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This November, MCAD MFA painting alum Kayla Plosz ’12 participated in a group show at the Soo Visual Arts Center here in Minneapolis. The show, entitled Hot Chroma, featured works from Plosz along with Jordan Clark, Matt Reimers and Jeremy Szopinski. From Soo Vac, the exhibition “explores the physicality of committing predominantly oil paint to surfaces.” […]

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  • December
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Early this month, MCAD MFA alum Preston Drum led a workshop at the Walker Art Center for their Free First Saturdays event. Entitled Boom, Bang, Crash, visitors explored the symbolism and story of drumming, and enjoyed performances, workshops, and even created their own drum to take home! The monthly Walker Art Center program offers free admission on the first Saturday […]

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  • November
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This month, Minneapolis’ iconic Soap Factory space hosted their 2016 submissions show, entitled Working Forces. It a group exhibition featuring the work of 13 artists from across North America, including MCAD MFA alum Jack Pavlik. The entire exhibit was curated by Jehra Patrick, an MCAD MFA mentor. From the organizers: “Conceived for the Soap Factory, in […]

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  • November
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This month, MFA print, paper, book mentor and MCAD adjunct faculty Jody Williams presented a solo show at the Form + Content gallery in Minneapolis. The show features mixed media prints, drawings, artist’s books, and “notempty boxes,” and focuses on “the ephemeral aspects of dust and shadows as material, cosmic and metaphorical presences.” Inspired in part by […]

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  • November
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This fall, second year Heather Peebles and alum Julie Renee Benda ’16 participated in “Making It Public,” a five-part workshop series hosted by Forecast Public Art. The mission of the workshop, which was held over six Tuesday nights throughout September and October in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul, was to help artists make public […]

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  • November
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This October, MFA students were treated to a workshop detailing the many machines and tools that MCAD’s 8,000 square foot 3D shop has to offer. The shop contains a wood shop, welding shop, foundry, plaster room, spray booths, and rapid prototyping equipment, to name a few. Led by second years Jesse Lentz and Samantha Russell, […]

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  • November
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This month, second years Chelsea Reeck, photography, and Bianca Jarvis, printmaking, participated in a group show at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming, MN. The show was sponsored by Wyoming Machine. Entitled Black & White, it was the second annual show of its kind and featured nearly 100 works of art by over 60 artists from […]

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  • November
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This month, our MFA students were honored by a series of studio visits and enthralling conversations with visiting artist Ann Fessler. Fessler, a professor of photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, has an illustrious career spanning many disciplines and reaching into the sphere of social justice. Her book The Girls Who Went Away, chronicling the […]

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  • October
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This month, first year sculptor Joel Terry held a solo show in MCAD’s Gallery 148, entitled Inflated American Dreamz. “Inflated American Dreamz is an investigation of our culture’s desire of material goods, values derived from leisure. In a minimalist manner, Terry reveals our culture’s emphasis on status, leisure, and façade—a problematic value system. Inflated American […]

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  • October
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This October, second-year sculptor Samantha Russell flew from Minneapolis to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the 26th annual International Sculpture Conference–Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation. The event brought together “artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts for exciting programming on contemporary sculpture.” Russell’s piece, entitled “Searching,” was exhibited at the show for more than 300 […]

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  • October
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This October, four of our own MCAD MFA comic artists participated in Minneapolis FallCon, an all-volunteer event organized by the Midwest Comic Book Association. First year Rachael Bonebright and alumni Alex Mitchell ’16, John Bivens ’16, and Kristin Tipping ’16 all held tables and sold their works to the crowd overflowing at the state fair […]

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  • October
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Second year filmmaker Sihai Zhu is using her skills to lend a helping hand. This summer, she held an internship with Cheerful Givers, an organization that helps low-income children receive a birthday present who may not otherwise be able to afford one. She traveled all around Minnesota for the work. From MCAD’s student profile on Zhu: “I […]

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  • October
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This week, second-year graphic designer Dan Romanoski was featured by AIGA (formerly the American Institute of Graphic Arts) in their blog “Eye on Design.” The opening line says it all: “Dan Romanoski’s work has the feel of a designer who’s accomplished, mature, confident, and possesses an unerring eye for superb typography. So we were baffled (and mighty impressed) […]

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  • October
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This September, MCAD MFA Visual Studies Alum Amanda Lovelee hosted her second Pop Up Meeting, an event wherein the artist convenes with the public and collects over 100 surveys over several hours, courting requests for city improvements without the inconvenience of heading all the way to City Hall. As an additional bonus, the event was held at […]

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  • October
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MCAD MFA painting Alum Ashely Peifer, ’13, is seeing her work come off of the walls. This fall, her patterns became available for purchase on garments from the fashion moguls at Lord + Taylor; no less, celebrities such as Julia Styles have already been photographed wearing her textile designs. Peifer is currently working out of Minneapolis. Her work has […]

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  • October
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This month, Minneapolis’ Altered Aesthetics Gallery, housed at the Southern Theater in the downtown neighborhood, selected second-year MFA candidates Yijia Li and Bianca Jarvis to participate in their show entitled “Monochromatic.” Jarvis showcased a range of printmaking techniques exploring the topics of memory and coping with grief, and Li displayed 50 pencil and charcoal sketches exploring the form of […]

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  • October
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This September, second-year MFA candidates Michaela Chorn, drawing and painting, and Joel Terry, sculpture, were selected to display works in the Minneapolis TractorWorks gallery. The prominent office building is in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown. Once a John Deere tractor factory, it is a piece of fascinating Minneapolis history; in 2008, it rebranded and gained its […]

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  • October
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This September, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Master of Fine Arts program hosted our annual student-run fall exhibition. The event was held at our spacious new gallery space on Stevens Avenue, right up the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and MCAD’s main campus. The exhibition, APOPTOSIS 2016, showcased the work of first […]

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  • September
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This summer, MCAD MFA mentor and MCAD Illustration faculty member Jaime Anderson was selected to participate in ArtCrank 2016: Art That Loves Bikes. Anderson has illustrated for a wide range of advertising clients and  publications, including The Star Tribune, MinnPost, Dish Network, Hour Detroit, The Wall Street Journal, American Express, Eugene Weekly, and Oregon Business Magazine. Her […]

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  • September
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This summer, second-year illustration MFA candidate Jacob Yeates was selected to participate in 410 Gallery’s “Project Bike: Traveling Minnesota one Piece at a Time.” From MN Artists: “410’s Project Bike is a state wide bicycle trip, art exhibition, and travel documentary with local artists setting the destinations. For a few weeks this summer the 410 Project’s […]

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  • September
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This September, illustration MFA candidate Sishir Bommakanti ’18 and comic arts alum John Bivens ’16 attended the Small Press Expo in Bethesda Maryland. Both artists participated in the symposium by supplying work for sale to the public. The Small Press Expo, or SPX, is an annual comics and graphic arts festival which “presents the best and brightest […]

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  • September
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This month, MFA alum Preston Drum ’16 held an artist residency at the Soap Factory, as part of the exciting new “3×5” project. The project hosts one or more emerging artists to create work in three unique gallery spaces within the iconic Minneapolis Soap Factory building, and holds an open house group exhibition of their work at […]

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  • September
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This month, first year MFA painter student Jonathan Aller displayed his work at the Truckstop Gallery on Nicolette Island. The opening, on Saturday September 17th, showcased the work of seven artists: Caitlin Karolczak, Joe Limpert, Jonathan Aller, Brandon Martin, Peter Geyen, Todd Cameron, and Jason Kittel. For more information: Truckstop Gallery event page Jonathan Aller

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  • September
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This month, MFA Illustration alum Niky Motekallem ’16 and Illustration mentor Allegra Lockstadt participated in a group show at the Public Functionary gallery in Minneapolis entitled “CLAWS: 16 Illustrators grappling with their obsessions.” The exhibition was inspired by the hauntingly accurate David Foster Wallace quote,“Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.” […]

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  • September
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MFA Drawing and Painting candidate Michaela Chorn was accepted this month into the In.Art Show, a juried and judged art competition complete with show opening and awards ceremony, at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming, MN. Chorn joined a list of 69 participants who competed for $3600 in awards for excellence in art. Chorn’s […]

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  • September
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Earlier this month, a selection of our Minneapolis College of Art and Design MFA students were selected into a juried group show with MFA candidates from the University of Minnesota. The show, entitled CO.NFLUENCE, was a coming together between our respective programs, to foster community and create dialogue. The show presented a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, animation, printmaking, illustration, […]

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  • September
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This month, graphic designer Joe Letchford ’17 hosts the first show of the year in MCAD’s Gallery 148. The exhibit, a solo project entitled Not Enough, explores the in-flux relationships between digital media and the natural world. “Not Enough explores how our experience of natural landscapes has been permanently altered by an increasingly digital culture. […]

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  • September
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This summer, second-year sculptors Samantha Russell and Jesse Lentz gave the MCAD grounds a major upgrade. Together they worked to restore a sculpture garden staple, “Blue Hondo,” the work of artist and faculty member Mike Bigger. Lentz and Russell were commissioned by Karen Wirth, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Don Myhre, 3D Shop Director, to refinish the […]

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  • September
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MCAD MFA Illustration alum Julie Van Grol ’14 has gone viral. Her instagram phenomenon #100DaysofBadassBabes has been shared and embraced by artists, journalists, philanthropic organizations, and personal heroes of Van Grol herself. Late last month the Huffington Post featured the project on its blog, highlighting not only Van Grol’s artistic chops, but the cultural import of the project: “As a […]

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  • September
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Mixed media and sculpture alum Sarah Faye McPherson ’16, was asked to design an installation for the lobby and retail space of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, to be unveiled in tandem with the opening of their exhibit, “Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection” As an interdisciplinary artist, McPherson’s work spans many […]

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  • August
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This month, illustrator Jacob Yeates ’17, was featured in Creative Quarterly magazine as part of their Issue 42-43. The magazine “asks the question: Where does your inspiration come from? What person, place or thing inspires your work?” Yeates’ work is highly metaphorical, and confronts harsh realities in our political and social landscapes. His Creative Quarterly piece, entitled […]

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  • August
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This month, MFA alum Kelsey Zigmund, ’14, will be featured at Chicago’s Village Tap, in a show entitled “Sodashoppe Punk.” Zigmund also sat for a lively interview by Carlyn Hill of Threadless, a site which offers Zigmund’s work for purchase, printed on men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel. According to Zigmund, her concept of Sodashoppe Punk was inspired by the “hyperbolic, raw […]

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  • August
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This month, second-year painters Erin Sandsmark and Yijia Li were selected to show their works as part of an exhibition at the New Bohemian Gallery in Brainerd, MN, entitled “Exposed.” From the event page: “This exhibition focuses on the nude, one of the most recognizable subject matter in the history of art, and something that […]

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  • August
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This month, Mandy Martinson ’16 and local artist Daniel McCarthy-Clifford hosted a group show of their works at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. In the exhibition, Bless this Mess, both artists reflect on their exposure to criminology, and in so doing, deconstruct conventional perceptions of the “idyllic” home and family life. Mandy’s work confronts the collision between […]

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  • August
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This month, MFA alumni painters Liza Dorsey ’16 and Leslie Barlow ’16 held artist residencies at the Soap Factory, as part of the exciting new “3×5” project. The project hosts one or more emerging artists to create work in three unique gallery spaces within the iconic Minneapolis Soap Factory building, and holds an open house group […]

This month, MFA mentor Luis Fitch exhibits his works in a group show entitled “Folklore Remix,” at Gamut Gallery in Minneapolis. In this exhibition, Luis Fitch, Rodrigo Oñate & Repo “remix” the stories of their childhood. “They have retrofitted their Mexican, Central American, and Minnesotan mythologies with a crisp, vibrant street art sensibility. Like old […]

This summer, the University of Minnesota Bee Squad offered to host two of MCAD’s new beehives at the Bee Vets Apiary at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Second year MFA student, Joel Terry, decorated the hives with a spray painted design that he created especially for the hives.   Joel was asked to create a design for the bee hives that […]

This month two MFA alumni, illustrator Niky Motekallem ’16 and comic artist Alex Mitchell ’16, participated in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ Third Thursday. Their project was a collaborative and participatory piece entitled “The Storytree.” From Alex: “The Storytree is a large sequential narrative project that takes shape in collaboration with the public. It allows visitors […]

This month, sculptor Samantha Russell, ’17, and MFA alum Rachel Leigh Jennings, ’16, were published in Barbed Magazine’s Issue #04. Barbed “is a blended publication of new works, artist’s nodes, performance art, food reviews, interactions, and new artists; produced in limited edition copies. Barbed Magazine is printed twice a year, in the Spring and the […]

Nick Rivers, MFA alum ’16, was featured this month by MN Artists, in an article by artist and fellow MCAD MFA alum Andrea Carlson, ’05. The article offers reflection and discussion of Rivers’ Thesis project: 5 Day Fast [My Theses on Art]. The project was a durational performance held on the main grounds of Minneapolis College of […]

This month, graphic designer Qiuwen Li, MFA ’16, has several pieces on display at Minneapolis’ TractorWorks building in the North Loop neighborhood of downtown. Once a John Deere tractor factory, the prominent office building is a piece of fascinating Minneapolis history. “Renovations boast polished concrete, frosted glass, oxidized steel, and contemporary fabrics through the space, an aesthetic […]

This spring, MFA sculptor Joel Terry was selected to participate in the juried show, Untitled 12, at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. From Soo Vac: “Untitled 12 marks the twelfth year of SooVAC’s juried exhibition series. Untitledprovides opportunities for artists working in any medium and at any stage of their career, resulting in […]

This month, MFA alum Jo Yeh ’15 was selected as the Featured Artist by the art and poetry journal Vagabond City. Yeh’s interview was published along with several selected illustrations for their 10th Issue. From  Vagabond: “Each piece is a thought in itself, the sort of thing you’d make your cover photo or text to your best friends not just to seem […]

On Friday May 13th, MCAD hosted the culminating exhibition of our graduating Master of Fine Arts candidates.  This was the inaugural thesis exhibition at the program’s new studio and gallery space, and was the result of a two-year interdisciplinary journey of intensive research and studio practice. Presenting a variety of disciplines including photography, painting, animation, printmaking, illustration, sculpture, […]

In April, MFA Alum Kelli Nelson ’13 returned to Ecce Gallery in Fargo, North Dakota for her second solo painting exhibition. Kelli’s work suggests ties to Francis Bacon and Oehlen stylistically, but she maintains her own distinct, nuanced voice throughout her latest series of paintings. She has taught foundation drawing at MCAD, drawing, painting, and figure drawing at […]

Leslie Barlow’s work consists of oil painting, collage, and drawings. She uses the figure and narrative elements to talk about issues related to multiculturalism, “otherness,” and identity. Working within the history of figurative painting, the figure offers a fertile ground to push the boundaries of our known visual language and inject that history with a new […]

Julie Reneé Benda thinks of lakes, rocks, and trees as an original vocabulary—one that infuses her understanding of the world through story and experience. In her artwork, she uses her own and others’ narratives of place to promote and strengthen this communication. The work builds upon her explorations of creating thoughtful environments and subtle interactions that […]

John Bivens is an award-winning visual storyteller, focused on the comic book medium. His work reflects a love of watching society and interpreting the cause of social actions. Instead of turning away in reaction, he uses dark humor to help him digest the information he absorbs. In his thesis, Lil’ Charlie, John has created a new […]

Anna Leigh Biedenbender is interested in the human condition. In her work she dissolves figure/ground relationships into compositions of gestural line and mark. Through this process, she reflects on the intersections of personal identity, sanctuary, and relationship. Anna works from multiple sources, referencing photographs, direct observation, and other renderings. She combines and translates this information through painting […]

When so much of our digital identity is comprised of selected fictions, Allison Brown crafts fictions that live in those spaces as truth. The majority of her work is grounded in her working-class childhood in south-central Indiana. Feminism, politics, and class are central lenses through which she construct her narratives; populism versus authority acts as […]

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