50 MIAD Est. 1974

Celebrating 50 years of art & design education.

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) proudly celebrates 50 years of art and design education in 2024, and boldly looks to a shared creative future of innovation and service with our students, our Greater Milwaukee community, and beyond.


50 MIAD: Celebrating 50 years of Art & Design education

Senior Exhibition

April 19 – May 11, 2024 | MIAD
Preview Night: April 17, 2024 

50 MIAD: Celebrating 50 years of Art & Design education

Creative Fusion

May 4, 2024 | MIAD
Tickets on sale March 1, 2024

1974 – Present

Our History

MIAD founded
Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink

MIAD is founded, born from the nationally acclaimed Layton School of Art (est. 1920) and the forward-thinking legacy of its founders, life partners Charlotte Partridge and Miriam Frink.

MIAD moves to current building
An interior shot of of the MIAD Third Ward building

MIAD moves to its current Third Ward location at 273 E. Erie St. Admissions gave hardhat tours during construction of the new building. 

MIAD logo created
MIAD 50: Celebrating 50 years of art & design education.

MIAD’s current logo is created by designers Chermayeff & Geismar.

Enrollment increases
A group of graduating students celebrates in an auditorium

Enrollment increases 50%, reaching 920 students.

Equity & Inclusion
Equity and Inclusion Center

Equity & Inclusion Center opens.

Present day
MIAD exterior

The college completes its $10 million Our Creative Future campaign, Fashion and Apparel Design major launches, MIAD Gallery at The Ave opens, enrollment holds strong at 877; first year-retention is 86%