Author Archives: Julie Fracker

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Connor Everts

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Connor Everts, former Artist-in-Residence and head of the Printmaking Department from 1976-1981.

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 Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.

The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Im Schafer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 – It is with heavy hearts that the Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumna Orapun “Im” Sarasalin Schafer (Ceramics ’09). Im was a gifted architect, designer, and so much more. She was a loving partner to fellow graduate David Schafer (Metalsmithing ’09), both in life and in their business, the design studio Studiomake. She was a radiant mother to their daughter, Sa. And she was a consistent face on numerous “one to watch” lists around the world.
Her loss at such a young age, with […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named One of the Top Ten Fine Art Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 31, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently ranked sixth in the nation among fine art graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. And of all the schools ranked in the top ten, Cranbrook Academy of Art had some of the most individual program-specific rankings, with seven departments ranked in the top 20 of their program.

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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 Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition to Open at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 17

Exhibition Preview on April 16
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on May 1

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 17, 2016 — The 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 17, and will showcase work from more than 80 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students who are poised to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 17 – May 15, 2016 at Cranbrook Art Museum.A special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception will be held on April 16 from 6-8pm. Memberships may be purchased in advance via our website or at the door that evening.

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Debuts “Fine Design for the End of the World” at the 2016 Collective Design Fair

The 3D Design Department of Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming 2016 Collective Design fair, taking place May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq in West Soho, New York City.

The department has created the exclusive exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World, specifically for this show.

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Maintains Designation as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students, and once again, Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked as a top producer. With another grant received last year, Academy students have now received a total of 26 grants over the past 12 years, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

“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.

Hyperallergic Talks with Liz Cohen About “Him”

Hyperallergic talks to Liz Cohen about her most recent exhibition Him, on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 6, 2016. According to article, “Gender has become fluid as never before in Western society, and art-makers find themselves remarkably unconfined by medium in an era that values ideas articulated by the most effective means possible rather than with a more traditionally rigid separation between disciplines. This freedom to maneuver is fully evident in Him, a project Liz Cohen developed over the past year as artist-in-residence and head of the photography department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.”

Brittany Nelson exhibition featured in WIRED, Musee Magazine and more

Alumni Brittany Nelson (Photography, ’11) received considerable media coverage for her first solo exhibition at the Morgan Lehman gallery in Chelsea, New York. The show, which ran from January 7-February 20, 2016, featured Nelson’s prints made using the 19th century negative reversal process of Mordençage as well as tintype photography techniques.

The L.A. Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

Source: The L.A. Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know
In a building that once served as offices for the Cambodian Embassy, Cranbrook alums Anna Breininger (Painting ’13), Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14), and Sarah Manuwal each have a studio space and, together, run the gallery EMBASSY – which they’ve dubbed “a platform for provocation.”

Habitat: Kari Cholnoky | ARTnews

Kari Cholnoky photographed in her studio on February 10, 2016.
ARTnews takes a look inside the Brooklyn studio of Cranbrook alum Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14). Cholnoky, 27, talks about her time at Cranbrook, saying, “I really needed grad school,” she told ARTnews. “It was like a two-year monastery where I read a ton of books, made a ton of work, and asked myself a ton of questions. There’s no way I could have done it in New York City—you’re not able to take risks like you can when nobody’s paying […]

Cranbrook Academy Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Vivian Beer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 10, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art has named Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04) the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. This is the fifth time the Academy has bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career. Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) was the first recipient in 2011, Susan York (Ceramics ’95) received the award in 2012, Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) received the award in 2013 and our last recipient was Fabio Fernández (Sculpture ’02) in 2014.

Liz Cohen, Eric Crosley & the Politics of the Self | Lecture and Reading Accompany Artist’s Latest Exhibition

On February 28, 2016, Liz Cohen and Eric Crosley will present the combined lecture and reading, “Liz Cohen, Eric Crosley & the Politics of the Self,” at 4pm at Cranbrook Art Museum. Liz Cohen is an Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her solo exhibition, Him, a project by Liz Cohen, is currently on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 6, 2016.

Brittany Nelson is Featured in The New Yorker

Brittany Nelson’s (Photography ’11) exhibition “The Year I Make Contact” at the Morgan Lehman Gallery is featured in The New Yorker. The exhibition is open through February 20.

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 Mourns the Loss of George Ortman

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., December 21, 2015 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the passing of George Ortman – artist, educator and 22-year veteran of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ortman served as Artist-in-Residence and head of the Painting Department at the Academy from 1970 through 1992. Ortman passed away at his home New York City on December 16, 2015.

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 Receives Knight Arts Challenge Awards

Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence, were each awarded separate grants yesterday from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

Cranbrook Art Museum was awarded a $60,000 matching grant to create a Detroit tour of the public art installation In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). The ambitious public program will also result in a new presentation at the Museum in the fall of 2016.

Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, was awarded a $25,000 matching grant for his project Unit 1: 3583 Dubois.

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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. What was that work anyway?”

Randy Bolton to Retire from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Randy Bolton, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Print Media Department, will retire at the end of the 2015- 2016 academic year.

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After spending nearly 30 years as an educator, Bolton will return to a full-time studio practice near his home in Texas.

Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Announce Leadership Changes

Andrew Blauvelt Named Director of Cranbrook Art Museum

Gregory Wittkopp Assumes Leadership in Expanded Role as Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Scott Winter Named Director of Development of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum

Gerhardt Knodel: Let the Games Begin! Opens September 12 at American University Museum

Director Emeritus of Cranbrook Academy of Art Gerhardt Knodel will exhibit his latest work at American University Museum on September 12. In Gerhardt Knodel: Let the Games Begin, gaming-based strategies provide both a visual and conceptual point of entry. Like game playing, involvement often yields unexpected consequences. Approached as pure entertainment, games can evolve into unexpected experiences with both a lighter and a darker side, subtle shifts in expectation relative to outcome. Likewise with art. The exhibition is open through October 18.

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.

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks have been named 2015-2016 visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fiber Artist-In-Residence Mark Newport and Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg have each been awarded sabbaticals.

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.
 

Aaron Patrick Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) Receives the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Aaron Patrick Decker has been awarded the “2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the tenth year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

Decker was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a recent graduate of the Metalsmithing department.

Ruth Adler Schnee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Ruth Adler Schnee. She was presented with the award at the Academy’s May 8 commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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

On the eve of its 2015 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 7.

Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $200,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships, including nine distinguished awards for artistic excellence. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2015 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Maxine Frankel with Honorary Master’s Degree

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 5, 2015 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors is pleased to announce that it will confer an honorary master’s degree upon Maxine Frankel during its May 8 commencement ceremony.

Frankel has been a longtime supporter of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She joined the Academy Board of Governors in 1996, and has served as Chair of the Board since 2002. She recently announced that she will step down as Chair at end of the current academic year.

This is the first time in the Academy’s history that it has conferred an honorary degree.

Martha Mysko (Painting ’11) featured in Nylon Magazine

Nylon Magazine asked five questions of Martha Mysko (Fiber ’11) in the “Meet The Artist” feature of their March 2015 print edition.

Cranbrook Art Museum and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) Announce “Nick Cave: Here Hear”

This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition in Michigan at Cranbrook Art Museum, opening this summer. Nick Cave is an artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures, called Soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle.

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

The 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public with a special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception on April 18, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates. The exhibition opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.