Cranbrook Academy of Art sits on a verdant green 319-acre campus just outside of Detroit, Michigan. The Art Academy is part of a total campus community designed by the Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen. Neighboring the Art Academy and Museum on campus are the Cranbrook Schools and the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Saarinen’s designs can certainly be seen across campus in the buildings and vistas, but design is also present in small details – brickwork patterns, signature chimneys and doorways. The campus is dotted with sculptures by Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks, Mark di Suvero and Michael Hall, sculptures which are framed by planned gardens, both structured and loose. Recent additions to campus include masterworks by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo and Steven Holl, among others. It’s no surprise that the entire campus has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
And while Cranbrook is a historic campus, it is alive with contemporary art and design. The Cranbrook Art Museum is a center point to the Art Academy campus, where exhibitions of current leading work are on view. Artists-in-Residence and students live and work in our historic buildings and extend the reach of the studios into the woods, paths, fountains and lakes. And while the campus is part of our long-standing legacy, it is always shifting – responsive to changing seasons, patterns of local wildlife and the influence of our creative community.