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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design mounts works from around the country and the world in its galleries in 2008-2009, continuing its tradition of innovative and thought-provoking public exhibitions in the college’s main galleries. Director of Galleries Mark Lawson, a leader in bringing exhibitions of fine art and design to MIAD, the Historic Third Ward and Riverwest, is curator.

Among this year’s highlights, MIAD’s Culture in Transition series, now in its fourth year, will challenge assumptions about art produced by persons from Spanish-speaking countries in the western hemisphere with powerful works by artists from Buenos Aires, Mexico City and El Salvador. Innovative works in time-based media are the focus of two othe rexhibitions: one that shows the multidisciplinary work of leading multimedia artists; and the other that shows the animated collaborative work of more than 700 high-school students nationwide. Kicking off the year in the Frederick Layton Gallery is MIAD’s Biennial Faculty Exhibition, running in two segments to show the work that inspires and informs the faculty’s educational passion.