The 2011 MCAD commencement invitations, designed by Annie Yiling Wang '11 and Emily Reile '11, have been included in the 2012 HOW Magazine Promotion Awards.
A project by students from Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl's "Art in the Community" class was featured in the Downtown Journal this past May. Entitled "Organizations Partner for New Anti-Bullying Mural," the article discussed the MCAD students' collaboration with Youth Art + Media Works and Emerson Spanish Immersion School to create an anti-bullying mural on Nicollet Avenue. Read the full article and view the mural below.
Adjunct Faculty Emily Hoisington's collaborative project "The Work of Growing Food," made with origami designer Jane Rosemarin, was on display as part of "Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts" at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The pieces consisted of vegetables folded by Rosemarin from Hoisington's woodblock prints of garden tools.
Frenchy Lunning has been busy in the music video production field. She has recently been the producer on five different rock music videos. See below for a full list and links to the completed videos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Aaron Anderson (Adjunct Professor, Media Arts) exhibited at Synchronicity in LA this past April. The exhibit "Telephone Blue" featured work from Anderson, Eric Carlson, and Crystal Quinn of the artist collective Hardland/Heartland. The show continued the artists' formal practice of intuitive collaboration to produce narratives of playful allegories and coded symbols that materialize as drawing, video, and sculpture.
Numerous illustrations by Tom Garrett (Professor, Design) appear in the June 2012 issue of CBS Watch! Magazine. Garrett illustrated Gary Sinise of "CSI NY," the cast of "How I Met your Mother," and the cast of "2 Broke Girls." The article and illustrations are currently online.
Tom DeBiaso (Professor/Director of Graduate Program) premiered his film “Strange Arithmetic” this past April at the Larissa Goldston Gallery in New York, NY. The film, co-produced with David Rathman, ran continuously in an exhibition of Rathman's paintings.
Joline Zepcevski (Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts) was featured in an article on the Huffington Post. Quotes from Zepcevski's interview for a small tech blog (Innovation News Daily) were picked up by the Post and included in the arcticle "'Hunger Games' Exposes Myth of Technological Progress."
Michael Cohen-Elyanow (Adjunct Faculty, Liberal Arts) attended the world premiere production of his new play "The Children" at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California. The play ran form May 12 to June 10, 2012.
The city of Luverne, Minnesota has set up a series of arts-related events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Minnesota author Frederick Manfred (father-in-law of Associate Professor Thomas Pope). Throughout 2012, Luverne will honor literature and the visual arts. Programs are designed for adults, children, and teens. Many artists, speakers, and old friends of Manfred are scheduled to speak or present their work.
Dr. Philip Larson (Professor, Liberal Arts) displayed his sabbatical painting "Mycenaeans Versus Minoans" in March 2012 in the MCAD Concourse Gallery. Larson used as inspiration for the work the rock, cobblestones, and rubble that he and his wife, Miriam, encountered on a June 2008 scholarly art-and-archaeology tour of Greece, the Islands, and western Turkey.
Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson (Liberal Arts Chair) was invited to speak at the Weisman Art Museum for WAM Chatter in March 2012, offered in conjunction with the exhibition, "Käthe Kollwitz: Making Human."
Faculty member Dr. Murphy Pizza convened a section on Religion in America at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion: Society of Biblical Literature Conference 2012. The conference was held at the Luther Seminary in Saint Paul from March 29 to 30.
Media Arts Adjunct Faculty Matt Ehling (founder of Public Record Media) has been named this year’s recipient of the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. Ehling is being honored for two decades of engaging Minnesotans in the civic process.
- Ehling Of Public Record Media To Receive FOI Award (cbslocal.com)