MCAD News Cover

Former student Rachael Balsaitis has created the cover for this week's issue of, the Fall Entertainment Preview. 

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Daniel Ringold

Daniel Ringold, a recent graduate from MCAD's certificate program in graphic design, was featured today on the local design and advertising website the Minneapolis Egotist. The "mathematician, German major, international traveler, tri-lingual teacher, pattern maker, and graphic designer with a passion for fashion" is seen by the website as a top young creative in the Twin Cities.

Various Solutions: Gas in Gas by Karen Wirth

Faculty member Karen Wirth was recently included in the exhibitions Found Objects at Form+Content Gallery, which featured artworks created from undisguised or modified found objects, and Infinite Possibilities: Math, Science, Book Arts at 23 Sandy Gallery, which proved that math and science can be used as a source of artistic inspiration to book artists.


The Weisman Art Museum has purchased the work "Seed" by Gregory Euclide ’08, MFA, for its permanent collection. 

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Kate Casanova

Kate Casanova ’08, who was recently part of Minneapolis's Station to Station, opens up to science and culture website about what drives her as an artist.

Michael Chiarello

Tom Garrett ’79 created eight illustrations for the July/August 2013 issue of Food Network Magazine. His works depict the story of restaurant veteran Michael Chiarello's process of opening Coquette, a new Spanish restaurant in San Francisco.

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Field Trip

Shannon Estlund ’13, MFA, has installed a new piece for Art on Foot, part of Silverwood Park's event Field Trip. 

Visitors can take a map and go on a self-guided tour of the many artworks and audio poetry installed throughout the park—all of which have been created by Minnesota artists and poets.

Howard Quednau

Recent work by MCAD faculty member Howard Quednau will take over the Overlook Gallery at the Phipps in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Quednau describes his work as representational, stating "while I take pleasure in describing the observable world, my truer interest lies just beneath the surface where meaning can be revealed."

Retro Horror Artwork

For those of you in California, Bill Rude ’96 invites you to join him at the opening reception for his latest solo show featuring retro horror artwork and free beer.

A preview of the show and Rude's "deliciously lurid horror-sci-fi-monster-themed artwork" can be found in the Burbank Leader.

Baba Yaga Cover

Martin Skoro ’77 is celebrating the launch of a book he has been working on for nearly fifteen years: Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales

Skoro has partnered with The Museum of Russian Art for the book launch, which is free and open to the public and will take place October 11–13, 2013.

Kate Casanova for City Pages

MCAD's princess with the hermit crab crown Kate Casanova ’08 meets the princess of punk Patti Smith this Thursday as part of Station to Station.

Traveling to nine train stations across the country this month, Station to Station connects leading figures in art, music, food, literature, and film for a series of cultural interventions and site-specific happenings.

Target Free Thursday Nights

MCAD students Nicholas Carroll, Christopher Gasser, Mel Nguyen, Brennan Gasser, and recent alum Tamara McCoy-Carroll ’10 will be part of the next Target Free Thursday Night at the Walker.

The group will join University of Minnesota history professor Tracey Deutsch in a conversation about gender and domesticity as part in the exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City.

Drift and Flow

A recent article on the Walker Art Center's website and features the work of Samantha French ’05 and poses the question: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?

Sculpture Magazine

MCAD senior Nicholas Carroll has received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center. His piece was one of twelve selected (out of 1,034 submissions) to be part of the Grounds for Sculpture Fall/Winter Exhibition, October 2013-March 2014 in Hamilton, New Jersey, which will be followed by a year-long traveling exhibition.

Inspired by Everything

This event, which aims to inspire current students and celebrate the success of alumni, is held on the third Thursday of the month. Attendees will enjoy light snacks, inspiring conversation, and networking. Teagan White ’12 will be this month’s conversation starter.

Inspired by Everything
Thursday, September 19
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Emeritus Room

The Soap Factory

This immersive and interdisciplinary exhibition comprises thirty-eight artists whose work spans visual and sonic art, performance, writing, and interactivity. The exhibition will include multiple time- and performance-based works, weekly artist panels, the publishing of a special edition WOPOZI newspaper, and an ongoing sound and experimental music program with two galleries of visual art.

Alumni Breakfast

Nicholas Dahl ’10 is coordinating a local bachelor of science/visualization alumni breakfast with Jerry Allan and other faculty. All are welcome to meet up, mingle, and enjoy a cup of joe (first one's on the MCAD Alumni Association Board of Directors).

Penza—Mervy Pueblo

A month after teaching graduate courses as an associate professor, Mervy Pueblo ’13 has been appointed as head of the graduate program at the School of Fine Arts and Design, Philippine Women's University.

Established in 1919, PWU is a pioneering feminist university in Asia catering to the educational needs of women. The university is widely known for education, fine arts, and music.


Join VidTiger Studio+Gallery and curators Colin Marx ’12 and Matt Reimers for the one-night-only group painting show Painter Painter Painter Painter Painter, featuring artists Ute Bertog ’05, Allen Brewer, Ryan Hughes ’12, Tynan Kerr ’07, Melissa Loop ’05, Marx, Andie Mazorol, Michael McCaffrey, Reimers, and Sheila Wagner.

Painter Painter Painter Painter Painter
Thursday, September 5
5:00-10:00 p.m.
Solar Arts Building

John Teschner On Drones

MCAD faculty member John Teschner's essay "On Drones" has been published in The Iowa Review.

"As measured by contests ranging from self-driving car races to the famous Turing tests, we are closing in on the goal of robot autonomy. There is convincing evidence that artificial intelligence (AI) will be invented in our lifetimes. The event is being called the Singularity because nothing will ever be the same after it."

AIGA Pre-Camp Workshop Presentations

As part of AIGA's annual Design Camp, held at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota, Jay Coogan, Kate Mohn, and Sarah Wolbert will be presenting about engaging with external partners, experiential learning, and MCADWorks. Additionally, Master of Arts in Sustainable Design student Craig Johnson and environmental planning analyst Jeremy Jones will discuss sustainable thinking as it relates to design.

This is Northfield

Allen Brewer recently finished a campaign for Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. Taking inspiration from the iconic Miroslav Sasek, his illustrations, which appear on the CVB's website, highlight the quaint river town's many attractions.

Plus, be sure to head to Ye Ol' Mill at the state fair this year to see some new murals by Brewer.

Ficciones Typografika

Ficciones Typografika, Erik Brandt's community gallery project, was featured today on MPR's Art Hounds. The project, which can be viewed in a Powerderhorn Park alley, features frequently changing work by artists and designers—local, national, and international—that use type as image or form.


Adam Smith ’04 , along with friends including Steve Carlson ’04, has launched a new photo mosaic platform called MosaicStudio. MosaicStudio is a photo mosaic editing system that allows users to create, share, save, and order prints. The mosaics combine photos from users' personal collections—such as those from vacations, weddings, and reunions—to create one memory-filled work of art.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons ’93 was published on the Huffington Post's blog today. In her post "Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress," Lyons discusses her evolving understanding of the man who forever changed history.

"My idea of [King] was a noble, calm, and well-spoken civil rights leader. Indeed, he was all of those things, but he was also so much more. He was fire and brimstone, determined, strategic, and human."