MCAD News


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.

Willam Alexander's novel "Goblin Secrets"

William Alexander, adjunct faculty, is a National Book Award finalist in the Young People’s Literature category for his novel Goblin Secrets.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams for Met's "Faking It"

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams, liberal arts professor, has contributed about a dozen essays to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's book Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. The book was released on October 11.

Nicole Killian, visiting faculty, wrote a comparative work on Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, Kiss, and Nirvana’s Nevermind for Wow Huh. Wow Huh is an online art quarterly that has featured critics Lane Relyea and Christopher K. Ho.

Brandt in Counter-Print

An interview with Erik Brandt, design professor, was featured in the UK magazine Counter-Print. The interview discussed Brandt’s “human-rebranding” project. Counter-Print approached Brandt over the summer after discovering his collection of hand-painted truck logos on Flickr, and the magazine requested an interview as well as permission to use his photos.

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.