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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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  • September
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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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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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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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  • August
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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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  • August
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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 […]

Samantha Russell sculpts figural fragments that convey her emotional responses to societal inequities and injustices.  Favoring hand-based processes and traditional tools, rather than employing digital interventions, Russell creates figurative sculptures that convey her socio-political themes coded through her race/gender/class inclusive feminism. Russell endeavors to bridge the gap between the art world and the working class, much like her upbringing as the daughter of […]

Dan Romanoski is a graphic designer working through digital and print mediums to explore interpretive design. Instead of dictating a message to a viewer, he attempts to enter a conversation by playing with the distortion of hierarchy, legibility and message, often crossing the threshold of instant cognition into abstraction. Moments of miscommunication, points of confusion, degradation, and […]

Chelsea Reeck was diagnosed with stage III Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on April 13, 2016. A deep sense of powerlessness lead her to photograph her personal trauma through the documentation of spaces and objects as evidence of her illness. Her thesis work articulates the destructive effects of chemotherapy treatment and the parallel conflicts created by its current role as the […]

Heather Peebles is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is rooted in painting and social practice. Her work revolves around sexual violence and rape culture in the United States. During her time at MCAD, Peebles’ practice has transitioned from gallery-oriented, mixed-media paintings to community-based work in which she directly works with a community of victim-survivors of […]

Aaron Olsen-Reiners explores the relationship between painting and the self. His search for the authentic self has led him to explore the tension between the abstract and the figurative, developing the thematic content of the work in response to the painting process. Aaron uses painting as an expression of the struggle for personal meaning and authenticity. […]

Shiraz Mukarram is a photographer working with people who are underrepresented in the mainstream media. He uses portraiture to tell an individual’s story through their own words.  Mukarram is interested in exploring identity and the ethical/moral possibilities of representing another person, using each project to interrogate issues inherent to portraiture – exploitation of the subject, ownership […]

Xiaohan Ma explores visual forms and type in two-dimensional space mainly through the format of artists’ books and large-scale digital prints, and more recently digital 3D modeling and motion graphicsMa is interested in things or situations that we feel hard to explain. She is drawn to working in visual forms or languages that exist in ambiguity, unconventionality, and triviality.  […]

Yijia Li is a painter from Shanghai, China. Focusing on the female figure as her main subject matter, Li references a lifetime of diverse personal struggles in her work. By sourcing personal experiences of cultural contrasts, homosexuality, and feminist issues, Li strives to relate her perspective to the experiences of others. Li’s artistic process is not only a […]

Joe Letchford is a graphic designer exploring what is means to actively choose to disconnect from a digital presence in relation to today’s post-digital environment. Letchford asks if the possibility of experiencing a sense of connection or transcendence is directly correlated with disconnecting from an online presence. Letchford is interested in the way that human […]

Jesse R. Lentz references a long history of collection and curation, including the way women used objects to cement their place in the world, as well as folk tradition of  the power in objects. In her work, Lentz collects and presents the domestic, the found, the collected, the hoarded, the purchased, and the folk story into an installation that […]

Bianca Jarvis utilizes the creative process as a space to examine personal experience and ask questions that focus on loss, memory, and imagination. Jarvis experiments with print processes, installation, and collage to understand how memory is transformed through the labor of making and the rigor of contemplation.  Jarvis asks: how do we make sense of loss? […]

Michaela Chorn works intuitively and with immediacy, motivated by her response to the events of the world. Material exploration, labor, and aura all play a role in her practice. Chorn aims to connect the performance of making to the viewer’s experience of the art. Through immediate mark making, Chorn creates objects that foster a sensory experience between the […]

Dana Kristine Cheit is a digital illustrator with a dual interest in graphic design. Cheit’s thesis work, Young Rebels, explores the role that visual metaphor has played in activist movements throughout history. Through the subversion of everyday symbols, in tandem with a re-imagining of the common collectible trading card, Young Rebels invites young people to find personal connections […]

This month, 2nd year MFA sculptor Jesse Lentz debuted her tiny installation “House Fire and Gallery” in MCAD’s new Mini Gallery! Located amongst the tool lockers in the Main Campus 3D shop, the tiny gallery was created this past semester by Megan Miller, shop staff. The purpose of the Mini Gallery is “to show the beauty in the […]

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On April 14, first year MFA candidate Sherry Muyuan He’s solo show Art Is Why I Wake Up In The Morning opened at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. He’s work in the show is inspired by her recent trip to Tokyo where she learned the art of origami and how to make paper with handmade […]

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This March, Los Angeles-based sound artist and performer Chris Kallmyer visited the MFA studios. Kallmyer’s work “explores a participatory approach to making music through touch, taste, and process using everyday objects that point to who we are and where we live. His work is best characterized by its relationship to site and architecture, inviting the listener to […]

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We are proud to present our interview with illustrator Luisa Rivera! Luisa is a London-based illustrator whose beautiful work has appeared in magazines, books, newspapers, and exhibitions for clients the world over. Her deft hand and dreamy color palettes are mesmerizing to behold, and her thoughtfulness and enthusiasm for her work is evident in all she does. […]

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This April, second year MFA candidate Erin Sandsmark held a solo show in MCAD’s Gallery 148. “A Second Skin is a collection of works that center around the artist’s own body. These paintings take specific moments of interaction with the naked body, and ask the viewer to interact with the flesh presented to them in […]

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  • April
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This April, the MFA community had the honor of engaging with feminist and conceptual artist Martha Rosler.  As part of the 2016-17 Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography and New Media at Mia, Rosler first spoke about the development of her multidisciplinary practice with Yasufumi Nakamori, Mia’s curator of Photography & New Media. The following day, […]

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On March 31, interdisciplinary artist Mark Tribe visited to the MFA studios to engage with MFA students about their work. “Tribe is an artist who works across media and forms including drawing, photography, installation, video, and performance. His recent work explores the relationship between landscape and technology. Tribe is chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department […]

On April 3, MFA students had the opportunity to meet with visiting artist Carolina Borja. Borja works at the intersection of art, craft and public art, and says that her recent work “speaks of identity, fragmentation and the way it can lead to unity.” Borja incorporates elements of traditional crafts and popular arts into her […]

Made @ MCAD, an annual juried exhibition showcasing the best work submitted by current MCAD students pursuing degrees in design, fine arts, media arts, and entrepreneurial studies, opened on March 24 in the Main Gallery at MCAD. Work by 49 students was selected by this year’s jurors, Misa Jeffereis and Hardy Stewart. First year MFA candidates […]

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