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.
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.
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.
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)
Camille Silverman (Painting ’06) is named Executive Director of Riverside Arts Center (RAC) in Riverside, Illinois. Silverman’s immediate goals include the launch of a membership drive leading up to RAC’s 25-year anniversary and an expansion of the educational programs offered by RAC throughout the community.
Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. As she says, they are “a proposition for examining our own relationship with capitalist power structures that necessitate exploitation.” Snuggies for the Revolution are on exhibit at the Elijah Wheat Showroom in Bushwick through April 30, 2017.
“This Land is Your Land”, Barry Underwood’s (Photography ’95) second exhibition with SOUS LES ETOILES GALLERY opened and featured on artdaily.org.
Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate.
Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.
The interactive, immersive projection, called Beacon, will run from mid-April to mid-July at the empty 930 K Street building, says producer and placemaker Tre Borden, who is running the project with local filmmaker, artist and Beacon curator, Jessa Ciel (Photography ’16).
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.
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.
Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) was named one of the top ten artists to watch at New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) according to Artspace magazine. The large, multilayered paintings of Smith offer several access points: black line drawings that describe ordinary scenes from the point of view of an anonymous observer, text scribbled with airbrush paint that document the artist’s stream-of-consciousness, and a fragmented picture plane calling to mind a blurry photograph.
Susan Hagen’s (Sculpture ’83) solo exhibition People Power The Recent Work of Susan Hagen
features works from her “Teenager Project” and “Citizens (People of Philly)” series. Included will be drawings and sculptures which explore the lives of teenagers and the ordinary people (and subcultures) who make up the fabric of urban life in Philadelphia. The exhibition on display at The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden Community College until April 7, 2017
MOCAD Curatorial Fellow Scott Campbell visited alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16) studio in Highland Park, Michigan. He explored her space and spoke with her about her work where she “aims to shift the viewer’s perspective on the natural world and our role within it.”
Artsy names Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) as one of the top 16 women pushing design forward in the United States. According to recent studies published by the AIA (the national professional association of architects) and AIGA (the professional association for design) reveal that, while design and architecture programs attract female and minority students, “the professions don’t retain them,” explains design critic Alexandra Lange, “and the numbers are particularly small at the leadership level.”
Motivated by these imbalances, Artsy spotlights 16 women, including Clark, who are transcending these statistics and leading progressive change in their fields.
Painting Alum Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05), whose ethereal, evocative use of the aesthetic modality of traditional Persian painting ensnares the viewer in complicit landscapes of violence, producing a potent and poetic critique of contemporary politics both foreign and domestic. Shiva Ahmadi: Ascend opens on March 9 at the Leila Heller Gallery in NYC.
Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) launched her first publication, Deadstock. Deadstock is published by Maga Books. To celebrate the launch, Habsburg-Lorthringen and Martha Wilson offered inter-generational perspectives on feminism, performance, and the archive as they relate to their respective practices at a talk titled, “Framing Femininity” at the Independent Curators International in NYC.
Joseph Kraska’s trippy queer video series Peppré Ann and Froends returns with a new episode. This time, the girls are going shopping. But instead of typical consumer schlock and Orange Julius, they’re going to be exposed to the harsh, bizarre reality of the suburban mall (“moll”) as a privatized public space, where the logic of capitalism rules over free speech or the right to congregate. This all-too-real dystopian nightmare will be brought to life through an installation in collaboration with Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16).
Lauren Satlowski (Painting ’13) has a solo exhibition at Embassy Gallery called, Night in the Diamond Cut. Satlowski’s new works on paper employ characters that unabashedly celebrate their innate femininity while simultaneously calling the body into crisis. These archetypes —both girlish and aged– materialize and retreat through the staining and crystallization of watercolor and ink.
William Connally (Photography ’12) will present at the Society of Photography Education 2017 National Converence in March 2017 on Thursday, March 9 from 4-5:40pm. His presentation is part of the new imagemaker “Dialogic” presentation. This new session format is a carefully curated series of five concise 18-minute presentations by five imagemakers on issues of photography, family, and remembrance.
On March 6, Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) will speak at a lecture called, “Off the Record.” She will discuss the various roles that art and activism play in her work with grassroots movements across the country – from the historic fight to reclaim Richmond, Virginia’s African Burial Ground to the deeply embattled struggle over water privatization in Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
P·P·O·W in New York presents Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81). Rosen’s work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface.
2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market
The Detroit Artists Market is proud to announce that ten graduate students from Cranbrook Academy of Art were selected as finalists for this year’s John F. Korachis Scholarship Award. These artists will showcase their juried artwork at this year’s exhibition, which will also include works by renowned Cranbrook alumni and faculty.
Cranbrook’s own “First Couple of Design” Ray and Charles Eames are featured in a piece from Paste. The article talks about how they met, their creative partnership, and their influence in modern design.
Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) is participating in a panel discussion on February 10 at 12-1pm at Wave Pool Gallery in Camp Washington and the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed Jr. Gallery at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) is interviewed and Refinery29 about her latest exhibition and first solo show in the UK. According to Refinery 29, To Oblivion casts fresh light on the female victims of torture in her parents’ native Iran.
Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) is part of Organizational Strategies for the After Life: Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope at David Klein Gallery.
Om Tat Sat: A Photographic Journey through India is an exhibition of photographs by Maria Cusumano (Print Media ’82) and Mark Towner (Photography ’81) that is showing at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. The two artists met at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The exhibition runs until May 20, 2017.
Stagecraft: Models and Photos opens February 9 and exlores the synergy between architectural models and photography as a wellspring of architectural invention. For this exhibition, the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University commissioned architectural photographer James Ewing (Photography ’04) to photograph six models of notable twentieth century buildings, culled from the archives of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Kottie Gaydos (Photography ’16) recent project Unfixed is an interdisciplinary examination of vulnerability, healing, and change. Gaydos creates ceramic vessels which she coats in an unfixed cyanotype solution, then juxtaposes these forms next to manipulated sheets of unfixed cyanotype paper. Each medium undergoes a change.
Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99 ) is part of a new group exhibition, New Ruins at American University Art Museum. The artists work in the show foregrounds the specific temporal, material, and tactile aspects of painting as subject.
The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College exhibits Ralph Pàquin’s (Ceramics ’82) Evolution: Of Origin and Form. Pàquin currently serves as a professor of studio art at the College. The exhibition will be open through February 27.
Alumni Brittany Campbell (Fiber ’13) and Zachariah Szabo (Photography) are part of the joint exhibition Brittany Campbell & Zachariah Szabo: The Conceit of Memory at Terhune Art Gallery. Through photography and three-dimensional constructions, Campbell and Szabo each explore the meaning and purpose of loss, memory, and identity.
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).