By drawing on my own cultural background of a white woman raised in a small town in central Iowa, my work stems from the difficulties I have in answering the question ‘who am I?’ Thinking of identity as a cultural, social, and psychological construct, I am exploring the manipulation and materiality of identity representation in [...]

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I define myself as a visual storyteller who is strongly interested in discussions about changes and internal transformations through stories and sequential images. My academic and studio practice at MCAD is focused on understanding the “transformation” as an instinctive and embodied characteristic of human life. I concentrate on the value and function of transformation in [...]

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  • April
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I have always been fascinated by how certain stories came to be. I like to think that the stories we pass on to each other–these folktales, myths, and rumors-all came from one place, when there were fewer people and thus fewer stories to tell. And as people changed and moved around, the stories did too, [...]

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  • April
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Typographic form is the most fundamental element of graphic design; it shows the beauty of graphic design in the most direct way. Graphic design is most often performed on a two-dimensional plane, it is narrower if we compare it to the three or four dimensions of space. Accordingly, typographic form needs to be recognized as [...]

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  • April
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As a graphic designer, it is a fundamental aim to manipulate your visual language in order to communicate with your audience, especially when dealing with abstract topics. By building up both my text and image languages and presenting them through an appropriate aesthetic, I follow a notion from a Taiwanese illustrator, Dustin Yang, who believes [...]

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  • April
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Eric creates a complex allegory exploring how the current oil boom in his home state of North Dakota is analogous to a party mentality. The consequences of over indulgence are ignored and the attraction of instant gratification is embraced.  Borrowing screen shots from YouTube party videos as reference material, Syvertson sees the compositions as a [...]

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  • April
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Whether visualizing sound or abstract concepts, I have always tried to bring difficult subject matter to light in my work. Materializing the ephemeral and the invisible represents a fascinating way of bridging the gap between human being’s conscious and unconscious ways of understanding and the intangible aspects of the sensual world. I have always been [...]

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  • April
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As an illustrator, I use symbols and signs-married from both Eastern and Western cultures-to produce work that visually articulates a narrative. Coming from China, I keep thinking about the ideology and the social forms of my country, and thus my work has evolved in a way that is more than a mere expression of myself, [...]

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  • April
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For over ten years, Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers have been working together as the Heads of State. They’ve created award-winning posters, book covers, branding, and illustration for a diverse and impressive list of clients. In 2012, they launched Pilot and Captain, a design venture focused on creating tee shirts, posters, and products inspired by [...]

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  • April
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Tate Shaw is a book artist interested in the accessibility, connectivity, and ubiquity of digital culture. Utilizing book form, Shaw’s art connects people through ideas, mimicking the way in which information in the digital world is continually reinterpreted through user participation. Shaw is the director of Visual Studies Workshop (VSW), a center for media arts [...]

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  • April
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Initially working in the digital realm, I felt the need to step away and began to use analog collages to illustrate my concepts, experience, and memories. Working in this way opened my eyes to the fascinating process of analog collage, but also I found increasing inspiration and community through social media, by finding the collage [...]

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  • April
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SCI-CANDY: Animation-Based Learning and the Next Wave of Science Education The educational animation “Geothermal Energy: Enhancing Our Future” illustrates recent advances in renewable energy research while examining current theory in using animation as a science education tool. A year in the making, this 14 minute-long animation uses carefully designed static and moving visual schemas and [...]

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  • April
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As a graphic designer, I use images as a vehicle to express my thoughts and feelings. In my work, I try to visualize the beauty and power of mundane objects in everyday-life, which is made even more enriched through the different cultural backgrounds I have experienced so far, the re-imagination of my daily chores, and [...]

The title of my thesis show, BioNuminescence, celebrates the fascinating beauty of the small animals and plants that share the landscape with us. The name of the exhibition is a compound word designed to suggest the sacredness of the ecology. It fuses the prefix “bio”, which references the biological with the word “numinous” that indicates [...]

What does it mean to be Hmong as a visual artist? My exploration of cultural identity has been recent because I initially felt that the pursuit of personal identity was not practical. But after further thought, I have discovered that through using my Hmong identity as a medium, I have created work that attempts to [...]

I believe our visual culture is moving towards an emphasis on personalization and customization. The imagery I include in my artwork celebrates the music, fashion, and culture that I personally value and enjoy. I find happiness through drawing and invention and seek to communicate those feelings through my own visual language. I approach my illustration [...]

My father is a year-round camper. He is a truck driver and after a few years of weekend camping rain or cold, he invited me along. Of course I remembered camping in lots of places growing up, but this didn’t mean I had ever driven myself to these campsites. What can I say, I got [...]

Nature is where I always find the inspiration to work. I think the aura that surrounds the objects in nature are there to hold something that is eternal, and people can find inspiration through the experience of it. Sometimes, nature is as mysterious as the universe; sometimes it is as simple and concrete as ash. [...]

Buildings used to tell us stories. Before mass printing or text materials were common, many structures possessed visual components that worked sequentially to convey information and stories for a community of people. In this regard, those structures share a basic principle with how comic art works, as Scott McCloud suggests: “Comics are juxtaposed pictorial and [...]

I come to illustration from a Fine Art and Liberal Arts background. In my undergraduate studies, my focus was in drawing, painting, and printmaking; but my sense of humor and playfulness led me toward the field of illustration. My initial inspirations came from the gig poster and screen-printing scene of Chicago, and eventually broadened to illustrators like Julia Rothman, Maira Kalman, and [...]

My thesis work explores the relationship of the body to objects, focusing on the metaphor of clothing and surface coverings as second skins, intimate tactile coverings that may or may not succeed in sheltering the body from harm during vulnerable stages of development. The body is the site of my artistic practice. I draw my inspiration from the somatic senses, [...]

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  • March
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As a filmmaker, working with animation, I explore the ideas of personal narrative through imagery that reflects various states of mind. The significance of human existence and self-awareness is something that I find fascinating, and the translation of those elements into artistic forms has given me a storytelling technique in which I can express myself. My animated films express among other feelings, confused emotions, reflecting on isolation, existential stress, and [...]

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  • March
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I am fascinated by the way that the body movements of karate kata, when broken down to their simplest elements: speed, strength, and balance, are a universal language able to be interpreted without being filtered, unaffected by language and cultural differences. In this same way, I am also interested in the ways music transcends boundaries [...]

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  • March
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Water and Fire. Flesh and Stone. Life and Death. The rebirth of old philosophies and ancient remembrances, the continuation of reflection through the elements, and the abstraction and reconfiguration of ritual processes are elements and concepts brought to bear in the explication of these symbolic forms. These are the subjects of my work as I [...]

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  • March
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MFA program held an admission tour for our prospective students in fall semester. They had a great conversation with MFA advisor, Tom DeBiaso and current MFA students, Desiree Niu (Graphic Design, 2014), Luisa Rivera (Illustration, 2015) and Timothy Hamilton (Sculpture, 2015). The tour involved visiting the MCAD main campus, MFA Whittier Studios, and a presentation [...]

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  • March
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Melissa Hronkin, MFA 1998, is the 2014 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year. NAEA is the professional association for art educators, including art educators throughout the United States and many foreign countries. This prestigious award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the National level within their division. It will be presented [...]

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  • March
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Shh! was a collaborative art show at the Minneapolis Central Library that featured current MCAD MFA graduate students Allison Bolah (Photography, 2014), Adam Hamilton (Painting, 2014), Azisa Koesoema (Comics, 2014), and Sieng Lee (Graphic Design, 2014). The idea of the show revolved around library interaction and technology.

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  • March
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In response to Pillsbury House and Theatre’s production of Johnna Adams’ play Gidion’s Knot, You’re not seeing this in the right light…considers both Pillsbury House’s community and facilities as it explores young people’s experiences of miscommunication. Through video, still photograph, ‘classroom’, and web-based installations, this project explores the diverse ways an off-hand utterance or a [...]

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  • March
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This year’s Made at MCAD exhibition features an exceptional panel of jurors, and thirteen of our MFA students! Join painters, sculptors, illustrators, designers, and photographers alike for the opening in the MCAD Main Gallery. Please visit MCAD Gallery to see more updated news.

It was a great experience to have Ellen Driscoll as a visiting artist. Ellen had many great conversations with MFA sculpture and painting students. Ellen Driscoll’s work encompasses sculpture, drawing, and public art installation. Recent large scale installations include “Wraith” for the Esther Massry Gallery, Albany, NY, “Distant Mirrors” for the Providence River, “FastForwardFossil #2” [...]

Congratulations to our second-year student, Eric Syverston (Painting, 2014). Eric was featured on MPR’s ArtHound! His exhibition called ‘House Party’ is currently being shown at the SooVac. To listen to MPR’s ArtHound coverage of Eric, please click here.

In order to effectively utilize the resources of the library and learning center, MFA program held a research workshop to provide first-year students with a basic knowledge of how to use resources to enhance their creations, especially for the upcoming Mid-program Review and thesis project in the second year. You can find more information about [...]

MCAD MFA student, Trevor Knott (2014), has been selected to the show, The Abstracted Presents: Transcendental Vibrations, at The Abstracted Gallery. Transcendental Vibrations is a visual representation of the individual’s inner Logos, an expression of meditation into the unseen but sincerely felt. Using various energies, the artists explore their dream worlds and draw you into [...]

NO AWAY is a graphic campaign designed and developed by MCAD MFA graduate Shannon MaCarthy (2013). Shannon is a graphic design educator at South Dakota State University. She recently had a show drawing attention to the ramifications and environmental impact of plastics. To learn more about NO AWAY, Like and share her Facebook or visit [...]

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Kathryn: “Thinking of identity as a cultural, social, and psychological construct, I am interested in exploring the manipulation and materiality of identity representation in the narrower context of individual identity formation. Specifically exploring ‘whiteness,’ my work is rooted in the gaps between questions of ‘normalcy’ and the desire for belonging in the context of interpersonal [...]

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Recently Minnesota Public Radio did an in-depth one on one interview with MCAD MFA Alum Hend Al-Mansour (2002), exploring her feminist ideas as a Saudi Arabian. Listen to the interview on MPR, by clicking here. Her latest work is part of a group show, “How To Be A Feminist Artist.” It’s on display at St. [...]

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  • February
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Our MFA fine artists Eric Syverston (Drawing and Painting ’14) recently had a opening night, ‘House Party’ exhibit, at SooVAC. At first glance, North Dakota oil workers and college partiers couldn’t have less in common. But Big Oil finds kinship with the frat house in “House Party,” a new solo show from artist and MCAD MFA candidate Eric Syvertson. [...]

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  • February
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Ellie Gagner, as a part of the ‘Objects for Consideration’ group exhibit, recently held her opening night at SooVAC. The 44 small objects in the exhibition “Objects for consideration” are not works of art and should not be confused as such. They are important objects that live in artist studios, often collected or found but not [...]

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Zach Collins, second year MCAD MFA student and his collage work has been published on The 22 Magazine Vol. 4. The 22 Magazine is an online magazine which contains various art and design works and regularly publish their collections to feature many promising artists and designers. To know more Zach’s work, please visit Zach Collins. [...]

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  • February
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David was a visiting critic for the 2013/14 McKnight fellows, one of whom is Joe Sinness (MFA alum). David also met with two MFA students, Adam Hamilton and Katie Van Zante.   Info about David: Humphrey is a painter and installation artist who has shown nationally and internationally. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 [...]

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  • February
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MCAD MFA mentor David Goldes is currently having his solo exhibition, Electro-­‐graphs, of his new drawings and photographs at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City.The exhibition will be up through March 15. David’s work includes graphite drawings; photographs made when electrical currents are applied to the drawings; and photographic still lives based on historical, scientific electrical [...]

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  • February
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The three-day MFA public thesis presentation has formally ended last week. Twenty-five graduate students presented their thesis topics in animation, painting, installation, illustration, graphic design, photography, sculpture, and comic arts. There will be more works presented at the upcoming MFA thesis exhibition in May.

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Joe Sinness has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowships. He continues to push the limits of colored pencil on paper as he exhibits a series of still-life drawings that explore cinematic performance, sexual desire, and narcissism. The artist received his BA in studio art and English literature from [...]

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  • January
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Congratulations to second-year MFA candidate Allison Bolah! She was awarded a 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant to expand her on-going project, Tell Me About Your Mother, a multimedia project that explores how subtle expressions shape narrative meaning. Allison writes: “Mythology surrounding the phrase ‘tell me about your mother’ holds that it was [...]

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  • January
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They say that the clothes make the man, or the woman, girl, boy, and the occasional animals wearing it – But does it really? Join six MFA Illustrators and comic artists as they parade their menagerie of best-dressed characters in the MCAD library gallery! Julie Boehmer Jacklyn Hee Yun Kim Azisa Koesoema Xiaohua Yang Kelsey [...]

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  • January
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Congratulations to Luisa Rivera Nahrwold, our first-year MFA student majoring in illustration, on some of her recent achievements. One of Nahrwold’s illustrations recently has been chosen as the cover of La Peste, a Mexican magazine that features international works of art and design. Nahrwold has also been working on a series of illustrations for a conceptual book called Los Olivos, which [...]

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  • January
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Illustrator and MCAD MFA student Jo Yeh is a participating artist in the 6 Degree Exhibition at Light Grey Art Lab, a local Minneapolis gallery. Jo also conducted an interview talking about herself and her artistic practice. To read and learn more about Jo, click on this link Jo Ye Interview.

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  • January
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Congratulates to Adam Hamilton – 2nd year MFA students who was selected as one of the City Pages 2013 Artists of the Year. Adam is an inspiration to all of us int he MFA program and the MCAD community with his dedication, creativity and good sprit. Check out the following… Adam Hamilton came out of [...]

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  • January
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This past summer MCAD MFA student Sieng Lee was involved with a pilot project through AIGA Design for Good. The project was about design thinking and how it can be used to address social problems within a community. Design for Good worked with CAPI (Center for Asian Pacific Islander), a non-profit food shelf that offers [...]

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  • December
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Congratulations to all the 36 wonderful MCAD MFA graduate students from the class of 2014 and 2015 for putting on an amazing show! The work was high quality, the artists were engaging and the food was carefully prepared with a delicious aesthetic. The MFA community would also like to thank those who came out to [...]

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