Morgan Bouldes selected as First-Year Experience full time faculty
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) welcomes Morgan Bouldes as the new full-time assistant professor of First-Year Experience. Bouldes joined MIAD’s teaching community in 2021 as an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow and will continue to contribute to the MIAD community in the First-Year Experience department. Originally from Detroit, Bouldes holds a BFA in Photography from Wayne State University and graduated with an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
“One of the biggest components to my teaching philosophy is the environment in which education is happening. The environment is really important to me,” explains Bouldes. “It takes work to fully understand the type of student, the type of person that your student is … Creating a welcoming, warm, authentic environment—that starts with me. Students especially can tell when you’re not being authentic, so I keep it as real as possible.”
This joyfully student-centered approach has served Bouldes well. “No one wants to go to school if it’s not fun,” she says. “If we can create an environment where you feel comfortable enough to be yourself, you trust that your instructor has your best interests in mind—not just the interests that involve education, but your whole interest. If we can have fun at the same time, then the information will do what it’s supposed to do.”
An accomplished and multidisciplinary artist herself, Bouldes embraces the experimental and seeks out mediums other than photography to bolster her artistic practice. “I’ve always been a writer, so at the heart of my practice I am a storyteller,” she continues. “I like to enact vulnerability from my own lens as a way to promote universality and be able to connect to people on different levels.” This vulnerability led to her graduate thesis project, a reflection on the grief of losing her mother at age 20. “There’s all these different components of the human experience, particularly from my lens as a Black woman, but the experience of losing a mother or parent is universal, and all those feelings that come with it are universal,” she says. “I’m really interested in all the little invisible connectivities between humans and how there’s overlap there.”
As an instructor, Bouldes is especially excited to work with first-year students. “They’ve got this vision for themselves but they don’t exactly know how it’s going to get executed, they’re just going to wing it. And I’m here to wing it with them!” she laughs.
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.