Thirteen MCAD alumni were featured in this year's Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the largest film event in the Upper Midwest. Awards went to Mong Vang '07 for "Journey to the Fallen Skies" (Best Minnesota Made Feature) and Maria Juranic ‘05 (Special Jury Award for Emerging Talent in the Music Video Category). This is the second year in a row that MCAD filmmakers have won Best Minnesota Narrative Feature. The Minnesota Made section was programmed by MCAD Professor and Director of Graduate Program Tom DeBiaso.

This year's ARTCRANK MSP, a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork by local artists, included the design and illustration work of MCAD alumni, including Lindsey Aho ’04, Ian Davies ’96, Geoffrey Schley ’01, and Anne Ulku ’07.

David Goldes (Professor, Media Arts) and Jonathan Bruce Williams '08 participated in Northern Spark on June 9, 2012. In line with the festival's theme, their installation (THE Northern Spark, an iconic electrical spark generator) aimed to reassert electricity’s essential mystery and to exteriorize and celebrate its properties.

Julia Vickerman '06 curated "MUCHOS KSTEW: An Artistic Tribute to Kristen Stewart" at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles this past April.

Aimée Pijpers '11 was the artist in residence at MPLS.TV for the month of April. Read her interview and view her works below.

Kate Casanova '08 was commissioned and featured in the April 2012 issue of Twin Cities METRO Magazine. Her sculpture "Of Breath" was TC METRO's April commission.

Katelyn Farstad '10 held a solo show at the Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City this past April entitled "Rats Make Love."

Adam Michaels '00 and the other founders of the esteemed graphic design studio Project Projects was profiled by Gestalten TV. See the full video below.

Gloria Eslinger '93 installed a stained glass mosaic entitled "Sunrise/Sunset" at the Jim Dan Hill Library on the UW Superior Campus. The forty foot mural, now a part of the permanent collection, was created to actively engage the natural movements of nature and seasons.

A piece by Chadwick Rantanen ’03 was included in the 2012 Midway Contemporary Art Auction. The event featured only fifteen items, with a bidding range from $5,000 to $30,000.


Kristen Lowe '88 was a contributing writer covering contemporary art for Tonka Times magazine in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The March article featured a behind-the- scenes look at the preliminary work before an exhibition of work by painter Ellen Richman and ceramist Maren Kloppman at Circa Gallery in downtown Minneapolis. 

The 2012 "Made at MCAD" exhibition was featured in the Southwest Journal. Several students were mentioned in the article, including Llewellyn Mejia, Dakota Hoska, Josh Olsen, Colin Marx, Heather Williams, Maggie Muldowney, Ian Nystrom, Taisha Bosher, Daniel Disselkoen, and Rachel Knoll. The journal has a circulation of 36,000.

Lyndsey Lesh '08 illustrated the cover and inside artwork for The Rattling Wall, a Los Angeles–based literary journal specializing in short fiction, travel essays, and poetry. Lesh's work has also appeared in Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Pacsun's AStory 03, and CMYK Magazine.

Numerous illustrations by Tom Garrett (Professor, Design) appear in the June 2012 issue of CBS Watch! Magazine. Garrett illustrated Gary Sinise of "CSI NY," the cast of "How I Met your Mother," and the cast of "2 Broke Girls." The article and illustrations are currently online.

Tom DeBiaso (Professor/Director of Graduate Program) premiered his film “Strange Arithmetic” this past April at the Larissa Goldston Gallery in New York, NY. The film, co-produced with David Rathman, ran continuously in an exhibition of Rathman's paintings.

For Mpls.St. Paul magazine's 40th Anniversary, Julie Sirek '10 created a dress from hundreds of pages of the magazine. Her dress was modeled on the cover of the May issue, and she was featured in a video on the Mpls/St. Paul website. View the video below.

Chungli Huang, MFA '12, was featured on the art blog Paper Darts. Huang explores gender, sexuality, and Taiwanese politics through paint.

Blogger The Jealous Curator featured Samantha French ’05 on her "Girl Crush Art Workshop" series. The Jealous Curator held a workshop at French's New York City studio, and posted French's work on her popular blog (for the third time).

Joline Zepcevski (Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts) was featured in an article on the Huffington Post. Quotes from Zepcevski's interview for a small tech blog (Innovation News Daily) were picked up by the Post and included in the arcticle "'Hunger Games' Exposes Myth of Technological Progress."

Michael Cohen-Elyanow (Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts) attended the world premiere production of his new play "The Children" at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California. The play ran form May 12 to June 10, 2012.

"Pioneer Way," a short story by John Teschner (Adjunct Professor, Liberal Arts) was published in the spring 2012 issue of the Connecticut Review.

The city of Luverne, Minnesota has set up a series of arts-related events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Minnesota author Frederick Manfred (father-in-law of Associate Professor Thomas Pope). Throughout 2012, Luverne will honor literature and the visual arts. Programs are designed for adults, children, and teens. Many artists, speakers, and old friends of Manfred are scheduled to speak or present their work.

Dr. Philip Larson (Professor, Liberal Arts) displayed his sabbatical painting "Mycenaeans Versus Minoans" in March 2012 in the MCAD Concourse Gallery. Larson used as inspiration for the work the rock, cobblestones, and rubble that he and his wife, Miriam, encountered on a June 2008 scholarly art-and-archaeology tour of Greece, the Islands, and western Turkey.

Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson (Liberal Arts Chair) was invited to speak at the Weisman Art Museum for WAM Chatter in March 2012, offered in conjunction with the exhibition, "Käthe Kollwitz: Making Human."

Heidi Hogden '08's MFA thesis exhibition "42.88°N, -88.01°W" was shown at Tufts University Art Gallery this past April. The show consisted of a series of graphite drawings on paper that investigate the area around her home in Franklin, Wisconsin. Through the process of drawing, Hogden revisits the landscape of her childhood as it was, as it is and as she imagines it to be.

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