MCAD News


International President's Forum

Karen Wirth represented MCAD at an international President’s Forum in Beijing, China at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in November. MCAD was one of only 4 U.S. schools invited to participate. Other participants included colleges from Singapore, Glasgow, New South Wales Australia, Tokyo and Qatar. The forum was initiated by Science Applications International Corporation chancellor Tony Jones and CAFA president Pan Gongkai. MCAD drawing work was also represented in an exhibition at the CAFA Museum.

Karen Wirth - Intersections

The MCAD Gallery exhibition Intersections: Women, Leadership and the Power of Collaboration opened on January 20, 2012, and continued through February 26. The show brings together current or recent women studio department chairs, and their student or alum collaborators.  Eleven different Twin Cities colleges or universities are represented in the show. MCAD participants include faculty members Karen Wirth Stevie Rexroth and Katherine Turczan, alumni Isa Gagarin ’08 and Catrin Magnusson ’09, MFA, and student Gracemarie Keaton-Stasi.

Garden Center Food Shelves

Krista Leraas had a successful Kickstarter campaign to create student-run Garden Center Food Shelves which will raise money for need-based groups.

Dan Hasley

Dan Hasley participated in his fifth Homestead Design Series Workshop at MCAD.

Dan Hasley and Krista Leraas are assisting the Permaculture Research Institute: Cold Climate in launching a new Urban Farming Certificate Program. 

Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara presented a talk on biomimicry for the 'Beaker and Brush Discussions' for the Science Museum of Minnesota.

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Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara participated in a webinar about the system approaches to biomimicry for the Biomimicry Institute.

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Still Pacific Mine for the Time

Katie Maren ’06 directed, animated and edited the music video for Still Pacific's track "Mine for the Time" in collaboration with MCAD alumni Mike P. Nelson ’05, Doug Gander ’07, and Jennifer Garza ’11.

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Curt McNamara

Curt McNamara attended Rhode Island School of Design's annual Bucky Fuller conference. He discussed his online MCAD class about Buckminster Fuller, Geometry of Thinking.

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Dion Zuess

Dion Zuess was an invited speaker at California Polytechnic Institute thanks to a grant from Mohawk Paper. Zuess spoke about her online MCAD class, Citizen Design.

Collaborative Product Design Map

Jeremy Faludi published an article on Core77 global design blog about his online MCAD class, Collaborative Product Design.

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Britni West '08 received $20,000 for an as yet untitled feature-length narrative. This film tells the story of Etta, an overweight woman in her forties who has spent most of her life living with her friend and platonic partner Carol. The two spend their days on the outskirts of a small town feeding pigeons from the front stoop of their apartment building and enjoying life free from the cares of a 'typical' woman.

Karen Wilcox

Karen Wilcox '01 has been invited to exhibit two of her wall installations entitled "Muse" and "28 Prayers" in Art on the Plains XI, an exhibition running January 28-May 20 at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. There is also a gallery talk by Juror Hesse McGraw, Chief Curator, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

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Dylan Davis

MCAD received thirteen awards from the 2012 Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles student competition! The work was selected from over 1,400 entries and the jury included Tim Ramos (Art Director, Disney Studios Home Entertainment) and Michael Humphries (Art Director, Background Artist, Disney Feature Animation & Instructor, Art Center College of Design).

Jab 30 Cover

An essay by Karen Wirth, "Nothing In Its Place: The Blank Page," was published in the Journal of Artists’ Books JAB 30. The article examines how the use of empty pages and negative space delivers content and meaning in artists’ books.

Lyz Wendland 2012

Lyz Wendland opened a show titled Within Lines at the Gage Family Art Gallery. The exhibition was on view January 20 through March 16.

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State Fair Commemorative Art 2012 Joe Heffron

Former MCAD student Joe Heffron has been chosen to create the Official 2012 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative Art. Heffron was selected as one of five finalists from nearly fifty submissions and was just named the official artist.

"Accumulation," the first MCAD MFA retrospective show and the first juried show to be hosted by MCAD's Whittier Graduate Gallery opened on January 20.

The show was organized by MCAD's MFA collective Compound and featured work from both current MFA students and alumnis of the program.

Guest juror John Rasmussen of the Midway Contemporary Art Center selected twenty multi-disciplinary artists that represent the unique curriculum of the MCAD MFA program.

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Redesign

Mike Kooiman (Post-Baccalaureate ’04) led the redesign of City Pages.

Danny Wagner recently participated in a painting exhibition called The Figure Now that focused on the contemporary interpretation of the human form. The exhibition opened on Friday, February 3 and ran through March 2 at the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery. It was juried by Kent Williams.

Ulana Zahajkewycz

Ulana Zahajkewycz ’03 participated in two shows during the summer of 2011, including Utopia/Dystopia: The Shadow and the Light at Lunar Boy Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and the juried show Phillustration 2011 at the Philadelphia Sketch Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zahajkewycz's work Zephyr received a second-place award in the editorial category.

Jake Yuzna

Congratulations to Jake Yuzna ’05 for receiving a Creative Capital film grant. This year, 46 projects were selected from 3,247 submissions. For the 2012 grantees, Creative Capital will provide up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000.

Christopher Sullivan

Congratulations to Christopher Sullivan ’83 for receiving a Creative Capital film grant. This year, 46 projects were selected from 3,247 submissions. For the 2012 grantees, Creative Capital will provide up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000.

Cheryl Fischer

Ashland Creek Press is delighted to announce the publication of a mystery novel by Cheryl Fischer ’80. Fischer's captivating debut novel, Falling into Green (forthcoming in May), is the first in an eco-mystery series featuring psychologist Dr. Esmeralda Green. A pilot for a TV series, based on the characters in the book, is also currently being developed.