Author Archives: Julie Fracker

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Gil Silverman

Silverman, pictured at the opening of “Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John & Rose M. Shuey Collection at Cranbrook Art Museum” in 2001. Pictured with his wife Lila and Gary Griffin, Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1984-2006. Image courtesy of Cranbrook Archives.
This week, Cranbrook mourns the loss of Gilbert B. Silverman, a Life Governor of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. A steadfast supporter of the arts, Silverman served on the Academy Board for 27 years, from 1980-2007. He also served […]

William E. Massie Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 8, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that William E. Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Massie notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Ryan Widger

Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Ryan G. Widger (Photography ’05). He was 42 years old. He leaves behind companion Gillian Pears (Photography ’06) and their daughter, Charlotte Francesca Pears Widger.

New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

Artsy recently wrote a nice article on the new JTG Detroit Project, opened recently by Paul Johnson of Johnson Trading Gallery. According to Johnson, his “interest in Detroit began through his representation of two local designers, Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Schanck and Jack Craig—the latter now uses a room in the cathedral as his studio.” Anders Ruhwald, AIR and Head of our Ceramics Department, will also be involved in a project at the site later this year.

Benjamin Santiago Receives the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16) has been awarded the “2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the eleventh year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 — On the eve of its 2016 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 12.

Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

The New York Design Fair opens this week, and Cranbrook Academy of Art students and several alumni will be exhibiting new work in the shows.

Our 3D Design Department is opening the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

This curated exhibition of new work by our current 3D Design students will explore how today’s most pressing challenges – such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation – can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.

Cranbrook Metalsmithing Exhibition at Gallery Marzee

In 2013, the Cranbrook Metalsmithing Department launched a three-year partnership to exhibit each spring at the Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The gallery paired Cranbrook with CAFA, a school in Beijing, China, and together they have been developing new work to be exhibited at the Gallery Marzee each year. The department returned to Nijmegen this month to set up their final show together.

“Cranbrook +/- 25” Debuts at NCECA

The alumni-organized exhibition Cranbrook +/- 25 is making its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Kansas City from March 16-19, 2016. Organized by Cranbrook Ceramics alumni Jessika Edgar (Ceramics ’11) and Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), the exhibition features the work of select students who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald.
The group’s impetus for launching the project, was that “Cranbrook Academy of Art has had and continues to have a significant impact of the world of art, architecture and design. For […]

Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 8, 2016 – Last night, Vivian Beer, a 2004 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department, was named the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” the television show currently airing on HGTV and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Beer’s prize package includes $100,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine.

Shiva Ahmadi Featured in The New York Times

Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) is featured as one of six artists from Iran currently showing at Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Read about the exhibition in The New York Times.

Seth Papac Named an Art Jewelry Forum Finalist

Congratulations to Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) for being named a 2016 Artist Award Finalist by Art Jewelry Forum.

Sheida Soleimani in VICE Magazine

Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) was recently interviewed by VICE Magazine, talking about her important work highlighting the women of Iran.

Cranbrook’s Golden Age: How a Freewheeling School Changed American Design

“More than a set of formative experiences, the Cranbrook Academy of Art was a way of thinking, providing collaborations and contests that unleashed the creativity and skill of design pioneers.” Read Curbed’s extensive look at Cranbrook Academy of Art’s history as a “prewar petri dish for American modernism.”  The article discusses Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Schust Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Ralph Rapson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Marianne Strengell, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and many more.

Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) named 2015 United States Artists Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Nov. 11, 2015 –  Academy alumni Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) were both named 2015 United States Artists Fellows. Representing nine creative disciplines, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists. There were 36 Fellows selected this year working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of John Stephenson

It is with heavy hearts that we announce John Stephenson (Ceramics ’58) recently passed away on October 20.  Stephenson was professor emeritus and interim dean of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, he received a BA in education at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War where he served in the Air Force for four years as a cartographer, before coming to Cranbrook, where he received his MFA in Ceramics 1958. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the University of Michigan League Ballroom on December 5 at 11am. Click here for the full obituary.

Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen at Boyfriends

According to Art F City, “It didn’t take much to get a bunch of strangers at a press meet up to come to Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen’s opening last weekend. One look at her invite for Seduced and Abandoned at Boyfriends (in Chicago), which leads with a photograph of a couple wearing lingerie and a creepy, featureless mask, and pretty much everyone wanted to get the story. […]

Beverly Fishman Exhibition Opens at Chrysler Museum of Art

Beverly Fishman, Painting Artist-in-Residence, will open the exhibition Beverly Fishman: In Sickness and In Health at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia this month. It will continue Fishman’s exploration into our relationship with medicine, branding, and identity.  The exhibition will run from July 16, 2015 through January 3, 2016. For more information, click here.

Alumni Respond to “Can Art Still Be Critical?”

Mengli Qi, “Dear Leslie” (2015). Acrylic on paper plus (one) acrylic on canvas (wall). Book Kiosk with the books Dear Leslie, 2015; Sister Known, 2015; and Pussy Water, 2015.
Guest editor Matthew Biro poses the question “Can Art Still Be Critical?” to alumni Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) and Mengli Qi (Painting ’15). Read the full story in The Brooklyn Rail here.

Beverly Fishman in The Brooklyn Rail

Beverly Fishman, “Untitled (Opioid Addiction)” (2015). Urethane paint on wood, 60 × 60 × 2 1/4″.
The Brooklyn Rail takes a look at Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s latest series of pill paintings. Read the full review here.
 

The Brooklyn Rail Visits Cranbrook’s Painting Department

Phong Bui, publisher of The Brooklyn Rail, recently visited Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman, several students and current Critical Studies Fellow Jaimey Hamilton Faris. He reflects upon the visit in his recent publisher’s letter. Read it here.

Abigail Newbold, Dana Filibert, Samuel Rowlett Awarded Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships

Abigail Newbold (Fiber ’05), Dana Filibert (Metalsmithing ’04), and Samuel Rowlett (Painting ’08) have been awarded 2015 Artist Fellowships in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Fabio J. Fernández (Sculpture ’02) served as a Crafts Panelist.

The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $10,000, and 17 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education has once again ranked Cranbrook Academy of Art as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students. With three grants received last year, Academy students have now received a total 25 grants over the past 11 years.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study […]

Keegan Kuvach Joins Show at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Keegan Kuvach (Sculpture ’14) joins a distinguished list of contemporary artists contributing work to the exhibition Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, opening at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from February 14 through December 6, 2015. It will include two pieces by Kuvach. For more details, and to view the exhibition catalog, click here

James Surls Sculpture Installed at Lone Star College-Kingwood

Academy graduate James Surls (Sculpture ’69) recently had new work installed at the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. “Her Universe Apart” is a chiseled black granite table with a drawing of the universe etched onto its surface. Surls’s sculptures have been displayed on Kirby Drive in Houston, in the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, and along the islands in the middle of Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

Britton Tolliver Opens Exhibition in New York

Painting graduate Britton Tolliver (Painting ’06) will open the solo exhibition Weird Attic at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. The exhibition will run from February 19 to March 21, 2015. Click here for more information.

Academy Architecture Student Wu Liangyong on China’s Fog

An interesting profile on how China’s fog weighs heavily on the shoulders of its premier architect, Wu Liangyong, a former Academy Architecture student.

John Acorn Exhibition at Clemson University

John Acorn (Sculpture ’61), longtime chair of Clemson University’s art department, hosts a solo exhibition at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Read about his practice and career here.

Current Sculpture Student Opens Exhibition at Hermitage Museum

Current Sculpture student Diana Laurel Caramat is part of a group exhibition that recently opened at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens in Norfolk, Virginia. The collaborative exhibition, “Threads,” looks at the history of child labor in the region, as told through the photographs of Lewis Hine. Read more about the project here.

Academy Graduate Receives Delaware Artist Fellowship

Lance Winn (Painting ’96) received a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship from the state Division of the Arts in recognition of the high quality of his work. He was honored in the “established professional” category, which provides each recipient with a $6,000 award. Read more about the award here.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named Most Beautiful Place to Go to Graduate School

Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently named the most beautiful place to go to graduate school by GradSchoolHub.com.

Brittany Nelson Receives Creative Capital Grant

Congratulations to Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), who recently received a $50,000 Creative Capital Grant for her project, Alternative Process.

Mishka Colombo Featured In “Re-Imaging Gender” Exhibition

Current Painting student Mishka Colombo won the $1,000 first prize for his painting, “Hide and Seek,” in the juried art competition, “Re-Imaging Gender.” The exhibition is sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Sheida Soleimani Featured in Beautiful Decay

Sheida Soleimani Dissects Iranian Politics Through Confrontational “National Anthem” Series
Artist and current Photography student Sheida Soleimani has translated her frustration with her home country Iran and it’s politics into a captivating and symbolically complex photographic series called National Anthem. It is featured in the most recent issue of Beautiful Decay.
 

Andrew Schmidt Featured on Young Space

The work of “modern occult artist” Andrew Schmidt (Sculpture ’14) is featured on Young Space. Read the full article here.

Your Guide to Cranbrook at Art Basel Miami Beach

Best of luck to our Artists-in-Residence and alumni who will be exhibiting next week in Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami.
Artists-in-Residence
This year, you can see the work of Liz Cohen at the David Klein Gallery (Booth A5). See the online catalogue for the exhibition here.
Fresh off a successful opening of her show Bend at Cranbrook Art Museum (open now through Jan. 25, 2015), Iris Eichenberg […]

Ceramics Department Cup Sale November 16

The Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to extend an invitation to the 4th Annual Winter Wunder Cup on Sunday, November 16.

Cranbrook’s Vault Featured in MMQB

Cranbrook’s extensive vault was recently featured in Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB), after a recent group attended a panel discussion at the Academy. They’ve called the vault, “a furniture treasure room.” Read the story here:
MMQB Article

Fiber at SOFA Chicago

The Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber Department will be exhibiting at the 21st Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA) in Chicago from November 7-9 .

Sheida Soleimani’s “National Anthem” in Juxtapoz

Soleimani’s series National Anthem explores Iran’s turbulent past and present through still life and self portrait.

Gerhardt Knodel Named Director Emeritus of Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees has named Gerhardt Knodel a Director Emeritus of Cranbook Academy of Art.
Knodel will deliver a special lecture at Cranbrook Art Museum on October 26 at 4pm. The award will be presented to Knodel at the lecture.
This marks the first time the Board of Trustees has bestowed a Director Emeritus Award.
“Gerhardt’s contributions to Cranbrook continue to live on at the Academy every day,” says Chris Scoates, current Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “His legacy helped shape this […]

Christopher Scoates on Why Design Education Matters

Director Chris Scoates recently talked with Metropolis Magazine about “Why Design Education Matters.” In the article, Scoates notes that, “The critical and public definition of what constitutes art and design practice has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. So it’s imperative that design education address the new cultural space of the twenty-first century.” Read the full story here.

Dean Ruck Named Texas Artist of the Year

Dean Ruck (Sculpture ’87) and his partner Dan Havel (together they make up Havel Ruck Projects) have been named the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year by the Art League Houston.
Each year, Art League Houston honors those whose work or patronage has had a significant and positive impact on contemporary visual art in Texas.
“Art League Houston is thrilled to be honoring Havel Ruck Projects as the 2014 Texas Artists […]

Lauren Semivan Selected to Exhibit at Paris Photo 2014

Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) has been selected to exhibit her work at Paris Photo in 2014. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, one of 169 exhibitors at the show. Paris Photo will run from November 13-16, 2014 in the historical Grand Palais in Paris. For more information, click here.

Sonya Clark Named Co-Winner of Juried Grand Prize at ArtPrize

Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95 and past Distinguished Alumni Award winner) was the co-winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize for her work, “The Hair Craft Project,” which looks at the design and skill of African American hairdressers and celebrates hairdressing as the primordial textile art form as well as a ritual of grooming. Clark will split the $200,000 Grand Prize with Anila Quayyum Agha, who won for her project, “Intersections.” Clark was also the winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Award for Best Two-Dimensional work, one of eight $20,000 category prizes announced Friday. For […]

Kate Clark Featured in Exhibition Catalogue

The work of Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) is featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue for Late Harvest, an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art that juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy with historically significant wildlife paintings. For more about the exhibition, click here.

Kim Faler Awarded Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency

In addition to opening exhibitions at Art Basel Miami and Green Mountain College in Vermont, Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residence, where she will spend January/February 2015 working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston in early 2015. For more information about Kim, visit her website.

Complex Names The “Best Artists From Detroit”

Complex lists the “Best Artists From Detroit” – and we’re proud to say that four are CAA alumni: Aaron Blendowski (3D ’06), Jason Carter (Painting ’11), Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01) and Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09). Also included is Marie Hermann, wife of Ceramics Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald.

Bethany Shorb’s Menswear Line Featured in HOUR Detroit

Bethany Shorb’s (Sculpture ’01) new Cyberoptix’s menswear line featuring model Matthew Lambert (Metalsmithing ’14) hits newsstands in HOUR Detroit this month.

Jessica Harvey’s “Mother Road” Opens at Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa

“Mother Road,” is the multimedia exhibit Jessica Harvey (Photography ’09) has created as the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s latest artist in residence. The exhibit will feature a variety of photographs Harvey made during a monthlong trek from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Tulsa along Route 66, including black-and-white and color prints, as well as slide images that will be projected on gallery walls, along with objects she collected along the way, from daily newspapers to pieces of petrified wood. Harvey will talk about her exhibit and her […]