Alumni Inspire throughout the Country

November 2015

Dear MCAD Community,

Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement Cindy Theis and I have just returned from visits with alumni in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. It was very inspiring to see and hear what our alumni are doing in these communities.

In New York we visited the studio of Adam Michaels ’00, Project Projects, which just won the Smithsonian Institution 2015 Communications Design Award. We also enjoyed the company of several other alumni for dinner, including Samantha French ’05 (who has a show up in Winona, Minnesota), Aaron Hauck ’05, Ed Rath ’74, Angela Strassheim ’95, Shen Wei ’03, Caitlin Hurd ’00, and Doug Henders ’83.

Many of the alumni we visited have provided artwork for the Auction at MCAD, our annual fundraiser held each May. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for MCAD students. MCAD artists who donate to the auction have become some of the college’s largest alumni donors.

We also visited with Barbara Iams ’75 who is on the board of the fantastic organization Materials for the Arts located in Long Island City. Justin Israels ’02, of Pace Editions in New York, hosted an alumni reception and showcased the master printers at the studio who work with artists like Tara Donovan, James Turrell, and Chuck Close, to name a few. Lauri Lyons ’93 and Tania Frontera ’93 visited with us and spoke of Lauri’s project NOMADS, a unique online travel publication.

Catherine Simmons-Gill and her husband Rich, parents of Keara MacDermid '09, graciously hosted our Chicago alumni reception. Cindy and I also met with other alumni including A.J. Reading ’01, who works at the MacLean Collection of Asian Art in a suburb of Chicago, and we toured the studio of painter Brenda Barnum who attended MCAD in the mid-70s.

In the Bay Area our alumni are working on many other creative endeavors. Keith Cormier ’89 and Catherine Apple ’92 work for Pixar, Joe Nobles ’96 is designing Apple store interiors, and Dustin Feider ’05 is building custom tree houses, to name a few.

Back at home we just wrapped up the eighteenth annual MCAD Art Sale with record-breaking attendance and sales! This year we invited guest curators to select their “Hot Picks” from all of the work for sale. As you may know, eighty percent of the funds from sales go directly back to participating artists. After expenses, the remainder of the proceeds go into the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund.

Best wishes to everyone as we end the year and anticipate 2016!




Jay Coogan


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