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Five MIAD students awarded Alumni Thesis Scholarships

MILWAUKEE … March 12, 2019 – Five students have been awarded Alumni Thesis Scholarships for their Senior Exhibition projects at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The award money directly supports fabrication and installation of their work. The scholarship is funded through donations by MIAD alumni and winners were chosen by a panel of alumni.

Winners of three $400 awards include:

  • Maddie Bright, Illustration, Grayslake, IL, who is illustrating a picture book called “Chewing On Sunshine.” The book includes poems, meditations, thoughts and paintings intended to help readers seeking healing, especially from eating disorders.
  • Ivan Vasquez, New Studio Practice: Fine Arts, Beach Park, IL, is crafting a 3D installation that utilizes light to allow the viewer to experience the architecture and the artwork from an internal and external perspective.
  • Tony Holz, Communication Design, Iola, WI, is creating a suicide prevention campaign for transgender and gender nonconforming youth that includes four videos and a website.

Drawing from Emily Verbeten's proposal

Emily Verbeten proposal

Winners of two $200 awards include:

  • Tommy Moore, Interior Architecture and Design, Berrien Center, MI, is designing a residence comprised of a main house, studio and writer’s retreat that serves as designed experience through music, nature and food.
  • Emily Verbeten, Illustration, Madison, WI, is creating a four-piece museum exhibit modeled after a woodland habitat that will teach visitors about forest management and environmental issues.

The innovative work of more than 100 of Milwaukee’s emerging creative professionals is on view in the 2019 Senior Exhibition April 19 – May 11, 2019. The exhibit’s Opening Reception is Friday, April 26, 5 – 9 p.m as part of Spring Gallery Night in the Historic Third Ward.


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MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

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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.


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