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MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.

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Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.

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“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.

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Milwaukee sculpture business tapped for NBA trophy

Milwaukee sculpture business tapped for NBA trophy

Milwaukee is fast becoming a national hotspot for basketball. Not only is the city home to NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks, it recently played a pivotal role in creating the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy, awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the year. Milwaukee’s Vanguard Sculpture Services, the “best fine art foundry on planet Earth,” according to their website, poured and cast the final trophy.

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Design Internship approved for NEA grant

Design Internship approved for NEA grant

Milwaukee high schoolers are getting a head start on their creative careers through the Design Internship at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The free, year-long program was recently approved for a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand the program for 2023-2024.

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MIAD claims top animation program in Wisconsin

MIAD claims top animation program in Wisconsin

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design has been named the 2023 #1 Animation School in Wisconsin by the Animation Career Review. The college was also honored to be named as one of the top 25 Animation Schools in the Midwest. MIAD’s Animation track, part of the Illustration major, is a new program which launched in fall 2021.

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Assistant Professor awarded Mary L. Nohl Fellowship

Assistant Professor awarded Mary L. Nohl Fellowship

Janelle VanderKelen, an assistant professor at MIAD, has been awarded a 2023 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship in the Established Artist category. The Nohl Fellowship, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund and Joy Engine, and administered by the Lynden Sculpture Garden, selected four other artists.

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MIAD receives Arts Midwest GIG Fund for upcoming exhibition

MIAD receives Arts Midwest GIG Fund for upcoming exhibition

The Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund has awarded the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design a $4,000 grant to fund the upcoming exhibition “Wig Heavier Than a Boot: The Work of David Johnson.” Funding is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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André Saint-Louis: Neighborhood markers and partnership

André Saint-Louis: Neighborhood markers and partnership

After two years of planning and work, André Saint-Louis ’01 (Sculpture) and Brandon Minga ’04 (Illustration) have finished a monumental public sculpture project for Milwaukee’s Near West Side neighborhood. The last four of the seven neighborhood markers will be installed in different Near West Side communities at the end of the month.

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MIAD FYE Media Arts Festival names Best of Fest winners

MIAD FYE Media Arts Festival names Best of Fest winners

MIAD’s First Year Experience Media Arts Festival took place at the beginning of December and showcased work from 43 students who completed the FYE 151 Digital 4D course during Spring and Fall 2022. Participants submitted creative works ranging from video, sound design and digital animation to stop motion and gifs.

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Disney reimagined: Wyethe Smallish

Disney reimagined: Wyethe Smallish

Wyethe Smallish ’23, currently studying Illustration and Communication Design, started re-drawing Disney characters with fuller and more proportional figures this August. The recordings she took of the process went viral on TikTok and resulted in a Buzzfeed feature in September of 2022.

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Dominic Chambers’ upcoming New York solo exhibition

Dominic Chambers’ upcoming New York solo exhibition

Dominic Chambers ’16 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) will be exhibiting his first solo show with Lehmann Maupin, the New York gallery that represents him. The exhibition, scheduled for 2024, features Chambers’ reflective paintings, which most recently explore leisure and contemplation and their relationship with the Black body.

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Alum designs Milwaukee Art Museum holiday ornament

Alum designs Milwaukee Art Museum holiday ornament

Lauren Marvell ’16 (Integrated Studio Arts) illustrated this year’s Milwaukee Art Museum holiday ornament. “Milwaukee on a Cloudy Day” features Milwaukee’s skyline against a yellow and blue background and is available for sale at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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Concordia/MIAD alum on second Whitefish Bay house flip

Concordia/MIAD alum on second Whitefish Bay house flip

Successful blogger and promising interior designer Sophie Zang ’20, who majored in Interior Architecture & Design at MIAD and concurrently studied Marketing at Concordia University of Wisconsin, used her degrees to purchase, renovate, and resell a Whitefish Bay home for $1.1 million in September 2022.

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Photography alum featured in Madison, WI solo exhibition

Photography alum featured in Madison, WI solo exhibition

Photography alum Sarah Stankey ’13 shares the vulnerable and traumatic experience of 90 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in her new exhibition “What to Expect,” hosted by Madison’s Arts + Literature Laboratory as part of the Bridge Work Madison program.

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NSP: Fine Arts students exhibit at TASK Creative

NSP: Fine Arts students exhibit at TASK Creative

Twelve New Studio Practice: Fine Arts sophomores took their art out of the classroom and exhibited work locally at TASK Creative as part of Adjunct Assistant Professor Grant Gill’s course “Singularity & Multiplicity.”

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Haggerty Museum of Art features MIAD alum for lecture

Haggerty Museum of Art features MIAD alum for lecture

David Najib Kasir, ’01 Painting, will present his lecture “A Conversation in Cultural Shapes & Landscapes” at Marquette University’s Haggerty Museum of Art on Tuesday, November 15th at 5 p.m. Kasir, a Milwaukee oil painter, produces deeply personal work that “surrounds the act of coming to terms with the challenges of family, life, love, and loss.”

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