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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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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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  • April
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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 […]

This March, four of our international students, Zoe Cinel ’18, Xiaojie Liu ’18, and William Lining Jiang ’18, and Sihai Zhu ’17 participated in MCAD’s It’s a Small World Exhibition. The exhibit, in MCAD’s Concourse Gallery, featured the work of seventeen students in both graduate and undergraduate programs: “Moving beyond one’s borders makes opportunities possible, both […]

This month, we caught up with Joe Sinness ’05, and asked him some pressing questions about art and life. “Juxtaposing portraits, still-lifes, theatrical sculptures, and cinematic panoramas, Sinness’s works display the performance of sexual desire. Sinness visualizes desire and pursues a vision of utopic queer spaces and characters—portraying his subjects as tender and worthy of desire.” Sinness is a […]

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  • March
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On March 3, illustration-focused local gallery and MCAD neighbor Light Grey Art Lab hosted a 5th Anniversary Grand Re-Opening. MCAD MFA candidates Sishir Bommakanti ’18 and Alanna Stapleton ’18; MFA illustration alum Niky Motekallem ’16; and MFA mentors Zach Keenen, Allegra Lockstadt, and James O’Brien all exhibited work as part of a local artist feature in the Main Gallery. […]

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  • March
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This February, second year MFA candidate Jesse R Lentz held a solo show in MCAD’s Gallery 148. Thall Shall Not Covet was an exhibition of 52 photographs of collected objects, each depicting one week of found items from the artist’s life beginning on Feb 17, 2016–the artist’s 25th birthday–and concluding on Feb 17, 2017. Visitors […]

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  • March
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The MCAD MFA program has a long tradition of visiting artists, both as classroom lecturers, studio visitors, and participants in formal critiques. This spring, we have begun to take the possibilities even further, as illustrator Matt Rota skyped in to a group of our students to participate in a video lecture and long-distance critique. The […]

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  • March
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Store Bought Is Fine, a small showcase of new work by first year MFA illustrator Alanna Stapleton, opened on February 22, 2017, in the MCAD Library Gallery. The show featured a series of hand-embroidered canvas tote bags and a journal comic exploring the emotional burdens and the weight of expectations that women carry. Stapleton also included selected favorite […]

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  • March
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This February, MFA mentor Alexa Horochowski presented new works called Vortex Drawings at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis. Horochowski’s Vortex Drawings are a combination of mechanical drawing and experimental printmaking, exploring “the impartiality of natural forces that bring together matters of various sorts without differentiating trash from mineral or toxic from organic.” “Inspired […]

February was frigid, but not for second-year graphic designers Dan Romanoski and Joe Letchford, as they jet-setted off to Los Angeles to attend the L.A. Book Fair. Sponsored by the non-profit publishing group Printed Matter, and hosted by the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the event rivaled only the NYC book fair in size and attendance. […]

This winter, MCAD MFA painting alum Casey Opstad, ’11, completed an Artist Residency at General Assembly. Since graduating from MCAD, he has been the artist-in-residence at several companies, including GA, Bitly, and Quotidian Ventures. His work with GA spans from Boston to L.A., in their Little Tokyo location. GA is a global community with a mission […]

Loving, a show of new work by painting alum Leslie Barlow MFA ’16, opened last weekend at Public Functionary in Minneapolis. “The exhibition features a collection of large-scale portraits featuring interracial families from the Twin Cities to highlight the 50th year anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court Case, which will be commemorated in 2017. Barlow […]

This month, first year MFA candidate Zoe Cinel curated a group show at MCAD’s Gallery 148. The show, Trump Backward-Forward, featured several events spaced over several weeks: a gallery opening with selected readings, a screening of “Artist’s Cut of the Caiman” by Nanni Moretti, and a panel discussion. Participants  in the show and panel included […]

This February, MCAD MFA painting and drawing alum Anna Leigh Biedenbender ’16 is showing new work in a solo exhibition at the Bethany Lutheran College Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center in Mankato, Minnesota. The show is titled Prisca and included an artist lecture and opening reception on February 16. Interested in the human condition and one’s ability […]

On February 9 and 10, the MFA program hosted the 2017 Thesis Proposal Presentations. Each of the 19 graduate candidates presented their work and research in the program and proposed a thesis direction to the MCAD community for consideration and response. Congratulations to the graduate candidates on all their thoughtful hard work! Final works will be […]

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This month, MFA candidate Chelsea Reeck ’17 was selected to exhibit works from her project Side Effects May Include in a solo show at Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis. The work is a photographic exploration of her personal experiences with Hodgkins Lymphoma and the reverberating effects of her treatment. From Soo VAC: “Photographing personal trauma […]

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  • February
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Minneapolis’ own Kolman & Pryor Gallery in the famed Northrop King Building opened its first exhibition of the year, featuring the curatorial and multidisciplinary art works of five of our own! Worlding is “a bold foray into alternative realities that compels us to experience identity and culture, landscape and consumerism; and popular culture and technology with […]

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  • February
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This month, the MCAD MFA program was fortunate to earn ourselves a visit from Marion Bataille, world-renowned graphic designer and book designer based out of Paris, France. She came to our MFA studios and gallery to meet and speak with three of our students in an intimate setting: Sherry Muyuan He ’18 (graphic design), Alanna Stapleton ’18 (illustration,) […]

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  • February
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Pun Intended, a group show in MCAD’s Library Gallery, opened January 19, 2017, and featured works by painter Michaela Chorn ’17, illustrator Dana K. Cheit ’17, and printmaker Christopher Alday ’13. The exhibition, running from January 17– February 5, 2017, was a small showcase of how artists take inspiration from words to create stimulating visual […]

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  • February
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Welcome to our new feature on the MCAD MFA blog! This month, we caught up with Peng Wu, ’13, and asked him some pressing questions about art and life. Peng is “an interdisciplinary designer and artist working in sculpture and public art, interactive and social practice, visual communication, to create powerful and innovative narrative.” Enjoy! Where did […]

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  • February
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This December, MFA alums and Minneapolis-based installation artists Essma Imady ’16 and Julie Benda ’16 were awarded Forecast Public Art grants for 2017. Imady was awarded an $8,000 Emerging Artist Project Grant supported by Jerome Foundation. Benda  received a $1,500-2,500 Making it Public grant, funded by the Lowertown Future Fund and City of St. Paul Cultural […]

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  • February
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This month, 2017 MFA printmaking candidate Bianca Jarvis exhibited work at her undergraduate alma mater, the University of Puget Sound. Entitled What Happened Here, the show was held at the University’s Kittredge Gallery, and featured 22 alumni from a variety of fine arts disciplines. From the Suburban Times: “Almost all of the selected artworks were made […]

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  • February
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Starting off this year with a bang, three of our MFA illustrators, Jacob Yeates ’17, Sishirprithvi Bommakanti ’18 and Yuchen Zhang ’18, were included in the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles’ 55th annual show, Illustration West. The highly competitive juried competition offered seven awards and several student scholarships. Its opening took place in L.A. on […]

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  • January
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This fall, alum Emmett Ramstad ’07 was awarded the Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists. The Jerome Foundation “seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists.” Ramstad’s work, focusing “on mundane objects and the highly individualized, personal routines that surround them” […]

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  • January
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This fall, the MCAD MFA program was fortunate to have Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. visit our studios to share his insights one-on-one with a selection of students. Kennedy, a successful computer programmer for a large corporation, left behind his comfortable position to enter the arts at the age of 40. Since then he has devoted himself to […]

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  • January
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This December, the 9th annual Monster Drawing Rally, a fundraiser for Midway Contemporary Art, took place at the Grainbelt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis. The MCAD Master of Fine Arts program was out in force! Participants included alumni Christopher Alday, Leslie Barlow, Rachel Jennings, and Sarah Faye McPherson, mentors Jehra Patrick,Valerie Jenkins, and Allegra Lockstadt, and mentor/faculty Andy Ducett. […]

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  • January
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On Friday December 9, 2016, to cap off the fall semester, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts program hosted our annual Open Studio Night event — the second one of its kind in our new studio and gallery building! People from throughout our community came to explore the work of our forty-two […]

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  • January
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On November 30th, second-year sculptor Samantha Russell had a opening of a solo show in MCAD’s Library Gallery. The show, entitled “Finding My Feelings, Sculpting Experiences, runs from November 26th to today, December 16th. The show includes gesturing ceramic hands “to talk about social experiences and emotional responsis.” From the event page: “Samantha creates fragmented […]

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  • December
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Tonight is the night! Now in the seventh year, the MFA Open Studio Night has become a beloved tradition—inviting the public into the artist and designers’ studios. The location of our new 38,000-square-foot space, conveniently located a block from the MCAD main campus and across the street from Mia, has made this a truly special place for […]

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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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