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MIAD students sweep the United Adworkers Student Showcase awards

Each year, United Adworkers hosts The Ninety Nine Adworkers Showcase featuring the best advertising work in Wisconsin. This year, MIAD Communication Design students and recent alumni won all five Student Showcase awards, including the Gold (first place), Runner Up and Featured awards.

The following MIAD students and alumni, listed in order from first place through featured, received awards:

  • Amanda Levinaite ’20 created an app that helps partners overcome communication challenges to better their relationship.  
  • Berea Ames ’20 designed a clothing line to help children with sensory processing issues. 
  • Kelsey Robinson ’21 designed campaign materials in support of the popular Rockabilly Chili Fundraiser for WMSE, a local radio station. 
  • Mallory Kubenik ’20 designed a website to help adults understand medication labels through the use of iconography to simplify medication instructions.
  • Ori Baez ’20 created a card system to help young girls build confidence and unlearn body dysmorphia.

This competition is highly competitive and a landmark event in the Milwaukee advertising industry. Student submissions were judged by the Adworkers Board of Directors.


Battle of the Bands: Product Design class showdown

French Renaissance alt rock met space cowboy country from the future in one Product Design class at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Students in Storytelling: Compelling Narrative of the Design Process were tasked with creating a band, complete with newly designed instruments, stage plots and lighting, costumes and even a feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Ordinary people doing extraordinary work: Growing Resistance

In the 50th anniversary year at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), the college presents “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians,” an exhibition in the Brooks Stevens Gallery running January 8 – March 2, 2024. Related programs include zine making, a book club, student-guided tours and a story circle with community partners.

Metalwork and molds: MIAD alum on Kohler Residency

Eye-opening and awe-inspiring: this is how Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) describes learning to work with liquid metal. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alum recently completed the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Residency in Kohler, Wisconsin.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Dale Shidler

Dale Shidler, Professor of Communication Design, received the January 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Dale’s nominations highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity, Kindness and Community.

MIAD students, alumni, faculty create work for ThriveOn King

Four Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) community members will contribute to the first floor of the new ThriveOn King community hub on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They make up part of the 20 Milwaukee artists who will convey the history and heritage of Bronzeville in this collaborative space.


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