Alumni in the News
Kristin Cammermeyer Debuts Window at Bergdorf Goodman
If you’re in New York this month, check out Kristin Cammermeyer’s (Painting ’12) window on view now at Bergdorf Goodman (5th Ave/58th Street, NYC). It will be up through the end of February. The installation is part of the Art Matters! series of art-inspired windows, events, collaboration and more, running through May of 2014. Cammermeyer’s installation is one of Ten Artists for Ten Spaces, an installation of work by ten emerging contemporary artists, created in collaboration with Kyle DeWoody Co-Founder and Creative Director of Grey Area. For a story about the installation, click here.
Tony Matelli’s Sculpture Causing a Stir on Wellesley’s Campus
Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) sculpture, “Sleepwalker” is the subject of much debate after it was installed on the campus of Wellesley College this week. Here, he talks with the Boston Globe about the audience reaction and the intentions of the work.
See what the New York Times had to say about the story, here.
Alumni Work Featured On New Website
The Experiencing Perspectives art program is a partnership between Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art that began in 2001, and allows graduate artwork to be displayed in the company's Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company recently launched a website cataloguing the artworks from current and past exhibitions. Visit the site here to see work by participating Academy graduates.
Lauren Satlowski Featured in Hi Fructose
The work of Lauren Satlowski (Painting ’13) is featured the online contemporary art magazine Hi Fructose, with them saying it falls into “the strange space between cute and ugly.” Click here for the full story.
Detroit-Based Alumni Talk About Staying in City
At Bad at Sports, Tom Friel (Sculpture '11) talks with Brian DuBois (3D '11), Chris Schanck (3D '11) and Jack Craig (3D '12) about their studio work and why they choose to stay in the city of Detroit. For the full story click here.
Harry Weese Honored for Metro Rail Transit System Design
The Washington, D.C., Metro rail transit system, designed by Harry Weese (Architecture '39) was selected for the 2014 AIA Twenty-Five Year Award. The prestigious award recognizes architectural design of enduring significance, conferred on a building project that has stood the test of time by embodying architectural excellence for 25 to 35 years. The award will be presented this June at the AIA National Convention in Chicago. For the complete story click here.
The Los Angeles Times Reviews the “Dreamy Disquiet” of Matthew Penkala’s Paintings
The Los Angeles Times talks about the “slow burn” of Matthew Penkala’s (Painting ’02) paintings in their latest review here.
The Artist Spotlight Shines on Marie Perrin-McGraw and Robert Turek
The Press-Enterprise takes a look at the work of Marie Perrin-McGraw (Ceramics '09) and Robert Turek (3D '10) and their contributions to the contemporary Arts and Crafts movement, here.
Bethany Shorb Featured as a “Style Maker”
Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01) was recently featured as a “Style Maker” in Styline Detroit magazine. For a PDF of the story, click here.
Ginger Dosier (Architecture ’05) Awarded First Place in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge
CAA alum Ginger Dosier was recently awarded first place in the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge for her company BioMason’s CO2-free brick production process. BioMason uses bacteria to ‘grow’ bricks out of readily available materials such as sand. The bricks compare favorably with traditional fired clay bricks, whose manufacturing releases copious greenhouse gas emissions. In the Innovation Challenge144 applicants were screened by certification experts, toxicologists, and building professionals. The judges chose four winners, who shared a $250,000 cash prize. For more information about the winners including BioMason, click here. To view Dosier's TEDxWWF talk Click here.
Dosier was also recently awarded €500,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013 to implement her green business plan for BioMason. For the full story, click here.
Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) Shortlisted for the 2013 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards
Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) was shortlisted for the 2013 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards for his self-published work, “Beautiful Pig.” The collection of photographs was taken in Detroit with and by a retired police officer. His book will be exhibited at Paris Photo at the Grand Palais and at Aperture Gallery in New York and will be profiled in issue 005 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook.
Click here for more.
Two Young Artists Convert a Patch of Land and a Pile of Windows into a Beautiful Home
Nick Olson, (Photography ’11) and his girlfriend Lilah Horwitz spent over a year building a home with it’s outward wall comprised completely of windows, warming the remote patch of land in West Virginia.
The documentary featuring the home was created by Half Cut Tea, the production company of Matt Glass (Photography ’12) and Jordan Wayne Long (Photography ’11). It was featured as one of MSNBC’s “best things on the Internet and was also featured in the Huffington Post.
David Licata’s “Spring Blooms This Fall: David Licata’s Glass Orchids at Cranberry Lake Preserve” featured in The New York Times
David Licata (Metals ’10) returned to Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains, New York, to “plant” glass orchids and spring blossoms along the autumnal trails. “It’s my artistic interpretation,” said Licata. “I like the idea of people coming in the fall when the foliage is changing and seeing these flowers that grow in the spring.” For the article, click here.
Matt Glass and Jordan Long of Half Cut Tea, Chat Process, Content and Future
Jordan Wayne Long (Photography '11) and Matt Glass (Photography '11) are currently producing the third season of Half Cut Tea’s artist documentaries. They take a break during production to chat with “Bad At Sports” and shed some insight into their every growing collection of artist videos.
3D Featured in Core77 Interview for Award-Winning Work
Gary Smith, Vice President of Product Design and Exploration at Herman Miller, highlights work created through a partnership with CAA’s 3D department that looked at “Rest and Concentration in the Workplace.” Students worked for a full year developing submissions and won the 2012 Editors Award for best university submission at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Josh Abelow (Painting ’08) Interviewed by The Brooklyn Rail
Abelow is a painter and blogger in New York City where is work is currently on display in the James Fuentes Gallery. During his interview with The Brooklyn Rail, Abelow discusses the development of his work at Cranbrook, working in New York and his current paintings.
Samuel Rowlett (Painting '08) and Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) Featured in The New York Observer’s GalleristNY Magazine
Samuel Rowlett’s group show, “Artists' Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism" at Dorsky Gallery, and Joshua Abelow’s show at James Fuentes were both featured in The New York Observer’s GalleristNY Magazine.
Detroit Design Festival
Tuesday, September 17 - Sunday, September 22
Kick-off party on Tuesday September 17, 6-10pm
A.Alfred Taubman Center, 485 W. Milwaukee Ave., Detroit, Mi 48202
Click here for a schedule of events.
Concentrated in Detroit’s Creative Corridor and featuring various neighborhoods throughout Detroit, the Detroit Design Festival is an aggregation of various partner and community planned and supported events, including but not limited to: product launches and shows, lectures, panel discussions, trunk shows, tours, open houses, retail happenings and design battles.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Featured in Detroit Design Article
This article on Detroit’s emerging, collaborative art scene features several Cranbrook alumni, as it takes a long look at what’s happening in the city today. The article states, that, “Amid the city’s vast expanses of decay, pockets of talented and capable institutions, skilled designers, artisans, and tradesmen persevere, seeing potential where others see loss.”
Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive More Than $200,000 in Grants from the Knight Foundation
This weekend, the Knight Foundation awarded $2.1 million in grants to 56 projects aimed at expanding the arts in the city of Detroit. Several of the award winners are Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates, and we are extremely proud of their success.
According to the Knight Foundation, they received 1,400 applications – the most applications per capita that the nonprofit has received in the contest’s three-city, six-year history. In June, the 1,400 submissions were narrowed down to 84 finalists.
Dennis Scholl, Vice President for the Arts at the Knight Foundation, said in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, that there is a grassroots movement in Detroit right now, which he’s seen in very few other places. “There’s an incredible vibrancy, energy and creative output, and that’s not just at the anchor art institutions. It’s really happening right there on the ground.”
Detroit is the third city to be selected for the Knights Arts Challenge. The program first began in Miami in 2008 and expanded to Philadelphia in 2010.
In addition to the winners listed below, many Academy graduates and Board members are part of several other award-winning projects.
"The Knight Arts Challenge is a unique and exciting program, and I am delighted to learn that our Detroit-based alumni are so well represented in the inaugural winning group,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “They continue and extend the Academy's long history of innovation in Detroit, and our commitment to the city's future. Congratulations to all of them, to Knight, and to Detroit!"
The winners include:
Featuring Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11)
Project: Multimedia Installation Connects Art and Social Justice
To explore the relationship between art, science and social justice movements through a multimedia performance installation inspired by community-led efforts in Detroit.
Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective
Featuring Christopher Schneider (Photography ’03), a graduate and the current Program Manager of the Cranbrook Summer Art Institute
Project: Art Library to Create a Community of Collectors
To foster a community of art collectors through an art library where they can borrow a Detroiter’s work to display for two months.
Jon Brumit (Painting ’99)
Project: Community Radio Stations Celebrate the Sounds of Detroit
To create a series of drive-through audio collages of the city by installing hyper-local radio stations continuously broadcasting on the same frequency.
Mt Elliott Makerspace
Featuring Jeff Sturges (Architecture ’05)
Project: Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Parade Builds Skills, Creativity
To celebrate Detroit’s vibrancy by creating a Hyper Interactive Hip-Hop Mardi Gras Parade that combines the unique traditions of the city’s Caribbean Mardi Gras Festival, local hip-hop artists and the DIY innovators at the Mt Elliott Makerspace.
For the complete list of winners, please click here.
Artist-in-Residence and Metalsmithing Alums Featured at Re:View Contemporary Gallery
Iris Eichenberg and 14 graduates of the Metalsmithing Department are being featured in the exhibition Jewelry in Proximity at Re:View Contemporary in Detroit with an opening reception August 24, 2013.
A continuation of an exhibition that took place in Toronto during the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference last spring, Jewelry in Proximity features work from over 40 emerging artists representing three separate institutions: Konstfack (Sweden), Saimaa University (Finland), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI).
Included in the exhibition are alumni Laura Bombach ('13), Kathleen Janvier ('13), Timothy McMahon ('13), Jen Reich ('13), Alissa Lamarre ('13), Amanda Ciccone ('13), Amy Weiks ('12), Rebekah Frank ('12), Jane Ritchie ('12), Tiffany Massey ('11), Seth Papac ('09), Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann ('09), Susan Hoge ('08) and Katie MacDonald ('07).
For more information, click here.
Half Cut Tea Releases New Season of Artist Documentaries
CAA graduates Jordan Wayne Long (Photography '11) and Matt Glass (Photography '11) have launched a new season of artist documentaries through their production company, Half Cut Tea. Featured artists include CAA alum (and Knight Arts Challenge Finalist!) Wesley Taylor (2D Design '11) and Nick Olson (Photography '11). New episodes are being released every two weeks. Head over to their website at www.halfcuttea.com to see these videos and more.
Mark Masuoka Shares His Vision for Akron Art Museum
Mark Masuoka (Ceramics ’87) was recently appointed the CEO and executive director of the Akron Art Museum. In this article he shares his vision for the Museum. “We’re going to break new ground here,” he said. “In the conversations I’ve had with the staff, we’ve been breaking it out, and maybe, just maybe, the Akron Art Museum could be the example of the best practices of organizations that want to be part of the life of their cities.” Masuoka is married to fellow Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Deborah Masuoka (Ceramics ’87). For the full story, click here.
Tré Reising (Sculpture ’12) recently presented a sculpture to rapper RiFF RAFF onstage at a recent concert. The work was part of his entry in the 2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art. For the full story, click here.
Nick Cave Opens Exhibition at Denver Art Museum
Nick Cave’s latest exhibition, Nick Cave: Sojourn, opened at the Denver Art Museum on June 9 and runs through September 22, 2013. The exhibition features 40 new artworks and more than 20 new Soundsuits. The Denver Magazine describes the show as a “multisensory experience unlike any other.” Read the full story here.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Awarded Fellowships from The Kresge Foundation
Four Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni were awarded 2013 Visual Arts Fellowships from The Kresge Foundation, continuing Cranbrook’s tradition of developing some of the most sought-after talent in the metro Detroit area.
Of the nine artists who received grants, a remarkable four are graduates of the Academy. They are Jon Brumit (Painting ’99), Jason Carter (Painting ’11), Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ’10).
Kresge Artist Fellowships were awarded to 17 individual metropolitan Detroit-based literary and visual artists and one team of artists. Each of the 18 total fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, which reflects The Kresge Foundation’s desire to elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community and advance the careers of artists living in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
For more information, please visit here.
Photographer: Marvin Shaouni
Fernando Bales - David Lewinski Photography
Fernando Bales (Architecture '13) talks to Metromode about his choice to stay in Michigan after graduation. Click here to read the interview.
Crafting Settlement installation view, Currier Museum of Art, 2013
Abigail Anne Newbold's solo exhibition is on display through July 14, 2013, at the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire. The exhibition is part of their Contemporary Connections series and highlights work by early and mid-career artists from New England, made in dialogue with the museums' collection and architecture. Newbold blends traditional craft techniques with modern design aesthetics to discuss themes of domesticity, isolation, and survival in urban environments. For more information about the exhibition click here. An interview with Abigail in the Journal of Modern Craft available here.
Two of the 35 performers in this year's Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival are Academy Alumni! Don't miss Sara Holwerda's (Fiber '12) new debut performance of "Chair Dance (Adagio)” on Saturday, June 1 and "Mr. Midwest" by Beverly Fre$h (Zack Ostrowski, 2D Design '09) on Wednesday, June 5. Visit www.rapidpulse.org for festival info.
Untitled (Stag), 2013, graphite on paper
Josh Abelow’s Work Featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Josh Abelow (Painting ’08) created an illustration for “A Picture and a Poem” featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine. See it (and read the accompanying poem by Gabrielle Calvocoressi) here.
Peter Bohlin Reflects on What He Learned at Cranbrook
Peter Bohlin (Architecture ’61) and his firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson was recently selected to design the entry pavilion for the Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park in Houston. He reflects on what Cranbrook taught him about entryways in this article in the Houston Chronicle.
Hani Rashid Becomes President of the Kiesler Foundation Vienna
Hani Rashid (Architecture ’85) was recently appointed President of the Kiesler Foundation Vienna. Rashid is a Kiesler Prize winner and has been a Professor of Architecture at the University for Applied Arts Vienna since 2011. For more information, click here.
Cranbrook Academy of Art to Confer Distinguished Alumni Award on Artist Donald Lipski
Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that it will confer its Distinguished Alumni Award on the New York-based sculptor Donald Lipski (Ceramics ‘73) at the Academy’s 2013 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10, 2013. The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.
For more than 75 years, Cranbrook Academy of Art has been home to some of the world’s most renowned designers and artists. Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames, Daniel Libeskind, Michael and Katherine McCoy, and Jun Kaneko have all taught here, to name only a few. Academy students have included Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Jack Lenor Larsen, Nick Cave, Tony Matelli, Niels Diffrient, Ed Fella, Masamichi Udagawa, Lorraine Wild, and Hani Rashid. The work emanating from Cranbrook has in many ways changed the way people live, and the way they understand art and design.
Donald Lipski is a 1973 graduate of the Academy’s Ceramics Department who gained international attention with his 1979 installation “Gathering Dust,” a collection of thousands of tiny sculptures pinned to the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In recent years, he has created many prominent and compelling public sculptures that have become overwhelmingly popular with the public and also garnered critical acclaim. They include “Sirshasana” at the Grand Central Terminal in New York, “F.I.S.H.” at the San Antonio River Walk in Texas and “The Yearling,” a 20-foot-tall steel chair standing outside the Denver Public Library. More than 20 additional sculptures are located throughout the United States.
“Donald Lipski’s pioneering installation work and dynamic sculpture beautifully embody Cranbrook’s abiding creative influence on American culture,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “We are so excited to honor him with this award and to count him among our distinguished alumni.”
Lipski’s installation works include “The Bells,” at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, “The Starry Night,” at Capp Street Project in San Francisco, “Pieces of String Too Short to Save,” in the Grand Lobby of The Brooklyn Museum and “The Cauldron” at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York.
He is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rome Prize. He is permanently conserved in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, and dozens more.
Past recipients of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Distinguished Alumni Award include Peter Bohlin (Architecture ’61), Niels Diffrient (Design ’54) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72).
New Show by Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics ’12) Receives Critical Acclaim
"Setting the Table," the new exhibition by Artist-in-Residence and Head of Metalsmithing, Iris Eichenberg, and CAA alum Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics ’12) recently opened at Ferndale's Paul Kotula Projects and will run through May 11. The Detroit News says the collection of bowls and organic-looking objects is “blisteringly original work.” For the full store, click here.
Cranbrook Artists-in-Residence and Alumni Exhibit at Art X Detroit
Current Artists-in-Residence Liz Cohen, Heather McGill and Mark Newport are all exhibiting at Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience, along with CAA alumni Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09), Laith Karmo (Ceramics ’06), and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03). Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience is a free, five-day experience that celebrates Detroit's arts scene, April 10-14, 2013. Throughout more than a dozen venues in the Midtown Detroit district, the public is invited to experience an exciting collection of dance, music and theatrical performances, literary readings, workshops, panel discussions and much more created by the Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. A schedule of events is available at www.artxdetroit.com.
Check out what local media have to say about the event here:
Photograph by Travis Magee
Nick Cave's "Heard NY" Rides into Grand Central Station
Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Nick Cave (Fiber '89) is moving 30 colorful, life-size horses into Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall where they peacefully “graze” and periodically break into choreographed movement—or “crossings”— accompanied by live music. The project is called “Heard NY,” and it is open to the public free of charge. It is presented by Creative Time and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts for Transit program as part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of Grand Central Station. The exhibition is open daily from 9am-8pm through March 25, with performances at 11am and 2pm every day. Read the article in the New York Times here. For more information about the project click here.
Wood in W magazine
Mark Moskovitz (3D Design ’05), is featured in W magazine for his work in Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design. Included in the exhibition are influential artists and designers such as Maarten Baas, Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Ai Weiwei. The exhibition is on display at the Museum of Art and Design in New York through September 15, 2013.
Read the article here. For more information about the exhibition, click here.
James B. Abbott’s Photography Resonates in Philadelphia
As part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on April 7, James B. Abbott (Photography ‘80) will collaborate with Jorge Cousineau and the Chamber Orchestra to present a multi-sensory experience at the Kimmel Center. His solo exhibition, Berlin: Landscape of Memory, will be on display at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists through April 26, 2013. For more information visit here.
“Guide to Graphic Design” by Scott Santoro
Scott Santoro (2D Design ’88) wrote and designed the recently published, “Guide to Graphic Design” – a look into his design and teaching philosophy that also includes short essays from other designers. Artist-in-Residence and alum, Elliott Earls (Design ’93), is featured in the publication along with fellow Design alumni Andrew Blauvelt (’88), Andrew DeRosa (’08), Ed Fella (’87), Geoff Kaplan (’96), Glenn Suokko (’88), Lucille Tenazas (’81) and Peter Wong (‘85). Santoro is a principle at Worksight graphic design studio and adjunct professor at Pratt Institute. The book will be available for check out at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Library.
Gary Griffin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 1, 2013 - Gary Griffin, former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) at their annual conference in May. Griffin served at the Academy for 22 years, retiring in 2006.
According to SNAG, the award is “presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Recipients have distinguished themselves through significant accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, publishing, criticism and related activities that expand and elevate our field.”
Griffin is currently a practicing metalsmith in El Rito, New Mexico. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Griffin has exhibited extensively in the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan and Europe.
“We are delighted that this award recognizes Gary’s outstanding contributions to both the field and higher education, as exemplified by his many years of service to Cranbrook,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.
For the full press release from SNAG, click here.
Lucille Tenazas (Photo: Christine Navin)
2013 AIGA Medal Awarded to Lucille Tenazas
Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81) was recently awarded a 2013 AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the design profession, for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice. She will also be recognized for her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language, and the development and leadership of highly-respected design education programs. For the full story, click here.
Alumni Win Creative Capital Grants
Two Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni were awarded 2013 project grants from Creative Capital as part of their annual campaign to fund projects in the categories of Emerging Fields, Literature and the Performing Arts.
Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) and her husband Mitch Cope’s architectural design company Design 99 was awarded a grant in the Emerging Fields category. Wes Taylor’s (2D Design ’11) Complex Movements, a Detroit-based artist collective, was awarded a grant in the field of Performing Arts. For the complete list of award winners, visit http://creative-capital.org/news_items/view/449.
Both Reichert and Taylor also received grants this year at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Design 99 won the grand prize of $100,000 in the juried award category and Complex Movements, along with Tiff Massey (Metals ’11), won a juried award of $20,000.
Alumni Awarded USA Fellowships
Three Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni were recently awarded prestigious grants of $50,000 from United States Artists (USA), the national grant-making and advocacy organization. Each year, USA awards at least 50 unrestricted $50,000 grants to outstanding performing, visual, media and literary artists across the country.
This year, USA awarded 54 grants totaling $2.5 million. Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Rowland Ricketts (Fiber ‘05) and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ‘86) each received individual awards, and Jesse Reiser (Architecture ’84) won a grant that he will share with his partner Nanako Umemoto. To see the press release, click here.
Wil Natzel’s Cardboard Wonderland in Wired Magazine
Wired magazine features architect Wil Natzel’s (Architecture ’09) “Night Blooms,” a thicket of enormous cardboard structures he recently installed at the Northern Spark festival in Minneapolis. His structures blend architecture and ornament to create a fantastical canopy for park patrons. “These ephemeral structures are leading me to a new understanding of the relationship between the temporal and permanent modes of architecture,” he says. For the full story, click here.
Rowland Ricketts Launches Public Art Project in Japan
Rowland Ricketts’ (Fiber ’05) project, “I am Ai, We are Ai,” is part of Japan’s 2012 National Cultural Festival hosted by Tokuskima Prefecture. Fabric dyed with indigo grown and processed in Tokushima, an area that has farmed indigo for more than four centuries, is installed in numerous historical sites where visitors are invited to make a pin from the dyed cloth. “This simple action combined with the display of the cloth and drying indigo plants is intended to illuminate and develop the connections between the contemporary and historical indigo practices,” says Ricketts. The final installation will be on display at the Bandai Warehouse through December 16, 2012. Ricketts is also the recent recipient of a 2012 USA Fellowship Award(can this hotlink to that page with the announcement?). For more information about the “I am Ai, We are Ai,” project click here.
Tim Eads Featured in the West Collection
Tim Eads’ (Ceramics ’09) Home on the Range has been selected to be a part of the prestigious West Collection of Contemporary Art, which includes more than 3,000 works from 675 artists from around the world. Eads’ work was selected as part of the 2012 "West Collects" art acquisition initiative, which awarded $300,000 to 30 artists selected from a pool of 2,650 applicants from 80 countries. Of that, $100,000 was awarded to 10 artists from the Philadelphia area whose work will be displayed in the Art Gallery of City Hall in Philadelphia as part of the "West Collects Philadelphia" exhibition, running through February 22. For more details, click here. Find more information about Eads work and how to submit your work to the West collection, here.
Do You See What I See?
Tyvek, felt, horsehair, cotton, wood, plastic, metal, 2011, 90 x 90 x 12 inches
Photography: PD Rearick
“Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” Opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art
“Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” organized by guest curator and Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni Geary Jones (Fiber ’81) opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art on December 13. The exhibition features more than 75 works from 50 top-tier fiber artists, and tells the story of the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from functional and decorative to innovative and experimental.
The exhibition explores the explosion of fibers as a fine art movement over the past century through the contemporary artwork of four generations of artists. The rich variety of assembled pieces provides an illustration of the transformation of fibers from the functional and decorative to the wide array of diverse materials, techniques, and forms being used today. The collected works also speak to the inclusion of issues such as narrative, identity, ecology, recycling, and political thought, as well as a continuing exploration of the beauty and visual richness achieved through color, pattern, texture, and form.
The work of several Cranbrook graduates will be on display, including a Soundsuit by Nick Cave (Fiber ’89), hand-dyed quilts by Mary Anne Jordan (Fiber ’85), and a felt sculpture by former Artist-in-Residence and Fiber Department Chair Joan Livingstone (Fiber ’74). Arturo Alonzo Sandoval (Fiber ’71) contributed two pieces from his Pattern Fusion series, and former Cranbrook Academy of Art Director Gerhardt Knodel offers a new mixed media work, Do You See What I See? Knodel will lead a panel discussion at the exhibition opening on December 13.
Other Cranbrook alumni featured in the exhibition include Adela Akers (Fiber ’62), Sandra Brownlee (Fiber ’81), Mira Burack (Fiber ’05), Deborah Carlson (Fiber ’81), Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08), Layne Goldsmith (Fiber ’79), Ted Hallman (Fiber ’58), Hyuk Kwon (Fiber ’97), Mi-Kyoung Lee (Fiber ’98), Laura Foster Nicholson (Fiber ’82), Michael Olszewski (Fiber ’77), Celeste Scopelites (Fiber ’93), Warren Seelig (Fiber ’74), Piper Shepard (Fiber ’88), Sherri Smith (Fiber ’67), Jon B. Wahling (Ceramics ’64), Bhakti Ziek (Fiber ’89), and former Artist-in-Residence and alumna Jane Lackey (Fiber ’80). Work by Mark Newport, current Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, is also featured.
After closing at the MMA on March 17, 2013, the exhibition will travel to the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn, New York, from May 26 to August 11, 2013; the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky from September 8 to December 1, 2013; and the University Art Museum of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado from January 24 to April 11, 2014.
For more information, visit http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/exhibitions.
Cranbrook Alumni Win Big at ArtPrize
Congratulations to Cranbrook’s big winners at this year’s ArtPrize! Gina Reichert’s (Architecture ’03) collaborative Design 99 was awarded the Juried Grand Prize of $100,000 for their work “Displacement (13208 Klinger St)”, and the collective know as Complex Movements, featuring Wes Taylor (2D ’11) and Tiff Massey (Metals ’11) won the Juried Time-based/Performance Award of $20,000 for their work “Three Phases.” For a complete list of ArtPrize winners, click here.
Lauren Zoll, Canary & Crenshaw, 2012. Digital photo. Courtesy of the artist.
Artdaily Features Extraordinary Exhibitions by Grads Lauren Zoll, Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw
Artdaily takes a look at Lauren Zoll’s (Metalsmithing ’06) new exhibition “Something is,” which opened on November 16 at The Indianapolis Museum of Art and will remain on display through April 14, 2013. “Something is” explores the relationships between painting and video through large-scale paintings, videos and collage. “The paintings allow the viewers to see themselves, the constructed environment and the videos—all simultaneously,” Zoll states. “The paintings act in a similar way to flat panel monitors, functioning as a window to see other objects, colors, and spaces. While one is looking at the painting, they see the gallery around it.” For the full story, click here.
The online art newspaper also profiles Jennifer Catron (Sculpture ’09) and Paul Outlaw’s (Sculpture ’09) “Super Supra Diluvian,” which recently opened at Allegra LaViola Gallery in New York. The exhibition features performance, installation, sculpture and collage, and as Artdaily discovers, Catron and Outlaw take on roles of Artists: magnifying their fame, praising and critiquing themselves, as well as the world at large. Read the full story here.
Gary Kulak's Satellite Bench Debuted at the Detroit Medical Center
Gary Kulak (Sculpture ’75), Head of the Cranbrook Schools Fine Arts Department, just debuted his most recent commission for the Children’s Specialty Clinic at the Detroit Medical Center. Satellite Bench is the first of two permanent works he has been commissioned to create. Composed of fabricated steel with a powder coat finish, Kulak says the work is created, “to stimulate the imagination of children and adults alike while functioning as a bench and artwork.”
Matthew Plumstead, Integrated Workstation
Cranbrook Graduate Matthew Plumstead Wins Red Dot Design Concept Award
Matthew Plumstead (3D Design '12) has just been awarded the coveted ‘red dot: best of the best’ design concept award for his Integrated Workstation, an innovative project intended to enable both rest and concentration in the workplace. Plumstead produced the design as a Cranbrook student, through a collaboration with Herman Miller.
The ‘red dot award’ is the only professional-level design concept competition to accept ideas and prototypes from all over the world, including product companies and design studios. This year, the competition received 3,672 entries from 57 countries. Of those entries, only 46 designs, including Plumstead’s, received the ‘best of the best’ for outstanding design quality.
According to red dot, “the competition offers talented design teams and designers from around the world the chance to distinguish themselves for their talent and high potential in innovation.” The awards ceremony was held Oct. 19 at the red dot design museum in Singapore.
“Our relationship with Herman Miller begins with Cranbrook grad Charles Eames, and continues now with the exciting work of Matt Plumstead, who is part of a new leadership generation coming out of Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker’s studio,” said Academy Director Reed Kroloff.
Plumstead’s Integrated Workstation received the highest award in the workplace category because its unique design takes only the most essential components of a workstation and adds a third component, the daybed, providing maximum flexibility in a very modest footprint.
For more information about the award and the Integrated Workstation, visit here. For more information about Matthew Plumstead and his Minnesota-based design studio, McCarty Quinn, click here.
For more press, please see the article below:
A New Workstation for a New Era
Architects + Artisans
Andrew Fisher Launches “Arkitektura’s Design Assembly”
Arkitektura, the San Francisco-based furniture showroom owned by graduate Andrew Fisher (Design ‘86), recently debuted an ambitious new multiplatform series and idea incubator called “Arkitektura’s Design Assembly,” which aims to inspire and support the Bay Area’s culture of innovation. The series will include talks, installations, collaborations and discussions with radical thinkers across all fields of design. The series opened in May with a talk by legendary design icon Giulio Cappellini.
The new series will feature approximately six happenings in the coming 12 months, bringing together voices from diverse fields such as data visualization and high-tech, furniture, product and industrial design, architecture, interiors and visual arts. “Arkitektura's Design Assembly” events are scheduled for Arkitektura’s San Francisco showroom with satellite events and exhibitions planned for the Silicon Valley area. For more information and a list of upcoming events, click here.
Gary Kulak's Sculpture on Display in Downtown Chicago
Gary Kulak (Sculpture '75), Head of the Cranbrook Schools Art Department, recently installed a new sculpture along the Chicago coast as part of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference and Exhibition. His "Red Dancer" is located in Grant Park, at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe, and will remain on display through August of 2013. Kulak was one of 53 artists selected to have their work displayed in conjunction with the conference, which was held October 4–6, 2012.
Nick Cave's Chicago Loft Profiled in the New York Times
Nick Cave's (Fiber '89) 3,500-square-foot loft, housed in a former tire factory in the Motor Row district of the city's near South Side, gets a closer look by the New York Times. The space, designed by Jeffrey Roberts, combines Roberts' industrial aesthetic and Cave's desire for "balance, harmony, relevancy, contentment." For the full story, click here: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/high-volume-nick-cave/
Dwell Magazine Highlights Class of 2012 Cranbrook Graduates
The October issue of Dwell magazine features the designs and projects of several 2012 Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates. Doug Skidmore (Architecture '12) recently completed a historical renovation on a Boise residence that introduces new design while respecting the home's history. And in new product news, Matthew Plumstead's (3D Design '12) "Clip Tree" is profiled along with Jack Craig's (3D Design '12) "Plugged Stool." To read the stories, click here.
Dear Charlie, Banana Holder designed by John Truex
Featured in the New York Times
Cranbrook for Alessi Featured in New York Times and Dwell Magazine
The Italian home accessories manufacturer Alessi recently collaborated with Cranbrook Academy of Art for a collection of alumni-designed tableware. Four of those designs were put into production and are now available in Alessi retail stores and online. The products include two designs by Metalsmithing alum Adam Shirley ('10); the Dear Charlie banana holder by John Truex (3D Design '06); and the perforated Trellis fruit bowl by Klinker, who is also a 1996 alum of the Design Department. A blog was created by Klinker and his students that is a digital record of the product development process at cranbrookalessi.wordpress.com.
Click on the links below to read the recent press.
10 New Releases from Alessi
Alessi Welcomes the Next Generation
New York Times
Photo by Corine Vermeulen
Surface Magazine Profiles Christopher Schanck
Surface magazine takes a look at Christopher Schanck's (3D Design '11) work and his close ties to the light manufacturing center surrounding Detroit in this month's issue. Schanck will make his design-world debut at a private collectors' show at Johnson Trading Gallery in New York this November. For the full article, click here: http://www.cranbrookart.edu/Images/alumni_images/AlumniNews/Surface_Schanck.pdf
Lauren Zoll to Exhibit at Indianapolis Museum of Art
Lauren Zoll (Metalsmithing '06) will open her exhibit "Something is" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on November 16, 2012. It will run through April 14, 2013. The newly commissioned body of work explores the intersections of painting and video. Numerous large-scale paintings, videos and a collage affixed directly to the gallery wall will form an immersive and variable installation. For the full story, click here: http://www.imamuseum.org/exhibition/lauren-zoll-something
NPR and the Hartford-Courant Feature Samuel Rowlett's Work
Samuel Rowlett's (Painting '08) "canoe spelunking" expedition under the city of Hartford was highlighted in a feature broadcast for WNPR and Connecticut Public Radio. To listen to the broadcast, click here: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/content/wnpr/park-river-exploring-hartford-s-underbelly
And his hybrid performance art/sculpture expedition involving dragging a 75 lb. block of marble across Hartford was covered by the Hartford-Courant. Click here for the full story: http://articles.courant.com/2012-08-14/entertainment/hc-marble-chunk-0815-20120814_1_marble-slab-samuel-rowlett-real-art-ways
Cranbrook Graduate's Cloud Gate Featured at Upcoming Venice Biennale
Ania Jaworska's (Architecture '09) project Cloud Gate will be featured in 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit, a group exhibition at the Venice Biennale in Italy. Cloud Gate is a 16-foot tall installation made out of reclaimed barn wood. It is permanently located on Rosa Parks Street in Detroit and serves as a landmark of the Brother Nature Urban Farm. 13178 Moran Street: Grounds for Detroit is an exhibition that hosts five experimental architecture installations and a curated show of work by more than 10 artists, architects and writers currently working in and with Detroit. The project is an invitation and part of the exhibition Common Ground, curated by David Chipperfield.
For more information: http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/02-05.html
Ryan C. Buyssens Receives Fellowship Award
Congratulations to Ryan C. Buyssens (Sculpture '04) for receiving a North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award. Eighteen artists living and working in North Carolina received the award in the categories of visual art, craft, film/video and choreography. Artists receive a $10,000 fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Buyssens makes kinetic sculptures he calls intertropes using a diverse system of materials, kinematics, electronics and graphics.
For the full story, click here: http://beachcarolina.com/2012/08/23/eighteen-artists-receive-fellowships-from-the-n-c-arts-council/
Sculpture Graduates Win Sand Castle Building Competition
Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron, both 2009 Sculpture graduates, recently won the inaugural sand castle building contest sponsored by Creative Time, the public arts organization. Held in Rockway Beach, New York, Outlaw and Catron's winning design was a living, multitiered water fountain. A few friends were partially buried at its base, and Outlaw and Catron were perched high on platforms, each with jugs of water and straws that they used to spurt and spit water on one another (and on spectators and judges).
Cranbrook Graduate's Long-Lost Work Headed to Smithsonian
More than 30 years ago, Judith (Wilbor Nelson) Minzler created a tapestry dubbed "Clarion Call" as part of her master's thesis at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She always felt it was her best work, and entered it into the Marietta College Crafts National show in Marietta, Ohio. It was sold from the show, and Minsler hadn't seen or heard about it since. She was only reunited with the piece after learning it had been chosen to become a part of the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery, iin the American Arts and Crafts wing of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
For the full story, click here: http://www.unionleader.com/article/20120819/NEWHAMPSHIRE01/708199938
Cranbrook Graduates Compete in ArtPrize 2012
Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates are taking part in this year's ArtPrize, to be held in Grand Rapids Sept. 19-Oct. 7. One of the largest installations is being produced by SiTE:LAB, last year's juried award for outstanding venue. This year it will house Cranbrook alumni Gina Reichert (’03 Architecture) and her Design 99 exhibit "Displacement," Blane De St. Croix (’81 Sculpture) with monumental miniature landscape "UnNatural History," Lindsay Preston Zappas' (MFA Candidate ’13 Sculpture) 3-D entry "Diaphanous," Lisa Walcott's (‘10 Sculpture) sculpture/installation "Breathing Room" and Amy Weiks' (‘12 Metalsmithing) installation "The Expedition An account of Nikolai Vavilov in the Grand River Valley." Other graduate entries include John Merigian's (’60 Design) welded corten "Six figures at the bank," and Steven Deeb's (’00 Photography) "The flow of water," a series of paintings and neon lights.
Our own Cranbrook Summer Art Institute Director Chris Schneider (’03 Photography) is exhibiting his "Red Pants Project," a series of more than 700 photographs that he has stealthily taken over the past 10 years of strangers wearing red pants. Sculpture graduate Norwood Viviano ( ’98 Sculpture) has installed "Cities Departure and Deviation," 24 blown-glass formed based on three-dimensional rotations of statistical data for major urban centers in the United States. Wesley Taylor (’11 2D Design), 2-D design graduate, is exhibiting the 3-D installation "Three Phases," and metalsmith Scott Brazeau (’91 Metalsmithing) has entered "Pondering Man," a sculpture that is a light-hearted take on the modern stick man thinker. Jessica Harvey ('09 Photography) entered the photography installation "i am a rock i am an island," and Sinisa Nedelkoski's ('04 PrintMedia) digital print "To Be Accustomed" is also on display. Good luck to all of the exhibitors!
Photo: Tom McInvaille
Sonya Clark Featured in Exhibition at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) is one of seven artists featured in the exhibition "Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists," presented by Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The exhibition, on view Sept. 6 through Dec. 1, 2012, explores the innovative ways that the artists fuse fine art and craft. Clark utilizes organic and found objects to create visually stunning references to the cultures of the African Diaspora. She is the recipient of several distinguished awards including a United States Artists Fellowship and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited in more than 200 venues in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa, as well as in museums throughout the United States. For more information about the exhibition and the opening reception, click here.
Congratulations to Cranbrook Art Academy Graduate Andrew Ippoliti
Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate Andrew Ippoliti (’09) has been awarded full fellowship funding by the Chinese Ministry of Education to support his Ph.D. research into the excavation techniques of the Shaanxi’s subterranean ceramic homes. He’ll spend two months living in a subterranean community in Western China, interacting with local craftsman and their families and learning the pace of village life while documenting the techniques used to dig a clay home. In all, he'll spend a year and a half in China, studying the relationship between Chinese ceramics and architecture in the country's four historic capitals of ceramic production – Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou and Jingdezhen. He will also be given a studio and visiting lecturer position at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. Congratulations, Drew!
Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Jeff Kurosaki and Tara Pelletier, known as Jeff + Tara and The Friendly Falcons, are profiled by WKTV.com as part of an upcoming Works-in-Progress program and reception at Sculpture Space Studio in Utica, New York. The duo’s sculpture and installation will be on display and they will give a live musical performance. For details, click here.
Laura Ginn Featured in New York Times
2010 Photography alumna Laura Ginn was featured in the New York Times for her exhibition and opening dinner at Allegra LaViola Gallery. "Tomorrow We Will Feast Again on What We Catch," encourages guests to imagine a dystopian future in which urban survival is dependent upon taking advantage of available resources. The chef prepared multi-course dinner focused solely on one of New York City’s truly sustainable wildlife populations: rats. For more information about the exhibition visit here. To read what the New York Times had to say, click here for the article.
Metalsmithing Alums and Current Students Featured in Brussels Exhibition Promoting Young Work in Contemporary Jewelry
Five graduates and three current students from the Metalsmithing Department are being featured in the exhibition "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick-Maker" at the Caroline Van Hoek Gallery in Brussels. Focused on acknowledging and re-engaging the long-standing culture of borrowing within the maker's studio, the exhibition is curated by current 2013 MFA candidate Timothy McMahon and will open Saturday, August 4. Included in the exhibition are alumni Rebekah Frank ('12), Julia Heineccious ('12), Tiff Massey ('11), Jane Ritchie ('12) and Amy Wieks ('12). Current 2013 MFA candidates featured are Laura Bomback, Kathleen Janvier, and Alissa Lamarre. For more information and gallery hours, click here.
Painting Alum Josh Abelow Interviews Ted Gahl in NY Arts Magazine
Josh Abelow (Painting '08) recently interviewed Ted Gahl in NY Arts Magazine. For the article, please click the link below.
"In Conversation: Joshua Abelow Interviews Ted Gahl"
Help Support the Projects of Fellow Alums!
Photo alum Laura Ginn ('10) has posted a call for support on Kickstarter to help fund a performance and exhibition in New York at the Allegra La Viola Gallery. The project entitled "Tomorrow We Will Feast Again on What We Eat," will be a display of photography and performance culminating in an urban hunter-gatherer feast.
RSTYWTR (pronounced "rusty water") is an artist collective of five 2012 graduates and a current student in the Architecture Department that was recently selected as one of 10 teams to compete in the 72 Hour Urban Action competition in Stuttgart, Germany (July 11th-14th, 2012). The group is seeking to raise funding for travel and materials to help them realize their dream of participating in this event on GoFundMe.com. The 10 competing teams will be assigned a problem-solving "mission" in a particular place in Stuttgart and then given 72 hours to design and build a creative intervention in that space.
The Academy maintains a curated page on Kickstarter and we want to include YOUR project links! Only projects created by students, alumni, and faculty will be posted. Your project will live on our page forever. Please email Kelly Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org with your link.
Cranbrook for Alessi Launched in New York
The Italian home accessories manufacturer Alessi has teamed up with the Academy for a collection of alumni-designed tableware that was launched at the company's Soho NY showroom in May. The shop opened in 2006 and is designed by alum Hani Rashid ('95 Architecture).
This most recent partnership with the Academy began when Alberto Alessi visited campus in 2009. Seeing unlimited talent and potential, Alessi asked Scott Klinker, Head of 3D Design and Iris Eichenberg, Head of Metalsmithing, to pull together a dream team of faculty, students, and alumni to develop concepts for new tabletop pieces.
Four of those designs are now being put into production and will be available in September 0f 2012. They include two designs by Metalsmithing alum Adam Shirley ('10); the Dear George banana holder by John Truex (3D Design '06); and the perforated Trellis fruit bowl by Klinker, who is also a 1996 alum of the Design Department. A blog was created by Klinker and his students that is a digital record of the product development process at cranbrookalessi.wordpress.com.
Andrew Blauvelt Curates Exhibition in New York
If you are in New York this summer, you will not want to miss the exhibition “Graphic Design: Now in Production” running at Building 110 on Governors Island through September 3. This new exhibition features posters, books, magazines, typography, branding and film and television graphics created since 2000. It is co-curated by Design alum Andrew Blauvelt (1988) and Ellen Lupton of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Blauvelt, who has served as Design Director at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis since 1998, is well known for curating design and architecture exhibitions and developing related public programs. Currently he provides creative leadership for the Walker’s Design Studio.
Architecture Alumna Receives Grant for Film on Ruth Adler Schnee (CAA '46)
Ronit Eisenbach (Architecture '93) and her team were recently awarded a grant by the Graham Foundation for their film "The Radiant Sun: Designer Ruth Adler Schnee."
The film by Eisenbach explores the life and work of mid-century American designer and Academy alum Ruth Adler Schnee, who has been called a "Detroit treasure" and an "American legacy." Schnee credits her studies under Eliel Saarinen, with preparing her for a design career. With her husband Edward Schnee, she formed Adler-Schnee Associates, a design studio and store that helped bring modernism to Michigan. Now in her late 80s, Schnee continues to work as a space planner and textile designer. For more information on the Graham Foundation and the film, click here.
3D Design Alum Included in New York Times Feature on ICFF
Recent 2012 graduate Jack Craig was included in the recent New York Times feature on the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Wins 2012 ICFF Editors Award for Best Design School
A group of top editors from distinguished global design magazines voted this weekend for their favorite exhibitors and products at this year's annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York. They put their seal of approval on Cranbrook Academy of Art at the ICFF Exhibitors Reception, which was named as Best Design School.
This is the fourth year that the Academy's 3D Design Department has been invited by the organizers of ICFF to participate in an exhibition featuring the world's leading design schools. The Cranbrook entry — "Rest and Concentration in the Workplace" — evolved out of a sponsored-student project created by Herman Miller to nurture a new generation of design talent through the exploration of emerging challenges in the workplace. The forward-looking, full-scale-design prototypes for seating and workstations are on display in booths 1170 and 1480 at the Jacob Javits Center through Tuesday, May 22.
"Rest and Concentration" addresses challenges in the modern office where space is required for teamwork as well as rest, concentration and sometimes, 'personal escape.' The project brief from Herman Miller asked Cranbrook's students to confront several questions, such as: When individual workers need a moment away from the group, what type of furniture would be best to support their rest and concentration?; If the new work culture requires an integration of living and working, then what is the new vision of physical rest in a professional setting? Students researched these questions by interviewing office workers and visiting office environments, including Herman Miller's 'Design Yard,' to better understand the dynamics at play in the contemporary workplace. For more information, please visit here.
Check out the recent press featured in the New York Times and Architects + Artisans
"Designs From the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair"
New York Times
"The Search for Rest and Concentration"
Architects + Artisans
Cranbrook Academy of Art to Confer Distinguished Alumni Award on Artist Anne Wilson (CAA ’72 Fiber)
The Distinguished Alumni Award was conferred during the 2012 Commencement ceremony on artist Anne Wilson. The award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Anne Wilson is a 1972 graduate of the Academy’s Fiber Department and a visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her work is exemplary of an artistic practice that is rooted in hands-on processes of making, forming, and creating.
Past recipients of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Distinguished Alumni Award include Peter Bohlin (CAA ’61 Architecture) and Niels Diffrient (CAA ’54 Design). For more information, click here.
2008 Painting Graduate Samuel Rowlett Explores Art and Environment via the Connecticut River
Samuel Rowlett’s solo exhibition, “Abandoned Meanders,” at The Oxbow Gallery documents his explorations of the Connecticut River watershed and investigations into the relationships between art and nature. Collaborating with the Nature Conservancy, Rowlett explores how how art can be a medium for community engagement. On June 9, Rowlett will paddle this canoe in a public expedition down the Connecticut River from Northampton to Hartford, Connecticut. Rowlett ends his journey downriver at Real Art Ways in Hartford, where the canoe and other projects will be included in “An Unnamed Flowing, Nowhere,” a solo exhibition on view June 21 through September. 9.
"Art in Paradise: Ramble On"
Samuel Rowlett combines studio, gallery, and the environment in his singular exploration of art.
By James Heflin, Valley Advocate
The Art of the River: Exploring the Connecticut River in Art, History and a Canoe
By The Nature Conservancy
Grizzly Grizzly Project Space Devoted to Emerging and Under-represented Artists
Started in 2009, by artists Mike Ellyson (Sculpture 08), Dennis Matthews, Vincent Colvin and Bruce Wilhelm, Grizzly Grizzly continues to program monthly exhibitions, screenings and/or performances from the second floor of 319 North 11th Street in Philadelphia. Current members include Academy Alumni Mike Ellyson (Sculpture '08), Jacque Liu (Ceramics '02), and Mary Smull (Fiber '09). Exhibition photography is provided by Jaime Alverez (Photography '05). For more information and an exhibition schedule, please visit www.grizzlygrizzly.com
Hot Sundae: Amelia Irwin and Nicole Killian
Amelia Irwin and Nicole Killian Featured at the Walker Shop
"Drawing Club: A Collaborative Coloring Book," the second edition of artist designed objects at The Walker Shop features the work of 15 Minnesota artists including 2D design alums Amelia Irwin ('05) and Nicole Killian ('11). The Walker Shop offers a unique assortment of award-winning contemporary home and office accessories; artisan jewelry; and books about multidisciplinary contemporary art. For more
information visit here.
Metalsmithing Graduate David Licata in New York Times Review
David Licata (Metalsmithing '10) is one of 20 artists participating in "Sculpture: On and Off the Wall" at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, New York. Susan Hodara of the New York Times writes, "Another of the show’s recurrent influences is the natural world. It is there in David Licata’s glasswork: the delicate, autumn-hued, miniature trees; the bone-like “Suture”; the crimson linked rings in “Capillary Action,” a wall installation that suggests blood vessels." For the full review, click here.
Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron, artists.
Photo: Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine
Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron in New York Magazine's "How to Make It in the Art World"
2009 Sculpture graduates Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron were featured in "the art world in a photo booth" as part of Jerry Saltz's New York Magazine article "How to Make it in the Art World." Click here to read.
Complex Movements Receives MAP Funding
The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, has awarded $35,000 to support Complex Movements, an interactive hip-hop performance that will use video projection, sculptural art, and creative technologies to explore the relationship between complex sciences and social-justice movements. Installations designed and created by 2D Design Alumni Wesley Taylor ('11) will set the stage for the performance, representing each song through sculptural and video elements that interact with performers and the audience, creating feedback loops of participation. For more information, click here.
Tanya Hastings Gill Awarded Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship
Tanya Hastings Gill (Painting ’97) was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar Fellowship for 2011-2012. Gill will be residing in New Delhi, India for 9 months researching the intersection of Craft and Contemporary Art. Gill’s own studio work engages the age-old art of paper cutting in a contemporary context by utilizing reflective color, shadows and open installation. Gill was formally an instructor in the Contemporary Practices Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Anne Wilson Named Distinguished Artist by the Union League Club of Chicago
Anne Wilson (Fiber '72), was recently inducted into the Union League Club of Chicago’s Distinguished Artists program. As one of the two newest members of this program, Wilson was recognized for her contributions to furthering Chicago’s reputation as a world-class center of the arts. She currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Fiber and Materials at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
New York School Honors Jack Lenor Larsen
Distinguished alum Jack Lenor Larsen (1951) will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on April 18 in New York City from the New York School of Interior Design. Larsen, a visionary, scholar, world traveler, and an authority on traditional and contemporary crafts, founded of the eponymous firm in 1952. He has designed thousands of hand-woven fabric patterns and textiles in natural yarns, many of which are associated with Modernist architecture and furnishings and are in collections of major international museums.
Martin Linder Awarded the 2012 Jefferson Award
Congratulations to Martin Linder (Design '83), an associate professor in Design and Industry at San Francisco State University. Linder was awarded a 2012 Jefferson Award for his leadership and mentoring in industrial and graphic design for elementary- to college-aged students. His well-known Industrial Design Outreach Program, known fondly as iDo, teaches ethnically diverse, low-income students hands-on interdisciplinary design. iDo also provides high school students with experiences that foster curiosity, promote creativity, and build self-confidence.
The Jefferson Award for Public Service Civic Engagement was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard as a "Nobel Prize" for public service. The award recognizes individuals who make a difference on a daily basis in their local communities.
New York Times Features Alum Work
3D Design alums Reed Wilson (2011) and the Academy's Woodshop coordinator, Aaron Blendowski (2006), are just two of the stars in the exhibition that opens this week in Brooklyn, Threat: Objects for Defense and Protection. Check out what the New York Times wrote today.
Corine Vermeulen + The 2012 Whitney Biennial
Alum Corine Vermuelen's (Photo '04) photograph of Mike Kelley's Mobile Homestead is featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, which is dedicated to the Kelley who died in January. Vermuelen, who resides in Detroit, was recently awarded a Kresge Visual Arts Fellowship, and her work is currently on view at Cranbrook Art Museum as part of the No Object Is an Island, exhibition.
Work by Edgar Mosa in Bullett Magazine
A necklace designed by alum Edgar Mosa (Metalsmithing '11) is featured in the Spring edition of Bullett Magazine. Click here to view. Photography by Kevin Mackintosh.
Andrew Mowbray & Sculpture Magazine
Andrew Mowbray (Sculpture '98) is featured on the March cover of Sculpture Magazine. This issue includes an in-depth interview with Mowbray, who discusses everything from his work at Cranbrook to his most recent exhibition, In Search Of, at Boston's LaMontagne Gallery. and teaching in the art department at Wellesley College. Click here to read the full article.
Knoll to feature New Collection by 2011 3D Design Alum
Brian DuBois, a 2011 graduate of the 3D Design Department and recipient of the Academy's 2011 Florence Knoll Scholarship has introduced the CORK 1 Collection, a new furniture line by Knoll that explores the relationship between wood and cork, and uses both to create high-quality furniture with functional surfaces. DuBois received the 2011 Florence Knoll Scholarship as a second-year student in 3D Design Department. Originally from River Rouge, Michigan, he received a B.A. in Architecture in 1999 from the University of Detroit Mercy. In 2000, DuBois started his own Michigan-based company, 2:37am Studios. For more information, click here.
Sadashi Inuzuka Awarded Thurnau Professorship at UM
Academy alum Sadashi Inuzuka ('87) has been awarded a University of Michigan's Thurnau Professorship, the highest award for undergraduate teaching conferred by the University. Inuzuka, professor of art, University of Michigan School of Art & Design, is considered a pioneer in the design and implementation of community engagement courses. For more than a decade, Inuzuka has created courses that enable students to see first-hand the role art can play in social change. Through his seminars and workshops, students develop communication skills, a reflection on the role of art making in other people's lives and an appreciation of alternate modes of perception. For a video interview with Inuzuka, click here.
1950 Alum of Architecture Wins China's Top Award in Science and Technology
Wu Liangyong, a ninety-year old Chinese architect and conservationist, and 1950 alum of the Architecture Dept, won China's top scientific and technological award which will be bestowed on him by President Hu Jintao in late February. Wu was the founder of the Department of Architecture at the prestigious Tsinghua University. For more, please click here.
Cranbrook in Los Angeles
Cranbrook Academy of Art presents the annual Alumni Reception during the College Art Association Meetings in Los Angeles at the Empress Pavilion. It's a great time to reunite with the extended community of the Academy. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 21, click here.
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Empress Pavilion (click here for directions or other information)
Located in the Chinatown Bamboo Plaza
988 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
Parking is available on site + restaurant will validate tickets.
Left: Anne Lindberg, parallel 25 yellow, 2011, graphite and colored pencil on cotton mat board, 58" x 51"
Right: Annabeth Rosen, Wave, 2008, glazed ceramic parts, steel baling wire, 24" x 50" x 14"
Prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant Awarded to Alumni
Anne Lindberg (Fiber ‘88) and Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) were each awarded a 2011 Painters & Sculptors grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. This program was established in 1993 and is dedicated to supporting artists who are considered under-recognized for their artistic achievements and whose career would derive benefit from the grant. The 25 recipients in 2011 each received grants of $25,000. For more information on the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and a complete listing of award recipients, please click here.
Anne Lindberg has recently been busy preparing a solo exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art, group exhibitions at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Dolphin Gallery, and a GSA Art-in-Architecture commission for the Richard Bolling Federal Buidling. She was was in residence at the Kunstnerhuset i Lofoten in Svolvaer, Norway last September.
Annabeth Rosen is the Robert Arneson Chair of Ceramic Art at the University of California Davis. She works with both surface and form, and both sculpture and painting.
Left: Sonya Clark, Photo credit: Taylor Dabney
Right: Jon Eric Riis, Photo credit: the artist
Fiber Alums Sonya Clark and Jon Eric Riis Named 2011 USA Fellows
The holidays came early for Fiber Dept. alums Sonya Clark (‘95) and Jon Eric Riis (’69), who were among the 50 artists selected to receive a no-strings attached grant of $50,000 from the USA Artists Foundation. These grants are awarded each year to outstanding performing, visual, media, and literary artists.
Sonya Clark currently resides in Richmond, Virgina, where she serves as Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received the Academy's Mid-Career Alumni Achievement Honor in 2011. Her work will be shown in over six venues in 2012. Surface magazine recently wrote that "Clark is an ambitious, intellectually focused artist, [who] is already deepening the dialogue within fiber arts.”
Jon Eric Riis currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. His tapestry work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
For more information about this year’s USA Fellows, please click here.
Anniversary, 2009, archival inkjet print, 22 1/2" x 33 1/4"
Courtesy of LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2012 deCordova Biennial Features Alumna Kim Faler
Sculpture alumna and Fulbright recipient Kim Faler (‘08) was one of only 23 artists selected to participate in the 2012 deCordova Biennial on view through April 22 at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The Biennial features artists from across New England, and offers a diverse range of approaches in media and content. The exhibition occupies almost the entirety of the museum and beyond—reaching into the adjacent park, Boston, and nearby communities. For more information on this impressive Biennial, please click here.
Untitled, 2011, porcelain, china paint, 7" x 7" x 7"
Jessica Stoller Receives Praise in New York Times
In a review of the recent Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) exhibition, New York Times critic Ken Johnson praised Jessica Stoller (Ceramics '06). He cited her tabletop glazed porcelain sculptures as "exquisite" and further wrote, "Ms. Stoller mixes beauty, horror and dark comedy with a fine sense of proportion." The AIM program was established in 1980 with the goal of providing networking opportunities for emerging artists residing in the New York metropolitan area and of introducing their work to a greater audiences. The program comprises a series of thirteen weekly seminars at the Bronx Museum and other off-site locations. AIM culminates with a biannual exhibition organized by a team of guest curators, and an accompanying catalog. For the complete article, visit here.
canto yellow, 2011
Egyptian cotton thread, staples, 18 by 6 by 6 feet
Anne Lindberg Featured in Two International Exhibitions
Two exhibitions are currently featuring the extraordinary work of Anne Lindberg (Fiber '88). “Lessons from the Line," at SESC Bom Retiro gallery in São Paulo, Brazil will feature Lindberg's canto yellow (pictured above), her site-specific installation consisting of thousands of yellow threads pulled taut across a volume of space. It will be on display through October 30. Lindberg's work will also be presented in the group show “Extended Drawing,” at the Tegnerforbundet Gallery in Oslo, Norway where she is participating in a seminar on Friday, September 2, featuring talks by the nine contributing artists, as well as a discussion of contemporary drawing by Nina Katchadourian, Viewing Program Curator of The Drawing Center, New York City, and Sabrina van der Ley, Director of Contemporary Art at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo. Following the seminar, Lindberg will travel to Svolvaer, a fishing town of fewer than 5,000 residents in the Lofoten archipelago off the northern coast of Norway, above the Arctic Circle, for a two-week residency. The trip is funded by a Lighton International Exchange Grant from the Kansas City-based Lighton Foundation. For the Danish-descended Lindberg, both the exhibition and residency in Norway represent a homecoming of sorts—a return to the North, in concept as well as geography. For more information about Lindberg and the exhibitions described above, please visit www.annelindberg.com
Houston Center for Photography Names Christian Cutler Curatorial and Programs Coordinator
The Board of Directors of Houston Center for Photography appointed Christian H. Cutler, Photo '06, as Curatorial and Programs Coordinator. Prior to this appointment, Christian served as Director of Galleries for Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX; Director's Assistant for The Sir Elton John Photography Collection; and Co-Director and Registrar for Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA. He has also owned an art installation business and continues to work as a studio artist. For more, visit: www.yourhoustonnews.com.
Core77 Design Award Presented to Robert Turek
Robert (Bob) Turek (3D Design '10) was awarded Best of Design in the category of DIY / HACK / MOD by the design blog Core77 for his Tall Furniture. Turek states, "I have created a new system for live performance. These sculpture-furniture-objects are condensed stages for each performer. By spreading the stage into multiple focal points, the audience is deeply immersed in the performance, free to move about and experience intimate and unique vantage points." Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. For more details, visit here.
Left: Portrait of Vivian Beer by Chris Callis. Right: Vivian Beer, Scion, 2004; fabricated sheet and bar stock steel; 2.2 x 1.9 x 2.1 ft., photo by Vivian Beer
Vivian Beer Featured in American Craft Magazine
Metalsmithing alumna Vivian Beer ('04) was featured in the latest edition of American Craft Magazine for her "impossibly curvy furniture," she transforms out of steel. In 2012, her work will be included in the prestigious exhibition "40 Under 40: Craft Futures," in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Click here to read the feature in American Craft Magazine.
Jordan Wayne Long, Box Shipment #2, 2011
Special Delivery: Jordan Long Arrives in Portland Gallery via Shipping Crate
Photography graduate Jordan Long ('11) recently completed his latest project "Box Shipment #2," in which he traveled nearly 2,250 miles from Bald Knob, Arkansas to Portland, Oregon locked inside a shipping crate. While exploring themes of isolation and trauma during his seven-day journey, Long only connected to the outside world through the online computer game Lord of the Rings. Also accompanying him in the 35” x 55” x 55” crate were 28 protein bars, water, a bottle of Vitamin D, fans, aspirin and two air-sealed waste containers.
For complete details and press about his project, visit the links below:
Beth Katleman, Folly (detail)
Beth Katleman Featured in The Art Newspaper
Ceramics graduate Beth Katleman ('95) was recently featured in The Art Newspaper for her work of subversive porcelain sculptures at Design Miami/Basel. "Folly," a 16 foot-long installation, combines rococo decoration with figures from popular culture. Anny Shaw writes, "At first glance, the work appears to reference Wedgwood or French toile, but when viewed up close, these allusions dissolve. For example, one can spot a gnome riding a grinning snail past a miniature Sacré Coeur." Click here to read the complete article.
Left: Lucille Lozada Tenazas (photo: Matthew Sussman).
Right: Parsons School of Constructed Environments (SCE), poster design, 2008. Client: School of Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School for Design; Design firm: Tenazas Design; Creative director/Art director/Designer: Lucille Tenazas; Designer: Candice Ralph
Lucille Tenazas Featured in AIGA Design Journeys
In an interview with Design Journey's, Lucille Tenazas (Design '81) speaks passionately about her discovery of Cranbrook and work with Katherine McCoy. Currently, Lucille is the Henry Wolf Professor in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design where she is developing a graduate concentration in Design, Craft and Technology. Click here to read the AIGA Design Feature.
Samuel Rowlett Leads MASS MoCA Kidspace Project
Samuel Rowlett (Painting '08) is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence at MASS MoCA in conjunction with Kidspace, a three museum collaboration also involving the Williams College Museum of Art, and The Clark Institute. Rowlett and his dynamic crew of 15 local high-school students have started work on The Known Universe. The project opens on June 23 and runs through August 21 at the former Artery Lounge, 26 Holden Street, North Adams, MA. For more details visit here.
Metalsmithing Department Featured in American Craft Online
Artist-in-Resident Iris Eichenberg and Metalsmithing Alumna Gemma Draper ('09) were recently in the exhibition Us, in flux split between the Greg Kucera Gallery and the Lawrimore Project Gallery in Seattle, Washington. The exhibition was curated by Metals Department graduates Ruth Koelewyn ('09) and Seth Papac ('09) and explored jewelry as a means of examining the self through the work of six international artists. Read the American Craft online review here.
Photo: Tom McInvaille
Summer News from Sonya Clark
Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) has begun the second part of her Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the National Museum for African Art in Washington DC. There she is investigating the materiality, meanings, and metaphors of combs as objects of cultural reflection and agency. Later in the summer, Sonya will be heading to to Charlotte, North Carolina to serve as the Knight Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Arts. Having received grants from both Culture Works in Richmond, Virginia and Art Matters in New York City, she will be extending her artwork into the community over the course of the next 12 months. Sonya will return to Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall to continue in her position as chairwoman of the Craft/Material Studies Department. Stay up-to-date with Sonya by visiting her website.
Head of Ceramics and Five Alums Featured in Ground-breaking Exhibition at Denver Art Museum
Work by Department Head and Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald and five Ceramics Department graduates including: Katie Caron ('09), Heather Mae Erickson ('04), Neil Forrest ('81), Andrew Martin ('81), and Annabeth Rosen ('81) is featured in the exhibition "Overthrown: Clay Without Limits," currently on view through September 18 at Denver Art Museum.
Working in all scales, from architecturally expansive to almost impossibly small, the artists in "Overthrown" employ twenty-first-century technology hand-in-hand with standard modeling and molding techniques. They use digital cameras, computers, laser cutters, 3-D printers, and computer-controlled mills along with more traditional tools.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit here.
Designer Ruth Adler-Schnee Brings "A Passion for Color" to Venice
Ruth Adler Schnee, a 1946 graduate of the Design Department, will be featured in a summer-long exhibition opening June 4 at the Musei Civici di Venezia in Italy. "Ruth Adler Schnee: a Passion For Color," pays tribute to the artist's important role in Mid-Century Modernism, exploring her life, her work, and the challenges she faced as a woman designer. The exhibition, in conjunction with the 54th Biennale of Art, will feature Schnee’s breathtaking original hand-printed fabrics, woven textiles and original sketches.
Schnee has devoted her career to the creation of good form, textures and color combinations. Trained in interior architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and design at the Academy, Ruth brings architectural themes to the textile industry. As a child she and her family escaped Nazi Germany and settled in Detroit, Michigan, where over the years her circle of friends, colleagues, and clients included Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller and Minoru Yamasaki. Now in her 80's, Schnee still lives and works in Michigan, designing woven textiles for Anzea. She is active in the Detroit design community as a preservation advocate for the city's Modernist history.
"The Radiant Sun: Designer Ruth Adler Schnee," a documentary that debuted last year at Cranbrook which was directed by Terri Sarris and co-produced by Ronit Eisenbach (Architecture '93), will also be shown during the course of the exhibition in Venice. For more information, visit here.
Judge Avern \
Copyright Glen Michaels / Detroit Free Press
Portrait of US District Court Judge by Celebrated Painting Alum Presented in Detroit
Glen Michaels, a long time Michigan resident and 1957 graduate of the Painting Department, was commissioned nearly 20 years ago to paint the official portrait of United States District Court Judge, the Honorable Avern Cohn. Cohn was appointed to the Federal Court in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter. Michaels is considered an art legend in Michigan and has been producing works for the private and public sector for more than 50 years. Read more in the Detroit Free Press.
Anne Wilson Featured in Exhibition in Knoxville
The Knoxville Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of work by Fiber alum Anne Wilson ('72) entitled " Local Industry" May 13-August 7, 2011. The work was created over the course of three months during an artist’s project entitled Local Industry, which is part of a longer exhibition by Wilson entitled "Wind/Rewind/Weave." For more click here.
Suzanne Beautyman Featured in Italian Vogue
In a recent edition of Italian Vogue, Suzanne Beautyman, a 2010 Metalsmithing graduate and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist, was referred to as one of the great new discoveries at the last jewelry show in Munich, Germany. Emanuele Lugli writes, "Her pieces and her sensibility are closer to contemporary sculptures – sculptures to be worn." Before completing her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Beautyman received a BA in Economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and studied at the Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence under the direction of renowned jewelry artists Manfred Bischoff and Peter Skubic.
Read more here.
Celebration of Making
Janet Abrams, a 2010 graduate of the Ceramics Department reflects on her time at the Academy in April edition of Metropolis magazine. Abrams, who came to the Academy following a long and successful career as a renowned design critic and has since accepted a job in Montreal as the Associate Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture writes about her own experience discovering the wonder of making art with clay and by her own hand. She writes, "the renaissance of craft currently occurring among artists, architects, designers, and a generation of DIYers otherwise glued to their keyboards speaks to a universal longing for the tactile and the real…" Read more here.
Celebrated Architect Alum Publishes New Title
James Williamson (Architecture '84), and currently Visiting Professor at Cornell University at the School of Architecture, is the editor of the book "The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture: A Reader," published by Routledge press. Williamson received his Master of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art (under Daniel Libeskind) and studied the history and theory of architecture at the Architectural Association. He studied architecture, art and English literature as an undergraduate at Texas Tech University. Williamson has won numerous design and teaching awards and honors, including a First Place Award in the Shinkenchiku Competition for Japan Architect (juried by Tadao Ando), an ACSA design award, two Graham Foundation grants, the 2006 Martin Dominguez Distinguished Teaching Award from The College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University, and a Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence from the Escuela de Arquitectura, Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Academy Celebrates the Life of Toshiko Takaezu
Renowned Academy ceramic alum Toshiko Takaezu passed away March 8, 2011 in Hawaii, where she had lived for the past 10 years. Takaezu, who was 88, was passionate about her craft and devoted to teaching. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1954 under the tutelage of the Academy's master ceramist Maija Grotell.
"Takaezu’s work grew out of the vessel aesthetic, for which her mentor and close friend at Cranbrook, the Finnish Ceramist Maija Grotell was so famous," said Gregory Wittkopp, the Director of Cranbrook Art Museum. "She pushed that aesthetic to a sculptural one but continued to reference the vessel throughout her career."
Born in Pekeekeo, Hawaii, in 1922, Takaezu’s interest in pottery began when she worked with the Hawaii Potters Guild on Oahu. She attended ceramic classes under Claude Horan at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before she headed to Michigan to study at the Academy. After graduating from the Academy, she taught ceramics for more than 35 years, first at the Cleveland Institute of Art and then Princeton University. She retired in 1992 to become a full-time studio artist.
Over the years Takaezu’s work has been featured in nearly 100 exhibitions around the world, and she received honors from, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts and New York's American Craft Center, which in 1994 presented her with its Gold Medal. Her work is in the permanent collections of Cranbrook Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian Institution, and more than a dozen other institutions.
William Taylor, Visionary Architecture Educator, Named AIA Fellow
William Taylor (Architecture '81), FAIA, who co-founded the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design (LAIAD) in 2001, has been named a Fellow by Washington, DC-based American Institute of Architecture (AIA). The AIA bestowed it highest honor on Taylor in recognition of his contribution to education in architecture during the past quarter-century, culminating with the creation and successful operation of LAIAD. The school emphasizes open admission and rigorous instruction in design principles to promote student conceptual thinking, as opposed to vocational training. Becoming an FAIA is considered a great honor; fewer than two percent of all registered architects in the United States are elected to Fellowship in the AIA. Taylor, 59, is also a founding principal of TFO Architecture, a Los Angeles design firm with a wide ranging body of local and international projects. Long dedicated to teaching, Taylor has been a design professor at Harvard University, the University of Houston, and at Cal Poly Pomona, pioneering a first-year course curriculum at the latter institution in the mid-1980s. Taylor has exhibited his work internationally at venues including the Venice Biennale, the Milan Triennale, the Pompidou Center, and the Museum of Finnish Architecture. His awards include an AIA/LA Honor Award, an AIA Educator of the Year Award, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, and a Virginia Museum of Art Fellowship. Taylor earned his Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1981, with distinction, and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
"Year in Review" Grand Prize Winners Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron Exhibiting at SCOPE
Sculpture grads Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron ('09) were awarded the "Year in Review" 2010 Grand Prize from Artists Wanted and will be exhibiting at the SCOPE Art Show during Armory Week (March 2-6, 2011) in New York. Catron and Outlaw are proof that contemporary art can exist in living, breathing form. Together they break down traditional boundaries and take their work "off the wall" by incorporating performance art into fully immersive site-specific installations to create extraordinary spectacles. Click here to view their prize-winning portfolio. For more information about SCOPE, please visit www.scope-art.com
Sonya Clark Receives Distinguished Mid-Career Artist Award from the Academy
The Academy's Director Reed Kroloff conferred the first Distinguished Mid-Career Artist award to Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) during her recent lecture on campus in late January. This award recognizes alumni achievement in the middle of one's career. Clark has been honored for her remarkable record as both an artist and educator, and the important critical attention her work has received including the excellent program in Crafts and Material Studies she leads at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Clark has also been awarded the 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellowship. The VMFA Fellowships provide essential support for Virgina-based artists to advance their careers or further their education. For more information, http://www.vmfa.state.va.us and http://www.sonyaclark.com.
Marcie Miller Gross
AIA-KC Awarded Bronze Level Art Achievement for Site-Specific Commission by Marcie Miller Gross
Marcie Miller Gross (Fiber '90), recently completed a commission for the American Institute of Architects-Kansas City (AIA-KC) with the Art Through Architecture collaborative program. Miller Gross has held academic appointments at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas from 1996 – 2009, and held a Review Studios Residency since 2005. The AIA-KC is being awarded the Bronze level "Art Achievement" by Art through Architecture for her work.
Inbound: Houston, 2009
Multi-Media Artist: 2010 William H. Johnson Prize Awarded to Karyn Olivier
Karyn Olivier (Ceramics '01) was the recipient of the The 2010 William H. Johnson Prize, an annual award presented to an early career African-American artist. Working with sculpture, installation, public works, photography and video, Olivier often manipulates the familiar--from the redundancy of duplicated objects, exaggerating what already exists. Her work explores the changing countenance of intimacy as it fluctuates between individual and collective experience. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Olivier grew up in Brooklyn, and received an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA in psychology from Dartmouth College. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Gwangju and Busan Biennials, Korea; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; The Wanas Foundation; Sweden; The Whitney Museum of Art at Altria; MoMA PS1, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. She has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award; The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and a project grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Olivier has had residencies at the Core Program, Houston; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Past recipients of the William H. Johnson Prize include artists such as Rodney McMillian, Edgar Arceneaux, and Sanford Biggers. For more information, please visit here.
Painting Coast to Coast
Coast to Coast: Alison Wong and Mark Sengbusch in National Exhibition at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
Work by Painting Department alums Alison Wong ('06) and Mark Sengbusch ('08) is featured in the exhibition "Painting Coast to Coast" at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University in Detroit. The exhibition brings together current work from across the United States exemplifying the variety and energy of the medium. For exhibition details, see below.
"Painting Coast to Coast"
Exhibition through March 11, 2011
Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
480 W. Hancock, Detroit
Honored: MoMA Adds Fonts of Jeff Keedy and Scott Makela to Permanent Collection
Two typefaces designed by Jeff Keedy (Design '85) and Scott Makela (Design '91 and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of Design 1996-1999) were selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for admission to its architecture and design collection, together with 22 other digital typefaces by leading designers. For more information please see The New York Times article, "For Electronic Types, a Mark of Distinction."
Joshua Green Named Executive Director of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts recently announced the appointment of Joshua Green (Ceramics '83) as its new executive director. In this capacity Green will be responsible for leading the operational and strategic efforts of NCECA, an organization composed of artists, educators, collectors, enthusiasts, exhibitors, industry and non-profit representatives with deep interests and commitments to ceramic art. The organization maintains an active base of approximately 5000 members annually and communicates with approximately 20,000 individuals, businesses, arts organizations, schools and institutions of higher learning in the US and abroad.
Beth Katleman, Folly (detail)
New York Times Features Beth Katleman on Her Ceramic Curiosities
Ceramics graduate Beth Katleman ('95) was recently featured in a New York Times story in the Home and Garden section and will be presenting a new installation of subversive porcelain sculptures at Greenwich House Pottery January 20 through February 17. "Folly," her largest and most ambitious work to date, explores the themes of consumption and desire. Katleman is "a ceramic artist who plays with dainty forms and techniques, subverting traditional shapes to her own mischievous ends. Her delicate earthenware reliefs in wild colors recall the 18th-century porcelain rooms of European royalty — except when you look closely, you might see the Campbell Soup kids brandishing a safety razor among the rococo flowers and vines, or the Pillsbury Doughboy tucked inside an ornate doorway..." Read the complete article here.
Chalk Talk, 2010, installation at The Art Gym, chalkboard paint, wax, nylon cord, rubber bands, eyelets, screw eyes
Jane Lackey Receives Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts
Former Artist in Residence and1979 graduate of the Fiber Department, Jane Lackey was awarded a Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts for a five-month residency in Japan during 2011.To keep up on all of Jane's news, please visit her website.
Fumihiko Maki Named 2011 Winner of the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects
Fumihiko Maki (Architecture 1953), a distinguished Tokyo-based architect on Thursday, December 16 was named the 2011 winner of the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Maki is the second concurrent Cranbrook architecture graduate to receive this important honor. In 2010, Peter Bohlin a 1961 graduate of the program was awarded the medal. The Gold Medal recognizes an individual architect whose body of work has had an enduring impact on the field.
Maki, who made his name in the 1960s as a member of the Japanese group of architects called the Metabolists, designed one of the office towers under construction at the World Trade Center in New York City. He is known for assembling seemingly disparate collages of forms in his buildings, creating what the AIA called "dramatic and revelatory markers of time and place, full of immediacy and a bit of whimsy." Maki won architecture's most prestigious honor, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, in 1993.
The Academy's Eliel Saarinen and Eero Saarinen were also recipients of the gold medal, which has been awarded over the years to Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei, among other distinguished practitioners. Visit www.aia.org for more details.
Call for Nominations: The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2011
The Academy's Board of Governors and the Alumni Circle committee are seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. We invite members of the Academy community to identify graduates whose outstanding accomplishments, service, achievements, and contributions have enhanced the fields of architecture, art, and design. Nominees must be living alumni who have graduated a minimum of 20 years ago (class of 1991 or earlier), and who are not currently employed by the Academy. The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award will be conferred at commencement on Friday, May 6.
To make a nomination, please send a letter via email to the Alumni Circle Nominations Coordinator, Ben Teague (Ceramics 2006) at email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2011. To be considered, all submissions must include the following information:
- Your contact information (name, address, telephone, email).
- The nominee's contact information, to the best of your knowledge (name, address, telephone, email, year of graduation and department of study).
- A letter of nomination (up to 300 words). This letter should address the reasons why you consider the nominee to be a remarkable alumnus of the Academy. Please include instances of peer-reviewed recognition. For example: invitational exhibitions, one-person or group shows, industry or peer awards, academic distinctions, media recognition (film, television, radio), publications (articles, monographs, reviews, criticism). Remember, nominees must have graduated from the Academy at least 20 years ago (class of 1991 or earlier).
We look forwarding to hearing from you! And thank you in advance for participating in this important award!
The Alumni Circle Committee
Jeong Eun (Elle) Kim
I Exist in a Place of Infinite Delusions Where Three Dreams Cross, 2010
clear liquid rubber, dimensions variable.
2010 2D Design Graduate, Elle Kim wins Top Gun Distinction from the Art Director's Club of New York
Jeong Eun (Elle) Kim, a 2010 graduate of 2D Design Department was a Global Winner of The Art Directors Club of New York Young Guns 8 Competition for Creative people ages 30 and under. The Art Directors Club (www.adcglobal.org), is the leading organization for integrated media. The ADC Young Guns® is the only international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based awards competition that identifies today’s vanguard of young creative professionals age 30 or younger. Selected from entries received from 37 countries, these ADC Young Guns 8 winners represent an impressive global roster of young talent in the fields of graphic design, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation & video, interactive design, product design and typography.
Veuve Clicquot Design Award Winner Jonathan Muecke Featured in Abitare Magazine
Jonathan Muecke (3D Design 09), who was recently awarded the Veuve Clicquot Award in France’s 5 Annual Design Parade for his collection of undefined objects, is the subject of a five-page spread in Italy’s prestigious Abitare magazine. Photos of his work were shot on campus in Milles House this past summer. Jonathan Olivares writing in Abitare of Muecke’s works said “…. the fact is that domestic products, which Muecke’s objects are, have perhaps never before had their functions so abstracted from routine use. Muecke has designed away all the trimmings and left us with raw experience.” For the entire article, please visit here.
The poster for the Ed Fella exhibit was designed by Gail Swanlund.
Ed Fella: Acclaimed Artist, Educator and Iconoclastic Designer Featured in California Exhibition
Through November 20
Pasadena City College Art Gallery
1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
“I’m History,” an exhibition featuring original drawings, photos, sketchbooks and printed posters by Ed Fella is on view through November 20 at the at the Pasadena City College Art Gallery. The exhibition will also include a first-time look at Fella’s “Counterfactual History” project, a recent body of work that has never been previously exhibited or published. Recognized by the AIGA, “as an artist, educator and iconoclastic designer daring to reshape contemporary typography and graphic design,” Fella practiced as a commercial artist in Detroit for three decades before receiving his MFA in design in 1987. Recipient of the Chrysler Design Award (1997), the prestigious AIGA medal (2007) and a longtime faculty member at CalArts, Fella's art practice has influenced generations of designers and established his reputation as a pioneer of postmodern design. For more details about the exhibition please visit www.pasadena.edu www.pasadena.edu
Andrew Doak and Adrian Clark Hatfield
Garden Party, Chez Hatfield, 2010
Andrew Doak Awarded Best of 2D Award at ArtPrize 2010
Andrew Doak, a 2009 graduate of the Photography Department was awarded Best of 2D category together with Adrian Clark Hatfield, of Royal Oak, for their photograph entitled "Garden Party, Chez Hatfield" in the 2010 Art Prize festival in Grand Rapids, MI earlier this month. The 2D category was juried by Patricia Phillips, Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design. ArtPrize 2010 is a radically open art competition founded in 2009 by the Grand Rapids-based philanthropist Rick DeVos. The event takes place during 16 days throughout the city of Grand Rapids and features more than $449,000 in prize money, more than 200,000 visitors, and 1262 artists representing more than 41 states and 12 countries who display in over 159 venues. Doak and Clark claimed a prize of $5000 for their work. For details visit here.
Sang Hoon Kim
Phenomena - Room Divider, 2009, Wood, 6' 4" high x 12' Wide
Sang Hoon Kim Receives 2010 Rado Young Talent Design Award and Featured in the New York Times
Sang Hoon Kim (3D Design ‘09) received the Rado Young Talent Design Award in the 2010 I.D. Annual Design Review for his Phenomena screen which was also recently featured in the New York Times. Tim McKeough of the New York Times writes, "The wavelike shape of the Phenomena screen may call to mind water, but Sang Hoon Kim, the designer, said his inspiration was actually the way that light moves over time. “I wanted to bring that phenomenon into the home,” Kim said, “by creating undulating ribs that would reflect light at many different angles…” Read more.
Nick Cave, Featured in Vogue Magazine
Mr. Soundsuit: Nick Cave Featured in September Issue of Vogue
Nick Cave (Fiber '89) and "his psychedelic furs" are the subject of an eight-page spread in the September 2010 issue of Vogue magazine shot by fashion photographer Raymond Meier. The photos feature Cave wearing the Soundsuits while highlighting handbags and footwear from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior.
Cave's Soundsuits are famously made of human hair, raffia, twigs, dryer lint, vintage toys and buttons and are said to engulf the wearer to the point that people, "are not able to identify race, gender, creed, anything," said Cave in a recent Chicago Tribune report. "Their swishing, rustling and bobbing create their own soundtrack while also muffling the wearer's senses." Cave currently serves as Chair of the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. On September 10, Cave opened a temporary shop of his Soundsuits on South Michigan Avenue, in Chicago which is his hometown. Visit Vogue.com for more.
Aaron Lown and John Roscoe Swartz of BUILTNY Tell All at Design Meetup
Aaron Lown (Design '94) and John Roscoe Swartz (Printmaking '94), the founders of BUILTNY were recent guests at Apartment Therapy's NY Design Meetup, an online forum for designers, architects, entrepreneurs, and students. Apartment Therapy is a popular online resource for home design, ideas and community. There is a gorgeous slide show of the history of Cranbrook design as part of the interview of Lown and Swartz who tell the story of their student days at the Academy where they first met. To read the interview and view the images here.
Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron pictured in the The New York Times on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.
Fish Fried and Boiled: Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron featured in the New York Times
Sculpture grads Paul Outlaw and Jen Catron ('09) were featured in a New York Times story in the Dining Out section on Wednesday, August 18, for their recent endeavors peddling food on the streets of New York City out of a truck.. Jen 'n Outlaw's Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boil, "is a new mobile outpost of Southern food in New York City. On a recent Sunday, they made a test run in Bushwick, Brooklyn…The couple's artistic interests lie somewhere near the intersection of community, capitalism, patriotism and fun times. The truck, which flies an American flag, is all that. “We consider the whole operation our performance,” Ms. Catron said, stirring the batter for catfish po’ boys while Mr. Outlaw grappled with 40-pound bags of live crayfish. “Whooooo!” he yelled…" Read "Fried Fish and Crayfish Boil, All From a Brooklyn Truck" here.
Jonathan Muecke (3D Design '10).Chair, carbon fiber, epoxy resin and Step Stool, copper .
Jonathan Muecke Receives Prestigious Veuve Clicquot Design Award in France
Jonathan Muecke (3D Design '10) and Isaac Chen (3D Design'10) were two of just ten designers selected to participate in this year's Design PARADE held in France in June. This year marks the first time an American has been invited to participate and the jury ultimately selected Muecke to receive the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Award. In addition to 10 000 Euros, the award also provides Muecke with the opportunity to produce an original household object of his choice for mass market. For more information visit here.
Aron Temkin Named Dean of Norwich School of Architecture and Art
Aron Temkin, (Architecture '97), has been named Dean of the Norwich University School of Architecture and Art.
Temkin was formerly director and associate professor of the Florida Atlantic University School of Architecture in Fort Lauderdale. He joined the faculty of FAU in 1999 and assumed the position of director in 2005.In addition to an MArch from Cranbrook, Temkin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate level design studios as well as foundation level and advanced seminars in digital design, furniture design and graphic communication.
Interior Living Unit (shown at MOCAD during the 2010 Graduate Degree Exhbition)
Photo: James Carrillo
Dezeen Design Magazine Features an In-depth Look at the Thesis Work of Andrew Kline
Rose Etherington writes in Dezeen, "Michigan designer Andrew Kline (Architecture '10) has designed a compact unit for transforming disused industrial spaces into temporary homes. Called Interior Living Unit, the project comprises a kitchen, bathroom, bed and storage that all fold away into a cubic red box...." Read more on Dezeen.com
Ginger Krieg Dosier wins Metropolis magazine's 2010 Next Generation Design Award
Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture'05) is this years' winner of Metropolis magazine's 2010 Next Generation award for her design of a bioengineered brick that was cited for it's potential for monumental global impact. Dosier is currently a professor at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates where she has been working on her radical, alternatives bricks which you don't bake, but grow. To learn all about Ginger's work and this prestigious award, please visit.