Jay Coogan


April 2018

Dear MCAD Community,

This is a busy, exciting time at MCAD! I want to share news about some of the spring events that have been, and will soon be, going on.

Coming up on May 12, the Spring 2018 graduation ceremony will see 112 graduating students walk the stage. The commencement speaker is newly elected Ward 8 Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins who is also a poet and adjunct faculty member at MCAD.

On May 18, please join us for The Auction at MCAD, an exciting night of creativity and enthusiasm for art connoisseurs, art collectors, and art lovers. The auction features work for sale by MCAD alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. Thank you to our many generous sponsors who have stepped forward to provide this scholarship support for students, ensuring that we keep MCAD affordable. All the proceeds from ticket sales, sales of artwork, and fund-a-need requests will help keep MCAD affordable for students.

This past week, we received a stellar preliminary re-accreditation report from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The review team from the University of the Arts, Massachusetts College of Art, and the College for Creative Studies was here for three days. I want to thank Vice President of Academic Affairs Karen Wirth, Collin O'Neill, and Melissa Rands for the excellent job they did leading the preparation for our re-accreditation visit. This multi-year preparation process included preparing a self-study, reviewing the curriculum, updating learning outcomes, integrating institutional planning, organizing the comprehensive exhibition of student artwork, and scheduling the actual visit. Our previous NASAD visit was in 2005 and much has changed since then.

This was an important milestone for MCAD. To quote from an email sent out by Wirth to the community:

“While there were many positive points the NASAD team shared, there were a number of ways that they felt that MCAD was unique:

  1. The mission, vision, and values, and students-first attitude of the college are understood, evident, and most importantly, were authentic.
  2. Planning is continuous and collaborative, in a consistent mode that is adapted to the culture of the college.
  3. Critical thinking is fully integrated between theory and practice, between liberal arts and studio—something they said they truly have not seen anywhere else.

They were impressed by so much, including, the student work, the care of the facilities, consistency in publications, careful fiscal management, well-respected staff, admissions stability and success, commitment to health and safety, depth and commitment to the foundation program, faculty’s sophisticated level of concern about students, and students’ inquisitiveness and ability to see issues from multiple perspectives. The team finished by saying we have built an extraordinary community here.”

The thoughtful approach we take to all we do as an educational institution has resulted in a very positive report. Not only did we rally for the moment but more importantly every day we are here we make great things happen for our students and for the college.

In April, we hosted the 22nd Annual Partners in Scholarship Luncheon which brings donors together with student scholarship recipients. This is one of the most emotion-filled events we host on campus. Student speaker Larry Phiravanh ’19, alumni speaker Elizabeth Aviles ’15, and donor speaker Mark Addicks gave wonderful, impactful talks about the value of scholarships. It was also an opportunity to give a shout-out to one of the scholarship recipients, Kiley Friese, who had just received a 2018 Craft Windgate Fellowship

This past month we also had the annual Made At MCAD exhibit up in the Main Gallery. I hope you had a chance to see the outstanding work in the show, which was curated by Luis Fitch, 2014 McKnight Visual Artists Fellow and founder/creative director of UNO Branding; and Jessica Henderson ’11, MFA, associate professor, Bethel University.

If you missed this show, you will have another chance to see the work of our talented graduating seniors in the Annual Senior Exhibition which will be up from May 7 to 12. Stop by for a visit!

Lastly, on May 4, we have the annual Emerging Talent Showcase. More than 100 different companies will be looking at the work of our students with the possibility of offering them a job, an internship, or contract work. If you are looking for creative talent, this is the place to be.

Needless to say, this spring has been a feast for the eyes and mind at MCAD.



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