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Interior Architecture and Design senior reimagines therapy environment for veterans

Two years ago Andrew Murphy ‘21 (Interior Architecture and Design) read a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about a veteran with PTSD who suffered a panic attack while visiting the Milwaukee VA Hospital, which has narrow, dark hallways. The article inspired his MIAD Senior Exhibition project. 

Andrew’s senior project, “The Refuge Center,” reimagines a VA hospital as an environment with expansive windows, a memorial arch to honor veterans who served in each war, a coffee shop and a multipurpose room for small or large groups.

Andrew, the son of a veteran Airman, designed the space to promote healing for veterans. The space uses natural light, limits stimuli that can trigger attacks and provides a space for veterans to gather post-service. Andrew’s goal is to create an environment that helps to destigmatize getting treatment for PTSD, and serves as a catalyst for conversation.

Andrew’s project, along with the projects of more than 160 seniors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, are on view in the virtual MIAD 2021 Senior Exhibition. The exhibition is generously sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. View online at


Photography alum featured in Madison, WI solo exhibition

Photography alum Sarah Stankey ’13 shares the vulnerable and traumatic experience of 90 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in her new exhibition “What to Expect,” hosted by Madison’s Arts + Literature Laboratory as part of the Bridge Work Madison program.

NSP: Fine Arts students exhibit at TASK Creative

Twelve New Studio Practice: Fine Arts sophomores took their art out of the classroom and exhibited work locally at TASK Creative as part of Adjunct Assistant Professor Grant Gill’s course “Singularity & Multiplicity.”


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