The Latest Alumni News

Christopher Scoates on Why Design Education Matters

Metropolis Mag

Director Chris Scoates recently talked with Metropolis Magazine about “Why Design Education Matters.” In the article, Scoates notes that, “The critical and public definition of what constitutes art and design practice has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. So it’s imperative that design education address the new cultural space of the twenty-first century.” Read the full story here.

Dean Ruck Named Texas Artist of the Year

Havel Ruck ProjectInversion, 2005Photo by Art League Houston

Dean Ruck (Sculpture ’87) and his partner Dan Havel (together they make up Havel Ruck Projects) have been named the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year by the Art League Houston.
Each year, Art League Houston honors those whose work or patronage has had a significant and positive impact on contemporary visual art in Texas.
“Art League Houston is thrilled to be honoring Havel Ruck Projects as the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year,” said Aaron Reimer, Board President, Art League Houston. “Dan Havel […]

Lauren Semivan Selected to Exhibit at Paris Photo 2014

Lauren Semivan
Ecstatic Time, 2014

Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) has been selected to exhibit her work at Paris Photo in 2014. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, one of 169 exhibitors at the show. Paris Photo will run from November 13-16, 2014 in the historical Grand Palais in Paris. For more information, click here.

Sonya Clark Named Co-Winner of Juried Grand Prize at ArtPrize

Sonya Clark 
The Hair Craft Project

Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95 and past Distinguished Alumni Award winner) was the co-winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize for her work, “The Hair Craft Project,” which looks at the design and skill of African American hairdressers and celebrates hairdressing as the primordial textile art form as well as a ritual of grooming. Clark will split the $200,000 Grand Prize with Anila Quayyum Agha, who won for her project, “Intersections.” Clark was also the winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Award for Best Two-Dimensional work, one of eight $20,000 category prizes announced Friday. For […]

Kim Faler Awarded Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency

Constitution, 2014, plywood, thread, and acrylic medium, 16"x 20.5"

In addition to opening exhibitions at Art Basel Miami and Green Mountain College in Vermont, Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residence, where she will spend January/February 2015 working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston in early 2015. For more information about Kim, visit her website.

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.

Bethany Shorb’s Menswear Line Featured in HOUR Detroit


Bethany Shorb’s (Sculpture ’01) new Cyberoptix’s menswear line featuring model Matthew Lambert (Metalsmithing ’14) hits newsstands in HOUR Detroit this month.

Jessica Harvey’s “Mother Road” Opens at Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa

Mother Road
Jessica Harvey

“Mother Road,” is the multimedia exhibit Jessica Harvey (Photography ’09) has created as the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s latest artist in residence. The exhibit will feature a variety of photographs Harvey made during a monthlong trek from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Tulsa along Route 66, including black-and-white and color prints, as well as slide images that will be projected on gallery walls, along with objects she collected along the way, from daily newspapers to pieces of petrified wood. Harvey will talk about her exhibit and her […]

Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) in August’s issue of Cosmopolitan!


Check out the profile of Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) in August’s issue of Cosmopolitan! Daughdrill was featured in the Get That Life section, a weekly series where successful, talented, creative women got to where they are now.  Learn about her journey in art, farming and food within metro Detroit.   

Lindsey Dezman (Ceramics ’14) Wins LIAEP Award


Congratulations to Lindsey Dezman (Ceramics ’14) – for receiving a LIAEP Award, which she will use to attend the Guldagergaard program in Skaelskor, Denmark for 9 weeks. Her meditative ceramic sculpture installations reference craft traditions yet permit observers dream like reveries on processes and materials independent of the kind of studio shop talk so prevalent in ceramics of the past generation.