MCAD News


A project by students from Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl's "Art in the Community" class was featured in the Downtown Journal this past May. Entitled "Organizations Partner for New Anti-Bullying Mural," the article discussed the MCAD students' collaboration with Youth Art + Media Works and Emerson Spanish Immersion School to create an anti-bullying mural on Nicollet Avenue. Read the full article and view the mural below.

Work by Jan Elftmann ’84 was featured in the exhibit The Art of Recycling at the Gordon Parks Gallery at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

Two MFA Graphic Design students won awards at AIGA Minnesota's Competition this past May. Sherri Days '12 won for her images "Genetic Modification" and "Ingredients." Vadim Gershman '12 won for his project "Alternative Cloud Research." View all of the projects below.

Jack Pavlik has been awarded a 2012 Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship. With applicants from all of the best MFA programs in the country, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship is extremely competitive. Pavlik is MCAD's second fellow in three years, along with Terrence Campagna MFA '09.

Gregory Ganeles '10 received the 3rd place ranking in Juxtapoz Magazine's "Saber's Pick Art Contest." His paintings were also featured on the Saber blog.

Teresa Audet '11 was interviewed for an article on the Woodworker's Journal eZine. The article, entitled "Teresa Audet: From Woodworking Student to Lifelong Learner" discusses her works and student life at MCAD. Read below.

MFA Graphic Design student Li Zeng '12 has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Mississippi University for Women.

Two books by Chad Rutter '06 have recently been accepted for distribution by Printed Matter. Also, they can be found at a new artist bookstore in Melbourne, Australia called Perimeter Books.

One of the books was featured on the London photobook blog "Self Publish, Be Happy" (below).

Adjunct Faculty Emily Hoisington's collaborative project "The Work of Growing Food," made with origami designer Jane Rosemarin, was on display as part of "Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts" at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The pieces consisted of vegetables folded by Rosemarin from Hoisington's woodblock prints of garden tools.

Frenchy Lunning has been busy in the music video production field. She has recently been the producer on five different rock music videos. See below for a full list and links to the completed videos.

A performance piece by Professor Piotr Szyhalski from last year's Northern Spark festival, entitled "Empty Words: So That We Can Do Our Living," was featured in Quodlibetica in an article by Adjunct Faculty Diane Mullin. Mullin's essay, entitled "Emptying Words: Demilitarizing, Denoting, and Delight," provides a thoughtful critical context for a work that is deeply rooted in MCAD.

Ryan Hageman '11 was recently hired as Graphic Designer for the Art Institute of Chicago. Check out his work for AIC and other work below.

Adjunct Fine Arts Faculty Emily Hoisington was featured in a group sho at Altered Esthetics this past may. Her pieces "Tending to Decomposition" (handmade paper sculptures) and her "Glimpses Underground" book were on display as part of Altered Esthetics' "Formed By Nature" show.

An animated short by Greg Bro '02 entitled “Stuper Powers: Rise of the Chipmunk King" earned top honors in the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival this past April. Bro accepted the award for Best Animated Comedy at the four day festival.

In honor of the cruel and foolish month of April, Quodlibetica undergoes autocorrect to emerge as Wildly Erica, an issue dedicated to word play in all forms: cinepoetry and flarf, nano-memoirs and signs of the future, the cacophonous/mellifluous world of sound poetry, nonsense that makes sense, and general frolic on the ragged margin of understanding.

Heidi Hogden '08 has been included in the article "6 Art School Grads to Watch" in the Boston Globe, along with a gallery review in The Tufts Daily. Read both articles below.

Andy DuCett, Fine Arts Adjunct Faculty, has been posting regularly on the Walker Art Center blog for a new segment called "Making It," which gives behind-the-scenes insight into artist practices and the process of making and showing work. The postings are related to DuCett's upcoming September show at The Soap Factory, entitled "Why We Do This."
 

Liberal Arts Professor Dr. Frenchy Lunning was the Production Designer on the Foo Fighters' new music video, "Back and Forth." See below to view the video.

Liberal Arts Chair and Professor Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson has been invited by Dr. Sabine Engel, Director of the Center for German & European Studies (CGES), at the University of Minnesota to become a CGES affiliated faculty member. Benefits include invitations to monthly faculty meetings and countless connections to others working on Germany and Europe.

Amalia Nicholson '11 created a music video for Villa Rosa's "Liberation Karma," The video was recently featured on NME. View the video below:

Alexander Kanwischer '11 has begun a new project entitled "Water State," which focuses on a series of landscape photographs that are interrupted by man-made landscaping. View the blog below:

Amanda Lovelee MFA '10 was featured on Minnesota Original, a weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community. View the episode below:

Heidi Hogden '08 was featured in an artist talk at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston this past May. The exhibition, entitled "Topographies of Space: Between Somewhere and Nowhere" will be up in the MFA Courtyard Gallery until August 26, 2012.

Andy DuCett, Fine Arts Adjunct Faculty, was asked to be on a four person panel for "The Critic's Show" at the Hopkins Center for the Arts this past spring. DuCett was asked to select three artists deserving of greater attention; two of his selected artists were MCAD instructors Allen Brewer and Pam Valfer.
 

A short film co-directed by Vadim Gershman MFA '12, "Sugar" (also posted here), has been nominated to win the Best Experimental Film at the 2012 Vimeo Awards in New York City. After a great deal of online attention, the video was posted for voting on Vimeo.

The winners of the competition will win a $5000 grant, and will be entered to win the grand prize of an additional $25,000 grant to make another film.