2016-17 2D Design Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Designers
Ed Fella + Elliott Earls screenprint
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes, but we provide students with the resources to allow for individual exploration and growth.
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
Recently, artist and photographer Leigh Ledare visited with our 2D Design students to discuss his practice and review their work.
Alumni Amy Schwartz (2D ’14), Lindsey Camelio (2D ’14) and Jason Schwartz conducted a professional practices seminar where they talked with students about graphic design practices and how to be successful “without losing your soul along the way.”
And Ed Fella (Design ’87) visited last spring, where he talked with students about his long and successful career, and also created a unique screenprint with Designer-in-Residence Elliot Earls. Learn more about his visit here.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Helen Ip (’17) and Lucas Albrecht (’18) at the
Detroit Art Book Fair.
Our close proximity to Detroit gives our students unique opportunities to participate in a wide variety of workshops, exhibitions and community projects.
This year, several 2D Design students participated in the Detroit Art Book Fair, organized by DittoDitto, a small bookshop and publishing house.
Students Helen Ip ( 2D ’17) and Alex Meisner (2D ’17) have launched D0TBIZ, an “artist’s residency, publishing press, and library, all-in-one.” Their first visiting artist was Detroit native illustrator Darin Allen. D0TBIZ will be publishing his critical writings on The Fast and The Furious 1-7.
Current student Qingyu Wu (2D ’17) and her project No Nukes, Plutonium is Forever, 2016, was recently featured in the online exhibition of Women of Graphic Design.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
The Nuisance Committee billboard in Dearborn, Michigan
Aya Kawabata (2D ’15)
Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16).
Photo by John Carlson.
Complex Movements: Beware of Dandelions, 2016.
Photo Doug Coombe.
Our alumni are often the best way to showcase how influential an Academy education can be. They become educators at some of the top institutions in the world and consistently exhibit new work at countless galleries and museums. Often, they do both! They also win grants, honors, and fellowships which they use to shape the very landscape of architecture, art, and design.
Cleon Peterson (2D ’16) recently painted the first mural ever directly located underneath the Eiffel Tower for the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris. Endless Sleep fuses references to ancient Greek frescos and street art, depicting energetic, intertwining bodies in black and white.
Lindsey Camelio and Amy Schwartz (both 2D ’14) made international news with a series of anti-Donald Trump billboards they helped produce in conjunction with the 2016 presidential election. They are part of a collective called the Nuisance Committee, a political action campaign group set up by Cards Against Humanity (where Schwartz serves as the Design Director). Read about the project in TIME magazine.
Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) recently received an award in the “New Talent Competition” at the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin.
Benjamin Santiago (2D ’16) has been awarded the “2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award” and spent much of his summer in Berlin. Read about his project here.
Dan Streeting (2D ’11) created a design for the Chicago Cubs World Series that was featured on ESPN.
Academic appointments include Mike Essl (2D ’01), who has been named the acting Dean at The Cooper Union School of Art. Wesley Taylor (2D ’11) was hired as an Assistant Professor of Art Foundation and Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University (his work with Complex Movements was also recently featured in Art in America). And Libby Clarke (2D ’99) has joined the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey as Director of the Studio School.
Designer-In-Residence, Elliott Earls
Death of a Salesman at Good Weather
This year, Elliott Earls, Designer-in-Residence and Head of 2D Design, launched a “no-bullshit resource for those things that animate the artist and designer studio.” Each week, Earls provides a principled approach to making work, and helping artists push their work to the next level. There are currently 26 episodes available – watch them all here.
Earls was also recently featured in a interview with Detroit Design Art Entertainment and Fashion (DDEAF) magazine where he discusses his practice and inspiration.
Print magazine took a look at Earls’ New Studio Practice at Cranbrook in this interview and article by current 2D student Christian Morin.
And this fall, Earls traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to launch his latest exhibition Death of a Salesman at Good Weather gallery. Read a review of the project, and the unique venue, in the Arkansas Times.