The Latest Alumni News

Lee’s “Yellow Forest” Is On Display at Philidelphia International Airport

A massive work by alumna Mi-Kyoung Lee (Fiber ’98) titled “Yellow Forest” is currently on display in Terminal E of the Philadelphia International Airport. Part of the facility’s Art at the Airport exhibition program, the 40-foot by nine-foot sculptural form is created entirely out of thousands of industrial plastic twist ties, knotted together to bind the huge […]

Holt in Group Exhibition at Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

Trisha Holt (Photography ’12) is part of the group exhibition, In Pieces: Presence and Objecthood in the Aftermath of Technology that will be open to the public at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery from January 20 through March 24, 2017. The concept for this exhibition is a meditation on technology and how technology has affected the ways we think about ourselves. Asking: do we know ourselves differently […]

Cranbrook Grads Part of SPACE10 Residency

Architects Emil Froege (Architecture ’15), Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15) and Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16)are exploring the intersection between classical and digital, always looking for a digitally-fabricated architecture that relates more closely to nature.

AIRs and Alumni Show Cave Gallery

Don’t miss the show opening at Cave Gallery (in the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit) and at Galerie Gallery in the Netherlands on Saturday, December 10. Artist-in-Residences Heather McGill and Iris Eichenberg, alumni Sarah Turner (Metalsmithing ’04) and Adam Shirley (Metalsmithing ’10) exchanged creative ‘prompts’ or assignments with the artists showing at Galerie Gallery to create the exhibition.

Fritz-Laplanche’s “Naked Eyes Collection” Opens at the French Cultural Center in Boston

Haitian artist Gregory Fritz-Laplanche (Architecture ’15) opens an exhibition called The Naked Eyes Collection at the French Cultural Center in Boston.

Dosier Creates Sustainable Tabletop Material

In a Popular Science article that features sustainable alternative to leather.  Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture ’05), CEO of bioMASON, developed a marble-esque tabletop material. The process relies on bacteria that form calcium carbonate around grains of sand, which is how sea shells and coral reefs are formed.
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Schanck Listed in “9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016”

Christopher Schanck (3D Design), is part of Artnet News’ 9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016. Schanck work is bold, architectural pieces that are coated in a super fine foil that reveals every nook and cranny of their original surfaces (the table is cheap OSB wood), now smooth to the touch thanks to a glossy finish.

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

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.

Muecke Mentioned On CNN About Investing in the Arts Market

Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) is mentioned in the story about investing in the arts market in a CNN piece about Design Miami. CNN Style asked four design world insiders about the current state of the market and the best ways for first-time buyers to dive in. According to the experts, “while it’s tempting to believe that design is a wise investment (and it very well may be), […]

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.

Afterhouse Supported by Murray, Daughdrill and the Ceramics Department

The Ceramics Department is taking part in a unique project with Academy alumni Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05) and Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) called Afterhouse in Detroit.

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 […]

Shiva Ahmadi Named a 2016 Recipient of the “Anonymous Was A Woman” Award

Congratulations to Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) for being named one of the 2016 recipients of the Anonymous Was A Woman award. Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist’s […]

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

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.
 

Muecke’s Work Is Featured in W Magazine

Jonathan Muecke’s (3D ’10) work is featured in a W Magazine piece about the Manhattan loft of Rodman Primack and Rudy Weissenberg.

Habsburg-Lothringen Part of a UCSD Exhibition

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

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

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.

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