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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) announces the second SooVAC biennial featuring selected works from the MCAD Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) in an exhibition honoring Suzy Greenberg and her commitment to supporting the program at MCAD.

SooVAC founder Suzy Greenberg, herself an alum of the MFA program, began featuring MFA candidates annually when she opened SooVAC in 2001. Greenberg’s tradition of working with students, presenting them with the opportunity to present their work in a professional exhibition space, and gain experience to prepare them for their careers outside of school continues.

This year, MCAD MFA candidates were invited to submit artwork for consideration. Jurors Betsy Carpenter and Dan Ibarra selected sixteen artists for the exhibition. This exhibition will feature work by Jonathan Aller, Hallie Bahn, Sishir Bommakanti, Rachel Bonebright, Jodie Burke, María José Castillo, Zoe Cinel, Heather Lamanno, Jordan Moen, Grace Olson, Aries Qian, Anika Schneider, Alanna Stapleton, Yuta Uchida, Wenjin Yao, and Shun Yong.

Andrea Carlson, a local visual artist, says about Greenberg, “Paramount to all of Suzy Greenberg’s work is people. Lifesize, real people. When Suzy opened the doors to SooVac in 2001, she knew that she wanted a place where artists could experiment, take risks, get experience. She was one step ahead. Always. Someone would show at SooVac and the next thing you knew they were winning awards and popping up in reviews everywhere. The list of artists she worked with is a massive array of talent in all media and an amazing group of people. Suzy’s talent lay not only in her eye, which was impeccable, but she saw in artists things they did not yet see themselves.”

Exhibition Details

Exhibition: February 10–27, 2018
Location: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Avenue South, Suite 101, Minneapolis
Reception: Saturday, February 10, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.


Betsy Carpenter is an independent curator, writer, and educator. Carpenter was a curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center from 2001–2015. Prior to the Walker, in 1997–98, she served on the curatorial team responsible for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective. In 2001, as guest curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings, she curated Jim Dine Prints: 1985–2000 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for which she also wrote and edited a catalogue raisonné of Dine’s graphic work from that period. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and Art in Print. Carpenter currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota where she teaches art theory. She is also leading the curatorial team for the research and installation of the reopening exhibition at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in 2019, as well as curating the 53rd National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Annual Exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Regis Center for Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Ms. Carpenter holds a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Minnesota, and an M.Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY).

Dan Ibarra is a Minneapolis-based designer, educator, and artist. From 1999 through 2016 he was the co-founder of Aesthetic Apparatus—a commercial art and printmaking studio that played an integral role in the American poster art revival. One night he slept on Shepard Fairey’s floor. The son of an anthropologist and a schoolteacher, he was born in Wisconsin and is currently a proud husband and father in Minneapolis, MN. Ibarra’s disciplines include: graphic design, branding, printmaking, education, type design, writing, lecturing/public speaking. His design work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Creative Review, CMYK, How, Print, STEP, Rolling Stone, Nylon, ReadyMade Magazine, and been included in numerous design, art, and print anthologies. He has lectured and exhibited internationally. Past clients and partners have included The Criterion Collection, Benefit Cosmetics, Blue Q, Esquire Magazine, The Jim Flora Estate, Metro Chicago, The New Yorker, Pizzeria Lola, Speedball Art Products, Stella Artois, Andrews & Dunham, Art Crank, The Beez Kneez, Surly Brewing Company, Target, Two Bettys Green Cleaning, Urban Outfitters, and Walker Art Center. He has taught graphic design and printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College, as well as founded his own in-studio art school intervention practice, Schoolhaus.

About SOO Visual Arts Center

The Soo Visual Arts Center, founded in 2001, is a non-profit 501 (c)3 arts organization. They are an art space that connects the community with fresh, under-represented and provocative art. The Soo Visual Arts Center envisions a dynamic community in which artists and audiences challenge each other in an environment where art is integral to everyday life.

About MCAD's MFA Program

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 750 students and offers professional certificates, bachelor of fine arts and bachelor of science degrees, and graduate degrees.