Cindy Gilbert (Faculty and Program Coordinator of Sustainable Design Online) was an invited judge for the 2011 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge contest for The Biomimicry Institute. The student team winners were awarded a grand prize of $5,000.
Continuing Studies Instructor Holly Robbins is working with AIGA Minnesota to revitalize the annual Green Leaf Award that recognizes novel sustainability projects in the field of graphic design in the Minnesota region. The team hopes to bring national attention to this award and instate it as a national AIGA award in the future.
Continuing Studies Professor Arlene Birt was an invited presenter at the annual IXDA conference in Dublin, Ireland. Her workshop focused on how to leverage information design to communicate sustainability messages, and how to develop individual sustainability “background stories.”
Dr. Anna Tahinci (Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty) delivered a lecture titled "Rodin and America: Auguste Rodin and his American Collectors" at Macalester College in January 2012.
Tahinci also delivered a lecture titled "French Women Artists and exhibiting the feminine side of a permanent collection: the "Elles" exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou (2009-2011)" at Macalester in February 2012.
Rochelle Schultz Brancato ’00, was appointed to the Board of Directors for Museum Alliance of Rapid City, Inc. dba, The Journey Museum. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, The Journey Museum brings together four major prehistoric and historic collections to tell the complete story of the Western Great Plains. Brancato also chairs the Board’s marketing and public relations committee.
Work by Howard Quednau (Acting Chair/Associate Professor of Fine Arts) was selected for the Top Purchase Award at the 46th Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture Show at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Melissa Breitenfeldt '06 unveiled her project for Victory Motorcycles at the Australian Motorcycle Expo on the Gold Coast in February 2012. All artwork was hand drawn with Sharpie markers onto a motorcycle, which took over sixty hours of research, planning, and hand sketching to finish all seven scenes on the bike. All scenes are filled with symbolism of justice and victory.
Dr. Kris Belden-Adams (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) published her paper “Reconsidering Roland Barthes: Tense Collision as Photographic ‘Punctum’." She presented the paper at the Fourth Biennial Art History Symposium “The Madness of Photography” in February 2012 at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Belden-Adams' paper was one of four selected from forty submitted abstracts.
Recent 2012 graduate Loriana Tosca (BFA, Photography) was the first Photography intern at the Walker Art Center from March to May 2012. She worked as assistant to Cameron Wittig (MCAD MFA alum) and Gene Pittman.
Liberal Arts Professor Dr. Anna Tahinci presented her paper "Constructing, Deconstructing, and Reconstructing the Mediterranean in Contemporary Greek Art: Kostas Tsoklis, Jannis Kounellis, Dimitris Alithinos" as part of the panel titled "Redefining Mediterranean Aesthetics" at the College Art Association annual conference in Los Angeles in February.
An article by Dr. Kris Belden-Adams (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts), "Don't Hate the 'Index': Reconsidering the Promise of Peirce for Photographic Theory," appeared in the winter issue of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.
Faculty member Dr. Thomas O. Haakenson was awarded a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for the 2012 Fulbright German Studies Seminar, which took place in Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium, from June 12-23, 2012.
Lauren Zuckerman ’82 was the editor of Billy Bob Thornton's Jayne Mansfield's Car, a 1960s era drama about two families from different countries whose cultures clash. Zuckerman attended the film's premiere at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival this past February.
Kayla Plosz '12 held an exhibition at Soo Visual Arts Center in February/March 2012. The show was Plosz's first solo exhibition. This is the tenth year that SooVAC has hosted an exhibition of selected works from the MCAD MFA Program.
Bethany Kalk '05 exhibited in group exhibition Here in the Strata at the Rowan County Art Center in Morehead, Kentucky. A collaborative project by Kalk, Caleb Coppock, and Daphne Eck, the show is an art-based interpretation of Rowan County, Kentucky using elements from the physical landscape.
David Friedman, MFA '67, held his Color as a Second Language exhibition at Gallery on the Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii in February and March 2012. Friedman’s luminous canvases capture the brilliance and vitality of Hawaii’s extraordinary beauty. He also co-founded Electric Gallery, a virtual gallery on Hawaii community television. Additional Information:
Beth Shapiro-Prusky '81 graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 where she earned both a post-baccalaureate and an MFA. She has been working for the PAFA Museum since 2010 in Museum Education as an outreach teaching artist.