Tara Costello

Salt Sugar Poison, a new exhibition by Tara Costello ’98, explores the malleability of perspective, subtle shifts in time merging to create geometric depictions of a singular point of place. Each painting functions as a map, a document of experience, of vast landscapes both familiar yet unrecognizable.

Wanda Gág

Wanda Gág ’17 is this week's feature on MNopedia, an online encyclopedia of Minnesota history written by experts—in this case, MCAD faculty member Phil Anderson—and produced by the Minnesota Historical Society.

"Oh Libra" by Stephanie Molstre-Kotz

Stephanie Molstre-Kotz ’01, MFA, was recently featured in the Star Tribune for having work on display at the Robert Trail Library in Rosemount. Her pastel drawings, paintings, and mixed media works, which are also currently on display at Anchor Fish and Chips, often depict dramatic, swirling skies.

"Sensor Device II" by Kurt Dyrhaug

A sculpture by Kurt Dyrhaug ’89 has been selected for the Second Annual Richard and Pam Salmon Sculpture Competition. This juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture is hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts. Juror Scott Hicks, Director of Shidoni Foundry and Galleries in Tesuque, New Mexico, selected twelve outdoor works for this exhibition. 

Ed Charbonneau's Midcentury Home

Faculty member Ed Charbonneau and his wife were featured in the Star Tribune for the major makeover they performed on their 1950s home. Enlisting the help of Charbonneau's uncle, local architect Daryl Hanson, their digs have been updated to include a more open floorplan, customized furniture, and a tiki-themed porch.

Left to right: Hend Al-Mansour, Lindsay Splichal, and Michael Gordon

Lindsay Splichal ’13 has received a 2013–2014 Jerome residency with Highpoint Center for Printmaking. She and two other residents will receive nine months of access to Highpoint's fully-equipped printshop, technical support, critiques, a stipend, and a group exhibition in May 2014.

"I Spill Smartwater on Your Smartphone" by Michael Gaughan

The highly technical yet playful watercolors of Michael Gaughan ’02—think beautiful still lifes covered in fruit flies—were recently commended by art blog Beautiful/Decay.

"I Imagined that the Day was Night and I Could See What Came Before Me," M. Loop

The Twin Cities Daily Planet attended and reviewed last weekend's opening of 2012/13 Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition. The piece is filled with notable quotes from jurors and artists.

no gods but forest gods by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Student Rosemary Valero-O’Connell's work was featured yesterday on Having caught the attention of regular writer Lauren Davis, the current student was praised for creating works with "a dash of Japanese cuteness and quotes that are inspirational without being sappy."

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Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off

Tom Garrett illustrated celebrity chefs Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri launching their new cooking show, Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off, for the September issue of Food Network Magazine.

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Large Tractor Wing by Kurt Dyrhaug

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art announced Friday that sculptors from Texas and North Carolina were winners of the Out of the Box: An Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibition.

Jonmarc Edwards Art

Jonmarc Edwards ’83 was picked up by Coagula Curatorial this past summer. Located in Chinatown, downtown LA, the gallery regularly showcases work from an impressive group of artists; Edwards will have a show there in 2014. His work will also be featured at PULSE Miami in December 2013.

Original Objects Panel by Jan Elftmann

In this series for Room & Board, Jan D. Elftmann ’84 uses found objects, sorted by color and recreated into works of assemblage. Each panel is unique so the objects inside will vary. 


Lullskull Ltd. co-writers/directors Nathan Anderson ’03 and Seth Anderson and producer Jason Hagen ’02 were recently interviewed in the October 2013 issue of the webzine Rogue Cinema.

French's Flavor Infuser Packaging [Video]

DeWayne Esson was the lead graphic designer on the Berry Plastics Corporation design team that developed French's Flavor Infuser packaging, which debuted recently.

In Place

MCAD alumni Lindsay Nohl ’03, Chris Hajny ’04, Francesca Buchko ’08, and Jenny Bookler ’11 recently curated, authored, and designed In Place: Wish You Were Here, a limited edition art book and exhibition that celebrates creativity, discovery, and wonder.

Head Heart Hand

Former MCAD student Patrick Redmond and Pamela Mead will together be presenting panelists, as mentor and protégé, respectively, on the topic of “Designers Mentoring Designers” at the 2013 AIGA “Head, Heart, Hand” National Conference in Minneapolis, October 10-12.

Annie Mok's Screentests

Annie Mok ’09 will debut her 32-page self-published, Risograph-printed comic book Screentests at the Locust Moon Comics Festival in Philadelphia this Saturday. Mok will also appear in the Vertigo comics anthology The Witching Hour with a short story created in collaboration with Emily Carroll and John Workman.

Walter White by Allen Brewer

Allen Brewer recently illustrated Breaking Bad's Walter White for Cox Communications Inc. Brewer was contracted to draw Walter's physical changes over the show's five seasons, which culminated in a Vine video the client then used to promote the season finale.


Faculty member Andy Ducett has been asked by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Liz Armstrong to create a piece for a current exhibition at the MIA.

Nancy Rice

Nancy Rice ’70 has been voted to receive the 2013 AAF Silver Medal Award. Established in 1959, the AAF Silver Medal Award Program recognizes men and women who have made outstanding contributions to advertising and who have been active in furthering the industry's standards, creative excellence, and responsibility in areas of social concern.

Jodi Reeb

Jodi Reeb ’95, Jim Dryden ’96, Betsy Ruth Byers ’08, MFA, and six other artists have each created abstract paintings for the exhibition 30 X 30, running through November 16 at the Kolman & Pryor Gallery.

Black Aperture

Faculty member Matt Rasmussen's book of poems Black Aperture has been longlisted for the National Book Award. Black Aperture is the author’s first book of poems and the winner of the 2012 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.


Tom Garrett illustrated the story of Hercules for Scholastic and the September issue of Storyworks, their classroom magazine.

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Made Here

"Our region hums with creative energy—even if it’s not always visible at street level. What might happen if we fill the vacant storefronts on Hennepin Avenue with installations that showcase our creative energy for all to see?"