For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces
2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art and OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day Return

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 27, 2014 - The 2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 22, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 75 graduates. The exhibition will run from April 22 – May 11, 2014.

Visitors can see installations such as an outdoor chandelier composed entirely of small bags of water, participate in an interactive virtual video work based on their movements in the gallery and experience a self-activated mechanical arm that brings speakers directly to the listener.

The exhibition will fill the entire 15,000 square feet of Cranbrook Art Museum and surrounding grounds. It is the most diverse exhibition offered all year as it showcases work from across all of the Academy’s 10 departments – 2D and 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture.

OPEN(STUDIOS) Is Back!

Then on April 27, after you see the work in the exhibition, go inside the Academy’s private studio spaces at our third annual OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day. This is the only time of the year when the public is invited inside the private studio spaces of today’s emerging artists and designers. Student artists and faculty from each of the Academy’s 10 departments will be on hand to discuss their work and show off their creative environment. Select pieces of student art will be for sale.

Each OPEN(STUDIOS) ticket not only includes admission to the Art Museum, but also to the Institute of Science and a voucher for future admission to Cranbrook Gardens. Participate in hands-on art and science activities for the whole family, have lunch at a mini food truck rally and more!

The 2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art and OPEN(STUDIOS) are sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists of all ages.

Hours and Pricing

2014 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
April 22 – May 11, 2014

*ArtMembers Opening Reception on April 19, 2014 from 6-8pm. Memberships can be purchased at the door.

Museum Hours (through May 11, 2014):
Tuesday – Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Admission to the Art Museum is $8 for adults; $6 for Senior Citizens; and $4 for full-time students with ID. Admission is free for ArtMembers@Cranbrook and children 12 and under.

Academy student-led tours will be held every Tuesday-Friday at noon and every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. No tours will be held on April 20 and May 9.


OPEN(STUDIOS)
Art Sale + Community Day
April 27, 1 – 5pm

Tickets are $12 online (by April 26) and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. No strollers in the studios, and children must be accompanied at all times. Admission to Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science and a voucher for an upcoming tour of Cranbrook Gardens is included. To purchase tickets online, and for parking information, visit here. Event will be held, rain or shine. For more information, please contact 248.645.3214 or email artevents@cranbrook.edu.

For high resolution photos of students at work, please email jfracker@cranbrook.edu.

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 10 disciplines: 2D and 3D Design, Architecture, 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

 

For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Bertjan Pot Visits Cranbrook Academy of Art
Presents the 2014 Knoll Lecture in Design

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 7, 2014 – On March 11 at 6pm, Cranbrook Academy of Art welcomes internationally-renowned designer Bertjan Pot for this year's Knoll Lecture in Design.

Now in its tenth year, the Knoll Lecture in Design was established by Knoll, the residential furnishings company founded by Academy graduate Florence Schust and her husband Hans Knoll. Each year, the endowed Knoll Lecture Fund brings to the Cranbrook campus the world’s most distinguished and innovative designers to speak about their practice and to work with tomorrow’s design leaders studying at the Academy. Past speakers have included Roy McMakin, Benjamin Pardo and Martino Gamper.

Bertjan Pot is best known for his Random Light (1999). Pot says the light started as an experiment, as do most products at Studio Bertjan Pot. He continues, “the outcome is usually an interior product showing a fascination for techniques, structures, patterns and colors. Most experiments start quite impulsively by a certain curiosity for how things would function or how something would look." From there, Pot takes on challenges with manufacturers to explore possibilities and push the boundaries a bit. He says, "the reward for each challenge is a new one.”

His work resides in collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and MoMA in New York.

The lecture will be held in deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum. All lectures are included with regular Museum admission and free to ArtMembers and students with identification. Free parking is available at Cranbrook Art Museum. If the lot is full, ample free parking is available in the adjacent Institute of Science parking garage.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.



 

For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum in November

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., October 17, 2013 – On November 16, 2013, Cranbrook Art Museum will open a new season of exhibitions examining how the act of drawing impacts both artistic and scientific thinking.

Through the new major exhibition, My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, and the accompanying traveling exhibition, The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking, Cranbrook Art Museum will examine how sketches on paper are the first materialized traces of an idea, and how they are used as an instrument to make a meandering thought concrete.

An exhibition examining the work of Cranbrook's first Resident Ceramic Sculptor, Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse, will also open on November 16.

With an opening weekend full of live performances and work from artists and scientists, a basketball coach and skateboarder, a biologist and even Native American Indians, the exhibitions promise to take you on a journey, demonstrating that if you can think it you can do it – but first you must draw it.

My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process
November 16, 2013 – March 30, 2014

An original new exhibition organized by Cranbrook Art Museum brings together 22 artists from around the world to redefine the notion of drawing as a thinking process in the arts and sciences alike.

Inspired by the accompanying exhibition The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot, the exhibition uses multiple sources to show how drawings reveal the interdependency of mark making and thinking. Featured artists include John Cage, Front Design, legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson, Mark Lombardi, Tony Orrico, Tristan Perich, Ruth Adler Schnee, Carolee Schneemann, and many more practitioners from around the world (click here for a complete list). The exhibition will also incorporate work from the collections of Cranbrook Institute of Science and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

Artist Tony Orrico (pictured above) will conduct a live public performance from 11am – 3pm on both Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 as he continues a three-day process of creating a drawing that will remain in the Museum for the duration of the exhibition. Artist and composer Tristan Perch will install a live Machine Drawing that uses mechanics and code to cumulatively etch markings across a Museum wall.

The title of the exhibition derives from a quotation by American philosopher, mathematician and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce, whose work involving the over- and under-laying of mathematical formulas with pictographic drawings will be presented for the first time.

Organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by independent curator Nina Samuel.

The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking
November 16, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Focusing on the work of mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot (1924 - 2010), this exhibition explores the role of images in scientific thinking. Featuring works on paper, photographs, objects, and films, viewers can take an inside look at aspects of a new world of ideas that became popularly known as fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Organized by the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York, and curated by independent curator Nina Samuel.

Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse
November 16, 2013 – March 23, 2014

Waylande Gregory (1905 – 1971) was one of the leading figures in 20th-century American ceramics, helping shape Art Deco design in the United States. In 1931 and 1932, he served as Resident Ceramic Sculptor at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and helped develop the Academy’s ceramics program. Although he worked at Cranbrook for only 18 months, Gregory produced several well-known sculptures here, including Kansas Madonna and Girl with Olive, both of which are featured in the exhibition.

Organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia, and curated by independent ceramics scholar Dr. Thomas C. Folk.

Opening Weekend Activities

Visit during the opening weekend and take part in activities, live performances, talks and demonstrations designed to bring the act of drawing to life.

Friday, November 15

Become an ArtMember to take part in these exclusive events. Memberships may be purchased at the Front Desk.

ArtMembers’ Opening Reception: 6-8pm
Meet six of the artists in the exhibition, and curators Nina Samuel and Thomas Folk.

Artist Tony Orrico will conduct a live performance from 6-8pm in the Main Gallery, as he begins the three-day process of creating a drawing that will remain in the Museum for the duration of the exhibition.

From 8-8:30pm, enjoy a rare musical performance by artist and composer Tristan Perich, whose live Machine Drawing will also be activated that night.
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Saturday, November 16

Exhibition Opens to the General Public: 11am – 5pm
Tony Orrico continues his live drawing performance, from 11am-3pm in the Main Gallery.

Lecture Marathon: Noon - 5pm
All lectures take place in deSalle Auditorium and are included with regular Museum admission and free for ArtMembers and students with identification.

Corrie Van Sice (Creative Researcher)
Noon

“Cultural Amnesia: Synthetic Biology and the Mechanism of Life”

David Bowen (Studio Artist and Educator)
1pm

“Computing Natural Phenomena”

Chemi Rosado Seijo (Artist and Skateboarder)
2pm

“Art and the Urban Landscape”

Tristan Perich (Artist and Composer)
3pm

“Machine Drawings and the Visual Composition”

Tony Orrico (Visual and Performance Artist)
4pm

“State of Readiness: The Body as an Art Apparatus”

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Sunday, November 17

Tony Orrico continues his live drawing performance, from 11am-3pm in the Main Gallery.

Lecture by Thomas Folk (Curator and Ceramics Historian)
4pm

“Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse”

__________

Tuesday, November 19

Lecture by Nina Samuel (Curator and Art and Science Historian)
6pm

“My Brain is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process”

__________

Hours and Admission
Academic Year Hours (September through June):
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day

Admission:
ArtMembers and Children 12 & under, Always Free
General: $8
Seniors (65+): $6
Students with ID: $4

Accessibility:
Barrier free access to the galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum can be accommodated through the adjacent New Studios Building. Visitors with disabilities are encouraged to call the Front Desk of the Art Museum at 248-645-3320 during regular museum hours for assistance. If you are planning your visit in advance, you may also call the Art Museum Administrative Offices at 248-645-3319 (Monday through Friday, 9am– 5pm) for additional information.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. Cranbrook Archives and the offices of the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research also are located within the Art Museum. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.




 

For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Launches Search for New Director

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 26, 2013 -- Cranbrook Educational Community announced today that a search committee has been formed to find a successor for Cranbrook Academy of Art Director Reed Kroloff, who announced in May that he will leave the position at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The committee is made up of members of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Board of Governors, the Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees and Cranbrook Academy of Art faculty. Cranbrook has retained Washington, D.C.-based Phillips Oppenheim, a management recruiting firm specializing in recruiting for nonprofit organizations, to help identify candidates uniquely qualified for this position. Phillips Oppenheim, which also has offices in New York, is dedicated to helping nonprofits gain access to the best leaders from the business, public, and nonprofit sectors.

The position of Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art has a long and storied tradition, with only eight Directors in the Academy's history ever holding the position, beginning in 1932 with the first Academy Director, Eliel Saarinen.

"With their combined experience and deep connections to the art and educational communities, I am confident that Phillips Oppenheim and our search committee will soon present a list of exceptional candidates for our consideration," said Cranbrook President Dominic DiMarco.

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 150 students 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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 



 

For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2013 [FALL] Edition Lecture Series

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 10, 2013 -- In its fifth season, the [FALL] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art offers a unique opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary creative practices. All lectures are structured to explore all forms of innovative inquiry from the vantage point of artists, critics, and scholars.

“Our lecture series originated through our Critical Studies and Humanities Department and remains a central part of our academic program. Each of our 10 departments is represented, along with several unique and innovative thinkers, and a few surprise guests,” says Sarah Turner, Dean and Deputy Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “For the Academy, it invites students to step out of their studios and hear someone with a completely different perspective. And being able to share that experience with the general public adds to the dialogue and makes for insightful conversation.”

This year, the lecture series includes many speakers that will be visiting in conjunction with the current exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America. For more detailed information about this lecture series, click here.

All lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. The Museum galleries will be open prior to each lecture. Parking is available in the Cranbrook Art Museum parking lot and in the parking deck next to the Institute of Science.

September 15, 4pm
Leslie S. Edwards

Head Archivist, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
“Competition, Collaboration, and Connection: Cranbrook in 1939”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

During the 1938-1939 academic year, a serendipitous union of colliding forces, including designers and architects like Ralph Rapson, Charles Eames, Ray Kaiser (Eames), Harry Weese, Florence Schust (Knoll), Marianne Strengell, and Eero Saarinen came together at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Using archival documentation, architectural drawings and photographs, this talk will expand the dialogue about the contributions of Cranbrook artists to the cultural consciousness and the design aesthetic of the early Modernist era.

September 16, 4pm
Heather McGill, Anders Ruhwald, Liz Cohen

Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 17, 4pm
Randy Bolton, Beverly Fishman, Elliott Earls, Iris Eichenberg

Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 18, 4pm
Mark Newport, Scott Klinker, Bill Massie

Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Lectures, “The Role of Research”

September 22, 4pm
Craig McDonald

Director, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
“Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This lecture will discuss the more than 600 projects that Midland-based architect Alden B. Dow designed throughout his 50-year career. Dow was a graduate of Columbia University’s architecture program and a charter member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship. Innovative with materials and design, he created his own signature style of organic architecture, redefining the field and influencing a new generation of architects.

September 23, 6pm
Peter Zimmermann

Artist
“An Evening with German Painter Peter Zimmerman”
Sponsored by the Painting Department
Special thanks to Wasserman Projects

Peter Zimmermann draws inspiration from digital images, which he distorts to abstraction and recreates using numerous layers of epoxy resin, resulting in paintings and site-specific installations with overlapping, often psychedelic shapes whose glossy surfaces mirror the viewer. His lecture will touch on the experiences and implications resulting from his artistic practice, as well as why so often viewers ask to lick his paintings.

September 29, 4pm
Rip Rapson

President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
“Ralph Rapson: A Son’s Perspective of a Pioneering Modernist”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This lecture will focus on Ralph Rapson’s education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his involvement with the Saarinen architectural practice, and his subsequent career, as told by his son Rip. Rip Rapson is attorney and expert in urban policy and president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, a $3.1 billion national, private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit.

September 30, 6pm
Arturo Herrera

Artist
“An Evening with Arturo Herrera”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

Arturo Herrera’s work taps into the viewer’s unconscious—often intertwining fragments of cartoon characters with abstract shapes and partially obscured images that evoke memory and recollection. Using collaging techniques and fragmentation, splicing, and re-contextualization, Herrera’s work is provocative and open-ended. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in New York, Geneva, Los Angeles and the 2002 Whitney Biennial.

October 1, 6pm
Anthony Byrt

Fall 2013 Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow
“Black Hands: Image, Masquerade and Terror in a Post-9/11 World”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

Anthony Byrt is a New Zealand art writer and Director of Research at Auckland’s Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, where he oversees the Critical Studies components of the MFA program, supports faculty in the development of their own research projects, and helps to build Whitecliffe’s international relationships.

October 6, 4pm
Eric Hill

Professor of Practice in Architecture, University of Michigan
“Michigan Modern: The National Context”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This presentation will provide an overview of the findings of the Michigan Modern project and include notable architectural contributions of remotely based masters in Michigan. Eric Hill, PhD, FAIA, is an architect based in Bloomfield Hills and a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Michigan.

October 8, 6pm
Dorotheé Dupuis

Independent Curator, Publisher and Writer, Co-director of Petunia magazine
“TOUGH LOVE: A brief reflection on the troubled relationship between reality and representation”
Sponsored by the Photography Department

Dorothée Dupuis is an independent curator based in France and Mexico City, where she is currently working on a bi-media journal on art at the junction of the Americas, a nomadic art school based on the idea of gratuity.

October 13, 4pm
Dale Gyure

Professor of Architecture, Lawrence Technological University
“Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Minoru Yamasaki”
Sponsored by Thomas Sebold & Associates, Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

This presentation will provide an overview of Minoru Yamasaki’s most celebrated buildings, his work in Michigan, and his significance to Modern architecture, addressing how his architectural creations helped define an era.

October 15, 6pm
Barbara T. Smith

Artist
“Clearly”
Sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council

Considered one of the founders of performance art, Barbara T. Smith’s early pieces took place in homes and on streets and beaches. Her recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Box Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany; and Maccarone Gallery, New York. Smith is represented by The Box Gallery, Los Angeles.

October 20, 4pm
Alfred Leslie

Artist, Painter, Filmmaker
“Cool Man in a Golden Age”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and Hill Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

Alfred Leslie is a pivotal American artist, painter, and filmmaker whose groundbreaking works span 65 years and resides in private collections and major museum collections worldwide. Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to show Alfred Leslie's film, "The Cedar Bar." The film is a tumultuous free-for-all following a night of heavy drinking and conflicted art discussion at the "Cedar Bar.” For mature viewers. This work and his 1964 film "The Last Clean Shirt," earned Leslie the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival.

October 23, 6pm
Kate Bonansinga

Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati
“Art about Place: Contemporary Curatorial Practice in Two Regional Cities”
2013 Phillip Warner lecture co-sponsored by the Fiber Department and the Critical Studies program

Kate Bonansinga was the founding director of Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso and is interested in museums as dynamic sites for learning, in the impact of art in gallery and non-gallery settings, and in the current methods that artists employ to make a difference in society and culture. She currently serves as Director, School of Art, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at University of Cincinnati, where she is also an associate professor.

October 29, 6pm
Mònica Gaspar

Writer and Curator
Research Associate at the Institute for Critical Theory, University of the Arts, Zurich
“Objectography. Tales and Backups from Daily Life”
Co-sponsored by Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Art Jewelry Forum

Mònica Gaspar works internationally as a curator and writer on design and craft as critical practices. She has also specialized in contemporary jewelry as a critic, curator and visiting lecturer at several European academies. The talk will be followed by a presentation of the book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Lark Books 2013), in which Gaspar is a contributing author.

October 31, 6pm
Suzan Pitt

Artist
“Suzan Pitt: Animation Art”
Co-sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council and the Academy’s Alumni Circle Committee

Suzan Pitt’s prize-winning animated films have been featured at The Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, and more. Her film ASPARAGUS was recently honored by the International Association of Film Animation (ASIFA) as one of the 50 best animated films of the past half century. Her new film PINBALL (2013) is currently being shown in many international film festivals. Suzan is a 1965 graduate of the Cranbrook Painting department.

November 5, 6pm
Anthony Byrt

Fall 2013 Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow
“Magic Circles: Ghosts, Trauma and Colonial Half-Truths”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies and Humanities Program

November 7, 6pm
Wesley Youssi

Founder / Creative Director of M80 Design
“More Man than Machine”
Sponsored by the 2D Design Department

Wes is an Oregon-based graphic designer and artist who draws on skateboards, old pieces of wood, and just about anything else in his field of view. He is the founder and lead creative of M80 and has worked with brands such as Random House, Nike, Signal Snowboards, & Pete Krebs. His artwork and design focuses on outsiders in America. Much, if not all, of his work is informed by his eccentric experiences with skateboarding, organized religion, and people adamant about the rules. He graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003.

November 10, 6pm
Jane Hammond

Artist, Painter, Printmaker
“An Evening with Jane Hammond”
Sponsored by the Painting Department
Special thanks to WassermanProjects

November 14, 6pm
Jean Shin

Artist
“An Evening with Jean Shin”
Sponsored by the Fiber Department

Jean Shin’s installations transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. Her arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society. Her upcoming solo exhibition will be at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey this fall.

November 17, 4pm
Thomas Folk

Curator
“Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

Tom Folk Ph.D., AAA, is regarded as the leading authority on the Pennsylvania Impressionists and published the first book on the subject in 1997. He has organized more than a dozen museum exhibitions of paintings by the New Hope Impressionists and Modernists; and is currently working on the catalogue raisonne on Edward Redfield, the leading figure in this group. His Waylande Gregory exhibition opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on November 16.

November 19, 6pm
Nina Samuel

Independent Curator
“My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process”
Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum

Dr. Nina Samuel is an art historian and guest curator for Cranbrook Art Museum’s fall exhibitions My Brain Is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process and The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot. Her work investigates visual epistemologies in the field of complex dynamics and drawing as a mode of thinking.

November 21, 6pm
New Capital

(Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch)
“NEW CAPITAL: Whole Life Vitality! Community, Collaboration, Curating, Collecting, Right Now!”
Sponsored by the 2013 Studio Council

NEW CAPITAL is the artist-curatorial team of Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch who have organized unique exhibitions such as 24HRS/25DAYS – which continuously programmed dozens of artists and was open to the public 24 hours a day for 25 days. They continue to develop special curatorial projects, in addition to making their own object-based studio work, as well as performing with the six-person band, FREE THE UNIVERSE.

December 10, 6pm
Shannon Stratton

Curator and Critic
“Skilling/Deskilling”
Sponsored by the Critical Studies Program

Shannon Stratton currently teaches in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department as well as the Fiber and Material Studies program the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she was named one of the top five most vital people in the visual arts in Chicago by NewCity. With the Green Lantern Press, she founded and published Phonebook, a guide to contemporary and independent artist-run projects which is now in its third volume. Stratton was the Fall 2012 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 



 

For Immediate Release
Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Cranbrook Announces New Michigan Modern Lecture Series
Speakers from groundbreaking symposium return to campus

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Aug. 15, 2013 -- Cranbrook Art Museum has announced a new lecture series that will welcome back several speakers from the groundbreaking Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America symposium held at Cranbrook in June. Beginning in September, the speakers will deliver a series of lectures in conjunction with the Michigan Modern exhibition – currently on display at the Art Museum through Oct. 13. The lecture series is supported by the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office.

Lectures will be held on Sundays at 4pm in deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum and are included with Museum admission. The lectures are free for ArtMembers.

September 15
“Competition, Collaboration and Connection: Cranbrook in 1939”

Leslie S. Edwards, Head Archivist
Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

During the 1938-1939 academic year, a serendipitous union of colliding forces, including designers and architects like Ralph Rapson, Charles Eames, Ray Kaiser (Eames), Harry Weese, Florence Schust (Knoll), Marianne Strengell, and Eero Saarinen came together at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Using archival documentation, architectural drawings and photographs, this talk will expand the dialogue about the contributions of Cranbrook artists to the cultural consciousness and the design aesthetic of the early Modernist era.

Leslie S. Edwards is a historian, researcher, lecturer, and the Head Archivist at Cranbrook Archives, part of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

September 22
“Alden B. Dow: Midwestern Modern”

Craig McDonald
Director, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

This lecture will discuss the more than 600 projects that Midland-based architect Alden B. Dow designed throughout his 50-year career. Dow was a graduate of Columbia University’s architecture program and a charter member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship. Innovative with materials and design, he created his own signature style of organic architecture, redefining the field and influencing a new generation of architects.

Craig McDonald is the Director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and the Foundation Representative for the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations.

September 29
“Ralph Rapson: A Son’s Perspective of a Pioneering Modernist”

Rip Rapson, President and CEO
The Kresge Foundation

This lecture will focus on Ralph Rapson’s education at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, his involvement with the Saarinen architectural practice, and his subsequent career, as told by his son Rip. From the friendships and working relationships he developed while at Cranbrook (with Charles and Ray Eames, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Harry Weese, Benjamin Baldwin, and Florence Knoll, among others), to participating in the launch of the Case Study House program, designing the first contemporary American embassies in Europe and leading the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture, this lecture will cover Rapson’s early career and how the Cranbrook influences shaped his later architectural work and infallible design technique.

Rip Rapson, attorney and expert in urban policy, is president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, a $3.1 billion national, private foundation based in metropolitan Detroit.

October 6
“Michigan Modern: The National Context”

Eric Hill, Professor of Practice in Architecture
University of Michigan

According to Hill, Michigan Modern is many things at once: a design movement and cultural phenomenon; an intersection of indigenous, imported, and exported design; a newly defined epoch; and fertile field for research. This presentation will provide an overview of the findings of the Michigan Modern project from pre-modern pioneers to Michigan’s leading architects and their second-generation design progeny. It will also include notable architectural contributions of remotely based masters in Michigan.

Eric Hill, PhD, FAIA, is an architect based in Bloomfield Hills and a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Michigan. As a Principal with Lord Aeck & Sargent Architecture in Ann Arbor, he directed the Michigan Modern Preserve America grant project. Hill co-authored The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.

October 13
“Serenity and Delight: The Architectural Humanism of Minoru Yamasaki”

Dale Gyure, Professor of Architecture
Lawrence Technological University

With offices in suburban Detroit, Minoru Yamasaki was one of the world’s best-known architects in the early 1960s, appearing on the cover of Time magazine, serving on President Kennedy’s committee to redesign Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., and being selected to construct the World Trade Center in New York. His popularity arose from a unique form of humanist architecture developed in the 1950s, which melded his interest in invoking feelings of “serenity” and “delight” with insights gained from studying historic architecture in Europe, India, and Japan. His work offered a gentler, more decorated style of modernism, distanced from the obsession with function or structure that characterized much of contemporary architecture.

This presentation will provide an overview of Yamasaki’s most celebrated buildings, his work in Michigan, and his significance to Modern architecture, addressing how his architectural creations helped to define an era.

This lecture is supported by Thomas Sebold & Associates

Dale Allen Gyure, Ph.D., is a Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He has published two books, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College.

Cranbrook Art Museum Summer Hours
(June through August)

Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Labor Day

Cranbrook Art Museum Academic Year Hours
(September through June)

Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission : ArtMembers and Children 12 & under, Always Free
General: $8
Seniors (65+): $6
Students with ID: $4

Accessibility: Barrier-free access to the galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum can be accommodated through the adjacent New Studios Building. Visitors with disabilities are encouraged to call the Front Desk of the Art Museum at 248-645-3320 during regular museum hours for assistance. If you are planning your visit in advance, you may also call the Art Museum Administrative Offices at 248-645-3319 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.) for additional information.

Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America is a collaborative effort between the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Cranbrook Art Museum and MPdL Studio of Ann Arbor.

About Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. Cranbrook Archives and the offices of the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research also are located within the Art Museum. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

 


 

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Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
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Cranbrook Announces Creation of Dean's Position at Academy of Art
Sarah Turner Steps into New Role

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Aug. 13, 2013 -- Cranbrook Educational Community announced today that Sarah Turner has accepted the newly-created position of Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Turner, a graduate of the Academy, joined the administrative team in 2008 as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and in 2012 became the Associate Director of the Academy.

In her new role, Turner will oversee academic programs and partnerships, and provide support to the Academy's 10 studio departments. She will also continue to oversee enrollment services and the Academy's support departments.

"Having Sarah in the position of Dean will further enhance our academic programs, and allow Cranbrook to provide unparalleled resources to our students," said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. "During her five years as a member of our administrative team, Sarah has revitalized our Critical Studies and Humanities programs and helped us expand the dialog of art and design at both the local and national levels. I look forward to all she will bring to the Academy in her new position."

In addition to her new position as Dean, Turner will serve as the Deputy Director of the Academy for the next academic year, as the Academy seeks a replacement for current Director Reed Kroloff, who announced in May that he will leave his position at the end of the 2013-14 academic year. Kroloff continues to serve as the Academy's Director and will work closely with Turner to manage all Academy affairs.

"I look forward to the challenges ahead as Cranbrook Academy of Art continues to produce some of the most sought-after architects, artists and designers in the world," said Turner. "Our talented Artists-in-Residence continue to offer intensive programs that attract top talent, and my new position will allow me to help them grow and enhance their offerings."

Turner received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005. Turner was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands to conduct research in the field of Dutch contemporary jewelry and applied art. In association with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she produced the exhibition Long Strides in Tiny Shoes. Turner has lectured about her own studio work as well as Dutch and American contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing both nationally and in Europe. She is a regular guest reviewer and juror in art and design programs around the country. Turner is a Board Member of the Michigan Fulbright Chapter. She also holds a Certificate from the Oregon College of Art and Craft and a B.A. in Sociology from Smith College.

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 150 students 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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.



 

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Julie Fracker
Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Cranbrook Art Museum Welcomes New Curator of Education

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 25, 2013 – Cranbrook Art Museum has announced that Kelly Lyons has accepted the position of Curator of Education. Lyons plans to expand the educational programs and offerings at Cranbrook Art Museum and develop a new community outreach program targeted to K-12 students across the region and throughout the Cranbrook Educational Community.

“The addition of Kelly Lyons to our staff shows Cranbrook’s continuing commitment to bringing art and design education to our surrounding communities,” said Gregory Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. “She will not only develop a series programs that will align our collections with the curriculum of the schools in the region, with an emphasis on the struggling and underserved districts, but also ensure that each of our upcoming exhibitions is accompanied by a series of educational programs that will make the exhibition come alive to our visitors. We are thrilled she has joined our staff.”

Lyons comes to Cranbrook from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she spent nine years serving as the Coordinator of K-12 Outreach, as well as Program Director of “Architecture Explorations,” a series of architecture programs that included summer camps, Saturday programs and community partnerships. She has served as Program Director of UDream, an 18-week urban design residency program for recent college graduates, and also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching the required freshman seminar, “Architecture Edition.”

Lyons holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a philosophy double major and industrial design minor from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Science in Educational Studies from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University where her research focus is on architectural education for K-12 students.

Among other projects, she developed and wrote the national curriculum guide for the PBS program, 10 Buildings that Changed America.

One of Lyon’s first projects will be to assist with the recently announced lecture series to accompany the Museum's current exhibition: Michigan Modern™: Design that Shaped America. Beginning on Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 13, the Museum will host a lecture every Sunday at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Cranbrook Art Museum and the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, in association with the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the lecture series highlights Michigan’s outstanding contributions to Modern design and the stories of the people who made it happen. For specific lecture details, visit our website www.cranbrookartmuseum.org.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. Cranbrook Archives and the offices of the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research also are located within the Art Museum. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

For a high resolution photo of Lyons, please contact Julie Fracker at jfracker@cranbrook.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2013

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Niels Diffrient

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 10, 2013 -- Cranbrook Educational Community mourns the loss of Niels Diffrient, a 1954 Design graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and longtime friend of the institution.

Diffrient’s career spanned more than half a century, and his emphasis on the “human factors” of industrial design carried over into fields as wide ranging as office furniture, computers, trucks and airplane interiors. His three-volume “Humanscale,” a sourcebook examining the movement and dimensions of the human body, remains one of the seminal texts in ergonomic design, work that led Forbes magazine to name him the “granddaddy of the ergonomic revolution.”

Diffrient began his career working with Eero Saarinen, and later moved to the office of legendary designer Henry Dreyfuss which created designs for clients such as Bell Telephone, John Deere, Polaroid, Singer Sewing Machine, American Airlines, Lockheed and Honeywell. He opened his own practice in the early 1980s, creating work for companies including Knoll International, Sunar Hauserman and Humanscale Corporation.

Over the course of his career, Diffrient received dozens of awards and honorary citations, including the 2002 National Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 1999 Chrysler Design Award. He holds more than 20 mechanical and design patents for his furniture design both in America and abroad.

“All of us at Cranbrook are saddened by the loss of our friend and alumnus Niels Diffrient,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “Whether he was inventing ergonomics or creating the modern airplane interior, Niels truly embodied the Cranbrook tradition of design innovation, and we will miss him terribly. Our best wishes go out to his wife Helena, their family, and friends.”

 


 

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2013
Stephen Pagnani
Head of Communications
Cranbrook Educational Community
Office: 248.645.3224
spagnani@cranbrook.edu

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

Cranbrook Announces Leadership Transition at Academy of Art

Cranbrook Educational Community announced today that Reed Kroloff has asked to transition from his full-time role as Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum to a part-time role for the 2013-14 academic year. Kroloff will continue to direct academic affairs for the Academy through June 2014 and remain actively involved in key events and activities while Cranbrook conducts a search for his successor. During the transition period, Cranbrook Trustee and Academy Governor Allan Rothfeder will serve as a special advisor to assist Cranbrook President Dominic DiMarco in overseeing Academy matters. Rothfeder, who has served as an Academy Governor since 2005, recently retired after a long career managing media related businesses.

"Reed has been an invaluable member of the Cranbrook administrative team over the last six years," said President DiMarco. "He has made a lasting impact on the Academy that will ensure its legacy as a place of cutting-edge ideas, art and design."

Notable accomplishments under Kroloff's leadership include the following:

"My time at Cranbrook has been exciting, challenging, and rewarding," Kroloff said. "To be part of an institution where world-changing ideas are nurtured has been a true honor. Although I will be leaving Cranbrook at the end of the next academic year, it will always be a part of me and I intend to maintain my connections to this wonderful institution well into the future.

"We're sad that Reed will be leaving us next year, but are confident that Reed and Allan will be a great working team during this transition of leadership," DiMarco said. "Over the next several weeks, we will bring together representatives of our various constituencies as part of a search committee to identify and recruit Reed's replacement. On behalf of the Academy and CEC, I want to thank Reed for his many contributions to Cranbrook. I look forward to working with him and the team to make the transition seamless and successful."

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 150 students 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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 



For Immediate Release
May 10, 2013

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $100,000 in Awards

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 10, 2013 -- On the eve of its 2013 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 9.
Before a gathering of over 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy conferred more than $100,000 in fellowships, grants, awards and scholarships, including nine distinguished awards for artistic excellence. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2013 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.

Francisco Alonzo, a 2013 graduate of the Print Media 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. Alonzo was selected from among 10 finalists and will be offered a two-month stay in Berlin from July 1 to August 31, 2013. He will have the chance to participate in a personalized networking program with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' Berlin partner, the Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, which includes introductions to members of the international art community.

The $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship was awarded to Jeanne Medina, a 2013 graduate of the Fiber 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 unrestricted grants with which to begin their careers.

The Robert C. Larson Art, Design, and Architecture Venture Fund was awarded to current Academy students: Travis Hocutt (Photography) for his Bad Gallery Project; Jessica Hardesty, Daniel Greenburg and Shlee Nowak (all Print Media) for their Missed Connections print project; Katie Zazenski (Sculpture) for travel to a residency in Poland; Lark Allen (Print Media) for the Saginaw Kids Art Project; and Jeffrey Evergreen (Print Media) to assist with a residency at Ox-Bow. The shared award of $5,000 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 Bonnie Scott, a current student in the Sculpture Department. Scott will learn about 21st-century jig-making techniques during a summer workshop at the Maine-based school.

The Gallery A Award was presented to Daniel Greenberg, a current student in the Print Media Department. This award funds the creation and installation of work by a student in the entrance foyer of the Academy's administration offices for the upcoming academic year.

The 2013 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award was presented to Kevin Paolozzi, a 2013 graduate of the 2D Design Department. Paolozzi created a new font design, inspired by his time spent at Cranbrook. The font, Parvenu, was on display in the 2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum and was selected for purchase by the Museum Committee. Paolozzi's work will be accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum and he has graciously allowed Cranbrook the use of the font for upcoming publications.

The Cranbrook Educational Community President's Award is a new award this year, established by Cranbrook's President, Dominic DiMarco. It recognizes those artists engaged in environmental sustainability projects. The $1,000 award will be divided among two recipients this year: Michael Neville (3D Design) and Peter Clouse (Fiber).

The Academy Director's Award of $500 was awarded to Farid Rakun (Architecture). Through digital fabrication and thinking, Rakun's work questions the role of individual authorship. The Director's award recognizes excellence throughout two years of study at the Academy.

The Arrowmont School of Arts + Crafts Summer Scholarship is also a new award this year, and was presented to Andrew Schmidt (Sculpture). Schmidt will study this summer at the nationally-renowned school in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Twenty-eight students, who will continue their second year of study at the Academy in 2013-2014, 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 also continues to remain a top-producer of Fulbright scholars, with alumnus Robert Wetherington (Ceramics '09) receiving an award this year for continued study in the Slovak Republic.

Our alumni also continue their strong support of our institution, with the addition to two new scholarships this year, both established by alumni of our 3D Design Department. The Don C. Albinson Scholarship was established by Dan Cramer (Design '82) in honor of his mentor Don Albinson (Design '41). The second scholarship was created by Andrew Fisher (Design '86), who is the principal in Arkitektura, a very successful retail operation with showrooms in Michigan and the San Francisco area.

 


For Immediate Release
May6, 2013

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

“Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America” Exhibition and Symposium Opens at Cranbrook in June
Blockbuster Program Highlights Michigan’s Contributions to Modern Design

The campus of Cranbrook Educational Community will welcome experts from around the world as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Cranbrook Art Museum and MPdL Studios of Ann Arbor, launch the most ambitious project to date examining the history of Michigan’s role in the development of American mid-century Modernism.

A four-day symposium and four-month exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum will showcase how Michigan’s industrial and design history intertwined during the middle of the 20th century, creating an epicenter of Modern design that touched nearly every aspect of American life. Michigan’s industry, prosperity, and educational institutions attracted exceptional talent that defined the era.

The designers and architects defined the look of the 20th century with iconic pieces like the Eames Lounge Chair, the expressive styling of the fins on a Cadillac, corporate campuses like the General Motors Technical Center and office environments revolutionized by Herman Miller.

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America begins with a symposium on June 13 – 16, hosted by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and held on Cranbrook’s Eliel Saarinen-designed campus. Hear stories directly from designers that were part of Michigan’s mid-century design boom, such as Gunnar Birkets and Ruth Adler Schnee. The location within the Cranbrook Educational Community serves to heighten the experience, as Cranbrook is at the heart of the Michigan Modern story.

“In the late 1930s, a remarkable group of artists and designers were at Cranbrook – notably Eliel and Loja Saarinen, their son Eero, faculty members such as Harry Bertoia and promising young students like Charles and Ray Eames, Ralph Rapson, Florence Knoll, and many others,” said Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. “Collaboratively, and then individually, they used the Academy’s studios to experiment and create the furniture and products that became the icons of the 20th century. It is no exaggeration to say that mid-century Modernism was conceived at Cranbrook.”

Thirty speakers in all will discuss Modernism’s Michigan roots during the symposium, including architecture critic and historian Alan Hess; Paul Makovsky, editorial director of Metropolis Magazine; Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames; and Columbia University Professor and PBS History Detective Gwendolyn Wright.

Tours of significant sites also are part of the symposium schedule, including: a rarely offered tour of the General Motors Technical Center, designed by Eero Saarinen; the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Palmer House in Ann Arbor; the Wayne State University campus, planned by Minoru Yamasaki; and Lafayette Park, the largest collection of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s International style residential work in the world. A tour of Midland is also offered, including the Dow Home and Studio where guests can have lunch in the drafting room and understand Alden Dow’s philosophy that “gardens never end and buildings never begin.”

“The architects and designers met the challenge of a new century with optimism and spirit,” said State Historic Preservation Officer Brian Conway. “What happened in Michigan – in the automotive industry, the furniture industry, in architecture, and in education – influenced design throughout the country and internationally. This project looks to celebrate Michigan’s outstanding contributions to Modern design and the stories of the people who made it happen.”

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America will open to the public at Cranbrook Art Museum on June 14 and run through October 13, 2013. It will establish Michigan’s role in American Modernism from the early industrial architecture of Albert Kahn to the role of the automobile and furniture industries that contributed to Michigan’s design explosion after World War II.

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, the McGregor Fund, Herman Miller, Knoll, The Clannad Foundation, Eleanor & Edsel Ford House, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Network, the Michigan History Foundation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Bob Daverman+AIA+LEED-AP – Architect+Designer+Planner.

Cranbrook will also offer two additional exhibitions on display in its lower galleries during the Michigan Modern exhibition run. The first is What to Paint and Why: Modern Painters at Cranbrook, 1936 – 1974, which examines the productive tension between Cranbrook’s painting instructors Zoltan Sepeshy and Wallace Mitchell. The second is A Driving Force: Cranbrook and the Car, which is produced in conjunction with the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research and will explore the way Cranbrook has played a role in shaping the landscape of American automobile ingenuity. Both exhibitions will run from June 14, 2013 through March 2014.

Hours and Pricing

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America
Symposium
June 13-16
Cranbrook Educational Community
Symposium registration is now open at michiganmodern.org. Advance registration is required. Discounted “early bird” registration ends May 15. Registration ends May 31 or when capacity has been reached.

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America
Exhibition

June 14 – Oct. 13, 2013
Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum Summer Hours (June through August)
Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: 4th of July and Labor Day

Cranbrook Art Museum Academic Year Hours (September through June)
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission :
ArtMembers and Children 12 & under, Always Free
General: $8
Seniors (65+): $6
Students with ID: $4

Accessibility:
Barrier free access to the galleries of Cranbrook Art Museum can be accommodated through the adjacent New Studios Building. Visitors with disabilities are encouraged to call the Front Desk of the Art Museum at 248-645-3320 during regular museum hours for assistance. If you are planning your visit in advance, you may also call the Art Museum Administrative Offices at 248-645-3319 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.– 5 p.m.) for additional information.

About the State Historic Preservation Office
The State Historic Preservation Office is part of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), which provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve decent, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents and to engage in community economic development activities to revitalize urban and rural communities.*

*MSHDA's loans and operating expenses are financed through the sale of tax-exempt and taxable bonds as well as notes to private investors, not from state tax revenues. Proceeds are loaned at below-market interest rates to developers of rental housing, and help fund mortgages and home improvement loans. MSHDA also administers several federal housing programs. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/mshda.

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is financed in part by a grant from the National Park Service, Department of Interior. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Interior. The Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on its federally funded assistance programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. St. NW, Washington DC 20240.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. Cranbrook Archives and the offices of the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research also are located within the Art Museum. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2013

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu


Cranbrook Academy of Art to Confer Distinguished Alumni Award on Artist Donald Lipski

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 9, 2013 —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).

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 



For Immediate Release
April 24, 2013

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the Appointment of Two Critical Studies and Humanities Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 24, 2013 -- Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of two teaching fellows to our Critical Studies and Humanities program for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is the first time in the history of the program that Cranbrook has appointed two fellows in one academic year.

Our Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is New Zealand art writer Anthony Byrt, whose work has appeared in Artforum International, frieze and the New Zealand current affairs magazine, the Listener. He is currently the Director of Research at Auckland’s Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. Operating as a critic at-large at the Academy, Byrt 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 Byrt and hear about his work during two public lectures at Cranbrook in the fall of 2013.

During his time at Cranbrook, Byrt will work on a collection of essays, provisionally titled Harlequin’s Return: Art, Masquerade and Terror in a Post-Nuclear World. Using examples as diverse as Anonymous, The Wire, the Maori self-determination movement and recent British painting, Anthony will argue that Harlequin’s return demonstrates our contemporary craving for myth; that in a culture where everything is overexposed, digitized and permanently on display, this archetype allows us to embrace shadows again – reconnecting our physicality with our morality as we fumble through the dark.

“Byrt comes from a background of contemporary history and theory,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, “but he has a keen interest in husbanding that research with practice.” Kroloff continued, “We’re also excited about engaging the Australasian perspective he will bring to the dialog here.”

Our Spring Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Francis Halsall, a Lecturer in the History/Theory of Modern and Contemporary Art at National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, where he also serves as co-director of the Master’s Program, “Art in the Contemporary World.”

At Cranbrook, Halsall will deliver a series of lectures and discussions as part of the program, “Systems and Objects: Perspectives from Theory and Practice.” He will survey definitions and uses of the terms “system” and “object” to investigate the contemporary relevance of these concepts for creative practitioners today. As Halsall says, “we will see that systems and objects are related in complex ways, and both are significant and unavoidable entities in our contemporary world.”

“Francis Halsall’s ideas engage foundational notions from many of Cranbrook’s different disciplines,” says Kroloff. “We’re intrigued with the possibilities inherent in this interdisciplinary platform, interdisciplinary platform, especially as he looks at the intersection of art and design.”

Halsall has a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Glasgow University and is completing a project in Philosophy (on Niklas Luhmann’s aesthetics) at University College Dublin.

The Critical Studies and Humanities Fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art was launched in 2009 to respond to the most current intellectual climates within contemporary art, design and architecture. The addition of Critical Studies and Humanities Fellows creates opportunities for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar, artist, and critic from outside the Cranbrook community.

According to Kroloff, the overall success of the program has been the motivating factor in engaging two different fellows this year, rather than extend one fellowship over two semesters. “This allows us to bring two different voices to campus that still stay long enough to become deeply involved in the Cranbrook community.”

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 Fellows. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2013

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Cranbrook Art Museum Receives Reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 12, 2013 – The American Alliance of Museums has announced that Cranbrook Art Museum has been reaccredited, the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum.

Cranbrook Art Museum received a 10-year, unconditional reaccreditation. This year, the AAM announced that 11 museums were newly accredited and 21 museums, including Cranbrook Art Museum, received reaccreditation.

According to the AAM, accreditation ensures that museums continue to uphold their public trust responsibilities. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for more than 40 years, the museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability.

“Accredited museums have met and exceeded the highest standards of the museum field in everything they do,” said Ford W. Bell, Alliance president. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 1,000 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peers.

Cranbrook Art Museum was first accredited by the AAM in the 1970s, shortly after AAM launched the accreditation program. Since then, Cranbrook has been reaccredited three times. Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, who has lead the museum through the last two reaccreditations, notes that this is an accomplishment shared by not only the Art Museum’s dedicated staff, but everyone who helped realize the Art Museum’s recent renovation and construction project.

“Twelve years after our last AAM reaccreditation visit, the 2012 Visiting Committee saw a radically transformed institution,” says Wittkopp. “They saw the results of Cranbrook Educational Community's $22 million capital investment in its Art Museum, including the meticulously restored 1942 Eliel Saarinen-designed building and the new award-winning Collections Wing, both of which are supported by a new state-of-the-art climate control system. While the restored galleries continue to allow us to bring the best of contemporary art and design to our many audiences at Cranbrook, with the new Collections Wing we have created a revolutionary new museum model by integrating storage and education.

“The Art Museum's collection is now visible—and accessible—to students, scholars, and visitors. Together, the galleries and the vaults have become one integrated teaching and learning machine, an educational resource like no other. When the Visiting Committee came to Cranbrook in 1999, they were impressed but said we had some work to do. The staff and volunteers that love Cranbrook Art Museum rose to this challenge. While there remains work to do, we are enormously proud of our accomplishments and the endorsement of our mission and program by the American Alliance of Museums.”

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University was the only other Michigan museum to receive accreditation this year. For more information about American Alliance of Museums and a complete list of accredited museums, visit www.aam-us.org.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-designed building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2013

Julie Fracker
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Maxine and Stuart Frankel Receive the "2013 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award"
From the National Art Education Association

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 14, 2013 - Maxine and Stuart Frankel were selected by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to receive the 2013 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions by persons or organizations outside the field of art education.

The award was presented to Maxine and Stuart Frankel during the NAEA National Convention that took place March 7-10, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas.

"As far as I can tell, Maxine and Stuart Frankel spend every waking minute thinking about how art education can be extended beyond what we think it is today," says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum. "Then they act on what they've been thinking. The result, in Michigan and beyond, is a collection of curricula, schools, galleries, and museums that bring children and adults together with art in ways they have never experienced it before. The Frankels truly are remarkable."

The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. NAEA membership includes elementary, secondary, middle level and high school art teachers in 50 states, representatives from America's major art museums, State Departments of Education, arts councils, and major colleges and universities throughout the United States and 25 foreign countries.

The Frankels are strong supporters of the Cranbrook community, having given a record $10 million to the Academy of Art and Art Museum, the largest gift in Cranbrook's 109-year history. Maxine Frankel currently chairs the Board of Governors of both the Academy of Art and Art Museum. Through The Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, they have also given $10 million to the University of Michigan Museum of Art and numerous additional causes. Maxine Frankel is also a member of University Musical Society's National Advisory Council.

For more information about NAEA, visit www.arteducators.org.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2013

Julie Fracker
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“Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House: The Anatomy of a Home” Opens at Cranbrook This Spring
Artist explores Scandinavian Modernism in site-sensitive installations

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 11, 2013 - For his first solo museum exhibition in North America, Danish ceramist Anders Ruhwald will present a series of seven site-sensitive installations in Saarinen House, the “total work of art” designed by the Finnish American architect Eliel Saarinen in 1930. The exhibition will open on May 1 and run through October 31. Ruhwald serves as an Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Saarinen House, which Cranbrook Art Museum operates as a historic house museum, will provide the ideal backdrop for Ruhwald’s continued investigations into the nature of Modernism—specifically Scandinavian Modernism—and will serve to heighten the dialogue that his work promotes within the overlapping fields of art, craft, and design.

“Saarinen House not only provides the perfect backdrop for Ruhwald’s exploration of modernism, but the presence of his work in the home will allow our visitors to reexamine the house, which has been ‘frozen in time’ since it opened as a museum in 1994,” said Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, and the exhibition’s curator.

Although Ruhwald has presented other site-sensitive installations in Europe, his interventions into the domestic spaces of Saarinen House, from the iconic dining room to the private rear courtyard, will allow the artist to fully explore Modernism’s construction of the everyday, and what happens to that ideal when it is frozen in time in the fictive environment of a house museum.

The installation will also explore the interpersonal relationships of the Saarinen family, including the father-son dynamic of Eliel and Eero and the link between the two provided by the work of Alvar Aalto.

“The Saarinen House is an immensely loaded space. It was a model home and poster building for the Saarinens, but also served as the frame in which the son Eero grew up and spent his formative years working for his father,” said Ruhwald. “As such, the house becomes historically and psychologically charged- a place where work and life was presented as one. Through this intervention I have explored this dynamic and tried to make sense of a house in which the architecture and objects have become stand-ins for the life that was once lived there.”

The exhibition will only be accessible through Cranbrook’s campus tour program, which necessarily means the experience will be mediated by an Art Museum staff member or a volunteer docent—further underlining the tension between the reconstructed historic environment and Ruhwald’s intervention.

A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition, which is organized as a collaboration between Cranbrook Art Museum and the new Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

About the Artist
Ruhwald was born in Denmark, and educated at the Royal College of Art in London. He has received a number of international awards including a three-year work stipend from the Danish Art Foundation in 2010, the Sotheby Prize from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2007 and Gold Prize at the Icheon World Ceramic Center in South Korea in 2012. Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008.

For the last ten years, Ruhwald has enjoyed an active international exhibition career that has spanned Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. His work has been represented in leading international public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the National Museum of Sweden and The Detroit Institute of Arts. He has won critical acclaim for his conceptual work that explores the boundaries of the ceramic medium as an idea and a material.

Public Tours
Docent-guided Public Tours of Saarinen House depart from the front desk of Cranbrook Art Museum, where tickets also may be purchased on tour days. Public Tours during Ruhwald’s exhibition are scheduled May 1 through October 31, 2013, 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tours are limited to 12 guests.

The tours are about 90 minutes long and include stairs and two ten-minute walks on Cranbrook's campus. Tours take place rain or shine.

Public Tour Fees: ArtMembers free; $10 Adults; $8 Seniors (65+); and $6 full-time students with ID and children. Saarinen House Tours include admission to Cranbrook Art Museum. Please call 248-645-3320 to make a reservation.

Private Tours
A limited number of Private Tours of Saarinen House are available Monday through Friday, May through October, with at least three weeks advance notice. Private Tour Fees: $10 ArtMembers; $15 Adults and Seniors; and $10 full-time students with ID (with a minimum Private Tour group fee of $100). To inquire about the availability of a Private Tour, please call 248-645-3319.

Acknowledgments
“Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House: The Anatomy of a Home” is sponsored by Jeanne and Ralph Graham and Danish Crafts.

Sponsorships
Cranbrook Art Museum receives funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. Admission to the Art Museum is $8 for adults; $6 for Senior Citizens; and $4 for full-time students with ID. Admission is free for ArtMembers@Cranbrook and children 12-years-old and younger. Museum hours (September through May) are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer Museum hours (June through August) are Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed New Years Eve & Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information call 248.645.3323.

Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.


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For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013

Julie Fracker
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“2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art” and OPEN(STUDIOS)
Art Sale + Community Day Open in April
Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 6, 2013 – Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum will be alive with art and design on April 21 as we celebrate the work of another graduating class and invite the community into the Academy’s private studio spaces.

The most cutting-edge, thought-provoking work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers will be on display at the “2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art.” The Degree Exhibition showcases pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 76 graduates as they launch their careers.

The exhibition will fill the entire 15,000 square feet of Cranbrook Art Museum and surrounding grounds with some of the most innovative art and design work being produced in the nation. It opens to the public on April 21 and will run through May 12, 2013.

Academy student-led tours will be available at noon on Tuesday through Friday of each week, and at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. No student-led tours will be held on April 21 and May 10. However, special docent-led youth tours will be held on April 21 at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, giving young people a chance to experience the exhibition with a guide and afterward, create their own piece of art.

The “2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art” is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, as part of their ongoing commitment to supporting emerging artists of all ages and creative arts in our community.

OPEN(STUDIOS) Is Back!
Also on April 21, the Academy will hold the second annual OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day. This is the only time of the year when the public is invited inside the Academy’s private studio spaces to see workspaces of today’s emerging artists and designers. Student artists and faculty from each of the Academy’s 10 departments will be on hand to discuss their work and show off their creative environment.

Select pieces of student art will be for sale, allowing the public to purchase work from this exclusive group of Academy artists as they launch their careers.

Families can also experience all that the Cranbrook Educational Community has to offer, with representatives from entities such as Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook House and Gardens, Cranbrook’s summer camps and many more on-site. Ticket price includes admission to the Art Museum, the Institute of Science and a voucher for future admission to Cranbrook Gardens. Hands-on art and science activities for the whole family will also be available.

Hours and Pricing
“2013 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art”
April 21 – May 12, 2013
Museum Hours through May 12, 2013:
Tuesday – Friday:    10am - 5pm
Saturday – Sunday:    11am - 5pm
Admission to the Art Museum is $8 for adults; $6 for Senior Citizens; and $4 for full-time students with ID. Admission is free for ArtMembers@Cranbrook and children 12-years-old and younger.

Academy student-led tours will be held Tuesday through Friday at noon, and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. These tours will not take place on Sunday, April 21, and Friday, May 10.

Special youth tours will be held on April 21 at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

OPEN(STUDIOS) Art Sale + Community Day
April 21
Noon – 5pm
Tickets are $12 online (by April 19) and $15 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. No strollers in the studios, and children must be accompanied at all times. Admission to Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science and a voucher for an upcoming tour of Cranbrook Gardens is included. To purchase tickets online, and for parking information, visit here. We will also feature a mini food truck rally with selections from local vendors. Event will be held, rain or shine. For more information, please contact Marsha Gilman at 248.645.3214 or email artevents@cranbrook.edu.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills.  It is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2013

Julie Fracker
Office: 248.645.3329
Cell: 248.770.1721
jfracker@cranbrook.edu

 

Gary Griffin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 1, 2013 - Gary Griffin, former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) at their annual conference in May. Griffin served at the Academy for 22 years, retiring in 2006.

According to SNAG, the award is “presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Recipients have distinguished themselves through significant accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, publishing, criticism and related activities that expand and elevate our field.”

Griffin is currently a practicing metalsmith in El Rito, New Mexico. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, Griffin has exhibited extensively in the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan and Europe.

“We are delighted that this award recognizes Gary’s outstanding contributions to both the field and higher education, as exemplified by his many years of service to Cranbrook,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

For the full press release from SNAG, click here.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


For Immediate Release
December 14, 2012

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
Julie Fracker, 248.770.1721

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Awarded USA Fellowships

Bloomfield Hills, MI, Dec. 14, 2012 – Three Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni were recently awarded prestigious grants of $50,000 from United States Artists (USA), the national grant-making and advocacy organization. Each year, USA awards at least 50 unrestricted $50,000 grants to outstanding performing, visual, media and literary artists across the country.

This year, USA awarded 54 grants totaling $2.5 million. Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Rowland Ricketts (Fiber '05) and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing '86) each received individual awards, and Jesse Reiser (Architecture '84) won a grant that he will share with his partner Nanako Umemoto.

Ricketts is an Assistant Professor of Textiles at Indiana University where he runs the IndiGrowing Blue project, growing and harvesting Japanese indigo as a way to gain "unique insight into how we live, create, and consume as contemporary Americans," he says. Ricketts plants, harvests, dries and ferments the indigo himself which he uses to hand-dye materials for his installations.

Mimlitsch-Gray creates tablewares and jewelry, working with traditional metals such as copper and silver. Her Motified Corn Pone Pan (2007), made during a residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, alludes to corn's ubiquity in the Midwest and issues around monoculture agriculture. She has received several awards, including fellowships from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1997, 2005). Mimlitsch-Gray is currently Head of the Metal Program at SUNY-New Paltz.

Reiser and his partner Umemoto started their internationally recognized firm, Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, in New York in 1986. Their design work touches on furniture, residential and commercial buildings, landscapes and infrastructure. They established their firm as "an innovative laboratory in which significant social, cultural and structural ideas are synthesized into a tangible, dynamic architecture." Reiser is a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.

The addition of this year's winners brings the total of number of Cranbrook graduates who have received USA Fellowships to seven. In 2006, Nick Cave (Fiber '89) and Masamichi Udagawa (Design '91) each received awards, and in 2011, awards went to Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) and Jon Eric Riis (Fiber '69).

This year's recipients were selected from among 438 nominated applicants. USA Fellowships are awarded to artists at all career stages who demonstrate artistic excellence, unique artistic vision, and significant contributions to their fields. Through the USA Fellows program, USA has awarded $17.5 million to artists in the seven years since its founding.

Clark says that the USA Fellowship funding allows artists to tackle projects that might otherwise have been out of reach. She used her grant not only for upcoming projects, but also to circulate the funds back to the art community. She donated part of her grant back to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she serves as the chair of the Department of Craft and Material Studies, and VCU has more than matched her donation to pay for the tuition of a graduate student. "I always try to maximize the funding and keep it within the art community," says Clark. The student works with Clark as a studio assistant on her upcoming projects. "I'm committed to supporting the next generation of artists."

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: 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.

 


 

For Immediate Release
December 4, 2012

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
Julie Fracker, 248.770.1721

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of S. Glen Paulsen

Bloomfield Hills, MI, Dec. 4, 2012 – Cranbrook Educational Community was saddened to learn of the passing of S. Glen Paulsen, former President of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Head of Architecture. Paulsen became Head of the Department of Architecture in 1965, then President of the Academy in 1966, a position he held until 1970.
    
Paulsen led an illustrious career as an architect, including many years in the office of Eero Saarinen and Associates. This was the beginning of his career in Michigan and his relationship with Cranbrook, where he formed lifelong friendships with other artists and architects, and together, they would help shape post-war modern architecture.

Prior to his tenure as the Academy’s third President, Paulsen had established his own design firm, Glen Paulsen and Associates, Inc., in 1957. In 1966, he went back to his practice and merged it with Tarapata and MacMahon to become TMP, a national architectural firm based in Michigan. He resigned his position at the Academy of Art in 1970 to devote all of his time to this new endeavor.
    
Paulsen’s firm Glen Paulsen and Associates prepared the “Cranbrook General Development Plan” (a master plan for the campus) in 1966, and in 1976, TMP designed Cranbrook’s Gordon Science Hall.

He also served for many years at the University of Michigan where he was the Emil Lorch Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Lorch Professor Emeritus until his death. He was also a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
    
Paulsen is survived by his children Nancy Paulsen Marshall and Thomas Paulsen and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paulsen’s wife Virginia, known as Jennie, predeceased him in 2011.

“Glen Paulsen’s contributions to architecture and architectural education place him in a special category of professional and institutional service,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “At Cranbrook, the University of Michigan, and in buildings across the country, he was a positive and important presence for many people, which made him an important part of the Academy’s tradition of excellence.”

Services for Paulsen will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park Street in Chelsea, Michigan.

Paulsen was focused on leaving a legacy to help the educational institutions he loved. In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial gifts to either of the following: The S. Glen Paulsen Memorial Fund, c/o Cranbrook Academy of Art, PO Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801, or Taubman College of Architecture Alumni Scholarship Endowment, UM, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

The entire Cranbrook community expresses its deepest sympathies to the family of Paulsen as well as the many architectural designers who have been touched by his work and his teachings over the past several decades.

 

 


 

For Immediate Release
November 6, 2012

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
Julie Fracker, 248.770.1721

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Susan York


Bloomfield Hills, MI, Nov. 6, 2012 – Cranbrook Academy of Art has named Susan York (Ceramics ’95) the 2012 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. This is the second year the Academy has bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career. Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) was the first recipient of the award in 2011.

York was selected for her significant accomplishments as an artist, which include creating graphite objects, drawings and installations exhibited extensively across Europe and the United States. Her works can be currently found in the Lannan, Frankel and Panza di Biumo collections, as well the Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico.

As an educator, she also excels, currently serving as the President’s Chair in Art at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design. York is a Fulbright finalist and a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Fellowship for Painters & Sculptors.

“Susan is the consummate professional: a marvelous artist, a respected educator, and an important member of the arts community,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art & Art Museum. “She is such a great model for our students, and I know that everyone associated with Cranbrook will be delighted with this recognition of her achievements.”

Kroloff will announce the award following Susan's public lecture in the deSalle Auditorium at the Cranbrook Art Museum on November 13, 2012.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

For Immediate Release
October 11, 2012

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
Julie Fracker, 248.770.1721

Cranbrook Graduate Matthew Plumstead Wins Red Dot Design Concept Award

Bloomfield Hills, MI, Oct. 26, 2012 – Matthew Plumstead, a 2012 Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate of 3D Design, has just been awarded the coveted ‘red dot: best of the best’ design concept award for his Integrated Workstation, an innovative project intended to enable both rest and concentration in the workplace. Plumstead produced the design as a Cranbrook student, through a collaboration with Herman Miller.

The ‘red dot award’ is the only professional-level design concept competition to accept ideas and prototypes from all over the world, including product companies and design studios. This year, the competition received 3,672 entries from 57 countries. Of those entries, only 46 designs, including Plumstead’s, received the ‘best of the best’ for outstanding design quality.

According to red dot, “the competition offers talented design teams and designers from around the world the chance to distinguish themselves for their talent and high potential in innovation.” The awards ceremony was held Oct. 19 at the red dot design museum in Singapore.

“Our relationship with Herman Miller begins with Cranbrook grad Charles Eames, and continues now with the exciting work of Matt Plumstead, who is part of a new leadership generation coming out of Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker’s studio,” said Academy Director Reed Kroloff.

Plumstead’s Integrated Workstation received the highest award in the workplace category because its unique design takes only the most essential components of a workstation and adds a third component, the daybed, providing maximum flexibility in a very modest footprint.

For more information about the award and the Integrated Workstation, visit here. For more information about Matthew Plumstead and his Minnesota-based design studio, McCarty Quinn, click here.

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.




For Immediate Release
October 11, 2012

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
Julie Fracker, 248.770.1721


New Exhibition by Photographer Alec Soth Set to Open at Cranbrook Art Museum
Photographs form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience

Bloomfield Hills, MI, Oct. 15, 2012 – Within the wanderlust embodied in Alec Soth’s photographs is an impulse to uncover narratives that comprise the American experience. “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America,” organized by the Minneapolis-based Walker Art Center, will open at Cranbrook Art Museum November 17, 2012, and run through March 30, 2013. It is the first major U.S. survey to explore the past 15 years of work by one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography. While Soth’s practice has taken him throughout the world, from Paris to London to Bogota to the Republic of Georgia, the Cranbrook exhibition focuses specifically on his pictures made in the United States.

Featuring over 100 photographs, the presentation includes early black-and-white images of Minneapolis working-class taverns, as well as examples from his well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, The Last Days of W, Soth’s major new series, Broken Manual, as well as other bodies of work not exhibited until now.

Soth will also debut a new body of work at Cranbrook that will be the result of a road trip the artist will be taking across Michigan in the weeks leading up to the presidential election in November. Along with writer Brad Zellar and graduate students from the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Soth will traverse the state from Ironwood Township in the northwest corner of the Upper Peninsula to Detroit and the southern half of the Lower Peninsula—all while documenting the two-week journey in both text and photographs. Upon his arrival at Cranbrook at the end of the trip, the artist will work with Academy students to print this new photographic series in Cranbrook’s studios and subsequently install them in the Art Museum. Additionally, Soth will collaborate with Zellar and Academy students to produce the latest edition of the LBM Dispatch, a quasi-reportorial black-and-white newspaper series inspired by mid-century community newspaper photographers like Irwin Norling and Bill Wood. In this limited-edition newspaper, Soth and Zellar will explore themes of community life in the United States as they emerge in the localized context of the Michigan road trip and the presidential election. Through the new photographic series and the Michigan Dispatch, the Cranbrook iteration of this exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view the work of a major American photographer in the immediate context in which it was produced.

Soth’s working process is firmly situated in a tradition established by such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, and Joel Sternfeld, whose work has at its heart the American road and whose images persistently capture average individuals and everyday settings. Soth’s is a distinct perspective, however, one in which the act of wandering, the method of embracing serendipity when seeking out his subjects, and the process of telling are as resonant as the photographic record of his remarkable encounters. When considered together, these pictures probe the idiosyncrasies of people, objects and places he discovers on his journeys, and form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience.

Soth’s method of engaging his subjects, he has said, is like “web surfing in the real world,” following leads with the fervor of a detective and allowing each encounter with a place or individual to segue to the next through a kind of free-associative research. As the journeys unfold, he delves deeper into stories real and imagined.

Though rich in detail and often exquisitely composed, his works evidence careful restraint: it is often what is not revealed which most piques our imagination. Working primarily with a cumbersome 8x10 field camera, which elicits remarkable detail and color, he must spend considerable time setting up his shots, often leaving his portrait subjects relaxed in their own thoughts rather than performing for his lens. As a result, the artist’s distanced and sympathetic stance captures these individuals as they are – ordinary people living their lives in the places where he has met them.

Soth received wide public attention and critical acclaim in 2004 with Sleeping by the Mississippi, an ambitious five-year project – also published as a book – in which he traveled up and down the Mississippi River capturing places and people he came across, often with an eye tuned toward small-town curiosities, offbeat characters and the chance of finding beauty in banal or overlooked settings. NIAGARA, Soth’s next major American project, focuses on the eponymous waterfall which has long stood in the national vernacular as a symbol of grandeur and romance. What Soth finds at the falls and in the aging environs of tourist motels are complex stories that form a contemporary mythology of love, its promises and failures. Other bodies of work featured in the exhibition include a rarely seen group of Soth’s early black-and-white photographs made in Minnesota; a project presenting a typology of abandoned and repurposed American movie theaters in Texas; a new series focused on women in Louisiana who embrace the Goth lifestyle; and a selection of portraits, interiors, still lifes, and landscapes from more recent series, including Fashion Magazine and The Last Days of W., made in locations across the United States.

Featured prominently in the exhibition is Soth’s most recent body of work, entitled Broken Manual, that investigates places to which people retreat to escape civilization—capturing individuals who have chosen to live “off the grid,” from monks and survivalists to hermits and runaways. The series includes literary contributions from author Lester B. Morrison, who grew from the artist’s publishing imprint Little Brown Mushroom Books, and now is a key contributor to Soth’s popular new blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com). Mining a very different side of the American experience than Soth’s previous work, these pictures and words probe into deeply psychological terrain, and collected as an installation, create compelling, often dark vignettes that hint at what lies at America’s fringes.

The exhibition additionally features a “library” area, which allows visitors further insight into Soth’s process, and includes a reading area for his publications, as well as a display of maquettes for book and ‘zine projects, and short video works. This area also presents ephemera the artist has gathered on the road, including love letters collected during the making of NIAGARA, notes, found objects, and other mementos.

Exhibition Catalogue
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is the first exhibition catalogue to consider the full spectrum of Soth’s work. Featuring more than 100 of the artist’s photographs made over the past 15 years, the book includes new critical essays by Walker Art Center Visual Arts Curator and exhibition curator Siri Engberg, curator and art historian Britt Salvesen, and critic Barry Schwabsky, which offer context on the artist’s working process, the photo-historical tradition behind his practice, and reflections on his latest series of works.

Novelist Geoff Dyer’s “Riverrun”—a meditation on Soth’s series Sleeping by the Mississippi—and August Kleinzahler’s poem “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” contribute to the thoughtful exploration of this body of work. Also included in the publication is a 48-page artist’s book by Soth entitled The Loneliest Man in Missouri, a photographic essay with short, diaristic texts capturing the banality and ennui of Middle America’s suburban fringes, with their corporate office parks, strip clubs, and chain restaurants.
The full-color publication includes a complete exhibition history, bibliography, and interview with the artist by Walker assistant curator Bartholomew Ryan.  The catalogue retails for $60 ($54 for Cranbrook Art Museum members) and will be available at the Art Museum’s front desk.

About the Artist
Born in 1969 and raised in Minnesota, where he continues to live and work, Alec Soth attended Sarah Lawrence College. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation (1999, 2004) and Jerome Foundation (2001), was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and was short-listed for the highly prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His work is in many private and public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center; it has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. He is a member of Magnum Photos and is represented in Minneapolis by Weinstein Gallery, and in New York by Gagosian Gallery.

Acknowledgments
“From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America” is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and made possible by generous support from Carol and Judson Bemis, Jr., Marilyn and Larry Fields, Linda and Lawrence Perlman, and Geri and Dar Reedy.

Sponsorships
Cranbrook Art Museum receives funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Soo Sunny Park: Vapor Slide” Also Debuts at Museum
Also opening on November 17, 2012 and running through Sunday, March 17, 2013, is sculptor Soo Sunny Park’s large-scale installation SSVT (South Stafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide (2007). The exhibition combines quotidian materials – chain link fence, plastic cups, paper clips, river rocks – in imaginative ways, crafting a dazzling environment of ethereal light and space. At once rigorously structured and impossibly fragile, the work transforms the space of the gallery into a subtly shifting perceptual experience for the viewer. Park, a 2000 alumna of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Sculpture Department, created the work in response to the undulating, snowy hills of South Strafford, Vermont, where she lived for three years as she began teaching at Dartmouth College. The installation uses chain link fence, a conventional boundary demarcation, to fashion a space through which viewers move rather than as a method of impeding access. In doing so, SSVT (South Strafford, Vermont) Vapor Slide becomes a spellbinding meditation on the interstitial spaces we encounter every day and the myriad possibilities hidden within.

Cranbrook Art Museum is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue, on the campus of Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills. Admission to the Art Museum is $8 for adults; $6 for Senior Citizens; and $4 for full-time students with ID.  Admission is free for ArtMembers@Cranbrook and children 12 years old and younger.  Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed New Years Eve & Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information call 248.645.3323.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened in its current building in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that included both the restoration of the Saarinen-designed building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.

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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2012
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“GEORGE NELSON: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher”
Central Figure in Defining Modernism in Michigan

Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum
June 16, 201

Bloomfield Hills, MI— George Nelson is considered one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. Operating from the western-side of Michigan as Design Director at the Zeeland-based furniture manufacturer Herman Miller for more than twenty-years, Nelson had his sights firmly focused on Cranbrook, which was also playing a defining role in the development of Modernism. This shared Michigan history comes into sharp focus in the exhibition, “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” which opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on June 16 and runs through October 14, 2012.

“Cranbrook and George Nelson helped to define what Modernism would be,” says Gregory Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum. “Although Nelson never formally studied or taught at Cranbrook, he traveled in the same circles as many of our legendary architects and designers. It was Eero Saarinen, in fact, that first introduced him to the work of Charles Eames who ultimately helped him radically reinvent the Herman Miller brand and the look—and feel—of the American interior.

Organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the exhibition “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher,” is the first comprehensive retrospective of Nelson’s work. It has been touring in Europe and most recently in the United States at the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle.

With an architectural degree from Yale, Nelson was not only active in the fields of architecture and design, but was also a widely respected writer and publicist, lecturer, curator, and a passionate photographer. At Herman Miller, the renowned manufacturer of modern furniture design, Nelson had a major influence on the product line and public image of the company. He played an essential role in bringing the company together with designers such as Cranbrook’s own Charles and Ray Eames. Early on, Nelson was convinced that design should be an integral part of a company's philosophy, and by promoting this viewpoint, he also became a pioneer in the areas of business communication and corporate design. Nelson was responsible for the production of numerous furnishings and interior designs that became modern classics, including the Coconut Chair (1956), the Marshmallow Sofa (1956), the Ball Clock (1947) and the Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards).

As an architect, designer and writer, Nelson was deeply interested in the topics of domestic living and interior furnishings. In the bestselling book, The House of Tomorrow (1945, co-authored with Henry Wright), he articulated the groundbreaking concept of the "storagewall." The walls of a house, Nelson explained, could be used to store things by transforming them into floor-to-ceiling, two-sided cabinets. A revolutionary idea at the time, it anticipated the flood of consumer goods that the economic boom in the western world would soon produce, turning the single-family home into a small warehouse.

Nelson designed several private homes, including a New York town house for Sherman Fairchild (1941, together with William Hamby) and Spaeth House on Southampton beach (1956, together with Gordon Chadwick). As a committed proponent of industrial building methods, Nelson published numerous texts on the topic of prefabricated architecture. In the 1950s, he developed the "Experimental House," a modular system of cubic volumes with Plexiglas roof domes that owners could assemble into personal habitations according to their own spatial requirements.

In addition to his preoccupation with architecture and the domestic interior, Nelson intently pursued the topic of office furnishings. Besides designing the first L-shaped desk, he played a major role in the development of Herman Miller's Action Office, and in the 1970s he created his own office system, Nelson Workspaces. Similar to Nelson's home furnishings and experimental architecture, this system was based on a variety of modular elements that could be freely combined.

The extraordinary diversity of design tasks taken on by the Nelson office extends far beyond the field of furniture design, although the latter forms the basis of his reputation today. Numbering among his clients were many large corporations including Abbott, Alcoa, BP, Ford, Gulf, IBM, General Electric, Monsanto and Olivetti, as well as the United States government. In his New York office, which he established in 1947 and ran for more than three decades, Nelson employed over fifty people at times, including familiar figures such as Ettore Sottsass and Michael Graves. Along with exhibitions, restaurant interiors and showrooms, George Nelson & Company designed kitchens, flatware and dishes, record players and speakers, birdhouses and weathervanes, computers and typewriters, company logos and packaging, rugs and tiles.

Nelson's wide-ranging abilities culminated in the organization and design of the American National Exhibition in 1959, which was held in Moscow. Nelson and his associates selected several hundred industrial products manufactured by American companies and displayed them on a vast three-dimensional multi-level platform designed especially for the exhibition. He also furnished a "model apartment" and designed a large fiberglass umbrella for two other modular exhibition pavilions. The Moscow exhibition made history as the backdrop for the famous "Kitchen Debate" between Nixon and Khrushchev. Similarly spectacular was Nelson's exhibit for Chrysler at the 1964 New York World's Fair, which featured a Pop-Art-inspired, 64-foot-long "giant car" and a huge walk-in engine as part of the exhibition space. While this fair still celebrated the automobile, Nelson expressed a more critical view of automotive transportation in his essays and lectures on urban planning. As early as 1943, he outlined the mall concept as an auto-free shopping zone in the article "Grass on Main Street."

After earning an architectural degree, Nelson began his career as a writer and journalist. Throughout his lifetime he was regarded as a brilliant publicist. He was not only co-editor of the eminent journal Architectural Forum, but also worked for many other well-known magazines including Fortune, Life, Industrial Design, Interiors and Harper's. He also published more than half a dozen books on design topics. Nelson was one of the speakers at the first Aspen Design Conference in 1951 and a regular participant in the years thereafter. His engaging sense of humor and penchant for radical theories surely contributed to his popularity as a speaker at a wide range of conferences and symposiums. In 1961, at the height of the Cold War, he created a television program entitled "How to Kill People: A Problem of Design" — both an apt and bitingly ironic commentary on warfare from the designer's viewpoint. Like the Eameses, Nelson was one of the early pioneers of multi-media lectures. He often used his own photographs for this purpose, many of which were taken on his wide and numerous travels. His photographic work and engagement with questions of everyday aesthetics found expression in the book How to See, which offered suggestions for sharpening one's conscious perception of the everyday environment.

The exhibition is divided into five subject areas. Numerous furnishings by Nelson from the collection of the Vitra Design Museum—not only many classics, but also lesser-known pieces— form the core of the exhibition. They are organized in three categories:

1. Nelson and the House: Nelson as a pioneering planner and designer of the modern single-family home during the 1940s and 1950s: Sherman Fairchild House (townhouse in New York, 1941), The House of Tomorrow (bestselling book on modern housing, 1944), The Holiday House (model vacation home for Holiday Magazine, 1950), and Experimental House (design of a modular prefabricated house, 1952-57). Additional subjects: Storage Wall (1944), Herman Miller Casegoods (from 1946), Comprehensive Storage System (1959), Seating (Coconut Chair, 1956; Marshmallow Sofa, 1956; etc.) and kitchen design.

2. Corporate Design: Nelson's work as a designer and design director for Herman Miller. Brochures, advertisements and vintage audiotapes document the development of corporate design at Herman Miller from the mid-1940s into the 1960s. In this context, corporate design programs for other firms, such as the pharmaceutical company Abbott (1959), also are presented.

3. The Office: Nelson as a prominent innovator in the development of the modern office environment: L-shaped desk as the forerunner of the workstation (1947), Action Office (1964), and Nelson Workspaces (1977).

4. Exhibition Design: This section will focus on the American National Exhibition in Moscow (1959), for which Nelson was responsible as head designer. Other topics include the Chrysler Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, and Nelson's exhibition work for the United States Information Agency.

5. Nelson as an author, editor, and one of the most important thinkers and visionaries in the realm of twentieth-century design. In addition to providing an overview of the numerous articles and books published by Nelson, this section of the exhibition will also show some of his films and slide presentations, in which he addressed the topics of urban planning, consumerism, and aesthetic perception in Western society.

The exhibition will be complemented at Cranbrook Art Museum with a second exhibition, “Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904-2012.” Drawing from Cranbrook’s own rich collections, this exhibition presents the architectural legacy of Cranbrook as an artistic narrative emerging for the visionary ideas of George Gough Booth.

“George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” is an exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. The American tour of the exhibition has been generously sponsored by Herman Miller. Herman Miller also is the presenting sponsor of the exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. Additional support for the exhibition at Cranbrook is provided by the Alden B. Dow Home & Studio. Promotion of the exhibition is supported by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904-2012.”

The George Nelson exhibition will be complemented at Cranbrook Art Museum with a second exhibition, “Vision and Interpretation: Building Cranbrook, 1904-2012.” Drawing from Cranbrook’s own rich collections, this exhibition presents the architectural legacy of Cranbrook as an artistic narrative emerging for the visionary ideas of George Gough Booth.

About Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened at its current site in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that included both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition. For more information, visit www.cranbrook.edu.



 

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012
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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 last night, 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.

After an initial presentation of concepts and rough-scale models, six proposals were selected by members of Herman Miller's product development leadership to be produced into full-scale prototypes. With the support of the company's engineering team and local upholstery and fabrication vendors, the students were able to realize their concepts at a high level of detail and finish. The final six prototypes, now on view at the Javits center, are: Private Rocker, Stump Ottoman, Alcove Chair, Tri-fold Bench, Office Lounge, and Integrated Workstation.*
 
"This project pushed our students to develop a strong point-of-view and to deliver that message with specific form," said Scott Klinker, Head of the 3D Design Department and Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art. "The final prototypes have a youthful 'business casual' character and present a strong vision for the future office."
 
"Rest and Concentration," also served the important function of connecting the internationally renowned Holland, Michigan-based Herman Miller with a new generation of Cranbrook designers. In total, sixteen graduate students in the 3D Design Department participated in the 2-semester collaboration, which involved extensive reviews of work by the company's product development teams at their corporate headquarters.
 
"The process helped the students understand the complex set of voices beyond the designer's own which are necessary to achieve commercial success," said Gary Smith, Director of Design Facilitation & Exploration at Herman Miller. "It was also a great opportunity to encourage new Cranbrook talent, to provide perspective gleaned from an 80-year unbroken history of design collaboration, and to share with another generation the meaningfulness of human-centered problem solving."
 
ICFF Editors Awards Committee included: Arlene Hirst; Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Azure; Amanda Dameron, Dwell; Cristina Bonini, Interni; Chantal Hamaide, Intramuros; Paul Makovsky, Metropolis; Pei-Ru Keh, Wallpaper.
 
*Hi-Res images of the work presented at ICFF and information on the Herman Miller sponsored project at Cranbrook Academy of Art can also be found at: www.cranbrookforhermanmiller.com
 
 
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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.




 

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2012
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Cranbrook Academy of Art to Confer Distinguished Alumni Award on
Artist Anne Wilson (CAA ’72 Fiber)
Friday, May 11, 2012

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 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.

Anne Wilson is a 1972 graduate of the Academy’s Fiber Department and a visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, and private and social rituals. Her work is exemplary of an artistic practice that is rooted in hands-on processes of making, forming, and creating.

“In the same way that Anne Wilson learned from the pioneers in the field of fiber here at Cranbrook, she has now has gone on to transform that very field herself,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

Wilson has participated in a wide range of gallery and important museum exhibitions during her ongoing and distinguished career both in this country and around the world. Most recently her work has been shown in the Global Threads exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, England. Wilson's work is in the permanent collections of the Cranbrook Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Museum of Glass, Tacoma; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is currently Professor of the Fiber in the Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Past recipients of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Distinguished Alumni Award include Peter Bohlin (CAA ’61 Architecture) and Niels Diffrient (CAA ’54 Design).

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: 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. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.




 

For Immediate Release
April 4, 2012
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu
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Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the Appointment of Shannon Stratton Critical Studies Fellow for Fall 2012

Bloomfield Hills, MI -- 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shannon Stratton to campus. Her work at threewalls combined with her teaching represents the seamlessness of her creative practice” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “She knows what it takes to be successful in the world of art and design and we expect her to lead some great conversations about the workplace, economy, and contemporary culture during her time at the Academy.”

At Cranbrook, Stratton has developed a theme for the semester entitled, "The Social Capital of the Amateur." She will present a series of lectures, discussions, and projects that address the shift in the “amateur” in contemporary culture: from a renewed interest in DIY practices (small business, home brewing, vernacular shelter, free schools, hacking) to a surge in hobby methodologies, aesthetics, and materials in culture.

Shannon Stratton travelled from her hometown of Alberta, Canada to Chicago in 2001 to pursue a master's degree in Fiber Art at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC). She subsequently received a master's in contemporary theory in 2008 from the SAIC, where she currently teaches in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism Department as well as the Fiber and Material Studies program. In 2010, Stratton was named one of the top 5 most vital people in the visual arts in Chicago by NewCity. And in 2011, she was a fellow of the NAMAC Visual Arts Leadership Institute and a finalist for the Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Award. Her curatorial projects are wide-ranging and have been presented across the country, including at: The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland; The Glassel School of Art in Houston; and the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. With the Green Lantern Press, she founded and published Phonebook, a guide to contemporary and independent artist-run projects which is now in its third volume.

The Critical Studies Fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art was launched in 2009 in conjunction with the annual Critical Studies academic program. The Fellowship program is designed to respond to the most current intellectual climates within contemporary art, design and architecture. The addition of the one-semester Critical Studies Fellow creates an opportunity for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar, artist, and critic from outside the Cranbrook community.

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 the Critical Studies Fellow. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.



 

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
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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.

The pairings reinstate the challenging dialogue that has characterized Cranbrook since the revolutionary graduate school and museum opened more than 80 years ago. In so doing, No Object is an Island is an analog for Cranbrook Art Museum itself, the renovation of which transcends common notions of museum practice. At Cranbrook, the era of museum collections hidden in remote and dusty storage lockers is over. After the museum’s two-year, $22 million upgrade, the entire collection will now be visible—and accessible—to students, scholars, and visitors. Classes will occur in view of, or actually inside, the museum’s glass-walled vaults, where the art will reside in cabinetry custom-designed to display it exhibition-style at all times. Objects in the galleries will be keyed to additional collections materials readily available for study in a research center within the new 20,000 square-foot Collections Wing. The buildings and their holdings will become one integrated teaching and learning machine, an educational resource like no other.

For Director Gregory Wittkopp, who has guided the museum as its curator or director for 26 years, No Object is an Island is an opportunity to showcase a cross-section of the museum’s permanent collection—including numerous recent “never-before-seen” acquisitions—while also demonstrating its continued relevancy to contemporary practitioners.  “At a moment when most museums would simply trot out their 100 greatest hits, Cranbrook will use its collection to challenge and inspire a new generation of artists and designers and other museum visitors,” says Wittkopp. “While the 20th-century museum saw its mission as preservation, we are leading the charge of 21st-century museums to educate through objects.”

Often called the American Bauhaus, Cranbrook Academy of Art has long been hailed for its prescient embrace of interdisciplinary art and design education. No Object is an Island and the enhanced museum will embody and update that tradition. Nowhere is this more evident than in the exhibition’s unexpected pairings, such as that of Cranbrook’s legendary designer, Harry Bertoia and contemporary metalsmith Dorothea Pruhl.  Here we find Bertoia working not at the expected scale of his iconic furniture or Sound Sculptures but as a jeweler, next to one of Europe’s most influential craftswomen. Or the dialogue between Asymptote Architecture and Eero Saarinen, both of whom have helped redefine the form of architecture and how we model it.  In the case of Asymptote, visitors will see a “fly-through” projection of their award winning, 2011 YAS Hotel in Dubai next to a rare original model of Saarinen’s structurally daring Dulles International Airport.  Separated by half a century of thought and technology, both buildings nevertheless share a tradition of radical form-making (and advanced technology) that are characteristic of Cranbrook’s leading role in contemporary architecture.

No Object is an Island is organized around six themes—Craft, Site, Comfort, Resistance, Process, and Fiction– each of which connotes a period of innovation at Cranbrook Academy of Art and presents a body of work that suggests common points of departure in the pursuit of creative expression and original art.  While “Craft,” for example, reflects the important role that Cranbrook’s founder George Booth played in shaping the American Arts and Crafts movement (giving it physical form through the architecture and collections of Cranbrook), “Process” explores the work of contemporary artists who give physical form to the activity of making.  “Comfort” suggests both the Academy’s role as the cradle of mid-century modernism, as well as the work of contemporary designers who are continuing to challenge and redefine the nature of domestic and work environments. The themes of “No Object” are by no means exhaustive; nor are they meant to be prescriptive. Instead, they offer a starting point for exploring the remarkable influence Cranbrook has had on contemporary creative culture.

No Object is an Island will open on 11-11-11 in conjunction with an eleven-day program of events, lectures, films and performances—during which the museum will be open 11 hours each day—and will run through March 25, 2012. This is the first of many exhibitions that will build on Cranbrook Art Museum’s mission to bridge visual art and design, scholarship and accessibility, tradition and innovation in its programs, and in so doing, document the ongoing creative achievements of the faculty and alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art.


Curators

Gregory Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum, and Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the Art Museum’s Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow, are the co-curators of No Object is an Island.


Publication

Cranbrook Art Museum will publish a fully illustrated catalog in conjunction with this exhibition.  The catalog will include an introductory essay by Gregory Wittkopp with section essays by Emily Zilber (Craft), Jana Cephas (Site), Reed Kroloff (Comfort), Sarah Margolis-Pineo (Resistance), Sarah Turner (Process), and Christopher Ho (Fiction).


Museum Hours and Admission

Cranbrook Art Museum will reopen to the general public on Friday, November 11 from 9pm – Midnight.  During the first 11 days following the Grand Reopening—Saturday, November 12 through Monday, November 21 — the museum will be open daily from 10am - 9pm. A special 11-day membership will be available during this time that will provide unlimited admission to the exhibition and all programs for just $11. From November 22, 2011 through March 25, 2012, regular Art Museum hours will be Wednesdays, 10am – 5pm; Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 8pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 5pm. Regular admission is: $8 for Adults; $6 for Seniors; $4 for Full-time Students with ID; FREE for Children 12 and under. For more information, please call 248-645-3320.


About Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened at its current site in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen’s final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. For more information, please call 248-645-3320, or visit www.cranbrook.edu.


About 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 Cranbrook’s landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which in addition to the Art Museum features private studios and state-of-the art workshops, all a short drive from the 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 the Academy’s 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 call 248-645-3300 or visit www.cranbrookart.edu.


About Cranbrook Educational Community

Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education, and science. George and Ellen Booth founded Cranbrook in the early years of the 20th century with the hope of realizing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement and creating a community where artists could live and work. Their ideas took concrete form when they donated a sizeable portion of their money and much of the estate they had named Cranbrook, to be used as an educational and cultural center. In 1904, the Booths commissioned Albert Kahn to design a house on the property in a style reflecting the American Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1925, Eliel Saarinen was commissioned to begin designing many of the buildings that unfolded throughout the property, with Swedish artist Carl Milles arriving in 1931 to grace the grounds with sculptures and fountains. Over its 107-year history, Cranbrook has earned an international reputation for educational and cultural excellence. The 320-acre historic campus today comprises the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Cranbrook Schools, and other affiliated cultural and educational programs. For more information, please call 248-645-3000 or visit www.cranbrook.edu.



 

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu
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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.


HISTORY OF CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART, "AMERICA'S BAUHAUS"
Founded by newspaper magnate George Gough Booth and his wife Ellen Scripps Booth, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum represent an ongoing educational experiment that the whole Cranbrook Educational Community embodies—"an original and radical plan to integrate all the arts in a perfect ensemble," according to Museum Director Gregory Wittkopp.

Cranbrook Academy of Art has been described as "America's Bauhaus," in recognition of the singular impact the school – one of the nation's leading graduate schools of art, architecture, and design – has as a place of artistic creation. Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Ralph Rapson, and Eero Saarinen created mid-century modernism at Cranbrook. Michael and Katherine McCoy started Product Semantics at the school. Daniel Libeskind, Jun Kaneko, Hani Rashid, Nick Cave, Richard De Vore, Tony Matelli, Niels Diffrient, Ed Fella, John Glick, Duane Hanson, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Lorraine Wild all studied or taught at Cranbrook. Today, the Academy graduates more than 70 young artists and designers each year. The school's faculty of ten Artists-in-Residence are award-winning practitioners in their fields with work exhibited at some the world's most distinguished venues, including the Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, The American Academy of Arts, and many others.

As Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, says, "People may not realize it, but Cranbrook art and design is everywhere. Whether you're sitting in an Eames office chair or riding in a new subway car in New York City, you are experiencing design by Cranbrook graduates [Antenna Design, which created the most recent subway cars, is co-directed by Masamichi Udagawa, a Cranbrook graduate]. The impact of this school on American life is ongoing and profound."

The Art Museum represents the culmination of Booth's plan. The Museum's collection of art and objects includes sculpture, paintings, models and drawings, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, and metalwork, and it is renowned for its variety – with the decorative, applied and fine arts all represented–its depth, and its unrivaled quality. Among the many treasures owned by Cranbrook Art Museum are works by Agnes Martin, Donald Judd, Bridget Riley, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Maija Grotell, Peter Voulkos, Eliel, Eero, Loja and Pipsan Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Florence Knoll, Marianne Strengell, Marshall Fredericks, Carl Milles, Arthur Neville Kirk, Paul Manship, and William Morris.


RENOVATION AND EXPANSION

Designed originally by Eliel and Eero Saarinen (with later buildings by Steven Holl, Lake/Flato, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien), Cranbrook is a National Historic Landmark, located on 320 acres of rolling, wooded landscape approximately 18 miles northwest of downtown Detroit. And, on a campus famous for its architecture, Cranbrook Art Museum is considered one of Eliel Saarinen's masterpieces.

The complete renovation and expansion accomplishes two things, according to Museum Director Wittkopp. "On a fundamental level, we are making a commitment to the infrastructure of the museum by raising Saarinen's masterwork to the standards of 21st-century museum practice, in terms of mechanical systems, lighting, communications, and other technology," he says. "But Cranbrook is, ultimately, a community where art and life are inextricably linked, and we believe that a museum and its collections are important only if they can continue to inspire new generations of artists." To that end, and in keeping with Cranbrook's tradition as a center of educational innovation, the new Collections Wing creates a model that is unprecedented: a museum whose collections in their entirety are visible and accessible. "The Academy has always seen the collection as a critical component of our pedagogy," explains Kroloff. "So we decided early on to create a very different kind of environment for viewing it. Instead of seeing only the fraction of the collection that most museums offer, our students, faculty, and visitors will have access to all 6,000 objects in a way that's never been possible before. Cranbrook Art Museum and its collections will be an integrated teaching environment like no other."

In order to accommodate this program, the building project encompassed two primary aspects: renovating and restoring the original Saarinen museum, and adding the 20,000-square-foot Collections Wing, where much of the collection will be displayed. Creating a conservation environment within the existing building required substantial improvements to achieve current standards for lighting, temperature, and humidity. Restoration of the Saarinen building also included a new roof, windows, and brick repair, as well as the disassembly and rebuilding of the building's famed plazas and ceremonial exterior stairs, which will now include a snow melting system that eliminates the need for destructive winter salting. An original Saarinen-designed coffered gallery lighting system (believed to be the first of its kind, and the forerunner of Eero Saarinen's revolutionary integrated lighting systems at the nearby General Motors Technical Center) was also restored.

The new Collections Wing is located to the northeast of the historic Saarinen museum and houses the new, visible collections spaces, a woodshop, photography studio, loading dock, and a 10'x15' freight elevator to facilitate the transport of artworks within the building. A seminar/conference space is intended for focused instruction regarding the collection. The SmithGroup was the architect for both the restoration and the new building.

The $22 million-project at Cranbrook Art Museum was funded by Cranbrook Educational Community as one of several important restoration projects made possible by a recently completed $181 million Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign. Of this total, the Academy of Art and Art Museum raised nearly $46 million in annual and endowed support for programming, financial aid, faculty support, and new equipment. The $10 million lead gift to the Campaign was received from Maxine and Stuart Frankel and family.


REOPENING EXHIBITION

Since their founding, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cranbrook Art Museum have been committed to catalyzing discourse surrounding cultural production, including art and design theory. The Museum will reopen on November 11, 2011 with an exhibition that will underscore this idea, while firmly establishing the relevance of Cranbrook and its collections today. The opening exhibition will juxtapose selections from the Museum's collection with work by contemporary artists, setting up conversations between the pieces that will cross barriers of time, typology, and theoretical discourse.


About Cranbrook Educational Community

Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education, and science. George and Ellen Booth founded Cranbrook in the early years of the 20th century with the hope of realizing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement and creating a community where artists could live and work. Their ideas took concrete form when they donated a sizeable portion of their money and much of the estate they had named Cranbrook, to be used as an educational and cultural center. In 1904, the Booths commissioned Albert Kahn to design a house on the property in a style reflecting the American Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1925, Eliel Saarinen was commissioned to begin designing many of the buildings that unfolded throughout the property, with Swedish artist Carl Milles arriving in 1931 to grace the grounds with sculptures and fountains. Over its 107-year history, Cranbrook has earned an international reputation for educational and cultural excellence. The 320-acre historic campus today comprises the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Cranbrook Schools, and other affiliated cultural and educational programs.


About Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum, and an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design and architecture. The Art Museum, which was established in 1930 and opened at its current site in 1942, is Eliel Saarinen's final masterwork at Cranbrook. Today, the Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, travel tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year.


About 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 Cranbrook's landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum and 320 acres of forests, lakes, and streams, all a short drive from the 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 the Academy's 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, call us at 248-645-3300 or visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.



 

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu
248-645-3329

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

Bloomfield Hills, MI – 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.”

The 2011 Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award recognizes artistic promise with a grant to study and exhibit in the
Berlin, Germany, and was awarded to Carson Grubaugh, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Painting Department, a native of Modesto, California. The Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award is presented this year for the sixth time, and is a result of the long partnership between Mercedes Benz Financial Services, which maintains its North American Headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The award is presented annually in recognition of a particularly innovative work presented during the Graduate Degree exhibition, which is the thesis show mounted by MFA graduate-candidates of the Academy. The Mercedes award allows talented young artists the opportunity to enter into dialogue with fellow artists in Europe, and further develop their creative capacity during a two month-long residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Before commencing his studies at Cranbrook in 2009, Grubaugh received degrees in both Art and Philosophy from the University of California Berkeley. During the course of his studies, Carson became engaged in the newly emergent Philosophy of Information, and choose to pursue an exploration of these themes through the Painting at Cranbrook. His current work mixes his philosophical interest in information with his personal attraction to occult mysticism.

The $10,000 Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship was awarded to Ryan Clark, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Print Media Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a native of Des Moines, Iowa. 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. She recently created the Toby Fund, to give graduating Master of Fine Arts students at more than 15 schools of art around the country, grants of $10,000 each. As a former curator of the Progressive Collection, Lewis has been known for finding and nurturing young and unknown artists. Clark received his BFA from the University of Iowa. Clark’s studio practice is studio practice originates from an interest in the philosophy of time. This broad concept is explored more selectively, through visual metaphor and atmosphere by utilizing video, photography, electronics and installation. The concept of linear time is of particular interest to me and I have explored it in relation to self-identity and memory, historical/cultural narratives, infinity paradox, and many other approaches.

The Robert Larson Art, Design and Architecture Venture Fund was awarded to Academy students Sonja Dahl (Fiber), Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics) and Rebekah Frank (Metalsmithing). The award recognizes and supports the work of innovative and inspired Academy graduate students. The award was established by Bonnie Larson to celebrate her husband Robert’s 70th birthday. Robert C. Larson, who recently passed away, was a long-time volunteer leader and donor at Cranbrook who 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 2010 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award was presented to Sae Jung Oh, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Oh’s work, currently on display in the 2010 Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum was selected for purchase by the Museum’s governing board and will be accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum. Oh recently was recently awarded first prize in the Design Quest 2011 Furniture Competition for a similar work in her series of jute-based furniture, which consists of everyday objects, wrapped in plant fiber. Iain Thorp, one of the competition judges, praised Jay’s work as, “Wonderfully imaginative, crafted, and conceived. The very tangible, human connection to the use is familiar and yet never seen before.”

Also during the ceremonies it was announced that Brittany Nelson, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Photography Department received the Academy Director’s Award. Nelson, who hails from Montana, came to Cranbrook following her work as an adjunct professor of photography at Montana State where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Photography.

Twenty-eight students, who will continue their second year of studies at the Academy in 2010-2011, were awarded Merit Scholarships in recognition of their talent and for meeting high-academic 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.

Images available upon request.



 

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
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Cranbrook Academy of Art Commencement 2011 Friday, May 6

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.

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.

Images available upon request.




For Immediate Release
April 19, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the Appointment of Jana Cephas
Critical Studies Fellow for Fall 2011


Bloomfield Hills, MI -- Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of scholar Jana Cephas as the Critical Studies Fellow for the 2011-2012 academic year. Operating as a critic at-large at the Academy, Ms. Cephas 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 be invited to meet Jana Cephas and hear about her work during two public lectures at Cranbrook in the fall of 2011.

“While her formal education is in architecture and urbanism, Jana's research while at Harvard has been at the crossroads of art and design,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “We believe her cross disciplinary approach parallels much of the thinking and processes of our students, and we expect her to lead some great conversations and scholarship during her time at the Academy.”

Jana Cephas is currently a PhD candidate in History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape and Urbanism at Harvard University, with secondary studies in the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies. She will complete her dissertation and earn her degree in 2012. Before entering Harvard, Ms. Cephas pursued her education in architecture and urbanism at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy, where she is held in high esteem as a gifted original thinker and as a teacher. She has served as an instructor and guest critic in architectural design and in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her dissertation work is focused on the urbanization of Detroit in the early twentieth-century through examining the metaphors associated with working (class) bodies, modern buildings, and efficient machines.

The Critical Studies Fellowship at Cranbrook Academy of Art was launched in 2009 in conjunction with the annual Critical Studies academic program. The Fellowship program is designed to respond to the most current intellectual climates within contemporary art, design and architecture. The addition of the one-semester Critical Studies Fellow creates an opportunity for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar, artist, and critic from outside the Cranbrook community.

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 the Critical Studies Fellow. For more information, visit us at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

 

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2011
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu


Cranbrook Architect-in-Residence William Massie
Receives the 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture

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



 

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2010
Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu

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

Bloomfield Hills, MI --The Danish Arts Foundation-- Statens Kunstfond -- announced today 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 $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.

"With this three-year working stipend, Ruhwald is hereby given the free space to move in whichever direction he pleases," wrote the Danish Arts Foundation Committee for Design and Craft in the letter to Ruhwald recognizing this honor. "We know that he will keep on moving and relevantly so."

Anders Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. He was born 1974 in Randers, Denmark and graduated in 2005 from the Royal College of Art in London, England. Recent solo exhibitions include “The state of things,” at The Museum of Art and Design in Copenhagen, “You in Between” at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the UK, as well as various gallery shows in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Stockholm, London, Copenhagen, and Brussels. His work is represented in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Crafts Council, The National Museum of Decorative Art (Norway), The National Museum (Sweden), The Swedish Arts Council, The Museum of Art and Design (Denmark) and several other public and private collections around the world. Ruhwald was awarded the Sotheby’s Prize in the United Kingdom in 2007 and the Annie and Otto Detlefs Prize in Denmark in 2005. He lectures regularly and has taught at many universities and colleges throughout Europe and the United States.

Long one of the nation's highest-ranked graduate programs, the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook under the leadership Ruhwald offers a research environment leading students to question the boundaries of the ancient tradition of working in clay through new technologies, practices and theoretical discipline. Ruhwald leads a program that has featured a great heritage of well-known ceramic artists including: Tony Hepburn, Maija Grotel, Toshiko Takeazu, Jun Kaneko, and Richard De Vore.

The Danish Arts Foundation was established in 1964 by the Danish Government. The Foundation's area of activity includes the visual arts,
literature, music, crafts and design, architecture, cinema, and theater, as well as other comparable forms of creative art that do not have other avenues for state support. It has awarded more than DKK 91.4 million in grants and other activities, to artists in its efforts to promote Danish arts. For more information, please visit.


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.

 


 

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2010

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu

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

Bloomfield Hills, MI – 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.

“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.”

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 Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award is being presented this year for the sixth time, and is a result of the long partnership between Daimler Financial Services, which maintains their North American Headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The award is presented annually in recognition of a particularly innovative work presented during the Graduate Degree exhibition, which is the thesis show mounted by MFA graduate-candidates of the Academy. The Daimler award allows talented young artists the opportunity to enter into dialogue with fellow artists in Europe and thus further develop their creative capacity during a two month-long residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. Before commencing her studies at Cranbrook in 2008, Beautyman received a BA in Economics from Carleton College in Minnesota and studied contemporary jewellery at the Alchimia School in Florence, Italy where she will return as Assistant Director and to teach in the fall of 2010.

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. She recently created the Toby Fund, to give graduating Master of Fine Arts students at more than 15 schools of art around the country, grants of $10,000 each. As a former curator of the Progressive Collection, Lewis has been known for finding and nurturing young and unknown artists. Shirley received his BFA in 1993 from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and is a graduate of the Wiley S. Groves High School in Birmingham, MI. He currently resides in Hamtramack, MI.

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 award was established by Bonnie Larson to celebrate her husband Robert’s 70th birthday. Robert C. Larson, who recently passed away, was a long-time volunteer leader and donor at Cranbrook who 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 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). The work will be drawn from Turek’s series entitled “Microstages,” which includes various platforms for performing music.

Also during the ceremonies it was announced that Willie Wayne Smith, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Painting Department was awarded the Academy Director’s Award. Smith, who was born in Limbe, Haiti, came to Cranbrook from New York following his work with the artist Mickalene Thomas.

2010 Fulbright Grant recipient 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.

Twenty eight students, who will continue their second year of studies at the Academy in 2010-2011, were awarded Merit Scholarships in recognition of their talent and for meeting high academic standards during the past year. Merit Scholarships at the Academy are supported by gifts and independent sponsors that include 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.

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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2010

Contact: Stephen Pagnani, 248-645-3224
SPagnani@cranbrook.edu

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

Bloomfield Hills, MI -- 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.

The Critical Studies Teaching Fellow position at Cranbrook Academy of Art was launched in 2009 in conjunction with the annual Critical Studies academic program. The program is developed each year to respond to the most current intellectual climates within contemporary art, design and architecture.  The addition of the one-semester Critical Studies Teaching Fellowship creates an opportunity for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar, artist and critic from outside the Cranbrook community.

 “This Fellowship position is envisioned as one with a general, rather than a specific portfolio; a wandering critic whose role it is to engender spirited critical engagement and conversation,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.  “The Fellowship offers a challenge, but also offers a chance to experience teaching in its purest form.”
 
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium at Cranbrook Institute of Science, Ho will present his first public lecture, “Curating.” As the Critical Studies Fellow, Ho will present two public lectures during the fall 2010 semester (see schedule below) and he will also conduct a series of discussion sessions with Academy students. His theme for the semester lectures and discussions is “Critical Curating and Contemporary Modes of Collaboration," which he says will “look at how both practices demand, and allow for, subtle, even paradoxical, combinations of theory and practice”

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Founded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is acknowledged world wide as a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. This independent degree-granting institution offers an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. Master's of Fine Arts degrees are offered in nine disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and  Sculpture and a Master's of Architecture degree. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science.  Cranbrook is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is comprised of the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the web site at www.cranbrookart.edu.

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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

 



Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science present North American Début
“Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change”
January 31- June, 13, 2010
As part of Artology: the Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook 

 
 
Bloomfield Hills, MI ---"Cape Farewell – Art & Climate Change"  -- the second exhibition in the series Artology: the Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook --explores the most challenging environmental issue of this century and is making its North American début at Cranbrook Institute of Science on January 31, 2010.
 
Created by the artist David Buckland in 2001, the Cape Farewell project is widely acknowledged to be the most significant sustained artistic response to climate change anywhere in the world. “Art & Climate Change” brings together specially commissioned work from the artists who have voyaged with Cape Farewell on the 100 year-old sailing schooner, the Noorderlicht.  Over the course of three expeditions in 2003, 2004 and 2005, the artists traveled to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago in the Artic. Inspired by the work of the on-board climate scientists and having experienced the effects of climate change in this cruel but fragile environment, each of the artists has responded in a unique way.
 
Internationally renowned artists with work in the “Cape Farewell” exhibition include: Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, Kathy Barber, David Buckland, Peter Clegg, Siobhan Davies, Gautier Deblonde, Max Eastley, Nick Edwards, Antony Gormley, Alex Hartley, Michele Noach, and Rachel Whiteread. Through images, sound, sculpture, dance and the power of the word, their work expresses the wonder of nature together with the drama of destruction. A truly collective endeavor, the “Cape Farewell” exhibition engages and inspires audiences to participate in our shared future. The common message of the exhibition is that while we mourn the loss of our natural environment, we still are inspired to create and change the way we live in a bid to
save it.
 
In its North American première at Cranbrook, “Cape Farewell” already has had substantial success at international venues, seeing attendance of over a quarter of a million people at Natural History Museum in London and over 45,000 at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo.
 
Cranbrook Institute of Science has developed a complementary exhibit entitled “The Changing Earth,” to enhance the Cape Farewell experience. Covering the history of large-scale environmental changes as recorded in ice and sediment cores from Antarctica, Greenland and the glacial landscape of southeast Michigan, a special component of this exhibition about abrupt climate change examines the fate of the extinct American Mastodon community. Fossils from the Institute’s collections and other local Universities, as well as artifacts of Paleo-Indian mastodon hunters found in southeast Michigan, are featured. Visitors will have the opportunity to do their own analysis of a sediment core and directly examine rocks and fossils that tell the story of past climate shifts. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an assessment of the human footprint on planet Earth and how, for the first time in Earth’s history, humanity has emerged as a major agent of large-scale climate and environmental change and--closer to home--how global warming could affect the Great Lakes. A live and extinct fossil reef display in the exhibition emphasizes how climate change and human activity are pushing modern coral reefs to extinction.
 
“Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change,” is the second exhibition in the Artology series collaborative between Cranbrook Institute of Science and Cranbrook Art Museum. Artology focuses on creating visual and experiential examples of the ways in which art and science frequently parallel or complement each other and offers exhibits and related lectures, films, and field trips that simultaneously immerse museum visitors in the arts and the sciences. While Cranbrook Art Museum is closed to the public for construction, art exhibitions at the Institute will be paired with related topical scientific artifacts, objects and specimens from the Institute’s collection to illustrate the Artology concept. A Cranbrook-designed Artology logo visually designates related events and activities.
 
The following series of lectures and special events will enrich the Cape Farewell and Changing Earth experience:
 
Opening day features a lecture by Dr. David M. Harwood, Department of Geosciences and ANDRILL Science Management Office University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who will present “Drilling Back to the Uncertain Future: The Andrill Project” on Sun., Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. This project involves more than 300 scientists, technicians, educators and students who have drilled two research holes in Antarctica both reaching a depth of more than 1,100 meters beneath the sea-floor.
 
On Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m., Henry Pollack Ph. D., University of Michigan Professor and co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore will discuss his research and the potential consequences we face as ice masses disappear. Pollack will sign his book A World Without Ice following the lecture.
 
Artology Family Day: Cape Farewell on Sunday, March 7 from 1-4 p.m. offers family fun for lovers of both art and science! This event focuses on themes found in “Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change,” and includes family tours of the exhibition and hands-on art-making activities led by Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate students.
 
David Buckland, Artist and Director/Curator of Cape Farewell, will present “Burning Ice: Art and Climate Change” on Tuesday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Buckland’s lens-based works have been exhibited in galleries in London, Paris and New York and collected by numerous museums. Buckland will discuss the creation of the Cape Farewell project.
 
All Artology lectures and events are free with admission or Membership at Cranbrook Institute of Science or Cranbrook Art Museum.  
 
For more information about the Cape Farewell expeditions, visit www.capefarewell.com.
 
Cape Farewell – Art & Climate Change runs January 31 through June 13, 2010 and is free with admission.
 
Artology exhibits, lectures and related events are sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, The Erb Family Foundation and the MASCO Corporation Foundation.
 
Cranbrook Art Museum is building for the future! In December 2008 we started a construction project that will result in the complete renovation of our landmark 1942 Eliel Saarinen-designed museum, including the installation of climate control and the addition of a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing. During construction, our galleries will be closed through Spring 2011 and we are collaborating with Cranbrook Institute of Science to present a pioneering year of collaborative exhibitions and programming called Artology, which showcases the work of artists whose practices intersect with science at a fundamental level. 
 
Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook Institute of Science is open daily 10am-5pm with extended hours on Friday until 10pm. Museum admission is $9.50 adults, $7.50 children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members admitted free. Friday evening admission 5-10pm, $5.50 Adults, $4.50 children ages 2-12 and seniors 65+, children under 2 and Members are free.  Planetarium and bat program tickets are $4 general admission; $3 for CIS and OBC members; $1 for children under 2.  Non-members must also pay museum admission. For more information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science call 248 645.3200 or visit http://science.cranbrook.edu.
 
 “Cape Farewell: Art and Climate Change” was created in partnership with the Natural History Museum, London, where it was presented in 2006, following Cape Farewell’s first three expeditions to Spitsbergen and the Svalbard Archipelago in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Within the UK, the exhibition toured to the Liverpool Biennial of Visual Arts, The Sage Gateshead and the Bodleian Library Oxford. In 2007 “Art and Climate Change” toured to the Kampnagel Cultural Complex in Hamburg, in partnership with the British Council.  With its opening at the Fundacion Canal, Madrid, the exhibition embarked on a world tour with Barbican Touring Arts.
 
The international tour of the exhibition is supported by the Natural History Museum, London, and the Arts Council England.  The exhibition was organized by Barbican International Enterprises, London.  The Barbican Centre is provided by the City of London Corporation as part of its contribution to the cultural life of London and the nation.

 


 

AXA Art Insurance Corporation and Cranbrook Academy of Art announce collaboration

New York - October 26, 2009 - AXA Art, the worlds leading fine art insurance specialist and Cranbrook Academy of Art announced a creative collaboration. Under the terms of the relationship, AXA Art has commissioned the prestigious art academy to conceptualize, design and create a 21st Century experiential environment to be installed in the AXA Art lounge at Art Basel Miami Beach 2009. The space will serve as a respite, where the company will host its collector clients and guests in attendance at the fair.

President and CEO of AXA Art’s North American operations, Christiane Fischer noted: “We are extremely enthusiastic about AXA Art’s alliance with the venerable Cranbrook Academy of Art and look forward to sharing the creative results with attendees to Art Basel Miami Beach, which continues to be recognized as one of the most important art market events on the international calendar”.

The Cranbrook design-build team, lead byfour of the Academy’s s artists-in-residence, includes Beverly Fishman, Elliott Earls, William Massie, and Heather McGill. AXA Art requested that they use The Thrill of Creating as inspiration and consider modernity, functionality and innovation while transforming the lounge space. Elements of the installation will employ design and lighting disciplines, consisting of undulating, pixilated walls constructed out of laser-cut cardboard over a steel armature, layered with applied patterns. Moving patterns will be projected onto the walls and LCD displays running video loops will also be employed. In addition to the ambient light created by the various projectors and displays, lighting design will be used to further shape the space. Seating for fifteen will be provided out of the same laser-cut cardboard over steel armature”.

”We’re delighted to be working with a company that has taken such a strong position in supporting art and design and look forward to bringing Cranbrook’s unique and renowned creative energy to Art Basel Miami 2009,” says Reed Kroloff. Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.


Visit AXA Art in the Collector’s Lounge

Attendees to Art Basel Miami Beach 2009 are invited to visit AXA Art in the Collector’s Lounge. There will be opportunities to engage the artists in residence from Cranbrook Academy of Art on the design elements of the installation.


Expertise on hand at the fair

Art insurance is one of the main business activities that help the art market thrive. And, with more than 40 years of experience as a fine art insurance specialist; AXA Art is among the forefront of businesses that helps the art world move. Protecting the economic and emotional investments of collectors through art insurance products and services is AXA Art’s only business focus. The company’s business models calls for assisting clients in all aspects of collection management.

Members of AXA Art’s senior management from its international offices, as well as its in-house Fine Art Experts, underwriting and business development representatives will be available at the lounge to answer questions or concerns on collecting and insuring cultural artifacts. In addition to their own proficiency, they work in tandem with a global network of art industry experts and can offer access to expertise on packing, shipping, storage, loss prevention, disaster recovery and restoration.


VIP Guided Tours

As the official provider of VIP guided tours of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, AXA Art’s fine art experts will conduct tours of the fair in English, French and German. VIP card holders and members of the press may arrange booking for a guided tour by contacting – Brian Shannon BShannon@axa-art-usa.com, Telephone: (312) 469-5156. Participants will be introduced to treasures, rare objects and sensations on exhibition.


About Cranbrook Academy of Art

Founded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is acknowledged world wide as a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. This independent degree-granting institution offers an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. Master's of Fine Arts degrees are offered in nine disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture and a Master's of Architecture degree. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science. Cranbrook is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is comprised of the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the web site at www.cranbrookart.edu.


About AXA Art

International reach, unrivalled competence and a high quality network of expert partners distinguishes AXA Art, the only art insurance specialist in the world, from its generalist property insurance competitors. Over the past 40 years and well into the future, AXA Art has and will continue to redefine the manner in which it serves and services its museum, gallery, collector and artist clients, across Asia, America and Europe, with a sincere consideration of the way valuable objects are insured and cultural patrimony is protected. For more information visit www.axa-art.com




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.

Ruhwald was born in Denmark, and was educated at the Glass and Ceramics School in Bornholm, Denmark, and the Royal College of Art in London. In March of 2009, Ruhwald received a $30,000 grant from Danish Arts Foundation. He was awarded the Sotheby Prize from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2007. In 2005, he received the Anni and Otto Detlefs Award for young, experimental ceramic artists from the Museum of Art and Design in Denmark, and in 2002, he was awarded first place in the Danish Biennale for Craft and Design. Ruhwald's work is also represented in the permanent collections of: The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Swedish National Museum; The Danish Museum of Art and Design; and The National Museum of Decorative Arts, Norway.

Long one of the nation's highest-ranked graduate programs, the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook under the leadership Ruhwald offers a research environment leading students to question the boundaries of the ancient tradition of working in clay through new technologies, practices and theoretical discipline. Ruhwald leads a program that has featured a great heritage of well-known ceramic artists including: Tony Hepburn, Maija Grotel, Toshiko Takeazu, Jun Kaneko, and Richard De Vore.

About Cranbrook Academy of Art:
Founded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country's top-ranked independent, preeminent graduate level school of art, design, and architecture. Offering an intense studio-based experience, artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture, and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. The program offers both Master of Fine Arts degrees are offered in nine disciplines including: 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture and a Master of Architecture degrees. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science. Cranbrook Educational Community is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and comprises the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the web site at www.cranbrookart.edu.

 


 

Art Critic and Scholar Lane Relyea Appointed Critical Studies Teaching Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI -- Cranbrook Academy of Art brings creative talents together in unexpected ways. 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.
 
“The Critical Studies Fellow is envisioned as one with a general, rather than a specific portfolio, whose role it is to engender spirited engagement and conversation,” says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.  “The Fellowship will be a challenge, but also a pleasure, teaching in its purest form.”
 
A well-respected critic and writer, Relyea will be in residing on campus during the Fall 2009 semester. Relyea is currently Associate Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Since 1985, he has written for magazines and journals including:  Art Journal, Art in America, Artforum, Afterall, Frieze and Parkett. He has also published monographs on the artists Polly Apfelbaum, Richard Artschwager, Jeremy Blake, Vija Celmins, Toba Khedoori, Monique Prieto and Wolfgang Tillmans among others. Relyea has contributed to exhibition catalogs for “Helter Skelter” and “Public Offerings.” He has delivered lectures at New York's Museum of Modern Art, Harvard University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Before his appointment at Northwestern in 2002, he spent a decade teaching at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and he also served at the Director of the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. His book D.I.Y. Culture Industry is forthcoming from MIT Press.
 
The Critical Studies Teaching Fellow position will benefit the Academy by creating an opportunity for students to have a sustained and active role in exploring the ideas of a noted scholar and critic from outside the Cranbrook community over the course of one-full semester. The Academy faculty will also gain through important dialog in this peer-to-peer program. In addition to conducting lectures, workshops and participating in occasional departmental critiques, the Fellow will pursue his own research while in residence. 
 
On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm in deSalle Auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, Relyea will present the lecture, “When Exhibition Sites Become Scenes.” As the Critical Studies Fellow, Relyea will present two more public lectures during the fall 2009 semester (see schedule below).  His theme for the semester lectures and discussions is “D.I.Y Culture: Signifying Practices, Social Networks and Other Instrumentalizations of Everyday Art,” which he says will “stress an analysis of network structures as today’s privileged means of organizing not only the art world but art itself…namely their horizontal, multidirectional and reciprocal capacity.” 
 
 
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Founded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is acknowledged world wide as a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. This independent degree-granting institution offers an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. Master's of Fine Arts degrees are offered in nine disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture and a Master's of Architecture degree. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science.  Cranbrook is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and is comprised of the Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the web site at www.cranbrookart.edu.
 
Lane Relyea Visiting Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art 2009 Lecture Dates
 
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
6:00 pm
deSalle Auditorium
“When Exhibition Sites Become Scenes”
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
6:00 pm
deSalle Auditorium
“From Spectacular Commodities to Bricolaged Objects”
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
6:00 pm
deSalle Auditorium
“Cosmopolitans and Nomads: The (Net)work of Art in the Age of Compulsory Circulation”


 

2009 Fellowships and Grants Awarded at Academy Awards Night
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. The Emerging Artist Award was created by Daimler Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 to honor a particularly innovative work by a graduate the Academy. The winner of the Award is selected from among the graduates across all disciplines at the Academy by a jury of curators. Award winners in previous years have been Mark Moskowitz (2005), Andrew Simsak (2006), Marty McElveen and Dharmesh Patel (2007), Annica Cupatelli (2008). Ostrowski will travel to Berlin, Germany for a two-month full-supported residency in the Fall of 2009 that includes the use of a car, apartment and living stipend.

Seth Papac, graduating from the Metalsmithing Department, was awarded the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. This fellowship was established in 2006 by the Toby Fund, a private foundation started by the philanthropist, art collector, author and curator Toby Devan Lewis, to foster creativity in the arts, education, health, environment, and the development of progressive institutions. The fellowship is intended to help a promising graduate student in the visual arts transition form graduate school to professional artistic practice. Academy Award winners to date have been David Duncan Hendren (2008), Tara Pelletier and Jeff Kurosaki (2007).

Drew Ippolitti a student in the Ceramics Department received a 2009 Fulbright award to study in China. The Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries and has provided over 285,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in each others' countries and exchange ideas. Since 1990, Cranbrook Academy of Art students have been recognized with more than 20 Fulbright awards, and the Academy stands out for one of the highest per capita producers of Fulbrights in the country.

 


 

 

Andy Warhol Photographing SuSu Sosnick, Paris, September 1981.

Photograph by Robert Sosnick; Photography Courtesy of SuSu Sosnick.

 

For Immediate Release
September 5, 2008

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, 248-645-3329

Cranbrook Art Museum presents Andy Warhol: Grand Slam
With more than 200 signature works by the celebrated pop artist
Opening October 19, 2008
Press Interviews with Warhol Associate and Collector—Richard Weisman
Friday, October 10, 2008
Press Exhibition Previews October 13-17, 2008

Bloomfield Hills, MI-- Exclusive to Cranbrook Art Museum, the retrospective “Andy Warhol: Grand Slam,” brings together more than 200 signature works spanning all areas of his practice from the 1960s until his death in 1987 — paintings, photographs, prints and films. “Andy Warhol: Grand Slam,” opens to the public on Sunday, October 19 and will run through January 11, 2009.

One of the most influential and important artists of the late-twentieth century and the figurehead of Pop art, Andy Warhol created some of the most recognizable images of modern culture. The exhibition includes the recent gift to Cranbrook Art Museum of 150 photographs previously held by the Andy Warhol Foundation; his important Athlete Series from the Collection of Richard Weisman; and Warhol’s famous screen printed works including the iconic Campbell’s soup cans and Electric Chair Series as well the later works Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century and Endangered Species. The exhibition also will provide insight on Warhol’s career as a maker of art through the presentation of a new film by the artist each week in the Center Gallery at Cranbrook Art Museum.

“Grand Slam” focuses on the ten paintings that comprise The Athletes Series from the collection of Richard Weisman.  On request from Weisman, an extremely important collector of modern and contemporary art and longtime friend of the artist, between 1977 and 1979 Warhol created paintings of ten of the greatest sports figures of the late 1980s, including Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, and Chris Evert.  Weisman will be at the opening of “Andy Warhol: Grand Slam” to lecture on his experiences as a patron and friend of Warhol’s, as well as to sign copies of his book Picasso to Pop: The Richard Weisman Collection. The general public may purchase tickets for the lecture, book signing, and reception on Friday, October 10 for $10 at Cranbrook Art Museum’s Front Desk.

In 2001, Cranbrook Art Museum received an extraordinary gift of the Dr. John and Rose M. Shuey Collection of modern and contemporary art, which included one painting from The Athletes Series that may already be familiar to local audiences: an image of the Brazilian soccer star Pelé.  Cranbrook Art Museum’s current presentation of The Athletes Series unites this work with the other nine paintings from the series, showcasing in full Warhol’s uncanny ability as a portraitist of contemporary personalities. 

“Grand Slam” also celebrates the gift of over 150 photographs previously held by the Andy Warhol Foundation to Cranbrook Art Museum.  These images, many of which were taken using a Polaroid camera, showcase Warhol’s use of the camera as a compositional aid for the creation of prints and paintings, including Warhol’s portrait of Pelé from The Athletes Series.  They also provide a glimpse into the avant-garde world of downtown New York through images of Warhol’s intriguing social circle, including such personalities as Julian Schnabel, Jerry Hall, Buzz Aldrin, Lou Reed, and Carolina Herrera. 

Cranbrook Art Museum will also present an unprecedented look into Warhol’s process working as an artist through a presentation of two large paintings of Susu Sosnick, a local collector, alongside snapshots by Sosnick’s husband Robert that document Warhol at work on his preparatory photographs for the paintings. The exhibition also includes two polaroids that Warhol took of Mrs. Sosnick in his apartment in Paris in September 1981.

 

Grand Slam finally, demonstrates the richness of Warhol’s famous screen printed works in regional collections.  Cranbrook Art Museum will feature four important print series by Warhol, including both well-known early works and later treasures.  Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup I” (1968) and “Electric Chair Series”(1965) helped to establish the artist as an American pop icon.  Subsequent works such as Warhol’s “Endangered Species Series” (1983) and “Ten Jews of the Twentieth Century” (1980) suggest the artist’s continuing fascination with serial images, celebrity, and the power of art to both affirm and question cultural myths and ideas.

The final component of “Andy Warhol: Grand Slam” focuses on Warhol’s extraordinary career as a maker of art and narrative films.  For the duration of the exhibition, Cranbrook Art Museum will present a veritable Warhol film festival, showcasing a new film by the artist every week.  Highlights include both classic Warhol films such as, lesser seen gems like Mrs. Warhol, Sunset, and Paul Swan, and screen tests of personalities such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Lou Reed and Cass Elliot (Mama Cass) shot at Warhol’s Factory studio in New York.  Many of the figures who grace Warhol’s films are also subjects of his photography.  Cranbrook Art Museum’s unique display of works in both media allows the viewer to draw parallels between Warhol the filmmaker and Warhol the photographer.

In addition to works from The Andy Warhol Museum and Cranbrook Art Museum Collection, the exhibition includes loans from: the Grand Rapids Art Museum; and the private collections of Robert and Lisa Katzman, Marc Schwartz, Susu Sosnick, and Richard Weisman.

CRANBROOK ART MUSEUM: GENERAL INFORMATION

MUSEUM HOURS

Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; 4th Friday of each month, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and selected holidays, including Thanksgiving Day.

ADMISSION FEES AND LOCATION

Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum are located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Enter on the west side of Woodward Avenue between Lone Pine and Long Lake Roads. Free parking is available adjacent to the Art Museum and in the parking deck, located between Cranbrook Art Museum and Cranbrook Institute of Science. Museum admission is free for ArtMembers@Cranbrook. General admission for the Grand Slam: Andy Warhol exhibition is: $10 adults; $5 teens and full-time students with ID; children 12 and under are admitted free with adult admission. For more information, please call 1-877-GO-CRANBrook (1-877-462-7262) or visit the website at www.cranbrook.edu.

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Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2008

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, 248-645-3329

Cranbrook Academy of Art Appoints Liz Cohen as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department

Bloomfield Hills, MI -- Following a national search, Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Cohen as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department effective July 25, 2008. Cohen is a photographer and performance artist who is noted for her recent "Bodywork" project to transform an East German 1987 Trabant automobile into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino. Long one of the nation's highest-ranked graduate programs, the Photography Department at Cranbrook under the leadership Cohen will focus on non-traditional and interdisciplinary methodologies, mirroring the nature of contemporary art practices.

“We are pleased to welcome Liz Cohen to the Academy as its newest Artist-in-Residence. Many thanks go to the search committee, students and faculty for their dedication and conviction in holding up the standards of the Academy’s graduate programs and highly recommending the appointment of Liz,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “She is a talented and committed artist whose critical engagement with photography, studio work, exhibition activities and respect for the reciprocal relationship between the artist-teacher and artist-student will be important in leading the department into the future.”

“I am looking forward to continuing an intensive studio practice in conjunction with a full teaching career at Cranbrook,” said Liz Cohen. “Given the high caliber of the students and the Academy’s distinct teaching model, I am extremely interested honored to be appointed as the Artist-in-Residence.”


Liz Cohen holds an MFA in photography from The California College of Arts and Crafts, now, California College of the Arts, where she has taught. Cohen grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and received a BA from Tufts University in Philosophy. She also received a BFA in studio art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cohen’s honors include a Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts, and a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant, among others. Her work has been exhibited around the globe including galleries and institutions in Paris, Budapest, Brussels, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

About Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent two-year Masters of Fine Arts program in fine arts, design and architecture in the country. Today, with more than 4,00 alumni, the Academy enrolls 150 graduate students from throughout the United States and 35 countries in ten disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. Students experience an intense, studio-based, self-directed study of their artistic discipline in an extraordinary, national-landmark campus setting designed by Finnish architectural master Eliel Saarinen. Each student defines and develops his or her own master’s degree project, with the guidance of the Department Head/ Artist-in-Residence. During the year, the Academy also hosts prominent and accomplished artists, critics, and educators to its campus. Included within the Academy is Cranbrook Art Museum, which offers world-class temporary exhibitions and houses a collection of art objects documenting the contribution of Cranbrook to the history of art, design and architecture as well as the latest in contemporary art. For more information go to, www.cranbrookart.edu.

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Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2008

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, 248-645-3329

Cranbrook Academy of Art Appoints Sarah Turner as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

Bloomfield Hills, MI –Following a national search, Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Turner as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, effective July 15, 2008. In this position, Turner will focus on academic programs and recruitment for the Academy’s graduate programs in fine art, design and architecture.


“We are honored to welcome Sarah Turner to the Academy as an integral member of my leadership team. Many thanks go to the search committee, students and faculty for their dedicated efforts in seeking the perfect fit, which they found in Sarah,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “Sarah will be instrumental in developing and leading academic programming for our students as well as marketing the Academy to our potential students.”
“I’m delighted to be joining the Academy at this pivotal time in the school’s history,” said Turner. “I hope to offer students a more active role in shaping their intellectual experience and I plan to work with the Artists-in-Residence to recruit the highest-quality applicants for the Academy’s programs.”


Turner comes to the Academy following three years serving as a faculty member in the graduate programs at Rhode Island School of Design and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She began her career in arts administration at Oregon College of Art & Craft where she served as Admissions Director, after receiving a Certificate in Metalsmithing.
Turner received a Masters in Fine Arts Degree in 2005 from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metalsmithing, and a B.A. Sociology in 1993 from Smith College. Following two years of study at the Academy, Turner was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2005 to the Netherlands to conduct research in the field of Dutch contemporary jewelry. In association with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, she produced the exhibition “Long Strides In Tiny Shoes” that opened in Amsterdam in May, 2005. Turner has lectured about her own work as well as Dutch and American contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing both nationally and in Europe.

About Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent two-year Masters of Fine Arts program in fine arts, design and architecture in the country. Today, with more than 4,00 alumni, the Academy enrolls 150 graduate students from throughout the United States and 35 countries in ten disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. Students experience an intense, studio-based, self-directed study of their artistic discipline in an extraordinary, national-landmark campus setting designed by Finnish architectural master Eliel Saarinen. Each student defines and develops his or her own master’s degree project, with the guidance of the Department Head/ Artist-in-Residence. During the year, the Academy also hosts prominent and accomplished artists, critics, and educators to its campus. Included within the Academy is Cranbrook Art Museum, which offers world-class temporary exhibitions and houses a collection of art objects documenting the contribution of Cranbrook to the history of art, design and architecture as well as the latest in contemporary art. For more information go to, www.cranbrookart.edu.

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Ander Ruhwald

Anders Ruhwald

For Immediate Release
June 16, 2008

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, 248-645-3329

Cranbrook Academy of Art Appoints New Head of Ceramics Danish-artist Anders Ruhwald to Lead Graduate Program

Bloomfield Hills, MI –Cranbrook Academy of Art has named the leading Danish ceramic artist Anders Ruhwald as its new Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department.  Long one of the nation's highest-ranked graduate programs, the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook under the leadership of Ruhwald will offer a research environment leading students to question the boundaries of the ancient tradition of working in clay through new technologies, practices and theoretical discipline. Ruhwald joins a program with a remarkable heritage of well-known ceramic artists including: Tony Hepburn, Maija Grotell, Toshiko Takeazu, Jun Kaneko and Richard De Vore.

Anders Ruhwald is a London-based Danish artist best known for his conceptual work. He is a brilliant and skilled craftsman and talented sculptor whose practice revolves around a very direct, hands-on engagement with clay. Ruhwald was born in Denmark and educated at the Glass and Ceramics School in Bornholm, Denmark and the Royal College of Art in London. He was awarded the Sotheby Prize from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2007.  In 2005, he received the Anni and Otto Johannes Detlef’s Award for young, experimental ceramic artists from the Museum of Art and Design in Denmark, and in 2002, he was awarded first place in the Danish Biennale for Craft and Design. Ruhwald’s work is also represented in the permanent collections of: The Victoria and Albert Museum; The Swedish National Museum; The Danish Museum of Art and Design; and The National Museum of Decorative Arts, Norway, to name just a few. Ruhwald will begin as Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art in July, 2008.

“We welcome Anders Ruhwald to our celebrated Academy faculty, who are all in their own right internationally renowned artists, as well as highly dedicated teachers, researchers and mentors,” said Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. ”The faculty and students at Cranbrook represent a community of artists that has been at the forefront of art and design time and time again.”

The Academy’s ceramics program enrolls 15 graduate students with a wide range of backgrounds.  All applicants accepted into the program have a Bachelors of Arts degree or equivalent foreign degree.  A significant number are practicing artists who chose to attend graduate school to further their knowledge and professional/ teaching opportunities.  Other students in the program come from the related fields of sculpture and the fine arts. 

The two-year Masters of Fine Arts program at Cranbrook Academy of Art enrolls 140 students in nine disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. They experience an intense, studio-based, self-directed study of their artistic discipline in an extraordinary, national-landmark campus setting designed by Finnish architectural master Eliel Saarinen. Each student defines and develops his or her own master’s degree project, with the guidance of the Department Head/ Artist-in-Residence.  Upon successful completion of the course of study, each student presents a thesis project in a group exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. 

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For Immediate Release
May 30, 2008

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum,

248-645-3329

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces 2008 Awards for Excellence in the Arts

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at the Academy Awards ceremony on Thursday night. The recipients of six distinguished awards for artistic excellence and Merit Scholarships were announced at the Cranbrook Art Museum in an event that also recognized the accomplishments of retiring faculty members Tony Hepburn and Carl Toth. Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently named the country’s top graduate-only Masters of Fine Arts program by US News and World Report in the 2009 edition of  “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

“We are a small school with a unique program, but Cranbrook remains a driving force in contemporary art, architecture, 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 important support of donors and corporate support -- our exceptional program and students.”

The 2008 Daimler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award, which recognizes artistic promise with a grant to study and exhibit in the Berlin, Germany during the month of October, was awarded to Annica Cuppetelli, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Fiber Department and a resident of Royal Oak, Michigan.  The Daimler Emerging Artist Award is being presented this year for the fourth time, and is a result of the long partnership between Daimler Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The award is presented annually in recognition of a particularly innovative work presented during the Graduate Degree exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, which is the thesis show mounted by MFA graduate-candidates of the Academy. The Daimler award allows talented young artists the opportunity to enter into dialogue with fellow artists in Europe and thus further develop their creative capacity during a month-long residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.

The Tony Devan Lewis Fellowship was awarded to David Duncan Hendren, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a native of Arkansas. 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. She recently created the Toby Fund, to give graduating Master of Fine Arts students at more than 15 schools of art around the country grants of $10,000 each. As a former curator of the Progressive Collection, Lewis has been known for finding and nurturing young and unknown artists.

The Robert Larson Art, Design and Architecture Venture Fund was awarded to Aaron Peterman, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Sculpture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a resident of Bloomfield Hills. The award recognizes and supports the work of an innovative and inspired Academy graduate student. Peterman’s work features wallpaper, floor and ceiling treatments accompanied by sculptural elements to create dimensional environments. The award was established by Bonnie Larson to celebrate her husband Robert’s 70th birthday. Robert C. Larson is a long-time volunteer leader and donor at Cranbrook who has served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2002. Her was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy and Art Museum from 1986-2000.

The 2008 Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award was presented to David Lambert, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and a resident of Troy, Michigan. Lambert’s work, currently on display in the Graduate Degree Exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum, was selected for purchase by the Museum’s governing board and will be accessioned into the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum. The work includes a series of photographs and objects about the current state of the environment. 

Also during the ceremonies it was announced that Kimberly Faler, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Sculpture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art and resident of Amherst, Massachusetts, has been awarded the prestigious grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Faler was one of only 20 contemporary painters and sculptors to receive the $25,000 award, which is granted annually through nominators in the arts community selected from across the country. Faler was also the recipient this year of the Fulbright Grant. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945. Chosen for academic merit and leadership potential, the Fulbright will allow Faler to continue her study in Brazil during 2008-2009.

The celebrated Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department Tony Hepburn is retiring after 16 years at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Hepburn is an internationally recognized artist who has received many awards for his work including: The Distinguished Koopman Fine Arts Chair from Hartford University, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two New York Council on the Arts Fellowships, and the Gold Medal at the Faenza Ceramics Biennale, Faenza, Italy. His work is in many private collections around the world. Including the: Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.  Hepburn was educated at the Camberwell College of Art and London University. Prior to coming to Cranbrook, Hepburn was Professor of Ceramics and Head of the Division of Art and Design at the New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Carl Toth, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, is retiring after more than 30 years at the Academy. In 2006, Toth was named Educator of the Year by the Society of Photographic Education. Toth joined the Academy in 1992 and was instrumental in the education of more than 300 graduates of the Photography Department. His work can be found in the permanent collections of many museums both here and abroad including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture. 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. Carl Milles, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, Maija Grotell, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Daniel Libeskind and numerous other Cranbrook artists have had a major impact on the art, design, and architecture of our time. Further information is available on the Internet at www.cranbrookart.edu.

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For Immediate Release
April 4, 2008

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Cranbrook Grabs Top Honors in US News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools”

Renowned Art Academy—home to Bertoia, Eames, Knoll and Saarinen—sustains its record as a leader in the arts

Bloomfield Hills, MI— 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, 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 US News 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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community, which includes primary and secondary schools, museums, and a science institute on its 320 acre campus in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2008

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


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI- (February 25, 2008) --- 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.

"Knoll is honored to make this gift to Cranbrook," says Andrew Cogan, CEO of Knoll. "Since our founding in 1938 by Florence Schust and Hans Knoll, our commitment to innovation and modern design has evolved through very direct ties to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, whose alumni and faculty have contributed to our success."

Knoll is headquartered in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. The company's large portfolio of products are exhibited in major art museums, with more than 40 pieces in the permanent Design Collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York. While a student at the Cranbrook Kingswood School, Florence Knoll Bassett (neé Schust) became a protegée of Eero Saarinen, whose work the company still produces. In addition to the long collaboration with Saarinen, Knoll has commissioned work from a long list of noted Cranbrook Academy of Art faculty and graduates, including, Harry Bertoia, Niels Diffrient, Michael McCoy, Hani Rashid, Ralph Rapson, Marianne Strengell, and Masamichi Udagaw.

"The shared legacy of Knoll and Cranbrook is nothing short of the re-invention of the American workplace," says Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. "This gift memorializes that relationship, supports the unique environment that made it possible, and ensures that the Cranbrook Academy of Art will remain at the forefront of design innovation."

About Knoll
Since 1938, Knoll has been recognized internationally for creating workplace and residential furnishings that inspire, evolve and endure. Today, Knoll's commitment to modern design, understanding of the workplace and dedication to sustainable design has yielded a unique portfolio of products that respond and adapt to changing needs. Knoll is aligned with the U.S. Green Building Council and can help companies, healthcare organizations and educational institutions achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) workplace certification. Knoll is the contract furniture industry's first member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX®) and is the founding sponsor of the World Monuments Fund Modernism at Risk program.

About Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum
Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum is acknowledged world wide as a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. This independent graduate degree-granting institution offers an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. 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. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science. Cranbrook is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and in addition to the Academy of Art and Art Museum, is comprised of the Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs.

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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2007

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum,
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DaimlerChrysler Financial Services honors Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates with the 2007 Emerging Artist Award

Winners' works to be exhibited in Berlin

Bloomfield Hills, MI - This year's DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award has been won by the architects Dharmesh Patel and Marty McElveen, recent graduates of Cranbrook Academy of Art's Architecture Department. The prizewinners will exhibit their works in the atrium of DaimlerChrysler Financial Services headquarters at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin from October 5-14, 2007. In addition, both artists' have received stipends for a one-month stay in Berlin and a networking and mentoring program run by the city's Künstlerhaus Bethanien, an artists' residency project.

The Emerging Artist Award, which is being presented this year for the third time, is a result of the long partnership between DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The award is presented annually in recognition of a particularly innovative work by a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art. It gives talented young artists the opportunity to enter into dialogue with fellow artists in Europe and thus further develop their creative capacity.

"The relationship between DaimlerChrysler Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art has grown steadily over the past five years and today represents an inspiring example of the impact corporate patronage can have on art, education and culture in the community," says Reed Kroloff, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. "The DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Emerging Artist Award is an extension of this groundbreaking partnership, offering the Academy's graduate students the opportunity to present their work to new audiences in Berlin, one of the world's capitals of contemporary art, as they are launching their careers and seeking their own paths as artists."

The award winners -- Dharmesh Patel, who was born in Gujrat, India, and is currently a resident of Pontiac, Michigan, and Marty McElveen, a current resident of New Orleans, Louisiana -- have been working on architectural and design projects for several years. Both of them received Master of Architecture degrees in 2007 from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

"We bring these talented young people to Berlin so that they can benefit from the artistic and cultural environment of Berlin and Europe and gather a wealth of impressions and inspiration here," explains DaimlerChrysler Financial Services Board of Management Chairman Jürgen Walker. "Our experiences of the past two years and our employees' strong sense of identification with this partnership has increased our commitment to this project."

The award-winning outdoor installation created by the two artists consists of two pavilions and a reflecting wall that refer to elements of the Cranbrook grounds, which were designed by Eliel Saarinen. The installation invites viewers to linger, observe, and contemplate. "Technological progress has subordinated craftsmanship to industrial monotony and degraded our man-made environment to a state of apathy," says Patel. "Our works begin where human understanding and the human body 'fail' and look to technology for assistance." McElveen adds, "Digital technology enables us to take an entirely new approach to the way we perceive, create, and ultimately experience space."

"The special combination of creative design, skilled craftsmanship, and technology is clearly evident in the works of these two artists," says Walker concerning the jury's choice of Patel and McElveen for the award. "Their approach to architecture as well as their technical construction process are marked by tremendous innovative power."

Also on exhibition at the DaimlerChrysler Financial Services headquarters in Berlin will be the works of nine other Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates who were nominated for the award: Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design), Amy Elizabeth Feigley (Sculpture), John Falley (Metalsmithing), Jung Min Lee (Print/Media), Katie Hinton (Painting), Matt Alexander (3D Design), Nancy VanDevender (Textiles), Suk Jin Choi (Ceramics) and Tommy Reynolds (Photography).

DaimlerChrysler Financial Services
DaimlerChrysler Financial Services provides tailor-made financial services that help promote the sale of vehicles from the DaimlerChrysler Group worldwide. On the strength of its comprehensive range of leasing, financing, insurance, and fleet management services, the company manages a contract volume of €113 billion. DaimlerChrysler Financial Services leases or finances the sale of over one third of all the vehicles produced by DaimlerChrysler worldwide. The company, which has its headquarters in Berlin, operates in more than 40 countries and has around 11,000 employees. DaimlerChrysler Financial Services is extensively involved in various social and cultural projects around the world with the aim of opening up new prospects for young people.

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is a preeminent graduate school of art, design and architecture. 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. Carl Milles, Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, Maija Grotell, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, Daniel Libeskind and numerous other Cranbrook artists have had a major impact on the art, design, and architecture of our time. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.cranbrook.edu

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For Immediate Release
October 1, 2007

Contact: Felicia E. Molnar, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum,

248-645-3329

 

Reed Kroloff Appointed Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, MI- Following a national search, Reed Kroloff has been appointed director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, effective September 1, 2007. Currently dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture and the former editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine, Kroloff will succeed Gerhardt Knodel, who is retiring from the Academy after more than 30 years of service.

"Given Reed's national prominence, varied experiences and remarkable accomplishments, we are confident he will help lead the Academy to new heights of artistic greatness," says Rick Nahm, president of Cranbrook Educational Community.

"After a seven month national search, Reed emerged as the unanimous choice," says Maxine Frankel, board chair of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. "Reed brings wisdom, vision, energy and passion to this position and is looking forward to working collegially and collaboratively with our staff, board and the other Cranbrook institutions."

Kroloff is looking forward to joining the Cranbrook community. "Being asked to help translate Cranbrook's remarkable legacy into an engine for 21st century creativity is an honor," he says. "I can't wait to get started."

During his tenure at Tulane, Kroloff had a significant impact on the School. He arrived there one year before Hurricane Katrina and helped lead the School to recovery and prominence in the post-storm environment, including raising a record $3 million in gifts and research grants; retaining 97 percent of the School's students and 100 percent of its faculty after the storm; and playing a significant role in citywide planning and rebuilding efforts.

The recipient of the American Academy in Rome's 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship, Kroloff previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine. Under his direction, Architecture received more awards for editorial and design excellence than any magazine of its type, and quickly became the leading design publication in the nation. His writing has appeared in many other magazines and newspapers as well, including recent features in Artforum and Metropolis. Kroloff has been interviewed and profiled by national newsmedia such as NBC News, NPR's "All Things Considered," and The New York Times.

Before joining Architecture in 1995, Kroloff taught at Arizona State University, where he was a tenured professor, and the assistant dean. At ASU, he received the first-ever "Award for Academic Excellence" from the Arizona chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Through his practice Jones/Kroloff Design Services, Kroloff advises a range of institutions on architect selection and design strategy. His clients have included, among others, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Ministry of Culture of the Federal Government of Mexico, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the
University of Connecticut, the History Channel, and Detroit's own Motown Center Project. The combined construction value of the projects on which Jones/Kroloff has advised now exceeds $500 million.

Kroloff lectures widely, and is a regular visiting critic at architecture schools and professional organizations across the country. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, and has practiced architecture in Texas and Arizona. Kroloff serves on numerous boards and advisory councils, ranging from the Register of Peer Professionals of the United States General Services Administration to the Public Architecture Foundation.

 

Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum
Founded in 1932, Cranbrook Academy of Art is a preeminent graduate level school of art, design and architecture. Offering an intense studio-based experience, artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. The two-year Masters of Fine Arts program at Cranbrook Academy of Art enrolls more
than 150 students who pursue degrees in nine disciplines including 2D Design, 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metal, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture and a Master of Architecture degree. Upon successful completion of his or her course of study and work, each student presents a thesis project in a group exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum. One of the region's leading contemporary art museums, Cranbrook Art Museum provides access to Cranbrook's remarkable past through its collections and tours while offering changing exhibitions by the world's most innovative artists including Cranbrook Academy of Art students and faculty. Cranbrook is an internationally renowned educational community dedicated to excellence in the arts, education and science. Cranbrook is located at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and in addition to the Academy of Art, is comprised of the Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated cultural and educational programs.

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