Mary Nelson '11 is an in-house designer at Hillcrest Media Group where she designs book covers and formats the interior of books. She also provides freelance illustration work in-house for various companies.

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Jake Szymanski '10 of the BSc program is now a brand planner at space150. He is well-regarded as their "resident futurist." space150 posted his Slideshare presentation Trending the Future - Gaming Beyond Reality. It has now accrued over 47,000 views.

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Steeped in Urban Futures

In December 2010, Kevin Byrne presented and posted STEEPed In Urban Futures, which featured work by MCAD students in the BSc Futures course. The article has accrued nearly a thousand hits.

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Society of Illustrators

MCAD was well-represented in the prestigious Society of Illustrators New York competition. The following students were awarded in New York City with an exhibition, and were published in the Society's annual awards book.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Dustin Davis
  • Bill Rebholz
  • Danielle Keller
  • Olivia Sweet
  • Llew Mejia
  • Dylan Davis
  • Deborah Garcia
  • Ian Miller
  • Teagan White
Location Books

Stevie Rexroth and Aaron Anderson were published in Location Books Volume Five and Six. An opening reception for the publishing took place at Midway Contemporary Art in February 2012.

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Cardboard Snowmen

During this year's balmy, snowless winter, professor Andy DuCett guided families in the creation of various cardboard constructions at the winter version of Walker Open Field.

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Bernard Canniffe

"The Future of Art and Design Education": Bernard Canniffe, Professor and Chair of Design Department, was the keynote speaker at a design conference held at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in March 2012. Canniffe also led a workshop with business leaders about innovation strategies.

"Design Needs to Grow Up and Design Education Must Change": Canniffe also spoke about PIECE Studio and Community Engagement at the Design Ethos Conference in April 2012.

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China Poster Biennial

Bernard Canniffe, Professor and Chair of Design Department, exhibited work at the China Poster Biennial 2011. Three of his posters were selected for the exhibition, and will be published in a soon to be released book.


MCAD faculty Natasha Pestich and Jennifer Danos, along with McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship recipient Marcus Young, were exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts through the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program in October 2011. Semblances investigated the concept of semblance (guise) in the context of the museum, using multiple approaches to play with and disrupt the museum site.

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Paula McCartney’s On Thin Ice, In A Blizzard.

MCAD faculty, alumni, and current students were hard to miss in Quodlibetica's winter constellation, The Icy Issue, which takes a far-ranging look at the Twin Cities' best winter art offerings.

Patrick Kelley

Patrick Kelley '06 was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 2012 National Geographic Montana Photography contest.

Kelley is also being featured in group show The View from Earth at the Two Tigers Gallery in Northeast. 

International President's Forum

Karen Wirth represented MCAD at an international President’s Forum in Beijing, China at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in November. MCAD was one of only 4 U.S. schools invited to participate. Other participants included colleges from Singapore, Glasgow, New South Wales Australia, Tokyo and Qatar. The forum was initiated by Science Applications International Corporation chancellor Tony Jones and CAFA president Pan Gongkai. MCAD drawing work was also represented in an exhibition at the CAFA Museum.

Karen Wirth - Intersections

The MCAD Gallery exhibition Intersections: Women, Leadership and the Power of Collaboration opened on January 20, 2012, and continued through February 26. The show brings together current or recent women studio department chairs, and their student or alum collaborators.  Eleven different Twin Cities colleges or universities are represented in the show. MCAD participants include faculty members Karen Wirth Stevie Rexroth and Katherine Turczan, alumni Isa Gagarin ’08 and Catrin Magnusson ’09, MFA, and student Gracemarie Keaton-Stasi.

Garden Center Food Shelves

Krista Leraas had a successful Kickstarter campaign to create student-run Garden Center Food Shelves which will raise money for need-based groups.

Dan Hasley

Dan Hasley participated in his fifth Homestead Design Series Workshop at MCAD.

Dan Hasley and Krista Leraas are assisting the Permaculture Research Institute: Cold Climate in launching a new Urban Farming Certificate Program. 

Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara presented a talk on biomimicry for the 'Beaker and Brush Discussions' for the Science Museum of Minnesota.

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Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara participated in a webinar about the system approaches to biomimicry for the Biomimicry Institute.

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Still Pacific Mine for the Time

Katie Maren ’06 directed, animated and edited the music video for Still Pacific's track "Mine for the Time" in collaboration with MCAD alumni Mike P. Nelson ’05, Doug Gander ’07, and Jennifer Garza ’11.

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Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara attended Rhode Island School of Design's annual Bucky Fuller conference. He discussed his online MCAD class about Buckminster Fuller, Geometry of Thinking.

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Dion Zuess

Dion Zuess was an invited speaker at California Polytechnic Institute thanks to a grant from Mohawk Paper. Zuess spoke about her online MCAD class, Citizen Design.

Collaborative Product Design Map

Jeremy Faludi published an article on Core77 global design blog about his online MCAD class, Collaborative Product Design.

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Britni West '08 received $20,000 for an as yet untitled feature-length narrative. This film tells the story of Etta, an overweight woman in her forties who has spent most of her life living with her friend and platonic partner Carol. The two spend their days on the outskirts of a small town feeding pigeons from the front stoop of their apartment building and enjoying life free from the cares of a 'typical' woman.

Karen Wilcox

Karen Wilcox '01 has been invited to exhibit two of her wall installations entitled "Muse" and "28 Prayers" in Art on the Plains XI, an exhibition running January 28-May 20 at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. There is also a gallery talk by Juror Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

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Dylan Davis

MCAD received thirteen awards from the 2012 Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles student competition! The work was selected from over 1,400 entries and the jury included Tim Ramos (Art Director, Disney Studios Home Entertainment) and Michael Humphries (Art Director, Background Artist, Disney Feature Animation & Instructor, Art Center College of Design).