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Next generation of creative leaders shines at MIAD 2007 Senior Exhibition

Innovative, insightful and eagerly awaited, MIAD’s 2007 Senior Exhibition opens April 20, 4 – 9 pm., as part of Gallery Night, at Wisconsin’s only independent, four-year college of art and design.

Friday, April 20 to Saturday, May 12
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The MIAD 2007 Senior Exhibition celebrates the creative excellence of 138 artists and designers representing the college’s 11 bachelor of fine arts majors. It continues through May 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at MIAD’s Third Ward campus, 273 E. Erie St. Admission is free.

Among those anticipating this year’s show is newly appointed MIAD President Neil Hoffman, who will visit the exhibition twice before starting his full-time duties June 1. Said Hoffman, “I am honored to share in this public culmination of the intensive studies that have developed the talent of MIAD seniors and made them the coveted creative professionals our society and economy so desperately need.”

MIAD’s and Milwaukee’s annual rite of spring presents the seniors’ best work in the areas of communication design (web and graphic), drawing, illustration, industrial design, integrated studio arts, interior architecture + design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and time-based media (animation and video).

Based on the students’ extensive senior thesis projects, the works engage viewers with challenging connections among art and design disciplines. Their content ranges from an award-winning water transportation and filtration device for rural Africa to documentary photography of Southwest Wisconsin’s disappearing family farms, portraits of homeless and unsheltered men and women, a dress sculpture of clay tiles symbolizing African flags and a collaborative cookbook with original recipes for sufferers of Crohn’s disease.

Many of the works at the MIAD 2007 Senior Exhibition are for sale, and the MIAD seniors are on hand to talk about their work on Gallery Night. Graduating seniors will receive their B.F.A. degrees in commencement exercises on May 12.