MCAD News


Janet Lofquist '76 recently installed her sculpture "Phenomena" at the Hennepin County Library in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Lofquist has been active in the area of public art, with work commissioned both regionally and nationally. She is currently working on the integration of public art for three of the Central Corridor Light Rail stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as a major commission for the State of Connecticut.

Aaron Hauck '05 was featured on site95, an alternative non-profit organization established to present exhibitions in temporary urban locations. The body of work featured portrays Hauck's take on the cityscapes of New York City.

Julie Jilek '05 began a major project last year, her Wisconsin State Park Plein Air Painting Project, in which she travels to all of Wisconsin's state parks to document their landscapes through plein air painting. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter, and she intends to complete the journey by this Fall. Jilek also held a show related to the project, "In the Open Air," at the Wild Apple Gallery in Menasha, Wisconsin this summer.

Anthony Pugh '02 created two images for Village Voice this past April; one for an article entitled "Questlove's Quest" and one for "The Comics Issue." Pugh also recently completed a self-published comic book called "Midknight Marauder." View these items and more of his portfolio below. 

An animated produciton by Amit Tishler MFA '12, "Necrofusion," was selected for screening in the esteemed Manhattan Film Festival this summer.

Monica Little (MCAD alum and board vice-chair) was profiled in Star Tribune's "Movers & Shakers" business feature. The article discusses her business, Little & Co., and her beliefs on the impact of design. Read below.

A feature film by alumni Britni West '08 and Stephen Gurewitz '06, "Marvin Seth & Stanley," has had multiple showings recently in Minnesota. Gurewitz directed the film while West produced it. The film was shown at the Duluth Superior Film Festival on June 1. There was also a special one-night-only internet premiere on the NoBudge Films website in May. View below.

Sherry Blanchard Stuart '64 resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a professional painter specializing in images of the American West. She owns Open Range Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale. In 2012, she has been in three shows in Scottsdale, including Cowgirl Up!, Western Artists of America, and Phippen American Masterpieces. View her website and work below.

Kelly Ludeking '97 had two pieces of outdoor sculpture accepted to an exhibit at the Charles H. Macnider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa. The show opened June 9 and runs throughout the summer.

Last year, Tom Garrett’s Professional Practice class collaborated on a student project with Target. Illustrations by Teagan White '09 were chosen to illustrate surface of a reusable tote that was given out at all Target locations on Earth Day (April 22, 2012).

Edith Garcia '98 recently released her book "Ceramics and the Human Figure," which explores the role of figurative ceramics through history and in contemporary contexts. Click below to view and purchase the book.

A collaborative show by Llew Mejia '12 and Bill Rebholz '12 was held at Light Grey Studios this past May. Check out images from the show and both artists' work below.

Adam Caillier MFA '10 held an exhibition at Dressing Room in South Minneapolis this May. The exhibition, The Rough-Tongued Ball, featured Caillier's new work with Justin Schlepp.

Roger Kast, '67 alum and former Duluth artist, has launched a new website. It features contemporary drawings and paintings created in the artist's downtown Duluth studio. View three galleries of work including Lake Superior sunrises, moonrises, and moods below.

Advertising students Patrick Kispert, Michael Borell, and Alicia Reyerson from the Senior Project Advertising class have won the 2012 One Show Client Pitch Competition, which was held on May 9 in New York City. The OneShow YoungOnes is the most prestigious college competition for young creatives in the world.

AIGA Minnesota honored Monica Little (MCAD alum and board vice-chair) as a 2012 Fellow Award winner at the 2012 AIGA Fellow Award Celebration on June 15. The AIGA Fellow program recognizes designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community, as well as their local AIGA chapter.

Little's design company, Little & Company, encourages women and new college graduates to become design entrepreneurs.

The 2012 MFA Thesis Exhibition was listed in the City Pages A-List before its opening this past May. The article, which was written by former MCAD staff member Courtney Algeo, discusses the show's relocation to Northeast's Northrup King Building artist lofts. Work by Kayla Plosz '12 illustrated the article.

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.

Work by Jan Elftmann ’84 was featured in the exhibit The Art of Recycling at the Gordon Parks Gallery at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

Two MFA Graphic Design students won awards at AIGA Minnesota's Competition this past May. Sherri Days '12 won for her images "Genetic Modification" and "Ingredients." Vadim Gershman '12 won for his project "Alternative Cloud Research." View all of the projects below.

Jack Pavlik has been awarded a 2012 Joan Mitchell MFA Fellowship. With applicants from all of the best MFA programs in the country, the Joan Mitchell Fellowship is extremely competitive. Pavlik is MCAD's second fellow in three years, along with Terrence Campagna MFA '09.

Gregory Ganeles '10 received the 3rd place ranking in Juxtapoz Magazine's "Saber's Pick Art Contest." His paintings were also featured on the Saber blog.

Teresa Audet '11 was interviewed for an article on the Woodworker's Journal eZine. The article, entitled "Teresa Audet: From Woodworking Student to Lifelong Learner" discusses her works and student life at MCAD. Read below.

MFA Graphic Design student Li Zeng '12 has accepted an Assistant Professor position at Mississippi University for Women.

Two books by Chad Rutter '06 have recently been accepted for distribution by Printed Matter. Also, they can be found at a new artist bookstore in Melbourne, Australia called Perimeter Books.

One of the books was featured on the London photobook blog "Self Publish, Be Happy" (below).