MIAD 2013 Senior Exhibition inspires

May 20, 2013

senior_thesis_opening-7776Featuring the work of 140 seniors, the 2013 Senior Exhibition, April 19 – May 11, was packed with incredible work, performances and reimagined gallery spaces.

The exhibition included work from Alumni Thesis Scholarship recipients Hayley Eichenbaum (Integrated Studio Arts) and Marissa Waraksa (Sculpture), who integrated performance in their multidisciplinary work; five students who reimagined a gallery space; and designers who expanded on the empathy, compassion and user experience that defines their work.senior_thesis_opening-7788

The influence of MIAD’s yearlong collaboration with GE Healthcare, “The Compassion Project,” was prevalent in many Industrial Design students’ projects. Expanding on design’s empathic focus on the user experience, for example:

  • Alex Boese created a self-reliant and portable chemotherapy dispensing device
  • Sarah Geraldson focused on reusable, hygienic feminine care devices and cleaning systems for Third World countries so that girls aged 12 – 16 do not have to drop out of school
  • Brett Pearson fostered the dignity of women while creating a functionally appropriate mammography gown
  • Sean Simmons created a mobile, hands-free, nebulizer medication dispensing system
  • Michael Stilp designed hanging hospital beds for Third World use based on indigenous materials.

senior_thesis_opening-7156As part of the senior exhibition, the college held its third annual MIAD DEFINE Day – April 24 – for campus-wide inquiry and discussion into the seniors’ journey and the MIAD experience.

Gallery Night also featured nearly 60 Integrated Studio Arts students in MAM After Dark: Black and White. From freshmen to seniors, students collaborated to create works of art for this one-night-only event.

Seniors were also available Gallery Night, April 19, to discuss their work with the public, and during Gallery Day Conversations, April 20, for more intimate discussions of their capstone projects.

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