A photograph of Nora Kubiaczyk sitting in a field. She is wearing a pink, grey, purple, and teal multicolored sweater.

"MCAD students should definitely appreciate the environment of passion and exploration that is fostered on campus."

"My inspiration comes from my life experiences, my three children, music, nature, my emotional state, and politics."

"It's an accomplishment for me to have made lasting connections and friendships during my time at MCAD."

"Animal parts are not a neutral medium like clay or steel; they were once a living sentient being and the art I create with them is in acknowledgment and commemoration of that …. Death does not rob beauty from living things; it emphasizes that something was once living. If those two sentiments are the only takeaway when someone looks at my art, then they have successfully grasped the rudimentary core of my work."

Trust your instincts and don't let anyone change how you see the world. One day, people will celebrate you for exactly that.

"Being surrounded by pros and receiving their very informed help whenever you want is way more of an advantage than you think. Your professors are there for a reason—they want to help you, and they want you to succeed. You won't get that anywhere else."

"I will forever cherish the community I became apart of [at MCAD]."

"I think the bonds that I made during my time at MCAD have really improved the success of my artistic practice after graduating."

"My time at MCAD provided a realistic work load experience akin to that which is outside of academia."

"I chose comic art because I enjoyed the students in the program. There was a big sense of community amongst the comics kids."

"There are so many incredible professors and people at MCAD, many of whom had a profound influence on both my character and my practice."

"If you want to get hired to create work that you love, then create a lot of personal passion projects and share them with the world."

Peifer's advice for current MCAD students: "Soak it all up! You’re learning about art and trying new things in your cool studio space. Is there anything better?! I miss being a student."

"[MCAD's MA in sustainable design] was the perfect fit for what I was looking for. I needed a program that was exclusively online and I was looking for a way to tie my design background with sustainability."

"The sustainable design program has been a real eye-opener for me. Each course within the program has tweaked or changed my mindset in one way or another."

"I make art to understand the world."

"I’m so thankful for the people I met while studying at MCAD. They still give me inspiration and opportunities more than five years after graduation."

"Make what you want to get paid to make. I put a joke in every assignment and I also sat around and joked and drew in class. Now, I’m actually paid to sit around and draw and make jokes."

"One of the most fruitful qualities MCAD offers is the small size of the institution. Professors, staff, administration, and other students all are so much more proximate on campus, which makes collaboration and the exchange of ideas more fluid and direct."

Quinn Wilson is Lizzo’s Creative Director, responsible for hits like her iconic VMA performance; the music videos for Juice, Truth Hurts, and Boys; and the “Because I Love You Too Tour” that immediately sold out two nights in Minneapolis. Learn more about her path from makeup artist to thriving creative director in her MCAD feature story.