Li Zeng, Beiwan Bar at Houhai Park

Li Zeng ’12, MFA, is a finalist in design magazine HOW’s Annual Poster Design Awards. Her poster, titled Beiwan Bar at Houhai Park, is one in a series that was created to promote three bodies of water surrounded by tourist districts and bars in central Beijing.

Shannon McCarthy, far left

Shannon McCarthy ’13, MFA, has been featured on the Sioux Falls-based news site KELO for being one of four new visual arts faculty members at South Dakota State University who are displaying works in the annual faculty exhibit on campus.

Andrea Carlson

Andrea Carlson ’05, MFA, is the latest artist to be featured on local arts and business blog Pollen. In interview format, Carlson describes the region's influence on her work, how grants and public funding have helped her as an artist, and in what ways she is inspired by a particular local artist.

Matthew Meyer Holding the Golden Globe

Matthew Meyer ’01, Dan Lund ’89, Justin Weber ’08, and Andrew Chesworth ’07 were on the team of animators for the film Frozen, which won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature during Sunday's award show.

UPDATE: On Thursday, January 16, it was announced that Frozen has also been nominated for an Oscar. Tune in to the ceremony on March 2 to find out if the film will once again come out on top.

Robert Murphy, Music Plays

Faculty member Robert Murphy currently has a solo photography exhibition at the Artspace Gallery at the University of St. Thomas. 

Jonathon Bruce Williams: Anti-Newton

Jonathan Bruce Williams ’08 will have work on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts starting this Friday. Part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP), the exhibition will "display the science and technology of vision" through sculptural installations.

Mid-America Print Council Journal

Staff member Angela Sprunger's work was selected to grace the cover of the Mid-America Print Council Journal, Volume 21, Numbers 3–4. Her work "Our Land, Not Their Sand," a screenprint on reductive linocut, illustrates the issue titled Printmaking as Social Practice.


Eric Rieger, also known as HOT TEA, is the latest MCADian to be profiled by MN Original, an award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures.

Salmon Deadly Sins, Still

"Salmon Deadly Sins," a new animated short film by Steven Vander Meer ’85, will have its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The seven minute film about, you guessed it, the seven deadly sins consists of no less than five thousand and forty drawings on three by five inch salmon colored index cards.

Leanna Perry

MCAD student Leanna Perry's neon world and hyper-graphic illustrations have been featured on monthly art and culture magazine Juxtapoz's website.

Tuesday Bassen

Tuesday Bassen ’11 is now represented by Tugeau2, an agency for children's media. An award-winning illustrator, designer, and art director living in New York City, Bassen has done work for the likes of Snapple, Fiat, Playboy, Target, American Greetings, United Nations, Design*Sponge, TEDx, Etsy, NY Times, Mott's, and more.

Mara Farnworth Watercolor

A watercolor painting by Mara Plesums Farnworth ’61 was accepted by a jury into the 93rd International Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society in November 2013. She was also awarded Signature Membership based on additional paintings.

David Goldes

Electro-graphs, an exhibition of new photographs and drawings by faculty member David Goldes will open later this month. His most recent work is inspired by historical experiments into the nature of electricity.


A number of members of the MCAD community are recipients of 2014 Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board:

One Mpls by Adam Turman

This weekend, Minneapolis inaugurates its new mayor, Betsy Hodges. Accordingly, Camille Gage ’97 is coordinating a big, public celebration that will feature live music and artwork.

Nothing Better Excerpt

Tyler Page ’01, director of print technology services at MCAD, was invited to be a visiting writer at Anoka-Ramsey Community College this spring. His book Nothing Better Vol. 1 will be taught as part of the curriculum in over a dozen English and reading classes.


Threadless, the online art-supporting retailer, recently offered Eric Rieger (HOTTEA) ’07 $2,000 to fund a project of his choosing.

Miles of yarn and twelve hours later, he shares his inspiring transformation of a rundown tennis court. In addition to Threadless's video showcasing Rieger's process, the story is also covered by art and visual culture blog Colossal.

The Redesigned NYT Website

Today's New York Times website redesign was led by one of our own: Renda Morton ’03, product design lead on the project. This is the first full-site redesign the organization has had since 2006.

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor ’97 has been selected from more than 150 artists to be the illustrator of the official 2014 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative art. The work will be unveiled at the state fairgrounds in June.

Great Debates Detail

MCAD staff and faculty member Karen Wirth’s book installation Great Debates is included in the juried exhibition Print, Produce, Publish.

Leigh Luna for BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed recently used MCAD student Leigh Luna's illustrations to accompany one of their articles. Her colorful work can be found with the story "Revisiting Resolutions, 10 Years Later," which is part of BuzzFeed's new Fresh Starts series.

Ann Tracy-Lopez

Ann Tracy-Lopez ’89 is exhibiting for the month of January at Rancho Linda Vista (RLV) Gallery, Oracle, Arizona. RLV is one of the oldest continuous artist communities in the United States. Tracy-Lopez is exhibiting work completed while on residency on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland. 

Illustrations by Luisa Rivera Nahrwold

Student Luisa Rivera Nahrwold has been busy creating illustrations for a number of projects. Her latest work appears in Los Olivos, a conceptual book about olive oil, and with an article in the newest issue of UVA Magazine. Both publications are produced in Chile.

You Must Stand This While Reading There

Isa Gagarin ’08 is featured in You Must Stand This While Reading There, a group exhibition currently on view at David Petersen Gallery. As part of curator Nathan Coutts's orchestration of activity, she wrote instructions for an artwork made by a priest in St. Paul, and she also has a recent work on display in the back gallery.

Work by Katelyn Farstad ’10 is also on view.

Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2, Zak Sally

Faculty member Zak Sally, Anna Bongiovanni ’09, and Caitlin Skaalrud ’11 are all featured on comics critic Rob Clough's "Best of 2013" list of long- and short-form comics.