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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.

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.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

“American Rehab: Detroit” Features Academy Graduates

“American Rehab: Detroit” featuring Academy alums Christopher Lee (Photography ’08) and Amy Feigley-Lee (Sculpture ’07) began its run on January 29, 2015 on the DIY cable network.

Ruth Adler Schnee Wins 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Award

Congratulations to Academy alum Ruth Adler Schnee (1946) on her Eminent Artist Award from The Kresge Foundation.

Lloyd Eddy Opens Show at Lake Superior State University

Lake Superior State University (LSSU) art professor and Academy alum Lloyd Eddy (Painting ’01) will debut a solo show at LSSU Arts Center gallery.

Matt Shlian featured in American Craft magazine

Congratulations to Matt Shlian (Print Media ’06), whose work was featured in the February/March 2015 issue of American Craft magazine.

Yunjung Kang’s Work Added to Cobo Center Collection

Congratulations to Yunjung Kang (Fiber ’14) – her work is now part of the permanent collection at the Cobo Center in Detroit!

Sheida Soleimani’s Twitter-Sourced Collages Featured in the Huffington Post

Current Photography student Sheida Soleimani’s collages “paint a dark portrait of today’s Iran” according to the Huffington Post.

Jetshri Bhadviya’s Video to Show at the Society for Photographic Education Women’s Film Festival

Current student Jetshri Bhadviya’s video, The Outer vs The Inner Female, has been selected to screen in the 20th Annual Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Women’s Film Festival in New Orleans, on March 13 and 14, 2015.

New York Foundation For The Arts Announces Finalists for Artists’ Fellowship Program

Image: Kate Clark (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14), Pray, 2012
Congratulations to Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01), Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) and Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06) – all recipients of Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Only 2% of all applicants receive awards – we’re very proud to say three are Cranbrook graduates!
NYFA Fellowship Recipients.

Seeking Serenity

A look inside the studio of Laura Foster Nicholson (Fiber ’82) by Evansville Living Magazine. Nicholson has a collection of rural landscape tapestries showing at By Hand Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana through March 30, 2015.
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Studio Visit: Travis Hocutt

Travis Hocutt (Photography ’14) is currently serving as the artist-in-residence at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center. He talks to The News-Gazette about his work.
Photo by: Heather Coit/The News-Gazette

Pulp Fictions at Dieu Donné Gallery

First-year Painting student Hannah Chalew is part of the new exhibition Pulp Fictions, a collection of paper works on display at the Dieu Donné Gallery through February 21, 2015. It will travel to the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in the spring of 2015.
Image: Dan Tague, 7 Deadly Anges (detail), 2014, cut paper and graphite on paper, 18 x 14 inches.

The Year in Emojis

A  look at the “Year in Emojis” by The Creators Project, who were dazzled by Tré Reising’s (Sculpture ’12) glittering emoji sculptures, which were “valiantly installed in the Indianapolis airport after his #Belieb installation was censored.”
Tré Reising, Live, Love, Laugh, Laugh Until You Cry. Image courtesy of the artist.