Bristol-based magazine Crack on three spreads, alongside an extended interview. An online version of the interview was released on the Crack website.


Gregory Euclide's illustration for O Magazine

Gregory Euclide '08, MFA, completed an illustration for O Magazine on the rewards of eco travel.


Erik Brandt's poster for "Conglomerate Identity"

Erik Brandt (Professor, Design) will be lecturing and hosting a solo-exhibition of his work at St. Cloud University's Kiehle Gallery. Conglomerate Identity will feature work Brandt created around this theme, including several of his "lint-data-disks" and large-scale screenprints. Brandt will also be making postcards to distribute at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and beyond, including the image he was asked to create for the show's poster.


Visiting faculty Allen Brewer and Illustration alum Bill Rebholz '12 were asked by Periscope to collaborate on a mural project celebrating Great Clips' thirtieth anniversary. The collaboration of 5 artists/illustrators was lead by local muralist extraordinaire Ta-coumba Aiken at the Minneapolis Convention Center. From September 29 - Oct 1 the artists received live tweets from 3,500 guests, all finishing the phrase "Great is _________." The artists then interpreted all 3,500 tweets on a 30'x30' canvas to be sectioned off into individual pieces for the guests. In total, Brewer and Rebholz created roughly 600 works!


Photographs by David Goldes (Professor, Media Arts) are included in "VERLANGSAMTE PERFORMANCE (Decelerated Performance)," a group exhibition at the Van Horn Gallery in Dusseldorf, Germany.


This summer Kelsey King created an illustration for the cover of a novel by author Margaret Taylor, entitled "Ravensdaughter's Tale."


An illustration by Dylan Davis '12, entitled "Dental Artifacts" will be featured in CMYK Magazine Issue #54 this October. View below for more information.


"Salvage," a solo exhibition by Michael Kareken (Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts) opens on September 7 at Groveland Gallery. This body of work includes drawings and paintings inspired by visits to an auto salvage yard where customers pull their own parts. 


Adjunct Faculty Andy DuCett's upcoming show at The Soap Factory "Why We Do This" is a new solo project that stitches together fragments of pop culture, workaday symbols, and collective memory to create a single 12,000 square foot site-specific installation. The exhibition runs from September 8 to November 11, with an opening reception on September 8 starting at 7:00 p.m.


On Friday September 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Franklin Art Works will host a reception for a solo exhibition by Jonathan Bruce Williams '08. Williams' large-scale, film-based sculptural installation, entitled "S I G H T H O U S E," is his first solo exhibition. The show will remain on view at Franklin through Saturday, October 27.