Letter from the President: May 2017

May 2017

Dear MCAD Community Members,

We are fast approaching commencement for MCAD’s class of 2017 and this week there are two wonderful exhibitions showcasing the work of our talented graduates. The undergraduate show is displayed on the first three levels of the Main Building and the graduate exhibition is at the MCAD MFA building up the street at 2201 First Avenue. Please stop in to admire the talent of this year’s graduating classes. And don’t miss the MFA opening reception on Friday, May 12, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Every year that we graduate students from MCAD we hope they will succeed in achieving their creative ambitions. We eagerly watch them start the next stage of their creative journey wherever it may take them around the country and across the globe.

During last Friday's Emerging Talent Showcase we had an amazing day at MCAD with seniors and graduate students in our design and media arts programs presenting their work to more than one hundred guests from various creative agencies and companies. In addition, we hosted Fo Wilson, professor of art and design at Columbia College, Chicago, and Siri Engberg, senior curator at the Walker Art Center, who met with fine arts seniors and graduate students.

The Emerging Talent Showcase—a unique job fair at MCAD—gives students a chance to speak directly with people in the art and design fields about their work and to seek opportunities for internships and employment. Thanks to Jim Burke, assistant vice president, academic affairs; Meghana Shroff, director career services; Phyllis Ware, assistant, career services; and a host of other MCAD volunteers for the great job they did in organizing this incredible day.

I’m happy to announce that on Wednesday, May 31, we will mark the end of our first comprehensive capital campaign, NEXT/NOW. Funds from the campaign support scholarships, facilities, and academic programs. I am pleased to say we will surpass our goal of $22M thanks to the support of our board, past board members, community donors, alumni, and parents, as well as faculty and staff members who have participated in raising these essential funds for future MCAD students.

As we finish this academic year, we look forward to building out space for our entrepreneurial studies, animation, and fine arts programs this summer. This is the second major facilities project that is fully donor funded as part of the NEXT/NOW Campaign. Students will move into these beautiful new spaces this fall.

I wish you all the best for the summer. Enjoy the weather and time with family and friends.


 Coogan's Signature

Jay Coogan


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