Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 8, 2016 – Last night, Vivian Beer, a 2004 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department, was named the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” the television show currently airing on HGTV and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Beer’s prize package includes $100,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine.
Just last month, Beer was named the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at the Academy. This is the fifth time the Academy had bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career.
Visit the HGTV website to see a gallery of Beer’s designs for the program. And watch Beer’s reaction to the win last night on local Manchester news station WMUR-TV.
Beer’s sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape. With a strong foundation in contemporary furniture design, her recent research into the history of American industry, architecture, and transportation—supported in part by a 2014 Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum—adds intellectual rigor and specificity to her work.
Her work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design and the cities of Portland, Maine and Cambridge, Massachussetts. She holds an undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art and a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Beer has held residencies at a variety of institutions including at the Penland School of Crafts, the State University of New York at Purchase, and the San Diego State University. Visit her website for more information about her studio practice.
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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.