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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Noburo 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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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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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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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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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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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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MCAD MFA mentor Katherine Turczan is currently involved in an exhibition titled From There to Here at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. She recently gave an artist talk at the museum. “From There to Here explores the ways that public transportation intersects with community and connects people to places and the opportunities they offer. Featuring the [...]

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This summer, Jo Yeh (MFA ’15 illustration), held a solo exhibition at Raum Weisz Gallery in Leipzig, Germany. The exhibition featured the two major projects she had finished earlier this year, which contained a series of drawings and a comic strip. Yeh’s work illustrates people’s lives with everyday scenes and objects, and always creates a [...]

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Congratulations to the MCAD MFA students and alumni for putting together an amazing show! The reception was a success with high-quality work on view, artists and designers engaging guests in discussions, as well as the fancy food! The MFA community would also like to thank those who stopped by to view the work at the [...]

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On September 6th, ​MCAD​ graphic design and illustration ​students participated in the Statewide Pivot: A Day with Timothy Goodman at the University of Minnesota​,​ School of Design. It was an excellent learning experience​; participants​ ​had the opportunity to work with Timothy on a workshop project, where he ​also discussed his work and career path. ​ [...]

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is pleased to present Chrysalis Stage, the upcoming 2014 Master of Fine Arts Fall Exhibition at Whittier Gallery. Presenting a variety of disciplines including painting, printmaking, comics, animation, filmmaking, illustration, sculpture, and graphic design, the show will feature work by current MCAD graduate students and recent alum.  This [...]

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Kate Thomas, a MFA Alumni of 2013, has been quite busy since graduating from MCAD. Hear Kate’s story about her recent accomplishment: I was contacted by the Art Director of Minnesota Monthly Magazine after he bought one of my greeting cards at i like you in northeast Minneapolis. He said he liked my style of [...]

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MCAD MFA alumni Nicholas Kovatch is an active sculptor and installation artist, and instructor based in Minneapolis. Nick received his MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2013. He was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in the spring of 2014 and exhibited work at the Gamut Gallery in [...]

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MCAD alumni Amanda Lovelee, 2005, is apart of a project called Urban Flower Field, which brings community and multidisciplinary professionals to create a temporary public art installation at the future site of Pedro Park in Saint Paul, MN. To learn more about Amanda Lovelee and the Urban Flower Field visit Urban Flower Field.

Congratulations to MCAD MFA alumni Xiaohua Yang, Illustration 14′, for receiving three merits in 3×3 Illustration Show No. 11. His work will also be published in the 3×3 Illustration Annual and will also be featured on the web. Yang’s illustration titled The Diver (second image down) has also won the 2014 Applied Arts Student Awards Contest and [...]

MCAD MFA Alumni Sieng Lee, Graphic Design 14’, and the AIGA Design for Good team recently presented on Design Thinking at the Minnesota Council for Non-profit Leadership Conference, hosted by the University of Minnesota. In the Summer of 2013 Sieng and the DFG team was engaged in a design project with CAPI (Center for Asian [...]

Recently MFA alumni Lea Devon Sorrentino ‘12 spent time at the Arteles Creative Residency program in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. During the month of April she was able to spend dedicated time in the remote region pursuing a social media based project called, Friend Request, along with a collaborative project, Identity Protection Task Force. Arteles throughout the [...]

Monica Haller, MFA 2005, is currently an artist­in­residence at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Her residency project, “Beneath the Ground,” is on view at the MIA from June 12­ October 26, 2014. “Beneath the Ground” uses scientific data and soil samples to explore new ways of understanding artworks in the museum’s collection. The project includes [...]

Recent graduate, Julie Boehmer MFA ‘14 Illustration, took a moment to talk about her latest commission for Vestiges, INC. and the opportunities that have opened up since graduating from the MCAD MFA Program in the spring. “I’ve known that my illustration practice would start off as a sort of patchwork quilt: a few freelance jobs, [...]

Last week, Zach Collins (MFA ’14 Collage), held an exhibition and book signing at Soolocal Gallery (hosted by Soovac) in Minneapolis. The book signing was for the publication: Recycled Trophies, by Zach and Aaron Beebe. Zach also debuted his upcoming publication, We said hello and shook hands, which is a book filled with collaborations done [...]

MCAD MFA alumni Jasio Stefanski,’13 is a featured artist on MPLSTYLE.  Jasio talks about his influences, typography and Studio Set – a design collaboration studio – with Lauren Thorson, MFA Alumni ’12. Click on the links for more information about these designers & their work: http://www.jasiostefanski.com/ http://www.laurenthorson.com/ http://www.studio-set.com/

Congratulations to the MCAD MFA class of 2014! They have all worked hard, developed lasting relationships, and survived the Minnesota winter!

The 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition was a success! Enjoy the photos from our reception featuring artists, designers, and peers.

“I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”-Woody Allen  The core of my thesis work aims to reflect the perplexing nature of the ephemeral world by considering the power of emptiness and the curious absurdity of a modern spiritual pursuit. I created art that questions a fear [...]

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Since I came to the United States, the enormous cultural distinctions I faced used to confuse me both in my daily life and my learning processes. This is especially evident in the written characters of a language, which are the most typical features for a culture. My work in this exhibition examines a Chinese graphic [...]

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My interdisciplinary practice draws on my experiences in literature and photography; in installations of video, sound, and paper-based objects, I document the ways gesture and language are shaped into specific narratives. Themes of reflection–literal and figurative-are also a feature of my work and I play with their ability to form and challenge ideas of self [...]

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As a designer, I believe in the limitless possibilities of graphic design, so when I’m making work, I’m trying to push the boundaries of what is considered Graphic Design. I do graphic design using the idea of “dimension” by making work using 3D software and working with installation. My differentiated approaches to work are connected [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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