Bee hives


In an effort to promote sustainability on campus and a greater understanding of human dependence on healthy pollinator communities, MCAD's third floor rooftop hosts two thriving bee hives.

Thanks to the efforts of Printshop and Papermaking Studio Director Diana Eicher, these two hives have been part of MCAD since 2014. They are maintained and monitored by the University of Minnesota Bee Squad's Hive to Bottle Program.

In summer 2016, the two colonies of bees were divided into two more. As MCAD's roof could not house the new colonies, the University of Minnesota Bee Squad placed them at the Bee Veterans Apiary at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Airport. Joel Terry ’17, MFA, decorated the hives with a special spray-painted designs to help the bees to distinguish between them.

The MCAD bee hives have produced hundreds of pounds of honey. There is an MCAD Student Bee Club and the club members have helped bottle the honey, along with assistance from MCAD students, faculty and staff. The majority of the honey, however, stays with the bees so they can survive the winter months. All donations to the Bee Club directly support the ongoing maintenance of these hives.

The MCAD Student Bee Club meets and plans activities and events to help support the bees. For more information, or to join the Bee Club, please email them at

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