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Alumni Newsletter
– a community of Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Milwaukee School of Art and Layton School of Art alumni –
 

November / December 2015
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Holiday Greetings from President Morin
“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”
Allan Bloom

As the winter solstice approaches, perhaps it is only natural to reach for symbols of education that reference the transformational nature of light. MIAD’s staff and faculty members work in tandem to make student success possible. Though we may not hear from each and every graduate about the evolutionary nature of education, we can rest assured that, just as the days grow longer, what we do changes lives for the better. 

Wishing you all the best that this season offers.

President Jeff Morin

 Support The Class of 2016 Senior Exhibition 

Please join me in supporting the class of 2016! 

 
Be part of the 2016 Senior Exhibition! Help support our seniors as they embark on fabricating and installing their exhibition by donating to the Alumni Thesis Scholarship Awards. We know only too well the financial challenges involved in achieving a dream exhibition.
 
The money donated by alumni, and alumni alone, goes directly to the students selected to receive the awards. It’s all up to us – the money raised will determine the number of awards and the amounts awarded. Last year we were able to give out three $500 scholarships. This year the goal is to raise $2,500 , and to award five scholarships in February.
 
Join me in supporting the creative endeavors of the class of 2016.
Simply click here to give: Give to the Alumni Thesis Scholarship 
Annie Hyma ’09
 
If everyone who receives this email gives just $5 or $10 dollars we would be able to award scholarships to OVER 16 SENIORS.

If you have issues with the online giving form, please contact Carol Davis at 414‑847‑3238.

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Next Alumni Council Meeting:

Tuesday, Jan. 5
6 p.m.

MIAD

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Want to get involved? Consider joining the Alumni Council, a group of alumni that meets 6 times a year. We focus on ways to engage and bring alumni together, as well as connecting alumni to students and the college. If you are interested or have questions, please contact  Annie Hyma.

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ALUMNI NEWS & UPDATES
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Stacey Steinberg ’04  (Drawing) has a show opening January 9 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, with an artist talk on January 15 at 6:30 p.m.
 
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Naoki Kato ’06 (Industrial Design) connects with MIAD junior Thuy Khuu (Industrial Design) during her summer in Japan, read more here.

 
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Steve Horvath’s ’70  work was on view through December 18 in a group exhibition at Concordia University Art Gallery.  As part of this exhibition, Horvath spoke with  Concordia art students  on his process of image making, evolution of ideas, and  growing your work in use of media and image making. 

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Kyle James’ ’15 (TBM) short film Death Drive was awarded first place in the short film category at the 2015 Lone Star Film Festival!
Click here for more information.

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Zach Hill ’15 (ISA) was awarded a 2015 Nohl Fellowship grant in the emerging artist category. Grant Gill ’13 (Photography)Shane Walsh ’01 (Drawing)Corbett Toomsen ’04 (Illustration)William Carpenter ’12 (Painting) and James Pederson ’12 (ISA) were also finalists for the grant.

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Emily Belknap ’07   (ISA) and Jenna Knapp ’14 (ISA) are  featured in the 2014 Nohl Fellowship Exhibition at INOVA. The artists were selected in November 2014, by a panel of three jurors. The exhibition is on view through January 9.

Belknap hosted a book launch and artist talk on Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m. Knapp alongside Erik Ljung hosted an artist talk on Thursday, December 17, 7 p.m. 
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Madeline Dall ’15 (Illustration) played a role in the renovation of the  Streets of old Milwaukee” exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum where she works as an artist and display assistant.  The exhibit re-opened on Sunday,  December 11 .

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Liz Phillips’ ’82 (Painting) oil paintings and the watercolors of her father, David Belling, are featured in a unique father/daughter show titled “Oil & Water” at the Sadler Gallery at 207 E. Buffalo St., Suite 200 through early October 2016.

The show is featured in the issue of Milwaukee Magazine’s “City Guide” and in an interview with the artists on WUWM’s “Lake Effect” with Bonnie North.

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Jessica Kaminski’s ’01 (Photography) Milwaukee Beard Book has a website,   www.mkebeardbook.comCheck out photos from the book release party, press articles and videos, and a list of upcoming events. 

When you purchase your copy of the MKE Beard Book,  $5 from each sale benefits No Shave November.

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Steven Lubahn ’94 (Drawing) and Tom Uttech ’65 (ISA), along with twenty other artists, are part of  “Black and White and Shades of Gray” on view at Gallery 224 through December 12.

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Mike Kasun ’86 (Illustration) recently finished illustrating his fifth children’s book, “Little Raccoon’s New Day,” by Judith Campbell. The story is designed for beginning readers, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Pajama Program for new books and pajamas for children in need.

Kasun also recently created the 2016 Indianapolis 500 logo and a sample piece of artwork for the event. This is the 100th running of the event. Kasun worked with Peter Kim from MSK Indianapolis who art directed the creation of the logo.  

 

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Veronica Ceci ’99 (Printmaking), recently hired as Gallery Director for the Bone Black Gallery in Austin, TX, curated a Flash Collective exhibition that opened at The Noble Swede Gallery in LaGrange, TX this November.

The Bone Black Gallery and print studio is the public face of the nonprofit organization WPA. Ceci invites MIAD alumni who work on paper to join this thriving arts community.

Additionally, Ceci will be featured in several upcoming exhibitions throughout the country:

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Motion 15: A Juried Alumni Media Exhibit
Closed Saturday, December 5, Frederick Layton Gallery

Participating alumni include: Brandon Bauer’ 96 (Painting), Mallori Taylor ’15 (TBM), Wesley Cathon ’13 (TBM), Nick Waraksa ’04 (Communication Design), Kyle James ’15 (TBM), Adam Osgood ’06 (Illustration), Kayle Karbowski ’15 (ISA), Travis Whitty ’09 (TBM), Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting), Amy Cannestra ’06 (Communication Design), Erik Holman ’09 (TBM), Chris Willey ’04 (Drawing), Maeve Jackson ’14 (ISA), Xavier Ruffin ’10 (Communication Design), Anne Linginfelter ’09 (Communication Design) and Brett Suemnicht ’14 (Printmaking).

For more information about the exhibit, click here.   

 

 

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We are sad to announce the passing of alumna Kris  Simon Wierzbinski (Drawing), who passed away  October 21  of ovarian cancer. Kris leaves behind her husband and their three children. Read the obituary here

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Do you have any news or updates you would like to share with the ALUMNI ASSOCIATION? Send them to Annie Hyma
Manager of Alumni Engagement & Development Events .

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JOIN the conversation & get involved on Facebook.
NEW address? New title? New job?
WON awards? In a show?
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OPPORTUNITIES 

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The Jefferson County Literacy Council is looking for donations of original artworks to be auctioned in support of adult literacy at the council’s fundraising event “Artful Taste of Literacy,” Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Dwight Foster Public Library. 

The Jefferson County Literacy Council provides instructional programs to adults with literacy challenges throughout Jefferson County and its county jail.  

Contact Stacey Meacham at smeacham@jclc.us for more information.
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Alumni ID – Facilities Access

Have you let your Alumni ID expire?  Do you have a project at home that you haven’t finished because you don’t have the right tools? Getting your Alumni ID has never been easier! 

All Alumni have the option to register for access to MIAD labs for personal use. Recent Alumni will be issued a free ID card to access college lab facilities for one year after graduation. Alumni who graduated over a year ago must pay the nominal fee of $25 to get an alumni ID to access labs on an annual basis. To learn more,  click here. 

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MAKE MIAD possible for future students.
SEARCH for Continuing Education classes.
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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a degree-granting college where individuals discover and realize their creative potential. 

MIAD. Where passion finds purpose.