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MIAD seniors receive 2024 Alumni Senior Thesis Awards

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) will award $5,328 to 27 seniors to directly support the fabrication and installation of their senior exhibition capstone projects. Through the application process, students submit plans and sketches for their final project, as well as a budget for materials. Winners were selected by a panel of a record 54 MIAD alumni with experience in fine art and design career fields.

MIAD invites the Milwaukee community to view the seniors’ award-winning work from April 19 – May 11, 2024 during the MIAD 2024 Senior Exhibition, hosted in MIAD’s main building at 273 E Erie St. Over 200 students will be present on Friday, April 19 from 5 – 9 p.m. to discuss their projects in person. This event is open to the public. More information is available at

The 2024 MIAD Alumni Senior Thesis Award recipients (in alphabetical order) and the titles of their works are:

Bree De Vries (Interior Architecture and Design), The Asteria
Jayden Ellsworth (Fine Art + New Studio Practice), “What’s left behind” Making baskets out of Milwaukee’s trash
Brandon Fong (Communication Design), Snack Emperor: Culture Made To Share
Heidi Goodale (Illustration), Mermaids of the World
Logan Guo (Illustration), Maria and The Tree
Peyton Hartis (Product Design), Visualizing the Unseen
Raven Higginbotham (Fine Art + New Studio Practice), Self perception
Jasper Huber (Communication Design), Fair-It!
Koltun (Fine Art + New Studio Practice), In My Free Time
Stella Koslowski (Fine Art + New Studio Practice), Is a Dream a Memory?
Jillian Langenecker (Illustration), Creatures of the Warped Woods
Adriana Lassa (Communication Design), Tastebuds
Kiki Lyzenga (Fine Art + New Studio Practice), Title TBA
Sarah Madden (Communication Design), Bugbite
Chalice Michael (Illustration), Holistic Flower Dishware Sets
Sammi Micklewright (Communication Design), Koda
Cyprien Morin (Illustration), Pepe’s Kitchen
Alivia Rapp (Illustration), Doodle Sprout “The Mighty Midwest” Backyard Nature Activity Kit
Aiyana Robinson (Communication Design), Petterment – Your Personalized Pet Care
Kya Sablatura (Illustration), Mischief Cat: Outdoor Adventures
Zach Scharrer (Product Design), Celebrating Disability in Formal Space: Bespoke Luxury Adaptive Apparel
Anni Smith (Illustration), HUA Patchblock Collection
Greta Solien (Illustration), Playing in the Parks!
Evan Udovich (Product Design), Enhancing Comfort in the Kitchen
Brady VanderHart (Communication Design), Rally
Kayla VanProoyen (Illustration), Staircase to Elsewhere
Intan Zulkifli (Illustration), NeedleWork


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