The Starfolk Album Cover

Brian Tighe ’90, who has been part of a number of bands including indie pop group the Hang Ups, is leading a new musical venture named the Starfolk.

Horton Gallery

The latest by Aaron Spangler ’93, recently displayed for the first time in Homeschool at Horton Gallery, carves out a territory where the personal and sacred are interlocked and consecrated. Spangler’s immersion in rural prairie and the north woods on 150 acres near Park Rapids, Minnesota, has drawn out archetypal inspiration tied to the surrounding landscape.

Students at Lee Elementary

Eric Rieger ’07 (also known by the name HOT TEA) visited students at Lee Elementary School earlier this week to create one of his famous installations. The piece consists of brightly-colored yarn that spells out LEEARTS on the fence in front of the school.

Fresh Dozen at Red Arrow Contemporary

Work by Kurt Dyrhaug ’89 has been selected to appear in a sculpture exhibition at the Red Arrow Contemporary in Dallas, Texas. Fresh Dozen will feature a medley of recent work and represent the diversity of styles that span across the region. 

Linda Christensen with her scultpures

Linda Christensen ’72 spent plenty of quality time in the cooler last month carving busts of Seattle's mayoral candidates. Local news site King5 covered the story and asked citizens to vote on the "butter" candidate.

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Mike Perry Volvo Ad

Mike Perry ’03 and his wife Anna Wolf share their creative, zany worlds in this Volvo advertisement, which is part of the car company's Joyride series.

Target Gift Cards for Gay Pride

Aaron Draplin ’00 of Draplin Design Co. was selected by Target to design a gift card to be included in their LGBT series. Click the image to see his full design (on the lower right).

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Obduction Artwork

Eric A. Anderson ’98 recently completed a successful Kickstarter funding campaign, along with Cyan Inc., for a video game project. Obduction is a spiritual successor to Cyan's previous games Myst and Riven.

Rude's Doctor Who Art

Bill Rude ’96 has created a time-lapse video showcasing the development—from initial sketch to final result—of one of his paintings. The work of sci-fi art is part of a group show at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, California, called the Doctor is In: A Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who.

See What I See

The Phipps Center for the Arts and Hudson’s Healing Arts Program present See What I See..., paintings by Kate Gomez and sculptural works by Kelly Ludeking ’97.

Brian Eno: Visual Music

Matthew Rezac ’00 and Andrew Blauvelt of the Walker Art Center co-designed a monograph about Brian Eno’s visual art practice. Chronicle Books picked the duo to design the 400+ page book with more than 850 images and multiple contributors.

Kemp Center for the Arts Sculpture Garden

Kurt Dyrhaug ’89 has been invited to curate an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, Texas. He will be selecting ten artists to exhibit their work in the annually changing exhibition Art on the Green

Amy Sands: Crossing Boundaries

Join visiting faculty member Amy Sands at the reception for her upcoming solo exhibition Crossing Boundaries. Sands is currently an artist in residence at TractorWorks, where the exhibition will be held.


Nicholas Carroll ’13 has work in two local exhibitions. View the fine artist's work and meet him at the upcoming receptions.

Maddi Gonzalez illustrates Liz Furuya

Alumni and students were tabbed by local blog Pollen to interview attendees of yesterday's Give to the Max event and create personal infographics for them.

Naomi Campbell by John-Paul Pietrus

Famed fashion photographer John-Paul Pietrus ’93 has teamed up with British model Naomi Campbell to raise money for the relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan. 

Pietrus, who has family living in the Philippines, is selling one of his own images of Campbell to raise money for the British Red Cross.

Redesigned crest of the MN Vikings

Do you like football? Or football? Eric Drommerhausen ’07, along with Alec Lindsey, Garrick Willhite, Bill Gunter, Josh Vadnais and Nicole Meyer, have officially launched their website of American football logos redesigned as European-style football crests.

Autonoetic, by Dawson Walker

A lengthy article on blog the Comics Journal featured 15+ MCAD students/alumni comic artists—and it sounds like we may have a few stars on the rise.

Rolemodels Game

Light Grey Art Lab team members Lindsay Nohl ’03, Chris Hajny ’04, Francesca Buchko ’08, and Jenny Bookler ’11 have published a new card game in coordination with the exhibition they have curated, named Rolemodels: The Battle for Vyk' Tornaahl.

Aaron Van Dyke Book Launch

This Thursday, faculty member Aaron Van Dyke is launching four volumes: Introduction (+ Nothing), Philosophy, History, and Writing. Each book contains 'writings' woven together from various sources, often at odds with each other. The books will be available for purchase in a handmade, fan-bound version, made possible through a residency at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and as commercially printed paperbacks.

Paige Dansinger

On November 15, Paige Dansinger ’93 will be celebrating the opening of a new art gallery in the downtown Minneapolis skyway. New oil paintings, painted ceramic plates, and digital art will be on view for visitors to enjoy.

Good Weather Gallery Curator Haynes Riley

Visiting faculty member Haynes Riley's alternative gallery space, Good Weather, has been making a splash in the news as of late. The North Little Rock, Arkansas, contemporary art gallery, of which Haynes is the director and curator, is located in Haynes's brother's single-car garage.

New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning

Karen Wirth has been invited to lead a seminar at the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) annual conference this week at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

MCAD President Jay Coogan

MCAD's president Jay Coogan was quoted yesterday in an article in the Wall Street Journal. The New York newspaper published a story about artist Do-Ho Suh, a long-time friend and past student of Coogan's.

Gary Moss

Painter Gary Moss ’68 is one of the latest artists to be featured on Twin Cities Public Television's weekly arts series Minnesota Original.