State Fair Commemorative Art 2012 Joe Heffron

Former MCAD student Joe Heffron has been chosen to create the Official 2012 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art. Heffron was selected as one of five finalists from nearly fifty submissions and was just named the official artist.

"Accumulation," the first MCAD MFA retrospective show and the first juried show to be hosted by MCAD's Whittier Graduate Gallery opened on January 20.

The show was organized by MCAD's MFA collective Compound and featured work from both current MFA students and alumnis of the program.

Guest juror John Rasmussen of the Midway Contemporary Art Center selected twenty multi-disciplinary artists that represent the unique curriculum of the MCAD MFA program.

Participants include:


Mike Kooiman (Post-Baccalaureate ’04) led the redesign of City Pages.

Danny Wagner recently participated in a painting exhibition called The Figure Now that focused on the contemporary interpretation of the human form. The exhibition opened on Friday, February 3 and ran through March 2 at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery. It was juried by Kent Williams.

Ulana Zahajkewycz

Ulana Zahajkewycz ’03 participated in two shows during the summer of 2011, including Utopia/Dystopia: The Shadow and the Light at Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and the juried show Phillustration 2011 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zahajkewycz's work Zephyr received a second-place award in the editorial category.

Jake Yuzna

Congratulations to Jake Yuzna ’05 for receiving a Creative Capital film grant. This year, 46 projects were selected from 3,247 submissions. For the 2012 grantees, Creative Capital will provide up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000.

Christopher Sullivan

Congratulations to Christopher Sullivan ’83 for receiving a Creative Capital film grant. This year, 46 projects were selected from 3,247 submissions. For the 2012 grantees, Creative Capital will provide up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000.

Cheryl Fischer

Ashland Creek Press is delighted to announce the publication of a mystery novel by Cheryl Fischer ’80. Fischer's captivating debut novel, Falling into Green (forthcoming in May), is the first in an eco-mystery series featuring psychologist Dr. Esmeralda Green. A pilot for a TV series, based on the characters in the book, is also currently being developed.

Emily Sheehan

Emily Sheehan has a show titled Drawing on Experience running from January 9 through January 31 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.

Mike Sgier Comic

Mike Sgier ’08 had a comic featured in the Philadelphia City Paper's annual comics issue (December 1, 2011). The comic was also chosen as "Best-in-Show" by guest editor Art Baxter.

Amy Sands was a Juror at the 2011 Metris Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis.

Sands will also be a part of a collaborative installation titled Recall at the Pratt Institute in New York.

Nicholas Reti 2012

Encounter the whimsical spirit of winter through this energetic exhibition of oil paintings by Nicholas Reti ’01. Caught in Crested Butte, a Colorado snow-globe, Reti illuminates the fascinating forms created by snow on familiar objects and local landscapes.

Quodlibetica's latest constellation, the Icy Issue, has launched!

This time contributors include One Room Schoolhouse, Salon Saloon's very own Andy Sturdevant, art historian Marsha Olson, critic Mason Riddle, and the usual suspects—Thomas O. Haakenson, Lightsey Darst and Christina Schmid.

What to expect:

Rebholz Illustration

Bill Rebholz's illustration was published in the Isthmus, which is Madison, Wisconsin's version of City Pages.

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Chris Rand Metalsmithing

Metalwork by Chris Rand ’00 was selected to appear in a new book from Schiffer Publishing titled Ironwork Today 3: Inside and Out. The book showcases the work of over seventy artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Rand's work is featured on four of the book's 256 pages. Rand creates custom designed metalwork for architects, residents, and churches upon commission.

liz Plahn's Work

Liz Plahn ’09 was recently promoted to senior designer at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) after working as a junior designer since 2009.

Christy Oates "Crane Chair"

Christy Oates ’06 has three pieces in a group show at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC in July. Oates's work will join that of 39 other artists in an exhibition entitled 40 Under 40.

The Original RoboCop

MCAD alum Nick Schenk, who wrote Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, is now working on a rewrite for the RoboCop film with Jose Padilha.

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The Electric Information Age Book

The Electric Information Age Book by Adam Michaels and Jeffrey Schnapp is the third installment in the Inventory Books series.

Raina Belleau, Dignity in Dexterity

The work of Marc Manke ’11 and Raina Belleau ’11 was included in the exhibition Art on the Plains XI at the Plains Art Museum. The show was juried by Hesse McGraw, curator for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NB, and assistant director of Max Protech Gallery in NYC.

Dr. Anna Tahinci

Dr. Anna Tahinci delivered the French paper "Athènes-Paris et les élèves grecs de Bourdelle" ("Athens-Paris and Bourdelle's Greek students") at the Paris-Athens Double Journey 1919-1939 international conference at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, on January 20. The papers of the conference will be published in a special volume in 2013.

Representations of German Identity in Visual Culture

The publishing house of Peter Lang Oxford is proud to announce that in 2012 it will begin publishing the book series Studies in German Visual Culture, co-edited by Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson, MCAD Chair and Professor of Liberal Arts, and Dr. Deborah Ascher Barnstone, of Washington State University.

Robert Hoffman ’80, animation director of MotiveStudios, recently received the following awards:

Andy DuCett

Andy DuCett was accepted into the Viewing Program at the Drawing Center in New York City. DuCett was also commissioned to do a drawing for the Walker Art Center, for use in their First Free Saturday program. Finally, DuCett's work was published in a book on contemporary collage by Laurence King Publishing.

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