MCAD News


Target Free Thursday Nights

MCAD students Nicholas Carroll, Christopher Gasser, Mel Nguyen, Brennan Gasser, and recent alum Tamara McCoy-Carroll ’10 will be part of the next Target Free Thursday Night at the Walker.

The group will join University of Minnesota history professor Tracey Deutsch in a conversation about gender and domesticity as part in the exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City.

Drift and Flow

A recent article on the Walker Art Center's website and MNArtists.org features the work of Samantha French ’05 and poses the question: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?

Sculpture Magazine

MCAD senior Nicholas Carroll has received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. His piece was one of twelve selected (out of 1,034 submissions) to be part of the Grounds for Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition, October 2013-March 2014 in Hamilton, New Jersey, which will be followed by a year-long traveling exhibition.

Inspired by Everything

This event, which aims to inspire current students and celebrate the success of alumni, is held on the third Thursday of the month. Attendees will enjoy light snacks, inspiring conversation, and networking. Teagan White ’12 will be this month’s conversation starter.

Inspired by Everything
Thursday, September 19
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Emeritus Room

The Soap Factory

This immersive and interdisciplinary exhibition comprises thirty-eight artists whose work spans visual and sonic art, performance, writing, and interactivity. The exhibition will include multiple time- and performance-based works, weekly artist panels, the publishing of a special edition WOPOZI newspaper, and an ongoing sound and experimental music program with two galleries of visual art.

Alumni Breakfast

Nicholas Dahl ’10 is coordinating a local bachelor of science/visualization alumni breakfast with Jerry Allan and other faculty. All are welcome to meet up, mingle, and enjoy a cup of joe (first one's on the MCAD Alumni Association Board of Directors).

Penza—Mervy Pueblo

A month after teaching graduate courses as an associate professor, Mervy Pueblo ’13 has been appointed as head of the graduate program at the School of Fine Arts and Design, Philippine Women's University.

Established in 1919, PWU is a pioneering feminist university in Asia catering to the educational needs of women. The university is widely known for education, fine arts, and music.

Painter

Join VidTiger Studio+Gallery and curators Colin Marx ’12 and Matt Reimers for the one-night-only group painting show Painter Painter Painter Painter Painter, featuring artists Ute Bertog ’05, Allen Brewer, Ryan Hughes ’12, Tynan Kerr ’07, Melissa Loop ’05, Marx, Andie Mazorol, Michael McCaffrey, Reimers, and Sheila Wagner.

Painter Painter Painter Painter Painter
Thursday, September 5
5:00-10:00 p.m.
Solar Arts Building

John Teschner On Drones

MCAD faculty member John Teschner's essay "On Drones" has been published in The Iowa Review.

"As measured by contests ranging from self-driving car races to the famous Turing tests, we are closing in on the goal of robot autonomy. There is convincing evidence that artificial intelligence (AI) will be invented in our lifetimes. The event is being called the Singularity because nothing will ever be the same after it."

AIGA Pre-Camp Workshop Presentations

As part of AIGA's annual Design Camp, held at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota, Jay Coogan, Kate Mohn, and Sarah Wolbert will be presenting about engaging with external partners, experiential learning, and MCADWorks. Additionally, Master of Arts in Sustainable Design student Craig Johnson and environmental planning analyst Jeremy Jones will discuss sustainable thinking as it relates to design.

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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