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Thirty seniors receive MIAD Alumni Senior Thesis Awards

Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design will award $7,086 to an unprecedented 30 seniors to directly support the fabrication and installation of their Senior Exhibition capstone projects. Through the application process, students submit plans and sketches for their final project, as well as a budget for materials. Winners were selected by a panel of 21 MIAD alumni with experience in fine art and design career fields.

MIAD invites the Milwaukee community to view the seniors’ award-winning work from April 21 – May 6, 2023 during the MIAD 2023 Senior Exhibition, hosted in MIAD’s main building at 273 E Erie St. Nearly 190 students will be present on Friday, April 21 from 5 – 9 p.m. to discuss their projects in person. This event is open to the public.

The 2023 MIAD Alumni Senior Thesis Award recipients (in alphabetical order) and the titles of their works are:

Abi Bean (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Waking Life
sophia briej (Illustration), Untitled
Ladasia Bryant (Communication Design), Bout That Life
Andrea Cabrera Manuel (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Estragos: An eager embrace of coded grief
Allye Erickson (Illustration), Kids Adventure Packs
Adam Fehring (Illustration), Fairy Fort
Nita Flowers (Communication Design), Sozo
Madison Fox (Illustration), The Myths & Legends of America’s National Parks
Abbey Freimark (Communication Design), Festie Bestie
Ellie Garry (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Twirled Hurled
Margaret Griffin (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Industrial Bodies
Thea Huffman (Communication Design), Little Larva
Ryan Kane (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Untitled
Sonia Koehler (Communication Design), Dearly
Alecia McBride (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Abstraction of the Bird Landscape
Annie Miller (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Digital Noise
Alex Niemann (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Necks Craned Skyward
Melanie Orozco (Illustration), Florea Vests
Emma Rarick (Illustration), Learn to Love: Love Language Kits
Annalise Rauchenberger (Illustration), Scandinave in Bloom
Jenna Sedovic (Interior Architecture and Design), The Outbackyard
Ty Shirley (Illustration), Alien & Eve
Erika Sjoblom (Illustration), Biodiversity Habitat Puzzles
Emma Southard (Illustration), I Heart Earth Friends, Collectible Art Toys
Ezra Stonyte (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), the anthology of being a good boy : biting the hand that feeds me
Dominick Streff (Product Design), See/Saw: A board game that builds confidence in people with vision loss
Seth Ter Harr (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), Tabernacle and Ark Of My Covenant
Brandom Terres-Sanchez (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), El Hogar
Robin Wegner (Illustration), Comic adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Jo Willis (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts), VOID_FORGE/MOTHER OF ALL VESSELS


MIAD students receive 2023 Graphic Design Awards from GDUSA

Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.

IAD seniors tour construction site of The Couture

Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.

Ornament Trail features MIAD alumni, faculty, students

For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Sarah Eichhorn

Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.


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