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Eighteen seniors receive MIAD Alumni Senior Thesis Awards

Mar 16, 2022 | News

Through the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college, MIAD is awarding $3,622 to an unprecedented 18 seniors to directly support the fabrication and installation of their Senior Exhibition. Winners were chosen by a panel of 15 alumni with experience in fine art and design career fields.

The public has the opportunity to see the seniors’ award-winning work, in-person, April 22 – May 7, during the MIAD 2022 Senior Exhibition. Nearly 190 students will be present to discuss their capstone projects.

The 2022 MIAD Alumni Senior Thesis Award recipients (in alphabetical order), and the titles of their works, are:

Isabelle Ahrens (Communication Design), Mindstead, Your Home for ADHD Support
Natalie Ames (Communication Design), Aquafacts
Kaylee Bird (Illustration), The Bearded Barbet: And the process of creating a scientific infographic
Sabrina Cameli (Product Design), Nuture: Two of a Kind
Jimmy Cobb (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Why Does the Painting Need/ The Shape/ Needs the Painting
Michaela Frazier (Interior Architecture and Design), Theoretical lutherie excellence centre
Isabelle Kern (Communication Design), Hip Stitch
Lily Johnson (Illustration), Don’t Stop the Presses!
Ewelina Laczak (Product Design), Imagi-Mansion
Cameron Maas (Illustration), This Dungeon’s F*cked
Bradley McCoy (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Celibate Catharsis
Reagan Mulvey (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), From Within This Place
Amanda Munoz (Illustration), Fun-Guys: A Skate Collection
Alyssa Pasternak (Communication Design), Pivot
Roy Poynter (Illustration), New Fables Whiskey Brand
Kristin Quintanilla (Communication Design), Planet Zero
Connor Sannito (Product Design), Rescue Buddy/First Aid Buddy/Children’s First Aid
Martin Villalpando (Communication Design), PosCom

More information about the in-person MIAD 2022 Senior Exhibition, April 22 – May 7, will be available soon at Sign up here for more information about it and other MIAD news and events. If you would like to connect with an Admissions counselor about enrolling at MIAD, or taking a tour of the college, click here.

Work by Natalie Ames, Communication Design ’22


Work by Kaylee Bird, Illustration ’22


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