Anna Hillary selected as Writing and Humanities full-time faculty
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) welcomes Anna Hillary as the new full-time Assistant Professor of Writing and Humanities following a national search. Completing her PhD in International Education this spring at New York University, Hillary’s focus on art activism, extensive service involvement and experience researching student activism and organizing study abroad experiences in Buenos Aires made her one of the standout candidates.
“My teaching philosophy is student-centered and community-oriented,” explains Hillary. “I work hard to advance students’ artistic, academic and professional skills, support their creativity, explore their roles in the community and encourage them to think critically. Listening to my students and colleagues, and learning from them, is really important to me.”
A strong advocate for students and community, Hillary will assist with MIAD’s robust service learning program. “I’ve found that the most meaningful lessons relate in some way to my students’ lives and what’s going on in the world, and often emerge out of collaboration and engagement with the surrounding communities,” she continues. “As a result, service learning has been an important part of my teaching.”
Students in Hillary’s writing and humanities classes can expect an engaged, responsive learning experience. “Throughout my career as an educator, I’ve tailored my lessons to be responsive to what I learn about students’ interests, goals, backgrounds, and learning styles. At MIAD, I plan to get to know each student and their artistic practices so I can be sure the classes I teach are relevant to them. I hope to initiate an ongoing dialogue with my students that encourages them to engage their own curiosity and make connections between the writing and humanities course content and their own experiences,” Hillary says.
“MIAD students, faculty, staff and administration are tremendously impressive, and you can feel it the minute you walk through the front door. The learning community at MIAD is particularly collaborative and collegial; the faculty, staff and administration are passionate, caring, and work closely with the students,” continues Hillary. “I really believe in MIAD’s ethos of kindness and community. I see it being enacted every day, and I can’t wait to be a part of that. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be, and I hope to contribute meaningfully to the MIAD community which I see as deeply integrated—it’s critical, creative and supportive of students’ identities, interests and professional goals.”
During the fall 2023 semester, the Lubar Emerging Technology Center at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) hosts “Technique of the Week” demonstrations for students, faculty and staff. MIAD community members are invited to attend presentations on everything from 3D scanning objects to fermentation to Minecraft. Most recently, attendees played pinball on a handmade virtual pinball machine.
Four students were honored at the inaugural Latine Student Exhibition, on view at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) until October 13, 2023. Coordinated by rhi anderson-martinez, executive director of equity and inclusion at MIAD, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the art and design skills of MIAD’s Latine students during Hispanic Heritage Month.
Brad Anthony Bernard, professor of fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), will participate in a panel discussion about Frederick Law Olmsted at the 2023 annual conference of the Olmsted Network in Milwaukee. An accomplished muralist, Bernard designed a mural depicting Olmsted which will be displayed at a public mural and sculpture garden in Milwaukee.
For this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, Whitney Salgado ’15 (Illustration) produced a variety of surface designs for Kohl’s textiles. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum, who also earned a minor in Communication Design, works as a freelance digital painter and illustrator.
John Caruso, professor of product design at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), was honored earlier this year for his achievements in industrial design and was inducted into the Academy of Fellows.