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This past July, The Art Leadership Program was pleased to present an exhibition featuring new work by Kathryn Miller and Eric Yevak. Both 2nd-year candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program here at MCAD. This exhibition was the result of their interdisciplinary journey of intensive research and studio practice. Whether you’re interested in contemporary […]

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Kelly O’Brien is an accomplished artist here in the Twin Cities and has been a mentor in the MCAD MFA program since 2014. We recently talked to Kelly about her practice, latest achievements, and what it means to be a mentor in the program. Please listen to Kelly’s story and visit her website to see more of […]

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The Walker Art Center recently hosted the MN Artist 4 x Forum event, Maker Culture/Consumer culture. The panel focused on, “the new era of producer-ism in the arts, artists as audiences, and the rise of the creative entrepreneur.” MCAD MFA Alumni ’12 Lea Devon Sorrentino joined Hal Lovemelt, founder of Playatta and Bianca Pettis who […]

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Andrew W. Allison graduated with an MFA from MCAD in 2013. During his time at MCAD he used sculpture and painting to create mixed-media installations that explored adolescence, the enactment of masculinity and it’s entrenchment in myth, and the intangible relationships between our objects and our perceptual memories. Since graduating Andrew moved to Pittsburgh PA, […]

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AUTOPTIC is a comics and graphics festival, picking up where MIX (Minneapolis Indie Expo) left off, and then taking a giant step forward into the bigger, messier world of independent culture at large. Along with comics and zines, AUTOPTIC will showcase poster artists, printmakers, musicians, alternative & small labels, illustrators, and designers. AUTOPTIC is a […]

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Second-year student, Eric Yevak, was selected to participate in the group show, In the Cloud, at the Ethan Cohen Gallery in New York City. The show received multiple write-ups including articles in Pacific Dissent, Cool Hunting, and Widewalls. For curator Alexandra Loulias, the cloud concept encompasses two artistic movements that she’s observed: “process art,” rooted […]

Second-year student, Heidi Miller, was selected to be a part of the June RAW Artists showcase! Held at The Pourhouse in downtown Minneapolis, the night included talent in film, fashion, music, art, hair & makeup artistry, performing art and photography. Miller’s passions lie in 3-D spaces, user interactions and perceptions of my work, collage, and […]

On July 2, 2015, MCAD undergraduate students and MFA candidates joined forces with some recent MCAD alum to present a one night only exhibition; Hallways: Encounters in a Narrow Space with Light, Sound and Objects. This exhibition sought to defy expectations brought by the white gallery cube by bringing the art show out into the […]

Earlier this summer, a couple of our 2nd year graduate students were able to join celebrated comic artist and illustrator, Sam Bosma, for a two and a half day comic workshop at Light Grey Art Lab! Bosma prepared a slew of creative comic-centered sessions on storytelling, pacing, and world building, filled with in-depth process demonstrations […]

MCAD MFA 2013 painting graduate, Ashely Peifer, just completed her first solo exhibition at the Burnet Gallery in Minneapolis. Sugar Sugar showed off Peifer’s ability to create lighthearted colorful paintings that evoke nostalgia. Still, don’t let the pink spun sugar cloud your judgment; Peifer is whip-smart, and sees her work as a way to capture memory with a […]

Every third Thursday of the month, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts hosts an audience engagement event appropriately titled, Third Thursday. Each month the museum stays open late and develops special thematic programming based off exhibitions hung in their halls. June’s Third Thursday featured an interactive project, SHARE WHAT YOU SEE designed by current MCAD MFA […]

Steve Listwon is a graduate from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design’s 2013 MFA class. His focus during his two years there was on furniture design as it relates to mass manufacturing and systematic construction. He also developed his practice by experimenting with other facets of art and design to take advantage of the […]

All night, wonder, wander, illuminate, together. When the sun sets at 9:00 p.m. and the church bells ring, the city awakes to a new sense of possibility. For eight hours and twenty-six minutes the city surprises you: friendly crowds, ambitious art projects, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a […]

During the Made @ MCAD exhibition, Mia Lopez from the Walker Art Center was kind enough to do a walk-through critique of the accepted works. A group of both undergraduate and graduate students were able to tag along with her as she moved through MCAD’s Main Gallery.   Mia Lopez is the Curatorial Fellow for […]

This past spring, the MFA program hosted a new round of admitted master of fine arts students at MCAD’s main campus with a tour of the graduate campus as well.  This special event is given in honor of students admitted to the master of fine arts in visual studies program. This group had a variety […]

During the last week of the semester our lovely assistant to the program, Kiley Van Note, planned a surprise of gelato from Geno’s Gelato. Geno’s is owned and bicycled by Brian Gioielli, the former Alumni director at MCAD! After a long and busy semester, a nice cold treat was exactly what this MFA program needed! For more […]

To close out the end of the 2014/2015 school year, MCAD hosted a summer send-off and concert. MFA student, Preston Drum, was instrumental in organizing the event that included his own band Naptaker along with The Others, What Tyrants and Doctor Ew. Along with the bands there was a BBQ, glass blowing demonstrations from Foci […]

Over a period of three weeks this spring the 1st year class of the MFA program completed mid-program review. During the review process each student installs a sampling of their first year’s work, writes an artist statement and then presents to a committee. Mid-program review is one of the major milestones on the path to developing […]

Recent graduate, Timothy Hamilton (’15 Sculpture) had the honor of crafting the awards for the 34th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, held this April. MSPIFF is the largest film event in the region, and one of the largest and longest-running film festivals in the country. The MSP International Film Festival annually presents 200+ […]

Jet Lag was curated by recent MFA graduate, Jo Yeh, and the MCAD Gallery staff. The exhibition is a terrific opportunity for current MCAD international students of all degrees and programs to demonstrate their very best works. Featured MFA Artists Siqi Cheng, Jingchi Lu, Luisa Rivera, Quiwen Li, Jo Yeh, Gabriel Zhang, Sijia Zhang, Tianrui […]

MADE at MCAD is an annual juried exhibition featuring the best work submitted by current students pursuing degrees in design, fine arts, media arts, and entrepreneurial studies. Twelve MFA students were accepted into the show with artist, Rachel Jennings, winning one of the Jurors’ Choice awards.     This year’s jurors were: Alex DeArmond – […]

Michael Rees is a sculptor working with themes of figuration, language, technology, and notions of the social. A few of our MFA classmates were lucky enough to have a studio visit with him after his lecture here at MCAD. He is currently associate professor of sculpture and digital media and director of the Center for Computer […]

Congratulations to all nine artists and designers who participated in the 2015 MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition! The reception was held on Friday, May 15th at Public Functionary and was open to the public during Northeast Minneapolis’ biggest night of the year, Art-A-Whirl. The night included live music from DJ Sarah White, refreshments, and a captivating […]

Inner conversations have a powerful impact on the emotional well-being and motivation of the individual. Becoming aware of exactly what people are saying to themselves can help people understand why they react the way they do to events and people in their lives. Wenyi Zhen’s thesis project uses a mobile application to help people monitor and […]

Tianrui Zhang’s thesis work focuses on the social-cultural identity of the citizens living in the Chinese community where he grew up, through an illustration showing what has happened socially, culturally, and personally during the past few decades. It describes the lives our citizens have left behind, and yet in many ways, are still living with […]

Wanting to be a writer and a comic artist as a child, Jo Yeh found illustration marries these two impulses and promises me a more conceptual approach to narrative by first visualizing, and then representing the metaphors proposed in her stories. Yeh specializes in narrative and story-based illustrations as an illustrator, but also, her skills in […]

Luisa Rivera is a figurative painter and illustrator, with a strong focus on narrative images. A majority of her work is done with water-based paints, such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache and ink. Usually, she uses paper as a substrate, but also employs other materials such as cardboard and wood, depending on the project. Paper cutting […]

Gabriel Zhang is a Singapore/Boston/Minneapolis-based photographer. Although Zhang began as a graphic designer, the focus of her work soon developed more toward photography, as she explored new ways of creating a sensual image—the conceptual frame and focus of the work. Since Zhang has been focused on this passion, which revolves around the creation images that […]

Jingchi Lu’s work has circled around seeking out and expressing the problems of the young girl in modern society. With the rapid developments of world economies and technologies, modern young girls’ thought and behaviors have radically changed. Her project will look at young girls aged 15-22 years old, and their complex social, personal and fashion […]

“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.” The frantic pace and energy is manifested in the lights, signs, laws, advertisements, roads, […]

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Installation for the 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition started today, make sure to check it out Friday May 15th from 6-9pm! Here Ellie Gagner, a sculptor, describes her practice: As a sculptor of many sorts of objects that combine cast glass, shaped and cast metal, and carved wood, I have always been curious about how things […]

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Over the next 3 weeks, we will be featuring each one of our 2015 MFA graduates and their thesis projects! Starting off the run is illustrator and animator, Mengqian Chen. Learn more about Chen’s project below and for more of her work, check out her website. Illustration has long been considered a flat two-dimensional art […]

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For more than 25 years, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have collaborated to bring leading design practitioners to the Twin Cities for the annual Insights Design Lecture Series and number of our graduate design students were able to attend this March. The Walker has an amazing line up of designers that came to share the thinking, […]

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Julie Benda’s site specific and participatory installation, On a String, is on display at the Library Gallery on MCAD’s main campus, running March 25- April 18.  The installation consists of 100 paper garlands cut from hand-printed papers she made in the studio. The garlands, which Benda calls “heartstrings”, investigate the intentions and rituals used to brace or […]

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MFA mentor and faculty member, Katherine Turczan was featured in Episode #603 of MN Original and her photograph of writer Marlon James was featured in the New York Times. Known for her moving portraits taken in Ukraine, MN Original follows as Turczan turns her attention toward landscapes with her project titled Line, documenting scenes along the Green Line […]

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MFA alum and MCAD adjunct faculty, Ed Charbonneau and his studio mate Jeremy Szopinski worked with Hastings High School art students and their teacher to paint and design the school’s new mural. The mural is an abstracted representation of the Mississippi, St. Croix, and Vermillion rivers located in Hastings, MN. The mural resides in an atrium […]

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MFA Mentor, Luis Fitch, recently spoke at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis about Ink, a series presented by Creative Mornings. One of the most esteemed and sought after Latino artist, designer and creative director, Luis Fitch has lead award-winning branding efforts for top 500 fortune companies including: PepsiCo, General Mills, Frito-Lay, Best Buy, Nike, […]

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  MFA Painting and Drawing mentor, Erik Benson’s show Night Moves is currently on display at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts in Fond du Lac, WI. The paintings in Night Moves emerge from odd fragments and skewed glances of the urban landscape. They are rooted in the familiar even pedestrian imagery one often […]

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MFA candidate Essma Imady grew up in Damascus, Syria. She left to study art in the United States in 2011, a time when Syria was brimming with anticipation. It is now so destitute of hope that families are opting to try and escape in small fishing boats that they hope will carry them across the […]

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The Twin Cities has a strong, interlaced, creative community with a wealth of talented comic creators. It is easy to see this area becoming to the Midwest what Brooklyn is to the East Coast or Portland is the the West. To nurture this creative haven, John Bivens(Comic arts ’16) and his wife Mallory Harrelson hosted […]

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Experience the journey the Hmong took from Southeast Asia to their new homeland in Minnesota four decades ago at the opening of the new History Center exhibit “We Are Hmong Minnesota,” on view March 7 to November 29. Celebrate the contributions of this vital and active community with music and dance performances, displays, fashion, games, […]

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Fourteen MFA candidates had a pop-up exhibition, This Must Be The Place, in the Northrup King Building last weekend. The exhibition explored drawing and painting works on diverse surfaces that includes paper, panel, canvas, and a few items you might not immediately think of as drawing or painting material. Participants included: Julie Benda, Anna Biedenbender, Allison Brown, Bradley Neil Cook, Liza Dorsey, Preston Drum, Rachel […]

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Body and Machine: An Exhibition of Kinetic and Interactive Art is an exhibition of work that addresses the relationship between the human body and machines. For this show, artists from five states were invited to submit everything from the hand-cranked to the computer controlled. This exhibition is made possible by Make it Move, an organization devoted […]

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Thanks to Mr. Kiji for giving MFA program studio visits! Mr. Kiji was born in Japan and raised in New York City. Kiji was formally trained in the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka painting as well as earning a degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently keeps himself inspired though a […]

Thanks to Rafael Medina for taking the time to do studio visits and a lecture with MCAD’s graduate students. Rafael Medina is currently design director at Siegel+Gale and was previously senior designer for Paula Scher at Pentagram, among many other professional experiences before he attended graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art. For more information about Rafael Medina, […]

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  • February
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Recap of the WonderWomen fashion show! Organized and curated by Kelsey Bosch (MFA ’16) and MCAD Professor Frenchy Lunning at the University of Minnesota Department of Art & Katherine E. Nash Gallery. WonderWomen is a group exhibition of work by women artists inspired or influenced by comics, animation or popular culture, and related screenings of work […]

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Timothy Hamilton(sculpture ’15)’s If You Cling To Me, I’ll Clang To You, features a large-scale kinetic installation along side his prints and drawings.  In Hamilton’s installation work systems are given physical form, building a landscape structure that highlights the relationship between map and territory, reminiscent of their origins as purely human inventions. These landscapes subtly contract and […]

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Rachel Jennings (painting and drawing ’16) was recently interviewed by ForgetGood. Visit here for more information!

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Last week, we had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time with visiting writer Hrag Vartanian, who gave a talk at Burnett Gallery and also met in a roundtable seminar with the MFA program at Whittier Studios. Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic, the world’s leading art blogazine. He writes and lectures about contemporary art, performance, multiculturalism, politics, the internet, literature, […]

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Coming from varied backgrounds, fields of study and interests, all 6 of these artists utilize photography in uniquely varied approaches. An undeniable sense of the exploration of identity and place can be felt throughout these works Whether thinking of place as a jumping point for the fascination that it can inspire, or through an approach […]

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