Jeremy Faludi recently launched a web-based tool for measuring urban nature entitled Street Nature Score. It is both a standalone website and a widget that can be inserted within web pages. The goal of Street Nature Score is to help people value nature in cities, as nature makes cities both more sustainable and more livable.

Joshua Foss (Adjunct Faculty, Sustainable Design Online) recently attended an Art of Hosting Workshop in Sweden. These professional development workshops are designed to develop skills for facilitating and hosting large groups. Workshop participants learned how to tap into their collective intelligence of the group, and how to draw from their diverse viewpoints.

Illustrations by Carrie Hartman (Adjunct Faculty, Design) recently appeared in a number of publications, including American Baby Magazine, The Star Tribune, Inside Counsel, Seattle Monthly, Northwestern University, and "Gordy and the Magic Diet" (a children's book that is to be released later in 2012).

Shen Wei '03 released his first monograph "Chinese Sentiment," which is now included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

"Chinese Sentiment" was exhibited and well-received in New York, Boston, and Hong Kong at epSITE Gallery Shanghai, Monika Olko Gallery, and Daniel Cooney Fine Art New York in 2012.

Jack F.X. Pavlik MFA '12 has been accepted to the Skowhegan Residency Program, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists in New York, for Summer 2012.

Nikki Will (Advertising '07) and her startup in San Francisco recently launched Pocket, a website to save things online that you want to view later. Sign up for Pocket below.

Aimee Hagerty Johnson '10 designed the record cover for a limited-edition reissue of The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love" single. The 7" debuts in a pop-up exhibition on Chance Street in London April 18-22.

Katelyn Farstad '10 exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as a part of their Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MEAP) this past April. The exhibit, entitled "Isohyet, Isopleth," was a collaboration with David Frohlich.

Aaron Anderson (Adjunct Professor, Media Arts) exhibited at Synchronicity in LA this past April. The exhibit "Telephone Blue" featured work from Anderson, Eric Carlson, and Crystal Quinn of the artist collective Hardland/Heartland. The show continued the artists' formal practice of intuitive collaboration to produce narratives of playful allegories and coded symbols that materialize as drawing, video, and sculpture.

MCAD alumni, students, and faculty were featured in "Art Du Nord," a pop up shop of art and furniture design created in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The spring show included work ranging from painting to prints to 3D design.

Participating artists included:
Ed Charbonneau (Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts)
George Mahoney (Adjunct Faculty, Fine Arts)
Pat Carmody (Academic Support Technician)
Danielle Feliciano MFA '12
Kate Worum '12
Lindsay Splichal '12

Kelly Ludeking '97 and Brad Hertko '96, owners of Ironhead Sculptural Services, along with Justin and Karen Peters '97, hosted an iron pour event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for  Eco-Fest 2012 this past April. The exciting event included molten metal, music, and dancing in the streets.

Chadwick Rantanen '03 held a solo exhibition at Standard (Oslo) this past March entitled "More often and in more Places." Rantanen's premiere is a measuring and mapping out of the gallery space.

Edith Garcia '98 was exhibited at the Gimpel Fils gallery in London this past Spring, in a show entitled "James Tower and Contemporary Ceramic Art." The exhibition explored the continuing problem of how artists who work in ceramics are classified: ceramist; sculptor; painter; artist. 

Allison Pegoraro's held an exhibition entitled "ECOTONOSTOS" this May at Gallery One at Tractorworks in Minneapolis. The work is influenced by ecology, nostalgia, and Pegoraro's interpretation of the cultural influence she experienced while revisiting Japan in 2011.

Shannon McCarthy MFA had a piece featured in this year's :output, an annual Amsterdam-based publication featuring a juried competition of international designers.

Six students hosted a gallery show titled "Seen Unseen" this past April at Old Arizona. Work by students Dakota Hoska, Danielle Kutscheid, Susan Mikutowski, Sarah Rice, Ellen Strub, and Heather Tatarek was featured.

Four students exhibited in a show titled "And If You Don’t Know, Now You Know" at CO Exhibitions this past April. The contemporary art group show paid tribute to rap music of the 1990s, reflecting on the music that shaped a generation. Featured MCAD artists were Christopher Alday, Colin Marx, Madison Rubenstein, and Jessica Whitener.

Thirteen MCAD alumni were featured in this year's Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, the largest film event in the Upper Midwest. Awards went to Mong Vang '07 for "Journey to the Fallen Skies" (Best Minnesota Made Feature) and Maria Juranic ‘05 (Special Jury Award for Emerging Talent in the Music Video Category). This is the second year in a row that MCAD filmmakers have won Best Minnesota Narrative Feature. The Minnesota Made section was programmed by MCAD Professor and Director of Graduate Program Tom DeBiaso.

This year's ARTCRANK MSP, a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork by local artists, included the design and illustration work of MCAD alumni, including Lindsey Aho ’04, Ian Davies ’96, Geoffrey Schley ’01, and Anne Ulku ’07.

David Goldes (Professor, Media Arts) and Jonathan Bruce Williams '08 participated in Northern Spark on June 9, 2012. In line with the festival's theme, their installation (THE Northern Spark, an iconic electrical spark generator) aimed to reassert electricity’s essential mystery and to exteriorize and celebrate its properties.

Julia Vickerman '06 curated "MUCHOS KSTEW: An Artistic Tribute to Kristen Stewart" at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles this past April.

Aimée Pijpers '11 was the artist in residence at MPLS.TV for the month of April. Read her interview and view her works below.

Kate Casanova '08 was commissioned and featured in the April 2012 issue of Twin Cities METRO Magazine. Her sculpture "Of Breath" was TC METRO's April commission.

Katelyn Farstad '10 held a solo show at the Zach Feuer Gallery in New York City this past April entitled "Rats Make Love."

Adam Michaels '00 and the other founders of the esteemed graphic design studio Project Projects was profiled by Gestalten TV. See the full video below.