MIAD collections featured at QWERTYFEST MKE
The city’s first-ever QWERTYFEST MKE commemorates Milwaukee’s own Christopher Latham Sholes, who patented one of the first typewriters in 1868. Kicking off on National Typewriter Day, the festival will take place June 23 – June 25, 2023 at various locations throughout Milwaukee. Typewriters from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) Brooks Stevens Product Design Collection will be featured at several events during the weekend.
QWERTYFEST Market and TypeTalks | Saturday, June 24 | Forest Home Cemetery’s Historic Chapel
- 1 – 6 p.m.: Shop at the festival’s market of local artists, booksellers and antique dealers while enjoying DJs spinning on an antique Victrola. View typewriters from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design’s Brooks Stevens Product Design Collection, as well as presentations on typewriter history and art. Free admission.
- 4 p.m.: “150 Years of the QWERTY Keyboard,” Jason Puskar, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- 4:30 p.m.: “Women’s Complicated History with the Typewriter is not Black-and-White,” Molly Snyder, Senior Editor, OnMilwaukee.com
- 5 p.m.: “Clack Bait: Drawing Stories and Exceptional Encounters,” Christopher T. Wood, Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence, 2022-2023.
Adjunct faculty member Zoe Darling will also host an open mic on Saturday, June 24 at The Pressroom (3105 W. Forest Home Ave). Darling will be joined by contributors from Qwerty Quarterly, the QWERTYFEST zine.
Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.
Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) selected the design of MIAD alum Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) for its 2023 annual ornament. The ornaments are recreated each year by artisans using a reserve painting technique, according to MAM.
For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.
Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.