Self-portraits line the walls at one of MCAD's favorite local coffee shops.
Self-portraits line the walls at one of MCAD's favorite local coffee shops.
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This winter, MCAD student self-portraits are gracing the walls of neighborhood coffee shop Spyhouse Coffee Roasters on Nicollet Avenue.

What is a self-portrait? A depiction of oneself at a certain point in time? An exercise in honing technical skills? A rite of passage for all artists?

The relationship between the self-portrait and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design community is long and rich. Students have participated in the annual Self-Portrait Competition for more than twenty years. A self-portrait is often a student’s first major exercise in independent production. Creating a self-portrait is an attempt to understand oneself more deeply—a quest all emerging artists and designers embark on at MCAD.

MCAD is a place where students are able to express their identities freely. They use self-portraits to broadcast statements about who they are and what is important to them. Skilled and impactful self-portraits leave us with insight into not just what this person looks like, but who they are, what they value, and how they see the world.

This exhibition features a small sampling of the wonderful and varied self-portraits that have graced the walls of MCAD over the last twenty years.

The self-portraits will be on display until the end of January 2019.