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. The exhibition runs until December 22, 2022.
In her artist statement, Stankey describes her expectations and plans for her pregnancy, which were destroyed when her baby was born three months early. “I was right about one thing, the moment I became a mother was transformative,” she says in her statement. “The memory of our ninety days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is like a whiplash… This exhibition is the culmination of me piecing my memories back together and attempting to live alongside the trauma.” Conveying such a deeply personal experience in an exhibit, Stankey shares that “being vulnerable is extremely difficult, but I think the even harder aspect is maintaining professionalism and composure in that vulnerability.”
At MIAD, Stankey was shaped by exacting photography professors who “emphasized professional practices and the ability to talk about your work in a coherent manner.” She credits her instructors with preparing her for graduate studies in photography later in her career. Being an artist can be isolating after school, so Stankey encourages current students and young creatives to proactively “attend events, meet people in the industry and other artists. Most of all, be a decent human being to others.” Coming up in 2023, Stankey has another exhibition at the Overture Center in Madison and will be continuing her Bridge Work Fellowship with the Arts + Literature Laboratory.
Usually known as the Charles Allis Museum, the institution is temporarily changing its name in conjunction with its new exhibition highlighting women, femme and nonbinary artists. The Sarah Ball Allis exhibition is curated by MIAD Associate Professor and Chair of First-Year Experience Kate Schaffer and includes work by MIAD alumni Melissa Dorn ’96 (Sculpture) and Artemis Sidikman ’22 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts).
In their first exhibition, Faith Allen ’25 (Illustration) went big. The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design sophomore submitted two artworks to the Black Art & Design Juried Student Exhibition and reveled in the freedom to create the largest pieces they could.
Briana Hibbs ’12 (Photography) started her own handmade earrings business, Made by the Lake, in January 2019. She relies on her eye for product photography to show her jewelry in its best light, and the business now boasts a successful following of over 2,000 customers on Facebook.
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.
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.