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Minneapolis College of Art and Design invite you to an evening of creativity and celebration at Open Studio Night 2016. 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.

Event Details

When: Friday, March 4, 2016, 6:00—9:00 p.m.

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

*Please note new location

Who: 54 Master of Fine Arts students developing their practice in the areas of animation, comic arts, drawing, design, fiber arts, filmmaking, installation, interactive media, painting, paper and book arts, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and sound.

Note: This event is free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible.

Open Studio Night 2016 marks the debut of the MFA program’s new home at 2201 First Avenue South. This expanded 23,000 square foot facility gives students room to 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 50 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. The MFA program is excited to build relationships with its new neighbors and eagerly anticipates the creative cross-pollination this proximity affords.

About MCAD’s MFA Program

The MCAD MFA Program is a community of makers, thinkers, theorists, researchers, and creative professionals. The 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, illustration, sculpture, drawing, animation, interactive media, filmmaking, comic arts, furniture design, and illustration art.

About MCAD

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 eight hundred students pursuing bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science, or master of fine arts degrees. MCAD’s faculty are leaders in the art and design community, guiding and inspiring students to produce creative and purposeful work that distinguishes them in their fields and fuels the entrepreneurial economy.