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MIAD’s AIM High Wisconsin Apprenticeship Program was the topic of conversation during U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s visit to campus on Monday, May 2.
“The timing of Senator Baldwin’s visit to MIAD could not have been better. She toured the Senior Exhibition, seeing firsthand the collaboration between MIAD’s business partners and its students,” said Sharon Crowe, Executive Director of the AIM High Program.
The AIM High program seeks to create registered apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships in art and design fields, integrating academic learning at the degree level with on-the-job training to provide the skills employers need now, and in the future.
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MIAD is pleased to participate in Private College Week 2016! For students that are interested in visiting the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, group tours of our classrooms, exhibition galleries, and residence hall are available on the following dates:
Colectivo Coffee, creating unique cup designs for the company. The four winning students created vibrant illustrations that are featured on Colectivo cups throughout the month of March 2016.
The four winning students whose designs are featured in all Colectivo locations are: Gabriela Riveros ’16 (Illustration), Nina Keizer ’16 (Illustration), Kaley Hamilton ’16 (Illustration) and Jasmon Grant ’16 (Illustration).
From chaise lounges to children’s chairs, six teams of Industrial Design (ID) students create functional seating designs using donated Dura-Fibre laminated paperboards.
Students in Senior Professor of ID Pascal Malassigné’s, FIDSA, Human Factors and Ergonomics course brought their concepts to life in a presentation for Dura-Fibre representatives, who generously donated the paperboards used in the project. Each team brought the finished product to the presentation, explaining their ideas from preliminary sketches to the final design.
“We worked with MIAD on a design project and could not have been more impressed. What the students were able to accomplish in five weeks, without factory-sized machines, was absolutely incredible. The design project was outside of our internal expertise and working with MIAD allowed us to accomplish things in five weeks that would have taken us months, possibly even years, to do internally,” said Luke Benrud, President, Dura-Fibre.
MIAD alumnus Kyle Nesbitt '09 (Industrial Design) is interviewed on French TV, he discusses Albéa's new product, Lip Kiss. Follow the link to view the interview, please see a summary in English below (the interview is in French).
The segment, Embellages: Comment Ils Vous Séduisent or Packages: How They Seduce You, focuses on creative packaging in France and the innovation and development process for creating new products. Nesbitt is interviewed about his role in the design of a product called Lip Kiss that his company, Albéa, launched in October 2015. The design was inspired by observing consumers apply lipstick. It aimed to find a new gesture that would eliminate the need for a mirror during application and create a pack that was practical to keep in a handbag. The design process took a couple of years, and involved a team of designers, engineers and formula experts from the US, France, Germany and China.
Watch the video here.
Learn more about MIAD's Industrial Design program.
The Nut Factory, which houses the studios of several Milwaukee artists, opens its doors for a one-night-only event on Saturday, February 27, showcasing artist’s studios and several guest exhibitions.
The Nut Factory Open House is Saturday, February 27, 6 – 11 p.m., 3720 Fratney Street.
The Riverwest studio hosts The Swim Team’s—MIAD’s student run curatorial collective—first show of the spring semester, FOMO. FOMO, or the ‘fear of missing out,’ relates to anxiety over missing out on an interesting event or experience.
Nobo B60 Hydration Monitor
Nobo’s—a Pewaukee-based healthcare technology start-up—B60, a first-of-its-kind wearable hydration monitor.
The project, which began in fall 2015, was recently unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, receiving very positive reviews. Siira and Lothrop worked on the design team for the project.
Max Morein ’11 (Industrial Design) uses his design skills to solve everyday problems with intuitive solutions. KeyCatch, an idea that began in a MIAD classroom, is now available for purchase to consumers everywhere.
KeyCatch is a simple solution for storing—you guessed it—keys. Simply replace the bottom screw of any light switch with KeyCatch, a magnet that will hold up to 3 lbs., and a functioning key rack is created.
The device has been receiving great reviews from publications, and consumers, “KeyCatch is functionally about as simple as it gets, and that gives it tremendous consumer appeal,” said Morein.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) seeks comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit April 25 - 26, 2016, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
[Hyphen] Americans is on view in the Perspectives Gallery, Rm 299, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. through Feb. 26.
When Amanda Koch ’11 (IA+D) graduated from MIAD she was prepared to continue her studies, going on to receive her Masters of Architecture from UW-Milwaukee in 2015.
Bird's Eye Stadium View
Bird's Eye Stadium View
“At MIAD, I was really able to learn a lot of the fundamentals of design as well as valuable skills such as digital and physical modeling and drawing. Having that foundation was so helpful in my graduate studies,” said Koch.
Koch’s master’s thesis “No White Elephants” sought to create an Olympic stadium that would be converted to a mixed-use residential neighborhood after the games concluded. The stadium would be dismantled and each piece would be utilized to create a completely new, and functional, design.
Industrial Design (ID) students Sara Burch ’16 and Tiffany Do ’17 created innovative drone designs that led them to the final round of General Motors’ (GM) annual Interactive Design Competition in Warren, Mich.
Full-time students from throughout the US and Canada applied to the competition by submitting preliminary designs throughout September and early October, after which semi-finalists were chosen. Finalists worked with GM mentors to fine-tune their design submissions by November 17. All finalists had the opportunity to video call with judges and talk them through their design before final decisions were made.
Burch and Do both designed drones, but each had a very different purpose. Burch’s speleological drone was designed to assist in locating, exploring, surveying and illuminating the subterranean environment. “The concept of my design was inspired by adventure,” said Burch.
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee showcase their work in a special exhibition during Winter Gallery Night at MIAD. The exhibition features the club’s most talented artists as they display their work in the club’s annual fine arts exhibition.
The exhibition is on view in the Fourth Floor Raw Space Jan. 20 - 23, including during Winter Gallery Night.
The exhibition is comprised of more than 40 works, including sculpture, mixed media, painting and more. Judges select the top three pieces to be submitted to the Regional and National Boys & Girls Club competition.
One of humanity’s earliest forms of mark-making, patterns are a rich genre which reveals much about the porous borderland between the disciplines of art and design.
In MIAD’s newest exhibit, A Dual Exhibition: Contemporary Visual Patternmaking, digital technology is used to create vibrant patterns. The exhibition is comprised of two parts, Repetition – Reticulation and Patterns in Contemporary Design, on view in the Fourth Floor Raw Space.
A Dual Exhibition: Contemporary Visual Patternmaking is on view in the Fourth Floor Raw Space Jan. 22 – March 5, with an Opening Reception during Winter Gallery Night, Friday, Jan. 22, 5 - 9 p.m.
A panel discussion featuring exhibiting artist Lisa Hoke, Jason S. Yi and Holly Kowalski takes place Thursday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m., in the Fourth Floor Raw Space, with a reception to follow. The panel is open to the public.
Vibrant patterns created using digital technology and the work of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee members are celebrated during Winter Gallery Night at MIAD, Friday, Jan. 22, 5 – 9 p.m.
Opening Friday, Jan. 22, A Dual Exhibition, on view in the Fourth Floor Raw Space, is comprised of two parts, Repetition – Reticulation and Patterns in Contemporary Design. Repetition – Reticulation is a national, curated exhibition of six diverse visual arts practitioners whose work focuses on repetition and patterns illustrating changes in perspective specific to the contemporary cultural environment.
The beloved Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM)—originally opened in 1965—just received an extensive renovation in honor of its 50th anniversary. Alumna Madeline Dall ’15 (Illustration) works as an exhibit artist at the MPM, playing a role in the exhibit’s renovation.
Dall worked to refresh the space, “I helped with everything from putting up signage, assembling the Sendik's fruit cart, casting and painting the buttons for the police officer's coat and even linoleum block printing,” added Dall.
She also created illustrations for ads and banners, as well as t-shirts and other merchandise sold in the gift shop.
MIAD students are not average students; they are creative professionals, using their creative talents in the Milwaukee community.
For the sixth consecutive year illustration students in associate professor Christiane Grauert’s Illustration IV class collaborated with Cramer-Krasselt, a major national advertising agency, creating a series of posters for the 20th Annual Croquet Ball at Penfield Children’s Center.
Throughout the design process, Cramer-Krasselt acts as art director for the students, helping them utilize their skills to create the finished product.
In it’s 13th year the prestigious Mary L. Nohl Fellowship comes with a larger financial prize, and fewer winners.
Out of 158 applicants five winners were selected, with two in the established artists category, which comes with a $20,000 prize, and three in the emerging artists category, which includes a $10,000 prize.
MIAD alumna Deb Wolf ’99 (Interior Architecture + Design) has worked as a Senior Interior Designer and Associate at LMN Architects for over two years. This year the firm was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) highest honor, the AIA Firm Award.
The AIA Firm Award is given each year to a firm that has consistently practiced distinguished architecture for at least ten years.
“It is an honor for the firm to be recognized amongst our peers. There are many factors that go into the selection and through our dedication to the design process, successful broad range of projects, loyal staff, community outreach and long lasting client relationships we have captured this great honor,” said Wolf.
MIAD Industrial Design students took second and third place in the 2015 Association of Regional Molders (ARM) product competition. With Adam Carter’s ’16 Lightspine Design taking second and Bennett Westling’s ’16 Cella Design taking third.
ARM’s student design competition promotes the use of rotational molding as a tool for design and engineering students, encouraging the use of rotational molding in student’s education.
Junior Thuy Khuu’s ’17 (Industrial Design) lifelong interest in Japan, has grown in recent years. She began to appreciate all aspects of Japanese culture, “Especially its aesthetic principles, which emphasize the beauty of simplicity and harmony in everyday life,” said Khuu.
In summer 2015 Khuu had the opportunity to expand her knowledge of Japan, and its design philosophy, during a two-month visit. At first, “I was not optimistic on how much I could learn from this trip because my sole connection to Japan was my sister, who has been there for two years,” said Khuu.
2015 alumnus Kyle James’ (Time-Based Media) senior thesis project “The Death Drive” has put the young filmmaker on the map, earning the title of Best Short Film at the 2015 Lone Star Film Festival.
James, along with partner Michael Bourne, submitted “The Death Drive” in May, “We were very surprised to get the film accepted into the festival, so we decided to go to Texas to attend,” said James.
James, Bourne and crewmember Drama Ziems flew to Fort Worth to attend the ninth annual Lone Star Film Festival. The trio had all-access badges, which provided access to events and screenings throughout the festival, “We attended events with famous writers and actors like Malcolm McDowell, Bill Paxton, Betty Buckley and David Eisenstein. We were shocked at the quality of films we were seeing,” added James.
Supporting local artists has been the goal of the Mary L. Nohl Fund since its inception, and in its 12th year the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists continue that tradition.
The exhibition is on view at INOVA, October 9 – January 9, Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 12 - 8 p.m.
The fellowship provides grants to both established and emerging artists, supporting the visual arts community of the greater Milwaukee area. Grant recipients work is exhibited at the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bridge Work 01, the Plum Blossom Initiative’s first project, brings emerging artists to light in Milwaukee. The exhibition features Integrated Studio Arts alumni Rachel Hausmann ’15, Kayle Karbowski ’15 and Julia Levis ’15.
Bridge Work 01 is on view in The Pitch Project’s second floor Platform Space, 706 S. 5th St., November 13 – November 22, with an Opening Reception Friday, November 13, 7 – 9 p.m.
The annual Research, Practice & Methods Exhibition (RPM) “is a landmark moment for the entire Foundations class, celebrating all of the first-year students,” said James Barany, chair of MIAD’s Foundations program.
This year is a little different, with themes ranging from political to printmaking, the exhibit offers a diverse view of what the Foundations experience entails.
Research, Practice & Methods Exhibition is on view November 9 – 19 in the Fourth Floor Raw Space, with a Reception and Awards Ceremony Monday, November 16 at 6 p.m.
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