Lifesaving, inspirational work on view at MIAD 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. 

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)