Madison College Design & Illustration

Faculty News & Events

Welcome Jorel & Laura!

We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the Graphic Design and Illustration Department.

Jorel Dray has spent roughly the last 10 years at local design firm Hiebing where he has been a Senior Art Director/Partner. Jorel has an impressive portfolio of work, has done some teaching at MIAD, and comes to us with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UW Whitewater in Graphic Design and Multimedia Design. We know Jorel will bring great passion and energy to educating our students and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to add him to our department.

Laura Cherry comes to us by way of Grand Rapids, Michigan where she has been with Baudville catalog and web marketing company for over 10 years in a variety of roles including Graphic Designer, Advertising Art Manager, and Creative Manager. Laura is an accomplished designer with an impressive portfolio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Advertising from Calvin College. We know Laura will connect very well with our students and will make great contributions to moving us forward.

Welcome Courtney!

We are thrilled to welcome Courtney Dicmas as our newest faculty member in the Graphic Design and Illustration Program.

Courtney is the author and illustrator of four new picture books: The Great Googly Moogly, Lemur Dreamer, Home Tweet Home and Harold Finds a Voice (recently shortlisted for the 2014 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize).   She comes to us from the Cambridge School of Art, in England, where she taught part-time on the BA Illustration and MA Children’s Book Illustration programs.  She does her best work for Child’s Play International (UK), Templar Publishing (UK), and Doubleday Books (USA), at a wooden desk named Henry, overlooking the snowy pine trees of East Madison, with a snuffling spaniel, Charlie, at her feet.

Courtney will be teaching Drawing Fundamentals and Concept Development this semester. If you are not lucky enough to have her as an instructor, please introduce yourself!

Visit her web site for more!


College Mourns the Loss of Pamela Cremer

On Sunday September 14th we lost a dear friend and colleague in Pamela Cremer.  After a long bout with cancer Pamela passed away at Agrace Hospicecare in Fitchburg surrounded by her husband Iver, son Eric and his wife Alicia, her mother and sisters and their husbands, and friends.  Pamela was a member of our Graphic Design and Illustration department for many years part-time, joined us full time in 2008, and touched and changed many lives during her time at our college.  All of us in the Graphic Design and Illustration program, in our college, and in our community will miss Pamela very much.


The service will be Friday, September 19, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa.

The schedule is currently set for 11 am at Mount Calvary Cemetery, and a celebration of all things Pamela at around noon at Eagle Point Park.  Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Agrace Hospice in Pamela’s name.

Agrace Hospice

5395 E Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg, WI 53711

(608) 276-4660


Pamela had wished to be cremated and then to be shot off in fireworks, of course. We expected nothing less.  The current thinking is to hold off until the fourth of July, which is her birthday, and will provide more time for planning a wonderful celebration. That will likely be at her family’s land in Iowa, where people can perhaps camp, and there can be a flotilla of sorts, and all manner of festivities.


Friends and colleagues of Pam at Madison College will also be planning a celebration for her in the Madison area with more details to follow.

Show & Tell


Exhibition of classroom demonstrations  by Illustration Faculty. Featuring the work of John Ribble, John Andrews, Chris Gargan, Jim McKiernan, Ed Binkley, Michael Kress-Russick, and Diane Neukirch.

Opening Reception
Friday, September 12th, 5:00 – 8:00PM

The show well be running through September.


Adjunct Diane Neukirch is Talent Finalist

Part-time faculty member Diane Neukirch has made it into the top 50 out of 999 talented artists taking part in Lilla Roger’s 2014 Global Talent Search. Good luck to Diane as she works towards the next round!

Nichie Bendt to Represent at National Conference

Adjunct Faculty member Nichie Bendt is part of a team selected for inclusion in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Track session at AACRAO’s 24th Annual Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Conference in Los Angeles.

“The selection committee carefully reviewed each research submission from the pool of candidates. Your session, Making an Infographic Impact: The Tale of an Academic Plan, was selected for its clarity, quality, and innovative approach to addressing the pressing issues within the SEM field. AACRAO strives to facilitate the move towards more data driven decision making models by providing a venue for content experts to share their findings with the higher education community.”

Congratulations to Nichie, Turina Baken and the their team for the amazing work put into this project!

New Adjunct Faculty

We have several new instructors joining our amazingly talented group of part-time faculty:

Welcome new Adjunct Faculty:

Stefan Peterson (Intro. Computer Graphics)

Dino Maniaci (Graphic Design), and

Stacy Anderson (Concept Development)

When you see them around please introduce yourself and give them a warm welcome.

Instructor Jim McKiernan Sketches for Federal Trials

Illustrations from the Federal court assignment for the Kristen Smith Kidnapping trial. It is Jim’s second opportunity to sketch for a trial this year.

This sketch features Prosecutor U.S. Attorney John Vodreuil addressing the jury. For more sketches, visit Jim’s gallery section.

Images courtesy of CBS.