2015 Senior Exhibition


se-2015-smith-working-webSeatbelts for those afflicted with arthritis; improving teaching and learning for those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); confronting the desire to uphold perfection; challenging the literal definition of painting.

These topics only scratch the surface of the more than 130 emerging artists & designers in the MIAD 2015 Senior Exhibition. Seniors demonstrate their passion for service and creating innovative solutions to societal and economic challenges, and opportunities.

bmo-newlogo-2015On view April 17 - May 9 throughout MIAD galleries, the exhibition is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

View work from the 2015 Senior Exhibition.

Three students received an Alumni Thesis Scholarship for their projects: Zeke Johnson (Industrial Design), Samantha Primuth (Communication Design) and Michelle Zealy (Drawing).

se-2015-johnson-webJohnson, inspired by his grandmother's difficulty using a seatbelt due to her decreased hand dexterity, redesigned the automotive seatbelt and buckle. His redesign allows users with limitations due to arthritis and other conditions to independently buckle their seatbelt. 

Primuth creates "The Skilled Daydreamers," a multi-sensory approach to teaching and learning for those with ADHD. She incorporates a variety of methods - including visual, auditory and kinesthetic - into educational platforms to improve engagement in the learning process.

Zealy's "Electrical Towers" reflect her ability to see the ordinary in new ways, constantly questioning and challenging her seemingly mundane surroundings. "Electrical Towers" re-create a mundane experience for audiences to share.

se-2015-james-webKyle James (Time-Based Media) explores why humans have the urge to do dangerous things, and what it means to truly live in his short film, "The Death Drive."

Michelle Sharp (Photography) dissects her favorite novel, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," and creates a collaboration with the novel's protagonist, Francie. Sharp merges and inserts her images into Francie's experiences, connecting with the character's life and history.

Emily Ebert (Communication Design) creates a solution for the increasing demand for creative problem solving with "Primer," an online publication and framework for dynamic learning that provides tools and insights for prime creativity. Ebert was the first place winner of the AIGA Wisconsin Student Excellence Awards.

se-2015-salgado-webWhitney Salgado (Illustration) couples her editorial and medical illustration passions to create work based on contemporary poetry written from the perspectives of patients with illnesses and their families. 

Integrated Studio Arts student Kayle Karbowski creates a series of sculptural objects and video performances in "Landscaping" that confront the trivial desire to uphold an image of perfection. She renegotiates materials, colors and patterns as private aspirations and public performances collide. 

se-2015-motzing-webNoel Motzing (Industrial Design) looks to foster communication between police and their communities through RingRing, a police motorcycle based off of a full-size, functional dirt bike. RingRing challenges the image of police as enforcers or punishers.

MIAD DEFINE - a day dedicated to senior presentations, discussions and TED-like lectures and presentations- happens within the 2015 Senior Exhibition, and is open to the public Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. During the morning session, seniors discuss their capstone project and academic path.

The MIAD 2015 Senior Exhibition is on view April 17 - May 9 throughout all MIAD Galleries and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

View images from the 2015 Senior Exhibition on flickr

Top image: Alexandra Smith (Photography) at work in her studio.
Second image: Zeke Johnson's (Industrial Design) sketches for his Seatbelt design.
Third image: Kyle James's (Time-Based Media) The Death Drive poster.
Fourth image: Whitney Salgado (Illustration), Islands
Fifth image: Noel Motzing (Industrial Design), RingRing

2014 Senior Exhibition

A daughter's diabetes diagnosis, childhood struggles with Asperger's, understanding human identity through anatomy.

These were only a handful of the captivating inspirations for the MIAD 2014 Senior Exhibition, on view April 18 - May 10 throughout MIAD galleries, and generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

bmo-logo-web-largeMore than 150 seniors representing MIAD's Bachelor of Fine Arts majors showed their impressive and intriguing work. Gallery Night and Day offered the public opportunities to speak with seniors about their work during an Opening Reception Gallery Night, Friday, April 25, 5 - 9 p.m., and Gallery Day Conversations, Saturday, April 26, 1 - 5 p.m. Regular hours for the Senior Exhibition are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Rourke Senior Project

Three students received the Alumni Thesis Exhibition Scholarship: Aaron Rourke (Industrial Design), Amy Trompeter (Integrated Studio Arts) and Indie La Londe (Integrated Studio Arts). Rourke was driven by his six-year-old daughter's diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes to create Echo, a life-saving device that extends the range of Continuous Glucose Monitors and helps prevent hypoglycemic comas, also known as Death in Bed Syndrome.

Natalie Eichers (Integrated Studio Arts) draws on her past experience with Asperger's for Wolves in the Woods, an exhibition combining narrative, printed shapes, figures and colors to expose the details and often dreamlike aspects of her childhood experience, in which she found situations like everyday sounds in the grocery store over-stimulating. 

Aiesha Anglin (Painting), passionate about the human anatomy, sees skin and its marks as significant indicators of life and human perseverance. Through her work, she demonstrates her belief that the marks on one's body show life.

Interior Architecture + Design student Ashley Adams loves the idea of living with the landscape, and having a home become a part of the landscape. Her design, Underground Earth Home, blends with a hillside, merging urban and natural contexts into one structure.

Recently named to the 2014 Society of Illustrators' Scholarship Competition, Laura Horton (Illustration) draws influence from the Buddhist term Sangsara, meaning continuous movement. Her work, Sangsara, is composed of various visual development artwork for a mysterious, spiritual puzzle/adventure game that reflects the influence of an ancient culture in tradition.

As part of the 2014 Senior Exhibition, the fourth annual MIAD DEFINE - a day dedicated to senior presentations, discussions, and TED-like lectures and presentations - was Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Seniors discussed their thesis projects and academic paths with underclassmen during a morning session, 9 a.m. - noon. The public was invited to join in the day.

Work from the 2014 Senior Exhibition is available on flickr

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Top image: Ayla Boyle (Sculpture) creating her work.
Second image: Aaron Rourke (Industrial Design)
Third image: Natalie Eichers (Integrated Studio Arts)
Fourth image: Aiesha Anglin (Painting)
Fifth image: Ashley Adams (Interior Architecture + Design)
Sixth image: Laura Horton (Illustration)