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Academic Resources

library-webMIAD combines the resources of the Library with the personnel of the Learning Resource Center to give students comprehensive services in one convenient location. Situated on the River Level, at the far west end of the building, the Library/Learning Resource Center is a comfortable oasis where students can study, get help with research and writing, meet with a peer mentor, read or just relax and enjoy the river view.


The library collection is designed to meet various information needs. In the Library, students, faculty, staff and alumni have on-site access to more than 25,000 books, videos and DVDs; 125 current periodicals; reserve items and an up-to-date collection of career materials. An additional 500,000 items are available for request through the library consortium. The MIAD I.D. serves as a Library card. Computers in the Library offer web access to the online catalog, research and image databases, online reserves, e-mail and word processing programs. Friendly staff is available for research assistance. For more information, click here.


The Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center is an integral part of MIAD’s Library and Learning Commons. The Learning Resource Center provides resources and services to meet students’ personal academic needs. Students go to the Center seeking help with course studies, research and tutoring assistance, English language learning assistance, accessibility services and counseling support. The Learning Resource Center is located inside the library, Room RL-100.


Black Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition: Faith Allen

In their first exhibition, Faith Allen ’25 (Illustration) went big. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design sophomore submitted two artworks to the Black Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition and reveled in the freedom to create the largest pieces they could.

Product photography serves MIAD alum’s business

Briana Hibbs ’12 (Photography) started her own handmade earrings business, Made by the Lake, in January 2019. She relies on her eye for product photography to show her jewelry in its best light, and the business now boasts a successful following of over 2,000 customers on Facebook.

MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.

Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.

“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.