Spencer Ruskin '10 designed interactive animations for the Health Partners website. Check them out below.

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As part of Walker Art Center's "Discourse and Discord: A Public Symposium," Media Arts Professor Piotr Szyhalski gave a presentation on Class in Residence (CIR) this past April. CIR is a special topics class where MCAD students engage with all aspects of the Walker Art Center throughout the semester.

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Luke Ellison MFA '12 has been awarded a fellowship at Kunstverein WorkART Program in Neuenhaus, Germany. He will be living in Germany and working for the program for two months this summer.

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Twelve members of the MCAD community (nine alumni, one student, two faculty) have been recognized with Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Click below for award details.

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Rob Nelson '01 (Film), founder of MER Bags in Brooklyn, New York, designs and stitches unique messenger bags. The mission of MER is to make bags that are simply designed but highly functional. Nelson and MER were featured on The Birdweel in March.

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Amit Tishler MFA '12 won an Award of Excellence in the Student Film category at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival for her film "Haxx."

Adjunct Faculty Jennifer Danos and Assistant Professor Natasha Pestich held a show at the Seerveld Gallery at Trinity College in Palos Heights, Illinois this past March. The show was titled "Save us all from a Hope Tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms."

Illustrations by Teagan White '09 were featured in the October 2011 issue of Wired Magazine. White has also been commissioned to create two more illustrations for an upcoming issue of Wired.

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Dr. Kris Belden-Adams (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) will be presenting the lecture "Seeing Without Being Seen: Why Susan Sontag Has Been Overlooked" with co-presenter Dr. Allison Moore and at the Southeastern College Arts Conference (November 9-12) in Savannah, Georgia.

Vadim Gershman MFA '12 and Ryan Powell released their video for the track "Sugar," by New York electronic music producer Phaseone in May 2012. Sugar tells a story of two ex lovers failing to reconnect via text message as one is moving away for good. 

Bethany Kalk Documentary in Papua New Guinea

Bethany Kalk MFA ’05 has traveled to Papua New Guinea for the summer to complete her documentary film and book Tumbuna: Traditional Arts & Crafts of the Sawiyano.

The documentary studies the Sawiyano who live the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea and how traditional objects are crafted and used from gathered supplies. By following the daily lives of families, it is an intimate view into the lives of a tribe in the midst of cultural change. Check out the project and donate below.

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Bob Dylan Illustration by Kate Worum

Recent graduate Kate Worum's illustration of the Minnesota Bard Bob Dylan was featured in the Twin Cities METRO March issue.

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Travis Cushion '88 celebrated his five-year anniversary as the art director at Three Wide Media in Independence, Iowa, for Dirt Modified and Dirt Late Model magazines. Cushion also launched his own firm, Two Buff Dudes Inc., which specializes in design, marketing, consulting, and PR in the motorsports industry.

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In March 2012, Melodee Strong '06 co-curated "Fade 2 Blaq," an exhibition showcasing sixteen local artists of color from all backgrounds. The show included MCAD alumni and students Jennifer Garza-Stork '95, Christopher Aaron-Deanes '96, Kelly Brown '05, Nadia Pereira '12, and AnaLaura Juarez.

During the event, participants collected money for the North Minneapolis Tornado Relief Fund and arts organizations affected by the disaster.

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art recently acquired four photographs by Shane McCallister '09 from his series "Charlie's World." These four photographs were featured in an exhibition titled "Lure of the Local: Collecting the Corridor, 2006-2011" at the museum.

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Since graduating, Seamus Patrick Burke '08 has completed two compilations based off his webcomic "Oh Goodie!" The first volume "Introduce Yourself" was released in spring 2011. The sequel "Working Man" was released in spring 2012, which premiered at the 3rd annual Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and at Anime Central two weeks later. "Working Man" in particular also features his sci-fi spoof "Trifectica" and his Halloween special "Eddie Van Helsing."

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) presented “'Quack, Quack!’: Photography as a Remote Radionics Healing Agent” at the Eighth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in January 2012. The presentation and conference were held at the University of California in Los Angeles, California.

Cindy Gilbert (Faculty and Program Coordinator of Sustainable Design Online) was an invited judge for the 2011 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge contest for The Biomimicry Institute. The student team winners were awarded a grand prize of $5,000.

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Continuing Studies Instructor Holly Robbins is working with AIGA Minnesota to revitalize the annual Green Leaf Award that recognizes novel sustainability projects in the field of graphic design in the Minnesota region. The team hopes to bring national attention to this award and instate it as a national AIGA award in the future.

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Continuing Studies Professor Arlene Birt was an invited presenter at the annual IXDA conference in Dublin, Ireland. Her workshop focused on how to leverage information design to communicate sustainability messages, and how to develop individual sustainability “background stories.”

Dr. Anna Tahinci (Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty) delivered a lecture titled "Rodin and America: Auguste Rodin and his American Collectors" at Macalester College in January 2012.

Tahinci also delivered a lecture titled "French Women Artists and exhibiting the feminine side of a permanent collection: the "Elles" exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (2009-2011)" at Macalester in February 2012.


Rochelle Schultz Brancato ’00, was appointed to the Board of Directors for Museum Alliance of Rapid City, Inc. dba, The Journey Museum. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, The Journey Museum brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains. Brancato also chairs the Board’s marketing and public relations committee. 

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Work by Howard Quednau (Acting Chair/Associate Professor of Fine Arts) was selected for the Top Purchase Award at the 46th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Melissa Breitenfeldt '06 unveiled her project for Victory Motorcycles at the Australian Motorcycle Expo on the Gold Coast in February 2012. All artwork was hand drawn with Sharpie markers onto a motorcycle, which took over sixty hours of research, planning, and hand sketching to finish all seven scenes on the bike. All scenes are filled with symbolism of justice and victory.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) published her paper “Reconsidering Roland Barthes: Tense Collision as Photographic ‘Punctum’." She presented the paper at the Fourth Biennial Art History Symposium “The Madness of Photography” in February 2012 at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Belden-Adams' paper was one of four selected from forty submitted abstracts.