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First-Year students celebrate juried works at FYE Media Arts Festival ’23

Current and former First-Year Experience (FYE) students at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) celebrated their video, animation and sound design works at the FYE Media Arts Festival 23 – an in-house film and media screening in MIAD’s Community Hub on November 16. The works from the students’ Digital-4D class were judged by four jurors from Cartoon Tavern Studios, a group of young media artists based in Baltimore.

From 87 entries, the jurors announced winners in four categories: STORY: Livinia Rosenthal, “Pee Pee Adventure”; SOUND DESIGN: Noah Couture, “Immersive Murder”; ANIMATION: Mealea Khek, “Paper Dragons”; FILM/VIDEO; Cyrill Reyes, “No Idea.”

Honorable Mentions went to Emily Dahm for “Thoughts in a Picture Frame,” Ash Sanford for “Power on 8,” Olivia Nava for “Sondios De Mexico” and Darwin Childers for “Debauchery.”

Animator and graphic designer Emma Barany, who is the coin master for Cartoon Tavern Studios, says of Rosenthal’s winning entry, “Its rising action was not only palpable but rather enforced through its visuals and sound designs as well.” See what the jurors said about the additional winning entries.

The FYE Digital 4-D class is a robust introduction to Video, Animation and Audio. Learn more about MIAD’s First Year Experience and Animation track.


Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.

MIAD Board of Trustees welcomes new members

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) Board of Trustees welcomed two new members at their January 2024 meeting. Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder, co-founder and president/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), and Noah Stone, reference librarian and circulation assistant at North Shore Public Library, joined MIAD’s Board.

Lubar Innovation Center students design for Kohler

When Kohler needed t-shirt designs created for their Sustainability Champions program and I-Prize competition, the company turned to the Lubar Innovation Center at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). From there, staff at the Innovation Center connected Kohler with two MIAD Illustration students.


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