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.
Opening on Saturday, January 28 with a reception from 2 – 4 p.m., the “Ten at Ten” exhibition showcases the future of Wisconsin art. The curatorial team selected artists at the start of their careers. “Expect great things from them over the next ten years,” says Executive Director of MOWA Laurie Winters in the press release.
Eduardo Zavala is grateful and excited to participate in the exhibition. “As I just graduated last May, … this opportunity is a great professional experience,” they say. Zavala’s artistic practice focuses on lens-based media and installation design, creating and reshaping queer realities and spaces using both natural and constructed materials. Their work for the MOWA exhibition relies on changes in the installation process for previously-constructed work. “I had initially shown my fiber pieces alongside live chia growing on dining chairs,” they explain. “However, due to the unpredictable nature of plants and mold I couldn’t use them.”
“I’m really fortunate to be coming out of school at a time when emerging artists are much more appreciated than they used to be and are considered for these kinds of opportunities,” says Lindsey Yeager, who is represented by Var Gallery. “I’m always looking to set the bar higher and higher, and I definitely need the support of my peers, galleries, and institutions in order to do that.” Yeager’s highly narrative art deals with themes of living in a deteriorating world and links society with nature. Planned out in great detail before she starts painting, Yeager loves “having tight plans and focusing on small negotiations once the image is on a wood panel.”
During their time at MIAD, Zavala appreciated real-world experience. “I think the opportunities to show work while at MIAD helped me prepare for what installing work would look like when outside of the educational space,” they continue. Zavala hopes other young creatives “take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves in front of you.”
Yeager recognizes MIAD as instrumental in pushing her to reach out and create industry relationships. “It becomes your job to advocate for yourself–there are opportunities out there, but you need to be brave enough to go after them!” she explains. Working with galleries, museums and residencies as a student, in addition to one-on-one mentorship with professors prepared Yeager for large-scale exhibitions. She encourages current students to foster a healthy relationship with the studio, and reminds them that “being forced to reconsider who you are as an artist and as a person is also good.”
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.
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.