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Date of Release: 
Friday, January 15, 2016
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Erika Monroe-Kane, Director of Communications
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MMoCA Announces Participants Selected for Design MMoCA 2016

MMoCA Announces Participants Selected for Design MMoCA 2016

April 30 – May 8, 2016

MADISON, WI— The fifth biennial Design MMoCA is a unique art and design event offering a one-of-a-kind showcase of Madison’s talented design community and celebrating the museum’s permanent collection.  Fourteen designers have been selected to participate this year. Each will break the pattern of their day-to-day work, creating an unrestrained project inspired by an artwork in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) permanent collection.

The projects created by Design MMoCA participants will be exhibited in the museum’s galleries and lobby. This year’s projects will include fantasy product design, inspired interiors, inventive textiles, wall-blanketing graphics, imaginative architectural structures, and interactive media installations. During the event, the museum will also host a variety of related activities, including opportunities to meet-and-greet with the designers, gallery talks, panel discussions, and more.  Design MMoCA 2016 will open with a Preview Gala, to be held on Friday, April 29, 2016.


Design MMoCA 2016 Participants:

Ayres Associates, Landscape Architecture

Jacob Blue, Landscape Architect; Bruce Morrow, Landscape Architect; Robert Stein, Landscape Designert; Caitlin Blue, Landscape Designer

Chapa Design + Theory Three Interactive, Graphic Design

Jerry Chapa, Chapa Design, Owner; Nathanael Pustaver, Chapa Design, Illustrator; Dan Merfeld, TheoryThree Interactive, Principal; Rockwell Windsor Rice, TheoryThree Interactive, Developer; Ryan Hall, TheoryThree Interactive, Designer

CredoIndustrial Design

Jeff Crull, President; Elizabeth Alstad, Mechanical Engineer; Evan Sparks, Director of Research & Industrial Design; Casey Frett, Industrial Designer; Katlyn Ross, Industrial Designer; Joel Kramka, Industrial Designer

Cricket Design Works, Graphic Design

Cricket Redman, Principal; Tessa Gibbs, Designer; Tracy Harris, Senior Designer; Bethany Friedericks, Senior Designer; Michael Sambar, Designer; Christina King, Designer

Design Concepts, Inc., Industrial Design

Zach Moe, Graphic/Information Designer; Rachel Wallace, Industrial Designer; Jaron Beukelman, User Experience; Chris Harris, Industrial Designer

Hiebing, Graphic Design

Jorel Dray, Senior Art Director; Becky Lowe, Senior Copywriter; Barry Kalpinski, Associate Creative Director

Jordan D. Gehman, Furniture Design

Jordan Gehman, Designer

Karina Cutler-Lake, Graphic Design

Karina Cutler-Lake, Associate Professor, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Mali Winfield Mrozinsk, Textile Design

Mali Mrozinski, Designer

OPN Architects, Architecture

Wes Reynolds, Principal; Rob Wheat, Project Manager; Bryan Mann, Architect; Brent Pauba, Architectural Intern; Malorie Hepner, Architectural Intern; Brett Rottinghaus, Architectural Intern; Tate Walker, Sustainability Director

Strang, Inc., Architecture

Alec Hembree: Architectural Design Specialist; Peter Gill: Senior Communications Specialist; Joss Hurford: Director, Energy Modeling & Conservation; Hana Altabbaa: Senior Architectural Designer; Michael Libby: Director, Lighting Design/Engineering; Erica Ostendorf Mullins: Senior Interior Designer; Drew Martin: Senior Architectural Designer; Adam Stapleton: Electrical Engineering Specialist

Wei Dong, Interior Design

Wei Dong, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yeonhee Cheong, Textile Design

Yeonhee Cheong, Graduate Student, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yifei Zha and Kyle Neuser, Industrial Design

Yifei Zha, Industrial Designer; Kyle Neuser, Industrial Designer

Generous support, to date, for Design MMoCA 2016 has been provided by Ben Marcus and Katie Dowling-Marcus, Hiebing, Kramer, and Madison Magazine.


Design MMoCA Background

Design MMoCA has been held biennially since 2008, conceived as both a signature design event for the city of Madison and a fundraiser in support of MMoCA's free exhibitions and education programs. Through its first four iterations, Design MMoCA featured the work of nearly 50 Madison-area designers and design teams, and drew some 15,000 total attendees to the museum.


Housed in a soaring, Cesar Pelli designed building, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art provides free exhibitions and education programs that engage people in modern and contemporary art. The galleries offer changing exhibitions that feature established and emerging artists. The Rooftop Sculpture Garden provides an urban oasis with an incredible view. The museum is open: Tuesday–Thursday: noon – 5pm; Friday: noon – 8pm; Saturday: 10am – 8pm; Sunday: noon – 5pm; and is closed on Mondays.

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