At Cranbrook, each of our ten departments is led by an Artist or Designer-in-Residence: a single full-time artist or designer who is the primary mentor for students and the head of their studio program. The role of the Artist-in-Residence is critical to the Academy. They are full-time artists and designers whose personal studios are located within their departments. Our graduate students work directly alongside their Artist-in-Residence and learn what it means to be a working artist and how a leading practice is built and maintained. At the same time, Artists-in-Residence serve as the studio department head, inviting in colleagues, leading artists and critics to discuss the current state of practice in their field. They shape the rhythms and character of the department and develop close working relationships with every one of their students.
It is also important to note that all Artists-in-Residence (and their partners and families) live on campus – very close to their studios. In this, Cranbrook is not simply a graduate program – it is a unique community of artists and designers living and working together on a campus designed for this kind of exchange. Living and working together in close proximity is the foundation for natural and sustained interaction and true interdisciplinary learning.
A list of our Artists and Designers-in-Residence is below. To read more about them, their studio philosophy and their work, please visit the departmental pages in the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
2D Design (Graphic Design)
Elliott Earls received his M.F.A. in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His experimentation with non-linear digital video, spoken word poetry, music composition, and design led him to form the Apollo Program, whose clients include Elektra Entertainment, Nonesuch Records, The Cartoon Network (U.K.), and Janus Films. As a typographer, his original type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc. Earls’s posters are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. As a performance artist, Earls was awarded an Emerging Artist grant by Manhattan’s prestigious Wooster Group. Earls spent 2000-2001 as a designer-in-residence at Fabrica, Benetton’s studio/research center in Treviso, Italy. Earls has given workshops on design, culture, and new media in Europe, Mexico and America.
Scott Klinker received his M.F.A. in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his B.F.A. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His diverse professional experience includes product design at Ericsson Communications, design consulting with IDEO Product Development, and design education at the Kanazawa International Design Institute (KIDI) in Japan. He is now the principal of Scott Klinker Product Design. In 2004, Scott’s Spaceframe Builder’s Kit for Offi & Co. was selected by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 25 products of the year. In addition to teaching, lecturing and a busy studio practice, Scott has organized and curated design exhibitions in Kanazawa, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Milan.
William E. Massie received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his B.F.A. in Architectural Studies from Parsons School of Design. He worked for Robertson + McAnulty Architects and James Stewart Polshek and Partners in New York. In 1993, he began his own company while simultaneously teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University. He has been an invited lecturer at over fifty national and international institutions. Massie was selected as the winner of the Museum of Modern Art’s Young Architects Program Competition in 2002. His work has been exhibited at MoMA/Qns, the Shanghai Biennale, The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., and KW – Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.
Anders Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department in July of 2008. Ruhwald was born in Denmark, and educated at the Glass and Ceramics School in Bornholm, Denmark and the Royal College of Art in London. Ruhwald has received a number of international awards including the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennale in South Korea in 2011, 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 the Annie and Otto Johannes Detlef’s Award for young, experimental ceramic artists from the Museum of Art & Design in Denmark.
Mark Newport received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. Prior to his appointment at Cranbrook, Newport was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He is a recipient of grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Microsoft Corporation, Progressive Insurance Corporation and numerous private collections. The Greg Kucera Gallery of Seattle, LyonsWier Ortt Gallery of New York, and the Bentley Gallery of Phoenix all represent his work.
Iris Eichenberg studied jewelry design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the Netherlands. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards including: the Gerrit Rietveld Prize; the Herbert Hoffmann Prize; the Artist Stimulation Award; and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kuns, which has helped to cement her status as a leader in the field of jewelry art/design. She has been guest lecturer at institutions in Sweden, Italy, Japan, China, South Africa, and the United States. Eichenberg has participated in group and one-person shows at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Crafts Council Gallery in London, among many others. She has been recognized in numerous publications including magazines, books and exhibition catalogues.
Beverly Fishman received her M.F.A. in Painting from Yale University. She taught at the Graduate Art School of the College of New Rochelle, New York, and the Maryland Institute College of Art before her appointment at Cranbrook in 1992. Fishman has participated in more than two dozen one-person exhibitions in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Chicago, and Los Angeles. She has received numerous grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. Her professional activities include lectures, panel discussions, and participation as visiting artist at many museums and institutions across the country. Her work may be found in more than a dozen museums, as well as in private and corporate collections.
Liz Cohen was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in July of 2008. She received her M.F.A. in Photography from the California College of the Arts. She holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in Philosophy from Tufts University, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Cohen is a photographer and performance artist, whose multi-media work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is best known for her subversive project, “Bodywork,” in which she transformed an East German 1987 Trabant automobile into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino. She has won numerous awards and grants including: a Studio Residency from The MacDowell Colony; a Studio Fellowship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; a Creative Capital Foundation Project Grant; an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission for the Arts; and a Traveling Scholars’ Award from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Randy Bolton received his M.F.A. from Ohio State University and his B.F.A. from the University of North Texas. He was Printmaking Area Coordinator at the University of Delaware prior to his appointment at Cranbrook in 2001. Bolton’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum, Schmidt/Dean Gallery in Philadelphia, Evergreen House in Baltimore, and the Littlejohn Contemporary gallery in New York. Bolton has completed artist residencies at the Evergreen House in Baltimore, the MacDowell Art Colony, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He has received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, an Art Matters Fellowship (New York), and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Bolton’s prints may be found in many corporate, private and museum collections.
Heather McGill received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. Prior to her appointment at Cranbrook, McGill taught at the University of California at Berkeley and at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, and in 1999 received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. She has lectured at many universities and conferences in the United States. McGill has participated in numerous group and one-person shows, including: the Albright-Knox Gallery; the Detroit Institute of Arts; Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain,France; the Serpentine Gallery, London; and the Seville Museum, Spain.