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Harley-Davidson opens new Davidson Park with work by MIAD Communication Design grad

June 24, 2024

Harley-Davidson, Inc. has unveiled its new Davidson Park, featuring a cast-iron medallion designed by Communication Design grad Megan Huss ’24. Read more from the Financial Times, On Milwaukee and Urban Milwaukee and view photos from the Milwaukee Biz Times.

Milwaukee Magazine highlights “Lois Ehlert: A Creative Life”

June 13, 2024

As part of their suggestions for Father’s Day weekend activities, Milwaukee Magazine highlighted the opening reception for “Lois Ehlert: A Creative Life” on Friday, June 14, 2024. Read the full list from Milwaukee Magazine.

Emerita Professor of First-Year Experience passes away

June 11, 2024

Carolyn Long, Emerita Professor First-Year Experience, passed away on June 9, 2024. She taught at MIAD for over 30 years. Read her obituary.

MIAD welcomes AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow

June 10, 2024

MIAD welcomes Yuanyuan Zhou, a recent Illustration graduate from the Maryland Institute College of Art, as its newest post-graduate teaching fellow from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design. Read more from e-flux Education.

MIAD sponsors summer Gallery Night 

May 28, 2024

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is one of the sponsors for Gallery Night MKE, taking place in July. MIAD’s galleries will be open. Read more from Urban Milwaukee.

Layton School of Art alum shows work at MOWA

May 24, 2024

Mark Mulhern, a graduate of MIAD’s predecessor college, the Layton School of Art, is a painter featured at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in a retrospective of 30 paintings. It is the largest exhibition of his work to date. Explore more from the Shepherd Express.

Interior Architecture and Design alum featured in Qualified Remodeler Top 500

May 24, 2024

Taylor Hibl ’21 (Interior Architecture and Design) was featured in Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Profiles. Hibl is the creative director of the award-winning and family-run Exterior Pros. Read the profile.

MIAD alum illustrates Hmong folk tale for children’s book

May 19, 2024

Tou Her ’03 (Illustration) illustrated “The Mice and Grain,” by Pao Lor, a children’s book retelling of a Hmong folk tale. The book was featured in a list of Spring bedtime books for kids by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Associate Communication Design professor creates nonprofit for families with Tourette Syndrome

May 10, 2024

During her sabbatical, Associate Professor of Communication Design Nicole Hauch created Tourette Support & Education, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and educating children and families with Tourette Syndrome. Read more from TMJ4.

Fine Art professor interviewed by Framing Culture radio show

May 8, 2024

Jason S. Yi, professor in Fine Art + New Studio Practice at MIAD, was interviewed by José Teixeria of WORT-FM’s Framing Culture show. Listen to the interview.

‘Art Against the Odds’ highlighted by Arts Midwest

April 24, 2024

‘Art Against the Odds,’ an exhibition curated by Debra Brehmer, director of Portrait Society Gallery, and shown at MIAD during January 2023, was featured by Arts Midwest. Read the story.

Third Ward’s Milwaukee Public Market named best in nation

April 24, 2024

Milwaukee’s Public Market, located in the Historic Third Ward, was named the #1 public market in the United States in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. Read more from USA Today.

MIAD Product Design senior interviewed for award-winning design

April 24, 2024

Carl Sabroff ’24 (Product Design) was interviewed by FOX6 about his award-winning design for Wobble, an interactive planter concept. Watch the interview on FOX6.

MIAD Senior Exhibition 2024 highlighted on local news

April 24, 2024

MIAD’s 2024 Senior Exhibition, which runs April 19 – May 11, was highlighted on local television and radio stations.

  • WISN12 interview with Kim Miller and Caroline Calvano ’24 (Fine Art + New Studio Practice).
  • FOX6 interview with Jeff Morin, MIAD President
  • WTMJ radio features Senior Exhibition with Libby Collins
  • CBS58 interviews with MIAD President Jeff Morin and seniors Caroline Calvano (Fine Art + New Studio Practice) and Zachary Scharrer (Product Design)

Two Fine Art professors interviewed on Creative MKE podcast 

April 21, 2024

Kim Miller, professor and chair of the Fine Art + New Studio Practice major, and Jason Yi, professor of Fine Art, were interviewed by Elizabeth Gasparka for the WUWM Creative MKE podcast. Listen to the podcast.

Layton School of Art alum featured in photography exhibition

April 19, 2024

Photographs by Tom Ferderbar, a Layton School of Art alum, were featured in a private exhibition last fall. Read more about Ferderbar’s career from Milwaukee Magazine.

New York gallery hosts Layton School of Art painter

April 18, 2024

Tom Uttech, a painting alum from the Layton School of Art, will be showing work at the Alexandre Gallery as part of Independent New York 2024. Read an interview from Shepherd Express.

MIAD Coordinator of Equity + Inclusion interviewed by University of Minnesota

April 17, 2024

Rithinay Punyamurthula, MIAD’s Coordinator of Equity + Inclusion, was interviewed by University of Minnesota Rochester. Read the interview. 

MIAD alumni, buildings featured in Imagine Milwaukee video

April 14, 2024

Imagine Milwaukee’s annual “Milwaukee Day” video featured a collaboration between True Skool and MIAD, as well as MIAD’s offsite Gallery at The Ave. Read more and watch the video on Milwaukee Record.

President’s work included in Portrait Society Gallery show

April 10, 2024

President Jeff Morin’s work is included in Portrait Society Gallery’s Persistent Practice show, alongside contemporary life drawings by other Wisconsin artists. Read more from Portrait Society Gallery.

Longtime MIAD figure drawing model interviewed

April 6, 2024

Ginger Whimsy, also known as Alice Wilson, is a longtime figure drawing model at MIAD. She was interviewed by Spectrum News 1.

Product Design senior interviewed for senior capstone project

April 5, 2024

Zachary Scharrer ’24 (Product Design) was interviewed by the Waukesha Freeman about his senior exhibition project on adaptive fashion. Read the interview.

Wausau Center for the Visual Arts to host MIAD president 

April 2, 2024

Wausau’s Center for the Visual Arts will host a reception for MIAD president Jeffrey Morin’s new exhibition “The Vote, White Noise and Truth” on Saturday, April 12, 2024. Read more from the Wausau Pilot and Review.

Creative Fusion donor and previous adjunct showing work in Madison, WI

March 29, 2024

The Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI is showing work by Stephanie Barenz in “A Walk with Water.” Barenz previously taught at MIAD and has donated artwork to the 2024 Creative Fusion gala. Read the press release from the Isthmus.

Milwaukee Public Artist in Residence, a MIAD alum, interviewed 

March 27, 2024

Milwaukee’s first Public Artist in Residence, Sarah Davitt ’99 (Painting), was interviewed by WUWM. Listen to the interview. 

Gallery Night & Day featured in local publications 

March 26, 2024

OnMilwaukee and Shepherd Express featured the upcoming Gallery Night MKE, returning April 19 in the evening and all day April 20. MIAD is one of the 2024 sponsors, as well as hosting its own celebrations for Gallery Night & Day in its Senior Exhibition. Read more from OnMilwaukee and Shepherd Express.

Milwaukee Magazine highlights MIAD’s 50th anniversary 

March 25, 2024

MIAD’s 50th Anniversary was highlighted by Milwaukee Magazine. Read the full story.

MIAD’s Senior Exhibition listed among April must-do events

March 25, 2024

Milwaukee Magazine listed MIAD’s Senior Exhibition among the top 19 things to do in Milwaukee this April. Read the full list in Milwaukee Magazine.

MIAD alum photographs Top Chef red carpet event

March 21, 2024

Ruthie Hauge ’05 (Photography) recently photographed Bravo’s “Top Chef” red carpet event at Discovery World in Milwaukee for The Cap Times. View the photographs and read more on The Cap Times.

MIAD Product Design senior presents award-winning design on WISN12

March 20, 2024

Carl Sabroff ’24 (Product Design) was featured on WISN12 for his award-winning planter concept “Wobble.” Listen to the interview.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre awards Mountaintop Legacy Awards

March 19, 2024

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre announced the recipients of its Mountain Legacy Award highlighting Black excellence in Milwaukee. Several MIAD community members were recognized, including associate professor and alum Lexi S. Brunson ’14 (Interior Architecture + Design), alum Ladasia Bryant ’23 (Communication Design) and assistant professor Morgan Chandler Bouldes. Read more from Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

MIAD Communication Design alum interviewed for design work

March 19, 2024

Anna Ward ’20 (Communication Design), now employed by leading advertising agency Nelson Schmidt Inc., was interviewed for her award-winning work. Read the interview by Ad Forum.

WAICU distributes scholarships to Wisconsin private colleges 

March 14, 2024

The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) has distributed $64,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to assist 20 students at Wisconsin’s private colleges, including one MIAD Illustration senior. Read more from WAICU.

Milwaukee’s first Public Artist in Residence, a MIAD alum, tackles reckless driving

March 14, 2024

Sarah Davitt ’99 (Painting), Milwaukee’s new Public Artist in Residence, plans to address reckless driving during her tenure as the city’s resident creative. Read more from Milwaukee Magazine.

WAICU distributes Council of Independent Colleges Scholarship 

March 12, 2024

The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) has distributed $64,000 in scholarships to private colleges in Wisconsin, including MIAD. The scholarships were made possible through a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment. Read the press release from WisBusiness.

Fine Art alum Nirmal Raja featured by The Visualist

March 11, 2024

The Visualist, Chicago’s visual arts calendar, featured Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) to highlight her exhibition “Nirmal Raja: PAUSE” at boundary in Chicago on view through April 27. Read more from The Visualist.

MIAD Fine Art alumni show art in “Bridge Work”

March 8, 2024

The Allen Priebe Gallery’s new exhibition, Bridge Work, features six artists’ work, including MIAD Fine Art alumni Ellie Garry ’23 and Margaret Griffin ’23. Read more about Bridge Work and the Plum Blossom Initiative.

Adjunct Fashion and Apparel Design faculty featured for punk clothes

March 7, 2024

Bonnie Chandek, who will be teaching MIAD’s Sewing with Stretch Knit Fabrics in fall 2024, was interviewed by Shepherd Express about her ’80s inspired punk fashion pieces. Read the story from Shepherd Express.

Illustration faculty will present “Eclipse” book in Chicago

March 4, 2024

Andy Rash, associate professor of Illustration at MIAD, will present his children’s book “Eclipse” at Chicago’s The Book Stall on March 20, 2024. Read more.

MIAD Board Trustee keeps Downer Avenue shop alive

March 4, 2024

Sarah Zimmerman, a MIAD Board Trustee, recently purchased Downer Wine and Spirits with Tonit Calaway as part of Boss Babes, Inc. They will continue the shop’s 90-year history on Downer Avenue. Read more from Urban Milwaukee.

Historic Third Ward named fifth best arts district in the United States

March 1, 2024

The Historic Third Ward, which is home to MIAD and many other arts organizations and spaces, was named the fifth best arts district in the United States by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice awards. Read more from USA Today and Shepherd Express.

Jessica Fields ’03 interviewed about painting 

February 29, 2024

Jessica Fields ’03 (Painting) was featured in Town Carolina about her painting and vibrant color choices, and her style of painting thick layers inspired by a MIAD professor. Read the interview here.

MIAD x Marquette University student starts apparel business

February 27, 2024

Mariam Ali, a Marquette University graduate who studied Communication Design at MIAD through a cross-registration program between the schools, started her business “South through East” to highlight Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures through apparel. Inspired by an experience through MIAD printing logos for a boxing club, the current Marquette graduate student now redesigns popular logos using Arabic calligraphy. Read more from the Marquette Wire.

ReFED Food Waste Action Network spotlights MIAD

February 26, 2024

ReFED Food Waste Action Network spotlighted MIAD and interviewed Andi Sciacca, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies. Read the feature and interview here.

Peace Posts and Growing Resistance featured on TMJ4

February 23, 2024

Tahleel Mohieldin of TMJ4 visited the Growing Resistance exhibition at MIAD for a Peace Post unveiling event with Milwaukee Through Embodied Research, Muneer Bahauddeen and True Skool. Watch the news story here and read Moheildin’s story here.

Fine Arts Professor selected for Wisconsin Arts Celebration Project

MIAD alum and Fine Arts professor Brad Anthony Bernard ’93 (Painting) was selected to participate as a visual arts collaborator in this year’s Wisconsin Arts Celebration Project, coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction.

New graphics business opens in New Holstein 

February 22, 2024

Communication Design and Illustration alum Sara Luebke celebrated the opening of her business Saratonin Graphics, which provides graphics and sign making services to the New Holstein area. Read more.

Fine Art + New Studio Practice Chair publishes dissertation excerpt

February 12, 2024

Kim Miller, professor and chair of Fine Art + New Studio Practice, published an excerpt of her PhD dissertation through the New York Public Library. “The Social Choreography of Dancemobile” is available to read here.

“Growing Resistance” community guardians interviewed 

February 12, 2024

Stephanie Brown from TMJ4 connected with curators and community guardians from MIAD’s “Growing Resistance” exhibition, including Lisa Roszkowski, Camille Mays and Arijit Sen. Read more from TMJ4.

Interview 1 with Camille Mays and Arijit Sen
Interview 2 with Lisa Roszkowski

Shepherd Express features MIAD Fine Arts faculty

February 8, 2024

Peter Barrickman, professor of Fine Art + New Studio Practice, was featured by Shane McAdams of Shepherd Express, exploring his “Untitled Melodies” exhibition at Green Gallery. Read the article here.

Milwaukee Film Festival reveals artwork for 2024 season by MIAD alum

February 7, 2024

Lindsey Yeager ’21 (Illustration, Fine Art) created the art for the 2024 Milwaukee Film Festival. View the poster here.

Product Design senior wins 3rd place at International Housewares Association Student Design Competition 

February 5, 2024

Carl Sabroff ’24 (Product Design) won third place at the International Housewares Association Student Design Competition for his Wobble indoor plant pot design. Read more about the competition and winners.

MIAD assistant professor publishes new graphic novel, hosts author talk

January 31, 2024

Talia Dutton, assistant professor of Illustration, recently published M is for Monster, a queer, young adult spin on the classic Frankenstein story. Boswell Books will host Dutton for an author talk on Feb. 7, 2024. The author talk is also featured in Milwaukee Magazine’s Must-Do Events in Milwaukee for February.

Milwaukee Bucks wrap up All-Star voting

January 26, 2024

All-Star voting has concluded for the Milwaukee Bucks, but posters (one designed by Bree Vouga ’23) are available to be viewed at MIAD Gallery at The Ave through February 20. Read more from CBS58.

Historic Third Ward nominated for Best Arts District

January 23, 2024

The Historic Third Ward has once again been nominated for “Best Arts District” in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for 2024. Last year, the Historic Third Ward placed #7 in the list. Individuals may vote once a day through Monday, Feb. 19. Learn more and vote here!

Exhibition curators interviewed ahead of Gallery Night

January 19, 2024

FOX6 News visited MIAD’s campus to speak with two curators of current exhibitions ahead of Gallery Night and Day, January 19 and 20, 2024. Michael Carriere of MSOE spoke about “Growing Resistance,” while Stephanie Carpenter of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum present “Old Type, New Ways.” Watch both interviews here.

Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango visits campus, promotes all-star voting

January 18, 2024

Monica Miller, Manager for MIAD Gallery at The Ave, was interviewed by CBS58 about the gallery’s collaboration with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks mascot, Bango, also visited MIAD’s campus to help promote all-star voting. Watch the interview here.

“Growing Resistance” featured on WUWM

January 18, 2024

“Growing Resistance” was featured on WUWM, Milwaukee’s NPR. Michael Carriere of MSOE, one of the co-curators of the exhibition, was interviewed. Listen or read here.

MIAD professor and curator of “Growing Resistance” interviewed on Lake Effect

January 17, 2024

Helen Bullard, curator for “Growing Resistance” and professor at MIAD, was interviewed on WUWM’s Lake Effect. (Interview begins around 25:15) Read more and listen.

Milwaukee Bucks partner with MIAD to display All-Star posters

January 16, 2024

The Milwaukee Bucks will showcase artwork for their candidates for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game at an exhibit at MIAD Gallery at the Ave. The exhibit runs from Jan. 16 – Feb. 20 and will feature art pieces and posters highlighting the candidates, as well as all current Bucks players ahead of all-star voting. Read more here, watch an interview with FOX6, learn more from CBS58 and explore coverage from WISN12.

MIAD alum Nirmal Raja exhibits at Portrait Society Gallery

January 16, 2023

MIAD alum Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) presents solo exhibition “Grace and Grit” at Portrait Society Gallery of Contemporary Art from January 19 – March 9, 2024, with an artist talk and special event on February 24, 2024. Learn more here.

MIAD students visit Northwoods

January 12, 2024

Students in Professor Maurizio Murru and adjunct professor Paul Engevold’s Field Experience: Lake & Forest class visited the Northwoods to do scientific research as part of their course. Read more from WXPR.

ThriveOn King works with MIAD community members

January 9, 2024

ThriveOn King, a new community hub being developed on North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will feature work by several MIAD-affiliated community members, including Professor and alum Brad Anthony Bernard ’93 (Painting), adjunct instructor and alum Vedale Hill ’11 (Integrated Studio Arts), Isaic Pulliam ’24 (Fine Art) and John Kowalczyk ’10 (Painting). Read the press release from Greater Milwaukee.

CBS58 showcases “Old Type, New Ways” exhibition

January 9, 2024

Stephanie Carpenter, Project Manager of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, was interviewed on CBS58 about the museum’s collaborative exhibition at MIAD entitled “Old Type, New Ways: Work from the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.” Watch the interview here.

Wisconsin Visual Artists magazine interviews MIAD alum

January 8, 2024

Cassandra Smith ’06 (Sculpture), a mixed media artist whose work has been featured by MIAD Gallery at The Ave, was interviewed by Wisconsin Visual Artists magazine. Smith’s artwork was also spotlighted on the cover of the magazine. Read the interview.

What’s Up in the Ward? highlights “Growing Resistance” exhibition

January 5, 2024

FOX6’s “What’s Up in the Ward?” segment highlights MIAD’s newest exhibition, “Growing Resistance: Untold Stories of Milwaukee’s Community Guardians.” Watch the segment and explore MIAD’s galleries!

Milwaukee Magazine features MIAD alum, faculty member’s YouTube show

January 4, 2024

Paul Drueke ’87 hosts popular YouTube show Milwaukee Kitchen, which explores the communal nature of cooking together. Read more in Milwaukee Magazine.

2024 Nohl Fellowship winners include Layton School of Art alum

January 3, 2024

Roy Staab ’65, a Layton School of Art alum, was one of five Milwaukee-based artists to be awarded the 2024 Nohl Fellowship. Finalists from MIAD included Kim Miller (Chair, Fine Art + New Studio Practice), Mariah Tate Klemens (Textiles Lab Technician) and Matthew Vivirito (Adjunct Faculty). Read more in the Journal Sentinel.

Gallery 224 exhibits ArtServancy work

January 3, 2024

Haley Krob ’22 (Fine Art), along with two other artists, will have work featured at Gallery 224 as part of ArtServancy. Read more from Ozaukee Press.

Trout Museum of Art features MIAD alum

January 2, 2024

Amy Cannestra ’06 (Communication Design) will host a solo exhibition at Trout Museum of Art from January 12 to May 12, 2024. “The Body Problem” explores the emotional bonds of our physical bodies and navigates body acceptance, self-love and emotion. Read more from Trout Museum of Art.

MIAD staff member highlighted as MARNMentor

December 28, 2023

Grant Gill ’13 (Photography) was highlighted as a MARNMentor. Read his statement here.

Milwaukee Magazine explores history of Layton Art Gallery

December 28, 2023

Milwaukee’s first fine art gallery, the Layton Art Gallery, was founded by Frederick Layton. MIAD’s predecessor college, the Layton School of Art, evolved from this gallery space. Read the article by John Gurda in Milwaukee Magazine.

MIAD Emeritus Board Trustee inducted into Marquis Biographical Registry

December 21, 2023

James L. Roberts, MIAD Board Trustee Emeritus from 1987 – 1992, was inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry. Read the press release.

Fine Art alum sells paintings to fund emergency relief to Palestine

December 19, 2023

David Najib Kasir ’01 (Painting), whose current series focuses on the results of war on Syrian environments and families, has committed to donate all proceeds from these paintings to Palestinian relief funds. Read more from Shepherd Express.

Product Design alum invents electric penn-E-farthing

December 18, 2023

Chris Terpstra ’12 (Industrial Design) designed a one-of-a-kind electric penny farthing bicycle. Read more in New Atlas.

MIAD alum creates Filipino food-inspired mural for Knorr 

December 7, 2023

Amira Humes ’21 (Illustration) was tasked by food company Knorr with creating a mural highlighting Filipino food. The mural, located in Brooklyn, NY, features a tamarind soup mix product from Knorr. Read more in the Asian Journal.

“Punks, Geeks, and Lovers” featured in Shepherd Express

December 7, 2023

MIAD Gallery at The Ave’s new exhibition of MIAD zines, “Punks, Geeks, and Lovers,” was featured in a Shepherd Express This Week in Milwaukee guide.

Zócalo Food Park original design reimagined 

December 5, 2023

Popular Zócalo Food Park underwent renovations recently, keeping in the mind the design of the original tavern designed with the help of MIAD alum Gloria Ruiz-Santos ’09 (Interior Architecture and Design). Read more from On Milwaukee.

WAICU features MIAD Product Design senior in Wisconsin Achievers

December 5, 2023

Benjamin Cole ’24 (Product Design) was featured in the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Wisconsin Achievers publication. Read the story in their December issue.

LIVE AV event hosted by MIAD faculty draws WUWM attention

December 4, 2023

LIVE AV, a collaborative film and music program created by MIAD Fine Art faculty Kim Miller and Peter Barrickman, was featured on WUWM recently. Read more or listen to the story.

MIAD Fine Art professor to close Center for Black Excellence and Culture event 

December 1, 2023

Brad Anthony Bernard ’93 (Painting), associate professor in Fine Art + New Studio Practice, will close the Center for Black Excellence and Culture’s first Black Art Expo in a panel discussion this Saturday, December 2. Learn more about the event and the new Madison space from The Cap Times.

Tracy Milkowski, VP for Institutional Advancement, interviewed by CBS58

December 1, 2023

Tracy Milkowski, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, was interviewed by CBS58 ahead of the annual MIAD Holiday Sale. Watch the interview.

MIAD Holiday Sale vendors interviewed ahead of event

November 27, 2023

Two MIAD students, Carl Sabroff ’24 (Product Design) and Brady VanderHart ’24 (Communication Design) teamed up to create a unique item for the 2023 MIAD Holiday Sale. Watch the interview on Fox6.

Scott Schwebel interviewed by On Milwaukee

November 15, 2023

Scott Schwebel, MIAD Emeritus Board Trustee and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s new Chief Experience Officer, was interviewed by Bobby Tanzilo of On Milwaukee. Read the interview.

Holiday Outlet featured in Milwaukee Magazine

November 14, 2023

MIAD Gallery at The Ave was listed in Milwaukee Magazine’s Guide to Local Holiday Gifts and Deals. Read the full list here. The Holiday Outlet was also included in “19 Holiday Markets Around Milwaukee This Season.”

LaNia Sproles exhibits at Lynden Sculpture Garden

November 13, 2023

MIAD alum LaNia Sproles ’17 (Printmaking) is exhibiting work at Lynden Sculpture Garden in “Products of the Heart” until February 25, 2024. Read more on the Milwaukee Community Journal and Lynden Sculpture Garden.

MIAD alum appointed creative director of Underground Atlanta 

November 13, 2023

Mike Stasny ’03 (Communication Design) was appointed as one of two new Creative Directors of Underground Atlanta, an arts and entertainment district. Marina Skye was also selected as Creative Director. Read more from City Biz.

Local children’s book author taps MIAD alum for illustration

November 9, 2023

Brigid Malloy ’18 (Illustration) illustrated a new children’s book from local Milwaukee author Katie Meyer. The book, titled “Gust,” is about Milwaukee’s only wind turbine. Read more from Milwaukee NPR.

MIAD Holiday Sale featured on CBS58

November 8, 2023

Historic Third Ward Marketing Director Jordan Dechambre calls out MIAD Holiday Sale from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2023. Learn more about Historic Third Ward events by watching the interview.

Fine Art faculty interviewed ahead of Ornament Trail opening

November 8, 2023

Brad Anthony Bernard, associate professor of Fine Art, was interviewed by CBS58 about his contribution to the Ornament Trail, on view in downtown Milwaukee through January 6, 2024. Watch the interview on CBS58.

Layton School of Art alum remembered at Milwaukee Art Museum

November 3, 2023

Lois Elhert ’59 (Advertising Design), a Layton School of Art alum known for her beloved children’s books, is the subject of a month of programming at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Read more from Milwaukee Magazine.

FOX6 covers upcoming MIAD Holiday Sale

November 3, 2023

On What’s Up in the Ward, FOX6 covered the upcoming MIAD Holiday Sale. Watch the segment.

Drawing alum creates interior murals in California

November 2, 2023

Charles Leonard ’95 (Drawing) was featured in Luxe Interiors + Design for his work as a decorative artist. Read the full interview here.

Communication Design alum is Gallery 224 artist of the month

November 1, 2023

Lisa Leick ’06 (Communication Design) will be celebrated at Port Washington’s Gallery 224 on Nov. 4, 2023 as the gallery’s artist of the month. Read more from Ozaukee Press.

Various MIAD alumni and instructors featured in Milwaukee Ornament Trail 

November 1, 2023

For the Holiday Lights Festival’s 25th anniversary, the organization is debuting the Ornament Trail. MIAD alumni Josephine Rice ’10 (Interior Architecture and Design), John Kowalczyk ’10 (Painting), Nova Czarnecki ’81 (Painting), Monique Machut ’18 (Illustration) and CERA ’12 (Printmaking) all contributed artwork to the project. Associate Professor Brad Anthony Bernard and current student Grace Gasser also collaborated on artwork outside MIAD Gallery at The Ave. Read more from CBS58 o leer en Español. Find more details, including event specifics and locations, on FOX6.

Molson Coors supports MIAD with donation

November 1, 2023

Molson Coors supports MIAD with an investment of $100,000 over two years. Read more in Milwaukee Business Journal.

Featured artist at Drömhus is MIAD painting alum

November 1, 2023

Carley Weber ’07 (Painting) is the featured artist at Door County gallery space Drömhus. Her work will be featured at gallery night on Nov. 3. Read more from Door County Pulse.

MIAD president selected for Governor’s Task Force on AI

October 26, 2023

MIAD President Jeffrey Morin was selected to serve on the Governor’s Task force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence alongside 30 industry colleagues. Read news coverage of the committee:

Official press release
Lake Geneva Regional News
Wisconsin Inno Business Journals
Wisconsin Law Journal

MIAD alum celebrates artist residency in Chicago

October 26, 2023

LaNia Sproles ’17 (Printmaking) celebrates their residency at Kimball Arts Center with an opening in November 2, 2023, 2 – 9 p.m. Sproles shares the residency with fellow artist Mariana Rockwell. Read more from The Visualist.

On Milwaukee publishes MIAD student guide to Third Ward

October 24, 2023

Molly Snyder of On Milwaukee compiled a list of gems in the Third Ward neighborhood specifically for MIAD students. Read “MIAD guide to neighborhood fun and adventure.”

Emeritus MIAD Board Trustee named Milwaukee Art Museum’s first chief experience officer

October 23, 2023

Scott Schwebel, an emeritus member of MIAD’s Board of Trustees, was recently named Milwaukee Art Museum’s first chief experience officer following a national search. The position aims to promote the museum and engage visitors. Read more about the position and selection on Milwaukee Biz Times and on Art Daily.

Fox 6 News highlights MIAD exhibitions and Lubar Emerging Technology Center 

October 23, 2023

Brian Kramp from Fox 6 News highlighted MIAD’s “Predecessor” exhibition and explored VR in the Lubar Emerging Technology Center. He spoke with Seth TerHaar ’23 (NSP), who worked as a curator for the “Predecessor” exhibition, as well as Benji Cole ’24 (Product Design) who used VR to design footwear. Watch the morning segment and the Real Milwaukee show from Fox 6.

Chicago Gallery News suggests visit to MIAD Galleries

October 23, 2023

Among the plethora of gallery spaces in Milwaukee, Chicago Gallery News highlighted MIAD’s gallery spaces. Read more here.

Product Design faculty designs lab coats for cancer doctors

October 13, 2023

Larry “Murf” Murphy, a longtime instructor in Product Design, designed and presented his sixth uniquely designed lab coat to Froedtert Hospital radiation oncologist Dr. Lindsay Puckett. Read more and watch an interview about Murf’s designs on TMJ4.

MIAD alum featured in Milwaukee Lifestyle Magazine 

October 12, 2023

Paul Druecke ’87, the Milwaukee Arts Board’s 2023 Artist of the Year, is featured in John Schneider’s For Arts Sake column in the latest issue of MKE Lifestyle Magazine. Read Druecke’s profile, written by John Schneider, on page 31 of MKE Lifestyle Magazine.

MIAD highlighted as emerging Hispanic Serving Institution 

October 11, 2023

MIAD’s status as an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution was highlighted by CBS58 and Telemundo Wisconsin. The college is one of seven emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions in the state.

Predecessor: Works from the Layton School of Art featured in news

October 8, 2023

“Predecessor: Works from the Layton School of Art,” MIAD’s new exhibition, is featured in news publications and events. Learn more about the exhibition.

PBS Wisconsin Events
Shepherd Express
Fox 6 News

Illustration faculty publishes new children’s book

October 5, 2023

Andy Rash, associate professor of Illustration at MIAD, wrote and illustrated a new children’s book called “Eclipse.” The book follows him and his son as they view the 2017 solar eclipse. Rash will sign copies of his book at Boswell Books on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11 a.m. Read an interview with Rash by Milwaukee’s NPR and watch an interview with TMJ4.

Plum Blossom 2023 exhibition featured in Milwaukee Magazine weekend events

September 27, 2023

Plum Blossom Initiative will host its Bridge Work 09 exhibition opening reception on Saturday, September 30 from 6 – 9 p.m. Featuring works by Ellie Garry ’23 (NSP: Fine Arts) and Margaret Griffin ’23 (NSP: Fine Arts), as well as Julia Bradfish, a UW-Milwaukee alum, the initiative seeks to connect recent art school graduates with opportunities to sustain their artistic momentum. Read more about the Plum Blossom Initiative and view the full list of weekend events from Milwaukee Magazine.

Muralist and MIAD alum helps City of Port Washington complete mural project

September 25, 2023

John Kowalczyk ’10 (Painting) is one of several artists to complete a variety of new murals in Port Washington. “I’ve always loved community art and art that is for everybody and is accessible for everybody,” he says in the TMJ4 interview. Watch the interview and read more from TMJ4.

Interior Architecture and Design alum celebrates five years in business

September 20, 2023

Jennifer Hissa ’96 (Interior Design) celebrated the five-year anniversary of Great Chicago Kitchen and Bath, a design showroom that she owns. As principal designer, Hissa is also certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as a Certified Kitchen Designer. Read more from Suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald.

MIAD alum contributes designs to Kohl’s Hispanic Heritage Month collection 

September 19, 2023

Whitney Salgado ’15 (Illustration) designed two patterns for Kohl’s Hispanic Heritage Month collection. Watch an interview with TMJ4, discover more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and read more about Salgado’s work.

Fine art alum exhibits in Door County

September 14, 2023

Ariana Vaeth ’17 (Integrated Studio Arts) will be exhibiting a collection of work at SÖMI gallery in Sturgeon Bay. In addition, she will be completing an artist residency in Wausau in October. Read more from the Door County Pulse.

MIAD professor demonstrates spinning and weaving arts at Sievers School of Fiber Arts 

September 13, 2023

Shawn Simmons, professor of communication design at MIAD, led demonstrations of fiber art skills at the Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island in Door County this summer. Read more about Door County’s arts and music classes.

Cherry Street Community Garden features artwork by MIAD students 

September 12, 2023

Isaic Pulliam ’24 was interviewed by WUWM about his work on the Cherry Street Community Garden murals. Read the full story or listen to the interview on WUWM 89.7.

MIAD Holiday Sale named Best Place to Shop for Interior Design Artwork

September 11, 2023

Greater Milwaukee Today named the MIAD Holiday Sale the best place to shop for interior design artwork. Read the full list on gmtoday.

Joy Engine hosts MIAD Lubar Innovation Center students at Nitelight

September 8, 2023

Students from the MIAD Lubar Innovation Center collaborated with Joy Engine and other local artists to create digital light shows for Milwaukee’s first Nitelight festival. Read more from TMJ4.

Visiting lecturer of Product Design Frank M. Grunwald passes away

September 1, 2023

Frank M. Grunwald, a product and industrial designer who frequently lectured at MIAD, passed away at the age of 90. Read Grunwald’s full obituary here.

John Edwin Spurgin, previous MIAD Academic Dean, passes away

August 31, 2023

John Edwin Spurgin, a painter and printmaker from Evansville, IL who served as MIAD’s vice president of Academic Affairs from 1989 – 1997, passed away at age 90. Read Spurgin’s full obituary here.

Friends, Neighbors, and Distant Comrades featured in news

August 31, 2023

“Friends, Neighbors, and Distant Comrades: Selections from the Moore Collection of ’80s NYC Art,” MIAD’s new exhibition, was featured by several art publications. Learn more about the exhibition.

Bad at Sports – Paul Krainak
Artdose Magazine

Peach Beast interviewed by Shepherd Express

August 29, 2023

Elly Hazard ’14 (Drawing), the mind behind “wearable weirdness” brand Peach Beast, was interviewed by Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express. Peach Beast also sells items on consignment through MIAD’s Gallery at The Ave. Read the full Shepherd Express interview.

Collegiate Paper Art Triennial features work by MIAD alum

August 29, 2023

Haley Krob ’22 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) was selected in 2022 as a senior at MIAD to participate in the 8th Collegiate Paper Art Triennial, which concludes its nationwide journey at the Lyndon House Art Center in Athens, Georgia. Krob’s work, “Lily Pads I,” is cut paper with handmade paper and natural dyes. Read more about the Triennial here.

First-Year student awarded Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ scholarship

August 28, 2023

First-year student Paityn Gross ’27 received a scholarship from the Cream City Foundation (CCF) to study Illustration at MIAD. The CCF awarded scholarships to 20 students in Milwaukee. Read more about CCF and Paityn.

New Sculpture Milwaukee director plans for educational partnerships 

August 22, 2023

John Riepenhoff, the new executive director for Sculpture Milwaukee, says the organization hopes to see more educational collaborations between the nonprofit and local colleges, including the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Read more about John Riepenhoff and Sculpture Milwaukee.

Notable Alumni: Sara Mulloy 

August 21, 2023

Sara Mulloy ’06 (Painting), part of the team behind Hindman Auctions in Milwaukee, was featured in Biz Times. She is currently president of MIAD’s Alumni Association board. Read the full article here.

MIAD alum creates “Mobile Mural” for City of Oak Creek

August 11, 2023

Lauren Marvell ’16 (Integrated Studio Arts) completed work on a 24-foot “mobile mural” for the City of Oak Creek, depicting landmarks from around the city. The mural, located on the city’s event trailer, was unveiled at the Oak Creek Farmers Market on Saturday. Read more about Marvell’s work.

Cranbrook Academy of Art hires previous MIAD faculty and Chair of Foundations as Academic Dean

August 11, 2023

Lynn Tomaszewski, previously MIAD faculty and Chair of Foundations, was recently appointed Dean of Academic Affairs at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is joined by Michael Stone-Richards, who was named Dean of Programs and Partnerships. Read more on

Students from MIAD Lubar Innovation Center collaborate on Joy Engine Nitelight show

August 9, 2023

Students supported by MIAD’s Lubar Innovation Center produced motion graphics 4D mapping for JOY ENGINE’s new immersive outdoor lights show, Nitelight. Taking place Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, the installation will be on view in Milwaukee’s Historic Mitchell Street Neighborhood. Read more from the Milwaukee Record.

MIAD Gallery at The Ave featured in Midwest Living

August 3, 2023

MIAD’s new offsite Gallery at The Ave has landed among the top ten places in the Midwest to eat, drink, play and stay this fall, according to Midwest Living. Explore the full list on Midwest Living.

Var Gallery hosts solo exhibition by painting alum David Najib Kasir 

July 28, 2023

“Neighborhoods in Subtraction,” an exhibition of 13 pieces of work by David Najib Kasir ’01 (Painting) is on view at Var Gallery on 5th until August 6. Kasir will give a presentation on Tuesday, August 1. For more information about the exhibition, visit Var Gallery or learn more about Kasir.

Drawing alum exhibiting at hometown public library

July 24, 2023

The St. Charles Public Library in Illinois is hosting a solo exhibition of work by Tessa Koller ’08 (Drawing) through the end of August. Read about the exhibition and Koller’s artwork on Shaw Local News Network.

“Don’t Call Me Junior” featured ahead of Gallery Night

July 21, 2023

Brian Kramp from Fox6 Milwaukee spoke with Sophia, one of two Communication Design students who produced the brand identity for “Don’t Call Me Junior,” ahead of Gallery Night Milwaukee. Listen to Sophia’s interview on Fox6.

Adjunct assistant professor featured for solo photography exhibition at The Alice Wilds

July 18, 2023

Grant Gill ’13 (Photography), adjunct assistant professor and photography + digital media technician at MIAD, is exhibiting his second solo show at The Alice Wilds, a Milwaukee art gallery. “Glowing Images” runs until August 12, 2023. Read more on Lenscratch.

Hanson Dodge hosts Design Internship students 

July 14, 2023

Milwaukee advertising agency Hanson Dodge is once again hosting some of Milwaukee’s most talented high school designers as part of MIAD’s Design Internship program. Read more at Little Black Box and Reel360.

Fine Arts alum starts “Girl of the 21st” after installation at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel 

July 14, 2023

Sarah Sutterfield ’17 (Integrated Studio Arts) has been making waves with her new accessory brand “Girl of the 21st,” selling earrings, stickers, prints and more. Sutterfield also studied Writing and Sculpture at MIAD, and still pursues a robust fine arts practice, most recently exhibiting at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. Read Sutterfield’s profile on Shepherd Express.

Sculpture Milwaukee’s seventh year includes art by MIAD students, installation on Riverwalk

July 13, 2023

In Sculpture Milwaukee’s seventh annual season, the non-profit arts organization placed sculptures around Milwaukee. One of the three-part installation “Untitled” by Pao Her is located on MIAD’s building on the Riverwalk, while an indoor exhibition at The Avenue features work by MIAD students and alumni. Read more from Urban Milwaukee.

Joy Engine presents BloomMKE Community Garden with MIAD murals

July 11, 2023

BloomMKE, a recipient of the Joy Engine Community Challenge Grant, will unveil its newest community garden project on Saturday. Cherry Street Community Garden features murals and artworks by students from MIAD. Read more about the opening from the Shepherd Express and with Steph Connects at TMJ4.

Milwaukee Magazine features MIAD Gallery at The Ave

July 2023

Milwaukee Magazine featured three new gallery spaces, including MIAD’s offsite Gallery at The Ave, in their July 2023 issue. View the article.

MIAD President Jeffrey Morin shows work at University of Oxford

July 10, 2023

MIAD’s President Jeffrey Morin is featured in a new exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, England. Alphabets Alive! celebrates the artistic and social significance of alphabets. Curated by Robert Bolick, the exhibition features over 150 works by a variety of artists, including Morin. Read the press release and learn more about Morin’s work.

Communication Design alum designs Madison, WI magazine cover

July 7, 2023

Poornima Moorthy ’04 (Communication Design) designed the July cover of Madison’s Isthmus magazine using “pattern-filled imagery to create whimsical landscapes.” Read more here.

Fine Art alum shows work at Bird Show in Chicago

June 29, 2023

D Rosen ’11 (Integrated Studio Arts) will show work in “IDOLATRY VII: Avian Feeding Rituals Under a Fowl Sun” at Bird Show, an outdoor project space in Chicago. The work will be live streamed on Twitch, or visitors can contact Bird Show to arrange a visit. The exhibition is on view July 2nd and July 9th. Read more here.

Industrial Design alum interviewed for International Women in Engineering Day

June 27, 2023

Architectural Designer and 3D Modeler Jeannette Watson ’12 (Industrial Design) shared her thoughts on product design, MIAD and women in engineering for International Women in Engineering Day. Watson, who works for Synergi, credits MIAD with piquing her interest in industrial design. Read the interview here.

Matt Rinka named among Wisconsin’s 40 Most Influential Asian American Leaders

June 26, 2023

Matt Rinka, Emeritus Member of the Board of Trustees at MIAD, was recognized as one of Wisconsin’s most influential Asian American leaders by Madison 365. Rinka owns architecture design practice RINKA+, which collaborates frequently with MIAD for projects like the Design Internship program. Learn more about Matt Rinka and the other leaders recognized here.

MIAD Managing Director of Emerging Technologies Center & Institutional Labs talks AI

June 19, 2023

Ben Dembrowsi, MIAD’s Managing Director of the Emerging Technologies Center & Institutional Labs, shared his expert perspective on AI and its place in the creative world with Biz Times Milwaukee. Read more here.

Communication Design alum named Co-Director for Veterans Business Outreach Centers 

June 15, 2023

Steffane Timm ’14 (Communication Design) was named the new co-director for Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Veterans Business Outreach Centers by the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. A veteran herself, Timm brings a multitude of experience in business, management and networking. “My focus is to ensure that each client is given the utmost support to learn, grow and succeed,” she said in the press release. Read more here.

Sculpture Milwaukee celebration week features work by MIAD students

June 13, 2023

From June 26 – June 30, Sculpture Milwaukee is hosting a celebration week to kick off their 2023 programming season. One of the exhibitions on display is “Dear Nature,” an installation featuring work by students from MIAD, UW Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Learn more at Shepherd Express.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features illustrations by MIAD student

June 13, 2023

As part of a service learning class called “Storytelling the Environment,” students in instructor Hj Bullard’s class partnered with LGBT milWALKee to provide creative solutions for their new House of History project. Intan Zulkifli ’24 illustrated several portraits of Black LGBTQ+ Milwaukeeans, which will be featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through the month of June.

Jessica Fields ’03 featured in The American Scholar 

June 12, 2023

Jessica Fields ’03 (Painting) was featured in The American Scholar for her distinctive painting style using turpentine and beeswax to create textured and colorful landscapes. Read the article from American Scholar.

MIAD alumni, exhibition spaces participate in QKE for Pride month

June 9, 2023

QKE is a Milwaukee-wide effort to showcase queer art across the city. As part of the network, MIAD hosts Boyfriend Material, curated by LaNia Sproles ’17 (Printmaking), in the Brooks Stevens Gallery. Another MIAD alum, Monica Miller ’13 (Integrated Studio Arts) curated a second QKE show at Hawthorn Contemporary. Read more about QKE on Radio Milwaukee or Shepherd Express.

LaNia Sproles ’17 participates in solo exhibition in Chicago

June 7, 2023

LaNia Sproles ’17 (Printmaking) is showing work in a solo exhibition at Goldfinch Gallery in Chicago. Sproles also curated MIAD’s current exhibition, Boyfriend Material. Read more about LaNia Sproles: Objects of Affection at the Goldfinch Gallery here.

Product Design alum shapes workplace design

June 6, 2023

Rikki Crowe ’01 (Industrial Design), Senior Workplace Advisory Manager at Allsteel, has contributed substantially to her company’s workplace design research and evolution. Read more on Allwork in collaboration with Work Design Magazine.

Discovery World opens new exhibit with sea creatures designed by MIAD alum

June 5, 2023

Lily Johnson ’22 (Illustration) has worked as Discovery World’s graphic designer for almost a year. Most recently, she designed the ocean animals in their newest exhibit “Me, Undersea” for the museum’s Reiman Aquarium. Read more in the BizTimes article.

‘Wisconsin Pride’ documentary includes Layton School of Art original founders

June 2, 2023

A new PBS documentary featuring LGBTQ+ stories from Wisconsin’s history portrays the original founders of the Layton School of Art. Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink, partners in art and in life, founded the Layton School of Art, which would become the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Learn more about the documentary and watch the Layton School of Art PBS feature.

Illustration alum recognized for graphic design achievement for Illinois Farm Bureau 

June 1, 2023

Tifani Shea ’15 (Illustration), who also minored in Communication Design, was recognized for her graphic design work for the Illinois Farm Bureau. As one of the contributors to design project, Shea’s team earned high praise from judges: “A true standout among the competition,” one judge said. Read more here.

MIAD faculty, staff, alumni selected for the James Watrous Gallery 2023 season in Madison, WI

May 31, 2023

Jurors have announced the artists and curators for the 2023 season at the James Watrous Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. Exhibition proposals from MIAD faculty members Jamal Currie and Jon Horvath, professor emerita Jill Sebastian, alumna and MIAD’s Executive Director of Marketing & Communication Stacey Steinberg ’04 (Drawing) and alumna Anamarie Edwards ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts) were all selected. A career retrospective of work by alum Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting) guest curated by Ann Sinfield was also selected. Read more here.

Two MIAD alumni win Mayor’s Design Award for neighborhood art installation

May 24, 2023

Brandon Minga ’04 (Illustration) and André Saint-Louis ’01 (Sculpture) worked together on a large-scale art installation project for the Near West Side neighborhood in Milwaukee, creating neighborhood markers with informational plaques and sculptures with design elements reflecting different aspects of the neighborhood’s history. Now, their work has caught the attention of Milwaukee’s mayor. Read about the 2023 Mayor’s Design Award winners on Urban Milwaukee and explore André and Brandon’s perspectives on their collaboration.

MIAD alum talks collaboration and photography

May 23, 2023

Jamie Robarge ’15 (Photography) was interviewed by the Milwaukee Shepherd Express about her experiences in photography, her perspective on collaboration and career-defining moments like photographing Milwaukee icon The Milverine. Read the article from Shepherd Express.

MIAD students interviewed during AAPI month

May 23, 2023

Mengdian Xing ’23 (Product Design) and her sister Lynn Xing ’23 (Interior Architecture and Design) were interviewed by TMJ4 about their senior exhibition projects and their experiences moving from China to America. Their story was featured on TMJ4’s channel for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Watch the interview on TMJ4 and view the follow up segment here.

Sculpture Milwaukee features poster by MIAD alum for 2023-24 season

May 18, 2023

Kelsey Robinson ’21 (Communication Design) designed this year’s Sculpture Milwaukee poster for the 2023-24 season. Read more about the exhibition in Sculpture Milwaukee’s press release.

Retrospective exhibition features Layton School of Art alum

May 18, 2023

Layton School of Art alum Paul Yank (1931 – 2020), a sculptor and printmaker, will be featured in “Paul Yank: His Genius, Sculpture and Prints” at the Cedarburg Art Museum through September 24, 2023. Learn more about the exhibit.

Successful Creative Fusion gala raises over $485,000 for student scholarships

May 9, 2023

Community stakeholders and business leaders joined the MIAD community on Saturday, May 6 for the college’s annual fundraising gala. View photos and read more by Kenny Yoo of the Milwaukee Business Journal.

MIAD’s Veteran Print Project featured in Milwaukee PBS

April 20, 2023

Students from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design who participated in Veteran Print Project have select works displayed at Milwaukee Soldiers Home. Watch the preliminary PBS video here.

Ruth Foundation for the Arts awards inaugural grant to MIAD

April 18, 2023

The Ruth Foundation for the Arts (Ruth Arts) has awarded MIAD an inaugural grant through its new Wisconsin Grants to Artists program. MIAD has launched the Faculty and Staff Fine Arts Grant, which will support up to 15 full-time faculty and staff to develop new work. Read coverage below.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Ruth Arts Wisconsin Grants to Artists press release

2023 Senior Exhibition students and events featured in local media 

April 7, 2023

The MIAD 2023 Senior Exhibition draws annual community interest. Explore coverage of the exhibition here.

Shepherd Express – NSP: Fine Arts Group Shows
Milwaukee Magazine
Urban Milwaukee
FOX6 interview with Jenna Sedovic
TMJ4 interview with Dominick Streff and Alex Beiza

Queer quilting workshop hosted at MIAD

April 4, 2023

Grace Rother led a queer quilting workshop hosted in MIAD’s Textiles Lab. Read the story by WUWM 89.7!

Communication Design senior at MIAD interviewed about magazine

Mar 15, 2023

Dasia Bryant ’23 (Communication Design) was interviewed by the Shepherd Express about Braided Magazine, a publication she conceptualized at MIAD, that amplifies BIPOC creatives. Read the full story.

MIAD Gallery at the Ave featured ahead of opening

Feb 23, 2023

MIAD Gallery at the Ave is the college’s new space for students, alumni, faculty and staff to exhibit work. Read news coverage ahead of the opening.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Shepherd Express 
Shepherd Express podcast
620WTMJ Wisconsin’s Weekend Morning News
Telemundo Wisconsin

MIAD students on artificial intelligence and art

Feb 19, 2023

Frank Healy from CBS 58 stopped by MIAD’s Lubar Innovation Center and the Lubar Emerging Technology Center to speak with students who are exploring artificial intelligence and its place in their artistic practice. Read more and watch the spotlight on CBS 58.

“Art Against the Odds” featured in Milwaukee news

Jan 10, 2023

“Art Against the Odds: Wisconsin Prison Art” runs January 16 – March 11 in MIAD’s Frederick Layton Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Debra Brehmer of Milwaukee’s Portrait Society Gallery of Contemporary Art and hosted by Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, features more than 60 artists who turned to creative production to mitigate the dehumanizing conditions of incarceration.

See coverage of the exhibition from the following media outlets:

Shepherd Express
Shepherd Express podcast
WISN – Gallery Opening
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – photos
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Milwaukee Magazine
CBS58 – Interviews; Wig Heavier than a Boot exhibition
CBS58 – Sunday Morning Spotlight
Telemundo Wisconsin
Urban Milwaukee
Wisconsin Public Radio
Wisconsin Public Radio – March 7
WUWM 89.7

Phoenix Brown, MIAD alum, featured in MKE Lifestyle 

Dec 2022

Phoenix Brown ’19 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) was featured speaking about her artistic practice and her work as senior curator at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums. Read more on page 35 of the December issue of MKE Lifestyle.

MIAD Holiday Sale featured in local news and interviews 

Nov 29, 2022

MIAD presents its annual Holiday Sale during the first weekend of December, this year from Thursday, December 1 to Saturday, December 3. See the coverage from the following media outlets:


Tracy Milkowski, VP for Institutional Advancement, named woman of distinction 

Nov 7, 2022

Tracy Milkowski, MIAD’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement, was named a woman of distinction in Milwaukee Magazine’s 2022 Women of Distinction. Read more and meet the other women honored in Milwaukee Magazine.

Adjunct Faculty member Laura Fuller-Cooper’s art therapy studio featured

Nov 2, 2022

Laura Fuller-Cooper, adjunct faculty at MIAD and owner of Milwaukee Art Therapy Collective, was featured on CBS58 to speak about mental health, wellbeing and art therapy. Watch the segment on CBS58.

MIAD announces new Fashion & Apparel Design major

Oct 31, 2022

MIAD announces a new program of study and shares updates about its new facilities on the first and fourth floors. Read more in the Milwaukee Business Journal.

News spotlights “Then as Now: Woodland Pattern 1980-2022” exhibition

Oct 24, 2022

MIAD’s collaboration with Woodland Pattern Book Center was featured in Milwaukee Magazine. Read the story.

MIAD Liberal Studies Adjunct Professor to speak at philosophy seminar

Oct 18, 2022

Dr. Gregory Sadler, Adjunct Professor in the Liberal Studies department at MIAD, will speak at the Marquette Midwest Seminar on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy on October 19. Learn more about the event and find more information about Dr. Sadler at MIAD.

New exhibitions featured on CBS 58

Oct 12, 2022

CBS 58 featured two of MIAD’s new exhibits, “Then as Now: Woodland Pattern 1980-2022” and “Relative Perception, a Veteran Print Project,” in an interview with Jill Sebastian, Professor Emerita and chief curator of “Then as Now.” The feature comes ahead of the gallery opening for “Then as Now,” which will take place on Friday, Oct 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Frederick Layton Gallery at MIAD. Watch the full story.

MIAD Trustee Emeritus speaks about Milwaukee arts

Oct 4, 2022

Matt Rinka, MIAD Trustee Emeritus, speaks about supporting Milwaukee arts. Rinka is the Architect/CEO of RINKA, one of MIAD’s Design Internship partners. Read the interview in the Shepherd Express.

MIAD student interns design, create mural for MPM’s Africa Gallery

Sep 1, 2022

“Journeys from Africa to Milwaukee: Black Resistance and the Fight for Freedom” was unveiled September 1 at the museum’s Africa Gallery. The mural comprises three panels, each representing 100 years of history. Its unveiling culminated a collaborative process among eight MIAD student interns from several majors, Professor Brad Anthony Bernard ’93, MPM and community members.

See the coverage from the following media outlets:

MIAD professor and student design Bronzeville mural project

Aug 5, 2022

A community mural project designed by MIAD student Ladasia Bryant and led by Professor Brad Bernard kicks off on August 6th as part of Bronzeville Week. Read the Bronzeville Center for the Arts Bronzeville Week press release.

Read the coverage in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee and Urban Milwaukee.

BizTimes features MIAD President in CEO Q&A

July 27, 2022

MIAD President Jeff Morin was featured in a CEO Q&A in Biz Times. Morin discusses the transformative power of education. Read the interview.

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, home to MIAD, ranked in the top 5 U.S. arts districts

July 23, 2022

The Historic Third Ward was voted the country’s fourth best arts district in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.” See the rankings in USA Today and read the MKE Magazine story.

MIAD goes public with $10 million dollar comprehensive campaign

May 17, 2022

BizTimes reported the news of MIAD’s $10 million public fundraising campaign, the college’s first such multi-million effort in 20 years. Read the story.

MIAD reveals $10 million dollar capital campaign at Creative Fusion event

May 16, 2022

Milwaukee Business Journal broke the news of MIAD’s $10 million public fundraising campaign, announced at the college’s annual fundraiser, Creative Fusion. Read the story.

MIAD Assistant Professor “scientist’s artist” volunteers for Carthage College

May 2022

Associate Professor Matthew Warren Lee, a painter whose work incorporates scientific instruments and sweeping landscapes, volunteers with Carthage College’s Institute of Paleontology and forges connections between the College and MIAD students. Lee was featured in the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Spring 2022 publication. Read the profile.

MIAD exhibits highlight Black American experience and a contemporary take on famous ad campaign

February 1, 2022

Associate Professor Brad Anthony Bernard and Director of Galleries Mark Lawson discussed two new exhibitions at MIAD: “Presence & Persistence: Visions of American Blackness” and “Great Ideas for Humanity: Posters for Thought.” Watch TMJ4 video.

Meet the winners of Milwaukee Magazine‘s Unity Awards

January 31, 2022

MIAD alum and adjunct faculty member Vedale Hill ’11 is one of six individuals and organizations being honored for helping make Milwaukee a better place for all. Hill is recognized for work in art and social justice. Read the story.

BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor MIAD and TRUE Skool

November 5, 2021

A collaboration between MIAD and TRUE Skool was recognized as a 2021 Collaboration of the Year finalist at the BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Read more.

MIAD exhibit examines the many unseen ways our world is connected

October 28, 2021

CBS Sunday Morning featured the “Reimagining the Global Village” exhibition on view in MIAD’s Frederick Layton Gallery through Dec. 4, 2021. Watch CBS 58 story.

Jewish Community Pantry mural is an amalgam of requests 

October 20, 2021

A vibrant new mural in the Metcalfe Park neighborhood was created by MIAD alum LaNia Sproles ’17 with input from the community. Read the article in the Jewish Chronicle.

MIAD opens new gallery at The Avenue to sell student and alumni work 

October 2021

MIAD announced plans to expand its footprint and open MIAD Gallery at The Ave, a gallery that will sell student, alumni, faculty and staff work. The gallery is anticipated to open in November 2021. Read the news stories:

Strike a Pose: The Story Behind the 3rd Street Market Hall’s selfie museum

October 2021

MKE Lifestyle shares the story of how MIAD students, through the MIAD Innovation Center, designed the selfie booths in the 3rd Street Market Hall’s new selfie museum. Read the story (click October 2021 issue; see page 108).

MIAD alum Nirmal Raja and “Reimagining the Global Village” exhibition featured in podcast

October 5, 2021

The Authentic Obsessions podcast by Margret Petrie featured an interview with MIAD alum Nirmal Raja ’08 (Painting). Raja curated the “Reimagining the Global Village” exhibition, which is on view at MIAD October 11 through December 4, 2021. Listen to the podcast.

Milwaukee street mural blooms out of concrete to connect art and health in city’s Latino community

September 15, 2021

Whitney Salgado ’15 (Illustration) was featured by CBS 58 for a new mural she created in Milwaukee. The mural recognizes the correlation between art and health in a community. Watch the CB8 58  interview.

As it works to boost diversity, Milwaukee’s creative industry focuses on young talent

August 15, 2021

BizTimes featured a new graphic design internship program for Milwaukee high school youth developed by MIAD and Hanson Dodge. Read the BizTimes article.

MIAD faculty and staff honored as BizTimes Notable Women in Education

July 16, 2021

Kim Miller, chair of New Studio Practice: Fine Arts, and Brenda Jones, Vice President for Financial Affairs, were recognized as BizTimes’ Notable Women in Education. Read more about Kim Miller and Brenda Jones.

Latina artist draws Milwaukee Bucks players in unique way

July 13, 2021

Esthefanie Lupo ’15 (Communication Design), who loves basketball, has drawn unique player cards featuring Milwaukee Bucks players. Watch WISN-TV video.

Arts leaders on creating a sustainable and equitable arts careers pipeline in Milwaukee

July 12, 2021

MIAD President Jeff Morin and Imagine MKE CEO David Lee discuss sustainable and equitable art and design career pipelines in Milwaukee, including MIAD’s partnerships with TRUE Skool and Hanson Dodge that provide design and career exploration opportunities for high school students. Listen to the interview on WUWM Lake Effect.

Partners paved the way for art education in Milwaukee

June 29, 2021

Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink established the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee in 1920, fostering the early careers of many studio artists. After the Layton School of Art closed in 1974, Layton faculty and students created what is now known as the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Read the Wisconsin Historical Society article.

MIAD 2021 Senior Exhibition and students featured in local media 

  • May 20, 2021: Waukesha Freeman featured Lydia Kolinski ’21 (Product Design) and the ergonomic chair for tattoo artists that she designed. Read the story.
  • May 6, 2021: CBS 58 featured MIAD President Jeff Morin and students Olivia Paul ’21 (Product Design) and Kelsey Robinson ’21 (Communication Design) to discuss the MIAD 2021 Senior Exhibition. Watch the CBS 58 interviews.

MIAD alum helps find unmarked grave of Black victim of lynching in Milwaukee, raises funds for headstone

May 12, 2021

Tyrone Randle ’15 (Integrated Studio Arts) was on a mission to find the unmarked grave of George Marshall Clark, who was the only Black victim of lynching in the City of Milwaukee. After two days of searching and the help of others at Forest Home Cemetery, the grave was found and Randle helped raise funds for a headstone to be placed. Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.

MIAD President Jeff Morin recognized for big ideas

March 29, 2021

MIAD President Jeff Morin was among other Milwaukee leaders featured in a BizTimes article on “25 big ideas for Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin’s future.” Read more on President Morin’s input.

MIAD alum works to memorialize George Marshall Clark

February 23, 2021

Tyrone Randle ’15 (Integrated Studio Arts) is on a mission to get a headstone installed on the unmarked grave of George Marshall Clark, the only Black victim of lynching in the City of Milwaukee. Read and listen to the WUWM interview.

Perez ’04 designs the 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival poster

January 15, 2021

Andy Perez ’04 (Illustration) is the Official Poster Artist of the 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival poster. Read the Spectrum News 1 article. 

MIAD alum makes her own rules

October 25, 2020

Peggy Brown ’88 (Industrial Design) talks about her work featuring Connor Kriha ’17 (Industrial Design) and Miranda Branley ’17 (Illustration) that work alongside her to create the latest board games. Watch the CBS58 interview.

FYE professor builds European travel wagon

October 19, 2020

FYE professor James Barany discusses the 19th-century European travel wagon he is building in his backyard for the past few months.

Sunday Morning Spotlight: Brad Bernard

October 11, 2020

Associate Professor Brad Bernard ’93 discusses his work and the power in art in CBS58′s Sunday Morning Spotlight segment. Watch the CBS58 interview. 

An everyday hero through art

October 7, 2020

Adjunct professor and alum Vedale Hill ’11 was featured as Natalie’s Everyday Hero by CBS58 for a new mural in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood that helps students represent themselves through art. Watch the CBS58 interview. 

Preserving Humboldt Park through photographs

September 14, 2020

Ignacio Catral ’92 (Interior Architecture and Design) captures images of Humboldt Park year-round to share the beauty and raise awareness of the park to the Milwaukee community.

Greater Milwaukee Committee and higher education leaders meet

September 14, 2020

During a call with the Greater Milwaukee Committee and leaders of higher education in Milwaukee, President Jeff Morin discusses how MIAD is supporting students with online learning.

Educating kids through illustration

September 8, 2020

Drew Laser ’23 (Illustration) helped illustrate a children’s book that educates kids about returning to school during the pandemic. Read the Chicago Tribune article.

Person of the Week: Vedale Hill 

August 17, 2020

Adjunct professor and alum Vedale Hill ’11 talks about his mural with Sharp Literacy, Inc. and is named “Person of the Week.” Watch the WISN 12 News interview.

Racial justice mural in West Allis led by MIAD associate professor 

August 2, 2020

Associate Professor Brad Bernard ’93 discusses the Black Lives Matter mural in West Allis that he, along with four MIAD students and community partners, helped create.

MIAD waiting for the next phase

August 1, 2020

Fox 6 Milwaukee interviews President Jeff Morin discussing courses and the value of in-person learning. Watch the Fox 6 Milwaukee interview. 

Tyrone Randle ’15 continues to march

July 20, 2020

After his injuries while protesting last month, Tyrone Randle ’15 (Integrated Studio Arts) is back with protesters and participating in Black Lives Matter marches. Watch the TMJ4 Milwaukee interview. 

MIAD alumni couple become entrepreneurs 

July 15, 2020

Kiel McGuinness ’08 (Integrated Studio Arts) and Ashley McGuinness (Interior Architecture and Design) met at MIAD and now own Rookery Brewing Co., where they make their own beer from ingredients grown in their Wauwatosa backyard. Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

MIAD keeping workforce whole

July 9, 2020

The Milwaukee Business Journal interviews President Jeff Morin discussing the Paycheck Protection Program loan and maintaining MIAD employees. Read the Milwaukee Business Journal article. (Subscription required to read the full article.)

Staying creative and positive in difficult times 

May 19, 2020

Dominique Viverette ’18 (Illustration) shares how he is staying creative and optimistic during the pandemic. Read the Shepherd Express article. 

Artist of the day: Lauren Medina ’15

May 8, 2020

OnMilwaukee features Lauren Medina ’15 (Communication Design) and her recent projects. Read OnMilwaukee article.

New courthouse mural by MIAD alumni depicts more than just justice

May 5, 2020

A new mural, “Nuestra Madre Justicia (Our Mother Justice)” painted by MIAD alums Lauren Medina ’15 (Communication Design), Whitney Salgado ’15 (Illustration) and Debbie Sajnani ’16 (Communication Design) and others from Latinas Unidas eN las Artes (LUNA) is at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Read OnMilwaukee article.

MIAD President Jeff Morin named for leadership

May 4, 2020

BizTimes Media recognizes MIAD President Jeff Morin on its Notable LGBTQ Executives list. Read the BizTimes article. 

Bike talk with MIAD Industrial Design alum 

April 28, 2020

Ben McGinley ’10 (Industrial Design) talks about Harley Davidson’s first electric bike, LiveWire, that he helped design. Read the Milwaukee Magazine article.

MIAD alum reconnecting the community through photography

April 17, 2020

Jamie Robarge ’15 (Photography) talks about using photography to bring people together at a time we are ordered to stay apart. Watch the Fox 6 interview.

MIAD’s first Director of Inclusivity strengthening college core values

April 17, 2020

Richard Anderson-Martinez discusses about how the college’s focus on inclusivity serves the campus community and Milwaukee area businesses. Read the MKE Business Journal article. (Subscription required to read full article.)

Artist helps people at home stay engaged in the arts

April 9, 2020

Katie Musolff ’04 (Illustration) created a video tutorial on how to paint an egg to help keep people engaged in the arts at home. It’s featured in Tory Folliard Gallery’s new Artist Project series. Read the Shepherd Express article.

MIAD alum goes back to the drawing board 

March 26, 2020

Todd Gnacinski ’95 (Illustration) discusses going back to the drawing board to help make ends meet during the pandemic. Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.

Carmex turns to MIAD students for latest social media campaign

February 10, 2020

Carmex partnered with MIAD on a project for Illustration students to create digital artwork for a new social media campaign.

Four chickens are the stars of this artist’s Shoreline backyard

January 27, 2020

MIAD alum Julie White is featured for her bird and chicken portraiture, and for raising chickens at her home. Read the Seattle Times article.

The mother of all beauty

January 23, 2020

Urban Milwaukee reviews “OSSUARY: A Project by Laurie Beth Clark” on view in the Frederick Layton Gallery. Read the Urban Milwaukee review.

PBS’ show “Wisconsin Life” features MIAD alum

January 9, 2020

Bren Sibilsky ’87 was featured for her sculpture work in a recent episode of “Wisconsin Life.” Watch the video.