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Twenty-nine 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 $6,957 to an unprecedented 29 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
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 Gallery at The Ave celebrates opening

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) celebrates its first offsite gallery during its grand opening on April 6, 2023 from 6 – 8 p.m. MIAD invites the public to attend the event and to explore the new Gallery at The Ave, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Ave in The Avenue near the 3rd Street Market Hall.

First-Year Exhibition 2023 winners announced

Four winners and three honorable mentions were selected at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) First-Year Experience Student Exhibition opening reception on Friday, March 24, 2023. Renato Umali, Mariah Tate Klemens and Gabrielle Banzhaf, the three jurors, commended all the participating students for their strong work.

Communication Design senior lands Nike Internship

Catherine Currie ’23 (Communication Design), a senior at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), was selected for the highly competitive graphic design internship at Nike. The internship will take place over 10 weeks this summer at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

MIAD Defines 2023: Day of play

For the 2023 iteration of MIAD Defines, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design dedicated Tuesday, March 21 to playing. With the aim to connect, converse and learn across majors, years and disciplines, this year’s MIAD Defines was a resounding success.

Peter Barrickman selected as NSP: Fine Arts full-time faculty

Following a national search, Peter Barrickman has been selected as the newest full-time faculty member in New Studio Practice (NSP): Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). An internationally recognized artist, Barrickman also co-founded Mazzzagine, a publication dedicated to supporting artists and fostering collaboration.


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