Sishir stands in front of a piece of his artwork, hung on a plain cream wall. He wears a charcoal suitcoat, a light blue pinstripe dress shirt, and glasses. He's giving the viewer a thumbs up.
"I initially joined the program because I was at a point in my life where I had no discipline in my studio practice, and I felt no real foundation to the work I made. [MCAD] allowed me to build confidence in my work again."

A colorful piece of artwork by Schneider of a young person wearing a mask
"...I really wanted the time, space, and community an art and design school could support. I came to the MFA program at MCAD because I was not only drawn to the MCAD community, but the entire arts community in the Twin Cities."

Wenwen sits in front of a collection of her paintings, pinned to a clothesline with a white wall behind it.
"MCAD helped me develop my artistic identity. It opened my eyes to the different ways I can express myself in my art."

Yeates stands with arms crossed wearing a plain grey flannel.

"A large part of what was so valuable about my experience in this program was the sheer amount of uninterrupted time and space it allowed me to devote to developing my practice."

Drum stands in front of a colorful menagerie of paintings and found object art. He has a beard, glasses, and is wearing a green flannel.

"My work changed dramatically after entering the [MFA] program, incorporating sculpture, installation, soundscapes, video, and performance."

"My MCAD degree gave me confidence and opened doors for me in many ways."

A black-and-white photograph of Jaafar Alnabi.

"[My biggest takeaway from MCAD is] the community! I miss bouncing off creative energies with my peers and friends."

A photograph of Nora Kubiaczyk sitting in a field. She is wearing a pink, grey, purple, and teal multicolored sweater.

"MCAD students should definitely appreciate the environment of passion and exploration that is fostered on campus."

"My inspiration comes from my life experiences, my three children, music, nature, my emotional state, and politics."

"It's an accomplishment for me to have made lasting connections and friendships during my time at MCAD."

"Animal parts are not a neutral medium like clay or steel; they were once a living sentient being and the art I create with them is in acknowledgment and commemoration of that …. Death does not rob beauty from living things; it emphasizes that something was once living. If those two sentiments are the only takeaway when someone looks at my art, then they have successfully grasped the rudimentary core of my work."

Trust your instincts and don't let anyone change how you see the world. One day, people will celebrate you for exactly that.

"Being surrounded by pros and receiving their very informed help whenever you want is way more of an advantage than you think. Your professors are there for a reason—they want to help you, and they want you to succeed. You won't get that anywhere else."

"I will forever cherish the community I became apart of [at MCAD]."

"I think the bonds that I made during my time at MCAD have really improved the success of my artistic practice after graduating."

"My time at MCAD provided a realistic work load experience akin to that which is outside of academia."

"I chose comic art because I enjoyed the students in the program. There was a big sense of community amongst the comics kids."

"There are so many incredible professors and people at MCAD, many of whom had a profound influence on both my character and my practice."

"If you want to get hired to create work that you love, then create a lot of personal passion projects and share them with the world."

Peifer's advice for current MCAD students: "Soak it all up! You’re learning about art and trying new things in your cool studio space. Is there anything better?! I miss being a student."