MIAD Gallery at The Ave celebrates opening
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) celebrates its first offsite gallery during its grand opening on April 6, 2023 from 6 – 8 p.m. MIAD invites the public to attend the event and to explore the new Gallery at The Ave, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Ave in The Avenue near the 3rd Street Market Hall.
During this celebration, MIAD Gallery at The Ave will feature its inaugural exhibition, From This Point Forward: An Exhibition of MIAD Alumni. The installation showcases 20 alumni representing nearly five decades of creative learning and takes inspiration from a tagline used by MIAD’s predecessor college, the Layton School of Art. Works in the inaugural exhibition encompass a range of artistic practices from paintings and sculptures to ceramics, textiles and furniture. The artists have shown regionally, nationally and internationally.
As MIAD looks to its 50th anniversary in 2024, From This Point Forward addresses the college’s passion and dedication to art and design education, as well as the careers that follow. The exhibition runs April 6 – July 1, 2023. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“MIAD Gallery at The Ave is an exciting and significant expansion of our campus and represents an opportunity to further elevate our profile and raise institutional awareness, as well as provide learning and professional development experiences for our students and alumni,” says MIAD’s President Jeff Morin.
“By showcasing decades of work by MIAD alumni, [the] Gallery at The Ave marks a new historic chapter in MIAD’s legacy,” says Monica Miller ’13 (Integrated Studio Arts), manager for MIAD Gallery at The Ave and adjunct faculty in fine arts at the college. “We look to our past to inspire our future as we make art and design work accessible to all and provide supportive space for MIAD students, alumni, faculty and staff to show and sell their work in the heart of downtown Milwaukee,” they continue.
MIAD Gallery at The Ave also houses a wide range of consignment items created by current MIAD students, alumni, staff and faculty. “It is … an opportunity for community members, businesses, MIAD supporters and others to access work at a variety of price points from some of today’s best and brightest emerging artists and designers,” says Morin. Visitors can shop for a multitude of unique pieces, including prints, framed artwork, textiles, sticker art, jewelry, ceramics and zines.
For more information on MIAD Gallery at The Ave and the inaugural exhibition, including a list of artists, please visit galleryattheave.miad.edu.
Current and former First-Year Experience (FYE) students celebrated their video, animation and sound design works at the FYE Media Arts Festival 23 – an in-house film and media screening in MIAD’s Community Hub on November 16.
Brady VanderHart ’24 and Emma Jenkins ’25, Communication Design majors at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), were named Students to Watch 2024 by Graphic Design USA magazine (GDUSA).
MIAD alum Brandon Minga ‘04 (llustration), principal artist and founder of the House of Rad (hrad), was excited to host the 20th anniversary of the Feed Your Soul benefit for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin on November 3, 2023. This was the second consecutive time hrad has hosted the event.
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.