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Two MIAD exhibitions on view for Summer Gallery Night – Animals in Space: A Collective Memoir and the 2018 Juried Senior Exhibition

May 31, 2018

Two exhibitions will be on view at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), 273 E. Erie St., for Summer Gallery Night and Day in the Historic Third Ward July 20 and 21 – “Animals in Space: A Collective Memoir” and the “2018 MIAD Juried Senior Exhibition.”

On view in the Brooks Stevens Gallery June 30 – July 28, 2018, emerging artists Malika Bukhari, Anna Foran, Zoe Greenham, Natasha Mijares and Rebecca Nakaba use a variety of media to investigate similarities and differences between humans and animals in processing information, material and memory, as well as explore the relationships to space for humans and animals.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Nakaba and Natasha Mijares, who said, “The works in the exhibition construct stories in which the human animal is present–essential for re-forging the connection between our environment and fellow species. It is separation that causes loss of empathy, and loss of empathy leads to degradation.”

Mijares added, “We hope people will come away with alternative avenues to empathy with each other, their landscapes, and other living and non-living things.”

Special programming:

  • June 30, 1 – 4 p.m.; Chicago & Milwaukee Art Scenes: A Dialogue with Emerging Artists & Curators (Opening) Join artists and curators in the Brooks Stevens Gallery to discuss exhibition opportunities and collaborations in the Chicago and Milwaukee art communities. Coordinated by “Animals in Space: A Collective Memoir” curators Natasha Mijares and Rebecca Nakaba. Reception to follow.
  • July 20, 6:30 – 8:25 p.m.; Not Your Mama’s Sunset Walk (Summer Gallery Night) Join the curators and artists of the Animals in Space exhibition at MIAD for a romantic informative ghost sunset walk. We will be transposing stories and ideas from the exhibition to nearby locations. Meet at the Brooks Stevens Gallery.

This annual exhibition, on view June 2 – August 4, 2018, in the Frederick Layton Gallery, showcases 22 of the best art and design works of the 2018 Senior Exhibition, as chosen by MIAD faculty. Projects representing all of MIAD’s degree programs – Communication Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Design and New Studio Practice: Fine Arts – are featured. Full-time faculty members from each major selected the most successful, imaginative and ambitious senior projects from their own academic areas.

Examples of projects on view include:

  • Mariah Braddock’s (Communication Design) philanthropic company focusing on women’s empowerment.
  • Beau Branger’s (Industrial Design) design solution to aid individuals with disabilities or difficulty removing or putting on clothes by themselves.
  • Brandon De Sha’s (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) exploration of historical and contemporary imagery of African-Americans through collage.

MIAD’s galleries are free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More information at

Image (left): A Palpable Shiver of the Brain by Anna Foran

Image (right): MacKenzie Pankey ’18 and her senior thesis project