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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  • 2015

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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  • February
  • 25
  • 2015

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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  • February
  • 25
  • 2015

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

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  • February
  • 14
  • 2015

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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  • February
  • 10
  • 2015

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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  • February
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  • 2015

Since the year 2005 North Carolina native and MFA candidate, Preston Drum has been painting on old photographs, junk mail, and scraps of paper. These works, referred to as POSTCARD paintings, primarily because of their size and shape have assumed many forms including portraiture, landscape and still life. Through this image making process, Preston has wrestled [...]

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  • February
  • 3
  • 2015

Last week, spring 2015 Graduate candidates each presented their Thesis and Exhibition Project Proposals to the MCAD community for consideration and response in lieu of the upcoming MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition. There will be more works presented at the upcoming MCAD MFA Thesis Exhibition in May 2015. The class of 2015 candidates are: Mengqian ‘Dream’ Chen, Illustration [...]

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  • February
  • 3
  • 2015

Nicholas Rivers, drawing and painting ’16, currently has an exhibition, The Catalog, in Library Gallery at MCAD. The show is on display now through February 7th with a closing reception on Friday, February 6th, noon to 2pm. “The Catalog is an installation utilizing Library Card Catalog Cards. The MCAD Library has been giving these cards away. My work as a visual artist focuses [...]

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  • January
  • 30
  • 2015

Luisa Rivera’s (Illustration ’15) work was featured in the Global Section for Variety Magazine. The story is about Costa Rica trying to get a into the runaway production from Hollywood. To see more of Luisa’s work: http://www.luisarivera.cl/ For more articles from Variety: Variety Magazine

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  • January
  • 20
  • 2015

Culture have been long understood as being part of an economy in producing material goods and services, also social relations. And consumer goods has always been reflective of the social fabric of a community / society. This November at Artinformal, Mervy Pueblo creates a situation with appropriated local material goods, to address identity politics through [...]

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  • January
  • 17
  • 2015

MCAD MFA alumnus Kyle Harabedian (comic art 2013) recently completed a privately commissioned, large-scale mural. The client was interested in creating a unique and fun family portrait and contacted Kyle after seeing his work online. The composition is inspired by a famous 1952 photograph of a theater audience taken at the premiere of the film [...]

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  • January
  • 14
  • 2015

The Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with University researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm. MCAD MFA alumni Sreekishen (Sree) Nair (Sculpture ’14) is selected for Resident Artist for the Fall of 2015. Sreekishen (Sree) Nair is a visual artist [...]

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  • December
  • 29
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43 MCAD MFA graduate students have rocked the night! The 4th Open Studio Night featured the class of 2015 and 2016 with a wide range of majors, including animation, comics, drawing and painting, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, installation, photography, performance, printmaking, paper and book-making, and sculpture. The MFA program sincerely appreciates your participating and support. [...]

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  • December
  • 16
  • 2014

Residents of the Twin Cities won’t have to go far to see the fabulous work of Greta McLain ’12, MFA. McLain is behind the gorgeous new art on the Franklin Avenue Lightrail bridge as well as several murals around Minneapolis. Her upcoming projects include painting a mural on Folwell School. Check out McLain’s blog to keep up [...]

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  • December
  • 15
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Born in California, Matthew Brandt received his BFA from the Cooper Union in New York and his MFA from UCLA. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Brandt’s first solo museum exhibition, sticky/dusty/wet, was recently on view at the Columbus Museum of Art and has now traveled to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. [...]

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  • December
  • 11
  • 2014

American photographer, Liz Deschenes, recently hosted a two-hour class about her work at MCAD and gave critiques on undergrad and graduate students’ work. For more information, please visit: http://www.miguelabreugallery.com/LizDeschenes.htm http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2012Biennial/LizDeschenes http://bombmagazine.org/article/6428/liz-deschenes

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  • December
  • 10
  • 2014

Just two days away! The MCAD MFA 4th Annual Open Studio Night 2014 will be happening this Friday. The evening will include live student performances, music throughout the evening, and light refreshments.The public is invited to explore this creative oasis and meet the visual artists in their studio environments. Guests are encouraged to discuss the [...]

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  • December
  • 10
  • 2014

This year, Open Studio Night has a little something special in store for our visitors: a raffle! Buy a ticket (or few) and be entered to win either a unique piece of art from someone in the MCAD MFA program or a donation of their time and services. All proceeds will be going to make [...]

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  • December
  • 5
  • 2014

Luisa Rivera is an illustrator who explores the boundaries between illustration and fine arts, and she creates work that reconnects “aspects of our existence that we are forgetting”. Recently, Rivera had a solo exhibition, things behind the sun, in Library Gallery at MCAD. Please enjoy the photos of the reception, and visit her website for more [...]

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  • December
  • 5
  • 2014

Forty-three artists and designers are forging the new face of contemporary art and design, investigating new approaches to their creative practices, and doing this in an environment that nurtures innovation, ambition, and dynamism across disciplines such as animation, comics, drawing and painting, filmmaking, graphic design, illustration, installation, photography, performance, printmaking, paper and book-making, and sculpture. [...]

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  • November
  • 29
  • 2014

AIGA Minnesota recently held its premier event and the largest regional design conference, Design Camp, this October at a lodge in northern Minnesota. This event sets the standard for design conferences across the country. MFA students trekked north for the three-day conference that included an atypical conference structure, mixing indoor and outdoor activities with both [...]

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  • November
  • 24
  • 2014

A photograph by MCAD MFA alumni Xuancheng Zhang (Graphic Design ’14) is on display in the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts’ (EAFA) 39th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. EAFA is an association that seeks to promote public appreciation in creative art, assist with charitable projects, and help provide art education. EAFA 39th Annual Open Juried Show On view through [...]

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  • November
  • 20
  • 2014

Congratulations to our second-year student, Luisa Rivera (Illustration ‘ 15). Luisa Rivera’s painting Wolf Moon was selected as a winner in Latin American Illustration 3 competition. The competition was created by AI-AP, a website dedicated to annual competitions, juried image collections, and events. “Wolf Moon is a diptych I created as a personal work. As an overall concept, I created a scene [...]

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  • November
  • 18
  • 2014

Thanks to WorkArt Fellows  from Germany to give MFA program studio visits on Monday, November 3rd, also touring our facilities as part of a WorkART Fellows visit organized by the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Minnesota. About the WorkART Fellowship Program: “Piloted in 2011, the WorkART Fellowship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate [...]

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  • November
  • 13
  • 2014

As the nights grow longer, spooks and specters, spirits and saints return to join the living. This MFA exhibition features work from a variety of disciplines inspired by the spooky and spiritual sides of the season. https://www.facebook.com/events/307620729444886/

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  • November
  • 13
  • 2014

Current MFA candidate Bradley Cook, Print Paper Book 16’, recently presented his new work, Fragments, in his critique class. “My goal as an artist is to provide the viewer with new ways to experience familiar environments. I utilize dimension and perspective alluding to parallel realities and the possibility of alternative perceptions. In these fleeting interactions, [...]

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  • November
  • 11
  • 2014

Recently, MFA students attended an exhibition opening, Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition, at Concordia University in Saint Paul. “The Tokyo Type Directors Club is one of the most prestigious organizations in the fields of typography and graphic design. Its annual competition is a touchstone for the world’s leading art directors, designers and typographic masters. Unique among [...]

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  • November
  • 10
  • 2014

We are pleased to announce that Timothy Hamilton (Sculpture and Printmaking, ’15) was recently featured as a visiting artist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Invited to lecture to undergraduate students, Hamilton also installed a new work in their gallery “A Clean, Poorly Lighted Space” and took some time for studio visits with selected students. Hamilton [...]

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  • November
  • 6
  • 2014

Beyond Inspiration: Developing New Tools For Documenting, Sharing, and Improving Our Work as Teaching Artists was a one-day professional development institute held at MCAD this past month.  It was designed to help teaching artists in any discipline take control of the means by which we share and advocate for our work. The first time institute topped [...]

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  • November
  • 4
  • 2014

Thanks to Joe Smith for taking the time to do studio visits with MCAD’s graduate students. Joe Smith’s abstractions and still-lifes explore the impact of weight and gesture as a means to open up psychological spaces. Each element in his work is charged with restraining and driving forces that reveal the gaps between the physical, [...]

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  • October
  • 30
  • 2014

Internationally renowned photographer David Goldblatt, recently gave a classroom lecture at MCAD. Thanks to David Goldes for making this happen. Biography: “David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in South Africa and since the 1960s he has devoted all of his time to photography. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 [...]

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  • October
  • 30
  • 2014

Last year, Jeongho Park (Graphic Design ’13) applied to TDC Communication Design Competition with his Type Capsule project, and they announced the winners in the spring of 2014. The Type Directors Club honored some of the world’s best typographic design and designers on Wednesday, July 16 at The Cooper Union in New York City, with [...]

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  • October
  • 23
  • 2014

Greg Hoffman, the vice president of Global Brand Creative and Brand Experience for Nike, drives Nike’s mission of inspiring athletes everywhere around the world to reach their full potential. Hoffman presides over the Global Brand Marketing and Design Divisions, which include brand communication, digital brand, brand design and retail brand. With teams around the world, [...]

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  • October
  • 20
  • 2014

Thanks to Sam Alden to give MFA program studio visits and a public lecture at MCAD recently. Sam Alden is a cartoonist and illustrator from Portland, Oregon. In 2013 he won the Ignatz award for Promising New Talent, and his work has since appeared in The Best American Comics and on Adventure Time. His debut [...]

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  • October
  • 19
  • 2014

Xu Bing, an internationally renowned artist, recently gave a lecture at Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Many MFA students attended the lecture and also had conversations with him. Xu Bing’s biography: “Xu Bing finds his family roots in Wenling of Zhejiang province. He was born in Chongqing, China in 1955. In 1977 he entered the printmaking [...]

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  • October
  • 19
  • 2014

Fourteen recent MFA graduates have been invited to present work that calls attention to their subjective experiences and those of others. Their various explorations draw upon, give form to, channel, capture, and imagine poly-vocal worlds, both concrete and illusory. Participants: Julie Boehmer ’14 Allison Bolah ’14 Sean Cairns ’14 Zach Collins ’14 Shannon Estlund ’13 [...]

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  • October
  • 19
  • 2014

December 2014 Graduate Candidate, Miao Yihui, presented her Thesis and Exhibition Project Proposal to the MCAD community in preparation for her MFA Thesis Exhibition this December. “After studying visual communication for some time, I realize that “Design,” to me, is not only about how to precisely apply a format, but also relates to the cultural [...]

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  • October
  • 19
  • 2014

Exclusively for Graduate Students, the MCAD Printshop Studio hosted demos in bookbinding, screen printing, and relief&showcard(supplies provided). Thanks to Diane Eicher for making this happen with the support of MFA students Timothy Hamilton, Bradley Cook and Yihui Miao.

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  • October
  • 17
  • 2014

Paulina Reyes is an alum from MCAD and was a featured speaker at the AIGA conference in October. She is from Mexico and is accomplished as illustrator and designer. A native of Mexico City, Paulina Reyes ventured to the United States more than 10 years ago, beginning her career at Laurie DeMartino Design in Minneapolis. [...]

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  • October
  • 13
  • 2014

This internationally recognized three-day conference explores the global innovations and creative and cultural implications of Japanese anime and manga. The session combines the vibrancy of fan practices, the fashion show, and anime screenings with the presentations and discussions of academic papers, resulting in an enriching and unique experience. Since its inception in 2001, Mechademia (formerly [...]

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  • October
  • 13
  • 2014

Luisa Rivera Nahrwold (Illustration ’15) had an incredibly busy summer in 2014, here is only a partial list of her accomplishments. Congratulations on such an eventful couple of months! – The 9th 100 Artists Exhibition, Ouchi Gallery (New York): The images are part of the ninth version of the collective show titled 100 Artists Exhibition, [...]

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  • October
  • 12
  • 2014

We are pleased to announce MCAD MFA Painting ’04 alumni Michael Banning has several exhibitions and events happening this fall in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota: -Views from Mendell Street September 12th – October 24th Harold Washington Library (8th floor) 400 S. State St., Chicago, IL In conjunction with the Views from Mendell Street exhibition, Michael [...]

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  • October
  • 10
  • 2014

Our very own MFA Alumni, Sreekishen Nair, won the Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium Paper Prize at University of St. Thomas! Special thanks to University of St. Thomas Department of Art History for posting. We are pleased to announce that the UST Art History Graduate Student Research Symposium Paper Prize is presented to Sreekishen [...]

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  • October
  • 3
  • 2014

Noboru Hidano and Emeritus faculty Kinji Akagawa recently gave a roundtable meeting at MFA program.  Kinji Akagawa is an American sculptor and arts educator best known for sculptural constructions that also serve a practical function. A pioneer in the public art movement, Akagawa has throughout his career examined the relationship between art and community, most notably the concept [...]

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  • October
  • 3
  • 2014

Thanks to Nicholas Hanna for taking the time to do studio visits with MCAD’s graduate students. Nicholas Hanna is an artist and designer from Montreal, Canada. He is currently based in Los Angeles, where he produces work that investigates the sensation of wonder and the essential relationship between humans and technology. He holds a Master of [...]

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  • October
  • 1
  • 2014

Our MFA fine artist Leslie Barlow (Drawing and Painting ’16) recently had a show, ‘Distance and Dreams’ exhibit, at Gallery 427.  Leslie Barlow is a practicing oil painter living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She attended the University of Wisconsin- Stout where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in Business Administration, with Honors. She [...]

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  • September
  • 29
  • 2014

An artist by nature, not by stress of research, Vanessa Renwick puts scholars to rout by solving through nature’s teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders. She is a [...]

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  • September
  • 20
  • 2014

Visiting artist Do Ho Suh recently gave a lecture at MCAD and also held a roundtable meeting with the MFA program. Twelve MFA students attended the meeting and shared their work to Do Ho Suh. Do Ho Suh is an internationally renowned Korean artist whose site-specific installations and meticulously crafted sculptures question boundaries of identity and [...]

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  • September
  • 20
  • 2014

We had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time with Isao Miyazawa who is a world renowned environmental and information designer and researcher. At Whittier on Wednesday September 10, Isao Miyazawa met in a roundtable seminar with 15 MFA students where he lectured on his development and evolution as a designer and discussed his work and research [...]

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  • September
  • 18
  • 2014

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