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MIAD begins accepting applications for Fall 2015

OCT. 19
National Portfolio Day Milwaukee

NOV. 1
Early Acceptance Date

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Companies that MIAD painting graduates are employed / own

  • Alter-Ego Tattoo Studio, Milwaukee, WI
  • Artpost (co-owner), fine art gallery, Kaukauna, WI
  • Beginning Dreams Forever, custom residential and public art, artist-in-residence programs, Milwaukee, WI
  • Blue Ridge Community College, instructor, Weyers Cave, VA
  • Bryan Albert Painting Studio, painting, restoration, decorative painting, murals, faux finishes, Wauwatosa, WI
  • Conrad Schmidt Studios, art/stained glass restoration, fabrication, New Berlin, WI
  • Custom Pallette LLC (owner), commisioned fine-art work, Elm Grove, WI
  • CW Design (president), graphic design, Garland, TX
  • Donna Lexa Community Art Centers, non-profit organization, art instruction for persons with disabilities, Waukesha, WI
  • John C. Cudahy YMCA of Metropolitan, specialty visual arts instructor, Milwaukee, WI
  • K-Korn, multimedia / web designer, Lannon, WI
  • Lipson Alport Glass & Associates, marketing, brand and identity consultancy, Northbrook, IL
  • Liz Philips Fine Illustration, illustration, Milwaukee, WI
  • Midwest Custom Framing, (owner), Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, exhibit preparation, conservation, restoration, Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee Public Schools, teacher, Milwaukee, WI
  • Oakland University, production manager, Rochester, MI
  • Property Services Unlimited, landscape design, WI
  • Publications International Unlimited, electronic publishing specialist, Lincolnwood, IL
  • Schneider National, Inc, senior graphic designer, Milwaukee, WI
  • Studio 304 (partner), commercial art & design studio, Milwaukee, WI
  • Thunder Mountain Press, wildlife artist and publisher, Milwaukee, WI
  • Tyler School of Art - Temple University, painting professor, Elkins Park, PA
  • Vipha Interactive, interactive design, Boston, MA
  • Waterford Schools, art teacher, Rochester, WI
  • Wauwatosa Public Schools, art teacher, Wauwatosa, WI

Alumni Success: Brad Bernard '93

Brad Bernard
A Painter Makes His Mark.

  • graduated 1993, BFA Painting
    2003, MFA University of Mississippi
  • currently teaches in the Outreach + Continuing Education Program @ The University of Mississippi

Brad Bernard"The MIAD Career Services Office helped me to establish a diverse client/reference base as well as a versatile portfolio. I also began my first teaching experience through a collaboration between MIAD and the Inner City Arts Council."

As a child, Brad Bernard hoped to become a comic book artist. His degree in Painting from MIAD led him in different and ultimately unique directions — art education, professional art, and community service. His showing experience is extensive — Milwaukee's Black Holocaust Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the University of Mississippi-Oxford, as well as several murals to his credit.

Asked about the relationship of artist to community and culture, Bernard responded, "I wish that every living being on the planet would come to the realization that Humanity is about love, reciprocity, and a collective communal understanding. In dedication to the creator."


Bernard at his Master's Thesis Exhibition.



Bernard Paintings

Alumni Success: Allyson Mellberg Taylor '00

Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Continual Learning.

  • attended J.I. Case High School Racine, WI
  • graduated 2000, BFA Painting, minor in Printmaking
    2004, MFA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • currently works as a teacher + professional artist.


Mellberg Taylor in her studio, Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I loved the time I spent at MIAD. I started taking classes there in the pre-college program when I was still in high school. Now, as a teacher, I am still discovering how much I really learned while I was there."

An extensive résumé sits on top of a stack of papers on my cluttered desk. Single-spaced, and slightly intimidating, it boasts of professional work experience and gallery exhibitions. Since graduating from MIAD in 2000, Mellberg Taylor hasn't stood still, and her résumé is proves it. In graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Mellberg Taylor gained extensive teaching and curatorial experience. Whether teaching in the classroom, or making it in her studio, art continues to play an integral role in her life. Mellberg Taylor has exhibited work nationwide, from New York to California.

Trying to Eat, collograph, 2002 Q. As a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up?

A. I learned how to draw, and care about drawing -- not just from my drawing teachers, but also from my printmaking and painting teachers.

Q. What's the one thing you would tell a high school student who is considering attending MIAD now that you have experienced life after graduation?

A. It is completely possible to be a professional artist, teacher, designer. You will always, always have to work hard and love what you are doing.

Q. What are some of your goals, interests, for your future in art?

A. I want to continue working with great people, and to always be making things. In graduate school, I revisited sculpture and started sewing. Not only did I start making sculptures again, but I started making clothing and handbags.

Q. Are there any specific parts of your resume that you would like to share?

A. I show my work often, and with people that I love. I am happy to have shown in galleries and museums with Team LUMP (LUMP is an artist-run gallery out of Raleigh, NC that showcases emerging artists. www.lumpgallery.com). This year I am having my first solo show in New York at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn. (www.cindersgallery.com)

Underbird, collograph, 2001Q. Please define how you saw your major while you were in school, and how that definition has changed over the years.

A. I was a painting major to begin with, and I felt very strongly that painting was the most important thing a person could do. But then, I fell in love with printmaking, and added it as a minor. I am much more of a printmaker, I think like a printmaker, I went to graduate school to focus on printmaking. I am glad that I was involved in both majors at MIAD, and that I stayed an extra year to complete my minor (I added it very late in the game). I'm very glad that I allowed myself to open up to other mediums and ways of making things. I enjoy working on paper, and I still love to paint. Right now, nine years later, I am making egg tempera paintings. When you choose your major at MIAD, you never know where it may take you. I wasn't sure if I would ever paint again, because I became so immersed in printmaking. But now I do both and I don't even think about the space between the two. I learned so many things about painting and printmaking during my time at MIAD... I think you store away some of that knowledge for later, you never know when you will need it.


Forest 5, collograph, 2004


Solo Exhibitions:

  • New Works, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY [2005]
  • Small Girl, T and L Gallery, Raleigh, NC [2004]
  • Ghosts, Garfield Artworks Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA [2002]
  • New Works, Atomix, Chicago, IL [2002]
  • Monsters, Beans & Barley, Milwaukee, WI [2000]

Selected Collections:

  • La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
  • Fogg Museum, Harvard University
  • Milwaukee Art Museum, Print & Drawing Room, Milwaukee, WI
  • Baltimore Art Museum Library, Baltimore, MD

Alumni Success: Zane Lancaster '03

Zane Lancaster
Visual Stories.

  • attended Evanston High School, Evanston, WY
  • graduated 2003, BFA Painting
  • currently a studio artist + applying to graduate school

"Absorb everything..."

Q. How did your MIAD education affect where you are today?

A. My education from MIAD redefined my conceptions of art making and my perception of life in general.


Q. What was the most valuable thing you learned at MIAD?

A. Who I am.

Q. What's the one thing you would tell a high school student who is considering attending MIAD now that you've experienced life after graduation?

A. Absorb everything and don't take the experience for granted. It will shape who you become.


Fantastic SweaterFantastic Sweater, oil, 2005/2006


Q. What are your goals for the future, in art/design and in life?

A. Right now, I'm waiting to hear from graduate schools, and that's kind of blocking anything farther down the line. I'm just going to keep painting and see what happens.


Lancaster's studio


Q. What are some of your hobbies and interests?

A. The banjo and Arby's beef and cheddar sandwiches.


EAT, oil, 2005/2006


Q. Are there any specific parts of your resume that you would like to share?

A. I recently received an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council, and have an upcoming exhibition at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts.


I Was Admiring Something, oil, 2005/2006


Q. Please define how you saw your major while you were in school, and how that definition has changed over the years.

A. Painting was supreme. Still is.


watercolor + ink paintings, 2005/06

Visit Zane's Facebook Page

Alumni Success: Katie Musolff '04

Katie Musolff
Painting Colorful Life Stories.

  • attended West Allis Central High School, West Allis, WI
  • graduated 2004, BFA Painting
  • currently a studio painter


Katie Musolff


Mic at Window, oil on canvas, 2006"MIAD was the first place where people put value on intuition."

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I always knew I was going to be an artist. My grandmother painted, my dad is a notorious doodler, and my older sister paints as well. Art was all around me.

Q. How did your MIAD education affect where you are today?

A. MIAD was the first place where people put value on intuition. It was the first time I realized that my intuition deserved a main role in my work.

Q. What's the one thing you would tell a high school student who is considering attending MIAD now that you've experienced life after graduation?


Jenny Marie on Bed, oil on canvas, 2006A. The funny thing about art school is that it made such a deep impression on me and shaped my work. While I attended MIAD, someone (actually a number of people) advised me on the fact that I would have to 'unlearn' everything learned in school. I am now beginning to understand that. My work and way of thinking is drastically different than it was in school, but without a foundation, I wouldn't have been able to grow and change.

Q. If you had to sum up your job in a single sentence, what would it be?

A. Currently, I'm working as a full-time painter.

Q. What are your goals for the future, in art/design and in life?

A. I paint people from all around the community, sometimes on commission. My goal is to continue doing so until I am old and gray, and keep doing it some more. I would be completely content if I could paint full-time for the rest of my life. Painting brings a richness to my life. It serves as a constant education.

Julie, oil on canvas, 2004 [student work]Q. Are there any specific parts of your resume that you'd like to share?

A. I have solo shows scheduled at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, WI) in October 2007, and at the Watrous Gallery at the Madison Overature Gallery (Madison, WI) in March 2008. I recently had a solo show at Elaine Erickson Gallery (Milwaukee, WI) in March 2006.


Ron the Miracle Man, oil on canvas, 2006


Musolff spent three months painting Ron Greenlaw [nicknamed 'Moses'] at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care (Milwaukee, WI). Greenlaw, at 47, has been confined to a wheelchair since 1982 after shooting himself in the head.

to see more work by Musolff, please visit: www.katiemusolff.com

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