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Once you’ve got an idea of what you want to say, try to create a visual representation.
Maybe you want to draw a concept map to show how your ideas are related. Or perhaps you want to write your main ideas on big sheets of paper in different colors. These strategies can help you identify weaknesses in your structure or gaps in your logic. And besides, they’re fun!

For additional strategies to develop your ideas in writing, please stop in to chat with a tutor. They are trained and eager to be supportive in your path to success! Peer tutors are available MondayThursday, 11 am to 6 pm.

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Contact Name * Cathryn Wilson

2nd Floor Vending Being Removed – Use Your Funds

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If you have an account with the vending on the 2nd Floor we recommend you use your funds asap. It is not recommended that you add money on to your account. The company can remove their equipment at any time. It makes sense to pay as you go in the interim. We are sorry for this inconvenience. Look for an improvement in vending coming 2nd semester.
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Contact Name * Ricky Heldt

Best Practices For Selling Your Artwork

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Visiting Artist and Guest Speaker: Cory Malchow
Tuesday, November 7th
11:15 am – 11:45 am
MIAD Student Union

What you will learn:

How to be your own best salesperson
Self-promotion as an artist
How to present your work
How to price your work
Learn more about the MIAD Holiday Sale
Questions and Answers

Visiting Artist/Speaker Info:
MIAD Alum Cory Malchow has been working as an artist for 20+ years. He’s best known for expanding Gallery 326 which has helped sales for many local artists.

Currently, Malchow is the proprietor of Blue-Collar Works where he repurposes objects and antiques into industrial, steampunk art. He showcases his artwork in the Milwaukee area and throughout the Midwest.

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Contact Name * Ricky Heldt


Asexual Awareness Week

Date Of Event * Sunday, October 29, 2017
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Central Library, Downtown Milwaukee
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“In recognition of Asexuality Awareness Week WI-ACE will be leading this workshop about what it means to be asexual and why awareness of the asexual experience matters

We will be watching a film featuring Wisconsin “Aces” describing their own experiences followed by a facilitated discussion where questions and sharing of personal insights will be encouraged

EVERYONE is welcome at this event!!”

Our next Aces Meet-up will be November 19th 12-2pm at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

private Facebook group for WI Aces:

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Event Coordinator * Podkayne Miller

Artist Talk with Furniture/Architecture Artist Karl Burkheimer

Date Of Event * Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Karl Burkheimer is an artist living and working in Portland, OR. He is currently Professor and Chair of the MFA in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) in Portland and was formally the head of the College’s Wood Department.

He will be giving an artist talk on Wednesday November 1 from 11:00-12:00pm at MIAD in room 295. He says of his work, “the objects and images I create exist in the public realm as points of exchange, yet the exhibited work—often a collection of moments, fragments, or vague constructs—converge as an index of what is not present; they are a residue of the creative endeavor, with meaning located within the act of making rather than the making relegated as a means to exhibit meaning. The outcomes of my artistic practice are brief incarnations that seed subsequent renderings, continually fueling practice, while exercising curiosity.”

Burkheimer is a 2016 recipient of a Hallie Ford Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship. His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon; the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and the Portland Art Museum. Burkheimer earned an MFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University.

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Event Coordinator * Maggie Sasso
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MIAD River Rat T-Shirt Design Contest

Deadline for submissions: December 1st at Noon

Each selected design will be awarded $100 and a printed t-shirt !



  1. Contest open to all current MIAD Students.
  2. You can submit more than one design.
  3. You must use a rat as part of the design.
  4. You must use the MIAD logo.  The logo cannot be altered.  Here is the link to the logo:
  5. One color t-shirt design only.
  6. Submit the image in black and white.  File can be high quality jpg, tiff or illustrator file.
  7. You can pick the color for your design and t-shirt color if you like or leave it up to MIAD’s Print Club.
  8. Designs will be juried by a committee that includes staff, faculty and students.
  9. T-shirts will be printed by MIAD’s Print Club.
  10. T-shirts will be sold in Student Services along with the other MIAD Merchandise.

Submit your designs to Ricky Heldt at

Want More Info on The Summer Florence Program?

Date Of Event * Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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11:00 – 12:00
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Did you miss the Florence information meeting last month? Are you looking to get questions about the program answered? The 2018 Florence program faculty and staff will be in the cafe area to answer any questions you have about the 6-credit summer program, including course content, logistics, application procedures, etc.

Stop by and learn about this great Summer 2018 opportunity!

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Event Coordinator * Jenny Krantz

Costume Alteration Event

Date Of Event * Saturday, October 21, 2017
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MIAD Sewing Lab
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Halloween Costume Alteration Event!!!

come to the MIAD Sewing Lab from 2pm-4pm this Saturday October 21st and get last minute help with costume adjustments and simple alterations. This is a great opportunity to get your Halloween costume looking spooktacular for the MIAD Halloween Party and to learn a thing or two about the awesome resources the Sewing Lab has to offer!!!

Light refreshments will be served to snack on 🙂

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Event Coordinator * Hannah Malaczynski
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Van Bier Salon Model Search

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Van Bier Salon is looking for hair models for an upcoming Color, Cut and Style contest for our product company Davines. Please send photos (front, side and back) to so we can determine if your a match for the contest. Selected Models will receive free services, will be expected to participate in photo sittings and have the photos used by Van Bier Salon and Davines. Deadline is October 30, 2017.
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Contact Name * Tom Bieringer
Website Link
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Saturday, November 11, 2017 is our Fall MIAD Day at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 10:30am – 4:00pm (Modern Wing entrance) all MIAD staff, faculty, full-time students and unlimited guests can enjoy free admission to the museum. A special table will be set up for MIAD at the Modern Wing entrance.
At 1:00, meet at the Grand Staircase for a special MIAD docent-led tour of the temporary Soviet art exhibition: Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia!
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Contact Name * Misy Ziebart

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