Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 31, 2016— Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors announced today that Susan Goethel Campbell has been named the Visiting Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Print Media department. Campbell will serve a one-year term, acting as the department head for the 2016-17 academic year.
The search for a permanent Print Media Artist-in-Residence will resume in the fall. Randy Bolton, the Academy’s Print Media Artist-in-Residence since 2002, announced his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
Campbell is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Print Media in 1989. An artist and educator, Campbell creates multi-disciplinary work that considers the contemporary landscape to be an emergent system where nature, culture and the engineered environment are indistinguishable from one another. Central to her practice is the collection, documentation and observation of seasonal change and ephemera in both natural and artificial environments. Her work is realized in several formats, including installation, video, prints and drawings, as well as projects that engage communities to look at local and global environments.
“We are so pleased to have Susan join us for the 2016-17 academic year, as we know this will afford our Print Media students a new opportunity to study under another artist with a thriving practice,” said Scoates. “Her return to the Academy will give our students a unique learning experience while allowing us to find the best long-term appointment for our Print Media department.”
Her work has been exhibited internationally in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia and nationally throughout the U.S., including, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Queens Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Drawing Center, and The International Print Center New York. In 2009 she was one of 18 artists selected for the inaugural Kresge Artist Fellowship.
“I am looking forward to spending the next academic year in the Print Media department working with a talented and diverse group of students,” says Campbell. “Randy Bolton was a mentor to many and built a department that underscored ‘the historic role of the print as having a Democratic voice, as well as the ability of print to question the concept of originality.’ I plan to continue his departmental philosophy that is characterized by an ‘interdisciplinary, expansive approach to art making’ and ‘dedicated to innovative approaches to traditional and new print media.’ In the year ahead I plan to engage students with the city of Detroit and facilitate rigorous investigation of how the self and world can connect through creative practice.”
Campbell has been awarded residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Flemish Center for Graphic Arts, the Jentel Foundation, Beisinghoff Print residency and the Print Research Institute of North Texas. She taught studio art for 15 years at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and has been a visiting artist in numerous institutions in the United States and abroad. Her work is in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.
Campbell is represented by the David Klein Gallery, Detroit, and Galerie Tom Blaess in Bern, Switzerland, where she will have upcoming exhibitions in late 2016 and 2017.