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.

Patrick Redmond '72, owner of Patrick Redmond Design, was included in the "People" section of the New York based national publication GD USA (Graphic Design: USA), "the news magazine for creative professionals."

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Aaron Draplin '00 spoke at the HOW Design Conference in Boston this past June. HOW is the largest gathering of designers, freelancers, creative team managers, and other creative professionals in the country.

Cindy Gilbert (Program Coordinator, Sustainable Design) attended the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance’s (NCIIA) recent Sustainable Vision: Design Revolution Workshop in California. She was an invited panel moderator for the "Teaching for Impact" session that focused on "Design for the Other 90%."

Jeremy Faludi recently launched a web-based tool for measuring urban nature entitled Street Nature Score. It is both a standalone website and a widget that can be inserted within web pages. The goal of Street Nature Score is to help people value nature in cities, as nature makes cities both more sustainable and more livable.

Joshua Foss (Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Design Online) recently attended an Art of Hosting Workshop in Sweden. These professional development workshops are designed to develop skills for facilitating and hosting large groups. Workshop participants learned how to tap into their collective intelligence of the group, and how to draw from their diverse viewpoints.

Illustrations by Carrie Hartman (Adjunct Faculty, Design) recently appeared in a number of publications, including American Baby Magazine, The Star Tribune, Inside Counsel, Seattle Monthly, Northwestern University, and "Gordy and the Magic Diet" (a children's book that is to be released later in 2012).

Shen Wei '03 released his first monograph "Chinese Sentiment," which is now included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

"Chinese Sentiment" was exhibited and well-received in New York, Boston, and Hong Kong at epSITE Gallery Shanghai, Monika Olko Gallery, and Daniel Cooney Fine Art New York in 2012.

Jack F.X. Pavlik MFA '12 has been accepted to the Skowhegan Residency Program, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists in New York, for Summer 2012.

Nikki Will (Advertising '07) and her startup in San Francisco recently launched Pocket, a website to save things online that you want to view later. Sign up for Pocket below.

Aimee Hagerty Johnson '10 designed the record cover for a limited-edition reissue of The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" single. The 7" debuts in a pop-up exhibition on Chance Street in London April 18-22.