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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 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.

Painter alum showcased in St. Louis Today ahead of exhibition opening

September 13, 2023

Dominic Chambers ’16 (NSP: Fine Art), who grew up in St. Louis, was interviewed by St. Louis Today ahead of his exhibition “Birthplace.” Read the full story from St. Louis Today.

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.