The Latest Alumni News

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze Opens at Tiwani Contemporary

ruby amanze, when mischief gets the best of you, 2014, photo transfer, ink pen, colored pencils, metallic enamel, 20 x 30 inches

Art Daily takes a look at Cranbrook alum Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze’s (Fiber ’06) first solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary in London.

Wesley Mancini Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


Wesley Mancini (Fiber ’77), an internationally renowned textile fabric designer, arts patron and human rights advocate, has been named the inaugural recipient of the International Textile Market Association (ITMA) Lifetime Achievement Award in Casual Living magazine.

Abigail Newbold, Dana Filibert, Samuel Rowlett Awarded Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships

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Abigail Newbold (Fiber ’05), Dana Filibert (Metalsmithing ’04), and Samuel Rowlett (Painting ’08) have been awarded 2015 Artist Fellowships in Sculpture/Installation/New Genres from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Fabio J. Fernández (Sculpture ’02) served as a Crafts Panelist.
The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Fifteen artists will receive fellowships of $10,000, and 17 artists will receive $1,000 finalist awards.
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Lynn Boggess in Solo Exhibition at Principle Gallery

Lynn Boggess 2 January 2015 Oil on canvas, 54 x 46 in.
Fine Art Connoisseur magazine discusses the solo exhibition of landscape painter and Cranbrook alum Lynn Boggess (Painting ’80) at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia.

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 […]

Keegan Kuvach Joins Show at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art


Keegan Kuvach (Sculpture ’14) joins a distinguished list of contemporary artists contributing work to the exhibition Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, opening at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from February 14 through December 6, 2015. It will include two pieces by Kuvach. For more details, and to view the exhibition catalog, click here

James Surls Sculpture Installed at Lone Star College-Kingwood


Academy graduate James Surls (Sculpture ’69) recently had new work installed at the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. “Her Universe Apart” is a chiseled black granite table with a drawing of the universe etched onto its surface. Surls’s sculptures have been displayed on Kirby Drive in Houston, in the Guggenheim, the Smithsonian, and along the islands in the middle of Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

Britton Tolliver Opens Exhibition in New York

Britton Tolliver

Painting graduate Britton Tolliver (Painting ’06) will open the solo exhibition Weird Attic at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York City. The exhibition will run from February 19 to March 21, 2015. Click here for more information.

Academy Architecture Student Wu Liangyong on China’s Fog


An interesting profile on how China’s fog weighs heavily on the shoulders of its premier architect, Wu Liangyong, a former Academy Architecture student.

John Acorn Exhibition at Clemson University


John Acorn (Sculpture ’61), longtime chair of Clemson University’s art department, hosts a solo exhibition at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Read about his practice and career here.

Academy Graduate Receives Delaware Artist Fellowship

Shower (for Masaccio)

Lance Winn (Painting ’96) received a 2015 Individual Artist Fellowship from the state Division of the Arts in recognition of the high quality of his work. He was honored in the “established professional” category, which provides each recipient with a $6,000 award. Read more about the award here.

“American Rehab: Detroit” Features Academy Graduates

American Rehab

“American Rehab: Detroit” featuring Academy alums Christopher Lee (Photography ’08) and Amy Feigley-Lee (Sculpture ’07) began its run on January 29, 2015 on the DIY cable network.

Ruth Adler Schnee Wins 2015 Kresge Eminent Artist Award

Ruth Adler Schnee

Congratulations to Academy alum Ruth Adler Schnee (1946) on her Eminent Artist Award from The Kresge Foundation.

Lloyd Eddy Opens Show at Lake Superior State University

(PHOTO: Provided. John Shibley/LSSU)

Lake Superior State University (LSSU) art professor and Academy alum Lloyd Eddy (Painting ’01) will debut a solo show at LSSU Arts Center gallery.

Matt Shlian featured in American Craft magazine

Matt Shlian "Ara 137 Fracture" 2013

Congratulations to Matt Shlian (Print Media ’06), whose work was featured in the February/March 2015 issue of American Craft magazine.

Yunjung Kang’s Work Added to Cobo Center Collection

Yunjung Kang

Congratulations to Yunjung Kang (Fiber ’14) – her work is now part of the permanent collection at the Cobo Center in Detroit!

New York Foundation For The Arts Announces Finalists for Artists’ Fellowship Program


Image: Kate Clark (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14), Pray, 2012
Congratulations to Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01), Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) and Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06) – all recipients of Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Only 2% of all applicants receive awards – we’re very proud to say three are Cranbrook graduates!
NYFA Fellowship Recipients.

Seeking Serenity

Laura Foster Nicholson

A look inside the studio of Laura Foster Nicholson (Fiber ’82) by Evansville Living Magazine. Nicholson has a collection of rural landscape tapestries showing at By Hand Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana through March 30, 2015.
Photo by Heather Gray

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

Corine Vermulen

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.

The Year in Emojis


A  look at the “Year in Emojis” by The Creators Project, who were dazzled by Tré Reising’s (Sculpture ’12) glittering emoji sculptures, which were “valiantly installed in the Indianapolis airport after his #Belieb installation was censored.”
Tré Reising, Live, Love, Laugh, Laugh Until You Cry. Image courtesy of the artist.

Penn State Altoona to present artwork of Ana Lopez (Metalsmithing ’98) in January 2015


Penn State Altoona will offer an exhibition of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Ana Lopez.

Samantha Fields (Painting ’98), Matthew Penkala (Painting ’02), and Student Joshua Bolin Exhibit at Western Project


Samantha Fields (Painting ’98), Matthew Penkala (Painting ’02), and Student Joshua Bolin are exhibiting in Los Angeles at the Western Project Gallery’s 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition. The show is December 6 to December 23, 2014.

Andrew Schmidt Featured on Young Space

Revelation 16:1-17, 2014
Graphite, marker, pen and ink on paper, 15 x 17in

The work of “modern occult artist” Andrew Schmidt (Sculpture ’14) is featured on Young Space. Read the full article here.

Britton Tolliver (Painting ’06) Exhibits at GAVLAK Gallery

Delicate Features, 2014

Britton Tolliver (Painting ’06) is part of an exibition called Blessed Oblivion at GAVLAK Palm Beach. The exhibition of Los Angeles-based artists is open from November 25, 2014 to January 5, 2015.

Your Guide to Cranbrook at Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Best of luck to our Artists-in-Residence and alumni who will be exhibiting next week in Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami.
This year, you can see the work of Liz Cohen at the David Klein Gallery (Booth A5). See the online catalogue for the exhibition here.
Fresh off a successful opening of her show Bend at Cranbrook Art Museum (open now through Jan. 25, 2015), Iris Eichenberg […]

Alumni Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) Featured in The Washington Post as Winner of ArtPrize 2014


Alumni and Chairwoman of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts Sonya Clark (Fiber’95) is featured in The Washington Post about her ArtPrize 2014 win for “The Hair Craft Project.”

Erica Mahinay (Painting ’13) Exhibition Opens at LOUDHAILER

Detail from Lateral Trace, Nylon, Raw Silk, Oil on Canvas, 72" x 96", 2014

Alum Erica Mahinay (Painting ’13) opens at LOUDHAILER on November 8 in Los Angeles.  Her exhibition Erica Mahinay: At the Tip of the Tonque features pieces in two and three-dimensional form through painting and sculputure. For more information click here.

On Being “The Photographer’s Wife,” an Interview With Laura Heyman (Photography ’98)

Untitled from The Photographer's Wife, 2006.

The exhibition features a collection of images from Heyman’s ongoing project, The Photographer’s Wife. Jessica Posner, Light Work Communications Coordinator, interviews Heyman about her work, process, subjectivity, humor, and more.

Corina Reynolds (Fiber’11) Exhibits at Open Source Gallery

Installation view of Corina Reynolds’s ‘Northwestern Expansion’ at Open Source Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Corina Reynolds (Fiber ’11) exhibition at Open Source Gallery was featured in HYPERALLERGIC. In the article, Roynolds’s Northwestern Expansion describes how she transformed the entire gallery space — a small garage in south Park Slope — into a replica of a waiting room on the 31st floor of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Lower Manhattan. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York


Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind, a two-part exhibition by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) and Gene Beery  is at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York. Both exhibitions have developed from an ongoing correspondence between the two artists over the past two years and bring to life the nature of the artists’ predominantly online relationship.

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.

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

Design Miami

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 […]

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 […]

Irena Jurek (Painting ’08) in ZURTOPIA at Zurcher Gallery


Irena Jurek is part of the Zurtopia show at Zurcher Gallery.  Zurtopia offers a wonderful opportunity to look hard at a group of the gallery’s artists. The exhibition is on display from October 2 through November 20, 2014. Click here for more information.

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.   

Past Artist-in-Residence Jane Lackey Is Interviewed in American Craft Council Magazine

Lackey in her Santa Fe studio. The artist is interested in circuitry, maps, and networks of all kinds. Portrait: Minesh Bacrania.

Past Artist-in-Residence of Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art Jane Lackey is interviewed in the October/November issue of American Craft Council Magazine. Learn about her journey in becoming a fiber artist and teacher here.

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.

Sculpture Grads Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw’s Mobile Business Featured in WSJ


Heading to NYC? Take a ride on  Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw’s Chelsea Bus tour! The 2009 Sculpture graduates offer tours and merchandise and featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Irena Jurek (Painting ’08) Shows at Zürcher Gallery


Irena Jurek’s (Painting ’08) is part of a two-person show with Michael Dotson at Zürcher Gallery called The Fury of Sunsets.  The title of the show is also the title of a poem by Anne Sexton (1928-1974). According to Sexton, lifetime seems like a dream, and is insubstantial. The show runs from August 28 through September 28, 2014. For more information click here.

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.

Kristin Cammermeyer Debuts Window at Bergdorf Goodman


If you’re in New York this month, check out Kristin Cammermeyer’s (Painting ’12) window on view now at Bergdorf Goodman (5th Ave/58th Street, NYC). It will be up through the end of February. The installation is part of the Art Matters! series of art-inspired windows, events, collaboration and more, running through May of 2014. Cammermeyer’s installation is one of Ten Artists for Ten Spaces, an installation of work by ten emerging contemporary artists, created in collaboration with Kyle DeWoody Co-Founder and Creative Director of Grey Area. For a […]

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

Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald Announced as Finalists for Knight Arts Challenge Detroit Grants


Cranbrook Art Museum and Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald, were recently announced as finalists in the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, which looks to award millions to local organizations focused on expanding the arts in the city of Detroit.
This is the second year of the challenge. Last year, the first of three for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, the contest awarded $2.1 million to 56 ideas – including four projects involving Academy alumni with awards totaling $200,000.
This year, the Knight Foundation received close to 1,000 applications which they were able […]

Kari Cholnoky Receives Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award


Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14) has won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.
“Receiving the award is undoubtedly the most exciting thing to happen to me in my life,” said Cholnoky. “When the award was announced, I immediately started sobbing, and I turned to my mentor Beverly Fishman, who was doing the same. To have been so dedicated to one’s work for the past two years at Cranbrook and to build upon that momentum with such a massive opportunity. It just knocks me out.”
Cholnoky will spend the summer in […]