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Since November 2015, first year graphic designers Dan Romanoski and Dana Cheit have enjoyed internships with world-renowned graphics and typeface designer Michael Cina. Cina Associates spearheads projects for Fortune 100 companies, major television networks, design agencies, and lifestyle brands the world over. Cina takes pride in crafting exceptional design that communicates both visually and strategically–bringing branding solutions to life […]

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  • February
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  • 2016

Second-year students, Christopher Selleck and Leslie Barlow both have pieces in Made Here’s Reflection showcase in the Mayo Clinic Square and Minneapolis City Center! Made Here fills windows and other underused spaces throughout the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District with art. Reflection features the work of more than 60 Minnesota artists and 20 students, exploring the […]

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  • February
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  • 2016

Hypervisible (Invisible) contains the works of second-year MFA students Leslie Barlow, Patience Lekien, John Matsunaga, and Amber Newman. Using a variety of disciplines, the four artists present work that is inquisitive in nature, and advocates for critical engagement in the social and racial discourses that continue to plague American society today. The artists each construct worlds where […]

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  • February
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  • 2016

Over the winter break, MCAD’s entire MFA program moved to a beautiful space just 5 minutes from Main Campus! Students did not waste any time getting settled into their new studios and starting new work in preparation for the spring semester. The closer proximity to MCAD is a benefit not only to graduate students but also […]

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  • January
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  • 2016

Every third Thursday of the month, The Minneapolis Institute of Art 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. At Mia’s last Third Thursday of 2015, A Wintry Mix, second-year MFAers Qiuwen Li and Alex Mitchell […]

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  • January
  • 26
  • 2016

Current ’16 MFA students Liza Dorsey and Christopher Selleck, along with alumni Nick Kovatch were selected to be a part of Rosalux Gallery’s 11th Annual Open Door Juried Exhibition. The show featured a variety of 2D and 3D work and was juried by curator, Mia Lopez. Rosalux is Minnesota’s longest running collective art gallery which […]

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  • January
  • 22
  • 2016

Two of our second-year students were selected to be a part of BOWER BIRD, a collaborative postcard art exhibition, at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. Illustrator, Niky Motekallem, and comic artist, John Bivens were two of the 90 participating artists that created a limited-edition run of postcards using their collections and object obsessions as inspiration. When doing the […]

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  • January
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  • 2016

Multiple MCAD students and faculty were able to be apart of Midway’s 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally this year! Hosted at the Grainbelt Bottling House in NE Minneapolis, the event is ran in 3 shifts, where you can watch over 75 artists draw live throughout the night and all drawings are priced at $35 each. attendees […]

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  • January
  • 22
  • 2016

The 18th year of the MCAD Art Sale was a record breaking! Proceeds from the event topped $300,000, with 80% of the proceeds going directly to the artists and designers. Multiple MFA students had work in the sale with three second-year students: Kathryn Miller, Eric Yevak, and Christopher Selleck, all chosen as Hot Picks! Be […]

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  • December
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  • 2015

Last month, renowned artist Domenic Cretara visited our MFA studios and spoke with students about his work and theirs. He also generously spoke to the MCAD community about his work at our main campus on December 3rd. Cretara is a professor of art at California State University, Long Beach. He is a painter and illustrator whose work has […]

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  • December
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Earlier in November, painter Anna Biedenbender was chosen to host a solo show in the MCAD Library Gallery. Her show “Marked” was on display into the month of December for students, faculty, and all members of the MCAD community and neighborhood to enjoy. Anna is a second-year MFA student who uses mark to discuss the concept of belonging. The opening […]

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  • December
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On Thursday November 12, artist Manav Gupta generously visited MCAD’s MFA program to view student work and share his wisdom with our students. Gupta is a versatile contemporary artist from India who enjoys international acclaim. His pieces span from canvas paintings to performance, poetry, film, music, and sculpture. His work confronts themes of environmental responsibility, and “a contemplation of spiritual and the […]

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  • December
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Sneak Peek! Earlier this month, painter Leslie Barlow was visited in her Whittier studio by the crew of MN Original, to be filmed for an episode of their award-winning weekly artist series. The series “celebrates Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures, and increases awareness of Minnesota artists, arts organizations and arts venues.” Leslie’s […]

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  • December
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Right before the Thanksgiving holiday, John Bivens, a second-year comics major, signed copies of his new book Old Wounds. Bivens who worked on the art along with writer, Russell Lissau, had two signings around the Twin Cities, one at Source Comics & Games in St. Paul and one at the MCAD Library, where comic book fans […]

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  • December
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Every fall graduate professor and mentor, Rik Sferra, graciously offers two lighting and documentation workshops exclusively for MFA students. Attendees are presented with the opportunity to learn a variety of photography techniques from basic to advanced and gain access to the studios on MCAD’s main campus. This year a group of our MFA class took […]

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  • December
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This fall three of our MFA graphic designers were able to attend AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp®, the largest regional design conference in the country. Held annually in early October at a lodge in northern Minnesota, Design Camp provides an atypical conference structure, mixing indoor and outdoor activities with both educational and social events. Lasting for […]

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  • November
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MCAD MFA alum Sieng Lee was selected for the 2014/2015 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists. Lee’s work addresses the tens of thousands of Hmong who were left behind after the United States withdrew from military conflict in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in 1975. Those Hmong who had aided the United States in their efforts were forced […]

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  • November
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  • 2015

This October, MCAD’s Gallery 148 hosted second-year Rachel Jennings’ work Bibleistic Dope. The show was the culmination of several months of work, during which she researched, sketched, observed and constructed. Bibleistic Dope is a murky landscape of altars, rotting peaches, fibers, found objects, charcoal compositions, and mixed media sculptures. In creating these works, the artist is grappling […]

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  • November
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  • 2015

First-year painter Erin Sandsmark was selected to display her piece “Self 2” at the Strange Girls Never Die exhibition this month in Northeast Minneapolis. Erin’s work explores expressive portraiture, centering recently on her own naked body. She incorporates feminist themes of body image and social perspectives while sharing her figure openly and honestly. Strange Girls is an umbrella term that […]

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  • November
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During the spring semester of this year, second-year student, Essma Imady, presented her paper titled Finding the Feminine Divine within Islamic Mythology at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The museum asked her if she would present the paper again for their Art Illuminating Human Rights gallery talk.  Imady presented research she has been conducting since last […]

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  • November
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Special thanks to the 3D shop staff for giving a group of graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the different machines available for their use. Students were introduced to multiple machines including the CNC Router, laser cutter, and 3D printers and also shown examples of previous projects.

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  • November
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Second-year painter and drawer Anna Leigh Biedenbender recently showed Dissolved and Shaken, an exhibit of work from 2014 and 2015, at The Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm, MN. Taken from May Sarton’s poem “Now I Become Myself,” the title reflected the artist’s struggle for clarity of thought and memory, and acceptance […]

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  • November
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Before we get too far into fall, the MFA program wanted to highlight one last summer internship! Second-year graphic design student, Patience Lekien, spent time at Priceline.com in both Norwalk, Connecticut and New York City. From Patience himself: The graphic design internship at Priceline.com was a great experience in experiencing the duality of commercial design from […]

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  • November
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24-Hour Comics Day is an annual international celebration of comics creation. On this day, creative folks take on the 24 hour comics challenge: to create a 24 page comic book story, normally months worth of work, in 24 straight hours. Minneapolis participants gathered at the MN Center for Book Arts, while others take part in private […]

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  • October
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Every fall the MFA students are presented with the opportunity to learn printmaking techniques and gain access to the printmaking facilities. This year a handful of our new MFA class took sessions in screenprinting, monoprints and relief printing. Special thanks to Diana Eicher and Bradley Cook!

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  • October
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In For a Penny, In for a Pound was an exhibit of new pieces from second-year painter, Eric Yevak, at City Wide Artists in Minneapolis. Made with a computer and with spray paint – a discussion on the enjoyment of the moment when mediums collide and are dissolved within each other. It is about loss […]

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  • October
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Some of the MFA community was invited to join Chris Nystrom’s 6th Annual Halloween Show at Studio 359 in the Northrup King Building. This one night only event was in conjunction with the NKB’s officially sanctioned “First Thursdays”. There was an array of mixed media work featuring ghouls, exquisite corpses, and a whole lot of horror business! […]

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  • October
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Current MFA student, Alex Mitchell and recent graduate, Jo Yeh both Illustration majors, have work hanging as part of a display organized by The Gymnasium for the McKnight Foundation.  Yeh and Mitchell were contracted to produce a series of illustrations and storyboards to illustrate concepts for a video game brainstormed by the local creative collective. “Climate Rage”, […]

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  • October
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This last summer second year MFA student, Kelsey Bosch, and MCAD MFA instructor, Haynes Riley, participated in the WZFR residency outside of Somerset, WI. The residency was founded by Ben Moren, MFA faculty member, and John Kim, a Macalester faculty member. The WZFR residency is a rural, low-res program for filmmakers from across disciplines that […]

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  • October
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The MFA community had the honor of engaging in multiple events with painter and arts writer, Sharon Butler. The Fine Arts Department at MCAD and MFA mentor, Sharon Louden arranged to bring Butler to Minneapolis and very generous carved out a significant portion of her time to come and participate in a parade of activities with our department. She spoke on […]

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  • October
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Every third Thursday of the month, The Minneapolis Institute of Art 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. September’s Third Thursday featured an interactive project, The Pressery created by current MCAD MFA graphic design candidate Katie […]

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  • October
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This past June, second year student Allison Brown traveled to Schwerin, Mecklenberg-Vonpommern, Germany to participate in the 2015 WorkART Kunstverein Fellowship program. The WorkART program, run by the University of Minnesota’s Center for German and European Studies, “provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students with a strong interest in art and design to gather valuable work […]

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  • October
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Dan Lund is an ’89 graduate of MCAD and has been an animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios since then. After his public presentation at main campus, the MFA program was lucky enough to have Dan for a couple of hours for studio visits. He was able to chat with a comics major, illustrator and […]

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  • October
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The Soap Factory Presents: superusted, the 4th Midwest Biennial exhibition, curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne. This exhibition presents the work of seventeen artists, from five states across the Midwest, selected from a series of some 120 studio visits. Participating MFA Mentor and Artist: Alexa Horochowski and Mandy Martinson. Current MFA photographer, Mandy Martinson, was selected to be a […]

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  • October
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Oil painter and second-year MFA student Leslie Barlow, participcated in “The Great Minnesota Get-Together” in more ways than one this year. She was chosen to participate in Studio: HERE where she worked on a painting titled Two Grandmas and also won 3rd place for her painting Restricted, Emergence, Spurious, Drift in the Oil/Acrylic/Mixed Media category in […]

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  • October
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Second-year, MFA photography student, Christopher Selleck’s piece Interventions/Intersections in the Landscape was selected to be a part of Intersections: Made Here for the summer of 2015. Interventions/Intersections in the Landscape, located at 930 Hennepin Avenue, started out as a way for Selleck to re-imagine the surroundings he occupies on a daily basis. By adding layers in the […]

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  • September
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At the beginning of every academic year the MFA program director, Tom DeBiaso, opens his home to a variety of people who all have been a part of making the MFA program great. From current and incoming MFA students, alumni, mentors, faculty, administration and everyone in between, all are welcome! Everyone gathers to socialize, reminisce, […]

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  • September
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Qiuwen Li has a solo show up in the MCAD Library Gallery, running from September 21st to October 11th. Li is a graphic designer in her second year in the MFA program, for this project she designed QR codes which link to her random poetry generator. In this project, if viewers scan a QR code, […]

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  • September
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As summer comes to a close, the MCAD MFA program starts the new academic year with their annual Fall Exhibition, and this year it was The Meeting Waters. Inspired by the poem of the same name by Elizabeth Whittier, the show united artists from disparate sources, exploring the possibilities of physical and psychological spaces in flux. […]

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  • September
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Big news from this summer! Current MFA ’16 students, John Bivens and Alex Mitchell, were published in City Pages Minneapolis! Their works were selected for the annual Comix Issue, which was appropriately summer camp themed.   To see more of their talent, go to: John Bivens: http://fishbones-illustrations.blogspot.com/ Alex Mitchell: http://www.alex-mitchell-studio.com/

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  • September
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  • 2015

Every third Thursday of the month, The Minneapolis Institute of Art 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. August’s Third Thursday featured an interactive project, Codex on a String created by current MCAD MFA candidate Julie […]

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  • September
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  • 2015

Lindsey Ries has been an Instructor within the Design programs at the Minneapolis Media Institute (MMI) since graduating from the MCAD MFA program in 2012. MMI focuses on small class sizes with hands-on training by industry professionals in business and media, game design, mobile application development, and recording arts. She has also taught for several […]

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  • September
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  • 2015

Second-year sculptor and painter Kathryn Miller participated in Schlechthin Unvergleichlich, a group show in Andes, New York. Curator Rachel Miller writes:  There is a city where, for the traveler, the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line, but a zigzag that ramifies in tortuous optional routes. A map of this city would include all routes, […]

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  • September
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Second-year student Anna Biedenbender completed an artist residency in Door County, Wisconsin at Whitefish Dunes State Park earlier this summer. She was hosted by well-known area artist, Hemke Timm and his wife Elke, during her time in Door County and is also pictured with Whitefish Dunes’ Residency Director and Natural Resource Educator, Carolyn Rock. Having […]

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  • September
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  • 2015

After the success of the 1st Twin Cities Comic Creator Morning Meet-up, 2nd-year MFA student, John Bivens, decided to plan a second gathering, this time hosted at Mead Hall Games & Comics. The meetup took place on Monday, August 10th following the popular Autoptic Festival, bringing local comic creators together with doughnuts and coffee.  Hope […]

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  • September
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Be sure to catch recent MCAD MFA graduate, Shannon Estlund’s joint show, Terra Incognita, at the Soo Visual Arts Center before it closes this Saturday. Terra Incognita, the Latin translation of unknown lands, pairs the paintings of Shannon Estlund and the drawings of Aaron Squadroni. Both artists explore how landscapes are transmutable narrative histories, revealing human […]

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  • September
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beyondBRAND is a juried exhibition at the Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis incorporating of graphic design and visual communication work in a variety of media as a personal response to current social, political, cultural and economic conditions.  The show, curated by Jay H. Isenberg and Lynda Monick-Isenberg, both Form+Content members, included artwork from a […]

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  • August
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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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  • August
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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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  • August
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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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  • August
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