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The master of fine arts candidates at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design invite you to an evening of creativity and community at Open Studio Night 2017. Check out work by the newest generation of emerging talent, meet the artists, get a behind-the-scenes look at their studios, and rub elbows with others in Minnesota’s creative community. Candidates in MCAD’s interdisciplinary MFA program explore a vast array of ideas through a multitude of media including animation, comic arts, drawing, design, fiber arts, filmmaking, installation, interactive media, painting, paper and book arts, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and sound. There’s something intriguing for everyone here.

Open Studio Night 2017 will take place at the MFA program’s spacious new studio and gallery space. This expanded 23,000-square-foot facility gives students room to really flex their creative muscles and supports the rigor and vitality that make MCAD’s MFA program one of the best environments in the nation to pursue advanced studies in art and design. As MFA Program Director Tom DeBiaso highlights, “The building hosts more than fifty studios, a computer lab, a 3D shop, a smart classroom, a spectacular 3,200-square-foot state-of-the-art gallery with beautiful natural light, a stage, and a black box space for new media and installation work.” Designed by a team of MCAD staff, graduate faculty, and lead architect Patrick Regan of noted local firm James Dayton Architects, the new facility repurposes a previously underutilized building near the Minneapolis Institute of Art and MCAD’s main campus.


Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:00–9:00 p.m.


MCAD Master of Fine Arts Building, 2201 First Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404


  • Jonathan Aller
  • Hallie Bahn
  • Rachael Bonebright
  • Sishir Bommakanti
  • Jodie Burke
  • Zoe Cinel
  • Cassandra Cook
  • Sherry Muyuan He
  • William Jiang
  • Jennifer Jurgens
  • Heather Lamanno
  • Xiaojie Liu
  • Jordan Moen
  • Donna Meyer
  • Reza Nejati-Namin
  • Clarissa Odin
  • Grace Olson
  • Aries Yuanzhou Qian
  • Anika Schneider
  • Binbin Shen
  • Alanna Stapleton
  • Yuta Uchida
  • Yi Wan
  • Jessica Welhaf
  • Libby Wiswall
  • Joi Wenjin Yao
  • Shun Jie Yong
  • Yijun Zheng
  • Yuchen Zhang


The MCAD MFA Program is a community of makers, thinkers, theorists, researchers, and creative professionals. Our student body is diverse with a robust international presence. The subject of student-inquiry responds to social, cultural and professional needs as well as to entrepreneurial opportunities, stretching across art and design practices. Students in the program pursue creative work in a lively, interdisciplinary environment that includes graphic design, printmaking, paper and book arts, painting, photography, illus


The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to nearly 800 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.