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MCAD MFA students have been busy this week preparing for Open Studio Night 2017. Installing work all over the building, tidying up their studios, printing business cards, preparing food, and more. Open Studio Night is an annual event hosted by the MCAD MFA Program. Now in its eighth year, it has become a great way […]

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Each year, the MFA program opens our doors to the public to see inside the studios of our students. The MFA Open Studio Night has become an annual tradition here at MCAD and is a great opportunity for MFA students to share a deeper look at their creative process with the community. This year, thirty artists […]

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Filmmaker Sofia Carillo visited the MFA studios this November to meet with 1st year MFA animator Hallie Bahn. Carillo was in Minneapolis for Cine Latino. Now in its fifth year, Cine Latino is “among the key showcases of Ibero and Latin-American cinema in the United States. This year, screenings and events will took place at the Film […]

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This October, MCAD MFA students hosted and participated in a screen printing workshop. The workshop was held in the printmaking studio on MCAD’s main campus and is a way for MFA students to learn a new printing process or refresh their skills while also becoming more familiar with MCAD facilities. MFA 2nd year illustrator Yuchen Zhang taught […]

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In early November, MCAD MFA drawing and painting alum Yijia Li MFA ’17 had a solo exhibition at jabber logic in St. Paul during Lowertown First Friday. jabber logic “specializes in brand identity and full service marketing programs for small businesses and nonprofits.” Yijia is a painter and curator focused on “discovering how people connect with […]

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This October, the MCAD Main Gallery featured an exhibition of work by “over one hundred award-winning projects by global leaders in type and graphic design.” The exhibition, in collaboration with AIGA Minnesota and Werner Design Werks, coincided with the National AIGA Design Conference 2017, held in Minneapolis from October 12 to 14. The Tokyo Type […]

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  • November
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2nd year MFA illustrator Xiaojie Liu was one of nine artists featured in a show at B. I. Worldwide Gallery in Edina, Minnesota. Curated by Daren Hill and Olivia Schroder, the exhibition Overcoming Adversity was a selection of 2-D work that addressed the feeling of overcoming a challenge. Artists explored the range of emotions that come with […]

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  • November
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This October, Heather Davis gave a visiting artist lecture on MCAD’s main campus. She then made time to stop by the MFA studios to speak with MFA students about their work. Students that invited Davis into their studios included 2nd year MFA filmmaker Jodie Burke, 1st year MFA painter Anika Schneider, 2nd year MFA photographer […]

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  • November
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This past June, Visiting Faculty and MFA mentor Andy DuCett was a contributing artist at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Eaux Claires is an annual event created in 2015 by Justin Vernon of indie folk band Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of indie rock band The National. Performers at the […]

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  • November
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This October, MCAD welcomed interdisciplinary artist Jefferson Pinder. He gave a visiting artist lecture on MCAD’s main campus, and stopped by the MFA studios to spend time with MFA students in their studios. Pinder creates “performances, video work, and objects that challenge viewers to think critically about our highly polarized society.” He explores the “tangle […]

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Yuchen Zhang ’18, a 2nd year MFA illustration student, exhibited a solo show of her recent illustration work in the MCAD Library Gallery this October. Zhang describes herself as “the kind of person that feels energetic only during the night.” Her show, The Night Stays With Us After All is a collection of personal illustrations, inspired by […]

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This October, Stephanie Sherman gave a lecture on MCAD’s main campus and also visited the MFA studios for individual studio visits with MFA students. Sherman, currently based in London and completing a PhD in art and design at the University of California, San Diego, “is an art and design director, curator, producer, and writer. Her projects […]

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This October, Juana Berrío visited the MFA studios. Berrío is an independent curator and writer from Bogotá, Colombia, now based in San Francisco. She has worked for the New Museum in New York, The Walker Art Center here in Minneapolis, and was the co-founder and director of Kiria Koula, a contemporary art gallery and bookstore […]

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This October, 2nd year MFA student Zoe Cinel curated a show for Gallery 148 on MCAD’s main campus. The show, Transient Structures, includes MFA photography alum Chelsea Reeck ’17 as one of three featured artists. Transient Structures focuses on the patient experience and current medical practices, exhibiting the work of three artists who have had different but […]

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This past week, MFA painting alum Casey Opstad ’11 stopped by the MFA studios to meet with current students and engage in conversations about their current practices. Three students had the opportunity to invite Opstad into their studios: 2nd year interdisciplinary student Jordan Moen ’18, and 1st year painting students Yuta Uchida ’19 and Clarissa […]

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  • October
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This September, MCAD MFA 2nd year filmmaker and multimedia artist Zoe Cinel ’18, exhibited work examining cultural identity in the MCAD Library Gallery. Her show, Read Me: Navigating Immigration, invited the community to “pull apart my fragments and interpret my identity.” The solo exhibition explored “the alienation of being an immigrant in a physical and cultural […]

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Last week, Minneapolis became the 2017 home of the inaugural AIGA Eye on Design Conference and the annual AIGA National Design Conference. Both conferences are hosted by AIGA, the professional association for design. MCAD MFA  2nd year illustrator Alanna Stapleton ’18 attended the one-day Eye on Design Conference. Throughout the day, attendees engaged in conversations […]

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This past August, the TEDxMinneapolis 2017: Why Not? conference was held at the Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts in downtown Minneapolis. The conference focus was based on the notion that “communities seem as polarized and disconnected as ever.” Because “there’s an uncertainly when exploring new ideas, it seems impossible to enact change in […]

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The 13th annual Twin Cities Zine Fest took place on September 30th in Minneapolis at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. With more than 90 zinesters exhibiting their publications, TCZF 2017 was the largest in the event’s history. MCAD MFA 2nd year students Rachael Bonebright and Sherry Muyuan He tabled at the event, showing and […]

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  • October
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Aliza Nisenbaum, New York City-based painter and assistant professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, completed a three-month residency at the Mia this summer. Nisenbaum has “dedicated her practice to creating intimate, vividly colored oil-on-canvas portraits of undocumented immigrants in the New York City area. Through her artistic process, Nisenbaum seeks to transform the […]

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  • October
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This September, MCAD celebrated the completion of the NEXT/NOW capital campaign that has raised nearly $24M for scholarships, facilities, and academic program support. Part of this celebration included inviting MCAD alumni like Patrick Miller of FAILE to create limited-time art installations on MCAD’s main campus. The weekend of celebrations began on September 14 as donors […]

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  • September
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This September, MCAD alum Patrick Miller ’02 stopped by the MFA building for a couple of studio visits with current students. Patrick is one half of the FAILE, a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration with artist Patrick McNeil. Known for their multimedia practice and their explorations of appropriation and collage with painting and printmaking at the center […]

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At the beginning of September, 2nd year MFA illustrator Sishir Bommakanti exhibited new work in Gallery 148 on MCAD’s main campus. The Sleep of Reason “takes an opportunity to present [Bommakanti’s] findings after a six year excavation within [his] own subconsciousness. Through drawings and paintings, this series decodes, collages and stitches the content of these narratives […]

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Last weekend, to conclude the MCAD MFA Fall Exhibition De/Coding, the MFA program hostel a panel discussion. 10 MFA students participated in the discussion, first going around the gallery to give short artists talks about their individual work and practices before gathering together and looking for the connecting threads between all the work. Christina Schmid, […]

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Each fall, a new school year is launched with the MCAD MFA Fall Exhibition. Second year MFA news have a chance to display their summer explorations, and a new class of MFA students get to introduce their work to the MCAD and greater Minneapolis communities for the first time! The fall exhibition is an entirely […]

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  • September
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This summer, 2nd year MFA illustrator Sishir Bommakanti traveled to Iceland for an artist residency facilitated by MCAD neighbor Light Grey Art Lab. Sishir was a member of Team Tern, one of the four LGAL residency teams in 2017. Sishir, on his experiences in Iceland: “The Light Grey Art Lab Residency in Iceland was an […]

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  • September
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A new school year has begun, the Alumni Spotlight feature is back, and we are proud to present our interview with photographer Christopher Selleck! Christopher is a Minneapolis-based photographer. His practice “interrogates the stereotypes of masculinity and homosexuality in American culture, through photography, sculpture and installation.” Christopher is an artist in the 2017 Rochester Art […]

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This August, MCAD undergraduate and graduate alumni displayed work at Public Functionary gallery in Minneapolis. Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni, was presented by the MCAD Alumni Board. “A border may be metaphorical, symbolic and definitional. A border may also be literal, material and tangible. Intimately, borders are a constant in […]

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MFA painting alum Erin Sandsmark ’17 exhibited new and old work this August and September, hosted by Altered Aesthetics gallery located in The Southern Theater. There was an opening reception and artist talk on August 4. “Uncovered: Works by Erin Sandsmark is a collection of works that center around the artist’s body. These paintings take specific […]

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Inspired by the 80th anniversary of the original Degenerate Art Exhibition in Munich, Germany, Red Garage Studio in South Minneapolis hosted an exhibition called The DegeneraTe Show. The July exhibition at Red Garage Studio featured work by over 40 artists that make work informed and activated by the present U.S. political climate. Contributing artists, including […]

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  • August
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This July, Joe Sinness: the Flowers, opened at Mia as part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program. Sinness, a 2005 MFA alum, juxtaposes portraits, portraits, still-lifes, theatrical sculptures, and cinematic panoramas as a way to display the performative aspect of sexual desire. Sinness previously exhibited in a group MAEP exhibition in 2010; was a 2013 recipient […]

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This July, MCAD MFA illustration current students, mentors, and alumni will have work on display at Solid State, a new vinyl record store in the Longfellow neighborhood of south Minneapolis. The show, titled Sight & Sound, was organized by MFA mentor James O’Brien in collaboration with his locally published zine, ILLOZINE. ILLOZINE, published by O’Brien, […]

This past Saturday, MFA mentor Allegra Lockstadt participated in Monster Drawing Rally nbr. 10 at Midway Contemporary Art here in Minneapolis. “The Monster Drawing Rally is an exciting, family friendly event that involves Twin Cities’ artists and the community with the goal of raising funds for Midway Contemporary Art (501c3). Artists generously donate their time […]

MCAD MFA sculpture alum Kelsey Bosch ’16 was one of five recipients of the 8th round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions from Northern Lights.mn. Art(ists) on the Verge is ” an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus […]

3600 Cuts, a collaborative, interdisciplinary performance by MFA mentor Piotr Szyhalski and Pramila Vasudevan of Aniccha Arts, was performed this June at The Southern Theater. 2nd year MFA filmmaker Zoe Cinel ’18 also participated in 3600 Cuts, contributing her skills as a performer and working as the videographer for the performance project. The performance piece revolved around the endless quest […]

On the first Friday of July, MCAD MFA alum Bianca Jarvis ’17 and Jack Pavlik ’12 were featured guest artists at Red Garage Studio in South Minneapolis. Jarvis and Pavlik were featured as a part of MT2, Red Garage Studio’s Manual Transmission summer series focusing on work “created using hand processes, with minimal or no technology […]

This May, Siri Engberg and Fo Wilson visited MCAD for a luncheon and lecture with MCAD fine arts seniors and graduate students. Engberg, senior curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center here in Minneapolis, also stopped by the MFA studios to visit and chat with MFA students amongst their work. MFA students Michaela Chorn […]

This past April, 2nd year illustrator Yuchen Zhang was one of sixty artists invited by Light Grey Art Lab to produce works examining the symbolism and significance behind color. For the show, Color Anthropology, the participating artists “were tasked with creating work based on the cultural impact of a specific hue of their choosing. These […]

MCAD and St. Olaf College came together on the final day of the 2017 MCAD spring semester to host An Evening of Art and Advocacy with Julie Van Grol MFA 14’s Badass Babes project. After snacking on treats from the award-winning, female-owned, Minneapolis catering company Chow Girls, attendees of the event were welcomed to hear […]

On May 18, two MFA alumni, graphic designers Kayla Campbell ’16 and Katie Lupton ’16, participated in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Third Thursday:Hello Summer! Their project, a Curly Jefferson Production, was a collaborative and participatory photobooth experience “Lady Jacques’ Portraiture Studio.” “Curly Jefferson is the anonymous fictional dual character that is the collaboration of MCAD MFA graduates, Kayla […]

For one night each summer, the Twin Cities is home to a free, all-night art festival called Northern Spark. From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, Northern Light.mn presents participatory projects exploring the effects of climate change. Performances take place in neighborhoods all along Metro Transit’s Green Line, connecting Minneapolis and Saint Paul. […]

We are excited to present our interview with TV editor Amanda Taylor! Amanda is based in Los-Angeles and freelances as an editor for reality TV shows such as Real Housewives of NYC, Deadliest Catch, and Upscale with Prentice Penny. Read about Amanda’s time in the MFA program, her career, the key to collaboration, and her upcoming personal projects in her own […]

On Friday May 12th, the MCAD MFA Program hosted the culminating exhibition of our graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates!  This show was the was the result of a two-year interdisciplinary journey of intensive research and studio practice. Presenting a variety of disciplines including illustration, photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture, filmmaking, and graphic design, the exhibition featured work […]

Tomorrow evening marks the culmination of an exciting and rigorous two-year journey for the 2017 MCAD MFA 2nd year graduate students. Enjoy this sneak peak of graduates Dana Cheit, Jesse Lentz, Suyao Tian, Joel Terry, and Bianca Jarvis, installing their thesis work in the bright and spacious new MFA gallery! The 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition […]

Sihai Zhu, a filmmaker from Yantai, China, focuses on telling stories deeply infused with an emotional sense of humanity and a “slice of life” perspective. For Zhu, the essence of the cinema lies in editing because of its instinctive nature. As an editor, Zhu views making the cut decision to be a creative artistic process which determines the […]

Jacob Yeates looks to moments of physical and emotional extremity in order to explore larger issues of pervasive, sociopolitical violence, often within the context of the Western world’s continued military engagements, and by extension, his own direct or indirect involvement in these situations. By placing himself and viewers in these circumstances via preexisting narratives—be they historical, current events, […]

Suyao Tian is a graphic designer interested in experimenting and exploring the total creative branding process from the idea, to the artwork, to the business and product application, to the final product, and the cyclical return of the effects of the process upon the original idea itself. Tian’s work uses this organic process to create and reform […]

Joel Terry is a sculptor with an interest with American values as they pertain to varied perceptions or definitions of “The American Dream.” Utilizing consumer goods, Terry activates a visual dialogue that pits material against value, asking the viewer to evaluate their relationships to objects and priorities. These materials and subjects include processed foods and food packaging, cheap […]

Cole Seidl is a filmmaker who is endlessly fascinated with contradictions. Particularly the contradictions that can be found barely hidden behind the facade of normal human life. His films explore the failings of interpersonal communication, nostalgia, the often surreal revelations experienced during international travel, and the nature of filmmaking itself. Seidl’s films revel in the contradictions of these […]

Erin Sandsmark is a painter driven by the examination of how bodies like hers fit into our social norms and understandings of what it is to be a woman. Sandsmark uses her body openly to examine spaces where some find discomfort, continuing to understand the space she occupies in relation to others. She turns flesh […]

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