Ideation and Process Students Go Downtown!

On a rainy day this spring, Holly Streekstra’s Ideation and Process students boarded a Metro Transit Bus that took them down Nicollet Avenue to a number of distinctive locales. Because sometimes, getting out of your everyday environment and exploring someplace new is all you need to get a flurry of ideas rushing through your head.

Rare American Folk Art by Karen Wirth

In coordination with the Book Art Biennial 2015, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts presents The Contained Narrative: Defining the Contemporary Artist’s Book curated by Cathy Ryan ’07.

Jay Coogan

After our students graduate this week, we turn our focus to the extraordinary work of our MCAD alumni, faculty, staff, and friends as we host The Auction at MCAD, now in its third year. In the past two years we have raised nearly $300,000 for scholarships for our students.

Crayon Cookie by Ashely Peifer

Ashely Peifer ’13, MFA, presents her first solo exhibition in Minnesota.

Greg Hoffman ’92

Greg Hoffman ’92 has been named number twelve on Fast Company's list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Schroeder Interviewed by Skwigly Magazine

Since 1990 faculty member Tom Schroeder's animation and directorial work has earned him plenty of industry kudos and awards. 

Michaels Receives Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

New York City graphic design studio Project Projects, of which Adam Michaels ’00 is a cofounder, has just received the very prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Communications Design.

Summer Send Off

The end of finals is in sight, summer is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a Summer Send Off?


Melissa Wagner ’07, MFA, and Angela Zammarelli ​’07, MFA, and Tim Able are showing work in an exhibition at Augsburg College this summer.

Decomposition by JM Culver (

The 20th annual Art-A-Whirl is just around the corner, and several MCAD alumni are participating this year.


Every year, MCAD students have the opportunity to compete in the Self-Portrait Competition for prizes ranging from $50 to $100!

Photograph by Erika Ritzel

Erika Ritzel ’06, MFA, is featured in an essay on In the piece, Ritzel discusses her process of photographing items at estate sales and shares anecdotes about her experiences with these deeply personal (and sometimes deeply impersonal) events.

Students in Professional Practice prepare their exhibition

For many professional artists, knowing the ins and outs of what goes into an exhibition is, if not an absolute necessity, at least a huge help. It's easy to focus on the finished product: the artwork; the environment; the reception. But what really goes into producing an art exhibition from start to finish?

An image accompanying Lara Rodriguez's poem on The Fanzine

Faculty member Lara Rodriguez is featured on The Fanzine.

Work by Doug Smock

Doug Smock ’78 has been chosen as May's artist of the month on Illustrate Yourself.

Seth Goodspeed

We are pleased to welcome Seth Goodspeed to MCAD's Institutional Advancement team as our new director of alumni and annual giving. 

Swimmer, 2014, by Valerie Jenkins (

An MN Original special featuring faculty member Valerie Jenkins aired this past Sunday.

Bee Arts includes faculty member Diana Eicher

Faculty member Diana Eicher is one of the many notable people who is involved with Bee Arts, a new model for how scientists, artists, institutions, and individuals can work together to solve problems and make art that engages community.

Collage of Winners' Work Images

Every year, MCAD students have the opportunity to compete for Merit Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 each.

Work by Whitley Mike (

Post-baccalaureate graphic design students Whitley Mike and Erick Toussaint (along with the guidance of faculty member Boriana Strzok) have been selected as finalists in the Client Pitch Competition.

Every Other flyer

A unique show called Every Other will premiere this week at Grain Belt Studios.

Cover for It's Okay to Ask, illustrated by Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson ’76 is the illustrator of the new children's book It's Okay to Ask.

Ant-Man Annual cover by David Marquez

The Ant-Man Annual #1 is set to be out just in time for the release of Marvel's Ant-Man movie and Brent Schoonover ’02 is a guest artist for the comic!


This week I wanted to provide you with a peek inside one of MCAD’s new classes about robotics.

Oil Painting by Sara Suppan

Drawing and painting senior Sara Suppan has been dubbed an emerging artist by Young Space. Young Space is a somewhat local (it's out of Wisconsin) organization that promotes, supports, and collaborates with emerging artists and engages communities through art exhibitions, projects, and events.