The Latest Alumni News

Gyan Shroshbree Is Hosting an Open Studio at Two Coats of Paint


Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence Gyan Shrosbree (Painting ’98) is hosting an open studio on February 11 at 5pm. The residency program’s at Two Coats provides a short-term space  where artists based outside the NYC area can hang work and have studio visits with curators, other artists, and gallerists. Currently, Shroshbree is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa.

Vivian Beer’s Love of Design Began at Cranbrook Academy of Art


Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04) is profiled for “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and talks about her time as a Cranbrook Academy of Art student and owning her own furniture design business, Vivian Beer Studio Works.

Ray and Charles Eames Featured in Palms Springs Life

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Learn more about Ray and Charles Eames in Palm Springs Life. They formed one of the most dynamic design teams in modern design history and met at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Kari Cholnoky’s New Exhibition Opens at David Klein Gallery


Kari Cholnoky’s (Painting ’14) new exhibition, “Kari Cholnoky: Semi Lucid Steaks” opens at David Klein Gallery on Saturday, February 6.

Vivian Beer Profiled in Apartment Therapy

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Alum Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04) is a current contestant on “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and profiled in Apartment Therapy.

Shiva Ahmadi Featured in The New York Times

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Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) is featured as one of six artists from Iran currently showing at Grey Art Gallery at New York University. Read about the exhibition in The New York Times.

Seth Papac Named an Art Jewelry Forum Finalist


Congratulations to Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) for being named a 2016 Artist Award Finalist by Art Jewelry Forum.

Sheida Soleimani in VICE Magazine


Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) was recently interviewed by VICE Magazine, talking about her important work highlighting the women of Iran.

Knoll Oral History Project Describes Life at Cranbrook


Atlanta Magazine featured an excerpt from a Knoll oral history project undertaken by the Atlanta-based nonprofit Art Papers. In it, several Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni are featured, along with Knoll’s experience at Cranbrook. She says, “…at Cranbrook [Academy of Art]. There were many people there; it was a fantastic group. Charlie Eames was there, Eero [Saarinen] and people like Ed Bacon, who was a […]

‘O P E N: Samuel Rowlett’ Opens January 31


“Landscape Painting in the Expanded Field,” is an exhibition by the Landmark College assistant professor Samuel Rowlett (Painting ’08). O P E N  is an experimental series in which art is meant to be a public and pedestrian sensorial experience, featuring explorations in light, sound, movement and technology. The exhibition will be in the Julian Scott Memorial […]

Jon P. Geiger Awarded Black Cube Artist Fellowship

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Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum, announced its 2016 class of artist fellows which includes Jon P. Geiger (Ceramics ’14). Black Cube’s fellowship program is a unique fellowship program for contemporary artists which focuses on producing a site-specific exhibition, Art Objects for its museum shop, as well as broadly supporting the artist’s professional practice through individualized career support catered to each artist’s goals […]

Samantha Fields To Exhibit at The University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach

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The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to present Dreams of Another Time featuring narrative paintings, drawings, sculptures, and ephemera of two Los Angeles-based artists Rebecca Campbell and Samantha Fields (Painting ’98). The exhibition opens on January 30.

Cranbrook Alum Chris Ulrich Is A Featured Artist at Artopia 2016


Chris Ulrich (Painting ’10) is part of Artopia 2016. The Saturday, February 20 event is a night of art, culture and fashion at City Hall in Denver, Colorado.

Joey Cocciardi Exhibits at Gildar Gallery

Joey Cocciardi's painting "40°41’06.8”N 105°23’16.6”W" captures the Colorado scenery near the Cache la Poudre River in Roosevelt National Forest. Image provided by Gildar Gallery.

Extreme painter Joey Cocciardi (Painting ’12) gets lost in the wilderness on purpose. His work embodies the most exuberant traits of extreme sports: physical grit, a compulsion to conquer the organic obstacles of nature, and some personal danger.  Cocciardi’s works are at the Gildar Gallery through Feb. 20.

Alum Ginger Krieg Dosier’s Startup Is Using Bacteria To Grow Bricks


Ginger Krieg Dosier (Architecture ’05) company BioMason is featured in an article in Inc. Founded in 2012 by Dosier and her husband, Michael, the building-materials company grows bricks and masonry from scratch without the need for any heat. See more about the startup here.

Susan York To Open at Georgia O’Keeffe Museum


Susan York (Ceramics ’95) will open an exhibition at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on January 21. Susan York’s installation, Carbon, creates a dialogue between O’Keeffe’s and contemporary art. York, a Santa Fe based artist, works primarily in graphite.

Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum Are Part of The Bluestockings Crew


The Knight Foundation featured an article about The Cranbrook Salon’s Bluestockings Crew. The Bluestockings Crew is comprised of a compelling cross section of luminary women from Detroit’s art and cultural scene: Maia Asshaq, founder of DittoDitto; Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman, co-founder of Playground Detroit; Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry (2D’12) and Lilian Crum (2D’12), designers at Unsold Studio; artist Ingrid LaFleur, founder of Afrotopia; […]

Barbara Dale Awarded Lifetime Achievement in Cartooning


Cartoonist Barbara Dale (Ceramics ’78) is successful cartoonist,writer and greeting card designer, and winner of the 2015 Jack Davis Lifetime Achievement in Cartooning award from the southeast chapter of the National Cartoonists Society in October. Her profile was featured in the Baltimore Sun.

Brittany Nelson’s First Solo Show Opens at Morgan Lehman Gallery


Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) first solo show to open at Morgan Lehman Gallery. Brittany Nelson: The Year I Make Contact is a methodological critique of photographic material practice. The exhibition is open through February 20.

Alum Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen Artist-Run Show Named One of “The Best of 25 Shows of 2015” by Art F Cities

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Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen (Photography ’14) artist-run show at Boyfriends was named part of Art F Cities “The Best of 25 Shows of 2015.”

Harvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright Prize


Quynh Vantu (Architecture ’09) was recently shortlisted for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Wheelwright Prize.

Two CAA Grads Finalist for the Art Jewelry Forum 2016


Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) and Timothy Veske-McMahon (Metalsmithing ’13) are finalists for the Art Jewelry Forum 2016 Artist Award.  The finalists will exhibit their work during the international art jewelry fair Schmuck, in Munich, Germany, from February 24 through March 1, 2016.

“Nick Cave: Here Hear” Named Best of 2015


Nick Cave’s  (Fiber ’89) exhibition”Nick Cave: Here Hear” was named one of Hyperallergic’s Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Exhibitions Across the United States. According to Hyperallergic “The events, much like the Soundsuits themselves, carried profound social critique beneath their appealing and colorful exteriors. An awing spectacle with a resounding message.”

Alum Doug Johnston Featured in LVL3 Spotlight


In his LVL3 Spotlight, artist Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07) discusses his work, living in Brooklyn and his upcoming exhibitions.

Vivian Beer Featured in “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today”


Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing 2004) is one of 40 artist featured in “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts . The exhibition forges a connection among female designers, artists and craftspeople in the mid-20th century with those working today. The exhibition is open through Feb. 28.

Cranbrook’s Golden Age: How a Freewheeling School Changed American Design

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“More than a set of formative experiences, the Cranbrook Academy of Art was a way of thinking, providing collaborations and contests that unleashed the creativity and skill of design pioneers.” Read Curbed’s extensive look at Cranbrook Academy of Art’s history as a “prewar petri dish for American modernism.”  The article discusses Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Schust Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Ralph Rapson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Marianne Strengell, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and many more.

Josh Clark Awarded Gold Prize at 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale

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Josh Clark (Ceramics ’15) has won the gold prize at the 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale set to open in July 2016. The award includes a cash prize of $15,000 and a solo show at Yingge Ceramics Museum. Clark will also produce a catalog of his work. The Taiwan Ceramics Biennale is one of the largest showcases of its kind in the world.

Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) named 2015 United States Artists Fellows

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Nov. 11, 2015 –  Academy alumni Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) were both named 2015 United States Artists Fellows. 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. There were 36 Fellows selected this year working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.

Kate Daughdrill Receives a Matching Grant for Burnside Farm Detroit


Alum Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) recently received a $100,000 matching grant from the Knight Foundation for her Burnside Farm Detroit project. Read about the project in the Huffington Post.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of John Stephenson

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce John Stephenson (Ceramics ’58) recently passed away on October 20.  Stephenson was professor emeritus and interim dean of the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. Born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa, he received a BA in education at the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War where he served in the Air Force for four years as a cartographer, before coming to Cranbrook, where he received his MFA in Ceramics 1958. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the University of Michigan League Ballroom on December 5 at 11am. Click here for the full obituary.

Shannon Goff Recreates Lincoln Continental in Cardboard


Cranbrook Alum and Detroit native Shannon Goff (Ceramics ’03) recreates her grandfather’s 1979 Lincoln Continental in cardboard on view at Susanne Hilberry Gallery until November 14.

Cassie Shaver Featured in Dialogist Quarterly Poetry & Art

Current Print Media Student Cassie Shaver is in the recent issue of Dialogist Quarterly Poetry & Art.  She discusses the notes of social insecurity that are the deeper meanings and conceptual influences layer into her work.

Nina Cho and Aleksandra Pollner Named “American Design Hotlist”


Recent Grad Nina Cho (3D ’15) and student Aleksandra Pollner (3D ’16)have been named to the American Design Hotlist on the influential design blog Sight Unseen. The Hotlist is sponsored by Herman Miller.

Julia Heineccius Featured in “Art Jewelry Forum”


Julia Heineccius’s (Metalsmithing ’12) recent exhibition, Divisible, installed at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Washington late last year focused on the perception and surface.  The exhibition Divisible, replaces the conversations of adornment, the decorative, and “objecthood” with investigations into perception, subtlety, and the body.

Kat Clear Crafts a New Jewelry Line for Perrywinkle’s


Cat Clear (Metalsmith ’15)  Perrywinkle’s Daydream Series, a collaboration that has been years in the making. The Kat Clear Collection features a total of nine new pieces — bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces — rendered in rhodium-plated silver, with accents of gold, pink tourmaline, and pink or black enamel.

Detroit Design Festival Video Clip Features Cranbrook Alums

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Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Artist-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) were featured in the Detroit Design Festival video clip showcasing Design in Detroit. The festival was held in September 2015,

Sonya Clark to Speak at Penny W. Stamps and Open Exhibition on October 22


Cranbrook Alum Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) will take part in speak at Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series of the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design at 5 p.m on October 22. Her talk is titled “Hair to There: Weaving Tales with Textiles.” Afterward, the exhibition “Sonya Clark” will open at 6 p.m. Thursday at the U-M Institute for […]

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen Exhibits at Boyfriends Chicago


“Seduced and Abandoned” is the first solo show of artist Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) at Boyfriends Chicago. Von Habsburg-Lothringen has created a series of images using layered photographs: “stock images,” she calls them, shot in her studio against a brightly lit, almost clinical backdrop. The exhibition closes on October 18.

Charles and Ray Eames Exhibition in London

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Featured in The Guardian, The husband-and-wife design duo may be famous for their moulded plywood furniture and plastic chairs but, as a new exhibition reveals, film was fundamental to their shared vision of the universe. The World of Charles and Ray Eames is at the Barbican, London EC2, from 21 October.

Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen at Boyfriends

Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen, “Postpartum depression – I don’t want to do the nurturing anymore”, 2014 and “Clueless Mom Possibilities”, 2014

According to Art F City, “It didn’t take much to get a bunch of strangers at a press meet up to come to Chanel Von Habsburg Lothringen’s opening last weekend. One look at her invite for Seduced and Abandoned at Boyfriends (in Chicago), which leads with a photograph of a couple wearing lingerie and a creepy, featureless mask, and pretty much everyone wanted to get the story. […]

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

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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.

Abigail Murray’s Afterhouse Turns Blighted Buildings into Urban Agriculture


Cranbrook Alum Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05) and Steven Mankouche are deconstructing the house and reuse the foundation to build a semi subterranean passive geothermal greenhouse called AFTERHOUSE that will serve as a model prototype for other abandoned houses throughout Detroit and beyond. Over the next two months Cranbrook Academy of Art students we will be helping the project by glazing and firing bricks that will absorb and retain the […]

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.
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“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

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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 […]

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.