Faculty Focus: LOOK HERE



As part of the  annual AASHE conference held in Minneapolis this year, MCAD extends a warm welcome to attend the opening reception for Look Here: Making Visible the Invisible in Sustainable Art and Design.

Artist Panel Discussion:
Monday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.
This exhibition spotlights seven Minnesota artists and designers working to change people’s perception and understanding of our impact on the natural world.
  • Christine Baeumler, associate professor of art, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Elizabeth Blair, professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University who is also a nature photographer and tamarack bog expert
  • Amanda Lovelee ’10, MFA, works as an artist-in-residence for the City of St. Paul
  • Arlene Birt ’02, BFA, runs Background Stories, an infodesign consultancy
  • Susan Crow ’09, Certificate in Sustainable Design, is an entrepreneur and CEO of East Fourth Street
  • Craig Johnson ’14, MA, creative director and principal at AGENCY F Design in Minneapolis
  • Holly Robbins, partner and creative director of This Is Folly, a design studio in Minneapolis that specializes in ecologically-minded design.

Image courtesy of Arlene Birt

Cindy Gilbert / Director

Cindy Gilbert is the founding director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program which is home to the fully online, multidisciplinary MA in Sustainable Design (MASD) that is the first of its kind in the world. In this role, she fosters a culture of awareness and creativity through sustainable, innovative and collaborative design. The MASD program blends theory, practice and leadership into a holistic, hands-on learning experience that culminates in student-driven thesis work that brings novel, sustainability-focused products and services to fruition.

Cindy has taught numerous courses and workshops, around the world and online, in the fields of biology, sustainability and biomimicry. She is founder of Alula Consulting which specializes in innovative online and sustainability education projects for educational institutions, non-profits, and corporations. Most recently, she served for nearly four years as the founding director of university education at the Biomimicry Institute where she developed and managed all higher education programs, including the professional certification program, annual education summits, affiliate and fellows programs, and design challenges. Cindy is based in Montana.