Particula Obscura

The latest installation by faculty member Jody Williams honors the tradition of seventeenth-century Wunderkammen, the historical precursors to museums.

Lullskull Logo

Nathan Anderson ’03, Seth Anderson, and Jason Hagen ’02 of Lullskull, Ltd. were recently interviewed in Split Lip Magazine, an arts and literature webzine.


Students Carlen Goldhorn, Addie Elling, Welsa Stone, Kathleen Law, Katie Hill, Matthew Novak, and Emma Conner will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Idem. The exhibition, part of the course Professional Practice, will explore identity as it relates to the objects in our lives.

"As artists we are also collectors, and in a way, hoarders of objects. We draw inspiration from the things around us. [In Idem] we are exploring the concept of identity by collecting objects as stand-ins for ourselves; representing who we are as people and as artists."

Rob Fischer, Untitled (Glass House)

Rob Fischer ’93 currently has a solo exhibition at New York's Derek Eller Gallery.

Splitting his time between two studios—one in the woods of Northern Minnesota and another in Brooklyn, New York—Fischer is known for using dilapidated materials to methodically compose sculptural installations.

Photo by Richard Sennott for Star Tribune

Caitlin Warner ’12 wants you to buy her art . . . from a vending machine.

MCAD Students at Q.arma Building

Seven MCAD students presented their work during last night's First Thursday event in Northeast Minneapolis's Q.arma Building.


Chad Rutter ’06, whose latest work explores American geography and values through photography, sculpture, and other media, will be in an upcoming exhibition as part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program.

River Media Art Center Winona

A number of MCAD alumni are working to open the new River Media Art Center Winona. This will be a space for "artists to develop and produce work free from the pressures of the commercial workspace."

AIGA MN Design Show

MCADians will be judging the AIGA Minnesota Annual Design Show's Green Leaf Award category. The three judges include MCAD's sustainable design program co-founders and instructors Curt McNamara and Holly Robbins, along with Rita Penrod, an alum of the program.

Cy DeCosse

Photography by Cy DeCosse ’52 will be on view next month in an exhibition that showcases beauty in the night.

Scott Nedrelow

Faculty member Scott Nedrelow has been featured in ArtForum's Critics' Picks for his "ghostly" paintings and videos in the show Afterlight, on view through Saturday at David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis.

Photo by Jacob Schroeder

Printshop staff and adjunct faculty member Diana Eicher recently gave a lecture at the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters Spring Retreat. Her presentation, titled "My Love for Ink, Squeegees, and Screenprinting," focused on how she uses personal themes and experiences of social justice issues in her own work.

Paper Speak Poster

An exhibition celebrating communication, collaboration, and illustration and featuring the creative works of a number of MCAD students and alumni opens on campus tomorrow. With an aim of pushing the boundaries of communication into a playful and artistic realm, this show comprises the works of eight artists who have worked collaboratively to create eight individual but related pieces.

Bug the Dog

Julie M. Fakler ’96 has received a McKnight Established Artist grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council that will allow her to create portraits of animals rescued by SAFE Sanctuary, a non-profit animal rescue group in Faribault, Minnesota.

Artists on the Verge

Faculty member Piotr Szyhalski, along with Northern Spark-creator Steve Dietz, has co-directed Artists on the Verge 5, now on view at the Soap Factory. 

Tom Garrett Illustates an Original "Dude"

Faculty member Tom Garrett recently illustrated the origins of the word "dude" for Scholastic's Scope magazine.

Paganistan by Murphy Pizza

Faculty member Murphy Pizza's book Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota's Twin Cities will be released by Ashgate Publishing on April 17, 2014.

Taylor Baldry

Taylor Baldry ’07, along with Zorn Corporation and, has created a new, twice-monthly art "fun-ducational" video series called Pangaea Station.

Shana Kaplow

Former faculty member Shana Kaplow's artwork will be on view in an upcoming exhibition at Rosalux Gallery.

Julie Sirek on American Craft Cover

From being awarded a grant to landing a major magazine cover, Julie Sirek ’10 has had an exciting year so far and it looks as if her future looks just as bright.

Cindy Gilbert

Cindy Gilbert, director of MCAD's Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program, has been invited to lead an Open Meetup entitled "To MOOC or Not to MOOC: Let's Talk About Online Edu" at the  National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance's (NCIIA's) annual Open Conference in San Jose, California, in late March.

Shawn McCann Illustration

Shawn McCann ’02 has been featured on Design Juices, an online creative blog that showcases inspiration and innovation in the fields of design and art.


"Aberration," a new site-specific installation by Jamie Owens ’13 and current student Claire Victoria, is the fourth installment of the annual MCAD@MIA program.

Jodi Reeb-Transformation

Reeb uses beeswax to create encaustic paintings that focus on rich surfaces of pure form free of content.