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Beverly Fishman

Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman

Beverly Fishman is Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department. For the past twenty-five years she has worked as a full-time artist and has dedicated herself to educating young artists. She received her MFA degree from Yale University in 1980 and accepted her first position as adjunct Associate Professor in the Graduate Art School of the College of New Rochelle, New York, in 1983. Fishman began teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in 1988 and continued both positions until accepting the appointment as Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1992.

Since 2000, Fishman has been the subject of over two dozen one-person exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Thessaloniki. Her work has also been featured in a number of group exhibitions dealing with color, conceptual and cultural concerns, technology, and medication, including: "Infinitesimal Eternity: Making Images in the Face of Spectacle", at Yale University's 32 Edgewood Gallery in New Haven, CT; "Michigan Masters Invitational" at the Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, MI; "2007 Op Art: Then and Now," at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; "Optical Edge," at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, curated by Robert C. Morgan; "Extreme Abstraction," at the Galerie Jean-Luc et Takako Richard, 2006; "Dreaming of a More Better Future," at the Cleveland Art Institute Gallery, 2005; "Post-Digital Painting," at Cranbrook Art Museum, 2003; "Colorforms," at the Detroit Artists Market, 2001; "Made," at Post gallery in Los Angeles, 2001; "Go Ask Alice, Post, Los Angeles, 2000; "Prime Focus," at Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 1998; "Techno Seduction," at Cooper Union Galleries in New York, 1997; "Colors, Contrasts and Cultures", at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT; and "Technology Culture," at the Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, 1996.

Ms. Fishman has received numerous grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2005, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in 2003, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant in 1989, two Artist Space Grants in 1986 and 1990, and a Ford Foundation Grant in 1979.

Her teaching experience and professional activities include lectures, panel discussions, and participation as Visiting Artist at many museums and institutions throughout the country, including the Yale School of Art, Washington University, Eastern Illinois State University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Bethel University, Northwestern College, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Philadelphia College of Art, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the University of New Haven, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Yale University Summer Program in Art, Oberlin College, Kent State University, Goucher College, University of Delaware, University of Alabama, and Maryland Institute College of Art.

Her work may be found in more than two dozen museum and corporate collections, including: the Miami Art Museum, the Progressive Art Collection in Ohio; the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio; the Borusan Center for Culture and Arts in Istanbul, Turkey; the Hallmark Collection in Missouri; the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio; the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois; UBS Financial Services in Michigan; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Stamford Museum and Nature Center; the United Nations Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey; the Life Sciences Institute at the University of Michigan; Compuware World Headquarters; Daimler; Prudential Headquarters in Newark, New Jersey; the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan; and the Financial Management Corporation in Chicago.


Beverly Fishman
Solo booth Miami Projects with Wasserman Projects

Beverly Fishman
Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University

Beverly Fishman
Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University


Beverly Fishman
Dividose B.W.P., 2011, enamel on steel, 60"x84"


Beverly Fishman
A Weeks Supply, 2011, blown glass

Beverly Fishman
Night View of Pharmako Installation
Unique cast resin with pigment


Beverly Fishman
Untitled, 2009, Acrylic and enamel paints on polished stainless steel, each 26"x18"

Recent News

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.

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting
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.

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.

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. For more information, click 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.

Solo Exhibitions

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Select Press Links

"DIA Gets Dose of Big Pharma"
John Corso, Huffington Post

"Praxis Makes Perfect | Trial & Error: On Teaching with Beverly Fishman"
Jacquelyn Gleisner, Art:21 Blog

Beverly Fishman: Future Natural
David Richard Contemporary

“Addict” Glass Pills by Beverly Fishman

"Beverly Fishman Deceptive Pleasures"

Donald Kuspit, Artnet

The Art World Goes Local"

Kelly Crow, The Wall Street Journal


Grants, Awards, and Residencies


Selected Collections


Selected Bibliography 



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Beverly Fishman
Night Kandyland, 2009, Acrylic and enamel paints on polished stainless steel, 55¾”x84”
Collection of the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo, OH



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Beverly Fishman
Pharmako Series, 2008-2009, Cast resin (unique) with pigments, each 9.5" - 10.5"



Beverly Fishman
Dividose: Flour Y.O.R.G.B., 2008, Enamel on polished stainless steel, 55¾”x84”
Collection of Hallmark Inc., Kansas City, MO