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image | MIADOne 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.

  • Repetition – Reticulation is a national exhibition curated by MIAD faculty Jason S. Yi, Cassandra Smith (alumni) and MIAD Director of Galleries Mark Lawson, featuring six diverse visual arts practitioners whose work focuses on repetition and patterns that embody approaches illustrating changes in perspective specific to the contemporary cultural environment.

The participating national and international artists include: Imi Hwangbo (Athens, GA), Sophia Dixon Dillo (Cestone, CO), Lisa Hoke (New York, NY), Andrew B. Myers (New York, NY), Faig Ahmed (Baku, Azerbajan), and Hervé Graumann (Geneva, Switzerland). 

  • Patterns in Contemporary Design is an expanded version of Naturally Wisconsin, a pattern design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Each of the 16 winning designs are shown separately, and combined into one large quilt-like work. Several participating designers exhibit their pattern-related design work applied to a variety of formats and products.

The exhibition is curated by Allison Beilke and Mark Lawson with the assistance of Phil Belair. Exhibiting designers include: Raymond Mawst, Mary Roley, and Holly Kowalski along with Sarah McMahon and the staff of Kay James Design.

This exhibition is generously sponsored in part by the Mary L. Nohl Fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For information about MIAD’s Communication Design program, click here.