MCAD News


Shannon Estlund Portrait

Shannon Estlund ’13, MFA, was featured in Studio Visit magazine. Estlund's paintings portray natural spaces that allow one to exist in the moment. Her featured oil paintings, Interval and Ultimatum, are a metaphorical “call to adventure” that offer the possibility of alternatives to capitalism and mass culture. 


Teresa Holm Grain Belt Packaging Redesign

Teresa Holm ’06 , marketing director for August Schell Brewing Company, is giving Grain Belt bottles and cans a new look in 2014. 


Emma Trithart Caribou Medium Font

Emma Trithart ’08 is featured in Communication Arts' 2014 Typography Annual for her work with Colle+Mcvoy on Caribou's new font, designed as part of the "Life is short. Stay awake for it." campaign.


Lea Sorrentino

Lea Sorrentino ’12, MFA, is the latest MCADian to be featured on Twin Cities Public Television's MN Original series. Her work involves conceptual installations that challenge viewers to question consumerism and materialism in American culture.


Isa Gagarin Trieste

Isa Gagarin ’08 is taking part in Trieste, a group exhibition in the Netherlands organized by Jay Heikes. Addressing ideas of the unknown and impossible, Trieste metaphorically takes inspiration from the moody town of Trieste in northern Italy on the Adriatic sea near the border of Slovenia.


Nicholas McDougal

Nicholas McDougal ’10 is celebrating six months at KCCI 8 News, the largest local news network in Des Moines, Iowa. Employing illustration and design skills honed from his days at MCAD, McDougal creates stunning motion graphics as well as shooting and editing footage for commercial use.


Tom Garrett New Cafe

Faculty member Tom Garrett rings in on cell phone etiquette with artwork for the January issue of Choices. If you are in one of Garrett's classes, you should probably read this.


Baugnet Interior Basement

Andrew Baugnet ’87 celebrates twenty years photographing for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).


Great Personality Guardians Interactive Game

Light Grey Art Lab members Lindsay Nohl ’03, Jenny Bookler ’11, Francesca Buchko ’08, and Chris Hajny ’04 have created a series of four interactive games in coordination with Light Grey's newest exhibition, Great Personality. The exhibition features over fifty international artists who have come together to create an interactive world of allure, ambiance, and attitude.


Dan Lund, Jeffrey

Filmmaker and Disney animator Dan Lund ’89 has created an animated weekly series about Jeffrey, a middle-aged man trying to stay relevant through social media.


Jason Ramey's Ball and Clawall (L), Over The Wall Desk (R)

Visiting faculty member Jason Ramey is showing sculptural work in two exhibitions, both opening late this month. In his latest work, Ramey examines the ill-defined space between art, craft, and design. By imbuing found objects with stories from his past, Ramey welcomes viewers to examine the importance of the seemingly mundane objects that surround them daily.


Eddie Thomas

Previous staff and faculty member Christine Daves was recently included in a Star Tribune article about organized living. Alongside four other professional organizers, Daves, owner of Think Organized, gives advice on how to maintain a clutter-free life by streamlining everything from our environments to our minds.


Double Vision

Visiting faculty member Valerie Jenkins and Tara Costello will share an upcoming exhibit at Rosalux Gallery.


Celebrating Samhain, from "Evie Lou and Laura Jane"

Photographer Noelle McCleaf ’08, MFA, has been featured in a number of publications recently. Her latest project "A Bee in her Bonnet" appears in Feature Shoot and Fraction Magazine; she speaks about her work process in an interview with Cole Don Kelley and Jessica Dean Camp in Don/Dean; and her photograph "Evie Lou and Laura Jane" (above right) is included in the publication A New Romance.


Nate Moren Furniture

Furniture designer Nate Moren ’08, a Windgate Fellowship winner, was recently a part of the opening fellowship exhibition at Chicago's Navy Pier. The exhibition will continue with an extended showing that opens later this week at the brand new Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design Space in Ashville, NC.


Hey Ocean Video Still

Katie Maren ’06, with the help of Holly Thorstad ’07, Mike P. Nelson ’05, and Emily Fritze ’12, has directed this fun and quirky stop motion video for the Canadian band Hey Ocean!.


Samantha French Painting

Join Samantha French ’05 at the opening reception for her solo exhibition Life Aquatic. The exhibition runs concurrently with Water’s Edge, a group exhibition of paintings and prints in the main gallery.


Leah Zobott

Senior Leah Zobott recently designed a mural for Kings Colleges Boston's common room area. In this short video she talks about her design concept and the inspiration behind her idea.


Mark Flora

Faculty member Paul Fricke has designed the album cover for the latest album by the Holy Rocka Rollaz. Pick up the album while you catch their high-energy show featuring early American rock'n'roll songs (think Holly, Cash, Berry, Cochran, and Elvis).


Photo by Rhea Pappas

Seven Minneapolis fashion designers have partnered with local musicians to present an elevated cocktail party during Minnesota Fashion Week. Pairing their designs with opera, orchestra, and theater performances will be Laura Fulk ’07, Tim Navarro, Thom Navarro, Danielle Everine, Sarah Holm, Rachel Roff and Carly Schoen.


Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza

Four alumni are among the three teams of Creative City Challenge finalists. Amanda Lovelee ’10, MFA, is part of the team Balancing Ground and Bill Ferenc ’08, Trygve Nordberg ’08, and Melissa Gagner ’07 are part of the team Spark. Former student Amara Antilla is a member of the jury.


Holly Streekstra

Faculty member Holly Streekstra has recently returned to MCAD from Kaposvar University in Hungary, where she held a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship for the fall 2013 semester. 


Li Zeng, Beiwan Bar at Houhai Park

Li Zeng ’12, MFA, is a finalist in design magazine HOW’s Annual Poster Design Awards. Her poster, titled Beiwan Bar at Houhai Park, is one in a series that was created to promote three bodies of water surrounded by tourist districts and bars in central Beijing.


Shannon McCarthy, far left

Shannon McCarthy ’13, MFA, has been featured on the Sioux Falls-based news site KELO for being one of four new visual arts faculty members at South Dakota State University who are displaying works in the annual faculty exhibit on campus.


Andrea Carlson

Andrea Carlson ’05, MFA, is the latest artist to be featured on local arts and business blog Pollen. In interview format, Carlson describes the region's influence on her work, how grants and public funding have helped her as an artist, and in what ways she is inspired by a particular local artist.