MCAD News


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.

Vadim Gershman MFA '12 will be a Guest Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for Fall Semester 2012.

Brian Wiley MFA '12 has accepted a position as Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He will be teaching Typography for Non-Designers and Imagemaking the first semester, and has also been awarded a research grant to continue investigating methods of community-based, participatory design. Wiley's contract is for one year, with the possibility of a permanent, tenure-track position afterwards.

A painting by Samantha French '05 was featured on the current issue of Professional Artist Magazine (July/August 2012, Volume 26). View the work and download a copy of the issue below.

The 2011 MCAD commencement invitations, designed by Annie Yiling Wang '11 and Emily Reile '11, have been included in the 2012 HOW Magazine Promotion Awards.

In 2010, John Howard Sanden ’56, a native of Texas, was selected to paint the official portrait of President G.W. Bush and Laura Bush. In a ceremony at the White House the completed portraits were revealed with three presidents present.

Lost Summer—Vision the Kid

A video by Colin Kopp ’06 directed a music video for Minneapolis-based musician Vision the Kid's "Lost Summer." The video is now playing on MTV, view below.

Additional Information

Ginny Maki MFA '10 has a piece in the current issue of Cabinet Magazine (Issue 45, Spring 2012), entitled "Let the chips fall where they say."

"Marvin Seth & Stanley," a feature film by alumni Stephen Gurewitz '06 and Britni West '08, was reviewed by Richard Brody, the movies editor for "Goings On About Town" in The New Yorker. This very accomplished film premiered at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival last month and is now getting national attention. See a clip from the film and read the review below. 

Janet Lofquist '76 recently installed her sculpture "Phenomena" at the Hennepin County Library in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Lofquist has been active in the area of public art, with work commissioned both regionally and nationally. She is currently working on the integration of public art for three of the Central Corridor Light Rail stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as a major commission for the State of Connecticut.

Aaron Hauck '05 was featured on site95, an alternative non-profit organization established to present exhibitions in temporary urban locations. The body of work featured portrays Hauck's take on the cityscapes of New York City.

Julie Jilek '05 began a major project last year, her Wisconsin State Park Plein Air Painting Project, in which she travels to all of Wisconsin's state parks to document their landscapes through plein air painting. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter, and she intends to complete the journey by this Fall. Jilek also held a show related to the project, "In the Open Air," at the Wild Apple Gallery in Menasha, Wisconsin this summer.

Anthony Pugh '02 created two images for Village Voice this past April; one for an article entitled "Questlove's Quest" and one for "The Comics Issue." Pugh also recently completed a self-published comic book called "Midknight Marauder." View these items and more of his portfolio below. 

An animated produciton by Amit Tishler MFA '12, "Necrofusion," was selected for screening in the esteemed Manhattan Film Festival this summer.

Monica Little (MCAD alum and board vice-chair) was profiled in Star Tribune's "Movers & Shakers" business feature. The article discusses her business, Little & Co., and her beliefs on the impact of design. Read below.