The Latest News From The 2D Department

Wu Featured in “Eye on Design”

Qingyu Wu (2D Design ’17) is profiled in Eye on Design where she speaks of influences and current work. In her second year [at Cranbrook Academy of Art], she translated a group of found objects—including 7″ vinyl records, vintage film strips, tobacco tin boxes, soap, dice, and other miscellaneous items collected from flea markets and thrift stores—into graphic form to create the book The Item You Selected Is Unavailable. To create the book, Wu used C-Thru typesetter’s ruler to measured the width of each object and order them by point size, from 1pt to 500pt. She then scanned each item to determine the abstract form it would take on the page and rearranged each abstract shape by its size and the year the object was made.

Eichenberg and Turner Featured Academy Graduates in “Moreland” at Simone DeSousa Gallery

Opening on October 21 and organized by Metalsmithing Aritist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and alumna Sarah Turner (Metalsmiting ’04), with support from Simone DeSousa Gallery, MoreLand takes its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand continues a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic. For MoreLand, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores.  Participating Artists in the exhibition include many Academy of Art graduates: Kat Burdine (Pring Media ’15), Eunji Choi (Metalsmithing ’14), Terry Conrad (Print Media ’10), Iris Eichenberg, Fabio J. Fernandez (Sculpture ’02), Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D Design ’09), Ken Gray (Metalsmithing ’86), Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis (Metalsmithing ’10), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Print Media ’86), Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards (Metalsmithing ’17), Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing ’14), Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12), David Schafer / Studio Make (Ceramics ’09), Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing ’18), Robert Turek (3D Design ’10), Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt).
The exhibition runs through December 23, 2017.

“Artnew News” Featured Cranbrook Graduates Outside of Standard “Art-Market Capitals”

Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!

Tochilovsky Is Featured in “Co.Design” Series

In the Co. Design series about designers’ firsts, 10 well-known designers’ were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07) and Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. “I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job,” said Tochilovsky. “The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything.” Click here for more of his interview.

Jim Amaral and Olga de Amaral Talk About Art and Meeting at Cranbrook

According to the City Paper, most critics agree that the works of Jim Amaral (Design ’55) and Olga de Amaral (Fiber ’55) are two of the most important living artists. Olga’s tapestries are exhibited in the most prestigious museums of the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and Jim’s bronze sculptures have redefined the visual landmarks of the Colombian capital. The focus of two landmark retrospectives in Columbia this year – starting with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘<[…]

AICAD Names Bhadviya, Thompson, and Baralaye Fellows for 2017-2018

AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography ’15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design ’17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.

Cranbrook Art Museum Presents Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape Features work from alumni and Artists-in-Residence

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 8, 2017 – On May 12, Cranbrook Art Museum will open a new exhibition, Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape, which features contemporary furniture and furnishings by recent alumni and Artists-in-Residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The work challenges conventions of use, explores new materials and techniques, and blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. The exhibition will run from May 12, 2017 through January 14, 2018.

Kawabata is Featured in AIGA’s “Eye on Design”

Aya Kawabata (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design from the AIGA | the professional association for design. The article talks about her background as a violinist, specializing in graphic design and her degree at Cranbrook where she diversified her practice even further, exploring architecture and 3-D processes in relation to graphic art.

Christian Morin Featured in “New American Paintings”

Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) is featured in the annual MFA Annual 129. Christian Morin works in painting, graphics, and performance.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 28, 2017 – 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.

Zack Ostrowski named Visiting Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Elliott Earls Awarded Sabbatical for Fall 2017

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 13, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Zack Ostrowski has been named the visiting Designer-in-Residence of the Academy’s 2D Design Department for the fall 2017 semester. Current 2D Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls will be on sabbatical.

Skolos and Wedell Awarded 2017 AIGA Medal

In 2017, Nancy Skolos (BFA Design ’77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’77) were awarded a 2017 AIGA Medal, joining a long list of Academy alumni who have received the prestigious award. In 2016, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) was given an award, joining 10 Cranbrook alumni who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis ([…]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 –The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Graphic Design School

Helen Ip and Christian Morin Listed as “Top Students to Watch”

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 24, 2017 — Graphic Design USA magazine recently published the 2017 Top Graphic Design Schools and Cranbrook Academy of Art is named to the list. The schools are listed alphabetically.

Current 2D students Helen Ip (2D ’17) and Christian Morin (2D ’17) were also named “top students to watch,” along with emerging artists from schools of art and design across the country.

Riley Guest Lectures at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

The Contemporary Sculpture Society at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, hosts visiting artist and curator Haynes Riley (2D Design ’11) as a guest lecturer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Hillside Auditorium 206. Riley is an artist, curator, designer, and founder and director at Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas. While at Good Weather, Riley has organized nearly thirty solo exhibitions and participated in NADA New York, Material Art Fair, and ARTBandini Los Angeles.

Schorn Part of Group Exhibition at Bonfield Gallery-Crooked Tree Art Center

The Tinker, Tailor, Welder, Weaver: The Art of Assemblage exhibition at Bonfield Gallery-Crooked Tree Art Center is open and includes two and three dimensional works of assemblage and collage created by eight Michigan artists, including alumnus Brian Schorn (2D ’94).

Forbes Names Blauvelt’s “Hippie Modernism” One Of “13 Exhibits Worth Remembering In 2016”

Forbes Magazine has named Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt’s (Design ’88) Hippie Modernism: The Stuggle for Utopia one of “13 Art Exhibits Worth Remembering in 2016”.

Taylor’s Complex Movements Returns to Detroit with “Beware of the Dandelions”

Complex Movements, with alumnus Wes Taylor (2D ’11), returns to Detroit with their interactive performance space. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based art collective that seeks to combine complex science and social justice movements into an interactive performance space that reflects the needs, strengths and stories of a given community. The group has received support from Knight Foundation to develop its incredible touring art space, multimedia installation and organizing project

The Nuisance Committee’s Cranbrook Connection

Two Cranbrook Academy of Art 2D Design graduates have been making national news this week with a series of billboards they helped produce in conjunction with the 2016 presidential election.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Warren Corbitt

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., October 19, 2016 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumnus Warren Corbitt (2D Design ’99).

Corbitt was a multidisciplinary designer focusing on branding, editorial, and cultural projects, working fluidly between both screen-based and print-based media.

Earls Exhibits at Good Weather Gallery

Artist-in-Residence and head of 2D Design Elliot Earls’ new exhibition Death of a Salesman is opening at Good Weather Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 22.  The exhibition is open through November 19, 2016.

Peterson Paints First Mural Under Eiffel Tower for Nuit Blanche

Artist and Cranbrook Alumnus Cleon Peterson (2D Design ’06) is painting the first ever mural directly underneath the Eiffel Tower for this year’s Nuit Blanche festival in Paris.

Christian Morin interviews AIR Elliott Earls on printmag.com

Our 2D Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls talks about his studio practice with Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) in Print Magazine – out today!

Cranbrook Alum Mike Essl Named Acting Dean at The Cooper Union

Mike Essl (2D ’01) current associate professor at The Cooper Union has become the acting dean of the School of Art. In his Meet the Deans article you will learn about his new position at the school and design background.

Elliot Earls Is Featured in “DDEAF Magazine”

Learn more about Artist-in-Residence and Head of 2D Design Elliot Earls in  DDEAF Magazine‘s summer issue.
Elliott Earls interview by Kim Fay, DDEAF Magazine
When writers, musicians, actors earn income and royalties from their craft, it’s a reflection of their talent and popularity. A painter paints because she loves it. If she paints to get paid, her work is tainted. It’s not pure. Books, songs and movies are scalable. They can be replicated millions of times and […]

Alumna Libby Clarke Named Director at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Libby Clarke (2D Design ’99), former Assistant Professor at The New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, has joined the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey as Director of the Studio School. Her position began July 5.
 
 

“Metropolis Magazine” Profiles Gere Kavanaugh

Alumna Gene Kavanaugh (Design ’52) is profiled in Metropolis Magazine. She describes how Cranbrook Academy of Art’s curriculum focuses on “learning by doing” and how it has influenced her work.

Ebitenyefa Baralaye Awarded Teaching Fellowship; Shiraz Gallab Awarded a Second Year Fellowship

Recent Alumnus Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) has been selected as one of the five fellows to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2016-2017 academic year. Alumna Shiraz Gallab (2D ’15) will also be continuing her 2015-2016 fellowship for a second year during 2016-2017.

Aya Kawabata Awarded “New Talent Competition” at DMY International Design Festival

Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) recently received an award in the “New Talent Competition” at the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin. A total of 165 participants submitted current prototypes, close-to-production products, the latest design trends, innovations, experiments and processes. Twenty-five were awarded exhibition spots. In Kawabata’s project, Sun and Night, she pursues the aesthetics of abstraction and creates ambiguity in the form of the object. She is inspired by a timeless aesthetic that examines the void that exists between objects and the human body. […]

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 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 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.

Moretti Exhibits at Patrick Parish Gallery

Alumna Jesse Moretti’s (2D Design) exhibition, Foame is at the Patrick Parish gallery in NYC. In a new series of Foame paintings, Moretti creates images both hard edged and soft toned with wavy lines, pastels both attractive and grotesque, providing a charged plane to sink into.

Gere Kavanaugh Awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal

Congratulations to Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) on being awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal.  She joins 10 Cranbrook design alums who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis (Design ’75), P. Scott Makela and Laurie Haycock Makela (Design ’01), Charles and Ray Eames and Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional membership organization […]

Current 2D Student Kelsey Elder Named “Top Student to Watch”

Current 2D student Kelsey Elder (2D ’16) was named a top student to watch by Graphic Design USA magazine, along with emerging artists from schools of art and design across the country.

Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum Are Part of The Bluestockings Crew

The Knight Foundation featured an article about The Cranbrook Salon’s Bluestockings Crew. The Bluestockings Crew is comprised of a compelling cross section of luminary women from Detroit’s art and cultural scene: Maia Asshaq, founder of DittoDitto; Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman, co-founder of Playground Detroit; Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry (2D’12) and Lilian Crum (2D’12), designers at Unsold Studio; artist Ingrid LaFleur, founder of Afrotopia; and Marsha Philpot, a writer and performer. Members of the Bluestockings Crew will alternate presentations, inviting […]

Detroit Design Festival Video Clip Features Cranbrook Alumni

Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Artist-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) were featured in the Detroit Design Festival video clip showcasing Design in Detroit. The festival was held in September 2015,

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.

Elliott Earls Finds “Comic Relief” at Wasserman Projects

2D Designer-in-Residence used computer programming and technology to explore woodwork and painting in his latest project at Wasserman Projects. Using graphic design principles, his pieces reflect issues of design, technology and media. Read the full story here.
 

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Featured in Detroit Design Article

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Featured in Detroit Design Article

This article on Detroit’s emerging, collaborative art scene features several Cranbrook alumni, as it takes a long look at what’s happening in the city today. The article states, that, “Amid the city’s vast expanses of decay, pockets of talented and capable institutions, skilled designers, artisans, and tradesmen persevere, seeing potential where others see loss.”

Alumni Work On Display at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

Alumni Work Featured on New Website.

The Experiencing Perspectives art program is a partnership between Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Cranbrook Academy of Art that began in 2001, and allows graduate artwork to be displayed in the company’s Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The company recently launched a website cataloguing the artworks from current and past exhibitions. Visit the site here to see work by participating Academy graduates. 

Elliott Earls interviewed in Art 21 Blog

Elliott Earls and Family at Cranbrook Art Museum
ArtMembers’ Opening Reception: Friday, November 15, 2013The Blog Art 21, has an interesting article posted today entitled The Anchor Art Museums in and of Detroit. In the Article Colin Darke interviews me about the importance of the museum, and he profiles my new work Elegy for the Collapse of the Empire.
Interpretive skills are a critical part of a Museum’s mission. Elliott eloquently observed: “I feel the Museum has a deeply important social role … In some ways the idea of the Museum as […]

Nicole Killian Featured at Sadie Halie Projects

Sadie Halie Projects is showing new work from Cranbrook Academy of Art alumnus Nicole Killian (’11). Exhibition opens Saturday, November 9th from 7-10 PM.
Sadie Halie Projects is at 120 32nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Featured in Detroit Design Article

This article on Detroit’s emerging, collaborative art scene features several Cranbrook alumni, as it takes a long look at what’s happening in the city today. The article states, that, “Amid the city’s vast expanses of decay, pockets of talented and capable institutions, skilled designers, artisans, and tradesmen persevere, seeing potential where others see loss.”

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive More Than $200,000 in Grants from the Knight Foundation

This weekend, the Knight Foundation awarded $2.1 million in grants to 56 projects aimed at expanding the arts in the city of Detroit. Several of the award winners are Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates, and we are extremely proud of their success. According to the Knight Foundation, they received 1,400 applications – the most applications per capita that the nonprofit has received in the contest’s three-city, six-year history. In June, the 1,400 submissions were narrowed down to 84 finalists. Dennis Scholl, Vice President for the Arts at the Knight Foundation, said in an interview with […]

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