MIAD Creativity Series
“Through the MIAD Creativity Series, the college will bring distinctive and internationally renowned creatives to Milwaukee from a broad spectrum of the visual arts to enrich the experiences of MIAD students while engaging the community in new ways of thinking about, and appreciating, the arts and the world of design.”
MIAD Immediate Past Board Chair Madeleine Kelly Lubar
November 14, 2018, 6 p.m.
LaToya Ruby Frazier presents “Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change”
MIAD’s 4th Floor Raw Space
Free admission. Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
About LaToya Ruby Frazier
For LaToya Ruby Frazier, art is a weapon—a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. Bridging the personal with the social, her gorgeous work amplifies the voices of the vulnerable and transforms our sense of place and self.
Frazier was chosen by Ebony as one of its 100+ Most Powerful Women of All Time, and is a visual artist and TED Fellow. Her first book The Notion of Family received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. Frazier has received the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Frazier’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Her most recent exhibit, “On the Making of Steel Genesis,” is a profile of artist and archivist of black working-class life, Sarah Gould Ford. In The Atlantic’s Martin Luther King Jr. issue, Frazier utilized a helicopter and aerial photography techniques to capture how Memphis, Baltimore and Chicago have responded to decades of oppression.
Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She has studied under the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow for visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin. She is an Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University School of Art, Rutgers University and Syracuse University.
Frazier’s public presentation for the MIAD Creativity Series is part of a two-day residency at MIAD, during which she will engage with students in the classroom.
Jaime Hayon - Form Follows Function, and Then What? | February 13, 2018
Jaime Hayon, an iconic international artist-designer, joins the MIAD Creativity Series February 13-14, 2018. He gives a public presentation, “Form Follows Function, and Then What?,” February 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. in MIAD’s 4th Floor Raw Space.
Generously supported by the Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust. Additional support provided by Tim & Sue Frautschi.
Hayon’s visit is co-hosted with the Milwaukee Art Museum. Hayon’s current exhibition, “Jaime Hayon: Technicolor,” is on view at the Milwaukee Art Museum through March 25, 2018. The museum will host an Artist Gallery Talk February 14 at 2 p.m.
About Jaime Hayon
With his installation projects Mediterranean Digital Baroque (2003) and Mon Cirque (2006), Jaime Hayon emerged as an artist-designer at the forefront of a new wave in contemporary design. He participated in London’s Design Week 2009 and had his first survey exhibition, Funtastico, at the Groninger Museum, in the Netherlands, in 2013.
Wallpaper magazine included Hayon in its Design Power List, featuring one hundred of the world’s most powerful players; Time magazine also lauded him as a “visionary” and one of the “most creative icons.”
Hayon has designed furniture, accessories, lighting fixtures, footwear, menswear and more for iconic brands such as Baccarat, Fritz Hansen, & Tradition, Magis, Swarovski, Whittman, Cassina and Arflex.
Photo courtesy of Hayonstudio. Portrait by Klunderbie.
Rob Schrab - Embrace the Dumb: The Rob Schrab Experience | November 16, 2017
The MIAD Creativity Series welcomes Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated writer and director Rob Schrab November 14-16, 2017. He gives a public presentation titled “Embrace the Dumb: The Rob Schrab Experience” on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in MIAD’s 4th Floor Raw Space.
Generously sponsored by the Argosy Foundation.
About Rob Schrab
Schrab is a MIAD alumnus (’92 Illustration). He has made his mark in Hollywood writing the Oscar-nominated animated film “Monster House,” co-writing an Emmy-winning musical opening for Hugh Jackman at the “81st Academy Awards,” and co-creating the critically acclaimed “The Sarah Silverman Program” for Comedy Central. Most recently, Schrab served as Consultant Producer of FOX’s “Ghosted.”
Schrab also directed 19 episodes of “The Sarah Silverman Program,” as well as episodes of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” Spike’s “Blue Mountain State,” Adult Swim’s “Childrens Hospital,” and “The Mindy Project” for Hulu, among other projects.
He conceptualized the trippy brainwashing sequence for the movie “Zoolander,” wrote/directed the internet promotion for “Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny,” produced VH1’s “Acceptable.TV” series, animated a segment for “Drew Carey’s Green Screen Show” and directed the “Crooked Teeth” music video for Death Cab for Cutie’s Plans album.
His Hollywood career launched in 1997 when the popularity of his cult comic book Scud: The Disposable Assassin was optioned by Oliver Stone and made into two video games. In 2003, Schrab co-founded Channel 101, a competitive digital festival that spawned talent such as The Lonely Island, Tim & Eric and Human Giant.
Schrab continues to write, direct and animate feature film, television and digital media. He is originally from Mayville, Wis., and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Guerrilla Girls - Feminist Activist Artists | February 22, 2017
They could be anyone. They could be anywhere. And after decades, the Guerrilla Girls are more relevant than ever.
Nationally-recognized feminist activist artists the Guerrilla Girls join the MIAD Creativity Series February 22 – 23, 2017, with a public presentation Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m.
Their visit is generously sponsored by Katie Heil, Madeleine Lubar and the Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP preferred but not required to email@example.com.
“The work of the Guerrilla Girls elevates cage bar rattling to fine art.”
The New York Times
“Their material remains true, outrageous and provocative.”
From the Guerrilla Girls website:
The Guerrilla Girls are feminist activist artists. Over 55 people have been members over the years, some for weeks, some for decades. Our anonymity keeps the focus on the issues, and away from who we might be.
We wear gorilla masks in public and use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose gender and ethnic bias as well as corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. We undermine the idea of a mainstream narrative by revealing the understory, the subtext, the overlooked and the downright unfair.
We believe in an intersectional feminism that fights discrimination and supports human rights for all people and all genders. We have done over 100 street projects, posters and stickers all over the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Mexico City, Istanbul, London, Bilbao, Rotterdam and Shanghai, to name just a few.
We also do projects and exhibitions at museums, attacking them for their bad behavior and discriminatory practices right on their own walls, including our 2015 stealth projection about income inequality and the super rich hijacking art on the façade of the Whitney Museum in New York. Our retrospectives in Bilbao and Madrid, Guerrilla Girls 1985-2015, and our U.S. traveling exhibition “Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready To Make Nice” have attracted thousands.
Asher Israelow - Furniture Designer | November 16, 2016
About Asher Israelow
Israelow was named a 30 under 30 Designer by Forbes Art & Style in 2012.
Selected publications include:
Amos Kennedy - Print Artist | November 11, 2015
Amos Kennedy joined the MIAD Creativity Series Wednesday, November 11, 6 p.m.
Kennedy left his corporate job at the age of 40 to pursue his passion for printing and continues to redefine the rules of printmaking everyday. In 2008, a critically acclaimed documentary, “Proceed and Be Bold!,” was produced about him by BrownFinch Films.
During his week-long visit to MIAD beginning Monday, November 9, Kennedy was an artist in action. The community was invited to witness him printing in public spaces and view his variety of prints that tiled the walls of MIAD and were for sale during the public presentation. Kennedy’s talk discussed the nature of printmaking and the content of his work.
Kennedy enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study under Walter Hamady, a legendary book designer and papermaker, and earned an MFA in 1997. He later taught graphic design at the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana Universiry, before heading back home to the Deep South and dedicating himself to printing full time.
Robert Sabuda - Pop-up book artist | February 15, 2015
With generous sponsorship by Eileen and Barry Mandel, Robert Sabuda joined the MIAD Creativity Series as the seventh visiting creative on Wednesday, February 25, 6 p.m.
Sabuda’s public presentation, “The Science and Art of Paper Engineering,” was from 6 – 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A moderated by Bonnie North, WUWM Lake Effect Producer and Co-Host. A reception and Boswell Book Company hosted book signing was from 7:15 – 8 p.m.
The presentation, reception and book signing were on MIAD’s Fourth Floor, 273 E. Erie Street.
MIAD Professor Christiane Grauert says, “Robert Sabuda persistently pushes the boundaries of what is feasible within pop-up design. He will provide an insight into his challenging negotiation of artistic vision and engineering considerations.”
About Robert Sabuda:
Robert Sabuda is a #1 New York Times best-selling children’s book creator, leading children’s pop-up book artist and paper engineer. Sabuda’s recent books, such as those depicting the stories of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan have received wide popular and critical acclaim.
He is a two-time recipient of the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and has over five million books in print. He is the co-creator of the Encyclopedia Prehistorica pop-up trilogy, which has been translated into over 25 languages worldwide.
Sabuda appears regularly on the television programs The Today Show, Good Morning America and Martha Stewart where he shares his enthusiasm for creativity, children’s book art and literature. He has also been an associate professor at Pratt, where he began a program in Paper Engineering that continues to encourage the next generation of paper artists.
He lives and works in New York. Arrangements for the appearance of Robert Sabuda made through Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau, New York, NY.
Special information about the book signing, hosted by Boswell Book Company:
A variety of Robert Sabuda’s books were available for purchase to have signed, including his newest release, The Dragon & The Knight: A Pop-Up Misadventure. Book prices range from $18-35.
Event attendees were able to bring their own books to be signed. Boswell pre-ordered books were available at the event by ordering form through boswellbooks.com.
RSVP preferred, but not required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Dziersk - Managing Director, LUNAR Design | November 12, 2014
November 12 – 13: Mark Dziersk, Managing Director at LUNAR Design
“Design Thinking, Creativity & Risk”
Wednesday, November 12, 6 p.m.
MIAD’s Fourth Floor
Sponsored in part by the Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust
Mark Dziersk is the Managing Director at LUNAR Design, based in Chicago. He is a recognized expert in industrial design and brand management, and has worked for a large range of clients including Hewlett Packard, Unilever, Dell and Nestle. Dziersk is also a sought-after contributor to Fast Company magazine, holds more than 100 patents and has won numerous awards, including IDEA Gold and ID Magazine Best of Category. He is past president of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), and the current editor of Innovation Magazine for IDSA.
- Known for reinventing and revitalizing brands through the use of design
- Designed Dove’s award-winning “Real Beauty” campaign
- Fast Company’s blogger for “Design Finds You”
More information on Mark Dziersk.
Dana Arnett - Founding Principal & CEO, VSA Partners | March 25, 2014
The MIAD Creativity Series returned Tuesday, March 25, 6 p.m. with Dana Arnett for “Change is Possible.
The event, which was free and open to the public, was held on MIAD’s Third Floor, with a reception following.
Chicago-based Dana Arnett, founding principal and CEO at VSA Partners, propelled the fifth installment of the Creativity Series with his leadership in international branding, design and enterprise.
In a Design Thinking Out Loud video series, Arnett says, “You have to have a creative mindset to solve today’s complex business problems.”
“The work of VSA Partners doesn’t stop at amazing answers. Instead their work creates strategic advantages and takes a leadership position for not only shaping external perceptions, but building and strengthening internal culture from a renewed self understanding. Clients of VSA often learn something profoundly exciting and rewarding that they didn’t realize about themselves and what their true potential is!”
– Michael Davidson, MIAD Chair of Fine Arts
Arnett is a founding Principal and CEO of the internationally recognized firm of VSA Partners, headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York City and Detroit. Arnett and his colleagues are known for creating award-winning design programs, digital and interactive initiatives, and brand marketing solutions for a diverse roster of clients including: Harley-Davidson, IBM, General Electric, Coca-Cola, Thomas Reuters and Nike.
Over the course of his 30 years in the field, Arnett and the firm have been globally recognized by over 60 competitions and designations including: Communication Arts, AIGA, Graphis, ID, The LA Film Festival, the AR100 and the American Marketing Association. Arnett was a 1999 inductee into the Alliance Graphique Internationale, and holds the honor of being named to the ID40 – who has cited him as one of the 40 most important people shaping design internationally. He was recently announced as the 2014 recipient of the AIGA Medal, the highest honor of the design profession.
Arnett is a former member of the AIGA National Board of Directors and he currently serves as a board member of the Architecture and Design Society of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also active as an advisor and member of the business development and venture capital group, Cueball Collective, who fund and incubate consumer and socially driven ventures.
Image courtesy of Dana Arnett.
Watch a video about VSA Partners, “Dana Arnett: Beyond Design.”
Nicola López & Gandalf Gaván - International Artists | November 12 - 15, 2013
International artists Nicola López and Gandalf Gaván engaged the MIAD and Milwaukee communities November 12 – 15 during the continuation of the MIAD Creativity Series.
The two world-traveled and exhibiting artists visited classes and studios of foundations students to seniors. On Thursday, November 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at MIAD, they participated in public Artist Talks and a Community Conversation moderated by Bonnie North, Arts Producer/Co-Host of Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect (WUWM 89.7).
Born in Santa Fe, Nicola López currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, she describes and reconfigures our contemporary – primarily urban – landscape.
López’s focus on describing “place” stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology, fueled by time spent working and traveling in different landscapes. her site-specific work, Un-building Things is on view at the Balcony Lounge at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watch Nicola López creating the site-specific installation for the Balcony Lounge at the Met.
Click here to view more of her works, bio, artist’s statement and exhibitions.
Click here to see López’s 2013 exhibition, Land of Illusion, at New York’s Pace Prints. Watch her create prints for this exhibition.
Gandalf Gaván was born in Berlin, Germany, and raised between Germany and New Mexico. He has lived and worked extensively in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Morocco and Germany; currently residing in Brooklyn.
Among his extensive exhibitions and accomplishments, he is the first non-Mexican artist to exhibit work at the National Museum of Fine Art in Mexico City. Re(a)prendido was on view from December 10, 2012 – February 28, 2013. Read about the artist and exhibit here.
According to the October Gallery in London, where in 2011 Gaván exhibited Knots, “the artist’s works [created in his studio in Oaxaca, Mexico] are rendered through a prolific use of media – painting, drawing, glass, neon, anamorphic mirror, photography, ceramics and weaving … projecting a dazzling energy.”
First image: Nicola López
Second image: Nicola López, Closed System II, woodcut on mylar, construction lights, zip ties, tape; 11 x 20 x 20′
Third image: Gandalf Gaván
Fourth image: Gandalf Gaván, re(aprendido), 2012, neon, glass, mirrors, paintings by Jose Juarez, 30 x 30 x 60′
James Ludwig - Vice President of Global Design, Steelcase Inc. | April 23, 2013
Industrial designer, architect and brand expert James Ludwig continued the MIAD Creativity Series with a public presentation and conversation – “Curiosity and Empathy as Essential to Design” – April 23, 6 – 7:15 p.m.
His visit was hosted in collaboration with Discovery World Center for Innovation, where the free, public presentation was held.
In a video interview for the Business Innovation Factory, Ludwig said of Steelcase, “We are as much concerned about what goes on around our products as the products themselves – broader social issues, cultural issues, anthropological issues, all those intertwined things.”
Before joining Steelcase in 1999, Ludwig was a founding partner of bold:architects.designers., an interdisciplinary design consultancy. There he promoted teams of architects and designers – both product and graphic – to realize diverse projects such as new buildings and renovations in the reconstruction of a reunited Berlin, furniture and office products, and graphic programs for international clients.
Madeleine Lubar said, “The college is honored to host an international designer of James Ludwig’s repute as the third ‘creative’ to participate in the MIAD Creativity Series.
“By joining artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson, who visited MIAD in March, and Mark Rios, who visited in November of 2012, James Ludwig elevates the series’ mission of enriching the experiences of MIAD students while engaging the community in new ways of thinking about, and appreciating, the arts and the world of design.”
In addition to his April 23 evening presentation at Discovery World, Ludwig engaged with MIAD students on that day, and on April 24, when he participated in MIAD Define Day, an integral part of the 2013 Senior Exhibition encompassing campus-wide inquiry and discussion into the seniors’ journey and the MIAD experience.
View a series of 25-second videos with James Ludwig, including “Design is a full contact sport.”
Have 3 quick questions to ask James Ludwig about integrated design?
Dana Schutz & Ryan Johnson - Acclaimed New York-based artists | March 19 - 20, 2013
The MIAD Creativity Series continues with the visit of acclaimed New York-based artists Dana Schutz and Ryan Johnson. In keeping with the mission of the Creativity Series, they will engage with MIAD students and with the general public. Their visit is generously supported by the Bert L. & Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust.
Schutz will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday, March 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
The talks, free and open to the public, will be held in MIAD’s painting studios.
Assistant Professor of Painting Kristopher Benedict, who was instrumental in bringing the artists to MIAD, said, “The artists create highly individualized work with an innovative use of fiction and a strong connections to art history.”
He described Dana Schutz “as one of the more internationally recognized and influential artists to emerge in the last decade. Full of color and pictorial invention, her paintings, drawings and prints depict narrative scenes ranging from the ecstatic to the grotesque to the unsettled everyday.”
Ryan Johnson’s sculptures, said Benedict, “blur the distinctions between the real and imagined and offer us a brilliant reflection on the process of representation. He works with a variety of approaches and materials, creating art imbued with a sense of play that is in turn personal and monumental.”
Schutz is represented by Petzel, New York, and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
Johnson is represented by the Suzanne Geiss Company in New York.
View works from the artists (who are also a married couple) and read their bios.
View Schutz’ recent exhibition of paintings at the Denver Art Museum, and of prints and drawings at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
Read about Johnson’s installation, Self Storage, in the New York Times.
Read the cover story about Schutz in Art in America Magazine.
Top image: Dana Schutz, “Piano in the Rain,” 2012, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York
Second image: Dana Schutz
Third image: Ryan Johnson
Fourth image: Dana Schutz, “Small Apartment,” 2012, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York
Fifth image: Ryan Johnson, “Rocking Horse,” 2012, cedar, plywood, acrylic paint; from Self Storage, Suzanne Geiss Company. Photo: Mattu Placek.
Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA - Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios | November 13 - 16, 2012
“I’ve visited many art and design schools around the world and found an atmosphere and confidence at MIAD that are unique… Students have a clear and well-deserved sense of themselves and their work, and that is a rare thing.”
Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, founding principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studio, concluded with these thoughts during his visit to MIAD, which culminated in a Community Presentation attended by more than 200 members of the MIAD and Milwaukee communities.
During his visit to MIAD’s Third Ward campus from November 13 – 16 for the first MIAD Creativity Series, Rios engaged with students in classes, critiques and projects spanning the fine arts and design disciplines, and the GEHC + MIAD Compassion Project, and said, “There is diversity, passion, curiosity, confidence, nurturing and rigor here. Cherish your culture!”
Selected photos from Rios’ visit are available on flickr.
“Mark Rios is internationally renowned for redefining the boundaries of design innovation,” said newly elected Board of Trustees Chair Madeleine Lubar. “Words such as ‘culture,’ ‘the storytelling of place,’ ‘community,’ ‘urban responsibility,’ ‘joy’ and ‘iconic form making’ help describe him and his multidisciplinary talents, which will create a one-of-a-kind experience for the college and community.”
- Jill Sebastian, installation, interdisciplinary and public artist, Professor of Sculpture at MIAD;
- Eric Vogel, architect, designer and Layton Art Collection president, MIAD Chair of 3D Design and Professor of Interior Architecture + Design; and
- Bonnie North, arts producer and co-host of Lake Effect, WUWM 89.7, moderated.
Members of both the Milwaukee and MIAD communities were intrigued and engaged, valuing Rios’ perspectives on design issues and solutions related to every community, including how to incorporate and represent community views and culture into design.
One student asked the panel about advice for a freshman, and a recent alum in the audience answered that the student already had 18 years of experience and all the tools needed to succeed, to which Rios added, “Be fearless.”
Throughout the visit, Rios drew on his and his studio’s award-winning reputation for collaboration across an unprecedented range of design disciplines: architecture, landscape, interiors, urban design, graphics, branding, planning and product design.
Clients include entertainment studios and venues, cultural institutions, schools and universities, city agencies and departments, retail and restaurant establishments and individuals. Commissions have ranged from the design of public parks – such as the new Grand Park in Los Angeles – plazas and streets, to private gardens, furniture and products. Get to know Mark Rios.
Read the news release to discover why Madeleine Lubar and her husband, David Lubar, provided a grant to found the MIAD Creativity Series.
Read about Art & Architecture Critic Mary Louise Schumacher’s Creativity Series experience in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
First image: Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA; photo credit: Jim Simmons
Second image: Rios with Madeleine and David Lubar
Third image: Rios with Eric Vogel’s Senior Design Studio class; Rios with students in Will Pergl’s Senior Thesis Seminar; MIAD Creativity Series signage
In the inaugural year of the MIAD Creativity Series, renowned creatives Mark Rios, Dana Schutz & Ryan Johnson, and James Ludwig shared insights, participated in class critiques and gave presentations to the Milwaukee and MIAD communities.