The Latest News From The 3D Department

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.

Terrell Launches Sustainable Bikini Brand Jeux De Vagues

Katherine Terrell (2D Design ’03) launches a sustainable bikini brand Jeux De Vagues. As a designer, surfer, mom, and activist, Terrell creates solid fabrics made with Econyl® , a 100% regenerated polyester fiber made from pre- and post-consumer materials. Printed fabrics are made from recycled water bottles. All bikinis are made in a fair labor factory in Los Angeles with dissolvable, fully biodegradable hangtags. For more information about the products go to the website.

MEGA 2017 Features Cranbrook Academy of Art Students

The Masters Student Collective of Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts present the 7th Annual Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Exhibition (MEGA). MEGA 2017 features works from 5 Cranbrook Academy of Art Students from artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. The exhibition opens on April 8th with an opening reception 6-8pm at the Avenue of for the Arts.

Cranbrook Academy of Art students selected to participate are: William Marcellus Armstrong (Fiber ’17), Prashani Chandrasena (Fiber ’18), Min-Jen Chang (Print Media ’17), Anita Enriquez (Fiber ’17), and Jing Ouyang (3D Design)

Chugh’s Exhibition “Stranger” Opens at Galerie Camille

Stranger, Vineta Chugh’s (3D Design ’17) two-person show with Scott Campbell exploring themes of masculine and feminine identity opens on Friday at Galerie Camille in Midtown Detroit. The exhibition runs March 10-April 1 with an artist talk on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm.

Anthony Dunne To Deliver the 2017 Knoll Lecture in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., January 18, 2017 – On January 26 at 6pm, Cranbrook Academy of Art will welcome critically acclaimed designer and educator Anthony Dunne for this year’s annual Knoll Lecture in Design. Dunne is currently a Professor of Design and Emerging Technology and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. Dunne also runs the studio Dunne and Raby with his long term partner and collaborator, Fiona Raby.

PLAYGROUND DETROIT Features Work by AIR Scott Klinker

The Detroit News featured an article about PLAYGROUND DETROIT that included new work and comments by Cranbrook Academy of Art 3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker.

Schanck Listed in “9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016”

Christopher Schanck (3D Design), is part of Artnet News’ 9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016. Schanck work is bold, architectural pieces that are coated in a super fine foil that reveals every nook and cranny of their original surfaces (the table is cheap OSB wood), now smooth to the touch thanks to a glossy finish.

Cranbrook Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.

Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.

Muecke Mentioned On CNN About Investing in the Arts Market

Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) is mentioned in the story about investing in the arts market in a CNN piece about Design Miami.

“Barbed” Features Cranbrook Alums in Latest Issue

Detroit Art Magazine Barbed featured numerous Cranbrook alums in its latest issue. Jessica Frelinghuysen (Architecture ’06) was interviewed about her latest solo exhibition, Its Exercise Time held at Popps Packing Gallery in October 2016.

Core77 Interviews Klinker About Design

Artist-in-Residence and head of 3D Design Scott Klinker is interviewed for Core77. In this in depth piece, he discusses design as an “expanding discipline and cultural agency” and the work of 3D Design at Cranbrook.

Muecke’s Work Is Featured in W Magazine

Jonathan Muecke’s (3D ’10) work is featured in a W Magazine piece about the Manhattan loft of Rodman Primack and Rudy Weissenberg.

Will Ayers Joins GNU Group

According to the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), Alumnus Will Ayers (3D Design ’03) has joined the GNU Group to lead their expansion in Southern California

Core77 Looks at Christopher Schanck Design Process

Core77 offers an inside look at Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11) and the process behind his ALUfoil Suite. Read how he uses an everyday kitchen item in his practice.

Core77 Featured 3D Design’s Exhibition at Collective Design

Core77 featured an article on our 3D Design department’s recent exhibition, Fine Design for the End of the World, at Collective Design during New York’s Design Week.

Scott Klinker To Speak at IDSA’s International Conference

The Industrial Designers Society of America is hosting its 2016 International Conference  from August 17-20 in Detroit. At the conference, Scott Klinker, 3D Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art, will share central themes that are changing international design culture—including ideas about self-production, critical design, conceptual craft and other topics.

Hannah Vaughan Featured in LVL3 Media Spotlight

Hannah Vaughan (3D Design ’16) is featured in a LVL3 Media Spotlight about her work and influences.  LVL3 is an online platform that highlights contemporary artists, designers, writers, performers, and creative entrepreneurs.

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.

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.

“CURBED” Named Cranbrook’s 3D Design Exhibit a “Must SEE”

Cranbrook’s 3D Design Department made CURBED “must see” list at the Collective Design fair.

“Blouin Artinfo” Named 3D Design a “Highlight”

Blouin Artinfo named our 3D Design Department exhibit at Collective Design a “highlight” of the show. Cranbrook’s 3D Design Department exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, is taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

“Hyperallergic” Calls 3D Design “Most Enticing”

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

Cranbrook 3D Design Department Launches Website

Our 3D Design Department has launched a website profiling their upcoming exhibition, “Fine Design for the End of the World,” to be held at the 2016 Collective Design Fair, taking place May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City.

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 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.

Anders Ruhwald and Cranbrook Alums Featured in New York Times

In a the New York Times article, “The Five Most Important New Dealers on the Forefront of Design,” work by Artist-in-Residence, and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald is featured in the Volume Gallery image. The article also mentions of work by Jesse Moretti (2D ’13), Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07).

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 […]

Christopher Schanck Profiled in Cultured Magazine

Cultured Magazine featured Cranbrook Alumni Christopher Schanck (3D ’11) in a profile about his work and how Detroit has influenced his practice.

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.

Nina Cho and Aleksandra Pollner Named “American Design Hotlist”

Recent Grad Nina Cho (3D ’15) and student Aleksandra Pollner (3D ’16)have been named to the American Design Hotlist on the influential design blog Sight Unseen. The Hotlist is sponsored by Herman Miller.

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,

Academy Graduates Tiff Massey, Chris Schanck, and Annica Cuppetelli Awarded Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships

Academy Grads Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11), Chris Schanck (3D Design ’11), and Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08) were awarded $25,000 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships. This year’s class of 18 fellowship winners was selected from more than 650 applications by independent panels of experts comprised of national and local artists. This year’s focus on literary and visual artists comes after last year’s class of fellows working in film, theater, music and dance.

Aleksandra Pollner is Featured in “Sight Unseen”

Student Aleksandra Pollner (3D Design ’16) is profiled in Sight Unseen in a piece titled “Up and Coming: Aleksandra Pollner, Furniture Design.” In the article she describes her childhood, creative background and how her experiences influence her work.

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.

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 […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Grads Featured in Vulture’s “Why They Live in Detroit”

An interesting look at why more and more of our graduates are staying in the city of Detroit from Vulture. Of the nine artists profiled in the article, Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11), Corine Vermeulen (Photography ’04), and Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06) are Academy graduates. The article also features Adam Lee Miller, who is part of the current exhibition “Theater of the Mind” at Cranbrook Art Museum.

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

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.

Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10) Commission Recipient For Design Miami/Pavilion 2014

Volume Gallery is proud to announce that Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10) is the recipient of the Design Commission for the entrance pavilion of Design Miami/ 2014. Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its Design Commissions program. Design Miami is to be help December 3-7, 2014. This year’s entrance at Design Miami Pavilion(DMP), is an experiment in application of Muecke’s object making approach to a scale neither architectural nor domestic. Conceptualized as a “respite from” its […]

3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker Launches New Product on

Once known for being dark and shadowy, corners are about to be seen in a whole new light. In developing the Corner Bright Light, furniture designer Scott Klinker, Artist-in-Residence and head of the 3D Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art reevaluated the role of the corner in brightening a room. His elegant floor lamp is comprised of a single exposed LED bulb on a thin frame that nestles neatly into any corner to create a pleasant ambient glow. It takes up very little space or energy, making it as convenient […]

Michael Neville (3D’14) Discusses Creative Design for Kids with Afilii

Recent Graduate Michael Neville (3D’14) is featured in an online interview with Afilii talking about his Colonial Turd series of rockers for children. See the complete interview here.

Cranbrook for Alessi Featured in New York Times and Dwell Magazine

The Italian home accessories manufacturer Alessi recently collaborated with Cranbrook Academy of Art for a collection of alumni-designed tableware. Four of those designs were put into production and are now available in Alessi retail stores and online.

Detroit-Based Alumni Talk About Staying in City

At Bad at Sports, Tom Friel (Sculpture ’11) talks with Brian DuBois (3D ’11), Chris Schanck (3D ’11) and Jack Craig (3D ’12) about their studio work and why they choose to stay in the city of Detroit. For the full story click here.

Brian DuBois and Reed Wilson Featured in the New York Times

Brian DuBois’(3D Design) artful coasters (or “CORKsters”) caught the eye of the New York Times at the recent Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City. DuBois calls them “mini-sculptures,” giving an everyday object an alternative life. Also featured are Reed Wilson’s (3D Design ’11) “East Coasters,” currently available at Anthropologie. Read the full story here.

3D Featured in Core77 Interview for Award-Winning Work

3D Featured in Core77 Interview for Award-Winning Work

Gary Smith, Vice President of Product Design and Exploration at Herman Miller, highlights work created through a partnership with CAA’s 3D department that looked at “Rest and Concentration in the Workplace.” Students worked for a full year developing submissions and won the 2012 Editors Award for best university submission at the International […]

The Artist Spotlight Shines on Marie Perrin-McGraw and Robert Turek

The Press-Enterprise takes a look at the work of Marie Perrin-McGraw (Ceramics ’09) and Robert Turek (3D ’10) and their contributions to the contemporary Arts and Crafts movement, here.

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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