Commencement Exhibition 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
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Join the class of Spring 2018 as they celebrate the completion of their degrees in the departments of fine arts, media arts, design, and entrepreneurial studies.

Tickets are required to attend the ceremony. A public reception will follow in MCAD's Main Gallery.

Commencement Speakers

Nancy HicksUndergraduate Student Speaker

Jessica WelhafGraduate Student Speaker

Andrea JenkinsCommencement Address

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African-American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis and in delivering social services in South Minneapolis.

Jenkins worked in the Hennepin County government for a decade and as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for twelve years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Jenkins holds a master’s in community development from Southern New Hampshire University, an MFA in creative writing from Hamline University, and a bachelor’s in human services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

Julie Buffalohead ’95Alumni Achievement Award

Julie Buffalohead is an enrolled member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. She received her master of fine arts from Cornell University in 2001. Buffalohead is a recipient of the McKnight Foundation Fellowship for Visual Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, and the Fellowship for Visual Artists from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Buffalohead’s work has focused thematically upon describing Indian cultural experience through personal metaphor and narrative. She employs an eclectic pallet of traditional and natural materials, such as birch bark, porcupine quills, and rawhide, blurring the boundary between drawing, illustration, painting, bookmaking, sculpture, and installation formats.

Buffalohead has been in many group exhibitions and has had solo exhibitions at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota; the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul; St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; and the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis. She lives and works in St. Paul. 

View images from the 2018 Spring Commencement 

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