2015-2016 Exhibitions & Events

suitcase-yi-webThe exhibitions on view at MIAD during  2015 - 2016 challenge the viewer to fight the urge to grab a suitcase, travel, explore and discover long enough to view the impressive shows featuring work from students, faculty, alumni, and local and international artists and designers.

Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On view now

Japanese Design Today 100

October 30 - February 6
Brooks Stevens Gallery

Opening Gallery Night, January 22

A Dual Exhibition: Contemporary Visual Printmaking
January 22 - March 5
Opening Reception: 
Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 22, 5 - 9 p.m.
Frederick Layton Gallery

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Exhibitions in MIAD's main galleries

Mary L. Nohl "Out of the Suitcase VI" Exhibition
August 18 - October 3
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
Frederick Layton Gallery

MIAD stages this biannual exhibition showcasing award-winning local artists who received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase travel award in the preceding two years. The suitcase program gives Milwaukee-area artists financial support to travel and show their work at different location arounds the world.

Learn more about this exhibit and the participating artists.

Motion 15: A Juried Alumni Media Exhibit
October 16 - December 5
Opening Reception:
Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16, 5 - 9 p.m.
Frederick Layton Gallery

Alumni across all disciplines create motion-based digital media works expressing how time-based media functions within their creative endeavors.

Japanese Design Today 100
October 30 - February 6

Opening Reception: TBD
Brooks Stevens Gallery

Panel and visiting curator/designer dates TBD.

Generously sponsored by the Japan Foundation and Japanese government, this traveling exhibition displays 100 works representing innovative and modern Japanese product design. Versions of this exhibit have traveled internationally since 2004, including to Russia, India and Egypt. Japanese Design Today 100 makes a stop at MIAD during the second year of a decade-long global trek.

patterns-exhibit-webA Dual Exhibition: Contemporary Visual Printmaking
January 22 - March 5

Opening Reception:
Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 22, 5 - 9 p.m.

Frederick Layton Gallery

Patterns in Contemporary Design
An expanded version of Naturally Wisconsin, a pattern design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Each of the 16 winning designs are shown separately, and combined into one large quilt-like work. These graphic design professionals also exhibit some of their additional pattern-related design work.

Repetition - Reticulation
A national, curated exhibition of diverse visual arts practitioners whose work focuses on repetition and patterns that embody approaches utilizing digital technology or other advances that affect changes in perspective.

Image: Lisa Hoke

2016 Senior Exhibition
April 15 - May 14

Opening Reception:
Spring Gallery Night, Friday, April 15, 5 - 9 p.m.

All MIAD Galleries

MIAD's annual senior exhibition, Wisconsin's largest exhibition of its kind, features more than 130 artists and designers representing all of MIAD's Bachelor of Fine Arts majors and minors.

Exhibitions in MIAD's additional galleries

florence-webFlorence: Through the Eyes of Its Masters
August 13 - October 3

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
Entrance Gallery

Work inspired by MIAD's 2015 Summer Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy, led by Professor Phil Belair.

Image: Giana Enders

chainreaction-webChain Reaction 3: A Responsive Art Concept 
August 18 - October 3

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6 - 8 p.m.
River Level Gallery

This show represents the work of 16 artists linked together by their reactions. The works are numbered in the order that they were made. Each artist had only one week to react to the artwork that was created by the person working just before them. Each reaction reveals ideas related to an artist's personality, visual style and his or her view of the world. All of the work is connected by the shared love of making things and the willingness to find inspiration from another artist's ideas.

Image: Sarah Keller

nakedtruth-schassler-webThe Naked Truth
October 16 - December 5
Opening Reception:
Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16, 5 - 9 p.m.

River Level Gallery

Milwaukee artist group "Boy Heavy, Girls Welcome" explores the nude figure through life drawing and painting. Participants include Pete Schassler '90 (Painting), Chris Andrews '91 (Sculpture), Troy Tatlock '92 (Painting), Todd Dakins '95 (Illustration), Christian Ricco (Faculty) and Steven Anderson (Staff).

Image: Pete Schassler

Wallway Gallery
First Floor, West End

Wallway exhibitions are programmed in concert with the New Studio Practice sculpture, installation, multi-media and 3D curriculum. The gallery focus is thoughtful installation of artistic projects and insightful exploration into the implications of an ever-widening spectrum of contemporary methodologies and approaches to the gallery context. Wallway's programming consists of mounting exhibitions of studio and curatorial projects from MIAD students, faculty and alumni, as well as visiting artists.

Events at MIAD

MIAD Creativity Series - Amos Kennedy
Wednesday, November 11 (Tentative)

MIAD's Fourth Floor

Student/Alumni Art & Design Sale
December 3 - 5

Preview Night: Thursday, December 3, 6 - 9 p.m., $20
MIAD's Fourth Floor

Thousands of edgy and elegant works by MIAD students and alumni, priced for beginning to experienced collectors. Proceeds benefit participating artists and designers.

Friday, December 4, 5 - 9 p.m., Free
Saturday, December 5, 12 - 5 p.m., Free

Presenting Sponsor:
Blick Art Materials

Media Sponsor:
Milwaukee Magazine

More info.

Selected 2015-2016 Alumni Exhibitions & Events

Pop-Up Studio/Gallery
July 1 - August 30

Marshall Building, Lower Level, 207 E. Buffalo St.

Alumni Josh Christensen '15 (Printmaking) and Paula DeStefanis '85 (Illustration) team up for an impressive mother-son art show. Oil and acrylic paintings by DeStefanis and prints by Christensen depict the duo's strong connection and the influence they have on each other's work.

TIMELINE 2015
July 24 - October 3

RedLine Milwaukee, 1422 N. 4th St.

RedLine Milwaukee's Resident Artists are featured in this annual exhibition, including Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Jamie Bruchman, Jody Emery, Luke Farley, Nina Ghanbarzadeh, Miles Buss '14 (Painting), Skully Gustafson '12 (Integrated Studio Arts), Carly Huibregtse '11 (Printmaking), Sue Lawton, Katie Ryan and Natalie Schmitting.

Gallery Artists' Group Show
August 1 - September 5

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 15, 5 - 8 p.m.
Frank Juarez Gallery, 1109 N. 8th St., Sheboygan

Featuring new works by gallery artists Brandon Bauer '96 (Painting), Tony Conrad, Dale Knaak, Melissa Dorn Richards '96 (Sculpture) and William Zuback.

Much Ado About a Lot of Things
August 7 - September 26

Gallery 224, 224 E. Main St., Port Washington

Featuring the work of Gina Litherland, Anne Kingsbury and JoAnna Poehlmann '54 (Layton).

Deb Mortl
August 15 - October 11

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 5 - 8 p.m.
Cedarburg Cultural Center's East Gallery
W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg

Winner of the Cedarburg Cultural Center's 2014 Annual Juried Exhibit, local artist Deb Mortl's ('90 Photography) landscape paintings have evolved from traditional and representational to a more non-objective style that removes unnecessary and distracting details to create a calm and meditative scene.

Dusk to Dawn: Dave Niec and Todd Mrozinski
August 26 - September 16
Opening Reception: Friday, August 28, 6 - 9 p.m.
Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, 926 E. Center St.

Dave Niec works directly with the night sky, and Todd Mrozinski '97 (Painting) works directly with the setting sun. This exhibition explores illumination from dusk to dawn through paint on canvas.

Collective Show
October 2 - November 2

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 5 - 10 p.m.
Var Gallery & Studios, 643 S. 2nd St.

Var's dynamic in-house artists are featured in its Collective Show. Participating alumni include Tegan Andrich '12 (Drawing), Kathryn Belongia '12 (Communication Design), Angela Minga '05 (Illustration), Summer Morrison '05 (Illustration), Josh Hintz '12 (Drawing), Leah Mierow '13 (Drawing), Francesca Narvaez '12 (Printmaking), Renee Navis '12 (Drawing),  Brian Schneider '14 (Drawing), Christian Sis '12 (Drawing), Allyson Smith '12 (Drawing) and Allison Taylor '12 (Drawing).

Location Indeterminate
October 2 - November 7

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 7 - 9 p.m.
The Arts Mill at the North Shore Academy of the Arts
1111 Broad St., Grafton

Jody Emery, Nirmal Raja '08 (Painting) and Katie Ryan explore relationships with domestic, cultural or geographic places in "Location Indeterminate." Each artist investigates notions of change, fluidity and transition of place expressed through painting, video and mixed media.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for Individual Artists Exhibition
October 9 - January 9

Opening Reception: Friday, October 9, 5 - 8 p.m.
INOVA, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.

Featuring the winners for the Mary L. Nohl Fellowships for Individual Artists, this exhibition includes Anne Kingsbury, collaborative partners and MIAD faculty members Shana McCaw and Brent Budsberg, John Riepenhoff, Emily Belknap '07 (Integrated Studio Arts), Jenna Knapp '14 (Integrated Studio Arts), Erik Ljung and Kyle Seis.

12 | 12 | 12
December 5 - 26

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 19, 5 - 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 19, 6 p.m.
Frank Juarez Gallery, 1109 N. 8th St., Sheboygan

12 | 12 | 12 brings 12 painters together to create 12 paintings to be installed salon-style throughout the gallery. Featured alumni include Daniel Fleming '10 (Communication Design) and Todd Mrozinski '97 (Painting).

 

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