MCAD News


This is Northfield

Allen Brewer recently finished a campaign for Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Taking inspiration from the iconic Miroslav Sasek, his illustrations, which appear on the CVB's website, highlight the quaint river town's many attractions.

Plus, be sure to head to Ye Ol' Mill at the state fair this year to see some new murals by Brewer.


Ficciones Typografika

Ficciones Typografika, Erik Brandt's community gallery project, was featured today on MPR's Art Hounds. The project, which can be viewed in a Powerderhorn Park alley, features frequently changing work by artists and designers—local, national, and international—that use type as image or form.


MosaicStudio

Adam Smith ’04 , along with friends including Steve Carlson ’04, has launched a new photo mosaic platform called MosaicStudio. MosaicStudio is a photo mosaic editing system that allows users to create, share, save, and order prints. The mosaics combine photos from users' personal collections—such as those from vacations, weddings, and reunions—to create one memory-filled work of art.


Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons ’93 was published on the Huffington Post's blog today. In her post "Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress," Lyons discusses her evolving understanding of the man who forever changed history.

"My idea of [King] was a noble, calm, and well-spoken civil rights leader. Indeed, he was all of those things, but he was also so much more. He was fire and brimstone, determined, strategic, and human."


City Pages Comix Issue 2013

The 2013 City Pages Comix Issue is out! This year's cover is by alum Brent Schoonover ’02. Additional featured comic artists include Justin Cermak ’00, Alexis Cooke ’13, Alexander Fukui ’11, M.J. Heubach ’00, Bart King ’10, Steve Robbins ’08, Peter Wartman ’10, and faculty member David Sandberg.


Terrain—Rhythm and Place

Form+Content Gallery presents Terrain—Rhythm and Place, an invitational exhibition of screenprints by Cathy Ryan ’07 and sculptures and prints by John Saurer. Though the two artists work in different media, they have a similar, highly observant approach to connecting seen and unseen layers of substance and meaning, using repeated forms and layers of color to express their discoveries.


The Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists in the 1970s

In the early 1970s, Victor Bloomfield embarked on a project to document the Twin Cities art scene through photographs. In the Minnesota Museum of American Art exhibition The Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists in the 1970s, portraits of artists, including MCAD alumni such as Carole Fisher ’64, James Kielkopf ’65, and George Morrison, are shown alongside a work of art by each artist.


George Morrison in 1987

George Morrison—one of Minnesota’s most significant artists and heralded as an essential player in the Modernist and Abstract Expressionism movements—is being celebrated with a touring exhibition. Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison is now showing at Fargo’s Plains Art Museum; next it will travel to New York City, Indianapolis, and Phoenix, before ending at the Minnesota History Center in the spring of 2015.


Andrew Vomhof

Andrew Vomhof ’10 has again been selected as the Minnesota DNR's 20th Anniversary "Adopt-a-River" program artist. He worked with 1,200 pounds of materials from a Mississippi River cleanup in June, including 800 pounds of tires, to build the sculpture that is on view at the Minnesota State Fair. This is a repeat of Vomhof's stellar performance last summer gracing the fair.


Tandem Made

Tandem Made, the design/build studio of MCAD alumni Erin Moren ’07 and Nate Moren ’08, is a nominee for the Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award. The organization with the most votes by September 23 will win $10,000.

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Gregory Euclide

Gregory Euclide ’08, MFA, has created an installation at Progress Gallery Paris, France. Watch the video to see his process—from first brushstroke to final cutout triangle.


James Rosenquist

A celebratory exhibition honoring James Rosenquist as he turns 80 years old will take place in his birthplace, Grand Forks, North Dakota. The painter, known for producing very large-scale pieces, emerged with the likes of Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, and Roy Liechtenstein, and is considered by many to have helped found the Pop Art Movement.


MN State Fair

Three MCAD alumni were awarded places at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Zachary Adams-Bliss ’03 placed third in prints, former student John Largaespada placed third in photography, and former student Ochen Kaylan received the Crist Delmonico Memorial Painting Award.

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Power of Comics

Diana Green ’99 wrote a revised article on Jeff Smith, creator of the comic book series Bone, for the most recent edition of Randy Duncan and Matthew Smith's textbook The Power of Comics

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Fate (Detail)

Student Jared Tuttle was recently featured in Creative Quarterly's International Student Competition 32. Of the category's 19 runners up and 7 winners, his illustration piece, Fate, was a runner up.

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Dan Olson

Dan Olson ’80, founder and creative director of studio MPLS, was recently featured on the popular online magazine designboom. In the interview he discusses the evolution of his design company, the all-too-common mistake young designers should avoid, and his favorite advice from Paul Rand.

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Ficciones Typografika

MCAD faculty member Erik Brandt was recently interviewed by Paul Schmelzer of the Walker Art Center and featured on his art blog Eyeteeth: Incisive Ideas. Brandt's community gallery project Ficciones Typografika includes work by several current MCAD students, including James Dolence, Zach Collins, and Huiqian Wu.

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Terrence Campagna

A series of photographs by Terrence Campagna ’09, Small Bodies of Surface Water, will be part of Biennial 27 at the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana through October 6.


Karen Wilcox

Karen Wilcox ’01 draws upon ancient writings, religious icons, and sacred spaces to offer a dreamlike journey through feminine and masculine mythology. Within the Myth: Gendered Perceptions explores how masculine language, symbol, and myth affect our perceptions of gender.


Fiberglass Dress

Karess Pastore ’03 creates thought-provoking, sculpted fiberglass dresses. Her latest work explores themes such as Remembering Sandy Hook, Greenpeace, and more. The show, which will be on view at LAYERS Gallery 185 in the Northrop King Building, will open the evening of Thursday, September 5.



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Angela Strassheim ’95

Photographer Angela Strassheim ’95 will have a solo exhibition representing over a decade of her work. Story Telling will be on view at Andrea Meislin Gallery in NYC September 12-October 26, 2013.

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Katelyn Farstad

Katelyn Farstad ’10, Sheila Wagner ’13, Colin Marx ’12, Tynan Kerr ’07, and Ute Bertog ’05 are featured in the upcoming midwest issue of New American Paintings.

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Texas sculptor Kurt Dyrhaug ’89 has been selected to show his work in Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, Alabama October 4, 2013-October 2, 2014.


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Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops

In the winter of 2013, Patrick Kelley ’06 co-founded Kauai Adventure Photography Workshops in Hawaii. The classes help photographers and photo-enthusiasts improve their on-location work while allowing them to explore one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth.

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Tuesday Bassen ’11 is now the senior designer at Tinybop, a children's educational app company, where she leads the visual team in creating beautiful, unusual, science-based exploratory apps for children. Recently, she has also spoken at Design Sh!t Madison and WMC Fest and done work for Playboy, The Washington Post, the New York Times, Fiat, Target, Paperless Post, and Little Otsu.