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Anders Ruhwald

Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald


Anders Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department in July of 2008. Ruhwald was born in Denmark, and educated at the Glass and Ceramics School in Bornholm, Denmark and the Royal College of Art in London. Ruhwald has received a number of international awards including a three-year work stipend from the Danish Art Foundation in 2010, the Sotheby Prize from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2007 and the Annie and Otto Johannes Detlef's Award for young, experimental ceramic artists from the Museum of Art & Design in Denmark.

For the last ten years, Ruhwald has enjoyed an active international exhibition career that has spanned Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. He has won critical acclaim for his conceptual work that explores the boundaries of the ceramic medium as an idea and a material. Ruhwald brings an international perspective on ceramics to Cranbrook. An artist first, Ruhwald’s practice informs and defines his work with students. Working alongside one another, the teacher-student dialog makes apparent what it takes to be an actively engaged critical thinker and practitioner.

Anders Ruhwald: like the new past, Installation view, Denver Art Museum, 2011

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The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Detroit Institute of Art, USA
The Denver Art Museum, USA
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK
The National Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
The British Crafts Council
The Swedish National Museum, Stockholm
The Icheon World Ceramic Center, Rep. of South Korea
The Swedish Council for the Arts
Cranbrook Art Museum, USA
Design Museum Denmark, Copenhagen
The Danish Arts Council
Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
The Arizona State University Art Museum, USA
Collection de Sèvres – Cité de la céramique, France

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Gold Prize, Gyeonggi International Biennale, South Korea, 2011
The Danish Art Foundation Three Year Working Stipend, 2010
he Sotheby’s Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 2007
The Annie & Otto Detlefs Prize, Denmark, 2005



Anders Ruhwald

Crystal Ball (The Future), Installation view, Saarinen House, Cranbrook Art Museum, 2013

Anders Ruhwald

The School of the Flower, Installation view, Saarinen House, Cranbrook Art Museum, 2013


Anders Ruhwald
Anders Ruhwald
You in Between, Installation view, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK, 2009



Anders Ruhwald
Anders Ruhwald
One Thing Follows Another (and you make it happen), Installation view, David Ousley Museum, 2013



Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House:  The Anatomy of a Home, 2013. Film by the Louisiana Channel for the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark. For a commentary about the exhibition, please click here.


Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ

The Arizona State Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center (CRC) in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, the first comprehensive museum exhibition to highlight the museum’s craft holdings, including new international acquisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies.

The Museum’s existing craft collection focuses on both established and emerging artists who are the driving force behind the model of rethinking craft. Established artists in the show include Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. Emerging artists include CAA alumna Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95), Academy Artist-in-Residence and Head of Ceramics, Anders Ruhwald, Academy Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber, Mark Newport, and Alison Elizabeth Taylor. For more information, visit here.

Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (and You Make It Happen)

David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

This exhibition features work developed in collaboration with faculty and students from the Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass as well as artists from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Through a three room exhibition, visitors will experience the similar shapes of the works rendered in different materials. The objects are similar—Ruhwald describes them as upright cylinders or cones that can be broken down into geometric forms—but the artists from Cranbrook expressed the work in wood, while the artists from Ball State crafted the forms in glass. All are based on the original work Ruhwald first produced in clay. For more information click here.