Important dates in Fall 2021

With the fall semester starting August 23, check out these important dates that you and your student should know. Encourage your student to check out the River Rat e-newsletter sent to students each week for details on additional events and activities happening at MIAD throughout the semester.

August 23: Fall classes begin
Classes return in person at MIAD this fall.

August 26: Welcome Back Street Festival
An annual tradition, students can get food and visit booths to learn more about student activities at MIAD and local businesses. This takes place 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. In addition, this year students have an opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, provided by Hayat Pharmacy. Students received an email about this opportunity in mid-August.

September 6: Labor Day Holiday
No classes.

Through Sept. 18: Somewhere Along the Line: Photographs by Joshua Dudley Greer
On view in the Brooks Stevens Gallery, this exhibition features work created over a six-year, 100,000-mile journey on superhighways in the United States. Greer examines the boundaries that line these roadways by looking at the separations between public and private space, privilege and need, the individual and the collective, and the countervailing ideas of home and escape. More details:

Through Sept. 25: 2021 Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Exhibition
On view in the Frederick Layton Gallery at MIAD, this exhibition features Milwaukee area emerging and established visual artists who have received the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Travel Award in the preceding two years. More details:

October 11-12: Fall Break
No classes.

October 5 – December 4: Constant Practice: New Work from MIAD Faculty
Faculty at MIAD are accomplished, practicing artists and designers in communication design, fine arts, illustration, interior architecture and design and product design. In this biennial exhibition, MIAD faculty showcase their ongoing explorations in their fields. More details:

October 11 – December 4: Reimagining the Global Village
This exhibition, generously sponsored by Fiserv and curated by MIAD alum Nirmal Raja ‘08 (Painting), features work by more than 30 artists and collectives, created collaboratively between artists and between artists and communities in more than 18 different countries. Their work reveals the importance of human connection and showcases strategies artists have adopted to create a more connected and caring world. More details:

October 14: Midterms reports due
If your student is struggling, encourage them to reach out for help through tutoring, counseling and other academic support resources at MIAD.

October 29: Last day to withdraw from classes
This is the last day students can drop a class and receive a “W” on their transcript. 

November 17: MIAD Creativity Series
MIAD brings internationally renowned creatives to campus twice per year for a public presentation and to engage with students. Check for details at

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break
No classes.

December 2-4: MIAD Holiday Sale
The annual sale of student and alumni work. Check for details at

December 10: Last day of fall semester

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