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.
Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York created replicas of parts of the museum’s foundation: irregular granite piers that protrude above the museum’s ground floor. Four graphite drawings, each mirroring the appearance of a pier, hang alongside York’s sculptural works, strengthening the ties between drawing and sculpture in her practice.
Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10 ) was named a finalist of the Hublot Design Prize in 2017. Born from the friendship between Jean-Claude Biver and Pierre Keller (former director of Lausanne University of Art and Design, ECAL), the Hublot Design Prize was created in 2015 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic Big Bang model and highlights the work of the designers of tomorrow. This prize is not intended to pay tribute to the work of a famous designer, nor to support a newly qualified designer, but to provide an already accomplished designer with a platform to launch and increase the exposure of their work, a career boost so that, one day, they will rank amongst the great names in design.
The Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College is featuring The 228, from Alyssa Rose Bliven (Metalsmithing ’16). The exhibition will be on display in the center’s main gallery through Oct. 28. Bliven is a 2014 Hastings College graduate and recent 2016 graduate of Metalsmithing at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a self-proclaimed object-maker, she constructs 3D sculptures with a variety of materials. A portion of the exhibition showcases Bliven’s masters thesis from Cranbrook, “228 Words on Depression.” This collection of sculptures addresses the similarities between emotions and knick knacks.
Ana M. Lopez (Metalsmithing ’99) is presenting to the Dallas Art Association on Wednesday, October 4th from 7-9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX . Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Fall 2017 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists will work in MAD’s sixth-floor open studios from September 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Cranbrook Alum Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16) will be at the studio every Friday. While at MAD, Herr will explore Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her series “Snuggies for the Revolution.” Through this project, she is reconsidering her interest in patterns and the historical role of textiles used for both political oppression and resistance movements. Herr will also continue her “Propaganda Poster” series, which uses holographic sign vinyl and gouache to examine the ways pattern and other optical devices are used to both dazzle and visually confuse.
LVL Gallery named Stephen Kent (Ceramics ’13) Artist of the Week and profiled him. Kent has been a student at Penn State, Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, a participant in the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard in Denmark and received a Fellowship at the Oxbow School of Art and Artist residency in Michigan. In 2013 he moved to Berlin where he has continued to work around ideas of resolution and image production through the decorative gesture and the exploration of cultural codes embedded in everyday objects.
After running her own textile company for 25 years, textile trailblazer Sina Pearson (Fiber ’72) is now bringing her brand to Momentum Group. Pearson’s namesake textile company was acquired last year by Momentum Group, so she spends time in Seattle in her garden and the rest of the month at Momentum’s minimalist showroom on New York’s Park Avenue. In Metropolis she said, “It’s like left brain, right brain,” insisting that pulling up […]
Anne Vieux (Painting ‘) is part of a group exhibition at PC–G’s Reilly Gallery opening on September 14. Painters & Photographers presents painterly themes and techniques in recent abstract photography. This exhibition consists of illusionistic compositions— rendered somewhere between meticulous staging techniques, analog processes and digital alterations—manipulate perceptions of space and reality to create photographs that appear as abstract paintings. In addition to the exhibition, a Conjunctive Mini-Symposium will be held on October 26, 6:30-8pm.
Cranbrook Alums Brittney Nelson (Photography ’11) and Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) are part of the group exhibition Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. Hailing from across the United States, the artists in this exhibition explore new ways of abstraction based on experimental, process-oriented methods. Intended to defamiliarize common imagery, their works preclude figurative recognition or easy comprehension. The methods of the exhibition’s artists are nuanced, time-intensive, and often drawn from unlikely modernized sources. These include “DIY” videos on YouTube, Photoshop errors, digital distortions, smart phone apps, and manipulated or synthetic materials such as scanned iridescent paper and digitally printed faux suede. The exhibition’s opening reception is on September 6 at 6:30pm and the exhibition is open through December 23, 2017.
Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.
‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’
Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.
The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12) installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.
Cranbrook Alumni Sarah C. Blanchette (Photography ’17), Lydia Enriquez (Photography ’17) and Ouyang Jing (Photography ’17) have been awarded Publication Fellowships for Peripheral Vision. This fellowship is for emerging and mid-career professional American artists in conjunction with our inaugural salon-style exhibition, curated by critic Georgia Erger. Submitted works represent the diversity of contemporary art practice and occupy various points of intersection around common themes and aesthetic concerns. Salon 2017, forthcoming this fall, will take the form of an introductory essay by the curator containing links to artist project pages.
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation awarded Hasan Elahi (Print Media ’96) one of its 2017 First Amendment Award winners. Elahi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland and an interdisciplinary artist who asks Americans to explore issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI. After undergoing months of interrogations before he was cleared of suspicions, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened almost every aspect of his life to the public. Predating public knowledge of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by over a decade, his project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website. Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.
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.
Benrubi Gallery, New York is hosting an exhibition Pitch by artist Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06), on view through August 25, 2017 and featured in BLOUINARTINFO. The exhibition marks her second solo with the gallery. A finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers, Semivan’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.
But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting ’92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alumna Jessi Hardesty (Print Media ’14) and the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Carroll Community College was profiled in the Carroll County Times. When asked about her experience at Cranbrook Academy of Art she said, “It is Hogwarts for artists.” Read more here about her experience at graduate school and her new post at Carroll Community College.
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 ‘<[…]
Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and Laura Mott (Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum) participated in a roundtable discussion about rust with Taylor Aldridge and Matthew Angelo Harrison – featured in Art21 Magazine.
Alumna Keetra Dean Dixon (2D Design ’06) has been named one of the “Educators To Watch” by Graphic Design USA. According to the magazine, “The common thread is that these are people who are making a difference to their students, schools and community.” Dixon is an educator at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her work earned a U.S. Presidential Award, a place in the permanent design collection at SFMOMA and an ADC Young Gun Award (in 2008). Her clients have included […]
Guest Curator Dasha Matsuura selected Jessica Dolence’s (Fiber ’16) work to be included in the latest issue of Create! Magazine. The magazine which focuses on the unique work of artists from around the world. Each issue contains contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it.
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.
As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture ’80) and his wife Robin will speak on the “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium” on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.
Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) is interviewed in Sight Unseen. See her work in our exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape currently on display Cranbrook Art Museum. Jaworska is also currently a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist.
New etchings and paintings from alumnus Brad Cushman (Painting ’86), the director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery, will be on display at Boswell Mourot Gallery from June 10 to July 1. Landscapes, trees and their reflections, weathered surfaces, and textures have inspired this series of paintings and mixed media works. An opening reception for the exhibit, Though False Intended True, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Boswell Mourot Gallery.
View a re-installation of Portable City by Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) with the current exhibition Landscapes by Amy Vogel at Paul Kotula Projects in Ferndale, Michigan on June 1-3. Hours for this program are Thursday, June 1, 11-7pm and Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 11 to 5pm. The pairing brings together two Chicago artists who are challenging the notion of landscape conceptually and physically in their respective bodies of work.
Erin Whitman (Painting ’06) will be visiting artist at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) June 8-9. The school’s Art Department two days of events, including a lecture about her work and artistic inspirations on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. and a hands-on demonstration of her work on Friday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. These events, sponsored by the LTCC Foundation and the LTCC Art Club, are free and open to the public.
Dwell Magazine named Detroit-based artist and Cranbrook Alumnus Ara Levon Thorose (3D Design ’15) one of “The Best of New York Design Week.” According to the magazine, “We think it’s pretty safe to say that young artist Ara Levon Thorose is off to a strong start.”
Jaime Alvarez (Photography ’05) created a family space and art-photography business in a 19th-century former home of a pickle factory. The story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the 4,000 square-foot building in Fishtown are just where Alvarez and wife Leah Shepperd now thrive along with their infant son, a large St. Bernard named Seamus, and two indistinguishable orange cats named Chester and Lester.
In May, the Wexner Center will debut Gray Matters, the first exhibition curated by Michael Goodson (Sculpture ’97). The show completes a circle of sorts for the museum’s new, 48-year-old senior curator of exhibitions. Long before he chose what pieces to display at Columbus’ top contemporary arts venue, Goodson was on the other side of the artistic equation—an aspiring sculptor and punk-rock kid from Dayton seeking inspiration from his visits to the Wex. After several years of artistic practice and curating, “I found pretty quickly that I had an acumen for thinking about how work is installed and what it means in that context,” said Goodson.
In an ArtDaily, an article featuring Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) debut of his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Hera is an extension of Matelli’s Garden Sculptures series, initiated in 2015, in which he defaces garden statuary of classical or religious icons and subverts material expectation. Based on an ancient Greek statue of Hera and poised atop a pedestal, the statue, fabricated out of cast stone, is painstakingly aged to mimic a centuries old patina. The exhibition is open through October 21.
Annual “Academy Awards” Celebration Caps Off Academic Year
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 15, 2017 — On the eve of its 2017 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 11.
McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) is part of the 2017 Venice Biennale’s centerpiece exhibition, Viva Arte Viva. Until he came to install for the Biennale, the 70-year-old McArthur Binion had never set foot in Venice. “I told friends that I wouldn’t go unless my work was in this show,” he said, smiling, on opening day.
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.
The Huntington Museum of Art named Dan Anderson (Ceramics ’70) as a Walter Gropius Master Artist this month. An exhibit of work by Anderson will remain at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 4. Anderson is a full-time studio artist following 32 years of teaching ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he now is professor emeritus. He has received an NEA individual artist fellowship, six artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (1996) and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana (2010, 2012, 2014).
Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) is featured in the annual MFA Annual 129. Christian Morin works in painting, graphics, and performance.
Alumna Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) is featured in Art in America. Her exhibition at PPOW is titled Tie Me to the Mast. Each piece is a collection of many ceramic objects: tubes and gourds and balls and blobs, all piled up on a wheeled dolly and whipped together with wire. These six-foot-high towers are imposing, yet hilarious in their pendulous anthropomorphism. She began making them in 2010 and 2011.
Kara Gut’s (Photography ’16) three part avatar manifesto, Wayshrines I, II, & III, will be showcased on DCCP’s online gallery of moving and lens-based media. Wayshrines will be shared in three installments over the course of the coming weeks. Visit the online gallery to view the work and be sure to revisit for the next two installments.
The Frontierman newspaper featured an article about Alida van Almelo’s (Ceramics ’16) installation Coriolis that is on display at the World Ceramic Biennale at the World Ceramic Center in Icheon, South Korea. Van Almelo’s work is one of 90 or so on display, chosen from more than 2,400 entries world wide and her novel concept earned her a bronze prize, which carries with it a cash prize, including the museum’s purchase of her piece. The exhibition will remain open through October 2017.
Chrissy Scolaro (Sculpture ’16), chats with the blog Young Space about her education and influences. “Completing my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art was, hands down, my most challenging and rewarding academic experience,” said Scolaro. “In addition to the education I received there, a big take away has been the familial nature of the alumni network, which I’m hopeful will be a source of continued support and growth. Because Cranbrook sort of operates like more of a residency or commune, I think it’s common to be significantly transformed by the program in some way.”
Rush Arts Gallery opened the group show, “Detroit Grind,” featuring six Detroit artists including alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and featured in the Detroit Free Press. The show was created by Inner State Gallery and marks their latest effort to introduce the work of emerging Detroit artists to audiences outside of Michigan. The exhibition is open through May 19, 2017.
Mosaic ceiling and tile wall designed, fabricated and installed by aluma Farley Tobin (Ceramics ’77) and her husband, Alton Parks, in author Andrew Solomon’s townhouse in New York City. The work was featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest.
Susan Simmons (Photography ’17) is interviewed by ESME, a single-mom online community. Simmons talks about her graduate school experience, her practice and parenting her 10-year-old daughter as a single mom.
Scott Klinker Awarded Sabbatical for Fall 2017
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 27, 2017– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that award-winning furniture designer Vivian Beer has been named the visiting Designer-in-Residence for the Academy’s 3D Design department. She will stand in for current 3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker while he is on sabbatical for the fall 2017 semester.
Sheida Solemani (Photography ’15) received a $25,000 MacColl Johnson grant. Every year, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards three emerging artists a $25,000 fellowship with one string attached — they must live in Rhode Island.
Solemani’s most recent exhibition, titled “Civil Liberties,” superimposes the faces of Iranian women — whose executions have not been documented or publicized — onto life-size, nugget-shaped pillows. The pillows are set against a three-dimensional collage of sometimes mundane, sometimes brutal photographs and artifacts. She created 12 works in the series, which was recently exhibited at galleries in Providence, Chicago and London.
HE Wei (3D Design ’14) exhibition HE Wei: Space Permeable adopts an interdisciplinary approach by combining sculpture, installation, design, media, and performance in order to create what he calls a participatory art event. He is the founder of HE+HU Art Collective and a member of the NEW INC, the incubator program of art, design, and technology under the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The exhibition is open through June 10. HE Wei is also teaching a workshop called The Food and Art Family Workshop at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on June 10 from 1-2:30 pm.
Edgar Mosa (Metalsmithing ’11) has two pieces in a group exhibition titled, Domestic Appeal Collection #3 at Chamber in NYC. The exhibition is open through April 22, 2017.
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.