“MIAD exposed me to the art world in a way that I would not have experienced at other schools…”
BFA Sculpture, 2006
Cassandra Smith is a successful, independent artist who annually participates in and curates several group in the Milwaukee area. Smith’s current body of work, hand-painted deer antlers, has been featured by Anthropology, US Weekly, Harpers Bazaar and Better Homes & Gardens. Her work can be seen at cassandra-smith.com.
After graduating, Cassandra co-owned the now defunct Armoury Gallery which exhibited contemporary work by local and national emerging artists. She was also the co-founder and editor of Fine Line Magazine, an international fine arts publication that produced five high-quality, ad-free issues.
“Attending MIAD exposed me to the art world in a way that I would not have experienced at other schools. Through my studio practice, I learned to be a thoughtful, disciplined creator. And in turn, what I learned in my studio classes actually translated into owning the gallery and magazine. I have come to learn that there are many different facets to being an ‘artist,’ and that sometimes, if you don’t find a job that fits you perfectly, it works out best to just create your own.”