Departmental Philosophy
Artist In Residence
Current Student Work

Visiting Artists

Joshua Abelow
Shiva Ahmadi
Hernan Bas
Cliff Benjamin
Carl Berg
Clyde Beswick
Shary Boyle
Jon Brummit
Richmond Burton
Frances Colbitt
Diana Cooper
John Corso
Ann Craven
Amy Cutler
Jay Davis
Angela Defresne
Jane Dickson
Cheryl Donegan
Daniel Dove
Rochelle Feinstein
Julia Fish
Joe Fyfe
Judith Geichman
Michelle Grabner
Jane Hammond
Peter Halley
Josephine Halvorson
Marc Handelman
Julie Heffernan
Christoper K. Ho
Tishan Hsu
James Hyde
Shirley Kaneda
Bill Komoski
Judy Ledgerwood
Marilyn Minter
Susanne McClelland
Tom Nozkowski
Ellen Phelan
Bridget Riley
Matthew Ritchie
David Robbins
Alexis Rockman
George Rush
Jackie Saccoccio
Dana Schutz
Jim Shaw
Mira Schor
Dana Schutz
Peter Schuyff
Sophie Smallhorn
Buzz Spector
Julian Stanczak
Robin Tewes
Michalene Thomas
John Torreano
Lane Twitchell
Thomas Woodruff
Michelle Zalopany


Visiting Critics/Writers/Curators

Jan Avjikos
Carlos Basualdo
Kathy Battista
Barry Blinderman
Matthew Biro
Elizabeth Burke
Dan Cameron
James Elaine
Paul Ha
Matthew Higgs
Faye Hirsch
Christopher K. Ho
Laura Hoptman
Joe Houston
Barbara Hunt
David Hunt
Priska C. Juschka
Dr. Richard Kalter
John Kinkead
Mary LeClere
Joel Leib
Kim Light
Denise Markonish
Robert C. Morgan
Terry R. Myers
Jonathon Neill
Saul Ostrow
Heather Pesanti
John Rasmussen
Lane Relyea
Jerry Saltz
Barry Schwabsky
Raphael Rubenstein
Lillian Tone
Simon Watson
H. Scott Westover
Joseph Wolin
James Yood



Departmental Philosophy

Contemporary painting is a rich and complex activity. While existing in a continuum with centuries of painting, craft, styles, and issues, contemporary painting may encompass media that go far beyond the brush. Elements of sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, or writing may well be part of the painter's craft. Yet, paradoxically, some provocative current painting makes use only of traditional materials and approaches. The contemporary painter must engage in a quest to locate herself or himself in today's multi-faceted context.  

The painting program at Cranbrook stresses self-exploration and independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion involving social, political, and artistic concerns. It is grounded in the assumption that each student arrives exceptionally motivated and committed to creating art. The students themselves give form and vitality to the working environment through their energy, diversity, and interaction.

Kristin Cammermeyer
Kristin Cammermeyer
Intersection, 2011, Mixed media, 120" x 222" x 117"

Kristin Cammermeyers
Kristin Cammermeyer
Interior Intersections, 2011, 6 Digital Photographs, 6" x 4" each

Kristin Cammermeyers
Kristin Cammermeyer
Cornerpiece, July 2011, 2011, Mixed media, 120" x 156" x 65"


Frequent individual and group critiques allow students to engage in dialogue with peers and various members of the Academy faculty. These encounters challenge students to question their intentions, encourage students to experiment, and to press their work further. The department is devoted to individual work, and this results in a fourth semester thesis exhibition, artist's statement, and lecture. 

A prominent critic is brought in to critique each student's thesis show. Visiting artists, critics, and theorists offer lectures, critiques, and seminars that add breadth to the curriculum. In weekly gatherings, students and the Artist-in-Residence discuss issues relevant to the work produced in the department. As a group, the department selects readings that focus on art areas such as history, politics, and sociology. Every year, the department travels to New York City to visit museums, galleries, and artists' studios, further developing the dialogue with recent visiting artists and critics.

Joey Cocciardi


The studio building was designed by Eliel Saarinen specifically to accommodate painters. The studios have high ceilings, solid walls, good light, and privacy. A large meeting room used for seminars, conferences, and critiques is located on the first floor. A private departmental computer lab is furnished with two Macintosh computers, current and updated software, scanner, and printer. 

Studios are accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and are close to the library, Academy Central Media Lab, Art Museum and deSalle Auditorium. Students have quick access to these facilities to view art, conduct research, or attend events. The department maintains a wide range of basic hand tools, photo documentation equipment, and an opaque projector. The studios are near the woodshop, where students can build stretcher bars, constructions, and shaped canvases. A skilled technician supervises the woodshop, and instruction is available. The department also houses a "toxic room" with a fully operational ventilation system where airborne and liquid mediums can be employed.


Joey Cocciardi
Joey Cocciardi
Post, 2011, Wood, Linen, Acrylic, Chrome, 22" x 5.5" x 11"

Joey Cocciardi
Joey Cocciardi
Hole, 2011, Beeswax, Chrome & Charcoal on Burlap, 40" x 40"

Joey Cocciardi
Joey Cocciardi
Other, 2011, Spandex, Wood, Steel & Site, Dimensions Variable.

Nicole Culver
Nicole Culver
Untitled, 2011, Graphite, Snowtex, gesso on canvas, 12"x12"

Nicole CulverNicole Culver
One Way or Another (Detail), 2011, Graphite, gesso on panel, 12"x12"

Nicole CulverNicole Culver
Do I know You, 2011, Graphite, gesso, oil on panel, 12"x12"

Jae-Yun HwangJae-Yun Hwang
Firework, 2011, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable

Jae-Yun Hwang
Jae-Yun Hwang
Splash, 2011, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable

Jae-Yun HwangJae-Yun Hwang
Summer breeze, 2011, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable


Kimberly Johnson
Kim Johnson
Be Prepared, 2011, molding paste and oil on board, 8"x6"

Kimberly Johnson
Kim Johnson
Re-upholstrey, 2011, molding paste, appliance paint and oil on board, 10"x8"

Kimberly Johnson
Kim Johnson
Freezer Door (Summer '11), 2011, painter's tape, tracing paper, and oil on canvas, 18"x30"


Katherine Lloyd
Katy Lloyd 
Untitled, 2011, acrylic and spray paint on coroplast, varies

Katherine Lloyd
Katy Lloyd
Untitled, Acrylic, 2011, spray paint and cardboard, varies

Katherine LloydKaty Lloyd
Untitled, 2011, Acrylic and acrylic tubing, Varies

Amy Smith GarofanoAmy Smith Garofano
Ratio Room, 2011, tape on walls, museum board, acrylic, 8' x 9' x 10'

Amy Smith Garofano
Amy Smith Garofano
Striped Room, 2011, fabric, wood, silver mylar, 5' x 8' x 8'

Amy Smith GarofanoAmy Smith Garofano
Striped Room (detail), 2011, fabric, wood, silver mylar, 5' x 8' x 8'


Max Springer
Max Springer
Untitled, 2011, Cardboard, foam, paper, duct tape, unfired clay, concrete, wire, plaster, fabric, latex paint, dimensions variable

Max Springer
Max Springer
Donkey/Table, 2011, Table, tarp, thread, nail, 49" x 32" x 24"

Max Springer
Max Springer
Cardboard Box, 2011, Cardboard, latex paint, 17" x 13" x 13"


Anne Vieux
Anne Vieux
Untitled, 2011, projection, sytrofoam, acrylic paint, blacklight, wood, mylar, instant snow, synthetic fur, acrylic, fluorescent minerals, variable dimensions

Anne Vieux
Anne Vieux
Untitled, 2011, sytrofoam, acrylic paint, wood, synthetic fur, fluorescent light, variable dimensions

Anne VieuxAnne Vieux
Untitled, 2011, vhs tape, acrylic paint on paper, variable dimensions