The Latest Alumni News

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate and Kresge Eminent Artist Ruth Adler Schnee Opens First Exhibition in Detroit

Ruth Adler Schnee

Ruth Adler Schnee, 92-year-old Kresge Eminent Artist and Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate opens a major exhibition at downtown Carr Center in Detroit. The exhibition, “Ruth Adler Schnee: A Passion for Color,” covers her remarkable 75-year career. The exhibition, Schnee’s first in Detroit, was organized in conjunction with her Kresge prize and runs through Oct. 24.

Academy Alum Kate Clark Discusses How Taxidermy is Part of her Work in National Geographic

Medium: zebra hide, foam, clay, rubber eyes, thread, pins. Size: 30 x 36 x 22 inches. 2013.
 © Kate Clark, Photograph by Nicole Cordier

“This is not in an effort to create a creature from fantasy or nightmares, but rather to confront the viewer with mankind’s innate connection with the animal kingdom by evoking empathy, curiosity, and, sometimes, discomfort,” said Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) in a National Geographic video. Clark discussed how she uses taxidermy in her work.

Willie Wayne Smith Exhibit at SADIE HALIE PROJECTS


SADIE HALIE PROJECTS exhibits Consider My Tongue Swallowed from Brooklyn-based and Cranbrook Alum artist Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10). A grouping of paintings and objects, the show utilizes the Sadie Halie space in a unique way by integrating with the established architecture to produce a landscape that reveals slowly over time.

Academy Graduates Tiff Massey, Chris Schanck, and Annica Cuppetelli Awarded Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships

Kresge in Detroit

Academy Grads Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11), Chris Schanck (3D Design ’11), and Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08) were awarded $25,000 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships. This year’s class of 18 fellowship winners was selected from more than 650 applications by independent panels of experts comprised of national and local artists. This year’s focus on literary and visual artists comes after last year’s class of fellows working in film, theater, music and dance.

Alumni Respond to “Can Art Still Be Critical?”


Mengli Qi, “Dear Leslie” (2015). Acrylic on paper plus (one) acrylic on canvas (wall). Book Kiosk with the books Dear Leslie, 2015; Sister Known, 2015; and Pussy Water, 2015.
Guest editor Matthew Biro poses the question “Can Art Still Be Critical?” to alumni Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) and Mengli Qi (Painting ’15). Read the full story in The Brooklyn Rail here.

Samantha Fields Exhibits at Traywick Contemporary


Samantha Fields: Eat the Horizon, 2015; Acrylic on canvas; 36 x 36″
Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce Inherent Nature, a group exhibition featuring five West Coast artists including Painting alum Samantha Fields (Painting ’98) who respond to and engage with the physical world through distinct practices. Each artist constructs meaning in their work directly from the societal, cultural and environmental issues that shape our time, and their work comments on the push […]

Erica Mahinay and Kathryn O’Halloran at Harmony Murphy Gallery


Harmony Murphy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Erica Mahinay (Painting ’13) and Kathryn O’Halloran (Ceramics “13). For both artists, Saline Communion reflects their relationship as friends, collaborators, and confidants. The exhibition is open through June 27.

Willie Wayne Smith and Martha Mysko at STOREFRONT TEN EYCK


Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) and Martha Mysko (Painting ’11) are featured in Re/Post, a group exhibition at STOREFRONT TEN EYCK. The exhibition is a response to the notion that there is an ‘always there’ there to the practice of painting and runs until June 28.

Wesley Mancini Awarded ITMA Lifetime Achievement Award


The International Textile Market Association (ITMA) has selected designer Wesley Mancini (Fiber ’77) as the recipient of its form ITMA Lifetime Achievement Award, which has been established in conjunction with the organization’s 50 th edition of the biannual Showtime fair in High Point, N.C.

Aaron Patrick Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) Receives the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Mercedes Benz Award- Aaron Decker

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Aaron Patrick Decker has been awarded the “2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the tenth year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

Decker was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a recent graduate of the Metalsmithing department.

Ruth Adler Schnee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Ruth Adler Schnee

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Ruth Adler Schnee. She was presented with the award at the Academy’s May 8 commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Jack Lenor Larsen and John Underkoffler Awarded Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards


Academy alumnus Jack Lenor Larsen (Fiber ’51) and National Advisory Council member John Underkoffler were each awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards!

Asian-American History Month Exhibition Features Cranbrook Alum Jayoung Yoon

“Empty Void” by Jayoung Yoon is part of the Asian-American artists of the Hudson Valley exhibit at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center.

“Empty Void” by Jayoung Yoon is part of the Asian-American artists of the Hudson Valley exhibit at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center.
An exhibition featuring the work of eight Asian-American artists of the Hudson Valley will be featured at Beacon’s Howland Cultural Center during the month of May to celebrate national Asian-American […]

Martha Mysko (Painting ’11) featured in Nylon Magazine


Nylon Magazine asked five questions of Martha Mysko (Fiber ’11) in the “Meet The Artist” feature of their March 2015 print edition.

Cranbrook Alum Josh Friedman (Ceramics ’02) Opened at Culture Lab



The Jack H. Skirball Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles newest interactive installation, “Culture Lab // Margin” included Cranbrook Alum Josh Friedman (Ceramics ’02). Culture Lab, which opened on April 30, is an interdisciplinary arts program designed to foster new work and provoke a community-wide conversation about arts and culture that is grounded in Jewish tradition.

Shan Sutherland (Metalsmithing ’06) Creates Street Semaphore


To commemorate the Street Semaphores, Ferndale, Michigan installed a sculpture of one of the traffic crow’s nests near where one had been installed in 1920 at the intersection of Woodward Ave and Nine Mile Road. Cranbrook Alum Shan Sutherland (Metalsmithing ’06) based his reproduction on historic […]

PASTA Gallery features ‘Pebbles and Pearls’ by Alum Jean Wydra (Metalsmithing ’82)


Featured in St. Augustine Record,  Jean Wydra’s new show, “Pebbles and Pearls,” is open until May 31. Wydra’s jewelry features unusual gemstone beads combined with exotic pearls and features the new silver clay material used for the silver components.

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

Sonya Clark 
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 […]