Coogan in front of the MCAD mural by FAILE
Coogan in front of the MCAD mural by FAILE

Dear MCAD Community,

Need artwork to hang on an empty wall or a sculpture or piece of furniture to bring a unique sensibility into your home? Want to have a comic art student make a drawing for you on the spot? Are you also interested in supporting emerging creative talent? Well, you are in luck as the 20th Annual MCAD Art Sale kicks off this Thursday, November 16, and continues through Saturday, November 18. This is MCAD’s largest public event with close to 4,000 attendees checking out the roughly 7,000 works of art that are for sale. Over its twenty years, the sale has raised more than $3 million for young artistic talent and helped to launch numerous MCAD artists’ careers.

This year we have an amazing group of curators from the Twin Cities’ largest art museums, including Mia, the M, the Walker, the Weisman, and Zach Quinn, CEO of Love Your Melon, our lead sponsor for the sale. Keep an eye out for the pink tags that indicate their “Hot Picks” identifying MCAD’s most promising artists.

I look forward to seeing you at the sale!

Last Tuesday was Election Day and as you may know, we are proud that MCAD is a polling site and that DesignWorks staff and students created the design templates for the election signage used throughout Minneapolis.

This past election week brought a lot of change to our local municipalities as well as across the country. We have new mayors in Minneapolis and St. Paul. And, in Minneapolis we elected two new City Council members who are among the first black, transgender major city representatives not only here but across the country.

We are honored to say that Andrea Jenkins, who won Ward 8 in Minneapolis, is an award-winning poet and faculty member in our liberal arts department. Congratulations, Councilwoman Jenkins! MCAD is very proud to have you in our community and for all the values you support!

As we see in every election cycle, it is important to participate in the political process. In that vein, I am thrilled to see us launching a new minor in engaged and public art this spring semester. This will give students an opportunity through the curriculum to see how they can impact communities and test their ideas about art and design practice in the public sphere. Students will be able to focus their work on social equity, working in underfunded communities, and to see how they can positively impact a variety of urban and environmental issues. This will truly be creativity with purpose.


 Coogan's Signature

Jay Coogan


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