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Cranbrook  Academy of Art In the News


Bill Massie Featured in The New York Times

Architect-in-Residence and Head of Architecture Bill Massie’s Wessen Lawn Tennis Club recently opened its 24-court private outdoor grass-court center. The$1.5 million project in Pontiac, Mich. is the reinvention of a closed community center. More additions to the grounds' facilities are continuing. For the full story, click here.

 


 


Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald Announced as Finalists for Knight Arts Challenge Detroit Grants

Cranbrook Art Museum and Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald, were recently announced as finalists in the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, which looks to award millions to local organizations focused on expanding the arts in the city of Detroit.

This is the second year of the challenge. Last year, the first of three for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, the contest awarded $2.1 million to 56 ideas - including four projects involving Academy alumni with awards totaling $200,000.

This year, the Knight Foundation received close to 1,000 applications which they were able to narrow down to 88 finalists. Winners will be announced in October.

Open to everyone, the Knight Arts Challenge offers matching grant money to the best ideas for the arts. Applicants must follow only three rules: 1) The idea must be about the arts; 2) The project must take place in or benefit Detroit; 3) The grant recipient must find funds to match Knight’s commitment.

The challenge is part of a $19.25 million investment in the Detroit arts that the Knight Foundation announced in the fall of 2012.

This year's nominated projects include:

Cranbrook Art Museum: To mount performance artist Nick Cave’s “Biggest, Baddest Performance of All Time!" - a series of spectacles around the city in 2015. This program will coincide with a Nick Cave exhibition scheduled to open at Cranbrook Art Museum in June of 2015.

Anders Ruhwald: To explore the transformative qualities of fire – both destructive and constructive –  Ruhwald looks to create “The Charred House,” a permanent art installation inside a Detroit home where the interior is made of charred wood and black ceramics.

For more information, visit www.knightarts.org.

 


 



Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates and Artist-in-Residence Awarded Tiffany Foundation Grants
Each winner receives an unrestricted $20,000 prize

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that two graduates and an Artist-in-Residence have each been awarded an unrestricted $20,000 grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.  Established in 1918, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation remains one of the largest single sources of unrestricted monetary awards to artists in the United States.

The 2013 Biennial Competition recognizes 30 winners, selected by a jury from a pool of 137 nominees proposed by the Foundation’s trustees, artists, critics, and museum professionals throughout the United States. The grants have been awarded to artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, craft, and multimedia.

Cranbrook’s winners include:

Mark Newport: Current Academy Artist-in Residence and Head of the Fiber Department

Ariel Brice: Graduate of the Ceramics Department, 2009

Seth Papac: Graduate of the Metalsmithing Department, 2009

Newport, Brice, and Papac join the ranks of eight alumni and two additional Academy Artists-in-Residence who have received Tiffany Foundation Grants since 1989. The present Biennial Competition, a format established in 1980, has granted a total of $8,534,000 in awards to 441 artists nationwide.

According to the Foundation, the Biennial Competition represents the organization’s continued mission to honor its founder Louis Comfort Tiffany by enriching the growth of  and experimentation by artists with direct financial support. The Foundation's goal is to support artists whose work shows promise, but who have not yet received widespread critical acclaim or commercial recognition, enabling them to produce new work and continue their development. Winners are selected for their talent, promise, and individual artistic strength.

The Foundation has published a full-color, 84-page catalog documenting the award recipients’ work, and it presents images, artist biographies, and streaming video samples on its website at www.louiscomforttiffanyfoundation.org.

This announcement comes on the heels of the news last week that three Academy graduates were awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

Images (left to right): Mark Newport, Sweaterman 6, 2010, Hand-knit acrylic, 80 x 23 x 6 inches
Ariel Brice, Unanimous, 2011, Slip-cast Chinese porcelain, glaze, PVD chrome, and acrylic paint, 78 x 126 x 3 1/2 inches
Seth Papac, redblackleopard; from the sets/accessories series, 2010, Necklace with removable parts: silver, plastic, mylar, black and white ebony, leopard fur, glass, resin, and found objects, 18 x 13 3/4 x 3 inches

 


 



Three Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive Fulbright Grants

Cranbrook Academy of Art announces that three recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants. This brings the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 11 years to 25 - making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States. The Academy also continues to be named one of the Fulbright program's "Top Producing Institutions" by the Institute for International Education.

This year's recipients include:

Ryan Debolski (Photography ’14)
Debolski will travel to Oman to compile a photographic series examining architecture and the relationship it has with the identity of the Musandam Peninsula as a geographic enclave. Debolski hopes that by studying formal structures and informal characteristics of segregation, the role architecture has in defining socio-politico boundaries will become apparent in our landscape and urban environments.

Kelley O’Brien (3D Design ’14)
O'Brien will travel to Quezon City in the Philippines, home to one of the largest landfills, in order to study the specific effects the dumpsite has on the built environment. She will document various informal settlements where the re-use of materials and waste are a prominent architectural element within the design of structures, exploring the connection between design and the culture of the urban poor.

Juan Torres (Architecture ’11)
Torres will travel to Denmark to use his knowledge of the history and craftsmanship of contemporary ceramics and brick making to develop a modular system of architectural units that can become interactive public sculptures. He will seek to understand the positive impact that a low-production and craft-oriented approach can have for instigating and creating strong social bonds.

"It is with pride and admiration that I commend our students for tackling such ambitious projects, and being rewarded for their efforts and curiosity," said Academy Director Reed Kroloff. "And the fact that our graduates receive grants on a regular basis, year after year, speaks wonders about the quality of the art and design education we continue to offer at the Academy."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities each year for approximately 1,900 students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools in more than 140 countries worldwide. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. Through engagement in the community, individuals interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Images (left to right):

Ryan Debolski, Dubai 01, 2009, Archival inkjet print, 32” x 40“
Kelley O’Brien, Woodward’s Pontifex, 2014, Wood, PVC, acrylic paint, 10 acres
Juan Torres, Constellation 1, 2012, Ceramic, 6” x 6” x 6”

 






Kari Cholnoky Receives Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14) has won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.

“Receiving the award is undoubtedly the most exciting thing to happen to me in my life,” said Cholnoky. “When the award was announced, I immediately started sobbing, and I turned to my mentor Beverly Fishman, who was doing the same. To have been so dedicated to one's work for the past two years at Cranbrook and to build upon that momentum with such a massive opportunity. It just knocks me out.”

Cholnoky will spend the summer in Berlin in conjunction with Küenstlerhaus Bethanien, an art studio, where she will live and work as an artist-in-residence. Her two-month stay includes a personalized networking program, and exposure to the art and business community in Berlin.

“Just being an artist in a country that I've never been, to meet people, visit museums, and collect a wide variety of experiences will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Cholnoky. “And, I intend to take full advantage of it.” 

The award is part of Cranbrook's long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company's commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.

The finalists, one from each of the Academy's 10 departments, were announced at STUDIO, a benefit for Cranbrook Academy of Art's scholarship programs, held on April 26. A jury made up of local art and design educators, artists, curators and representatives from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services viewed their work this spring and selected Cholnoky as the winner.

 


 


Yun Wook Mun (Ceramics '14)

Academy Students Shine at Detroit Artists Market

The work of 10 Cranbrook Academy of Art students is on display at the Detroit Artists Market through April 5, 2014. See a full gallery of the images in The Detroit News article covering the exhibition.

 


 

 

The 3D Design Department recently completed the workshop Make First / Think Later with designer Bertjan Pot. Check out the tumblr blog they created to showcase their work!  

 


 

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting, Featured in ArtForum Review

Beverly Fishman's exhibition Focus at the Broad Art Museum was featured in the January 2014 edition of ArtFourm. Read about how “her paintings translate the abstracted representational regimes of the medical industry back into an image with physical, corporeal presence.” For the full article, click here.

 

 


 

Our Artists-in-Residence at Art Basel

This year, four of our Artists-in-Residence exhibited at Art Basel in Miami. Beverly Fishman’s Pharmacopoeia, a solo exhibition presented by Wasserman Projects at Miami Project was featured in the Miami News Times and Blouin Art Info. Iris Eichenberg hosted a show with Karl Fritsch, presented by Ornamentum Gallery at Design/Miami and was featured in Glenn Adamson’s column on Artsy.net. Heather McGill’s work was displayed at the PULSE Art Fair with Miller Yezerski Gallery and Liz Cohen showed two photographs with the David Klein Gallery.

Pictured above (left to right): Work by Iris Eichenberg, Liz Cohen, Beverly Fishman, and Heather McGill.

 


 

Residual Histories: An Interview with Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera was recently interviewed during his latest visit to Cranbrook Academy of Art by CAA graduate and Bad Art Sports writer, Tom Friel (Sculpture '11). For the interview, click here.

 


 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Call for Applications:Critical Studies Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 9, 2013

Cranbrook Academy of Art, a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture seeks applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Art, Craft and Design Theory for a one-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2014.  Please note: we are not seeking candidates who are primarily studio artists or who propose a studio-based series.  

Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/craft/design studio practice. The Fellow will give two public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students. They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques. Opportunities also exist for creative curatorial, research or other projects while in residence.  This position is well-suited to an emerging professional, although all levels are invited to apply.

Fellowship includes:
Stipend
Travel stipend toward R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private apartment on campus)
Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship (September 8- December 19, 2014)

Application must be postmarked by December 9, 2013.

To apply, send a SINGLE PDF that includes:
• Completed Application Form (click here to download)
• Letter of interest
• Academic CV (including bibliography of published work)
• Proposal of  a series for the Fall 2014 semester (to include  2 lectures and 3 discussion topics)
• Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number)
• Please title your application pdf with your first and last name
(example: marie.curie.pdf)

Email application to:
Trisha Holt, Academic Programs Coordinator
Tholt@cranbrook.edu

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, architecture and design, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Trisha Holt at tholt@cranbrook.edu / 248-645-3363 or visit our website at www.cranbrookart.edu.  

 


Artist-in-Residence Scott Klinker (3D) Designs the “Workplace of the Future”

How will we work in 2020? Artist-in-Residence Scott Klinker was one of 12 finalists who tackled the question for a contest hosted by Staples and Metropolis Magazine. See the top 12 designs here. And see the winners in Metropolis magazine here.

 


FOCUS: BEVERLY FISHMAN Featured in ArtDaily

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting
Conversation with the Artist, Followed by a Reception: Friday, Sept. 27, 6pm
Exhibition through Jan. 5, 2014
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
For the ArtDaily feature, click here.

In the history of 20th century art, large scale abstract painting is often thought to be organic and psychological, presenting both the marks of active painting and giving some suggested access into an artist’s mental state. Here, Fishman upends that tradition, literally following medical representations of the human interior to make the connection between abstraction and the body concrete. At the same time, Fishman offers a critical perspective on our current culture’s obsession with medicine, stringing together masses of scan readouts to point to the way humans in the 21st century often turn first to medicine and even mood-altering medication as a means of seeking a happier existence. For more information, visit here.

 


 

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.”

 


 


Beverly Fishman’s Group Exhibition at Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Featured in ArtDaily

Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass Featuring Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting
Now through Jan. 5, 2014
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

A sculptural entity in its own right, contemporary glass is marked by creative, conceptual and formal explorations in keeping with the dynamic nature of contemporary art at large. Gathering together artists working across the United States and around the globe, this exhibition breaks down preconceptions about glass art, shattering traditional boundaries for sculpture as well. Twenty-five artists, 24 works from across North America, Europe and Asia have been carefully selected over the course of the last year by the curatorial team at Meijer Gardens and in partnership with the much celebrated Habatat Gallery in Royal Oak, Michigan. The primary objective was to select artists working formally and conceptually in ways that greatly expand definitions of both glass art and sculpture—blurring borders among genres that seem to merit little relevance today. Although several of the included works are more decidedly sculptural objects, others are complex, multi-faceted installations and multi-media presentations. More information here.

 


 

CAR ART / CRASH Curated by Iris Eichenberg, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Metalsmithing and Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Sculpture

On display now through Oct. 11, 2013

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI,
ASAP/5 Conference Receptions: Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-9pm & Thursday, Oct. 3, 5-9pm

A group of ten (inter)national artists engage with the quintessential urban embodiment of speed, movement, modernity (and long-time lifeblood of the Motorcity): the automobile. This exhibition is part of the fifth annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, “ASAP/5: The Arts of the City,” at Wayne State University. Featuring work by Sarah Coates (Metalsmithing ’14), Ted Noten, Richard Smith, and Academy alumni Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09), Amber Kempthorn (Sculpture ’08), Farid Rakun (Architecture ’13), Tré Reising (Sculpture ’13), and Adam Shirley (Metalsmithing ’10). The artists whose commissioned work constitutes the ASAP/5 Car Art/Crash show confront us in different and powerful ways with our profound investment in and obsession with (dissected) cars. For more information, click here.

Eichenberg's work will also be on display at Ornamentum Gallery in Hudson, New York, beginning September 21.

 


Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

Now through Dec. 7, 2013

Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ
Opening reception: Sept. 27
“FlashBackForward” Symposium: Sept. 28

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.

The Museum and CRC are also hosting “FlashBackForward,” a symposium on the state of contemporary craft on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit here.

 



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

Sept. 27, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
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.

 



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:

Complex Movements
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.
Award: $100,000

 


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.
Award: $20,000



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.
Award: $30,000




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.
Award: $50,000

 

For the complete list of winners, please click here.

 


 


Courtesy of Liz Cohen and Salon 94


Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen's Trabantimino Featured in the New York Times

Look, It’s a Trabant, It’s an El Camino. It’s the Trabantimino.
By Tamara Warren

 


 


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.






Bill Massie Featured in The Oakland Press

Architect-in-Residence and Head of Architecture Bill Massie is currently hard at work developing the Wessen Lawn Tennis Club, a $1.5 million project with 24 grass tennis courts and four hard tennis courts in Pontiac, Mich. It is being built at the former Hayes Jones Community Center, which has been closed for about a decade. Massie plans to open the private tennis club on May 15, 2014. For the full story, click here.


 


Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Awarded Fellowships from The Kresge Foundation

Four Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumn 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



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:

The Oakland Press

Detroit Free Press



Iris Eichenberg with Stacy Jo Scott
"Setting the Table"
Opening Reception: Saturday April 6, 5-8pm

Exhibition: April 6 - May 11, 2013
Paul Kotula projects
23255 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI, 48220

This weekend, Iris Eichenberg, current Artist-in-Residence and Head of Metalsmithing, opens a new exhibition with CAA alum Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics '12) at Paul Kotula projects in Ferndale, Mich. The exhibition will run through May 11, 2013.

 



Beverly Fishman’s “Artificial Paradise” Opens at Wasserman Projects

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, opens a new exhibition, “Artificial Paradise,” at Wasserman Projects in Birmingham, Mich., on March 14. The exhibition draws upon Charles Baudelaire’s 1860 epoch, Artificial Paradise, which discusses that for more than a century and a half, artists and writers have explored altered states of consciousness, finding creativity in delirium and the derangement of the senses. As suggested by Beverly Fishman's new sculptures and paintings, the aggregate of consciousness-effecting substances available to the artist today has expanded considerably in recent years. The drug industry, she implies, is composed of both legal and illegal branches; and there is no aspect of the self that is safe from psycho-pharmacological manipulation. Scatters consisting of glass pills and tablets evoke a shrunken Alice-Through-the-Looking-Glass state-of-mind. Each element has a unique pattern and color configuration, allowing every viewer construct their own "cure," by finding and commingling their favorites.

The exhibition will run through May 3. Fishman will give an artist’s talk on March 14 from 5-8pm. For more information, click here.


 



William Massie-Designed Home Profiled In Dwell Magazine

William Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, recently completed a hybrid prefab home design for musician and vintage furniture retailer Greg Wooten. The upstate New York home is what Massie calls a “site-driven, 90-percent prefab social environment, built with Greg’s collection of eccentric, beautiful modernist furniture in mind.” For the full story and photos, click here.



Alec Soth Featured on Michigan Radio (NPR)

Photographer Alec Soth spoke with Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s “Stateside,” about his travels across the state of Michigan as part of his current exhibition “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America,” currently on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 30. Listen to the podcast here.

 




Gerhardt Knodel
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.

 




Alec Soth, Kym, Polish Palace, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000
Chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist.

HuffPost Detroit Takes a Closer Look at Soo Sunny Park and Alec Soth

The Huffington Post, Detroit takes a look at Cranbrook Art Museum's new exhibitions by Alec Soth and Soo Sunny Park, detailing how the two artists document place and transform space, with work that captures individualized moments of the American landscape and experience. For the full story, click here.

 


 

Detroit Free Press Highlights the Work of Former Artist-in-Residence Marshall Fredericks

The work of former Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Marshall Fredericks is highlighted in this week’s "You Have Lived Here Until" column in the Detroit Free Press. Fredericks work can be found around the state of Michigan, and Cranbrook Art Museum Director Gregory Wittkopp says that’s because, “Fredericks’ greatest contribution was that he was very committed to the possibilities of sculpture in public environments.” For the full story, click here.

 


 

Three Fulbright Award Recipients Featured in the Oakland Press

The Oakland Press reports on the two current students and one alumna who were recently awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, bringing the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 10 years to 22 - making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the U.S. To learn more about their projects and where they’re headed, click here.

 


 

Intramurous Magazine Features Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently featured in the French publication, Intramurous, an international design magazine. The articles are in French, but discuss Cranbrook Academy of Art's recent collaborations with Herman Miller and Alessi that have yielded many high-profile design projects. Click here for the articles.

 


 


Liz Cohen, Southwest Hannah, 2012, C-print, Edition of 5, 50 x 60-1/4 inches

"Liz Cohen: On The River Road, from Presidio to Terlingua"
Opening Friday, Nov. 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
E xhibition through December 8
David Klein Gallery
163 Townsend, Birmingham, MI 48009

Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Photography, introduces her latest exhibition “Liz Cohen: On The River Road, From Presidio To Terlingua,” at the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan on Friday, November 2. Cohen took her “Trabantimino,” the lowrider hybrid of an East German Trabant and a Chevrolet El Camino, to Marfa, Texas, where she photographed her journey of 70 miles along the River Road in the Texas desert. Sponsored by Ballroom Marfa, the body of work uses the car as her theme, yet incorporates both her husband and child, drawing parallels between the labor of building the car, the labor of producing her art and the labor of producing a young family. The exhibition will run through December 8. For more information, click here.

 


 


New Exhibition Featuring Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence Randy Bolton

The Riverfront Times has a review of the new exhibition “Nowhere Backwards” currently on display at the Des Lee Gallery in St. Louis. The exhibition features the work of Randy Bolton, Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence and Head of Print Media, Michael Krueger, University of Kansas professor and Tom Reed, Washington University instructor and Master Printer. The Times calls the show, “a nature hike on acid,” as it uses powerful colors and “psychedelic” settings to transport the viewer through settings such as forests, lush woods and streams, oversize moons and huge red planets. Read the review and see a sample of their work here.

 


 


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.

 


 


Matthew Plumstead
Clip Tree


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 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
Dwell Magazine

Alessi Welcomes the Next Generation
New York Times

 


 

 

Reed Kroloff Offers Advice to Architects in The Architect's Newspaper

Our own Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, weighs in on what an architect needs to do today to attract the attention of some of the country's top consultants. For the full story, click here: http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=6251

 


 

Three Cranbrook Alumni Awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants

Three Cranbrook graduates were recently awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants in the 2012-2013 competition. Anna Adler (Ceramics '11) was awarded a grant to travel to the Czech Republic based on her project, "Study of Traditional Puppet Theater and Contemporary Experimental Theater in Czech Republic." Quynh Vantu (Architecture '09) will travel to the United Kingdom to work on her project, "Art in the Space of Architecture: Installation Art in the Public Sphere." And Sonja Dahl (Fiber '12) visits Indonesia to further study her project, "Textile Traditions and Contemporary Art in Indonesia: A Practical and Academic Study."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects to take place during one academic year in a country outside the United States. During that time, grantees will live, work and learn from people of the host country. The program looks to facilitate cultural exchange through direct interaction on a daily basis in the classroom, field and home. For more information, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org.

 


 


Photograph by Aaron Burgess

HuffPost Detroit Takes a Closer Look at Beverly Fishman's Pill Spill at the Detroit Institute of Arts

HuffPost Detroit examines Beverly Fishman's glass installation Pill Spill and what it means to stage a "pharmacy" within the museum.

Click here to read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-corso/dia-gets-dose-of-big-pharma_b_1834803.html

 


 

George Nelson Exhibit Featured in Contract Magazine

This month's edition of Contract magazine profiles the current exhibition "George Nelson: Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher," on view through October 14 at Cranbrook Art Museum. Museum Director Greg Wittkopp discusses how the exhibition was a perfect fit for Cranbrook. "People come to Cranbrook to see this exhibit, and it just feels at home here," he said.

To read the full story, click here: http://www.contractdesign.com/contract/news/George-Nelson-at-Cra-7630.shtml/

 



Art Jewelry Forum Blog Features Interview with Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg

Iris Eichenberg discusses her work, teaching at Cranbrook, and the connections between language and jewelry in an interview with Art Jewelry Forum Blog. Click here to read.



Discuss Modernism in Michigan October 9

Michigan's pivotal role in the development of modernism will be discussed on October 9 at 7pm by State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. The event hosted by a2modern will be held at the Bentley Historical Library in Ann Arbor and is part of Docomomo Week. Conway will discuss MichiganModer, the State Historic Preservation Office's effort to make people aware of the important role Michigan played internationally in the development of Modernism. For more information, click here.




Beverly Fishman Pill Spill at the Detroit Institute of Arts

The work of Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting, is currently on view in the contemporary galleries of the Detroit Institute of the Arts through the end of the year. Fishman’s installation, Pill Spill, juxtaposes eighty-six hand-blown glass capsules in varying sizes, colors, and patterns. For more than 20 years, Fishman’s largely abstract work has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of media. Mixing optical patterns with vibrant colors and representational elements taken from pharmaceutical and scientific imaging systems, her artwork raises questions about the relationship between technology, our bodies, and our minds. C.E.L. 109, another work by Fishman, can be seen in a nearby gallery as part of the DIA's permanent collection. For more information about the DIA, please visit here.

Click on the video below to watch the installation of Pill Spill.

 

 





New Cranbrook Art Museum Lighting System Featured in Architectural Lighting Magazine

The innovative new lighting system on display at the renovated Cranbrook Art Museum is praised as a restoration of Eliel Saarinen’s original vision for the space in the June issue of Architectural Lighting magazine. The SmithGroupJJR oversaw the project, referencing Saarinen’s blueprints and construction documents to install lighting in the coffered ceilings that is in line with Saarinen’s original design to make the ceiling seem “lit from within.” SmithGroupJJR installed flexible, state-of-the art LED lighting, keeping with Saarinen’s tradition of showcasing a lighting system ahead of its time. Click here for more information.

 


 


George Nelson
Sideboard, 1946. Photo: Vitra Design Museum Archive


The Detroit News Highlights George Nelson's Contributions to American Design

The Detroit News explores the interesting story behind George Nelson’s journey from architect and journalist to iconic American designer. The vision of the Herman Miller Furniture Company and the talents of Nelson ultimately changed design as we know it. "George Nelson: Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher" makes it’s final stop at Cranbrook through October 14 as part of its American tour. Click here to read the article in the Homestyle section of the Detroit news.

 




August Edition of Hour Detroit Highlights George Nelson Exhibition and Orpheus Fountain

The Insider section of the latest Hour Detroit magazine spotlights the current exhibition "George Nelson: Architect / Writer / Designer / Teacher," on view through October 13 at Cranbrook Art Museum. Posing the scenario of relaxing in a "mid-century coconut chair and reading under a bubble lamp" the article thanks Nelson for being the "Mod Man" behind it all.

Cranbrook’s iconic Orpheus Fountain is also featured within the City Guide section of this edition, which focuses on the grand fountains of the region. Designed by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles in 1937 the fountain is located in front of the peristyle of Cranbrook Art Museum. Based on the mythological Greek figure of Orpheus, the work depicts eight bronze figures, one of whom represents Beethoven, reacting in various ways to Orpeheus’ mesmerizing music.

To plan a visit to see both of these treasures at Cranbrook Art Museum, or to learn more about the sculptures on campus during a new weekly walking tour, click here.

 


 



Art21 Profiles Significance of Cranbrook Art Museum to Both the Metro Detroit and Global Art Communities

Art21, the group responsible for producing the Peabody-winning PBS series "Art:21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century," recently featured the contributions of the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts in the blog post, "The Anchor Art Museums in and of Detroit." The pioneering work of 2D Artist-in-Residence Elliot Earls is lauded, along with the accessibility of the museum's collection after the recent expansion and renovation. Cranbrook's new leadership and its commitment to our cultural heritage is also highlighted as the region prepares for the future. Click here for the article.

 


 



Cranbrook Art Museum and Archives in New York Times' "Things I Saw"

"Things I Saw," the New York Times op-art series by Jason Polan, recently highlighted a wooden model chair from the archives at Cranbrook Art Museum. Polan began "Things I Saw" as Tumblr blog in 2011, drawing objects he came across in his everyday life as part of the "Living and Working" exhibition at the Nicholas Robinson Gallery in New York. In addition to his work with the New York Times, he is currently working on drawing every person in New York City. Click here for the article.

 


 

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Partnership with Cranbrook Academy of Art

Each year as part of the Experiencing Perspectives program, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services (MBFS) curates an in-house exhibition of work by Academy graduates, MBFS employees, and students from various Detroit public schools as a way to spur creativity and promote discussion and diversity in the workplace.

“We want to display the work of emerging artists that is unique to our North American Division,” says Leila Matta, manager of brand identity, design, and art programs at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. “The art should tell a story and deliver a message. The idea is to inspire people … art sparks innovation and new ways of thinking.”

In addition to this program MBFS recognizes an emerging artist from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a grant and accommodations to live and work in Berlin, Germany. Jane Ritchie, a 2012 graduate of the Metalsmithing Department, was the recipient of this year's award. To learn more, click here.

 


 

Academy Architecture Collaboration Featured in Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis Magazine recently featured a story about the design/build of our Designer in Residence Elliott Earls' private studio in Lake Leelanau, Michigan. Architecture graduates Drew Manahan and Tenzin Mochoe were student's in 2010 when a competition to design a studio was initiated by Earls. The experience provided valuable on the job lessons for both the students and client. The completed studio was unveiled on campus last year during the 2011 Degree Exhibition. To read more about, "The 2,800-Hour Studio," click here.

 


 

Scott Klinker Serving Tray Picked as Metropolis Favorite

Editors of Metropolis Magazine selected Scott Klinker's serving tray for Alessi as a favorite. Click here for more information.

 


 



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

 

Kyle Fleet
Private Rocker

 


 


Pictured above (left to right): Stephen Kent, Marnie Briggs, Kathryn O’Halloran, Jesselisa Moretti, Jane Ritchie, Emily Baker, Reed Kroloff, Kristin Cammermeyer, Farid Rakun, Sonja Dahl, and Stacy Jo Scott.


More than 35 Students Receive over $100,000 in Grants at Academy Awards Night Thursday, May 10

On the eve of its 2012 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night. Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium of Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy conferred more than $100,000 in fellowships, grants, awards and scholarships, including eight distinguished awards for artistic excellence, and merit scholarships on more than 23 first-year students. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2012 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.

We are pleased to announce that Sonja Dahl, of the Fiber Department has been awarded a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her studies in Indonesia. The U.S. Student Fulbright Program provides grants for individually designed research projects. During their grants, fellows meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

Jane Ritchie, a 2012 graduate of the Metalsmithing Department, received the Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award which recognizes artistic promise with a grant and accommodations to live and work in Berlin, Germany.

The $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship was awarded to Kristin Cammermeyer, a 2012 graduate of the Painting Department. This award was created by the philanthropist, art collector, author and curator, Toby Devan Lewis, who has been an avid supporter of young and emerging artists. She created the Toby Fund to give graduating fine arts students at more than 15 schools of art around the country, grants of $10,000 each.

The Robert C. Larson Art, Design, and Architecture Venture Fund was awarded to current Academy students: Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture), Farid Rakun (Architecture), Katie Wood (Fiber), and the Vessel + Page Project Space (Stephen Kent, Ceramics; Kathryn O’Halloran, Ceramics; and Jesselisa Moretti, 2D Design). The shared award of $5000 recognizes and supports the work of innovative and inspired Academy first-year students. The endowment fund was established by Bonnie Larson to celebrate Robert C. Larson's commitment to Cranbrook. Larson was a long-time volunteer leader and donor at Cranbrook, and served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2002. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy and Art Museum from 1986-2000.

The Stewart Thomson Fellowship to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts was presented to Marnie Briggs, a current student in the Print Media Department. Marnie will study with the artist Heidi Schwegler during a summer workshop at the Maine-based school.

The Gallery A Award was presented to Farid Rakun, a current student in the Architecture Department. This award funds the creation and installation of work by a first-year student for the entrance foyer of the Academy's administration offices for the upcoming academic year.

The 2012 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award was presented to Emily Baker, a 2012 graduate of the Architecture Department. Baker's work was on display in the 2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum and was selected for purchase by the Museum Committee. Baker's work will be accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum.

The Academy Director’s Award of $500 was awarded to the Craft Mystery Cult, an artist collective of three 2012 graduates which includes Stacy Jo Scott, Jovencio De La Paz, and Sonja Dahl. The Director's award recognizes excellence throughout two-years of study at the Academy.

Twenty-three students, who will continue their second year of study at the Academy in 2012-2013, were awarded Merit Scholarships in recognition of their talent and for meeting high standards during the past year. Merit Scholarships are supported by gifts and independent sponsors, including alumni, private philanthropists, corporations, company foundations, and professional organizations.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is a preeminent graduate school of architecture, art, and design. The Academy is the only institution in the United States dedicated solely to graduate art education, granting the Master of Architecture degree and the Master of Fine Arts degree in 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media and Sculpture. Renowned alumni and faculty Carl Milles, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, Maija Grotell, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, and Daniel Libeskind among others, have had a major impact on the art, design, and architecture for more than 75 years.



 

 



Cranbrook Academy of Art to Confer Distinguished Alumni Award on Artist Anne Wilson (CAA ’72 Fiber)

Bloomfield Hills, MI—Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that it will confer its Distinguished Alumni Award on the Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2012. 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 information, click here.

 


 


Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen's Trabantimino Featured on Front Page of the New York Times Saturday Arts Section

On an Island, Worker Bees Fill a Long White Hive Frieze New York Contemporary Art Fair
by Holland Cotter, New York Times

 

 


 



Alessi workshop. Photography Scott Klinker

Metal Workshop: Cranbrook for Alessi

This collection was created during a 2009 collaborative workshop initiated by Alessi with Cranbrook Academy of Art, the renowned American graduate arts school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – known as the origin of America’s most famous mid-century designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Florence Knoll. In this project, Alessi connects with a new generation of Cranbrook artists and designers to continue a long tradition of integrating Craft with Design. A mixed group of recent graduates from the 3D Design and Metals program worked together in the Metalsmithing Workshop, exploring forms and techniques. The resulting experiments were later translated into product proposals for Alessi. A collection of four Cranbrook designs will be produced by Alessi and launched during the latter half of 2012. 

 


 


Kristin Cammermeyer
Hangar, mixed media installation, 144" x 168" x 168"

Kristin Cammermeyer Receives Juror's Pick in the 2012 New American Paintings MFA Annual Competition

Kristin Cammermeyer, 2012 MFA candidate in painting, received the distinction of "Juror's Pick" in the 2012 New American Paintings MFA Annual Competition. The competition is open to artists who have recently completed their Masters of Fine Arts studies within the last year, or are current MFA candidates. Over 100 art schools from all over the country were represented. For more information,
visit here.

 


 


Art Jewelry Forum Features Interview with Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg

European Jewelry, Nostalgia and Trans-Atlantic Exchange: Iris Eichenberg in Conversation
Art Jewelry Forum
Interview by Gabriel Craig

 


 

 


Head of Sculpture and Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill at Pulse New York

Heather McGill will be exhibiting her work with Ellen Miller Gallery at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in New York May 3-6, 2012 Booth 13. The exhibition will include recent works on paper and sculpture shown at the Ellen Miller Gallery in Boston, which closes April 28, 2012. For more information on Pulse, visit here.

 


 


Cranbrook graduate exhibit to include rare look at artist studios
Mark Stryker, Free Press staff writer

 


Get a rare look at the Cranbrook art studios in open house
Michael H. Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

Top Image: Stacy Jo Scott is one of three members of the Craft Mystery Cult, a collective of artists at Cranbrook Academy of art. Their work will be on display at Cranbrook's annual Graduate Degree Exhibition, which opens Sunday. (Photo by Kelly Kennedy/Cranbrook Academy of Art).

Matt Glass with his lookalike puppet that stars in his video that revisits his past. (Photo by Daniel Mears / The Detroit News).

 


 




Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the Appointment of Shannon Stratton Critical Studies Fellow for Fall 2012

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of the Chicago-based curator and critic Shannon Stratton as the Critical Studies Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year. Operating as a critic at-large at the Academy, Ms. Stratton will meet directly with students to promote dialogue on issues of prominence in the world of art and design. The general public will also be invited to meet Shannon Stratton and hear about her work during two public lectures at Cranbrook in the fall of 2012.

As one of the top leaders in the arts in Chicago, Stratton was named a Chicagoan of the Year in 2011 by the Chicago Tribune for her work as a founder and current Executive and Creative Director of threewalls Chicago. Founded in 2003, threewalls is a not-for-profit residency and exhibition space that supports contemporary visual arts in the city. For the full press release, click here.

 


 


2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
Celebrate with Three Events: A Preview Party, Opening Reception and Community Day!

What happens when 79 emerging architects, artists, and designers get together and throw themselves a party?  Find out on the weekend of April 20 when we celebrate the opening of  the “2012 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art,” one of the largest and most exciting exhibitions of art and design in the country. This year for the first-time, we'll launch the exhibition on Friday, April 20 with a Sneak Preview and Benefit Dinner for Academy Scholarships, followed on Saturday by the ArtMembers' Opening reception. Sunday concludes the festivities with OPEN(Studios): A Community Day+Art Sale. For more information and tickets, please scroll down or call the Advancement office at 248.645.3214.

OPEN: Academy Benefit Dinner and Preview of the "2012 Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art"
Friday, April 20, 6:30pm-midnight
Benefactors $450* / Patrons $250
For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here or call 248-645-3214.

 




OPEN(ing): The "2012 Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art"
ArtMembers' Opening Reception

Saturday, April 21, 6-8pm
Cranbrook Art Museum
Exhibition Dates: April 22-May 13
For more information, click here.

 

 



OPEN(Studios): Art Sale and Community Day
Sunday, April 22, 2-5pm

In the Studios of Cranbrook Academy of Art
Tickets $12 in advance. $15 at the door.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

 

 


 


 


Alessi workshop. Photography Scott Klinker


Cranbrook for Alessi, Opens Friday

Material Workshop: Cranbrook for Alessi
Opening Reception: Friday, March 9, 6pm

Through March 25, 2012
Archives Reading Room
(lower level gallery of Cranbrook Art Museum)

The exhibition Cranbrook for Alessi features prototypes created in a collaborative workshop at the Academy initiated by the Italian design factory Alessi. The event brought together artists and designers from the Academy’s Metalsmithing and 3D Design departments for a week of open-ended explorations of metal forms and techniques. The resulting prototypes were a mix of material studies, product proposals, and pre-production samples that demonstrated both the hands-on craft and cutting-edge design work. Alessi has approved four designs for commercial production which will be launched in the latter half of 2012.





Cranbrook Art Museum, New Collections Wing. Photography by James Haefner. Courtesy of the SmithGroup.


International Award for New Collections Wing

The New Collections Wing at Cranbrook Art Museum -- designed by the SmithGroup -- was just one of six projects recognized by The International Interior Design Association 39th Annual Interior Design Competition. The Collections Wing was cited for its remarkable breadth of design and was singled out from more than 350 submitted projects across the globe.

 


 


Anders Ruhwald Will Speak in Arizona

Crafting a Continuum Visiting Artist Series: Anders Ruhwald
Thursday, March 15, 7 pm

ASU Art Museum
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Arizona State University, Phoenix

Going to Phoenix or in the neighborhood? Our Head of Ceramics, Anders Ruhwald will present a pubic lecture on March 15 as part of the Crafting a Continuum Visiting Artist Series at Arizona State University Art Museum. For more information, please visit here.

 


 



The Mint Museum features work of Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport

The exhibition "Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear," opens March 3 at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and explores the art of “story re-telling” through the work of several acclaimed artists, including the Academy's Mark Newport who is Head of the Fiber Department. Newport's hand-knit acrylic re-creations of heroes’ costumes, which combine their heroic, protective, and ultra-masculine, yet vulnerable personas will be on view with approximately sixty-two additional works of art in this thematic exhibition that also includes selections from the Mint’s permanent collection, loans from private collections, and works by artists inspired by traditional fairytales, supernatural fantasies, and childhood fears. For more information, please visit, www.mintmuseum.org

 


 

Graphic Design USA Names Students to Watch

Current 2D Design students Julie Hoppner and Meghan Barry were selected by Graphic Design USA as students to watch in 2012. The magazine chose 25 students from around the country to receive this distinction.

Julie Hoppner received degrees from Wellesley College and Rhode Island School of Design, in Art History and Graphic Design respectively. Prior to attending Cranbrook, Julie worked as an Art Director/Graphic Designer for Target Corporation in Minneapolis, receiving an AIGA Minnesota Design Show award for brochure design, as well as three patents for gift card design.

Born and raised in a small town Massachusetts, Meghan Barry attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY where she received her BFA in Communications Design. Following in her Pratt mentor's footsteps, Ali Madad, she started at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI the fall after her undergraduate graduation.

For more, visit www.gdusa.com.


 


Dividose W.E.P.B., 2011, enamel on polished stainless steel, 64 x 84‎ inches.

Beverly Fishman
Galerie Richard, New York, NY
Opening: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6-9pm

Exhibition through January 28, 2012

The work of Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting, is currently on view in a solo exhibition at Galerie Richard in New York city through January 28. Fishman's new series of visually provocative abstractions explore the fast evolving relationship between our bodies and contemporary technology. This new work has been the subject of rave, critical reviews including one on Artnet by contributor Donald Kuspit. He writes that, "... Beverly Fishman's bands of iridescent colors cannot help but arouse one's emotions, all the more so because one is mirrored by the paintings, suggesting that the squiggly lines embedded in the colors register one's own nervous emotions…." Read the Artnet review here or visit www.galerierichard.com for more information about the exhibition.

 


 



Elliott Earls in Exhibition at the Walker Art Center

The work of the Academy's Head of 2D Design, Elliott Earls is included in the exhibition "Graphic Design: Now in Production," at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Co-curated by alum Andrew Blauvelt, this major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. For more information, please visit walkerart.org.



 


Cranbrook Academy of Art Call for Applications: Critical Studies Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 1, 2011

Cranbrook Academy of Art -- a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture -- is pleased to announce a unique teaching fellowship.  Cranbrook seeks applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Craft, Art and Design Theory for a one-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2012. Candidates with an emphasis in craft are particularly encouraged to apply for 2012.  Please note that we are not seeking candidates who are primarily studio artists.  

Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/craft/design studio practice. The Fellow will give two public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students. They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques. Opportunities also exist for creative curatorial, research or other projects while in residence.  This position is well-suited to an emerging professional, although all levels are invited to apply.

Fellowship includes:
Stipend
Travel allowance toward R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private apartment on campus)
Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship (September 10- December 21, 2012)

Application must be postmarked by December 1, 2011.

To apply, send 3 copies of a packet that includes:
• Completed Application Form (click here to download)
• Letter of interest
• Academic CV (including bibliography of published work)
• Proposal of Series for the Fall 2012 semester (to include  2 lectures and 2 discussion topics)
• Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number)

Mail application to:
Sarah Turner / Critical Studies Fellowship
Cranbrook Academy of Art
PO Box 801
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, architecture and design, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Sarah Turner at the address above or: sturner@cranbrook.edu



 

 

Beverly Fishman

Cranbrook Art Museum Featured in Wallpaper Magazine's Top 20

Cranbrook Art Museum was named one of the top 20 destinations in the United States in the November issue of Wallpaper. For more information visit www.wallpaper.com.



 

Beverly Fishman

Beverly Fishman, Pharmako Series. Galerie Richard, Paris
September 3-27

The work of Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting, is on view at Galerie Richard, Paris, September 3-27. Galerie Richard in New York will also host a solo exhibition in December 2011. Fishman's large-scale Pharmako Series features silk-screen-on-metal works about the interior world as much as the exterior one. The predominantly vertical image fields feature recognizable commercial logos, symbols, portraits and cartoon characters. The oscillation between Pop and Op in these works reference our contemporary condition. For more visit, www.galerierichard.com.



 

 

Anders Ruhwald to be Awarded Gold Medal from the Korean Ceramics Foundation

One of the art world's most important awards will be conferred by the Korean Ceramics Foundation in September on Ander Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics. Ruhwald's work was selected from a field of more than 3000 entries from more than 71 countries, making this one of the most significant international competitions for artists working in clay. The Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF) will present the award during the Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011, from September 24-October 24, 2011. The Biennale is by far the largest and most significant event of it's kind in the world of ceramics. Awards totaling more than $250,000 are given to ceramic artists working in the categories of Ceramics as Expression, Ceramics for Use, and Folk Ceramics. The Biennale is accompanied by a host of side exhibitions and events and the show boosts millions of visitors annually. For more information, please visit here.



 



Cranbrook Artists Recognized in Metalsmith Magazine's Exhibition in Print 2011

Recent Metalsmithing graduates Seth Papac (2009); Suzanne Beautyman (2010); Sidney Caldwell Deaghlan (2011); and Edgar Mosa (2011) along with current students Amy Weiks (2012 MFA Candidate); and Timothy McMahon (2013 MFA Candidate) were featured in the annual juried Exhibition in Print presented by Metalsmith Magazine. This year's exhibition explored the concept of "fresh" and received a record number of entrants with only 30 makers chosen to represent the idea.
Click here to view an online edition of the magazine.



 


Left: Nick Cave, Tree Soundsuit, 2011, Mixed Media. Photographer: James Printz, Chicago. Right: May Morris, Bed Hangings, 1917, or earlier. Embroidered wool on linen. Each panel:76 ¾ x 27 inches. Gift of George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth.


Cranbrook Art Museum's Grand Reopening Exhibition

No Object is an Island: New Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection Opens November 11, 2011

First Exhibition in the Newly Renovated and Expanded Museum Explores Cranbrook’s Continued Influence in the World of Contemporary Art and Design

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – No Object is an Island: New Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection is the provocative exhibition that will reopen the expanded and renovated Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art on November 11, 2011. Inside and around the landmark building, designed by renowned Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, the exhibition will pair the work of 50 leading contemporary artists and designers with an equal number of objects from Cranbrook’s outstanding permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century art and design. Visitors will discover a Nick Cave Soundsuit side-by-side with a tapestry by Arts and Crafts master May Morris. A conceptual partnership that Maarten Baas projects between himself and Marc Newson meets a very real early collaboration of Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames.  And Whitney Biennalist Tony Mattelli’s hyperrealist sculpture, The Hunter, faces off with one of fellow sculptor Kate Clark’s ravishing taxidermy beasts with a human face.

For complete details, please visit here.



 


Beverly Fishman's Pill Spill at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Pill Spill, an installation by Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting, is now on view at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Pill Spill contains more than 120 original glass capsules, ranging in size from 6 to 15 inches, placed in the glass-enclosed spaces along the Museum's Parkwood Avenue entrance. Fishman's work treats the Glass Pavilion as a “body” by releasing capsules into the curved glass hollows between its exterior and interior glass walls, transforming them into an architectural circulatory system. The installation was created as part of the Museum’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP). As the 2010 GAPP Artist-in-Residence, Fishman worked with Glass Pavilion staff to execute her vision.

For more than 20 years, Fishman’s largely abstract work has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of media. Mixing optical patterns with vibrant colors and representational elements taken from pharmaceutical and scientific imaging systems, her paintings, sculptures, and works on paper raise questions about the relationship between technology, our bodies, and our minds. The capsule is used in this installation as an abstract module through which constantly changing color and pattern combinations are created. As fragile objects placed on the floor, the installation contests the preciousness of the material. The strewn and accumulated configurations help blur the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces.

Fishman, who has led the Painting Department at the Academy since 1992, will talk about her work with Glass Pavilion and curatorial staff during a panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 16 in the Museum’s GlasSalon. It is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Toledo Museum of Art website.

Click here to watch WTVG-TV's interview with Museum Curator Amy Gilman about Pill Spill



 



At the Birthplace of Modernism, A Rebirth

Cranbrook Art Museum to reopen on November 11th after a two-year, $22 million restoration and expansion – the first since the landmark Eliel Saarinen building opened in 1942.

New Wing will allow the museum's full collection of design, textiles, ceramics and fine art to be displayed and accessed, underscoring the pedagogical mission of Cranbrook by bringing the collection to life for a new generation of artists, students, and visitors.

Inaugural exhibition to create dialogue between the magnificent collection and contemporary works.


Bloomfield Hills, Michigan – On November 11, 2011, Cranbrook Art Museum will reopen after a two-year construction project that encompassed both a complete renovation of its landmark 1942 Eliel Saarinen-designed building and a new 20,000-square-foot Collections Wing. While the restored galleries (including a new state-of-the-art climate control system and other sophisticated museum technologies) will continue to provide the Art Museum with a venue for innovative and thought-provoking exhibitions, the new Collections Wing will house and make accessible the Museum's celebrated permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works of art, architecture, and design from the Arts and Crafts Movement to the present. Cranbrook Educational Community's extensive Archives and Cultural Properties collections will also move to the facility, creating a dynamic new center for exhibition, research, and educational programming.

For complete details, please visit here.



 


Photographer: Corine Vermeulen


Academy Faculty Receive 2011 Kresge Foundation Visual Artist Grants for Artistic Excellence

Three members of the Academy's faculty and three Detroit-based alumni of the Academy each received a Visual Arts Fellowship Grant from The Kresge Foundation. The Academy's Head of Photography, Liz Cohen; Head of Sculpture, Heather McGill; and Head of Fiber, Mark Newport join a class of 12 Kresge fellows that also includes Academy alumni Corrie Baldauf (Fiber '09), Laith Karmo (Ceramics '06), and Gina Reichert (Architecture '03).

The Kresge grants are designed to reward artistic excellence, nurture metro Detroit’s artists, and raise public awareness of the artistic talent in the city. This sweep by six Academy artists of these prestigious awards, which rank among the country's most lucrative -- $25,000 apiece, no strings attached -- further recognizes the enormous depth of talent and creativity of Cranbrook's artists. The Troy-based Kresge foundation received more than 450 applications for this year's grants, which are given annually to artists living in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The twelve fellows were selected by a jury of regional and national arts professionals and artists that included alumni Nick Cave (Fiber '89). Now in its third year, the Kresge fellowship program has awarded $1.35 million to 51 visual, performing and literary artists.

Quoted in the Detroit News, Heather McGill said of the award, "It's incredible. It's partly the money, because it facilitates making work that otherwise might not be within your reach. It gives you a kind of free-fall to experiment. But it's also the recognition." Six was also the magic number in 2009, when the Kresge Visual Arts Fellowship was awarded to Academy alumni Shiva Ahmadi (Painting '05); Susan Goethel Campbell (Printmaking '89); Rod Klingelhofer (Fiber '08); Abigail Newbold (Fiber '05); Russ Orlando (Ceramics '08); and Corine Vermeulen-Smith (Photo '03).

Read the Detroit Free Press article here.

Read the Detroit News article here



 



Recent Grad Wins 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Poster Competition

Satoru Nihei, a 2011 graduate of the 2D Design Department and internationally acclaimed typographer, is the winner of the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival Poster Competition. His winning poster design above, will also be featured on the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival CD Sampler and the new line of official festival merchandise.

Members of the Detroit Jazz Festival board launched the competition in early February on the historic campus. In just under one month’s time, 19 students of the 2D Design produced more than 35 final concepts.  The winning design by Nihei features experimental typography and represents a continuation of his unconventional graphic work. Nihei visually captures the lively and innovative spirit of the Detroit Jazz Festival without relying on the typical clichés of jazz festival forms. In Nihei’s poster there are no smoky saxophones, floating treble clefs or urban skylines, but rather he has creatively re-imagined the jazz poster form with a compelling and innovative play of type and vibrant color.

“For the design of this poster, I was looking for an iconic image, in this case, the heart of the “D” with captivating colors and a vibe that would reflect the energy of jazz,” said Nihei, a native of Fukushima Province in Japan. 

Nihei's work has been published widely including most recently in the book, “Font Family: Get Familiar with Fonts!,”  and in “Graphic Design: The New Basics,” by the celebrated design critic Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips. In 2009, he was nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards for Excellence in Communication Design. His work has also appeared in the “AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003,” Metropolis Magazine and Tokyo TDC Design Annual, among others.



 


Jason Carter, Brittany Nelson, Reed Kroloff, Carson Grubaugh and Ryan Clark


More than $100,000 in Awards for Excellence in the Arts Presented to Students of Cranbrook Academy of Art

On the eve of its 2011 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at its annual Academy Awards event.  Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in the auditorium of Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Academy conferred more than $100,000 in grants, awards and scholarships, including six distinguished awards for artistic excellence, and merit scholarships to more than 25 current students. The awards—designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2011 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist --- included: The Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award; the $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship; and the Stewart Thompson Fellowship at Haystack Mountain School.
 
“We are a small school with a unique program, but Cranbrook remains a driving force in contemporary architecture, art, and design due to the accomplishments of our students, graduates, and faculty,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “The awards granted this year recognize – through the important support of donors and corporate support—our exceptional program and students.

Robert C. Larson Venture Award
Sonja Dahl (Fiber) + Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics)
Rebekah Frank (Metalsmithing)

Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award
Sae Jung Oh (3D Design)

Gallery A Award
Julie Hoppner (2D Design)

Stewart Thompson Fellowship at Haystack
Amy Smith Garofano (Painting)

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services 2011 Emerging Artist Award
Carson Grubaugh (Painting)

Director's Award
Brittany Nelson (Photography)

Toby Devan Lewis Award
Ryan Clark (Print Media)

 


 



New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith to Deliver Address to Graduating Class + Award-Winning Architect and Designer of Apple Store Peter Bohlin to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

Bloomfield Hills, MI – The 2011 commencement ceremonies at Cranbrook Academy of Art will take place on Friday, May 6 at 2 pm in Christ Church Cranbrook and will feature an address by the renowned New York Times Art Critic, Roberta Smith. More than 80 students of the Academy will receive either a Masters of Architecture or Master of Fine Arts Degree from the country’s leading independent graduate school of architecture, art and design. Director Reed Kroloff will also confer the Distinguished Alumni Award on the Peter Bohlin for his groundbreaking contribution to the field of architecture. The annual commencement ceremony attracts more than 400 parents, friends and members of the Cranbrook community that culminates the Academy’s two-year program at the cutting edge of contemporary arts education.

A brief history on the commencement speaker and this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient can be found below.

Roberta Smith is the New York Times senior art critic and has written for newspaper since 1986. Her career in the arts started in 1968 while an undergraduate summer intern at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Smith has written numerous essays for catalogues and monographs on contemporary artists, and wrote the featured essay in the Judd catalogue raisonné published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1975. In 2003, the College Art Association awarded Smith the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. She is well-known for her clear, insightful and accessible writing style. She not only writes about contemporary art but also about the visual arts in general, including decorative arts, popular and outsider art, design, and architecture.

Peter Bohlin, is a 1961 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a 2010 Gold Medal recipient from the AIA. Bohlin represents a long-line of distinguished graduates and faculty of the Academy’s architecture department that includes the 2011 AIA Gold Medal Winner and alumni Fumihiko Maki, Daniel Libeskind, Eero and Eliel Saarinen, and Hani Rashid among others. Bohlin is the founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and has been instrumental in establishing the firm’s consistent record of design achievement that includes their award-winning designs for the Apple stores around the world, most notably the iconic Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Founded in 1965, with offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco the firm's work is known for an extraordinary aesthetic, and its responsiveness to particularity of place and user, and a quiet rigor that is both intellectual and intuitive. Award-winning civic, university, corporate and residential projects span the United States and around the globe. Bohlin is the second recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. It was first conferred in 2006 to Niels Diffrient, a graduate of the Design Department.



 


Anders Ruhwald
Glaze


Innovative Work for British Design Company

The ceramics work of Artist-in-Residence and Head of Ceramics Anders Ruhwald debut at the world renowned Milan Furniture Fair last month as part of the British manufacturer Established & Sons’ 2011 Design Collection. With this product launch, Ruhwald is leaping into the world of design with his ceramic lamps which while produced in multiples, look and feel handmade. Establish and Sons have long represented some of the best and most innovative and up-and-coming contemporary architects, artists and designers in the world. For more information, visit here.
 


 

 

Director of Academy Adds New Book to Accomplishments

The Academy’s Director Reed Kroloff has a new book title in his portfolio of achievements. “Building Community: The Work of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple,” is an analysis of work by the New Orleans-based architectural firm and their unique, personal and careful approach to the design of buildings of their own time and place within the culturally rich environment of New Orleans and the Deep South region. To read more about this book click here.

 


 


Sae Jung Oh
Jute Side Table, 2011

Design Student wins First Prize

 The Design Quest Competition top honor was awarded to current 3D Design student Sae Jung Oh, a 2011 MFA candidate at the Academy. Sae Jung, who goes by the name Jay Oh was awarded first prize in the Design Quest 2011 Furniture Competition for her Jute Side Table, which consists of everyday objects, wrapped in plant fiber (you can see her larger work based on this style in the current Degree Show). The competition had a record number of submissions from 30 countries. Only 20% of the entries moved on to the final round of judging. Iain Thorp, one of the competition judges, praised Jay’s work as, "Wonderfully imaginative, crafted, and conceived. Very tangible, human connection to the use. Familiar and yet never seen before." For more information, visit here.

 


 


Check it Out: 2011 Graduate Degree Show Opened to Record Attendance and Runs Through May 8

More than 1100 people attended the grand opening of the 2011 Graduate Degree Show of Cranbrook Academy of Art on Saturday, April 16 featuring the work of more than 80 members of the class of 2011 in the newly renovated galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum. This annual exhibition of work by candidates for the Masters of Architecture and Masters of Fine Arts, represents the crossing and merging of mediums as well as the investigation and use of content from diverse areas of thought across the Academy's graduate programs. According to a review by Michael Hodges in theDetroit News on April 21, the Degree Show, "explodes with kinetic and creative energy, a Mad Hatter show where it feels like most anything could happen." Read the review of the exhibition here.

 






Cranbrook Architect-in-Residence William Massie Receives the 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Bloomfield Hills, MI—Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that the Head of its Architecture Department William Massie has been awarded the prestigious Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, continuing the school’s 75-year tradition of design leadership and innovation. In receiving this honor from the American Academy, Massie joins a distinguished list of America's finest architects including Maya Lin, Michael Rotundi and Thom Mayne, and Daniel Libeskind (who earlier held the same position at Cranbrook that Massie holds now). Massie was selected for the award -- which carries a $7500 prize and is considered one of the highest recognition of artistic merit in this country -- in recognition of his groundbreaking work in architecture research, design and digital fabrication.

“Massie is a free-spirited constructivist inventor who has expanded the architectural canvas,” said James Polshek, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2011 selection committee.

The American Academy’s 250 members nominate candidates for the awards, and a rotating committee of architects selects winners each year. The winners this year were chosen from a group of 30 architects nominated by the members of the Academy. The members of the selection committee for 2011 were: Henry N. Cobb, Peter Eisenman, Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, James Polshek, Billie Tsien (chair), and Tod Williams.

"I'm delighted for Bill," said Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Reed Kroloff, who was one of the first people to publish Massie’s work in a national magazine when he was editor of Architecture. "But I'm not surprised. He has been at the forefront of our profession almost since the moment he entered it. And he is known equally for his buildings, his teaching, and his scholarship, a rare combination."

Massie is highly regarded for his pioneering work in digital design and fabrication--the use of computers to design and then manufacture objects, furniture, and in Massie's case, entire buildings. His exquisite houses have landed him on the pages of nearly every major design publication in the world, ranging from Architectural Record to Wallpaper. Dwell magazine recently included him in a ranking of the 10 most important architects alive today. Massie has won dozens of significant awards in architecture including four coveted P/A awards. He lectures and participates on reviews at schools of architecture and professional conferences around the country. At Cranbrook, he is leading the graduate Architecture Department with a focus on the practical application of digital design at full scale.

Massie, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Architectural Studies from Parsons School of Design, New York, NY. He subsequently received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. In 2005, he was appointed Architect-in-Residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art. For more information, www.cranbrookart.edu.

An exhibition of work by Massie and the five architectural winners will be on view from May 19 through June 12, 2011, in the American Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace in New York City. For more information, www.artsandletters.org.

American Academy of Arts and Letters
The American Academy of Arts and Letters was established in 1898 to “foster, assist, and sustain an interest in literature, music, and the fine arts.” Election to the Academy is considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in this country. The Academy is currently comprised of 250 of America’s leading voices in the fields of Art, Architecture, Literature, and Music. The Academy presents exhibitions of art, architecture, and manuscripts, and readings and performances of new musicals throughout the year. It is located in three landmark buildings designed by McKim, Mead &White, Cass Gilbert, and Charles Pratt Huntington, on Audubon Terrace at 155 Street and Broadway, New York City.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design and fine art. Each year, just 75 students are invited to study and live on our landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features: private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum and 300 acres of forests, lakes and streams, all a short drive from the red-hot art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines including Architecture, 2D and 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is anchored by celebrated Artists- and Designers-in-Residence, one for each discipline, all of whom live and practice on campus alongside our students. Dozens of internationally acclaimed artists, critics, curators and gallerists visit each semester to supplement the individualized instruction, critiques, and mentoring by the Artists-in-Residence and Critical Studies Fellow. For more information, please visit www.cranbrookart.edu

 





 


 


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.

 


 


Cranbrook Academy of Art + the Detroit Artist Market

Opening Tonight!
Friday, March 4, 7-10pm

Exhibition: March 4 - April 9
Detroit Artist Market, 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 48201
www.detroitartistsmarket.org

The Detroit Artist’s Market presents its 2011 Annual Scholarship Exhibition, featuring Academy students and select alumni. The three scholarship recipients along with the six finalists of the John F. Korachis Scholarship Awards were chosen by the DAM scholarship and exhibition committee. The selection process began with an open invitation to our students and was concluded with individual studio visits and interviews. After lengthy deliberations, the recipients were finally chosen for their originality, dedication, and exceptional work.

 



 

OneXOne Featured in the Detroit News

From February 25 through February 26, Cranbrook Academy of Art will roar into downtown to present the first edition of OneXOne, Detroit's newest art market in the historic garage of the former Dalgliesh Cadillac dealership. More than 100 of Cranbrook’s leading artists from around the world will take part in this two-day sale, showcasing and selling their works in a marketplace environment stylized by the artists under the direction of Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg. Limited-edition works for sale will range from paintings and sculpture to jewelry, ceramic and paper objects, and even art services that can be purchased for prices ranging from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The works available will be offered in multiples by Cranbrook Academy of Art’s emerging and established artists that include faculty, current graduate students and alumni. Tickets are available for Saturday only, 10am- 6pm! $2 at the door.

For an in-depth look at the event and interviews with several participating students read: Art, jewelry mix at 'OneXOne' by Michael H. Hodges, Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

 


 


Sonya Clark
Photo: Tom McInvaille

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.

 


 


Academy Metals Student Featured in Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian Newsletter

Second-year Academy Metalsmithing student Edgar Filipe Silva Mosa was featured in the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian newsletter for the month of February 2011. Edgar, whose studies at Cranbrook have been made possible in part due to support from the Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian was interviewed in the newsletter about his experience living in the United States and studies at Cranbrook. The article, which appears in Portuguese, can be found here.

 


 

Beverly Fishman

 

Head of Painting and Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman at Kentucky School of Art

Beverly Fishman participated in an open discussion Kentucky School of Art in Louisville with educators about the opportunities and challenges that face today’s fine art instructors. For complete details, click here.

Art Educator Round-Table
Thursday, January 27, 4-6 pm

Kentucky School of Art at Spalding University
Egan Learning Center, corner of Fourth and Breckenridge, Louisville, KY, 40202

Artist Talk and Reception
Friday, January 28, 6-8 pm

Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victor Jory Theatre, 316 West Main St, Louisville, KY 40202


 

 

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.

 


 


Erin Sweeny
The Dakotas

Academy Photo Student Receives Director's Award from Center for Fine Art Photography

The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado recently announced that second-year Photography Department student Erin Sweeny is one of thirty-eight national and international photographers who have been selected to present their work in a group exhibition examining the emotional, religious, political, and gender connotations of blue. Sweeny, one of five artists to be honored, received the Director's Selection award for her work The Dakotas. The exhibition will be on display from January 7 – January 29, 2011 with an opening reception Friday, January 7 from 6 pm to 9 pm. For more information about the Center for Fine Art Photography, visit here.



 


Beverly Fishman


Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting, Selected Guest Artist by the Toledo Museum of Art

Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting has been named the 2010-2011 Guest Artist (GAPP) at the Toledo Museum of Art.  The Toledo Museum of Art launched its Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) in 2006. This unusual artist-in-residency program invites renowned artists to draw inspiration from the Museum's collection and create a new body of work utilizing the Museum's glass studio. Among previous GAPP artists are Fritz Dreisbach, Radcliffe Bailey, Dan Dailey, and Laura Donefer. For information about the Museum visit www.toledomuseum.org/



 

 

ArtForum Critics Pick Chicago Exhibition Featuring Anders Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics and Artist-in-Residence

Dana DeGiulio, Marie Torbensdatter Hermann, and Anders Ruhwald
"Kabinett 3"
Exhibition through November 27
Devening Projects + Editions
3039 West Carroll, 3rd Floor, Chicago IL 60612
www.deveningprojects.com

In the ArtForum Art Guide, critic Claudine Ise writes, "This collaborative exhibition of works by Chicago-based painter Dana DeGiulio and Danish ceramists Marie Torbensdatter Hermann and Anders Ruhwald is the latest installment in “Kabinett,” --a yearlong series of shows at Devening Projects + Editions featuring local, national, and international artists--.....the results are inspired and invigorating." Read more...


 


Cranbrook Academy of Art Call for Applications: Critical Studies Fellowship
Application Deadline: December 1, 2010

Cranbrook Academy of Art, a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture, is pleased to announce a unique teaching fellowship. Cranbrook seeks applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Art, Craft and Design Theory for a one-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2011. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/design studio practice. The Fellow will give two public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students. They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques. Opportunities also exist for creative curatorial, research or other projects while in residence. This position is well-suited to an emerging professional, although all levels are invited to apply.

Fellowship includes:
Stipend
Travel stipend toward R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private apartment on campus)
Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship (September 12- December 16, 2011)

Application must be postmarked by December 1, 2010.

To apply, send 3 copies of a packet that includes:
· Completed Application Form (download here)
· Letter of interest
· Academic CV (including bibliography of published work)
· Proposal of Series (to include lectures and discussion topics)
· Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number)

Mail application to:
Sarah Turner / Critical Studies Fellowship
Cranbrook Academy of Art
PO Box 801
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, architecture and design, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Sarah Turner at the address above or: sturner@cranbrook.edu.

 


 

Liz Cohen

 

From East Germany to Detroit, Liz Cohen's Trabantimino Opens at Salon 94 in the Bowery

Liz Cohen: Trabantimino
Through November 11, 2010
Opening Reception Thursday, October 7, 6 – 8 pm

Salon 94 Bowery
243 Bowery New York, NY, 10002

The gallery Salon 94 Bowery is presenting an exhibition featuring the work of Artist-in-Residence and Head of Photography Liz Cohen. Trabantamino, takes center stage after eight years work and an unlikely journey from the former East Germany to Oakland, Scottsdale, and Detroit. Trabantamino is a hybridized car and kinetic sculpture that combines a former East German Trabant with a Chevrolet El Camino. The Trabantamino is an amalgam of two different now-defunct Cold War era types: the East German “people’s car-” humble, anonymous, and functional, and the all-American, large-bodied, low-rider cowboy car. The sculpture contains roughly equal parts of both cars; its main frame a modest Trabant beige, yet then extends out into the full length of the El Camino- showing off its newly chromed American parts. For more information, Salon 94 Bowery.


Liz Cohen: Trabantimino
was reviewed in the New York Times. Karen Rosenberg writes, "What do you get when you cross a Trabant, the “people’s car” of East Germany, with an all-American Chevrolet El Camino? The “Trabantimino,” a clunkily seductive, East-meets-West vehicle conceived and engineered by the Detroit-based artist Liz Cohen..." Read more here.


The New York Times Style Magazine also featured the article "Artifacts - The Amazing Collapsible Family Muscle Car" by Linda Yablonsy. She writes, "Bikini-clad babes have been fixtures of auto shows since the “Mad Men” era, when cars became objects of desire for a predominantly male audience. Women like cars too, of course, and they go for the stylish ones even more. But they aren’t known for tinkering under the hood. Enter the petite Liz Cohen, a 37-year-old artist and photographer who has spent much of the last eight years in body shops across the country, building a custom hybrid like no other – with her own hands..." Read more here.



 

Heather McGill
Heather McGill

 

Paul Kotula Projects Presents Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Sculpture

EDGE
October 1 – November 27, 2010
Opening Reception Friday, October 1, 5 – 8 pm

Featuring Heather McGill, James Shrosbree, and Richard Rezac
paulkotulaprojects
23255 Woodward Ave
Ferndale, MI 48220-1361




Heather McGill
Heather McGill
el Farol, 2008
Acrylic, urethane, aluminum, epoxy, and lacquer, 8 x 6 ft. overall
Image courtesy of the artist


The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio Presents Work of Heather McGill Along with 2 Alumni

September 24 – December 18, 2010

The Sculpture Center’s fall 2010 exhibitions emphasize the many faceted talents of three artists with Academy connections including: Heather McGill, Artist-in-residence and Head of the Sculpture Department; David Deming (Sculpture '70), just retired President of the Cleveland Institute of Art, who has taught sculpture in Texas and Cleveland, Ohio, for over 25 years; and Aaron L. Peterman, a 2008 graduate of the Sculpture Department, who now lives in Providence, Rhode Island and exhibits his work often in Boston, Massachusetts.

"The Last Time I Saw Richard" Heather McGill
EUCLID AVENUE GALLERY

"TransFORMations The Rocker and Centurion Series" by David Deming
MAIN GALLERY

“Repent, harlequin!”Aaron L. Peterman
THE PLATFORM Gallery

For more information, please visit www.sculpturecenter.org


 


Liz Cohen
Liz Cohen

 

The New York Times Features Current Work of Artist-in-Residence Liz Cohen in Blog Article "The Trabantimino: The Art of Building a Trabant Lowrider"

Tamara Warren, writing in the New York Times Wheels blog on Thursday, August 19 explores Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department Liz Cohen's most recent project of transforming a 1987 Trabant automobile. "For Liz Cohen, a Detroit photographer and performance artist, immersion in a project is essential to her art," writes Warren."...More recently, she has found herself absorbed into the world of automobiles..The Trabantimino, as she calls it, has since been an ongoing work of art — part sculptural installation and part functional custom-build. It has been an eight-year immersion into the heart of American car culture in which Ms. Cohen’s own self-transformation has played a significant role... " Read the article here.







Cranbrook Academy of Art Photography
Elliott Earls
Cranbrook Academy of Art Poster for Photography, 26"x40" offset lithography

 

Work by Elliott Earls, 2D Design Artist-in-Residence, Reviewed in New York Times Design Blog

New York Times blogger, Steven Heller reviewed the exhibition “Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design,” on view through October 24 at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic. The exhibition features the work of Elliott Earls, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the 2D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. "Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design,” surveys "a portion of the surrealist
landscape, from its avant-garde roots to its inevitable application as modern graphic design." He writes "…Of the show’s more than 250 works, three of Poynor’s favorites are of the surrealist broadsheet Néon, which was published in Paris in 1948. “Here, we see the emergence of an authentically surrealist page design, as unfettered in its way as a surrealist painting,” he said. “And Frantisek Zalesak’s Czech poster for the film ‘Virgo’ (1967) is a bizarre memento mori – it would be commercially impossible now. Elliott Earls’s alarming Cranbrook Academy of Art Photography poster (2008) shows that it’s possible even today, using digital design tools, to dream up graphic images that make you stop in your tracks with a mixture of amazement and horror. This is a totally uncompromising kind of work…”

Read the complete article here.

"Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design"
Through October 24, 2010

Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic
Part of the "24th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno 2010"
Curator: Rick Poynor



Beverly Fishman

 

Solo Exhibition of New Works by Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman at David Richard Contemporary in Santa Fe

"FUTURE NATURAL"
Opening reception: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 5-8pm
June 11 - July 17, 2010

David Richard Contemporary
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D, Santa Fe, NM 87501

David Richard Contemporary is presenting "FUTURE NATURAL", a solo exhibition of new work by Beverly Fishman at the gallery's inaugural show. "FUTURE NATURAL" consists of two bodies of work in which the physicality and materiality, in terms of scale and experience, are an important aspect of the exhibition. For more information visit www.DavidRichardContemporary.com



 

Architecture Alumnae Ginger Krieg Dosier wins Metropolis magazine's 2010 Next Generation Design Award

Alumnae Ginger Krieg Dosier-- a 2005 graduate of the Architecture Department --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.


 

Anders Ruhwald

Cranbrook Artist Anders Ruhwald Receives US$150,000 Grant from The Danish Arts Foundation

The Danish Arts Foundation-- Statens Kunstfond --announced on May 11 that Cranbrook Academy of Art's Artist-in-Residence and Head of Ceramics Anders Ruhwald, a native of Denmark, is one of 28 Danish artists to a receive a three-year working stipend in the amount of US $150,000 (DKK 840,000). The award, on behalf of the Danish Ministry of Culture, is designed to promote Danish creative arts and provide Danish artists--who have shown extraordinary talent and promise-- with support to continue to grow and mature their work. For more, see press release.


 

Cranbrook Art Museum


Cranbrook Art Museum Awarded Federal Preservation Grant

Cranbrook Art Museum was one of three Michigan-based museums to receive a grant for conservation from the federal government, Sen. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow announced Thursday, May 6. The money comes from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Marsha L. Semmel, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), announced that a total of 33 museum's across the country are recipients of the 2010 Conservation Project Support (CPS) grants, totaling $3,184,977. Since 1984, these federal grants have helped 1,338 museums to identify conservation needs and priorities and take action to ensure the safekeeping of their collections. At Cranbrook Art Museum, the grant of $133,431 will be used to improve storage conditions of the celebrated textiles, ceramics and glass collections in order to ensure the long-term preservation and management of over 1600 objects. For more information, please visit www.imls.gov.



Cranbrook Academy of Art Awards 2010Suzanne Beautyman recipient of the 2010 Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award


More than $100,000 in Awards for Excellence in the Arts Presented to Students of Cranbrook Academy of Art

On the eve of its 2010 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at its annual Academy Awards event. Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in the auditorium of Cranbrook Institute of Science, the Academy conferred more than $100,000 in grants, awards and scholarships, including six distinguished awards for artistic excellence, and merit scholarships to more than 40 current students. The awards -- designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2010 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist --- included: The Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award; the $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship; the Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award, and the announcement of the 2010 Fulbright grant winners.

The 2010 Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award which recognizes artistic promise with a grant to study and exhibit in the Berlin, Germany, was awarded to Suzanne Beautyman, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Metalsmithing Department and a native of Lee, Massachusetts. 

The $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship was awarded to Adam Shirley, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a native of the metro Detroit region. This award was created by the philanthropist, art collector, author and curator Toby Devan Lewis, who has been a constant supporter of young and emerging artists.

The Robert Larson Art, Design and Architecture Venture Fund  was awarded to Academy students Katie Wynne (Sculpture) and Kate Daughdrill (Print Media). The award recognizes and supports the work of innovative and inspired Academy graduate students.

The 2010 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award  was presented to Bob Turek, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Turek’s work, currently on display in the 2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), was selected for purchase by the Museum’s governing board and will be accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum (now closed for renovations until 2011).

2010 Fulbright Grant Recipients Jacqueline Gleisner, a 2010 Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Painting Department was recognized for her award-winning proposal to study in Finland; and Carrie Fonder, a 2009 graduate of the Academy’s Sculpture Department has been awarded a Fulbright grant to study in India in the upcoming year. The Fulbright Program is the United States. government's flagship program in international educational exchange. Chosen for academic merit and leadership potential, students from the Academy have received more than 32 Fulbright grants since 1990 and the institution has been recognized by the Chronicle for Higher Education for out-performing other institutions of similar size in per capita receipt of Fulbright grants.



 

Mix Modern

 


Mix Modern Collection by Scott Klinker, Head of 3D Design Featured in The Detroit News

In The Detroit News, Jeanie Matlow writes, "The search for the right furniture at a reasonable price can inspire some designers to start from scratch. That was the case for Scott Klinker, head of the graduate 3-D design program and Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art, who just launched his first full collection -- called Mix Modern -- at Art Van..." Read more: www.detnews.com.

 


 

Beverly Fishman


The American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces Purchase Award for a Work by Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting

Since 1946, The American Academy of Arts and Letters has purchased more than 1100 works of art by talented, living American artists to place in museums across the country. This year, the Academy announced, it will purchase 15 works of art including a painting by Cranbrook's Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Beverly Fishman. For more information on this honor, please visit the website of The American Academy in New York.

 


 


Congratulations to Design Alum Jeremy Mende: Recipient of a 2010-2011 Rome Prize from the American Academy

The American Academy in Rome recently announced the winners of the 2010-2011 Rome Prize.  Included among this year’s Rome Prize Winners in Design is Jeremy Mende, an alumnus of the Academy (Design '95).  Mr. Mende is the Principal of MendeDesign in San Francisco and an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts. For more information American Academy in Rome and http://www.mendedesign.com/

 


 

Photography Department Student Laura Ginn Featured in US News & World Report's Issue on America's Best Graduate Schools

In a story entitled "Surviving Art School—and Economic Stress," US News & World Report writer Zach Miners writes, "Laura Ginn, a vegetarian from greater Detroit, double-majored in philosophy and studio art at Western Michigan University. Now an M.F.A. student in photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., she spends her days hunting and skinning animals and building cabins, sharing the experiences through video, photos, and gouache drawings. Read the complete story

 



Christopher Ho


Critic, Curator and Artist Christopher Ho Appointed Critical Studies Teaching Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art has announced the appointment of the critic, curator and artist Christopher Ho as the Critical Studies Teaching Fellow for the 2010-2011 academic year. Operating as a critic at-large, the fellow meets with students and faculty in their studios to promote dialogue on issues of prominence in the world of art and design. The general public is invited share in this experience during two lectures presented by Ho under the theme “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration" scheduled on September 21 and October 26, 2010 at 6 pm (see full schedule below). Admission is free.

Christopher K. Ho is a critic, curator, and artist who lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design in the departments of History of Art and Visual Culture, Painting, and Graduate Studies. His many reviews and articles have appeared in Modern Painters, Flash Art, PAJ, and Arco Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include El Museo del Ghetto: Jefferson Pinder and José Ruiz at G Fine Art, Washington, D.C.; JamaicaFlux at JCAL, New York; The Shallow Curator at Winkleman Gallery, New York; Points of View at DAC, New York; Dynasty at Gallery MC, New York; and Jack, at Cuchifritos, New York. He has lectured at Columbia University, Yale University, and NYU, among others, and has served on the boards and committees of the Bronx River Art Center, the Center for Book Arts, apexart curatorial program, Art in General, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Asian American Arts Center, all in New York. His collaboratively produced art has been featured at the Queens Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as internationally at the Freies Museum, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Srpska; the Incheon Biennial, Korea; the Busan Biennale, Korea; and the Chinese Biennial, Beijing. He is represented by Winkleman Gallery in New York and Galeria EDS in Mexico City. He received his B.F.A. in Architecture and B.S. (Hons) in History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University and his M.Phil in Art History from Columbia University.

Read the complete press release here.

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Christopher K. Ho Visiting Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art 2010 Lecture Dates

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6 pm
“Curating”
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 6 pm
“Collaboration”
Cranbrook Institute of Science Auditorium

 



Mark Newport to Lecture at the Kansas City Art Institute
Thursday, April 29, 7pm
Kansas City Art Institute, Epperson Auditorium

Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department will present a lecture at the Kansas City Art Institute on April 29 entitled "Current Perspectives," reflecting on his current work and practice now based at Cranbrook. Newport earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including solo and group exhibitions, most notably at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art Renwick Biennial which ran from August 2009-January 2010. For more information on this lecture event, please visit: http://www.kcai.edu.

 



"NEXT 2010: New Insight" Exhibition Features Work by Current Photography Department Student Sarah Zimmer

April 30 - May 3, 2010 in Chicago at The Merchandise Mart

A 2010 MFA candidate at the Academy, Sarah Zimmer will be exhibiting her work in "NEXT 2010: New Insight" during Art Chicago April 30 - May 3. The exhibition features top MFA students from some of the country's most influential graduate art programs and is curated by Susanne Ghez, director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. "New Insight" is a platform for new talent and innovative ideas and provides the opportunity to view work by some of the brightest young minds working in diverse programs. For details visit: www.artchicago.com

 



New Book Features the Work of Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport

Work by Artist-in-Residence and Head of Fiber, Mark Newport, was included in a recently published book entitled "In the Loop: Knitting Now," by Dr. Jessica Hemmings. The Guardian newspaper presents a thought-provoking slideshow of images from the new book which explores knitting used in contemporary art and textile design and features artists, in addition to Newport, including Freddie Robins, Annie Shaw, and Lacey Jane Roberts. To view the slideshow visit: www.guardian.co.uk

 


 

Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting, Beverly Fishman Featured in New York  at the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2010 Invitational, Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, April 11

Over 120 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper by 37 contemporary artists will be exhibited at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters on historic Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155 and 156 Streets) from Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, April 11, 2010. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of nearly 175 nominees submitted by the 250 members of the Academy, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers.

 


 

Iris Eichenberg
Iris Eichenberg

 

Iris Eichenberg, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Metalsmithing, in Solo Exhibition at the Galerie Spektrum in Germany

Iris Eichenberg
"Flowers and Birds of Michigan"
March 5 - April 24, 2010
Opening Reception: March 5, 8-10 pm
GALERIE SPEKTRUM
Theresienstr. 46/corner Türkenstraße
IN THE "Sep Ruf" HOUSE
D-80333 München,Germany



 

Randy Bolton
Randy Bolton
Yes, Maybe, No, 2010
Screenprint on paper, 22" x 30"

 

Exhibition Featuring New Works by Randy Bolton, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Print Media, Opens March 19 at Schmidt-Dean Gallery


Artist-in-Residence, Randy Bolton, will exhibit new screenprints and large-scale digital banners in an upcoming exhibition, “Yes, Maybe, No”, at Schmidt-Dean Gallery in Philadelphia. The exhibition runs from March 19 – April 24, 2010, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Schmidt/Dean Gallery is located at 1710 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 191903. (www.schmidtdean.com; 215.569.9433)

Curator, Dorothy Solomon, describes Bolton’s work as, "Adapting the visual vocabulary of children’s book illustration to large-scale works, Randy Bolton uses wry humor and irony to explore relations between humans and the physical world. Employing succinct narrative scenarios, Bolton’s work presents human psychology in a perpetual state of contradiction, ambiguity and missed connections, where hope of integration with the natural world may indeed elude us, doomed to be lost in the simple bumbling of our day-to-day existence."




Beverly Fishman Pulse 2010 New York
Beverly Fishman
Untitled, 2009
enamel and spray on polished stainless steel

 

Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting, Beverly Fishman in Solo Exhibition at Pulse New York 2010

Beverly Fishman
Pulse New York
March 4 – 7, 2010

Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard is presenting a solo exhibition by Beverly Fishman at Pulse New York 2010. The gallery will divide the Pulse booth in two exhibition spaces. In the first, the visitor will see a new series of luminous wall sculptures entitled Pills, and in the second, new op art paintings of polished stainless steel.

Through her work, Beverly Fishman changes our vision of our daily lives and the world as we know it, by revealing through human references, such as cellular imagery, DNA, EKGs and pharmaceutical symbols, the microcosms that constitute it. Taking her work to a new level of sophistication and technical complexity with every exhibition, her recent sculptures of resin and chrome and paintings on polished stainless steel further explore the links between humanity, science and medicine.

For the full press release, click here.



 

False Flat

 

Current Metalsmithing Student Adam Shirley in Solo Exhibition at Re:View Contemporary Gallery 

"False Flat"
Through March 27
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 20, 4 - 5 pm
Re:View Contemporary Gallery

"False Flat", Adam Shirley's first solo exhibit in Detroit, presents the artist's latest investigations into the relationships that exist between two and three dimensional objects, material and scale. In a departure from the small wearable sculptures and jewelry for which he is commonly known, Shirley explores form and volume in model-sized flat pieces that leave the interpretation of scale and function open to the viewer.

Working primarily in steel, a material typically associated with utility and function, he describes the objects in "False Flat" as existing in a state "somewhere between a thought or idea and the process of transformation into physical form." The result are works that engage the viewer into exploring the potentials of each object or form, not so much to arrive at a definition of what they are, but simply to enjoy the journey of envisioning what they could be.

 


 

Anders
Anders Ruhwald
Left: For You (Only), Glazed Earthenware, 2010
Right: Beginnings and Endings (version #2), Glazed Earthenware, wood and screw, 2010
Photo: copyright Ruhwald Studio 2010

 

Solo Exhibition Featuring Works by Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Ceramics

"Temperance!"
Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects,New York, NY
Through March 13, 2010

"...In his new show entitled Temperance!, Ruhwald’s objects are suggestive, restrained and yet playful. The central piece in the show, “The shades about to fall (division),” consists of 23 rectangular ceramic forms hung from the ceiling in a straight line spanning the length of the gallery. The work becomes a space divider that is constantly changing as the individual pieces move around themselves..."
Read more

 


 

Knoll

 

Rizzoli publishes Knoll: A Modernist Universe with Foreword by Academy Director Reed Kroloff

A new book on the history of Knoll and its influence on contemporary design has just been released by Rizzoli publishers. Writing in the Foreword, Reed Kroloff, the Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum credits "Cranbrook's hothouse atmosphere," as inuring "Florence Knoll to an environment where ideas are prized, and where design is understood as one of the arts . . . ." For more go to www.rizzoliusa.com.

 




Mix Modern

 

Mix Modern Collection by Scott Klinker, Head of 3D Design Offered Exclusively at Art Van

Art Van of Michigan is introducing it's newest Michigan H.O.M.E.S. Furniture Collection entitled Mix Modern, designed exclusively by Scott Klinker, Head of 3D Design and Designer in Residence. The collection features modular designs for the bedroom, dining and living rooms, as well as the home office that easily mix and rearrange to fit a variety of spaces. Visit www.artvan.com.

 


 

 

Upcoming Lecturer Sam Hecht on Current Cover of Axis Magazine

Designer Sam Hecht was recently interviewed about his unique perspective in the January/February edition of Axis Magazine. On February 14 Hecht will present at Cranbrook Academy of Art as part of the [SPRING] Edition Lecture Series.

Sunday, February 14
3 pm
Industrial Facility
London-based design office of Designer Sam Hecht and Architect Kim Colin
“Product as Landscape”
Sponsored by the 3D Design Department

Industrial Facility has developed projects for companies such as Herman Miller, Established & Sons, Epson, Issey Miyake, LaCie and Muji. With Muji, they hold the position of creative advisers for World Muji, since 2002. They also act as creative advisors to Herman Miller. Industrial Facility’s belief is in the importance of design as a means of simplifying our lives in an inspirational way. It achieves this by following a rigorous path of investigation and analysis that has been well documented, with over 40 international awards, including the IF Gold Award on three occasions. Industrial Facility’s work forms part of the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York; The Centre Pompidou, Paris; the State Museum of Applied Arts, Munich; the Museum Fur Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Sam Hecht was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2008.

More details regarding Axis Magazine and the Sam Hecht cover interview can be found here.

 




Wind
Melinda Wind
Detroit Casino Model , 2009
chipboard, basswood and cardboard, 25”L x 8”W x 12”H

 

Architecture Student Receives Scholarship From AIA St. Louis


First-year architecture student Melinda Wind has received a $1500 grant for her graduate studies at Cranbrook from the AIA St. Louis Scholarship Fund. Wind, who hails from St. Louis, presented her portfolio and an essay for consideration to a panel jurors. "I was born and raised in St. Louis," says Wind. "So I have a strong connection to that area. The AIA in St. Louis also supported my work as an undergraduate student, and I am very grateful for their generosity and encouragement to continue my studies here."



 

Current 2D Design Student Satoru Nihei Work Published in New Font Book

Font Family by Andrés Fredes is based on graphic material that is strongly influenced by experimental fonts and cutting edge typography. 70 designers, including current 2D Design student Satoru Nihei, interpret typography in unique ways. For more information about the book visit the website.






Liz Cohen Bodywork
Liz Cohen
Bodywork Hood, 2006
C - Print, 50 x 60 1/4 inches

Opening Reception Featuring Works by Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Photography

"Drive"
Featuring work by Liz Cohen, Timothy Buwalda & Cheryl Kelley
Opening reception: Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 5 - 7 pm.
Exhibition: January 16 - February 20, 2010
David Klein Gallery
163 Townsend, Birmingham, MI 48009
www.dkgallery.com


Review featured in the Detroit News "Art exhibits reveal a love of cars, beauty in ruins" by Michael H. Hodges Detroit News Arts Writer.




Artists-in-Residence Collaborate with AXA Art at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009:
Miami Art Museum to Receive Work

 

AXA Art, the world's leading fine art insurance specialist and Cranbrook Academy of Art engaged in a creative collaboration for the presentation of a lounge environment at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 during the week of December 2-6. The Cranbrook design-build team was led by four of the Academy's Artists-in-Residence -- Elliott Earls, Beverly Fishman, William Massie and Heather McGill.  At the close of  the event this past Sunday, the work, entitled "Miami Viceroy.1," was generously donated to the Miami Art Museum by AXA Art Insurance Corporation.

To begin the collaboration, AXA Art asked the team to use "The Thrill of Creating" as inspiration and to consider modernity, functionality, and innovation in the design of the environment. Elements of the final installation included undulated, pixilated walls constructed out of laser-cut cardboard over a steel armature, layered with applied graphic patterns. LCD displays running video loops were projected onto the cardboard surfaces as well. Organic seating was created out of laser-cut cardboard over steel to accommodate more than 15 people.

 

Supergraphic 1

Thousands of people visited the AXA Art Lounge during the run of the Art Basel Miami Beach event last week. Cranbrook artists, alumni, board members, and special guests were hosted for a champagne reception on Thursday evening, December 3. There were also extended opportunities during the event to engage with the artists about the design elements of the installation. "We were delighted to be working with a company that has taken such a strong position in supporting art and design," says Reed Kroloff, Director of the Academy. "We are looking forward to working again with AXA Art on future opportunities."

Click here for the full press release.

Click here to read Paper City Magazine's recent coverage of the lounge.




Car Accident Unexpectedly Claims Life of Renowned Painter and Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumnus

Celebrated artist V. Douglas Snow (Painting '50) passed away in a tragic car accident on Tuesday. The Salt Lake Tribune published the following article commemorating Snow's life as an accomplished painter and giving highlight to the many achievements held throughout his career.

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Richard Barnes
Richard Barnes
Giraffe, 2005
California Academy of Sciences
Digital C print
Courtesy of the Artist and Howard House, Seattle, Washington


Detroit Free Press names Artology exhibition "Sleeper Show of the Season"

Writing in the Detroit Free Press, Mark Stryker reviews all the holiday offerings at museum's throughout the Detroit metro region. "Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes," the "collaboration between the Cranbrook Museum of Art and Institute of Science, ...is the sleeper show of the season and the first in a series of planned "Artology" fusions of art and science at Cranbrook. At the core of the exhibition are Richard Barnes' compelling and faintly surreal photographs of natural history museum dioramas and artifacts, skeletons, bird nests and starling migration."


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Anders Ruhwald


Cranbrook Artist Anders Ruhwald Receives $12,000 Ole Haslund Artist Foundation Grant in Denmark Today

Bloomfield Hills, MI --Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art will be honored today in Denmark with an Ole Haslund Artist Foundation honorary award. This annual award recognizes significant Danish artists for their contribution and accomplishments in the field of art and design.

A leading Danish ceramic artist, Ruhwald was named Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. Ruhwald is best known for his conceptual work and is considered a brilliant and skilled craftsman and talented sculptor whose practice revolves around direct, hands-on engagement with clay.

Read the full press release here.


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Courtney Clarke
Courtney Clarke
Sottoman, 2009


Current 3D Design Student Courtney Clarke Featured on Trendhunter.com

The Sottomon Stool and Side-Table, created by Courtney Clarke a Cranbrook MFA candidate in 3D Design, was recently featured on TrendHunter.com. The multifunctional design features a wooden top when acting as a table, but when flipped over it becomes a comfy, plush seat. Check out the gallery to see more images and a review of the product.

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Q & A with Scott Klinker Artist-in-Residence and Head of 3D Design

Detroit Make it Here recently featured a question and answer segment with Scott Klinker, Head of the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook. Find out how Klinker defines design, what advice he would give to aspiring designers, and what is one thing he would change about his field.

www.detroitmakeithere.com

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Current Architecture Student Charlie O'Geen Featured in WUOM Radio News Story

Facing the Mortgage Crisis: An Artistic Approach to Neighborhood Stabilization

By Jennifer Guerra

"ANN ARBOR, MI (MICHIGAN RADIO) - Earlier this year Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra introduced us to an artist named Mitch Cope. He and his wife live in a working-class neighborhood in Detroit. It's pretty mixed with Polish and Ukrainian families and lots of Bangladeshi immigrants. Not to mention, quite a few drug dealers. Here' s what Cope had to say about it back in March......." Click the link above to read more and listen to the fascinating story.


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Liz Cohen Artist-in-Residence and Head of Photography Featured in Group Exhibition at Diet Gallery in Miami

Second Skin
November 14 - December 19, 2009
Opening reception:
November 14 from 7-10 pm

In this exhibition ownership has become a more corporeal term, it has come to mean the ownership over an appropriated idea, personality, persona, or creative train of thought. These artists are crawling into the thoughts, bodies, objects, and sounds of historical artists they reference, popular culture icons, or imaginary personas that serve as enablers to their practice. Diet Gallery is located at 174 NW 23 Street in Miami, Florida.

 

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Liz Cohen
Liz Cohen
Hood, 2005
Archival pigment print
Compliments of the artist


El Paso Museum of Art Features Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department Liz Cohen in Solo Exhibition

Liz Cohen: The Builder and the Bikini
El Paso Museum of Art
Through December 6, 2009

Liz Cohen was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in July of 2008. She received her MFA degree in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Cohen is a photographer and performance artist, whose multi-media work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is best known for her recent subversive project, "Bodywork," in which she transformed an East German 1987 Trabant automobile into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino.


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Richard Barnes
Murmur #1 (Flow Room), 2006
Archival digital print
Collection of Richard Barnes, courtesy Howard House Gallery, Seattle, Washington


"Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes" Reviewed in Detroit News


"Animal Logic: Photography and Installation by Richard Barnes" presents a mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed New York and San Francisco-based photographer Richard Barnes. This artist's work looks critically at both the natural world and the ways in which we attempt to institutionalize and classify nature within museums. The exhibition will showcase work from all of Barnes’s recent major photographic series, featuring surreal images of dioramas and artifacts from natural history museums. Animal Logic is on view through Sunday, January 3, 2010.

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Randy Bolton
Randy Bolton
No (detail)

Randy Bolton Head of the Print Media Department and Artist-in-Residence to Exhibit at Glasgow Print Center

"Three American Artists"
Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger & John Schulz
January 8 - February 27, 2010

With this exhibition Glasgow Print Center introduces three American artists to Scotland who themselves scrutinize American printed imagery and re-present it to us with a new and critical awareness. Randy Bolton explores images that seem familiar and comforting on first glance, borrowed as they are from early children’s text books. Digitally altered, the fragments of these old illustrations suggest new meanings at odds with their original educational intentions. More information here.


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Iris Eichenberg
Iris Eichenberg
Naked Necklace, 2009
silver, glass, leather, beads, textile, nylons, 3 x 3 x 2"


Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department Iris Eichenberg Featured at SOFA

SOFA Chicago
Sculpture, Objects + Functional Art Fair
November 6-8
at the Navy Pier
Featuring Iris Eichenberg
www.ornamentumgallery.com


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Beverly Fishman Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department featured in the Wall Street Journal


Read The Wall Street Journal Article "The Art World Goes Local" by Kelly Crow by clicking here.


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Academy Faculty to Create Lounge for Art Basel Miami Fair


Four members of the Academy’s faculty have been invited to create a 21st Century experiential environment for the global art insurance specialist AXA Art where it will host clients, partners, friends, art market professionals and members of the press during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 in early December. In mid-September, AXA Art announced it had entered into this creative alliance with the Academy’s artists-in-residence Elliott Earls, Beverly Fishman, William Massie, and Heather McGill. AXA Art has asked that the artists use The Thrill of Creating as inspiration and to consider modernity, functionality and innovation while transforming their space at one of the country’s largest annual art fairs. Elements of the team’s design will consist of undulating, pixilated walls constructed out of laser-cut cardboard over a steel armature, layered with applied patterns. Stay tune for details!


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Michael Sullivan
Design by Michael Sullivan

 

Academy Students in Architecture Receive Awards in NYC UrbanShed Competition

Two second year students in the Architecture Department at the Academy-- Michael Sullivan and Tensin Phuntsok-- were individual finalists in the UrbanShed International Design Competition that challenged designers to conceptualize a cutting-edge sidewalk shed for building sites to protect pedestrians, improve the pedestrian experience in New York City. Sullivan and Phuntsok received Honorable Mention in this competition that included more than 250 entries submitted by professional practicing designers as well as students to a jury of nine esteemed design, engineering, and construction professionals. The competition offered over $25000 in prize money and the winning project will be installed on a job site in Lower Manhattan.


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Tricia A. Stackle and Andrew Kline
Pink Pita, 2009
handmade wool felt, silk, bungee cords, acid-dyed wool and wet felting using a plastic resist; size varies upon installation.
Photo: Tricia A. Stackle.


Three Academy Students Featured in 2009 FiberArts Showcase

The November/December 2009 issue of FiberArts Magazine features the work of three current Cranbrook Academy of Art Students, Tricia Stackle (Fiber), Andrew Kline (Architecture), and Rosemary Dardick (Fiber). Inclusion in this issue is based on refinement, consistency, and presentation. The artists chosen represent today’s high quality, innovative student work. Visit the online showcase to view images and statements from these artists. Visit www.fiberarts.com for more information.

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Teaching Fellow at the Academy to Give Public Lecture

The Academy's Critical Studies Teaching Fellow for the 2009–2010 will present a public forum in the auditorium of the Institute of Science at 6pm on Tuesday, December 1. Lane Relyea, art critic and scholar from Northwestern University is currently in residence at Cranbrook. He is launching a new model for teaching, outside the formal structure of the classroom. Operating as a wandering critic, he is meeting with Academy students and faculty in their studios to promote dialogue on issues of prominence in the world of art and design.


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ARTravel: Ann Arbor

Artravel to Ann Arbor

The Art Museum is launching a new art education program entitled ArTravel which is designed exclusively for members of Cranbrook. Next month, Institute of Science members are invited to join ArtMembers on the first trip in this series which takes travelers to Ann Arbor to explore the connection between art and science with Cranbrook’s own museum directors Mike Stafford and Gregory Wittkopp. The tour includes visits to three museums on the University of Michigan’s campus: the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. All museum visits will be led by museum directors or senior curators. The day also includes lunch at the award-winning Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Pre-Registration is required. Seats are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $70 per person and includes transportation, lunch, admission and tour fees. For more information, please contact Kelly Gump at 248-645-3333.


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Cranbrook Surpasses Fund-Raising Goal

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI - (15 October 2009) Cranbrook announced the official completion of its first Comprehensive Campaign which surpassed the goal of $150 million -- completing the Campaign at $181 million one year early.

“We have many people to thank for the Campaign's success,” said Rick Nahm, president of Cranbrook Educational Community. “More than 28,000 donors comprised of alumni, leaders in the community and people touched by the Cranbrook experience throughout the country contributed, and we believe that the benefit to the people of southeast Michigan will be significant in the many ways it will touch their lives,” said Nahm.

The Campaign success comes at a time of unprecedented growth for Cranbrook, with both Cranbrook Schools and t Cranbrook Art Academy achieving record enrollments. Also, as a result of the Campaign, Cranbrook has over $75 million in new construction and renovation projects under way.

For the full story click here.


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Cranbrook Art Museum


Cranbrook Academy of Art Seeks Applications for 2010-2011 Critical Studies Teaching Fellowship

Cranbrook Academy of Art, located on a National Historic Landmark campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is seeking applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Art and Design Theory for a one-semester residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2010. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/design studio practice. The Fellow will give three public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students. They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents with permission to work.

Fellowship includes:
·Stipend
·Travel stipend for R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
·Housing (private apartment on campus)
·Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship (September 7- December 17, 2010)

Application must be postmarked by December 7, 2009.

Mail application to:
Sarah Turner / Critical Studies Fellowship
Cranbrook Academy of Art
PO Box 801
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is acknowledged world wide as a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. The country’s only independent graduate-only program in visual art, Cranbrook offers an intense and intimate learning experience for 150 graduate students in a community of studio-based programs where Artists-in-Residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture.

For more information, contact Sarah Turner at the address above or: sturner@cranbrook.edu


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Cranbrook Student Receives $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award at the 2009 Miami University Young Sculptors Competition

Louie Hinnen, second year MFA sculpture candidate at Cranbrook Academy of Art, is the 2009 winner of the Miami University Young Sculptors Competition. Hinnen’s work, Ring, 2009, is now part of the Miami University Collection, School of Fine Arts.

Hinnen was one of ten finalists chosen by the 2009 jurors, Gail Simpson and Aris Georgiades. Georgiades and Simpson are both professors in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Past jurors include Judith Russi Kirshner, Dean, University of Illinois, Chicago (2005) and Mary Ceruti, SculptureCenter, New York (2007).

There are 3 awards for the competition: a first place purchase award of $10,000.00, a second place award of $1500.00, and a third place award of $1000.00. The winner of the first place award is invited back during the next Sculpture Competition to participate in critiques and to celebrate their continuing studio success.


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Beverly Fishman
Pharmako, 2009
resin, pigment
approx. 9.5" to 11" each

Lemberg Gallery features works of Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting Department, in solo exhibition opening September 12

Kandyland
September 12 - October 31, 2009
Artist’s Reception
September 12, 5-8 pm

Lemberg Gallery is presenting Kandyland, the gallery’s fourth solo exhibition of work by Beverly Fishman. The exhibition opens with a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, September 12 from 5 to 8 pm and continues through Saturday, October 31.

Lemberg Gallery is located at 23241 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, between Nine and Ten Mile Roads, on the west side of the street. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm and by appointment. For more information visit: www.lemberggallery.com.

Read a review of Kandyland on The Detroiter website.

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Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Ceramics Department, featured in Solo Exhibition at the Galleri IngerMolin

Nästan Allting, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Anders Ruhwald, will be on display at the Galleri IngerMolin in Stockholm, Sweden through September 16, 2009. For more information visit www.galleriingermolin.se/


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Reed Kroloff to Appear on Big Ideas for a Small Planet on the Sundance Channel

The Sundance Channel has premiered the third season of its award-winning original eco-series Big Ideas for a Small Planet. This 13-part series airs as part of THE GREEN, Sundance Channel’s weekly primetime destination devoted to environmental programming.

On Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00pm eastern/pacific, tune in and watch Episode 5: "Architecture" featuring Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. For more information about the episode please visit www.sundancechannel.com.

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Mark Newport Exhibiting at the Renwick Gallery through January 3, 2010

Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 presents the work of ceramic artist Christyl Boger, fiber artist Mark Newport, glass artist Mary Van Cline, and ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh. The exhibition will be on display through January 3, 2010, and will feature a panel discussion with the artists and curator on September 25. For more information click here.

Read the Washington Post review and check out what the Smithsonian blog has to say.

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Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg featured in the Detroit News

"Something unsettling and melancholy suffuses the work of Iris Eichenberg, an artist of the small and remarkable..."

"Sense of self, place and eerie whim pervade works by Iris Eichenberg," by Michael H. Hodges


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Appointment of Lane Relyea as Critical Studies Teaching Fellow Highlighted in the Observer & Eccentric Newspaper

"With the appointment of the art critic and scholar Lane Relyea as the inaugural Critical Studies Teaching Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year, the Academy is launching a new model for teaching, outside the formal structure of the classroom. Operating as a wandering critic, the Fellow will meet with students and faculty in their studios to promote dialogue on issues of prominence in the world of art and design. The general public will also be invited share in this experience during three public forums presented by Relyea over the course of the Fall 2009 semester. All public events are free."


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Cranbrook Head of 3D Design quoted in Los Angeles Times on Modern Design.


"...They were informed by a new kind of 'open plan' interior space and came about as an authentic search for form in response to new materials and technology," says Scott Klinker in "Modern design through the years." Read the rest of the article here.


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Four Alumni Featured in ID Magazine's 2009 Annual Design Review

The work of recent alums Im and David Schafer (Ceramics and Metalsmithing '09), Patrick Gavin (3D Design '09) as well as Peter Stathis (Design '89) was featured in ID Magazine's 2009 Annual Design Review. "Since 1954, ID Magazine's Annual Design Review has recognized the best in product, furniture, graphic and environment design, from the iconic to the obscure." Read more at www.id-mag.com.

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Jack Lenor Larsen Receives American Art Metal from the Smithsonian

Alumni Jack Lenor Larsen (Fiber '51) will be honored for his distinguished career The Smithsonian's Archives of

American Art with the American Art Metal on October 29 in Washington, DC. A celebrated textile designer, author and collector Larsen founded the design firm that bears his name and, over five decades, it has become one of the world's greatest houses of signature fabrics. Larsen has won many awards and is on of only four Americans honored with an exhibition in the Palais du Louvre. His home in East Hampton, NY, LongHouse Reserve is "a case study of creativity in contemporary life," and is open to visitors year round. For more information www.longhouse.org

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Michael Monroe (Design '71) Honored with Award of Distinction by American Craft Council

Alum Michael Monroe, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Bellvue Arts Museum has been honored with the prestigious Award of Distinction for Contributions to the field of Craft by the American Craft Council. An eminent figure in the world of craft, Monroe has served as independent curator, noted lecturer, author and juror for more than 25 years. He joined the Bellevue Art Museum in 2005 as Executive Director/Chief Curator. Monroe received his MFA from the Academy in 1971. For more information www.bellevuearts.org.

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Six Alumni Awarded Inaugural Kresge Visual Artist Fellowships Totalling Over $150,000

Cranbrook Academy of Art is honored to recognize six alumni, who, today (6/30/2009) were awarded the inaugural Kresge Artist Fellows in the Visual Arts from the Troy-based Kresge Foundation. The foundation is granting $450,000 in grants to 18 local visual artists.The Detroit Free Press reports that the $25,000 no-strings fellowships inaugurate one of the country’s most lucrative annual awards available to artists and that the grants are designed to give winners financial breathing room to allow them to focus on making art. “The fellowships could have a galvanizing effect on the local arts scene -- boosting public perception of an overlooked community, inspiring artists to create more ambitious work and offering them an incentive to remain in Detroit,” said the paper. Congratulations are extended to Detroit-based Academy alumni: Shiva Ahmadi (Painting '05); Susan Goethe Campbell (Printmaking '89); Rod Klingelhofer (Fiber '08); Abigail Newbold (Fiber '05); Russ Orlando (Ceramics '08); and Corine Vermeulen-Smith (Photo '03). For more information, click here.

 

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Dwight Hackett Projects featuring Heather McGill

Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill will be featured at Dwight Hackett Projects from June 13 - July 25, 2009. The opening reception will be held Saturday, June 13 from 3-5pm. For more information, click here.

 


 

Iris Eichenberg featured in Contemporary Jewelry Article in The Economist

"Iris Eichenberg examines the psychological effect of transition to a new culture by assembling materials from different elements of an interior such as flooring, wall coverings and furniture into brooches an neck pieces."
Read the article click here.

 


 

3D Design Department Gets High Marks in the NYT

Penelope Green of the New York Times had this to say about Cranbrook's Isaac Yu Chen in the article, "Kicking the Tires":

"A Cranbrook student, Isaac Yu Chen, had made a magazine rack out of a slice of wood from which hung cables ending in spheres the size of table-tennis balls. It was elegant, perhaps even brilliant, and a Cranbrook professor worried aloud that you’d see it in the Ikea catalog by next season."

Read the complete article here.

 


 

Cranbrook 3D Design Department at ICFF

The Cranbrook 3D Design Department's 'Innate Gestures' will be at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, at the Javitz Center in NYC, May 16 thru the 19. The Booth # is 1070. With 'Innate Gestures,' 15 of Cranbrook’s graduate students in 3D Design put the human body and the human senses back at the center of the designed world. Working with guest critic Leon Ransmeier and 3D designer-in-residence Scott Klinker, students examine the force of intuition at work as a creator of form, and as a result of felt responses to objects and the environment. Visit www.innate-gestures.com

Read the blog article here.

 


 

Anders Ruhwald Head of Ceramics Receives $30,000 Grant from Danish Arts Foundation

Anders Ruhwald, Artist in Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department and a native of Denmark, has received a 2009 Artist Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. The Danish Arts Foundation was established by the Danish Government in 1964. The role of the Foundation is to promote Danish creative arts. The Foundation's area of activity includes the visual arts, literature, music, crafts and design, architecture, cinema, and theatre, as well as other comparable forms of creative art that do not have other avenues for state support. Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department in 2008 following the retirement of Tony Hepburn. His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the globe. For more information visit here.

 


 

2009 Graduates David and Im Schafer featured in Architectural Record article "studiomake: Careful craft, from objects to architecture"

"David Schafer’s interest in craft goes back to the University of Arizona (VA) Tucson, where he earned his B.Arch. in 2000. He took courses that stressed material experimentation and picked up basic metalsmithing skills, such as mig welding. Orapun Schafer, who goes by Im, matriculated at UA to experience an “extreme departure” from crowded, subtropical Bangkok. The curriculum’s focus on drawing, Im says, also introduced her to architecture as a handmade discipline...."

Read the complete article here.

 


 

2009 Fellowships and Grants Awarded at Academy Awards Night on Thursday, May 8, 2009

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the award of three major 2009 Fellowships that aid recipients in the transition from graduate student to practicing artist: The Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, featuring a two month fully supported residency in Berlin; the Tony Devan Lewis Fellowship; and the Fulbright Award. More than 40 awards --including Merit Scholarships for students completing their first year of study -- were conferred at the awards ceremony marking the end of the academic year on Thursday, May 8 in Cranbrook Art Museum's deSalle Auditorium.

Zack Ostrowski (aka Beverly Fresh), graduating from the 2D Design Department and a Detroit native, was awarded the Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award; Seth Papac, graduating from the Metalsmithing Department, was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship; and Drew Ippolitti a student in the Ceramics Department received a 2009 Fulbright award to study in China. For more details, visit our press release page.

 


 

Two Academy Students invited to participate in New Insight Exhibition


An exhibition of top MFA students from some of the country's most influential graduate art programs, "New Insight" is curated by Susanne Ghez, director of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. A platform for new talent and innovative ideas, "New Insight" provides the opportunity to view work by some of the brightest young minds working in diverse graduate programs across the country. Two Cranbrook Academy of Art students, Im Schafer (Ceramics) and Terry Conrad (Print Media) were invited to particapate in this prestigous exhibition.

Participating students in the 2009 edition of New Insight include: April Totten and Nery Gabriel Lemus, California Institute of Art; Michael Nixon Carnegie Mellon University, Im Schafer and Terry Conrad, Cranbrook; Bryan Zanisnik, Julio Grinblatt and Kristof Wickman, Hunter College; Amita Bhatt and Kim Budd, Maryland Institute College of Art; Esteban del Valle and Rachel Menashe-Dor, Rhode Island School of Design; Chaewon Kim and Cheryl Pope, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Kristen van Diggelen, San Francisco Art Institute; Anne McCaddon, Jane Parshnall and Ryan Sluggett, UCLA; Faheem Majeed and Jesse McLean, University of Illinois at Chicago; Bobby Belote and Ryan Thompson, University of Illinois at Urbana; Elaine Stocki and Lourdes Correa, Yale.

Visit the Art Chicago website for full details.

 


 

Loose Canon: The 2009 Graduate Degree Exhibition

Receives Media Attention

As a preview of the show, the Free Press is highlighted the work of two of the artists: Elizabeth Alexander, whose specialty is putting surreal twists on found objects and scenes, and Neal Moran Robinson, who expresses himself through digital photography. Coverage was also featured in the Detroit News.

Also check out the L.A. art blog Try Harder

Follow Cranbrook Academy of Art and Degree Show coverag on Twitter and Flickr.

 


 

Superheroes In Action featured on this week's cover of the Metrotimes

Pick up a copy today and read the fascinating interview with Mark Newport written by Megan O'Neil. The article can also be viewed online by visiting metrotimes.com.

 


 

Teaching Fellowship Announced for 2009-2010

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce a new and unique teaching fellowship. Cranbrook seeks
applicants working in the fields of Critical Theory and/or Contemporary Art and Design Theory for a one-semester

residential teaching fellowship for Fall 2009. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in their field (MA or

higher, PhD preferred), have graduate-level teaching experience and an interest in the links between theory and visual art/design studio practice. The Fellow will give three public lectures and conduct discussion groups with graduate students.
They will also be asked to review student art work and participate in occasional studio critiques.
Recipients must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals holding the appropriate U.S. government documents with

permission to work.mFellowship includes: Stipend; Travel stipend for R/T travel to campus and/or professional activities
Housing (private apartment on campus); Fellows must reside on campus and be free from professional duties during fellowship(September 9- December 18, 2009). Application deadline : March 30, 2009 (preferred) – ongoing until filled.

To apply, send 3 copies of a packet that includes:

Completed Application Form; Letter of interest; Academic CV (including bibliography of published work); Proposal of Series (to include lectures and discussion topics); Names and contact information for three references (must include telephone number).


Mail application to: Sarah Turner / Cranbrook Teaching Fellowship, Cranbrook Academy of Art, PO Box 801
39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-080. For more information, contact Sarah Turner at the address above or: sturner@cranbrook.edu.



Academy artists featured in Chicago exhibition "Maxmulitple"

Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald, current Ceramics Department students Im Schafer, Brian Widmaier and Architecture student Victoria McReynolds will be featured together in the exhibition “Maxmulitple” at the Devening Projects and Editions gallery in Chicago. This group show examines the notion of multiplicity in art through a range of artist editions and also features Academy alumni Tom Muller. The opening is scheduled for February 22 from 4-7 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 8. Devening Projects and Editions is located at 3039 West Carroll in Chicago, Illinois ( www.deveningprojects.com). Anders Ruhwald will also be traveling to Scripps College in Claremont, California on March 5 to deliver a lecture to the Art Department.

 



Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action
Critics' top choice for weekend entertainment...

The Detroit News:

"Every few months, Cranbrook Museum of Art invites families for an out-the-box afternoon that usually goes along with one of their new exhibits. This Sunday is no different. "Mark Newport: Superheroes in Action" features knitted costumes for well-known comic book characters as well as for new heroes, created by Mark Newport, artist-in-residence in the Department of Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art....."


and Metrotimes review:
"
Cranbrook Academy of Art artist-in-residence Mark Newport focuses on superheroes in his work, knitting costumes for characters both real and imaginary — such as Argyle Man and Flamer. Newport blends traditionally feminine fiber art with the typically masculine world of caped comic book adventurers, questioning how these iconic costumes contribute to a character's heroic and mostly manly mystique."

 


 

Beverly Fishman

Beverly Fishman

untitled, 2008
silkscreen on polished stainless steel, each 26" x 18"

Beverly Fishman, Head of Painting, to Lecture at Washington University in St. Louis on January 22, 2009

A solo exhibition of new work by the Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, Beverly Fishman will open at Bruno David Gallery in Saint Louis, Missouri on January 23 and run through February 28, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibition, Fishman will be giving a lecture on her work as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series on Thursday, January 22 at Washington University in St. Louis. For more information, please visit www.brunodavidgallery.com.

 


 

 

William Massie’s American House 08 on the cover in Dwell magazine's February 2009/ Pre Fab issue

"American House 08" stood on the lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum from May-October and now appears on the cover of the February 09 issue of Dwell magazine in an article written by David Hay. Entitled “Massie Produced,” Hay writes that the Academy’s Head of Architecture has, “For most of his career, the charismatic architect, [been] known for championing the latest design technologies, had to travel long distances in order to construct his experimental homes.” The magazine is currently on newsstands. For more information about Dwell magazine visit www.dwell.com

 


 

Modernism Magazine features Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Genesis of American Modernism

Cranbrook Academy of Art became a powerhouse of innovative design at midcentury. Read more about the history of the Academy in the country's leading publication on 20th-century modernist design. Photographs courtesy of the Cranbrook Archives. www.modernismmagazine.com

 



Reed Kroloff quoted in New York Times Week in Review article on design

Sunday, January 4, 2009

"Design Loves a Depression," is the title of the article by Michael Cannell in the New York Times on Sunday, January 4 in which the Academy's Director Reed Kroloff is quoted as saying.... and if President-elect Barack Obama delivers anything like a W.P.A, we could be “standing on the brink of one of the most productive periods of design ever,” Read More...

 



Metalsmith magazine celebrates the work of Iris Eichenberg and a new era at Cranbrook

A ten-page feature story on the work of Iris Eichenberg, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department was published in the October 2008 edition of Metalsmith magazine. Lisa Gralick, the author -- and also a metalsmith and Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- writes of Eichenberg's leadership of the department at the Academy, "...she seems to be infusing the program with a new jewelry-oriented direction, which favors broad material exploration in the service of an idea....Unquestionably a new era has begun for metals at Cranbrook."

 



2008 Educational Endowment Scholarships from The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) awarded to student in Metalsmithing Department


Gemma Draper, a second year student in the Metalsmithing Department was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2008 Educational Endowment Scholarships from The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). SNAG is the premier organization of jewelers, designers and metalsmiths - comprising all aspects of contemporary metalsmithing. It encourages and supports professional excellence, education and the public's understanding of jewelry, design, and metalsmithing with more than 3,300 members worldwide. For more information www.snagmetalsmith.org.

 



Work by more than 50 Cranbrook artists on exhibit at ArtBasel/Miami Beach


More than 50 artists from the Academy have their work on exhibition at ArtBasel/Miami Beach. Considered the most important art in the United States, the seventh annual ArtBasel/Miami Beach opened on Thursday, December 4 and runs through Sunday, December 7. Approximately 250 leading galleries from the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are taking part. Work by Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and faculty is on display at a variety of galleries, event spaces and museums that are taking part in the event. Elliott Earls, the current Artist-in-Residence and Head of the 2D Design Department is playing a central role in the event which boosts participation by 2000 artists. Earls has worked together with SmartCar USA to customize graphics for 8 vehicles which are traveling the streets of Miami during the fair. He will also debut a new multi-media performance piece at the Wolfsonian Museum on Friday, December 6.

 


 

Made in Detroit

Cranbrook Alumni and Current Students Featured in "Made in Detroit" Exhibition

"Made in Detroit," an exhibition featuring six Academy Alumni and current students, opens on December 2 at The Galerie Eva Bracke in Berlin. The exhibition is part of the changing cities project with the New Museum in Pontiac, Michigan. Academy alumni and current students participating include: Kyohei Abe (Photography '02), Kelly Frank (Photography '09), Rachel Hunt (Fiber '08), Cyrus Karimipour (Photography '06), Jacque Liu (Ceramics '02), Alison Wong (Painting '06). For more information, please visit www.evabracke.com

 


 

Fanfare

Fanfare 2008

Photo by: Mitch Carr

Fanfare Photos Now Live on Hour Detroit Website

Midnight Hour Detroit's society photographer Carrie Hall was on hand for the Academy's annual fundraiser Fanfare on Saturday, October 18. More than 300 guests joined students and faculty in each of the Academy's 10 departments for dinner and a rare opportunity to visit the spaces where they are all creating their work. More than $105,000 was raised for scholarship support for our most talented and creative artists.

www.hourdetroit.com

 



Fanfare Patrons Have Arts of Gold


The Academy's annual fall fund raiser Fanfare received kudos in the Friday, October 24 issue of Crain's Detroit Business. There are more than 18 photos of the event to accompany the story which helps to celebrate the faculty, students and program that Fanfare supports. Please click here for full-coverage.

 


 

Pele

Andy Warhol

Edson-Pelé, 1977
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
Collection of Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Gift of Rose M. Shuey from the Collection of Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey
Photographer: R. H. Hensleigh

 

Detroit Free Press critics' pick Cranbrook Art Museum's Andy Warhol: Grand Slam

"If Andy Warhol could make Campbell's soup cans and Brillo boxes iconic, what did he do with real people?The result of his attempt is on glorious silkscreen display for three months at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills in a new exhibit called Andy Warhol: Grand Slam.........,"says the Detroit Free Press.




Cranbrook Academy of Art's Photography Department will represent Michigan in the Sony World Photography Awards Competition


Cranbrook Academy of Art has been selected to represent the State of Michigan in the Sony World Photography Competition for 2008-2009. So far the Yale School of Art and The School of Art at New York University have been asked to represent the US. Students from six continents including North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia & Australasia will be involved, with 1 university representing each of 10 countries in the final competition in Cannes, France in the Spring of 2009. For more information please visit: www.worldphotographyawards.org

Stay tuned for updates!

 


 


Heather McGill
Untitled
2005, urethane, aluminum, lacquer
35 x 47 x 2.25 inches

 

Heather McGill, Head of Sculpture Represented in Upcoming Exhibition 40th Anniversary "Art on Paper 2008"
October 19, 2008 through January 25, 2009
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Greensboro, NC

Art on Paper 2008," represents the 40th anniversary of this exhibition that surveys the state of contemporary drawing and other works on, or of, paper. It will showcase unique works by both emerging and established artists including work by Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture . Artists previously represented in this show's 40 year history include the artists Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Stella, Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson, Brice Marden, Roni Horn and Matthew Ritchie.


 

Randy Bolton

Yours, Our Land, Mine
2004
3-panel digital print on canvas, tree stumps with carved and wood-burned
images
each panel is 102” x 102”

Randy Bolton’s recent screen prints at The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair
The Park Avenue Armory, New York, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2

Print publishers Stewart & Stewart, will feature recent screen prints by Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Print Media Department Randy Bolton at the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, October 29 – November 2. Read more...

 


 

Beverly Fishman

Op Art by Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting Dazzles at Eastern Illinois University Tarble Arts Center Through October 12

A new exhibition at the Tarble Arts Center challenges the viewer’s vision with a dazzling array of colors and patterns. Titled Beverly Fishman: Optical Unconscious, the exhibition is on view through October 12 in part of the Tarble’s main galleries, on the Eastern Illinois University campus. The artist will visit the Tarble on Tuesday, September 30, 7pm, to talk about her art. Admission to the exhibition and lecture are free and the public is invited.

Author Lucy Hartley states that Fishman’s series of large silk-screens on powder-coated aluminum or polished stainless steel “ … trouble and challenge our senses, and especially the eyes. For the viewer is presented with a riot of technicolor shapes and patterns, which do not coax so much as compel a response from the call of their materials and processes.” In Fishman’s work Hartley sees references to “EKG patterns, human cells, DNA code, circuit boards, the double helix, and the technological language of the scanned human body provide the properties that are identified by the experience of color.”

Continues Hartley, “All of Fishman’s new paintings tackle the fundamental issue of how we use the senses to acquire information about the environment that surrounds us. Composed of cells, wavebands, heart beats, nucleic acid, wavelengths, and pills, the paintings ask us to turn in upon ourselves, literally via the luminous surfaces and symbolically via the multiple figurations, in an attempt to perceive what these things might tell us about the world.”

Fishman is Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting. Since 2000 Fishman has had over a dozen one-person exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Her work has also been included in many thematic exhibitions addressing abstraction, technology, medicine, and the body. Recent exhibitions include Op Art: Then and Now at the Columbus Museum in Ohio (2007); Dreaming of a More Better Future at the Cleveland Art Institute Gallery (2005); and Post-Digital Painting at Cranbrook Art Museum (2003).

Fishman has been awarded numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, and a Ford Foundation Grant. Her work has been reviewed and profiled in numerous publications, including Echo Objects: The Cognitive History of Images by Barbara Maria Stafford (The University of Chicago Press, 2007), and Optic Nerve: Perceptual Art of the 1960s by Joe Houston and Dave Hickey (Merrell Publishers of London & New York, 2007).

Her work is in many public collections including the: Columbus Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, the United Nations Embassy in Istanbul, Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan, and the Mac Arthur Foundation. Her work is also included in the corporate collections. She is currently represented in Chicago by Stephanie Skestos Gabriele, in Los Angeles by Kim Light/ Lightbox, in Michigan by Lemberg Gallery, and in Paris by Galerie Jean Luc and Takako Richard.

 


 

Get Ready for Take-Off: The Academy opens its doors for the 2008-2009 Academic Year on September 8

The Academy will welcome 150 new and returning students to the campus with Academy Day on Monday, September 8. Academy Day is a program designed to give you an overview of things that you should know to make you feel comfortable as you begin your creative journey here. Presentations will take place in deSalle Auditorium and will feature all ten Artists-in-Residents as well as the leadership of the Cranbrook Educational Community including the directors of the Art Museum, Institute of Science and Schools. Academy Director Reed Kroloff will also formally introduce the two new Artists-in-Residence in Photography and Ceramics, Liz Cohen and Anders Ruhwald, as well as Sarah Turner, the new Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, who is a 2005 graduate of the Metalsmithing Department. This year's incoming classes includes students representing nine countries and 31 states. Get ready for take off!

 


 

URBANbuild Program airs on the Sundance Channel

 

On August 20, the Sundance Channel aired the first episode of Architecture School, a six-part miniseries that follows the students at Tulane University's URBANbuild program as they design and construct a house in a blighted New Orleans neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Four of the six half-hour segments have cameo appearances by Reed Kroloff Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, who developed the URBANbuild program. If you are interested in architecture, New Orleans or curious about design education, this is TV worth watching. Click here to view more information.

 


 

Jayoung Yoon,

Line of Thought III and Window

Jayoung Yoon, a current graduate student in the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, is an Artist-in-Residence for the summer at the ArtCenter/South Florida. She was recently interviewed by the Miami Photo Blog.

 


 

Batmen by Mark Newport

Mark Newport

Batmen, 2008

Mark Newport One of Four Artists Selected by Smithsonian Museum for Renwick Craft Invitational
 
A panel of three distinguished experts in American crafts and decorative arts has selected Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, Mark Newport for the Renwick Craft Invitational 2009. Newport was one of four artists selected for using traditional craft media in new ways to create figurative and narrative works.
 
Newport’s work examines issues of masculinity with his knitted superhero costumes; the soft material and embroidered details contradict the image of strength and power often associated with these characters.
 
The artists were chosen by Kate Bonansinga, director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso; Jane Milosch, Renwick Gallery curator; and Paul J. Smith, director emeritus of the Museum of Arts & Design.
 
“The Smithsonian American Art Museum is delighted to provide a national showcase at its Renwick Gallery for exceptional artists from across the United States who are well-established in their respective craft fields but deserve greater recognition,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “The biennial Renwick Craft Invitational provides a wonderful opportunity to present the work of Christyl Boger, Mark Newport, Mary Van Cline and SunKoo Yuh to new audiences.”
 
The biennial exhibition series at the Renwick Gallery was established in 2000 to honor the creativity and talent of craft artists working today. The first in the series, “Five Women in Craft,” featured Myra Mimlitsch Gray (CAA 1984 Metalsmithing), Mary Jackson, Janel Jacobson, Sondra Sherman and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood.

For more information visit www.americanart.si.edu.



 

"Cranbrook, Craft & What the Future May Hold"

Feature Article in American Craft Magazine

Cranbrook Academy of Art is the subject of an eight-page feature story in the August/September edition of American Craft magazine. The story traces the evolution of craft as a guiding principle of its founders and follows the story today, highlighting the Academy's forward-thinking attitude towards art and design. More than 10 current and former Artists-in-Residence are featured in the story.

For more information click here.



Elliott Earls, Liberty Weeps

Elliott Earls

Liberty Weeps, 2008

Elliott Earls in The New York Times

Elliott Earls's work entitled Liberty Weeps, was printed in full-color on the front page of the Arts section in The New York Times on Tuesday July 8 in a review by the critic Damien Cave. Earls, who is Designer-in-Residence and Head of the 2D Design Department at the Academy, is one of sixty artists who contributed to a new exhibition entitled Thoughts on Democracy at the Wolfsonian museum at Florida International University.

Click on the link below to read the complete review:

"Rockwell Re-Enlisted For a Nation's Darker Mood." The New York Times, July 9, 2008, Arts section by Damien, Cave.


 

William Massie, American House 08

American House 08  on the grounds of Cranbrook Art Museum. Photo by: Elliott Earls.

American House 08  in The Detroit News

American House 08 by William Massie, which is on display on the lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum, was featured on the front page of the Home Section in The Detroit News on Saturday, June 28. A companion blog by The Detroit News reporter Michael Hodges includes a fascinating video interview with Massie, who is Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at the Academy. Hodges' writes: "Massie's an engaging, over bright guy whose enthusiasm for architecture is downright contagious."

Click on the link below for a video tour of the project which is an Editor's Choice video on detnews.com:

Hodges, Michael. "... Bill Massie's An American House 08 at Cranbrook." The Detroit News, detnews.com, July 2, 2008. Architecture Blog.




Andrew deRosa, 2D Design.

 

Here & Now: 2008 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art

April 19 - May 10, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 6-8pm

Cranbrook Art Museum, all galleries

Cranbrook Art Museum

39221 Woodward Avenue

Bloomfield Hills, MI  48303

Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11am- 5pm; Fourth Fridays, 11am-9pm including April 25. Open late Thursday, May 8, 11am -9pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

 


 

Hao Wei Wu

Cell Phone Bracelet, 2007

 

Cranbrook 3D Design department & Swarovski

Collaborate on crystals and consumer electronics in sponsored project

Swarovski sponsored an exciting collaboration with students in the 3D Design department, challenging them to re-think consumer electronics, using Crystallized--Swarovski Elements as inspiration. "The creative minds at Cranbrook were quick to turn to the worlds of fashion and art to fire their imagination. The resulting pieces ranged from crystal-bedecked speakers and a sparkling game console to a mobile phone that doubles as a bracelet. ..."

To read more on the project, please visit Swarovski Inspirations




Joshua Abelow. 2008.

 

Texas National 2008

Two Cranbrook students named winners

Congratulations to Joshua Abelow and Adrienne Brabham

Academy students Joshua Abelow and Adrienne Brabham were named winners of the 14th annual "Texas National 2008" competition and exhibition presented by the Stephen F. Austin (SFA) School of Art in Austin, Texas. Abelow, a second-year student in the Academy's Painting department received second place for his three-part painting series "Call Me." Brabham, a first-year student in Print Media, received Honorable Mention for "Help Across." This year, the competition received more than 400 entries from artists from across the United States. The exhibition runs through Sunday, May 18 at The Art Center @ The Old Opera House in Nacogdoches, TX.

For more information, please visit 2008 Texas National exhibition and competition

 


 

 

US News & World Report

Cranbrook Grabs Top Honors in "America's Best Graduate Schools"

Cranbrook Academy of Art is once again named the country’s top graduate-only Masters of Fine Arts program. The 2009 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” published by US News and World Report ranks the Academy fourth overall among the 220 Master of Fine Arts programs across the United States. Cranbrook’s departments are all ranked in the top ten for excellence in the survey’s “specialties” categories, including: Ceramics, Fiber, Graphic Design (2D Design), Industrial Design (3D Design), Metals/Jewelry (Metalsmithing), Painting, Photography, Printmaking (Print Media) and Sculpture (Cranbrook also offers a graduate degree in Architecture, but US News does not include this subject in its reviews). The US News and World Report rankings are based on a survey of art and design school deans, administrators and faculty completed every five years. Cranbrook Academy of Art has appeared at the top of the magazine’s rankings since they first appeared in 1990.

“The rankings indicate how our peers see us, which speaks very well of our programs, our artists-in-residence, and our students,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “We are a small school with a unique program, so this is not only a complement, but a confirmation that Cranbrook remains a driving force in contemporary art, architecture, and design.”

Cranbrook is a true atelier, where ten Artists-in-Residence mentor 15 students each on a National Landmark campus designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen. Over its 75 years, the Academy’s alumni and faculty have included some of the country’s most renowned artists, architects and designers including the Saarinens, Harry Bertoia, Richard DeVore, Charles and Ray Eames, Maja Grotell, Florence Knoll, Jack Lenor Larson, Daniel Libeskind, Tony Matelli, Hani Rashid, Marianne Strengell, Toshiko Takaezu, Lorraine Wild, and Anne Wilson.

 


 


ID magazine editor-in-chief Julie Lasky to give

2008 commencement address at 2 pm on Friday May, 9 in the Greek Theatre

 


 

 

Metropolis magazine ...

Artist-in-Residence Elliott Earls featured contributor in March 2008 issue

"Locals Flavors Typography"

The work above by Elliott Earls, head of the 2D Design Department, was featured in the March 2008 issue of Metropolis magazine. Elliott wrote, "in the year 2008 what could be more American? Black for oil and green for dollars, greenhouse gases and green technologies—all wrapped in computer-aided design and manufacturing."


connect to Metropolis Magazine. ..

 





Men's Vogue daily architecture blog features ... "Massie Appeal"

Following the work in progress by Architect-in-Residence William Massie
Installation and construction of American House 08 underway on the south lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum

 

 


William E. Massie—the award-winning Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Department of Architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art--has designed and is currently building a full-scale prefabricated house on the lawn of Cranbrook Art Museum. Constructed entirely within the architect’s cavernous studio in Pontiac then disassembled and moved to Cranbrook, the building will open to the public on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

An American House 08 embodies Massie’s innovative architectural practice through his use of computer-based fabrication technology for efficient, precise and customized buildings. The house, with its two glass elevations that unite the interior experience with the exterior landscape, is defined by a pair of volumetric anomalies that were intricately generated through a Computer Numerically Controlled machine. Massie uses the surface of these complex forms to capture light from multiple video projectors, creating a flexible ambient environment for the occupants.

Massie has become well known in the design world for exploring and inventing new technologies and applying them to the construction and design of buildings. In 2002, Massie was selected as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program Competition and his work has been shown in leading museums around the world.

 


Watch this site for daily progress on American House 08.

 


 


 


last update 3/17/08.

 

 


 

Woodward Ave Entrance

Detroit News: The Campaign for Cranbrook reaches $150 million mark; fundraising will continue

With the extraordinary support of more than 10,000 donors, The Campaign for Cranbrook has surpassed $150 million, more than two years ahead of schedule. Fundraising efforts will continue through June 2010 in order to further Cranbrook’s strategic objectives.

Link to full story

 


 

Bev Fishman 01

 

Current students, alumni and faculty featured in Alma Mater exhibition at Kinkead Contemporary Gallery, Los Angeles

Kinkead Contemporary is presenting a group exhibition entitled "Alma Mater," highlighting an array of work by artists who at one time were, or currently are, members of the Cranbrook community of artists. The exhibition, running March 1-29, 2008, features work by current Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman, Head of the Painting Department, as well as nine painters and sculptors, who are either current students or alumni including: Trygve Faste, Samantha Fields, David Duncan Hendren, Erik Oost, Christian Tedeschi, Britten Tolliver, Andre Yi, and Tao Urban. Kinkead Contemporary is a new contemporary art gallery dedicated to emerging artists. The gallery was founded by collector John Kinkead, a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Kinkead Contemporary is located at 6029 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232.

Link to Kinkead Contemporary

 


 


Detroit News: "Student Chair Show Rocks"...Cultural Reporter Michael Hodges blogs on Cranbrook

 

"One of the hippest places to be in Greater Detroit last Friday was at the Forum Gallery at the Cranbrook Academy of Art...


Reviving a tradition started by legendary Cranbrook designers Charles and Ray Eames, there are now annual chair-design competitions -- and the results Friday night were provocative, amusing and every once in a while, downright practical...."

Link to Detroit News Architecture Blog...

 




Creating Velocity: The Academy's Artists-in-Residence featured in exhibition at the Community Arts@Paramount Gallery, March 7 - April 18, 2008.

The exhibition "Creating Velocity ," features work by nine Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists-in-Residence including: Randy Bolton, Elliott Earls, Iris Eichenberg, Beverly Fishman, Tony Hepburn, Scott Klinker, William Massie, Heather McGill and Mark Newport. The Community Arts@ Paramount Gallery is a 1400-sq.-ft. art gallery within the 4000-sq.-ft. Ron Rea-designed Ferndale branch of Paramount Bank. The gallery, a gift to the Ferndale and surrounding community, features dynamic curated exhibits of community interest and local talent. The Community Arts@ Paramount Gallery is located at 22635 Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Michigan. The gallery is open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Link to Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery

 




Detroit News article features Knoll gift to Cranbrook Academy of Art ...

Cranbrook Educational Community Announces

$1 Million Gift from Knoll to Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

Knoll Inc. -- internationally renowned for innovation in residential and corporate furniture and textiles-- has announced a $1 million gift to the Campaign for Cranbrook in support of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. This gift, which supports endowment, preservation, renovation and other needs for the Academy and Art Museum, is the largest ever made to Cranbrook from Knoll. It recognizes Knoll's historical legacy and ties to Cranbrook: co-founder Florence Knoll Bassett (neé Schust) is an alumna of both the Cranbrook Kingswood School and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Connect to full press release

 

 



DAM

Current Cranbrook Academy of Art Students featured in . . .

2008 Detroit Artists Market Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition

February 29 - April 5, 2008

The Detroit Artists Market proudly presents its 2008 Annual Detroit Artists Market Scholarship and Exhibition Program that includes the presentation of the scholarship awards to outstanding Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate students. The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) exhibition will present works by the three scholarship recipients along with the nine other student finalists and many distinguished alumni. The DAM exhibition will open on February 29, 2008 and run through April 5, 2008.

The Detroit Artists Market is located in the Detroit Cultural Center at 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201; three blocks south of The Detroit Institute of the Arts, and one block east of Wayne State University. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the lot directly behind the DAM Gallery.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students exhibiting: Elizabeth Alexander, Lucila Caro, Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann, Gemma Draper, Megan Heeres, Wei-Hui Hsu, Ji Eun Kim, Aaron Peterman, Mark Sengbusch, Iris Seo, Eric Steinberg, Comora Tolliver.

Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and former faculty exhibiting include: Susan Aaron-Taylor, Patricia Roustemis Cardasis, Judy Eliyas, Todd Erickson, Narine Kchikian, Gerhardt Knodel, Jacque Liu, Glen Michaels, Stephanie Sarris, James Viste.

For more information please visit . . .

 



Museum of New Art to Feature Student Work from the Cranbrook Academy of Art Photography Department..

"Side by Side: New Works from the Cranbrook Photography Studios"

March 8- April 11, 2008

The Museum of New Art, Detroit/Pontiac will feature student work by Cranbrook Academy of Art Masters of Fine Art (MFA) candidates in the exhibition “Side by Side: New Works from the Cranbrook Photography Studios."The exhibition will include works from fourteen artists whose research and current studio practice is based out of the Cranbrook photography program headed by Artist-in-Residence, David Hilliard. Works include prints-on-paper, video, and installations that examine the boundless possibilities of contemporary photographic practice.

"Side by Side: New Works from the Cranbrook Photography Studios," will be on exhibit from Saturday, March 8 through Saturday, April 11,2008. The artists and Museum of New Art will host an opening reception from 6pm until 9pm Saturday, March 8, 2008. Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 noon until 6pm. Artists will host daily gallery hours. A closing reception will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 6pm to 9pm. The Museum of New Art is located at 7 North Saginaw Street in Pontiac, Michigan.


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Larson
Self-Similarity Model by Evan Larson

National Ornamental Metals Museum featuring Metalsmithing Department alumni in an exhibition exploring the impact of Cranbrook Academy of Art on the field of contemporary metalsmithing and design . . .

 

Equal Footing: Materials + Processes + Concepts

At the National Ornamental Metals Museum
Memphis, Tennessee
February 3 - April 13

Participating metalsmithing alumni: Danielle Allatta, John Andrew, Curtis Amira, Vivian Beer, Kristine Bolhuis, Harry Burdett, Alexandria Carrion, Tzu-Ju Chen, Clay Dillard, Peter Evonuk, John Falley, Dana Filbert, Mark Haines, Amy Haskins, Maya Kini, Evan Larson, Katie MacDonald, Brad Nichols, John Rais, Michael Rossi, Eric Ryser, Mary Savage, Eric Simmons, Josh Smith, James Thurman, Sarah Turner, Veleta Vancza, James Viste, Kai Wolter, Maegan Crowley and Richard Nelipovich

Founded in 1976, the National Ornamental Metal Museum is the only Museum in the Americas dedicated to the preservation and advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork.

More information here...

 


 

Massie 1
Photo: Anthony Cotsifas

Men's Vogue, February 2008 issue features William Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department  . . .

 

Light and Magic
With laser-cutting technology and an impeccable sense of place, architect Bill Massie creates a futuristic upstate retreat. By David Hay

"When the New York design gallerist Greg Wooten asked Bill Massie to design an upstate retreat in Dutchess County, the 45-year-old architect agreed, but insisted the house conform to his own ideas about country life. For Massie, the head of the architecture department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an exalted post once held by Charles Eames..."

 

 

 


Detroit Free Press previews Cranbrook Academy of Art student collaboration  . . .

 

Exhibit shows old, unloved library books in a new way
February 8, 2008
By Emila Askari


"Let's face it: Even the most popular libraries have some books on the back shelves or in the basement that no one ever wants to read. At the Bloomfield Township Public Library, Karen Imarisio decided to do something creative with those books: turn them into art. The result is an exhibit of 60 works made from books opening today at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the Cranbrook Art Academy's student gallery. It's titled "Un-shelved: An Altered Book Project.' "

More information here...

 


2008 Whitney Biennial to include work by Jon Brumit, Painting Department alumni . . .

 

Jon Brumit

Selected for 2008 Whitney Biennial
Opening March 6

The curatorial team for the 2008 Whitney Biennial has selected 81 artists for the exhibition including Cranbrook Academy of Art Painting Department alumni Jon Brumit . The Biennial opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, on March 6, and runs through June 1, 2008.

More information here...