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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Five student finalists of twenty-four participants were chosen to be displayed at Room & Board’s Edina showroom. Product entries were designed to be environmentally friendly storage solutions for accessories. After a public vote, Room & Board's design experts consulted the vote result in their choice of the overall winner.


"Clutch" by Steve Listwon


Faculty member Dr. Murphy Pizza convened a section on Religion in America at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion: Society of Biblical Literature Conference 2012. The conference was held at the Luther Seminary in Saint Paul from March 29 to 30.

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"Heavy," Jospeh Rizzo

Joseph Rizzo '03 was commissioned and featured in the March 2012 issue of Twin Cities METRO Magazine. His illustration "Heavy" was TC Metro's March commission.

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Students of the Professional Practice for Illustrators Spring 2012 class collaborated with City Pages Art Director Mike Kooiman on a cover project assignment. Students were pitched actual cover articles, and their designed covers are now live on the City Pages website.One student, Alyssa Liles, was asked to create a City Pages cover illustration about the Vikings stadium debate.

Kristen Lowe '88 recently received a Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant to fund her documentary "Painting the Place Between." The documentary features four contemporary painters who work from a subject we all have in common, the land. In Fall 2012, Lowe and the four artists will discuss the making of the documentary and present in-progress footage at MCAD.


Illustrator Cindy Lindgren '82 was contacted by the St. Croix Cholocate Company to produce limited edition handmade chocolates featuring her ginkgo leaf illustrations. The chocolates come in a keepsake box also decorated by Lindgren.

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Media Arts Adjunct Faculty Matt Ehling (founder of Public Record Media) has been named this year’s recipient of the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. Ehling is being honored for two decades of engaging Minnesotans in the civic process.

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Spencer Ruskin '10 designed interactive animations for the Health Partners website. Check them out below.

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As part of Walker Art Center's "Discourse and Discord: A Public Symposium," Media Arts Professor Piotr Szyhalski gave a presentation on Class in Residence (CIR) this past April. CIR is a special topics class where MCAD students engage with all aspects of the Walker Art Center throughout the semester.

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Luke Ellison MFA '12 has been awarded a fellowship at Kunstverein WorkART Program in Neuenhaus, Germany. He will be living in Germany and working for the program for two months this summer.

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Twelve members of the MCAD community (nine alumni, one student, two faculty) have been recognized with Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Click below for award details.

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Rob Nelson '01 (Film), founder of MER Bags in Brooklyn, New York, designs and stitches unique messenger bags. The mission of MER is to make bags that are simply designed but highly functional. Nelson and MER were featured on The Birdweel in March.

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Amit Tishler MFA '12 won an Award of Excellence in the Student Film category at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival for her film "Haxx."

Adjunct Faculty Jennifer Danos and Assistant Professor Natasha Pestich held a show at the Seerveld Gallery at Trinity College in Palos Heights, Illinois this past March. The show was titled "Save us all from a Hope Tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms."

Illustrations by Teagan White '09 were featured in the October 2011 issue of Wired Magazine. White has also been commissioned to create two more illustrations for an upcoming issue of Wired.

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