MCAD News


Photos & Drawings, a short film by Jon Maichel Thomas ‘00 is now available on DVD. The limited special edition DVD includes special bonus features consisting of Joel’s Photos by Kent Anderson, Helena’s Drawings by Alyssa Thomas and Cryssa Otto, behind the scenes photos of the production, and the soundtrack of the film. The DVD can be purchased on Jon Maichel Thomas’ website.

Exactitude, an exhibition by Pamela Valfer (Adjunct, Fine Arts) and Christina Empedocles was reviewed in Artforum International Magazine in the Critics’ Picks section. The exhibition was held at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis through November 11.

Emily Hoisington for Changing Landscapes

Fine Arts adjunct Emily Hoisington had artwork in the Changing Landscapes show at Silverwood Park gallery that opened on Thursday October 11 from 6-8 p.m. The show ran until November 30.

Lyz Wendland

Lyz Wendland MFA '09 participated in a faculty exhibition at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls which opened on October 26 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Additionally, Wendland submitted twenty-five pieces for sale in the annual MCAD Art Sale, which took place November 15 - 17.

Carbon Collaborative (Meredith Stuart '06) for Landscape Structures at ASLA 2012

Carbon Collaborative, a Minneapolis based design studio involving Meredith Stuart '06, designed Landscape Structures' booth for the annual American Society of Landscape Architects EXPO held in Phoenix, AZ. The design referenced the arid southwest geology. Soaring blades of bright green grass burst from the ground, pulling the attendees toward the featured playground. The booth was awarded best in show for the second year in a row.

Katelyn Farstad at Midway Contemporary Art

Mouthbreather, an exhibition by Katelyn Farstad ’10, will be open at Midway Contemporary Art from November 3 to February 2. The gallery and its library are free and open to the public, Wednesday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Jonathan Bruce Williams's Sighthouse

In September, Jonathan Bruce Williams ’08 was featured in a Star Tribune article for his works Sighthouse and Fenced In. Both works appeared at Franklin Art Works.

Shirl Chouinard "She Walks on Egg Shells When He Is Around"

Shirl Chouinard ’93 has been honored with a 2012 Bush Fellowship. She plans to use the $75,000 award to develop a domestic violence prevention program using art.

John Teschner for Trop

John Teschner, adjunct faculty, wrote in his latest essay for Trop magazine about fishing with his father in the Boundary Waters, the origins of written language, and the lifespan of the planet Earth.

Nicole Killian's S E A R C H M E

A piece by Nicole Killian, visiting faculty, titled Search Me, is now live. The piece, now on tightartists.com, is a part of the show Human Resolution / PAMI at ArcadiaMissa for the Peckham Moving Image Festival in London. The show is also listed on netart.net, a directory of contemporary net art around the world.

Shawn McCann ’02 was awarded an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was one of only eighty-eight recipients nationwide. With the grant, McCann will be producing a few large scale murals in his hometown of Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Willam Alexander's novel "Goblin Secrets"

William Alexander, adjunct faculty, is a National Book Award finalist in the Young People’s Literature category for his novel Goblin Secrets.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams for Met's "Faking It"

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams, liberal arts professor, has contributed about a dozen essays to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's book Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. The book was released on October 11.

Nicole Killian, visiting faculty, wrote a comparative work on Carly Rae Jepsen’s new album, Kiss, and Nirvana’s Nevermind for Wow Huh. Wow Huh is an online art quarterly that has featured critics Lane Relyea and Christopher K. Ho.

Brandt in Counter-Print

An interview with Erik Brandt, design professor, was featured in the UK magazine Counter-Print. The interview discussed Brandt’s “human-rebranding” project. Counter-Print approached Brandt over the summer after discovering his collection of hand-painted truck logos on Flickr, and the magazine requested an interview as well as permission to use his photos.

Brittany Nelson

Brittany Nelson, design professor, exhibited a new body of work at Art Platform LA from September 28 to 30, with the David Klein Gallery.

Michael Mott ’08 opened an exhibition of his work titled When the Sick Set Sail, the Sea Sets Them Free at the Seltzer Art Space on September 21. It was the first exhibition of the 2012 One Nighter Series. The exhibition also featured the release party of Wopozi issue #2.

Jody Williams' exhibition titled Starting From Nothing at Form + Content Gallery

Jody Williams, fine arts professor, has an exhibition at the Form + Content Gallery titled Starting from Nothing, which runs through October 13. Williams’s work is a collection of artist’s books, prints, and collages.

Li Zeng at MUW Gallery

Li Zeng ’12, MFA, exhibited in the 2012 Faculty Exhibition at the Mississippi University for Women, which opened on September 12 in the Eugenia Summer Gallery. Zeng gave an artist’s talk on the show, which included website work and handmade books.

Llewellyn Mejia - Ace of Wands

Llewellyn Mejia ’12 was featured in CMYK Magazine's Top New Creatives 54 for three of his winning entries, titled Sleep Tight!, Winners, and Ace of Wands.

Erik Brandt's logo for Anomalous Visuals

Erik Brandt, design professor, was commissioned by the UK artist collective Anomalous Visuals to create an alternative version of their logo. The piece has since received attention on the Internet, as Anomalous Visuals promoted it very heavily via the social networks.

Design Chair Bernard Caniffe spoke at the MAYO Clinic Transform Conference which took place from September 9 through September 11. Previously, while at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Caniffe collaborated with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on the MICA/JHU Design Coalition, which paired students with the neighborhood groups to create meaningful, powerful messages on health and wellness topics.

Alex Araiza for Project Know

Alex Araiza, filmmaking major, was hired as the writer for a video produced by Project Know. The video was produced to encourage Minnesotans to vote no in November against the Minnesota Marriage Amendment.

On the AIGA Minnesota website Patrick Redmond ‘72 led an initiative to provide a list of all past presidents and chairmen of AIGA Minnesota including past presidents from when the chapter was known as MGDA, the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association.

Erik Brandt for the Eyeo Festival

The Eyeo Festival commissioned Design Professor Erik Brandt for a second time to produce a print collateral. The festival, the largest gathering of contemporary data visualization professionals, attracts an international audience of practitioners and was held at the Walker Art Center this year.