Mid-America Print Council Journal

Staff member Angela Sprunger's work was selected to grace the cover of the Mid-America Print Council Journal, Volume 21, Numbers 3–4. Her work "Our Land, Not Their Sand," a screenprint on reductive linocut, illustrates the issue titled Printmaking as Social Practice.


Eric Rieger, also known as HOT TEA, is the latest MCADian to be profiled by MN Original, an award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures.

Salmon Deadly Sins, Still

"Salmon Deadly Sins," a new animated short film by Steven Vander Meer ’85, will have its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The seven minute film about, you guessed it, the seven deadly sins consists of no less than five thousand and forty drawings on three by five inch salmon colored index cards.

Leanna Perry

MCAD student Leanna Perry's neon world and hyper-graphic illustrations have been featured on monthly art and culture magazine Juxtapoz's website.

Tuesday Bassen

Tuesday Bassen ’11 is now represented by Tugeau2, an agency for children's media. An award-winning illustrator, designer, and art director living in New York City, Bassen has done work for the likes of Snapple, Fiat, Playboy, Target, American Greetings, United Nations, Design*Sponge, TEDx, Etsy, NY Times, Mott's, and more.

Mara Farnworth Watercolor

A watercolor painting by Mara Plesums Farnworth ’61 was accepted by a jury into the 93rd International Exhibition of the National Watercolor Society in November 2013. She was also awarded Signature Membership based on additional paintings.

David Goldes

Electro-graphs, an exhibition of new photographs and drawings by faculty member David Goldes will open later this month. His most recent work is inspired by historical experiments into the nature of electricity.


A number of members of the MCAD community are recipients of 2014 Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board:

One Mpls by Adam Turman

This weekend, Minneapolis inaugurates its new mayor, Betsy Hodges. Accordingly, Camille Gage ’97 is coordinating a big, public celebration that will feature live music and artwork.

Nothing Better Excerpt

Tyler Page ’01, director of print technology services at MCAD, was invited to be a visiting writer at Anoka-Ramsey Community College this spring. His book Nothing Better Vol. 1 will be taught as part of the curriculum in over a dozen English and reading classes.


Threadless, the online art-supporting retailer, recently offered Eric Rieger (HOTTEA) ’07 $2,000 to fund a project of his choosing.

Miles of yarn and twelve hours later, he shares his inspiring transformation of a rundown tennis court. In addition to Threadless's video showcasing Rieger's process, the story is also covered by art and visual culture blog Colossal.

The Redesigned NYT Website

Today's New York Times website redesign was led by one of our own: Renda Morton ’03, product design lead on the project. This is the first full-site redesign the organization has had since 2006.

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor ’97 has been selected from more than 150 artists to be the illustrator of the official 2014 Minnesota State Fair Commemorative art. The work will be unveiled at the state fairgrounds in June.

Great Debates Detail

MCAD staff and faculty member Karen Wirth’s book installation Great Debates is included in the juried exhibition Print, Produce, Publish.

Leigh Luna for BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed recently used MCAD student Leigh Luna's illustrations to accompany one of their articles. Her colorful work can be found with the story "Revisiting Resolutions, 10 Years Later," which is part of BuzzFeed's new Fresh Starts series.

Ann Tracy-Lopez

Ann Tracy-Lopez ’89 is exhibiting for the month of January at Rancho Linda Vista (RLV) Gallery, Oracle, Arizona. RLV is one of the oldest continuous artist communities in the United States. Tracy-Lopez is exhibiting work completed while on residency on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland. 

Illustrations by Luisa Rivera Nahrwold

Student Luisa Rivera Nahrwold has been busy creating illustrations for a number of projects. Her latest work appears in Los Olivos, a conceptual book about olive oil, and with an article in the newest issue of UVA Magazine. Both publications are produced in Chile.

You Must Stand This While Reading There

Isa Gagarin ’08 is featured in You Must Stand This While Reading There, a group exhibition currently on view at David Petersen Gallery. As part of curator Nathan Coutts's orchestration of activity, she wrote instructions for an artwork made by a priest in St. Paul, and she also has a recent work on display in the back gallery.

Work by Katelyn Farstad ’10 is also on view.

Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2, Zak Sally

Faculty member Zak Sally, Anna Bongiovanni ’09, and Caitlin Skaalrud ’11 are all featured on comics critic Rob Clough's "Best of 2013" list of long- and short-form comics.

Avoidance Training

Have you ever pulled out your cell phone to avoid having to look at or, heaven forbid, talk to strangers? If you answered yes, you're not alone.

Samantha French Painting

Painter Samantha French ’05 has been featured as the "Face of the Day" on the 24/7 politics, news, arts, and culture blog the Dish, which boasts close to ten million page views every month.

City Pages' Artists of the Year

Current MFA student Adam Hamilton has made it onto City Pages' "2013 Artists of the Year" list.

Cover illustration by Nahrwold

Student Luisa Rivera Nahrwold has illustrated the cover for the newest issue of La Peste, a Mexican magazine that strives to expose the work of writers, illustrators, designers, and photographers from different parts of the world.

Idol by Aaron Spangler

Aaron Spangler ’93, a recipient of a 2010/11 McKnight Visual Artist fellowship who currently has work on view in New York City's Horton Gallery, is highlighted in the most recent issue of Art in America.

Erik Brandt Ficciones Typografika

Faculty member Erik Brandt's popular Ficciones Typografika project is being featured in a sixteen-page monograph as part of the advertising, design, and visual culture magazine Creative Review's (UK) January 2014 issue.