Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.
‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’
Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.
The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12) installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.
Cranbrook Alumni Sarah C. Blanchette (Photography ’17), Lydia Enriquez (Photography ’17) and Ouyang Jing (Photography ’17) have been awarded Publication Fellowships for Peripheral Vision. This fellowship is for emerging and mid-career professional American artists in conjunction with our inaugural salon-style exhibition, curated by critic Georgia Erger. Submitted works represent the diversity of contemporary art practice and occupy various points of intersection around common themes and aesthetic concerns. Salon 2017, forthcoming this fall, will take the form of an introductory essay by the curator containing links to artist project pages.
The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation awarded Hasan Elahi (Print Media ’96) one of its 2017 First Amendment Award winners. Elahi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland and an interdisciplinary artist who asks Americans to explore issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI. After undergoing months of interrogations before he was cleared of suspicions, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened almost every aspect of his life to the public. Predating public knowledge of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by over a decade, his project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website. Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.
In the Co. Design series about designers’ firsts, 10 well-known designers’ were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07) and Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. “I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job,” said Tochilovsky. “The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything.” Click here for more of his interview.
Benrubi Gallery, New York is hosting an exhibition Pitch by artist Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06), on view through August 25, 2017 and featured in BLOUINARTINFO. The exhibition marks her second solo with the gallery. A finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers, Semivan’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.
But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting ’92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alumna Jessi Hardesty (Print Media ’14) and the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Carroll Community College was profiled in the Carroll County Times. When asked about her experience at Cranbrook Academy of Art she said, “It is Hogwarts for artists.” Read more here about her experience at graduate school and her new post at Carroll Community College.