Thomas O. Haakenson, PhD

Faculty member Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson was awarded a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2012 Fulbright German Studies Seminar, which took place in Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium, from June 12-23, 2012.

Jayne Mansfield's Car

Lauren Zuckerman ’82 was the editor of Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car, a 1960s era drama about two families from different countries whose cultures clash. Zuckerman attended the film's premiere at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival this past February.

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A continuing argument with gravity by Stephen Klassen

Work by Stephen Klassen '09, MFA, was exhibited in Meditation on Trees. The exhibition was held at the Foster Gallery of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire in February and March of 2012.

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Kevin Russell '08 has been promoted to Senior Editor at Splice, an entertainment design firm in Minneapolis.

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Photo by Patrick Kelley

Patrick Kelley '06 was awarded the grand prize in the 2012 National Geographic Montana photography contest. He was also featured in a group show at the Two Tigers Gallery titled The View From Earth.

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Kayla Plosz

Kayla Plosz '12 held an exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center in February/March 2012. The show was Plosz's first solo exhibition. This is the tenth year that SooVAC has hosted an exhibition of selected works from the MCAD MFA Program.

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Here in the Strata

Bethany Kalk '05 exhibited in group exhibition Here in the Strata at the Rowan County Art Center in Morehead, Kentucky. A collaborative project by Kalk, Caleb Coppock, and Daphne Eck, the show is an art-based interpretation of Rowan County, Kentucky using elements from the physical landscape.

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"Keys" by Ned Hurley

Ned Hurley ’11 created the short film Keys, which was featured in the 2012 Sonoma International Film Festival in California.

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MFA ’08 graduate Gregory Euclide's installation "held within what hung open and made to lie without escape" has been featured on

Euclide created several dioramas, constructed from found trash he accrued in the park, in order to sculpt a world depicting what he sees as "the same kind of fake control over nature that allows us to be comfortable with the destruction of it."

Comic Books and the Cold War

An article by faculty member Diana Green entitled "Horror Camp: Homoerotic Subtext in EC Comics" was published in Comic Books and the Cold War, 1946-1962.

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MCAD student work

Defining beauty and creativity are forever debatable. But there’s little disagreement that adding art to cityscapes and supporting local artists is a good thing.

David Freedman painting

David Friedman, MFA '67, held his Color as a Second Language exhibition at Gallery on the Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii in February and March 2012. Friedman’s luminous canvases capture the brilliance and vitality of Hawaii’s extraordinary beauty. He also co-founded Electric Gallery, a virtual gallery on Hawaii community television.
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Beth Shapiro-Prusky '81 graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 where she earned both a post-baccalaureate and an MFA. She has been working for the PAFA Museum since 2010 in Museum Education as an outreach teaching artist.

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Work by Mary Longshore

Mary Longshore '11 has completed multiple freelance projects, including illustrations for Habitat for Humanity.

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Tara Carone '11 was hired as a full time position at Hanover Accessories in Minneapolis. Carone will be doing pattern and product design for tween girl accessories and pet accessories.

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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.