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Finalists win funding through Grilled Cheese Grant

Five art and design students, including three seniors from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), were selected as finalists for this year’s annual Grilled Cheese Grant. After an extremely successful event on April 1, 2023, all five students will receive full funding for their senior thesis projects for the first time in Grilled Cheese Grant history.

Andrea Cabrera Manuel ’23 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Jo Willis ’23 (NSP: Fine Arts) and Brandom Terres-Sanchez ’23 (NSP: Fine Arts) were the finalists selected from MIAD. Jovanny Hernandez Caballero and Xarion Latimore were finalists selected from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Grilled Cheese Grant, an alumni-run event supporting undergraduate seniors at MIAD and UW-Milwaukee, took place for its eighth year at Vanguard Sculpture Services. Attendees donated $5 or more for a grilled cheese sandwich made with locally-sourced ingredients and voted for one of five selected finalists. Organizers raised a total of $6,626.51 this year, the majority of which will fund the finalists’ senior projects. The remainder of the funds will support Diverse & Resilient, an organization that supports the LGBTQ+ community in Milwaukee. Organizers credit the unprecedented success of this year’s event to the stellar venue and the return to in-person programming for the first time since 2019.

Cabrera Manuel, who placed first in the competition, says the grant will allow her to be even more ambitious with her senior thesis project. “I was also able to conduct research and test different software to try to give room to new technologies and approaches of making into my practice,” she continues. “Overall, having the funding to develop my thesis has opened new interests that I’m excited to keep developing after graduation.”

Willis, who placed third, appreciates that the funding will guarantee being able to continue work on their bronze casting. “This bronze casting holds a lot of personal importance to my practice and symbolizes a moment of transition and growth,” they explain. “Moving forward after graduation, it will serve as a reminder of what I’ve learned at MIAD and will continue to be a part of my practice.”

Terres-Sanchez, who placed fifth, emphasizes the impact of having a fully-funded thesis. “It allowed me to focus on the making of the project and not worry about being able to afford [it],” they say. “It allows me to have the confidence entering the last weeks of school knowing that my thesis is fully funded. It also means so much that people believe in what me and my peers are creating, so thank you Grilled Cheese Grant!”

View art by Andrea, Jo and Brandom, along with the works of their talented peers, at MIAD’s Senior Exhibition from April 21 – May 6.


MIAD Gallery at The Ave student worker interviews exhibition artists

Working at the periphery of student life, staff members hold technical and administrative positions that allow for the smooth operation of the college’s day-to-day and long-term activities. When they’ve clocked out of the MIAD building, they’re home, in the studio, outside in nature– and exercising their own creative muscles and sustaining personal arts practices. “After Hours,” the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Gallery at the Ave’s latest exhibition is the first of its kind for the college where staff talents are in the limelight.

Emerging Technology Center hosts Technique of the Week

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.

Inaugural Latine Student Exhibition announces winners

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.

MIAD Fine Art faculty selected for national Olmsted panel

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.


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