Dion Zuess

Dion Zuess was an invited speaker at the 2011 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Conference. This experience led her to be featured on Graphic Design USA’s blog.

Additional Information:

Arlene Birt

Arlene Birt was an invited speaker at the 2011 International Institute for Information Design’s GreenID Conference held in Vienna. 

Additional Information:

Jeremy Faludi

Jeremy Faludi was the invited keynote speaker at Baldwin-Wallace College’s 2011 Sustainability Symposium in Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional Information:


Amy Sands’s solo exhibition ran from October 10 through November 11 at Buena Vista University Gallery in Storm Lake, IA. Sands gave a public lecture on November 11 at BVU. Four of Sands’s pieces from the exhibit were purchased by BVU for their permanent collection.

Additional Information:


Michael Kareken has a solo show at Washington and Lee University in Virginia through December 10. Twenty-five of his paintings and drawings are on view, including several very large canvases. Kareken traveled to Washington and Lee University in November to give a lecture and put on student workshops.

Adjunct faculty Pam Valfer has been participating in group shows recently all over the world. In November, she was part of a two person show at Chambers Hotel's Burnet Art Gallery; she recently participated in a second two person show (with Allen Brewer) at Occupy Space gallery in Limerick, Ireland; and she is exhibiting at Cube Gallery in Manchester, England, this month. 

Kyle Staver

Kyle Staver ’76 memorialized her older brother with her work “Biker Triptych,” which was on view as a part of Kyle Staver: A Survey of Paintings and Prints at the Pennsylvania College of Art. The exhibition was open from November 18 through January 20.

Additional Information:

Rich Barlow - "A Crow's Nest"

Rich Barlow's solo exhibition A Crow’s Nest will be on view in October. The show is opening in the wake of the good news that Barlow has been awarded the Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship for the coming year.

Abbi Allan at Gallery 801

Adjunct faculty Abbi Allan's work is featured in a show at Gallery 801 through January. 

She is involved in the organization of Books for Africa, a collaborative exhibit between the Science Museum of Minnesota and MCAD, which opened December 10.

Jody Williams

Jody Williams traveled to Ireland this summer to attend the annual meeting of the Miniature Book Society, thanks in part to a Faculty Development Grant. Williams exhibited her work at the conference book fair and connected with other book artists from Europe who were also exhibiting.

Jennifer Danos is certainly keeping busy this winter:

She recently opened an installation at the Temple Gallery at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Wil Alexander's Goblin Secrets Internships with Student Illustrators

Adjunct faculty Will Alexander participated in a collaborative internship between his first novel, Goblin Secrets, and several student illustrators. 

Additional information:

Diana Green

Diana Green recently submitted four entries for the forthcoming Graphic Novel Encyclopedia by ABC-CLIO Press. Green also submitted four entries for the book Icons of American Comics.


Adjunct faculty member Dr. Jen Caruso’s exhibition review of Semblances, on view as part of the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Project was published in the December issue of Quodlibetica: Constellation 17.

Additional Information:

Chapbooks, broadsides, and visual projects by students in Lightsey Darst’s fall semester 2011 courses Introduction to Poetry and Creative Writing were exhibited in the MCAD Library’s long case. Works include poems in jars, fictional diaries, poems from karaoke subtitles, photo albums, and mix-and-match-strips—they are sure to delight!

Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson

Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson was an invited participant in the Modern Language Association’s Language Consultancy Workshop on January 5, 2012, as a part of the Modern Language Association Convention in Seattle, Washington.

Kindra Murphy, Annie Yiling Wang - "MCAD Creates: 125 Stories"

Kindra Murphy and Annie Yiling Wang’s book MCAD Creates: 125 Stories was chosen as an honorable mention winner in the graphics category of the I.D. Annual Design Review

Additional Information:

The students of Tom Garret’s Editorial Illustration class worked with art director Stephanie Glaros of Utne Reader in a critique of the class’s work and in a Q&A session about the role of an art director, professional practices, and building a career in design and illustration. 

Greg Beckel - "From Here to There: Alec Sloth's America" Catalog

Greg Beckel worked on several exhibition catalogs produced by the Walker Art Center, including From Here to There: Alec Sloth’s America, Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers, and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes

Zak Sally - "Sammy the Mouse: Volume 1"

Adjunct faculty Zak Sally just released Sammy the Mouse: Volume 1, from La Mano books. The 104 page collection of the first 3 issues of Zak Sally's Sammy the Mouse comic was printed by Sally on his own offset press.

Additional Information:

Jim Keefe

Visiting artist Jim Keefe was featured on MPR News's blog in a spotlight on MCAD. Keefe’s work on the Flash Gordon newspaper strip is part of a traveling exhibition, titled One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages. The exhibition is curated by Stay Tooned publisher John Read.

Additional Information:

Tyler Stephanich

Tyler Stefanich ’09 has been awarded a two month residency at Blast Theory. Blast Theory provides studio spaces for artists, scientists, and theorists with the goal of creating an interdisciplinary community of international significance. The residency program is initiated and run by artists. It aims to provide a space for residents to research and develop new work in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Additional Information:

Madeline Queripel

Madeline Queripel ’10 was recently featured on, the largest internet repository for comic strips—including all of the comics and editorial cartoons from Universal, United Media, Creators, TMS, and Washington Post Writers Group.

Anton Pearson

Anton Pearson’s work was featured on Grain Edit, a website focused on classic design work from the 1950s–1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.

Additional Information:

MCAD Logorama MN Pivot 2012

Graphic design students and MCAD AIGA student chapter leaders Amy Grace and Brian Mueller, as well as faculty advisor Jan Jancourt, hosted the MN PIVOT event at MCAD on January 19 at the student center. The guest speaker is internationally renowned MCAD alum Charles S. Anderson.