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Minneapolis, MN —April 11, 2016—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the culminating exhibition of graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates. Presenting a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, animation, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, performance, and graphic design, the exhibition will feature work by 32 artists and designers. This exhibition is the result of a two-year interdisciplinary journey of intensive research and studio practice. Whether you’re interested in contemporary sculpture and illustration or cutting-edge graphic design, this exhibition will challenge viewers with fresh perspectives and visual structures.

Event Details

Event: 2016 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION AND RECEPTION

Location: MCAD MFA Studios 2201 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Gallery entrance on Stevens Avenue side of building

Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, May 7–8, 2016, noon–5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, noon–5:00 p.m.

Reception: Friday, May 13, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Who: Free and open to the public

Graduates:

  • Leslie Barlow, drawing/painting
  • Julie Reneé Benda, print/paper/book
  • Anna Leigh Biedenbender, drawing/painting
  • John Thomas Bivens, comic art
  • Kelsey Bosch, sculpture/media arts
  • Allison Brown, sound/performance
  • Kayla Campbell, graphic design
  • Siqi Cheng, graphic design
  • Bradley Neil Cook, print/paper/book
  • Liza Dorsey, drawing/painting
  • Preston Yates Drum, painting
  • Andi Fink, photography
  • Rob Gooding, filmmaking
  • Cong Hu, graphic design
  • Essma Elaine Imady, filmmaking/installation
  • Rachel Jennings, painting/installation
  • Patience Lekien, graphic design
  • Qiuwen Li, graphic design
  • Katie Lupton, graphic design
  • Mandy Martinson, photography
  • John Matsunaga, photography
  • Sarah Faye McPherson, sculpture
  • Heidi Miller, graphic design
  • Kathryn Miller, sculpture/drawing
  • Alex Mitchell, illustration/comic art
  • Niky Motekallem, illustration
  • Amber Newman, graphic design
  • Nick Rivers, interdisciplinary
  • Christopher Selleck, photography
  • Kristin Tipping, comic art
  • Eric Yevak, painting
  • Sijia Zhang, graphic design

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, illustration, sculpture, drawing, animation, interactive media, filmmaking, comic arts, furniture design, and illustration art.

About Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to visual arts education, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is home to more than 700 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.