Milwaukee PBS features Veteran Print Project
As part of a documentary on Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home, Scottie Meyers of Milwaukee’s PBS interviewed printmaking students at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Grace Ranz ’24 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts and Illustration) and Grey Higginbotham ’24 (NSP: Fine Arts) created a print currently housed in Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home.
Students in Professor Rina Yoon’s Untold Stories: MIAD Veteran Print Project class collaborate with veterans to create prints based on veteran stories and experiences. Yvette Pino, the founder of Veteran Print Project and herself a veteran and printmaker, began working with Yoon after meeting the professor at a steamroller printing event in Madison, Wisconsin. Excited by the possibility of incorporating community engagement and service experiences for MIAD students, Pino and Yoon collaborated to bring the Veteran Print Project to MIAD.
“I didn’t know much about veterans before this process,” says Ranz, one of the students who worked on the print currently exhibited in Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home. “It was impactful for me.” As part of the printmaking process, students interview veterans and work closely to weave meaningful stories into their artwork. “We wanted to showcase the history of the Veteran Soldiers Home … because it was about representing this veteran community,” says Higginbotham, another of the students involved.
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.