MIAD receives Arts Midwest GIG Fund for upcoming exhibition
The Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund has awarded the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design a $4,000 grant to fund the upcoming exhibition “Wig Heavier Than a Boot: Work by David Johnson and Philip Matthews.” Funding is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Midwest GIG Fund “provides financial support to arts organizations for rebuilding and re-imagining creative engagement in their communities,” according to their website. Arts Midwest promotes programs and experiences that “[engage] people in meaningful arts experiences,” a mission that aligns closely with MIAD’s own goals around gallery exhibitions and their ability to “cultivate conversation with the community.”
MIAD will use the generous funds awarded to support the upcoming exhibition “Wig Heavier Than a Boot,” which runs from January 16 to March 11, 2023 in the Brooks Stevens Gallery, located in the lower level of MIAD’s building at 273 E. Erie St., Milwaukee WI. The exhibition, a collaboration between photographer and videographer David Johnson and poet Philip Matthews, combines art-making rituals and performances to reveal surprising relationships between character, observer and author.
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.
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.
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.