2015-16 3D Design Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Designers
Metals Workshop with Adam Shirley
Matt Olson, RO/LU installation at Design Miami
Helping our students understand what it means to be a working designer is essential to our program. We regularly bring in leading critics and designers to discuss the current state of theory and practice. They will visit with students in our studios, give feedback and exchange ideas, and give public lectures to Academy students across all disciplines.
This year, we are conducting numerous workshops with guest designers. Adam Shirley, an alum of the Academy’s Metalsmithing Department, is conducting a four-week hands-on workshop to teach us new techniques with metal. Matt Olson of RO/LU, an art and design-based studio in Minneapolis, will conduct a three-day workshop with our students in January, exploring the space between architecture, design and art.
In the spring, successful alumnus Reed Wilson (3D ’11) will host a three-day workshop on building an entrepreneurial practice for self-production. This follows our tradition of working with some of the brightest young thinkers in design. Recent workshops have included icons such as Bertjan Pot, Max Lamb, Martino Gamper, Jersey Seymour, Jonah Takagi, Studio Gorm, Leon Ransmeier, and Lindsey Adelman.
Our ongoing lecture series brings cutting-edge design thinkers and makers to Cranbrook. American designer Jonathan Nesci lectured in October and had some unforgettable exchanges with students in their studios during his visit. Sam Vinz of Volume Gallery in Chicago lectured and spent a day in the studio with us describing the kind of work design galleries are looking for.In November, we hosted Milan-based design writer and thinker Stefano Caggiano who recently authored the book Design Languages. Caggiano spent three days in our studios sharing his ideas about contemporary form.
Our workshops and visiting artist program are important components of the entire two years of study at the Academy, where highly-motivated students learn not only from each other and our faculty, but also from people who are creative catalysts and present challenges for growth.
Curious about who else has come to Cranbrook? Watch all of our past lectures here.
Our program maintains a balance between Fine and Industrial Design, as evidenced by our many ongoing partnerships with galleries and design-driven manufacturers. Visit our website for a gallery outlining our recent projects, including projects with Alessi and Herman Miller. This fall, our current students participated in a pop-up show at the Detroit Design Festival titled Objects for the New Interior.
In May, our students are planning to participate in the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World during NYC Design week, which will explore a vision for design in the “age of sustainable limits.”
3D Alumni and Designer-In-Residence Projects
Scott Klinker, Night Lights
Recent graduate Nina Cho (3D ’15) and Aleksandra Pollner (3D ’16) were recently named to Sight Unseen’s “American Design Hot-List” after exhibiting their work at Sight Unseen’s off-site show in New York City in May of 2015.Jonathan Muecke (3D ‘10) was recently named a USA Fellow (see accompanying story below). Andrew O’Mara (3D ’14) and Frank McGovern (3D ’16) were both recently hired by Nike in Portland were they will join three other recent graduates currently working there.
Christopher Schanck (3D ’11) received a major grant from the Kresge Foundation and his iconic furniture now appears in Dior fashion stores all over the world.
And Designer-in-Residence and Head of the 3D Design Department, Scott Klinker, has recently begun development on a comprehensive lounge seating system with major contract furniture manufacturer OFS Brands. It is scheduled to launch at Neocon in 2017. His newest group of Night Lights will find a gallery exhibition later this year. Visit www.scottklinker.com for a full view of his latest work.
Award-Winning Academy Alumni
Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72)
Christopher Schanck, ALUfoil Shell Chairs
Cranbrook Academy of Art has a long tradition of producing graduates who go on to win some of the most coveted art and design awards around the world. This year, two of the 36 United States Artist Fellows are Academy graduates. Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) will each receive an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists. This brings the total number of Academy graduates who have received USA Fellows awards to nine. Academy grads Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11), Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11), and Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08) were each awarded $25,000 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships this year. Since the program began in 2009, Cranbrook graduates have continued to maintain a significant presence among award recipients, illustrating the enormous depth of talent among our alumni base. In 2009, six of our alumni were awarded Fellowships. In 2011, three of our Artists-in-Residence and three alumni received awards. And in 2013, of the nine artists who received grants, a remarkable four were graduates of the Academy.
Josh Clark (Ceramics ’15) will be awarded the gold prize at the 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in July of 2016, the largest showcases of its kind in the world. Aaron Patrick Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) was awarded the Marzee Graduate prize for his thesis work executed at Cranbrook Academy of Art, a prize that recognizes innovative work in the field of jewelry and is given to the top graduates from across the globe.
And even our most storied graduates continue to receive accolades. Ruth Adler Schnee (Design ’46) was recently given the 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Award in recognition of her contribution to Detroit’s cultural community. And Jack Lenor Larsen (Fiber ’51) was awarded the Director’s Award at the 2015 Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards.
Detroit Art and Design
Nick Cave at the Dequindre Cut in Detroit
Detroit Design Festival
Being located just 20 miles from the city of Detroit gives our students access to work and opportunities in a city that is undergoing an artistic renaissance. The city has expansive public spaces and inexpensive real estate, allowing for the production for large-scale projects you just won’t see in any other city. The first city in the U.S. to have been named a UNESCO “City of Design,” Detroit has attracted large galleries and the attention of the New York Times. Our alumni often stay in Detroit to live and work in artist communities. And Detroit’s spaces will even be the subject of the Architecture Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Having access to so many other creative voices while undergoing your practice is a hallmark of our program. Watch the video from the 2015 Detroit Design Festival featuring Academy grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Designer-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) to get a sense of all Detroit has to offer.
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