MCAD News


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.


Three artist books by Andy Baird '76 are included in the Hennepin County Employee Art Show at the Hennepin Gallery in the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis, on view July and August 2012.


Melissa Breitenfeldt '06 has designed a new logo for Victory Motorcycles, as part of a brand evolution effort in its 15th year as a company. She designed the logo using the bold modern lines of the actual bikes as her inspiration. Check out a video of the making of the actual tank badge below.


Two MCAD illustration alumni received prestigious awards from the competitive 3x3 International Student Show Annual, which will be published in New York Fall 2012. Teagan White '12 received two awards (Distinguished Merit and Merit), while Bill Rebholz '12 also received a Merit award.


Illustration alum Jessica Sander '05 is now Multimedia Designer for Wired Magazine in New York City.


Illustrator Kasie Gonczy '12 is now a Junior Designer at Animal Adventure in Hopkins, Minnesota. Animal Adventure creates plush toys for many of the top retail stores including Target and Toys'R'Us. Gonczy was offered the position after showing her portfolio to a recruiter at MCAD's Emerging Talent Show.


Work by Gregory Euclide MFA '08 has been widely recognized on the art blogosphere for his ephemeral "Laid Down & Wiped Away" whiteboard drawings. Recent blog postings include Colossal Art & Design, Hi Fructose, and Boing Boing (links below).


Well-known Minneapolis installation/yarn graffiti artist HOTTEA (Eric Rieger '07) recently installed "Letting Go," over 82 miles of yarn hanging across two floors at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Llew Mejia '12 was featured in Juxtapoz Magazine, for his hand drawn collection of illustrations entitled "Peyote Party." View below.


Alum Christopher Williams held a solo show at the new Cult Status Gallery in Minneapolis. The show, entitled "Subliminal Chloform," opened in June and featured prolific site-specific paintings.


Adjunct Faculty Jody Williams (Flying Paper Press) participated in the Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book Fair at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds this past June. Her newest edition book set, "Drifting Here and There," was featured in the fair.


Sculpture artist Kurt Dyrhaug '89 was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.


This past Spring, Melodee Strong (Alum '06 and Adjunct Faculty) completed a mural  on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. Insight News published an article about Strong and her mural. The original artwork, also displayed in the business, will be included in the faculty show this Fall.


Artforum recently posted about "Isohyet; Isopleth," an exhibit by Katelyn Farstad '10 and David Frolich from this Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The article discusses the exhibit and MIA's Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP), a curatorial department of the museum dedicated to exhibiting artists living and working in Minnesota.


Natasha Pestich (Associate Professor, Fine Arts) will represent MCAD with Pillsbury House and Theatre in a large-scale community art project. Pestich and Pillsbury House, along with three other arts organizations, were selected to be funded by a major ArtPlace grant. The goal: to beautify Minneapolis by working with local artists and the community to complete twenty placemaking projects on Chicago Avenue.


Star Tribune covered a program created by John Davis '84, Executive Director of the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, known as the "Great American Think-Off." The national contest, in which people submit short essays for the chance to come to New York Mills, Minnesota and participate in philosophical debates, is a highly esteemed and successful project.


Holland Wood '96 is branding a political campaign for Jim Graves, who is running in the 6th District against Michelle Bachmann. As pro-bono Brand Director, Wood is designing, creating, and developing the entire visual look of the campaign, as well as the strategy. Explore his company Brand Corps below.


Northern Spark 2012, a one-night celebration of art, technology, and community, featured more than thirty artists from the MCAD community. On the night of June 9 and 10, the festival featured art- and light-related exhibitions throughout the city. Click below to view MCAD's extensive array of contributions.