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National artists and designers transform galleries at MIAD into analytical territories during the 2016-2017 season of exhibitions. Coupling with MIAD being named a 2016 Top Design School, many of the 2016-2017 exhibitions feature design work.

Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free, and free gallery tours are available.

material girls nina webMaterial Girls
July 22 – September 17
Brooks Stevens Gallery
Opening Reception: Summer Gallery Day, Saturday, July 23, 2 – 5 p.m
Gallery Talks TBD

For Sabin Aell, Nina Ghanbarzadeh and Nirmal Raja, living between cultures is a way of life. They are the sum of a tapestry of experiences that have molded and influenced them. Their shared sense of adventure is reflected in their work through daring juxtapositions, unexpected presentations, and an insatiable excitement for materials and their possibilities.

The thrive on using non-traditional materials as a visual collage in their work. At the same time, they use their obsession with materials in order to address something quite different – the uncertain, the ineffable and the transcendental.

Image: Nina Ghanbarzadeh

Faculty Exhibition
August 22 – September 17
Frederick Layton Gallery

This biannual exhibition showcases the accomplished and highly respected art and design faculty from all disciplines at MIAD.

dan friedman webDan Friedman: Radical Modernist
October 1 – December 3
Frederick Layton Gallery

The work of legendary designer Dan Friedman is featured in this comprehensive exhibition that illustrates Friedman’s unique vision and contributions to graphic design, and the broader realm of visual culture. Friedman was a pioneer exploring the experimental and conceptual limits of the design field. In his groundbreaking work with typography, he helped redefine graphic design as an artform in its own right. In his category defying art-furniture, wall pieces and screens, he dared to make pieces whose sole function was to delight and engage.

Image: Portrait of Dan Friedman photographed in front of The Wall, an assemblage

User Experience: Products That Shape Our Lives
October 21, 2016 – February 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Fall Gallery Night, Friday, October 21, 5 – 9 p.m.
Brooks Stevens Gallery

Using MIAD’s extensive collection as the basis for this investigative project, this exhibition explores the evolution of various product lines and their interactivity with their human users. Through the lenses of engineering, ergonomics and emotion, this interaction is explored in the everyday products that populate the daily lives of American consumers. User Experience is co-curated by James Wiemer and Mark Lawson, with art direction by Dale Shidler.

Just the Facts
January 9 – March 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Winter Gallery Night, Friday, January 20, 5 – 9 p.m.
Frederick Layton Gallery

Just the Facts brings together a group of artists whose work is a commentary on the exhibition space, and its engineered experience as factual. Exhibits are often assumed – both artistically and scientifically – to present their materials in a neutral, dispassionate manner. Just the Facts focuses on the politics and perspectives below the surface of an exhibition’s diverse levels of cognitive experience.

Artists Beauvais Lyons, Diane Fox and Jennifer Angus take a narrative approach, referencing traditional museum forms of display, whereas artists Tony Matelli and Mark Dion produce work with a more non-narrative approach, examining the essential visual language and function of exhibitions.

2017 Senior Exhibition
April 21 – May 13, 2017
Opening Reception: Spring Gallery Night, Friday, April 21, 5 – 9 p.m.
All MIAD Galleries

MIAD’s annual senior exhibition – Wisconsin’s largest exhibition of its kind – features more tan 130 of Milwaukee’s newest artists and designers, representing all of MIAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts majors and minors.

2017 Juried Senior Exhibition
June 3 – July 28, 2017
Frederick Layton Gallery

View the best of the Senior Exhibition in the annual Juried Senior Exhibition, with works selected by MIAD faculty.

MIAD’s galleries are located in the college’s Jane Bradley Pettit Building, 273 E. Erie Street, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

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