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MIAD Matters – Testimonials

“The level of engagement amongst the community, faculty and students was impressive – and quite frankly – very refreshing. I can tell you this, MIAD is a place that consistently possesses a spirit of sincere investigation. Students will definitely look back on their time at MIAD as special, nurturing and inspiring.”

James Ludwig

VP, Global Design + Engineering, Steelcase Inc.
Visiting creative in the MIAD Creativity Series

“I’ve visited many art and design schools around the world and found an atmosphere and confidence at MIAD that are unique… Students have a clear and well-deserved sense of themselves and their work, and that is a rare thing.”

Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA

Founding Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, Los Angeles
First visiting creative in the MIAD Creativity Series

Watch Mark Rios’ testimonial.

“For several years, working with MIAD students has been Fiskars secret weapon.”

Paul Tonnesen

President, Fiskars Americas
MIAD Board of Trustees

“I personally learned long ago as chief marketing officer at MillerCoors the value of hiring MIAD students and graduates. Their incredible talents have continually fueled the growth and leadership of southeastern Wisconsin’s design community.”

Robert Mikulay

Vice Chair, MIAD Board of Trustees

“Delta brings blue-sky projects to the table, and we’re always impressed by the creativity of the MIAD students’ solutions.”

Judd Lord

Director of Industrial Design
Delta Faucet Company

“Working with MIAD students is a phenomenal way to bring creativity into the business environment.”

Chris Cox

Product and Marketing Director
Vision Fitness

“The included artists [MIAD Alumni] demonstrate strengths in a variety of media, a testament to the college’s multimedia approach and trends of the current art world.”

John McKinnon

Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Milwaukee Art Museum

“Harley-Davidson is energized by our growing partnership with MIAD and ability to assist in the development of the college’s campus and its students. Harley Stylists play an integral role in the college’s ground-breaking Industrial Design PowerSports course, which they helped to found in 2008, and, last fall, students from across five majors participated in The Helmet Project, Harley-Davidson Museum’s first feature exhibition. It is especially gratifying now to see how the Interior Architecture and Design students are using the donated materials to transform MIAD’s campus for all students.”

Matt Levatich

President and COO

“Our relationship with MIAD, the epicenter of our creative community, recognizes that in the 21st century, the creative spirit is not marginal, but vital.”

Paul Krajniak

Discovery World

“You don’t measure MIAD’s impact just by the wonderful artists it educates. Its grads work in companies throughout the region… MIAD is a vital part of our creative capital.”

Julia Taylor

Greater Milwaukee Committee

“As this [Helmet Project] exhibition demonstrates, MIAD produces gifted students who positively impact Milwaukee’s culture and business environment.”

Peggy Sue Dunigan

The Shepherd Express

“The talent of the MIAD students is inspiring, and the faculty really does a great job of leading the students toward a real-world experience. That is a goal where all truly benefit.”

Ray Drea

Redirector of Styling
Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation


TMJ4 features two MIAD graduates during AAPI month

Stephanie Brown of TMJ4 News featured recent graduates Mengdian Xing ’23 (Product Design) and her sister Lynn Xing ’23 (Interior Architecture and Design) during a month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.

Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy features Illustration faculty

Ever since he was a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Associate Professor of Illustration John Matson has incorporated fantasy illustration into his work. This lifelong fascination has led to a fruitful career as a fantasy illustrator and educator, most recently manifesting in an invitation to attend a Magic: The Gathering tournament in Italy as a guest illustrator.

Successful Creative Fusion gala closes Our Creative Future campaign

Raising more than $10 million is no small feat. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) announced it had exceeded its comprehensive campaign goal of $10 million after its annual fundraising gala Creative Fusion: Fashion Forward, where donors generously raised more than $485,000 in scholarship support on May 6, 2023.

2023 Penfield Poster Competition bolsters professional experience

This year’s Penfield Poster winners have been announced! In collaboration with advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt, 80 juniors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) designed posters for the Annual Croquet Ball fundraiser at the Penfield Children’s Center.