A blog post by Jim Keefe (Adjunct Faculty, Design) on the business of cartooning was highlighted by The Beat, the news blog of comic culture. The Beat is listed as one of the twenty-five best blogs of 2012 by Time online.

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Media Arts professor Vince Leo reviewed Elementary Calculus by J. Carrier. His review is posted on the Little Brown Mushroom blog.

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Matthew Plumstead ‘08 was interviewed in Dwell, a magazine on modern design and architecture. The interview focused on his Integrated Workstation project, which won a Red Dot award for best design concept.

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Erin Moren ‘07 and Nate Moren ‘08 are the co-owners, designers, and fabricators of Tandem Made, a Minneapolis based custom design and build studio. They are excited to announce the launch of their new website designed by Justin McKinley ‘10 and developed by Tyler Stefanich ‘09. Visit the Tandem Made site at

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Patrick Redmond ’72 and Nancy Rice (Faculty, Advertising) attended the “Mad Men & Women of Minneapolis” event held by the Advertising Federation of Minnesota.

Patrick Redmond ‘72 received a Merit Award from the Advertising Federation of Minnesota, a member of the American Advertising Federation, in AdFed’s The Show 2012 competition on November 9.

Current MFA Student Kate Thomas will showcase her work on Nicollet and 26th street from December 1 - February 15 as part of the Artists in Storefronts project.

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Tom Garrett created illustrations about the executive chef of the White House and the Obama family for the December 2012 issue of Food Network Magazine. Garret’s seven illustrations are based on the process of creating the holiday gingerbread house.

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Emma Trithart ‘08 launched her new website, which includes several works exhibited at the Light Grey Art Lab.

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Current MFA Zach Collins was selected to exhibit in Gallery 110’s Annual Juried exhibition.

Emily Harris '07 was hired at Lerner Publishing Group and will join Minnesota AIGA Board of Directors as the Associate Director of Archives.

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A new digital magazine called MPLSzine has been coordinated and produced by MPLS Collective. Several MCAD alumni and students have been involved in the production and have submitted content to the zine, including Julian Howley, faculty member Robert Algeo, and Clarissa Hamilton, who is the layout Director for the zine.

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A number of MCAD faculty and alumni are included in a brand new holiday pop-up shop called SOOlocal, a division of SooVac gallery.

Matthew K. Berg was recently hired by MN Film and TV as their new Production Services Manager. Most recently, Berg worked as assistant to producer Christine Walker on the indie feature, Stay Then Go, which was shot on location in Minneapolis in September.

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Escaping Logik was a solo exhibition presented at Fine Art in Space by Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Pugh ’02. Pugh presented acrylic painted works, as well as over 100 watercolor pieces. In conjunction with his new work, he is releasing a limited edition sketchbook entitled Escaping Logik.

Share the news! MCAD’s animation program was rated #1 in the Midwest by Animation Career Review.

A new artist’s book by Paula McCartney titled As If Everything You Imagined Were True was published by Location Books in Minneapolis. McCartney’s book includes images from her series, Bronx Zoo, which she made while living in New York City. These images, which have been the foundation of all the work she’s made since, began her exploration of constructed landscapes.

To celebrate and acknowledge their 30th anniversary, the Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota Mentor program held a special exhibition of works by Judith Roode, former MCAD faculty member. Gifted and Guided, the Warm Mentor Program Exhibition was on view from October 6 to November 10 at the Grain Belt Bottling House. Roode also spoke at the event.

Jerry Allan and the entrepreneurial studies department hosted visiting speaker and global citizen Isatou Ceesay on October 27, in part as a fundraiser for the organizations Ceesay has worked with in her efforts to empower African women. Ceesay works to help women in Gambia gain economic empowerment and began the Women’s Recycling Project in Njau, Gambia. In 2012, Ceesay was named the winner of the International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 award.

Restaurateur and MCAD board member Andrew Dayton and head chef of the Bachelor Farmer, Paul Berglund, invited Karen Wirth, Vice President of Academic Affairs, to give a presentation on design and composition to the kitchen staff of the restaurant. The presentation on October 23, 2012 was included in the programming for a semiannual staff development day. The talk centered on attributes of Scandinavian design, compositional principles and their application to food presentation or plating.

Nicole Killian (Visiting Faculty, Graphic Design) has just completed a piece in collaboration with visual artist Charlie White for his Music for Sleeping Children pop album. This project combines White’s and Killian’s work with pop culture ephemera, creating a tension of critique.

Two photographs by Noel Worden ‘08 were accepted into SooVAC’s Untitled 9 show. This is the 5th SooVAC show this year, including a solo show, in which Worden’s work has been featured.

Robert Algeo (Professor, Continuing Studies) spoke at Mix 2012 as a part of the “Extraordinary Epics” panel. Mix 2012 is a comics symposium held by the Columbus College of Art and Design.

On October 25, the Walker shop hosted a meet and greet with product designers whose projects have been funded through Kickstarter.

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.