MCAD News


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.

Participants include:

Redesign

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

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

Link: www.dannywagner.tumblr.com

Link: www.kentwilliams.com

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 Phildelphia, PA. 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.

Emily Sheehan

Emily Sheehan has a show titled Drawing on Experience running from January 9 through January 31 at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN.

Mike Sgier Comic

Mike Sgier ’08 had a comic featured in the Philadelphia City Paper's annual comics issue (December 1, 2011). The comic was also chosen as "Best-in-Show" by guest editor Art Baxter.

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Amy Sands was a Juror at the 2011 Metris Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis.

Sands will also be a part of a collaborative installation titled Recall at the Pratt Institute in New York.

Nicholas Reti 2012

Encounter the whimsical spirit of winter through this energetic exhibition of oil paintings by Nicholas Reti ’01. Caught in Crested Butte, a Colorado snow-globe, Reti illuminates the fascinating forms created by snow on familiar objects and local landscapes.

Quodlibetica's latest constellation, the Icy Issue, has launched!

This time contributors include One Room Schoolhouse, Salon Saloon's very own Andy Sturdevant, art historian Marsha Olson, critic Mason Riddle, and the usual suspects—Thomas O. Haakenson, Lightsey Darst and Christina Schmid.

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Rebholz Illustration

Bill Rebholz's illustration was published in the Isthmus, which is Madison, Wisconsin's version of City Pages.

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Chris Rand Metalsmithing

Metalwork by Chris Rand ’00 was selected to appear in a new book from Schiffer Publishing titled Ironwork Today 3: Inside and Out. The book showcases the work of over seventy artists from across the U.S. and Canada. Rand's work is featured on four of the book's 256 pages. Rand creates custom designed metalwork for architects, residents, and churches upon commission.

liz Plahn's Work

Liz Plahn ’09 was recently promoted to senior designer at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) after working as a junior designer since 2009.

Christy Oates "Crane Chair"

Christy Oates ’06 has three pieces in a group show at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC in July. Oates's work will join that of 39 other artists in an exhibition entitled 40 Under 40.

The Original RoboCop

MCAD alum Nick Schenk, who wrote Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, is now working on a rewrite for the RoboCop film with Jose Padilha.

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The Electric Information Age Book

The Electric Information Age Book by Adam Michaels and Jeffrey Schnapp is the third installment in the Inventory Books series.