The Latest Alumni News

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.

Thomason Opens at Teen Party


Congratulations to Tracy Thomason (Painting ’08) on the opening of her recent exhibition at Teen Party in Brooklyn. Read about it in Blouin Artinfo.

Alumna Ania Jaworska shortlisted for the MoMA Young Architects Program

Photography by Ian Volner.

Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) was shortlisted for the MoMA Young Architects Program. The finalists are chosen from a pool of 30 firms comprised of students, recent architectural school graduates, and established architects using experimental forms or techniques selected by by deans of architecture schools and editors of architecture publications.

Ng’s Work Is Featured in “Penobscot Bay Pilot”


Penobscot Bay Pilot profiled one of PechaKucha Midcoast’s most recent presenters Elaine K. Ng (Ceramics ’14), a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture and architectural installation. After a 10-year career in nonprofit management, she returned to the studio to focus on her own artwork and […]

Academy Alumni Named USA Fellows


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 18, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that alumni Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04), Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) and Piper Shepard (Fiber ’88) were each named 2016 United States Artists Fellows this week. 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.

Habsburg-Lothringen Debuts at ltd los angeles


Chanel von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) debuts a new body of work, Conditions, in her first LA solo exhibition, at ltd los angeles.

Farrand and Herwitz Featured in Art21


Blog Art21 features an article about Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) and Ariel Herwitz (Ceramics ’11) who have solo exhibitions opening in Los Angeles at Ibid Gallery and Ochi Projects.

Kavanaugh Staff Artist at Soul Studio


The Detroit News featured an article about Soul Studio, a space in the West Bloomfield Farber Soul Center, where adults with special needs can express their creativity.

Jaworska Opens “SET” at Volume Gallery


Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) opened SET at Volume Gallery in Chicago. SET is a collection of units that share visual and physical similarities. This fixed resemblance is identified by consistency of color, material, scale, shape, form, and self-aware parts of the grouping.

Clark’s Solo Exhibition Opens at The Taubman Museum of Art


Artist Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95)  major solo exhibition Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark opened at The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.

Farrand Part of “Slightly Undercooked”


Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) is part of a group show at BBQLA in Los Angeles. Slightly Undercooked asks, “Where does sculpture fit in a painting dominated art market?”

New Exhibitions by Nelson and Goethel Campbell Opens at David Klein Gallery


On November 5, see the opening of Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) and visiting Print Media Artist-in-Residence Susan Goethel Campbell’s new exhibition at David Klein Gallery! The exhibitions close December 17.

Adler Schnee Exhibits at Detroit Center for Design + Technology


Fiber Artist Ruth Adler Schnee (Fiber ’46) is exhibiting her work in  Adler Schnee: A Life in Design at Detroit Center for Design + Technology. The exhibition features a rich selection of Adler Schnee’s stunning textiles, fabric panels, and drawings, offering a remarkable view of her career and the finest of mid-century design. The opening reception is November 4 and the exhibition runs until November 30.

Sophie Eisner Featured in Group Exhibition at The Carr Center


Academy alumni Sophie Eisner (Metalsmithing ’15) is featured in a group exhibition opening at The Carr Center on November 3. The exhibition closes on December 17.

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

Cranbrook Academy of Art Partners with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services


Thanks to a special partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Cranbrook Academy of Art enhances MBFS’s work environment with cutting-edge art from students and graduates. The Experiencing Perspectives art program is a partnership between MBFS and Cranbrook Academy of Art that began in 2001. The graduate artwork is selected and displayed in the company’s Americas Headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan for one year.

“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.  Frelinghuysen turned the gallery in to an aerobic studio. Artists work also included in the issue are: […]

Alumna Amina Rizwan Is Highlighted in an United States Education Foundation in Pakistan Video


Alumna Amina Rizwan (Metalsmithing ’14) is featured in a video from the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. The piece focuses on her work and approach to her practice. Rizwan came to Cranbrook to study Metalsmithing on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Connally Exhibition To Be Presented at the Society for Photographic Education’s National Conference


Will Connally’s (Photography ’12) exhibition, Lake Elster is on display at Shockoe Artspace in Arlington, Virginia. Each photograph in this series is a portrait of a character in transition as recounted by unreliable narrator Wade Lagarde, a resident of Lake Elster. Connally is currently teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University and will present this work at the Society for Photographic Education’s National Conference in 2017.

Herwitz Exhibition Opens at OCHI PROJECTS in Los Angeles


Ariel Herwitz’s  (Ceramics ’11) OCHI PROJECTS exhibition, A Crack, A River, A Chasm, A Sliver. The exhibition asks the questions: “The question is what do you see. The question is how do you see it. The question is how does it change you.” Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the […]

Cox Opens “Infinite Replica” at Hope College


Hope graduate and Cranbrook Alumnus Chris Cox (Photography ’16) opens Infinite Replica at the De Pree Art Center and Gallery. Cox was also the inaugural Borgeson Artist-in-Residence at the college. The Borgeson Artist-in-Residence was created  to bring professional artists to Hope College. The artist-in-residence meets with department students and alumni, and concludes the residency with a solo exhibition and […]

Nelson Speaks with “Creative Capital”


Photography Alum Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) speaks with Creative Capital. In the article, she discusses her current exhibition Alternative Process at David Klein Gallery and how she has been able to experiment with outdated photographic processes to create abstract work. Her exhibition is open through December 17.

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.

Fernandes Exhibits at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art


Place, travel and environment play an important part in the fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes’s internationally acclaimed work. Throughout her career, Fernandes’ (Fiber ’85) travel has given her the opportunity to reflect and create works relating to the surroundings of the countries she experienced.  Locations, Dislocation, Relocations: Embroidering Art, Poetry and History is open through December 14 at the James E. Lewis Museum of […]

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.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award


Nick Cave and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Named Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Gerhardt Knodel, past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council (ACC).

ArtPrize 2016 Featured Cranbrook Grads


Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates participated in this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and received recognition.
Higher Ground, an installation by artists Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded 5th Place in the Time-Based category. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to […]

Güt Interviewed for “Refigural” by Gatto


Kara Güt (Photography ’16) is interviewed for Refigural by current student Clare Gatto (Photography ’17), who is a contributing editor to the quarterly, online magazine.

Gilkerson Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore


Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Unending, artwork by Skye Gilkerson (Sculpture ’09) at Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD. Using video, installation, and works on paper, Gilkerson creates subtle interventions. Manipulating ubiquitous materials like newspapers, mirrors, and shards of found ceramic, the artist disrupts the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and destabilizes familiar structures. The exhibition runs October 1-23.

Abelow Exhibits at Allen & Eldridge and ober gallery

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Painting Alum Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) participated in two exhibitions recently. A solo exhibition,  Drawings at Allen & Eldridge in NYC and a two-person exhibition NEW GODS at ober gallery in Kent, CT.

Habsburg-Lothringen Part of a UCSD Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) is part of a group exhibition for the Department of Visual Arts at University of California San Diego (UCSD). This Psychodrama  exhibition tosses aside possession to embrace exorcism of questions taking center stage while wrestling with a kind of mind-matter dualism. The exhibition is open until October 21.

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.

Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection Debuts at Leland International


Midwest Home magazine featured an article about a Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) collection debut at Leland International. The Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection’s  furnishings are based on the whimsical drawings the architect created in the 1930s while at Cranbrook, where he collaborated with […]

Farrand Has Solo Exhibition at Ibid Gallery


Heft is a solo show of artist Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) at the Ibid Gallery in Los Angeles . The exhibition is the first solo show with the gallery. Inspired by the intersection of aesthetics and production, shop equipment and industrial materials are transformed into streamlined minimal objects. The exhibition closes November 5.

Christopher Schneider Named One of the Top 10 Highlights at ArtPrize

Photography by Nate Smallwood for the Detroit Free Press.

Christopher Schneider (Photography ’03) is named one of the top 10 ArtPrize highlights by the Detroit Free Press. ArtPrize is open through October 8. His installation is on Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids campus at 200 Ionia Ave. SW and can be seen and voted […]

“DDEAF Magazine” Profiles Tiff Massey


Alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) is interviewed by DDEAF Magazine about her journey to Cranbrook Academy of Art, practice and future. The fall issue is on newsstands now.

Brittany Nelson Exhibits at SADIE HALIE PROJECTS


SADIE HALIE PROJECTS in Minneapolis presents a new body of work by artist Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11). Monuments to the Conquerors of Space features a new series of polypropylene prints and a site specific installation. The exhibition is open until October 14.

Nick Cave Featured on PBS’s Art21

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On Friday, September 16 the new ART21 special featuring Cranbrook Art Museum’s Nick Cave: Here Hear project debuted. Check your local PBS listings. Cave is a 1989 alumnus.

Carpenter Curates “Hush.ex” with River House Arts Space

Courtesy of Clara DeGalan

Detroit Art Review  featured an exhibition curated by Gallery Director at University of Toledo and Alumnus Brian Carpenter (Photography ’12)  Hush.ex with Director of River House Arts Space Paula Baldoni. The exhibition features the work of four artists whose common thread begins with the historically and regionally loaded […]

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Collaborates in “Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections”

"Highway Fusion #2" by Joan Rosenberg-Dent.

A new collaborative exhibition: Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections that brings together painter Francis Scorzelli and sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent (Ceramics ’80). Rather than relying on the viewer to ascribe emotional meaning, or using divisive ideological snippets, these pieces are intrinsically valuable because of their optical wit.

Jacque Liu To Open “Big Red Barn” at University City Arts League

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University City Arts League in Philadelphia is featuring the exhibition Big Red Barn  by Philadelphia-based artist Jacque Liu (Ceramics ’02). Inspiration for the exhibition developed while the artist spent time in Maine, and explores how the ongoing beauty […]

Chalew Is Part of “Big Sculpture @ The Factory”

Photograph by Clarence Tabb, Jr., The Detroit News

The Detroit News features an article about a 59-artist exhibition set in a sprawling Highland Park industrial complex called Big Sculpture @ The Factory. Cranbrook Alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16)  work is included in the exhibition that is open through October 22.

Will Ayers Joins GNU Group

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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

Robert Brooks Is Finalist in AIA Film Challenge


The short film highlighting the work of Robert Brooks (Architecture ’05) and his design partner is a finalist in the AIA film challenge. The film shows the work between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Watch the film and vote!

Emmy Bright To Exhibit at David Klein Gallery

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New artwork created by Emmy Bright (Print Media ’16) will be shown at David Klein Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. Emmy Bright: Why Don’t You Want This? opens September 17 and closes October 22, 2016. Learn even more about the work featured in this recent opening in the Detroit Art […]

Sale of Bill Farmer’s Work Begins

Photograph by Sarah Hoffman.

Recently passed bookstore owner Tom Rudloff was a caretaker of his good friend Bill Farmer’s (Painting ’51) eclectic collection. From free-form ink drawings, sculptures and much more, Farmer was a prolific artist who worked in Omaha for much of a career that spanned more than 40 years, the Omaha World-Herald  reported.  The proceeds from the sale of Farmer’s art to galleries, museums or individuals will be donated to causes that were dear to the artist and his wife, Marge.

Merola and Soleimani Open Joint Exhibition “Piece it Together”


Alumnae Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) and Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) are featured in a NAT. BRUT article about their joint exhibition about art and protest.  Piece it Together opens October 11 at the University of Toledo’s Department of Art in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition runs through December 6, 2016.

Customs House Museum Showcases Sculptor Olen Bryant


Through October 16, the Orgain and Bruner Galleries of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center will feature Alumna Olen Bryant (Sculpture ’54). Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure is an exhibition of thirty-one works.

Cave Work Featured at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Soundsuit by Nick Cave. Photo: courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery New York

African-American Art from the Museum’s Collection is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), through September 25.  Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection is a stunning MFAH exhibition that takes the viewer on an engrossing journey through eight decades of art history and African-American cultural history, from 1935 to 2015. At the heart of the exhibition are […]

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