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New Studio Practice (NSP) senior Kevin Wrencher found freedom to explore himself, and his art, through the newly created NSP major, “I just wanted to make work I felt strongly about, New Studio Practice allowed me to do this,” added Wrencher.
The NSP major allows students to explore multiple fine arts disciplines while adding an increased emphasis on professional preparation and practice. Students can focus on various disciplines, including: drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.
It is this ability to explore fine art in its various forms that drew Wrencher in, “I was a Communication Design major at MIAD, but kept finding myself wandering into the third floor fine arts hallway, I had one foot in fine arts and another in design; my mind was torn between the two disciplines,” said Wrencher.
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Anastasia Samoylova, an artist and educator based in upstate New York, finds inspiration in her Russian roots. Samoylova is inspired by the work of Russian Romantic poets, drawing from their intense descriptions of nature and employing them in her own work.
“Landscape Sublime” is on view in the Perspectives Gallery Sept. 21 – Oct. 31.
MIAD students once again swept the student awards portion of the annual United Adworkers Milwaukee 99 awards show.
Gold: Brenna Finnegan ’16 (Communication Design), Native Bear, “Native Bear Hard Root Beer Package Design,” taught by Phil Belair
“I want to thank the MIAD Communication Design faculty for making an environment that issafe to explore in, to fail in and to keep going,” said Finnegan, who received a $500 scholarship for her design for Native Bear.
Silver: Katie Parlow ’16 (Communication Design), Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design), Kelly Rasmussen (Marquette) and Jeffrey Craig ’16 (Communication Design), United Way of Greater Milwaukee, “Better Than a Condom,” taught by Tony Seaman
From digital-media to traditional still life paintings, MIAD alumni and faculty offer a diverse range of works with two exhibit openings during Fall Gallery Night.
Opening Friday, Oct. 16, Motion 15: A Juried Alumni Media Exhibition explores the diversity of digital-media works. The exhibition features 16 MIAD alumni from a variety of majors, each creating a unique motion-based digital media work that expresses how time-based media functions within their own creative endeavors.
The selected works include narrative and abstract videos, video installations, motion graphics, motion-based web design, animation and 3D motion imaging.
The exhibit will be on view in the Frederick Layton Gallery through December 5.
Hanji, a Korean handmade paper that has been known to last more than a thousand years, is celebrated at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, October 9 – January 3. Three artists from Korea and five Milwaukee artists come together in an exhibit celebrating the art of papermaking and paper arts.
The exhibition, “New Hanji: A Korean Paper Tradition Re-Imagined,” is on view at the Villa Terrace Museum October 9, 2015 - January 3, 2016, with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
MIAD alumnus Kyle James '15 (Time-Based Media) has always had a desire for danger and risk, seeking it out from an early age. James, along with partner Michael Bourne, turned that same desire into the 11-minute short film, “The Death Drive,” which will be shown at the Milwaukee Film Festival as part of The Milwaukee Show #1. The screening is Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Oriental Theater.
James says the message of the film is, “to do whatever is needed to feel alive. For Michael and I, this means feeling alive by seeking out danger and risk. The main character in the film, the self-proclaimed ‘astronaut,’ must find the balance between having a relationship and embracing his urge to self-destruct.”
MIAD alumni create digital-media works that examine the diversity of motion-based media in Motion 15: A Juried Alumni Media Exhibition.
The exhibit features 16 MIAD alumni from a variety of majors, each creating a unique motion-based digital media work that expresses how time-based media functions within their own creative endeavors.
Motion 15 is on view in the Frederick Layton Gallery Oct. 16 – Dec. 5, with an Opening Reception on Fall Gallery Night, Friday, Oct. 16, 5 – 9 p.m.
Industrial Design senior Milagros Ramirez spent her summer putting her hard-earned knowledge to good use. Ramirez completed a coveted internship with General Motors after working with the company during the MIAD/GM collaboration last year.
In order to be considered for the internship, students had to be enrolled in MIAD’s Power Sports class and submit a portfolio. During the internship, Ramirez spent the summer as a Creative Sculptor for GM and was able to do some design work for the company.
“I got to work with extremely talented individuals, they not only taught me how to read a form, but also exposed me to the business, engineering, and design side of things. This helped me understand the importance of each aspect in the creation of the final product,” said Ramirez.
Everyday products can offer tremendous insight into a culture, providing a glimpse of what everyday life may entail. The Japanese Design Today 100 traveling exhibition allows viewers to explore 100 works that represent Japanese product design, ranging from innovative designs to those that are more modern.
Japanese Design Today 100 is on view October 30 – February 6 in the Brooks Stevens Gallery, with an Opening Reception Friday, October 30.
“The composite or complex features of a product design reflect the culture of the people who create and use it,” said Hiroshi Kashiwagi, design critic and professor at Musashino Art University.
Artist group “Boy Heavy, Girls Welcome” has deep roots in the MIAD community. Several core group members, Chris Andrews ’91 (Sculpture), Pete Schassler ’90 (Painting), Todd Dakins '95 (Illustration) and Troy Tatlock ’92 (Painting), met while students at MIAD.
The group also includes faculty member Christian Ricco and Gallery Manager Steven Anderson. The artist group reunited about five years ago, “to continue the craft and discipline of studying the human form in a formal yet social setting,” said Anderson.
This year the group’s annual exhibition, “The Naked Truth,” will take place at MIAD and is an exploration of the nude figure through life drawing and painting.
The Naked Truth is on view October 16 through December 5 in the River Level Gallery, with an Opening Reception during
Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 16 from 5 - 9 p.m.
New Studio Practice faculty member Kevin Miyazaki has traveled across the nation with the help of the Mary L. Nohl Fund grants, working to complete his project, 'Camp Home,' which explores his family's history as Japanese Americans, and is on view in Out of the Suitcase VI.
"Both of my parents have a bit of a different history. My mom grew up in Hawaii, and was a child when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but my dad grew up on the West Coast, in Tacoma, Washington. That meant that his family was sent to Japanese internment camps in California and Wyoming when he was a teenager," said Miyazaki.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design has been awarded a five-year, $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to support its AIM High Wisconsin initiative.
AIM High Wisconsin (Apprenticeships in Manufacturing & High Tech) is a public-private partnership led by MIAD providing internship and mentoring experiences for undergraduate and secondary school students that foster career pathways and employment.
Join us for a thought-provoking dialogue about the multifaceted concept of privilege.
Haiyin "Ivana" Li '15 (Interior Architecture + Design) used her ability to draw inspiration from unexpected sources to create "Tetris Books," a design inspired by the traditional computer game Tetris. Li's original and innovative design was awarded second prize in the 2015 Zhu Long Architecture and Environmental Design Competition.
What is an artist? This was the question on the forefront of Sarah Thornton's mind as she researched and wrote 33 Artists in 3 Acts, a book that delves into the complex lives of the most important living artists of today.
Thornton, an accomplished author, sociologist of art, art correspondent and frequent guest speaker, visits MIAD on Wednesday, November 18 to speak about 33 Artists in 3 Acts, and to discuss other topics relating to today's complex art world.
October 9 update: Sarah Thornton's talk has been canceled due to a family emergency. There are no current plans to reschedule.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design invites you and your family to attend Senior Information Day on Saturday, September 19th. This is an opportunity for students interested in attending MIAD in fall 2016 to learn more about the college.
Interested in scheduling a Gallery Tour?
Gallery Tours are led by MIAD Student Ambassadors, and are free and open to the public. To ensure our Student Ambassadors can meet your needs, please fill out the form below two weeks prior to your requested tour time.
MIAD allows Natalie Quinnies to combine her past passions and experiences; it is where she found her true calling.
Quinnies, the 2015 Industrial Designers Society of America's (IDSA) Design Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship winner and current Industrial Design senior, didn't arrive at MIAD on a traditional path.
The 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.
When Julie Bell came to visit MIAD from New York, she knew almost nothing about the college, except for the excitement new trustee Harley Bernstein had shared with her.
By the time she left later in the day, she began planning to donate $100,000 for student scholarships, to be awarded over ten years.
Twenty-four artists take their work ‘Out of the Suitcase’ August 18 – October 3 during this sixth biannual exhibition at MIAD. “Out of the Suitcase VI” celebrates the awardees of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Fund, which allows artists to exhibit their work globally.
The Suitcase Fund, awarded to 15 – 30 Milwaukee-area artists annually, assists with travel expenses associated with the creation and exhibition of their work, and artists gain exposure at venues worldwide.
“Being around so many creative people made me look at my own art in a different way and inspired new creative perspectives.” Eymber Sommer, of Chicago, Pre-College Advanced Studio Concepts Illustration student
Whether they come from near or far, MIAD’s summer Pre-College students experience an immersive and exciting exploration of visual art and design.
Summer Gallery Night & Day, July 24 – 25, showcases the best and brightest of the 2015 graduating class, high school students’ advanced works and a scavenger hunt for families.
On view in the Frederick Layton Gallery through Gallery Day, Saturday, July 25, the 2015 Juried Senior Exhibition features capstone work from more than 30 newly graduated seniors representing all of MIAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts majors.
Erie and Menomonee Streets near MIAD are under construction July 6 – August 14.
The streetscape construction will be done in phases, allowing road access to remain open, and includes landscaping to increase grassy areas, and curb and sidewalk improvements.
If you missed MIAD’s impressive 2015 Senior Exhibition, this is your chance to see the best and brightest talent of the 2015 graduating class in the 2015 Juried Senior Exhibition. The exhibition was juried by faculty from the 130+ projects in the 2015 Senior Exhibition, and represents all the majors offered by MIAD.
The 2015 Juried Senior Exhibition runs June 2 – July 25 in the Frederick Layton Gallery.
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