MCAD News


Adjunct Faculty Andy DuCett's upcoming show at The Soap Factory "Why We Do This" is a new solo project that stitches together fragments of pop culture, workaday symbols, and collective memory to create a single 12,000 square foot site-specific installation. The exhibition runs from September 8 to November 11, with an opening reception on September 8 starting at 7:00 p.m.


On Friday September 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Franklin Art Works will host a reception for a solo exhibition by Jonathan Bruce Williams '08. Williams' large-scale, film-based sculptural installation, entitled "S I G H T H O U S E," is his first solo exhibition. The show will remain on view at Franklin through Saturday, October 27.


Micah Lidberg '07 had an illustration featured in the New York Times' Opinionator section. View below.


Tal Shpantzer '96 had an interview, photo feature, and cover image in Issue 6 of TopmanGENERATION magazine. Read and view below.


Aron Taylor ’09, MFA, creator of the Quick Draw Photo Booth, has turned his performance art piece into a functional business. In a collaborative session between the participant and the artist, the Quick Draw Photo Booth gives you hand-drawn photo-booth portraits in three minutes or less. Taylor has also implemented a successful Kickstarter to help meet the production demands of the growing business.


Patrick Redmond '70 led an initiative to provide a list of past presidents and chairmen of AIGA Minnesota on the organization's website. With some 1,300 members, AIGA Minnesota has become one of the largest chapters of AIGA, "the professional association for design."


Jake Yuzna '05, Public Programs Manager at the Museum of Arts & Design, was featured in Time Out New York, in an article about his hand in programming at MAD. Read below. 


Kelly Ludeking '97 has an upcoming opening at the RAW: Minneapolis exhibition titled Ensemble. The event will be held on September 6th at 8:00 pm at the Fine Line Music Cafe. RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases of local, hand-picked talent.


Greg Yolen '94 is again the Director of the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. The festival will have its first year away from the MCAD auditorium at St. Anthony Main this year. For its 5th year, the event takes place the weekend of August 17th to 19th, with a party on Saturday, August 18th at Channel Z Edit


Jessica Ibarra ’06 was selected to speak at a TEDx event in Seoul, South Korea, with the theme Nature+. She was one of two people selected from a pool of eighty essays to speak at the conference. Ibarra presented to a live audience of over 1,000 people and was streamed live over the web. Her topic was "ecofeminism: making connections between environmentalism and feminism."


Brian Nigus '11 has been offered a position at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. As Sculpture Lab Technician at MIAD, he will teach at the college level by directing a sculpture workshop.


The City Pages 6th Annual Comix Issue was released, featuring a great lineup of MCAD artists. Contributors include Bart King ‘10, Evan Palmer ‘08, Steve Robbins ‘08, Maxeem Konrardy ‘05, Tim Sievert ‘05, Erik Lervold ‘04, Brent Schoonover ‘02, and MJ Heubach ‘00 .


Mat Ollig '10 was featured in a Star Tribune article about the unique refurbishing of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The new design of the hotel takes on a local flare, and a painting by Ollig has been placed in 250 rooms of the Hyatt. Read and view below.


Mitch Dose '05 is now the director of Studio Bricolage, a 21st century, community-driven art, craft, and technology playground for creative and adventurous adults. Studio Bricolage is a project of Leonardo's Basement in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Mystery Spot Volume 2: Nature's Nation, a new book featuring work from alum Kate Casanova '08, Caleb Coppock '07, Chad Rutter '06, and faculty Pamela Valfer and Paula McCartney will be officially launched Thursday, August 9 at SooVAC. The new book will be available, as well as past titles from Mystery Spot Books.


Guerilla by Design, an ambush-style furniture exhibition featuring fifteen local furniture designers, features many MCAD alum. For the exhbit, an urban commercial space will be re-imagined and re-furnished with furniture from Minneapolis designers. The exhibit will be held for one weekend only in downtown Minneapolis from August 10 through August 12, with an opening event on Saturday, August 11 at 7:00 pm.


With just eight hours to spare, Mike Perry '03 successfully raised more than $30,000 for a free community exhibition to be held in Brooklyn, New York this fall. "Wondering around Wandering" will be a three month free community exhibition and event space where Perry will be conducting workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions, and much more. The space will be an evolving environment where visitors will be able to freely explore and create their own unique experience.


Vestiges (a client of MCAD DesignWorks) and Katie Evans '10 were mentioned in a story in the New York Times this July. While working for DesignWorks, Evans created designs for Vestiges' line of retro souvenir dish towels. The founder of Vestiges is Mary Dearing Lazarus, the chair of MCAD's Board of Trustees. Read the article and see the designs below.


Karen Wirth (Vice President of Academic Affairs) has work included in the "Continuum 2012" invitational exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union Art Gallery from August 27 to September 14, 2012.


Michael Gaughan '02 currently has a solo exhibit at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis, entitled "BUCK TURBO: Recent Watercolor Paintings." Gaughan's vivid and lighthearted watercolors are on display at Burnet through September 9.


Adjunct Faculty Patty McMeans has created a new experimental artists' residency program in the Twin Cities, dubbed "Ten Chances No Hustle." The residency program begins on July 25, and aims to fill the gap between academia and the real world through a three-week intensive artist residency. Current residents include two MCAD alumni, Chad Rutter '06 and Kelsey Olson '10.


Work by Associate Professor Brandt is featured in Jianping He's much anticipated book "One by One." The book is a survey of the global graphic design scene, and is "dedicated to every graphic designer."


On July 26, Tom DeBiaso (Director of Graduate Program, Professor) will be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at IFP Minnesota's 25th annual meeting. The award is given for DeBiaso's "history and commitment to the development of film education programs, his founding role in Film In The Cities, his role on IFP's board and advisory board, and his expert management of the Minnesota film programming at this year's Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival."


Adjunct Faculty Amy Sands has been invited to exhibit in the International Print Exhibition Tokyo 2012. She is one of only twelve artists selected from the United States.


Victoria Martinez ‘10 will be participating in a group exhibition at the National Museum of Mexican Art during fall 2012.