MIAD Defines 2023: Day of play
For the 2023 iteration of MIAD Defines, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design dedicated Tuesday, March 21 to playing. With the aim to connect, converse and learn across majors, years and disciplines, this year’s MIAD Defines was a resounding success.
“Play is curious, gives permission to fail, can be done collaboratively or solo, releases stress and anxiety, makes us more resilient, strengthens community…” reads communication from the planning committee, which goes on to list a multitude of other benefits of playing. Classes were canceled for the day so that students, faculty and staff could enjoy a pancake breakfast and a full day of activities all over the building.
Among over 40 activities were spoon carving in the 3D Lab, an all-day dance party with student DJs, a cosplay and drag runway, LEGO robot battles in the Lubar Innovation Center and several community murals around the building. All of the events encouraged collaboration across departments and majors. One activity, an informal drawing contest in the style of the Great British Bake Off, saw students, staff and faculty partnering to sketch. Another popular day-long event, Edible Type, encouraged participants to cook up delicious pancake art.
The day culminated with testing of an egg drop design challenge and final paper airplane throw, then pizza, burgers and film screenings of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and House.
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.