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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As a graphic designer, I use images as a vehicle to express my thoughts and feelings. In my work, I try to visualize the beauty and power of mundane objects in everyday-life, which is made even more enriched through the different cultural backgrounds I have experienced so far, the re-imagination of my daily chores, and [...]

The title of my thesis show, BioNuminescence, celebrates the fascinating beauty of the small animals and plants that share the landscape with us. The name of the exhibition is a compound word designed to suggest the sacredness of the ecology. It fuses the prefix “bio”, which references the biological with the word “numinous” that indicates [...]

What does it mean to be Hmong as a visual artist? My exploration of cultural identity has been recent because I initially felt that the pursuit of personal identity was not practical. But after further thought, I have discovered that through using my Hmong identity as a medium, I have created work that attempts to [...]

I believe our visual culture is moving towards an emphasis on personalization and customization. The imagery I include in my artwork celebrates the music, fashion, and culture that I personally value and enjoy. I find happiness through drawing and invention and seek to communicate those feelings through my own visual language. I approach my illustration [...]

My father is a year-round camper. He is a truck driver and after a few years of weekend camping rain or cold, he invited me along. Of course I remembered camping in lots of places growing up, but this didn’t mean I had ever driven myself to these campsites. What can I say, I got [...]

Nature is where I always find the inspiration to work. I think the aura that surrounds the objects in nature are there to hold something that is eternal, and people can find inspiration through the experience of it. Sometimes, nature is as mysterious as the universe; sometimes it is as simple and concrete as ash. [...]

Buildings used to tell us stories. Before mass printing or text materials were common, many structures possessed visual components that worked sequentially to convey information and stories for a community of people. In this regard, those structures share a basic principle with how comic art works, as Scott McCloud suggests: “Comics are juxtaposed pictorial and [...]

I come to illustration from a Fine Art and Liberal Arts background. In my undergraduate studies, my focus was in drawing, painting, and printmaking; but my sense of humor and playfulness led me toward the field of illustration. My initial inspirations came from the gig poster and screen-printing scene of Chicago, and eventually broadened to illustrators like Julia Rothman, Maira Kalman, and [...]

My thesis work explores the relationship of the body to objects, focusing on the metaphor of clothing and surface coverings as second skins, intimate tactile coverings that may or may not succeed in sheltering the body from harm during vulnerable stages of development. The body is the site of my artistic practice. I draw my inspiration from the somatic senses, [...]

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As a filmmaker, working with animation, I explore the ideas of personal narrative through imagery that reflects various states of mind. The significance of human existence and self-awareness is something that I find fascinating, and the translation of those elements into artistic forms has given me a storytelling technique in which I can express myself. My animated films express among other feelings, confused emotions, reflecting on isolation, existential stress, and [...]

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I am fascinated by the way that the body movements of karate kata, when broken down to their simplest elements: speed, strength, and balance, are a universal language able to be interpreted without being filtered, unaffected by language and cultural differences. In this same way, I am also interested in the ways music transcends boundaries [...]

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Water and Fire. Flesh and Stone. Life and Death. The rebirth of old philosophies and ancient remembrances, the continuation of reflection through the elements, and the abstraction and reconfiguration of ritual processes are elements and concepts brought to bear in the explication of these symbolic forms. These are the subjects of my work as I [...]

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MFA program held an admission tour for our prospective students in fall semester. They had a great conversation with MFA advisor, Tom DeBiaso and current MFA students, Desiree Niu (Graphic Design, 2014), Luisa Rivera (Illustration, 2015) and Timothy Hamilton (Sculpture, 2015). The tour involved visiting the MCAD main campus, MFA Whittier Studios, and a presentation [...]

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Melissa Hronkin, MFA 1998, is the 2014 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year. NAEA is the professional association for art educators, including art educators throughout the United States and many foreign countries. This prestigious award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of one outstanding NAEA member annually at the National level within their division. It will be presented [...]

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