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)

Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls

Designer-in-Residence in 2D Design, Elliott Earls

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.

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3D Design

Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker

Designer-in-Residence in 3D Design, Scott Klinker

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.

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4D Design

Designer-in-Residence Carla Diana

Designer-in-Residence in 4D Design, Carla Diana

Carla Diana is a designer, author and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction. She has designed a range of products from robots to connected home appliances and has taught and lectured on the topic of designing smart objects at prestigious universities throughout the world. She is an ongoing collaborator with the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab and a Fellow at the innovation firm Smart Design where she founded the Smart Interaction Lab. Her seminal article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.



Architect-in-Residence Gretchen Wilkins

Architect-in-Residence in Architecture, Gretchen Wilkins

Gretchen has been practicing architecture and researching contemporary urbanism since completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan in 1999. Her work looks into industrial and economic drivers of change in cities through design. Her current focus is the Future Factory project, a series of proposals for integrating urban manufacturing in cities and diversifying urban development patterns. She received a PhD in Architecture from RMIT University in 2012 entitled ‘Manufacturing Urbanism: architectural practice for unfinished cities’, and is the editor of the book Distributed Urbanism: Cities after Google Earth. 


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Ceramics Artist-in-Residence, Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald assumed the role of Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department in August of 2017. McDonald comes to Cranbrook from Eugene, Oregon, where he most recently was teaching in the Ceramics Department at the University of Oregon. Prior to that appointment, he served as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2003 – 2015. He has completed residencies at the European Ceramic Workcentre in Holland, the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and the de Young Museum in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In 2007, he was awarded the “Premio Faenza” from the Museo Internazionale della Ceramiche in Faenza, Italy.

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Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport

Artist-in-Residence in Fiber, Mark Newport

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.

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Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg

Artist-in-Residence in Metalsmithing, Iris Eichenberg

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.

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Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman

Artist-in-Residence in Painting, Beverly Fishman

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.

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Artist-in-Residence in Photography, Danielle Dean

Danielle Dean was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department in August of 2017. She has taught at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and Rice University in Houston. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from Central Saint Martins in London. Dean is an alumni of the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Dean is an interdisciplinary artist whose works use fiction and the aesthetics of advertisement to engage and historicize the media and cultural processes that colonize the mind and body. Drawing on her multinational background—born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, and brought up in a suburb of London—her work explores the ideological function of technology, architecture, marketing techniques, and the media as tools of subjection and oppression.

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Print Media

Artist-in-Residence Emmy Bright

Artist-in-Residence in Print Media, Emmy Bright

Emmy Bright has been named the Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Print Media department.

Bright is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received her MFA degree in Print Media in 2016. She is an artist working in drawing, print and social practice. Her work investigates subjectivity and desire through the lenses of comedy, art history, pop music, psychology and philosophy. She also holds a M.Ed degree from Harvard and a BA degree in Art History from the University of Chicago. She has hosted recent exhibitions at Quirk Gallery in Richmond, Virginia; Human Resources in Los Angeles, California; The Distillery Gallery in Boston; Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence; Ditch Projects in Eugene, Oregon; and Yve Yang Gallery in New York.

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Artist-in-Residence Cooper Holoweski

Artist-in-Residence in Print Media, Cooper Holoweski

Cooper Holoweski has been named the Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Print Media department.

Cooper Holoweski is an artist working in print media, video, and sound. He holds an MFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and has held residencies at Taller 99 in Santiago, Chile; Gallery Titanik in Turku, Finland; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

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Artist-in-Residence in Sculpture,  Rebecca Ripple

Rebecca Ripple assumed the role of Visiting Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Sculpture department in August of 2017.  She comes to Cranbrook from Los Angeles, where she has held teaching positions at California State University, Northridge, University of California, Riverside, and California Institute of the Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Graphic Design from Alfred University. 

Ripple attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has received multiple awards including a C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles Individual Fellowship) and a Nathan O. Freedman Endowment for Exceptional Creative Accomplishments Award. A search for a permanent replacement for the Sculpture department is ongoing.