The Latest Alumni News

New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

Image courtesy of Johnson Trading Gallery

Artsy recently wrote a nice article on the new JTG Detroit Project, opened recently by Paul Johnson of Johnson Trading Gallery. According to Johnson, his “interest in Detroit began through his representation of two local designers, Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Schanck and Jack Craig—the latter now uses a room in the cathedral as his studio.” Anders Ruhwald, AIR and Head of our Ceramics Department, will […]

McArthur Binion Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters


McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 18. The Academy was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. The Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, […]

Amy Green Deines Named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 19, 2016 – Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors announced today that after a comprehensive search, Amy Green Deines, Associate AIA, IIDA, has been named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She begins her tenure July 1.

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw at Postmasters Gallery


Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition, Behold! I teach you the Overman!, at Postmasters gallery in NYC. They sat down with Irena Jurek (Painting ’08), of ArtFCity to talk about the exhibition and their collaborative process. The exhibition was also included in articles in 

Kate Clark’s Work Featured in Desiigner’s “PANDA”

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Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) was recently approached by Kanye West’s team at G.O.O.D. Music to create a balanced half-human/half-animal mask for Desiigner’s new “PANDA” video. The song has already reached the number one spot on the Billboard chart and has gone Platinum. In The Creators Project, Clark discusses the impetus of the project and […]

Devin Farrand Named One of Seven Not to Miss at Frieze

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Alumnus Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) was named one of seven young artists not to miss at Frieze by the New York Times. Frieze New York was held May 5-8, 2016 in New York City.

Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

Frank McGovern (3D Design '16). Photo by Charlie Schuck.

The New York Design Fair opens this week, and Cranbrook Academy of Art students and several alumni will be exhibiting new work in the shows.

Our 3D Design Department is opening the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

This curated exhibition of new work by our current 3D Design students will explore how today’s most pressing challenges – such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation – can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.

Gina Reichert Named New Citizen Artist Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts


Gina Reichert(Architecture ’03)has been named to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts first class of its new Citizen Artist Fellows program. The program recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities small and large. Reichert and her partner Mitch Cope established a network of project houses strategically situated throughout the Detroit neighborhood where […]

Irena Jurek Featured in Huffington Post


Alumna Irena Jurek (Painting ’08) was featured in Huffington Post talking about her exhibition, “Body Talk,” on display at Mass Gallery. The exhibition runs through April 16, 2016.

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen and Kathryn ‘O’Halloran Are In a Group Exhibition at Harmony Murphy Gallery


“Flat Foldability” is a group exhibition opening on April 21 at Harmony Murphy Gallery in Los Angeles and features Academy alums Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ‘14) and Kathryn ‘O’Halloran (Ceramics ‘13). The exhibition runs through June 11, 2016.

Sheida Soleimani’s Work Focuses on Human Rights


Sheida Soleimani uses her work to “…explore the women’s issues that get glossed over when the West looks East.” Read the full story about the work of Soleimani (Photography ’15) in The New York Times.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Im Schafer


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 – It is with heavy hearts that the Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumna Orapun “Im” Sarasalin Schafer (Ceramics ’09). Im was a gifted architect, designer, and so much more. She was a loving partner to fellow graduate David Schafer (Metalsmithing ’09), both in life and in their business, the design studio Studiomake. She was a radiant mother to their daughter, Sa. And she was a consistent face on numerous “one to watch” lists around the world.
Her loss at such a young age, with […]

Jae Yong Kim’s “Pop Goes the Donut” Opens at Lyons Wier Gallery


Jae Yong Kim’s (Ceramics ’01) “Pop Goes the Donut” exhibition opens on April 14 at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York City. According to ArtFixDaily, “Jae Yong Kim’s work elicits an immediate visceral […]

Barbara Cooper Collaborates with Hedwig Dances’ for “ASCENDance”


Sculptor Barbara Cooper (Fiber ’77) is part of the creative team for ASCENDance by Hedwig Dances. ASCENDance is a multi-disciplinary dance theater production depicting renewal and transformation in a chaotic world. The performances are on April 8 and 9 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.

Martha Mysko Exhibits at West 10th Window


Martha Mysko’s (Painting ’11) exhibition “Broken Ground” at the West 10th Window explores the multiple possibilities of a window as a place, metaphor, and digital space. The West 10th Street Window is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. The Art-in-Buildings Program brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience […]

Shanna Merola and Sheida Soleimani Named “New Activists” by Interview Magazine


Interview Magazine talks with 2015’s “new activists” for a feature published today. Profiled are Academy alumni Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) and Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15).

Rosalind Tallmadge Shows Latest Work at David Klein

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David Klein hosted an Artist’s Reception for Rosalind Tallmadge (Painting ’15) in his newest gallery location in downtown Detroit. Tallmadge’s latest series of paintings, “Nocturnes,” will be on display through April 23.

Joe Sobel Selected for Moscow Biennale for Young Art


The fifth Moscow Biennale for Young Art announced the participants of the main project “Deep Inside.”  Joe Sobel (Photography ’12) was selected to participate and take place July 1-August 10, 2016 at the Trehgornaya Manufactory. The main exhibition will feature 87 works by 93 artists.

Todd Erickson Exhibits Sculptures at Robert Kidd Gallery


Todd Erickson (Sculpture ’86) fascination with rivers continues. He uses tree branches that he finds as he explores Michigan rivers to cast in bronze for his sculptures. Some of the larger pieces can take up to two years to create. His sculptures — many named after Michigan rivers — are on display through April 2 at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.

Lindsay Preston Zappas and John Zane Zappas Exhibits at Vacancy


Cranbrook Alums Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) and John Zane Zappas (Print Media ’12) attack the gallery space from both land and air. Banks of fabric posters hang freely throughout the main gallery space, suspended in mortal stasis. Crowded in squirts and slices of image, the posters are a biopsy of Lindsay Preston Zappas’ perpetual working process. On the ground level, John Zane Zappas has placed a series of stools-as-sculptures into a fractured-rock lawn.  Some Posters and Chairs is open until March 23 at Vacancy.

Anders Ruhwald and Cranbrook Alums Featured in New York Times


In a the New York Times article, “The Five Most Important New Dealers on the Forefront of Design,” work by Artist-in-Residence, and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald is featured in the Volume Gallery image. The article also mentions of work by Jesse Moretti (2D ’13), Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07).

McArthur Binion’s Painting Named One of the Top Six at ADAA

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The Observer selected six paintings at this year’s ADAA/The Art Show that stood out among the rest. History: of: Application: One, 1978, in Galerie Lelong by Cranbrook Academy of Art alum McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was one of the six selected. According to the Observer, “Binion’s History: of: Application: One, 1978, is the best of the best here; a large oil stick and wax on aluminum work that hovers in the […]

Cranbrook Alumni and Students to Speak at SPE


Three Cranbrook Alums and a current student are speaking at the 2016 National Conference of the Society for Photographic Education in Las Vegas, March 10-13. SPE is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice. The society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in […]

Vivian Beer’s Win Featured in Crain’s


Crain’s Detroit Business featured a story about our own Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04), winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge. According to Beer, her time at Cranbrook Academy of Art was key in the development of her furniture design practice, due […]

“Cranbrook +/- 25” Debuts at NCECA

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The alumni-organized exhibition Cranbrook +/- 25 is making its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Kansas City from March 16-19, 2016. Organized by Cranbrook Ceramics alumni Jessika Edgar (Ceramics ’11) and Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), the exhibition features the work of select students who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald.
The group’s impetus for launching the project, was that “Cranbrook Academy of Art has had and continues to have a significant impact of the world of art, architecture and design. For […]

Surabhi Ghosh To Speak at Concordia University

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Artist Surabhi Ghosh (Fiber ’04) will give the final talk in the Conversations in Contemporary Art series at Concordia University. Her artist talk will take place on March 17, 2016, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Lauren Semivan To Give an Artist Talk at Bunnel Street Arts Center


Alum Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) will discuss her work at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska on Friday, March 4 at 6pm. Semivan’s ongoing body of work combines drawing, an archive of objects and the human presence as a narrative tool.

Tracy Thomason Exhibits at Torrance Art Museum

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New York Artist Tracy Thomason (Painting ’08) is part of the Torrance Art Museum exhibition,  Sibling Rivalries, a group exhibition of work by artists based in New York City and Los Angeles. The exhibition comprises the work of fourteen New York artists paired with the work of fourteen Los Angeles artists. The exhibition is open through March 12.

2016 American Craft Council Awards Fellows and Gold Medal


The American Craft Council(ACC) announced the induction of seven individuals into its College of Fellows including Cranbrook alums Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) at the 2016 American Craft Council Awards. Cranbrook Director Emeritus  and Honorary Fellow of the ACC Gerhardt Knodel was awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship.

McArthur Binion Exhibits at ADAA: The Art Show 2016


Alumni McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) work will be featured in a solo exhibition during the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA): The Art Show 2016 at Galerie Lelong. The exhibition, Works from the 1970s, will be on display March 2-6.

Gere Kavanaugh Awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal


Congratulations to Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) on being awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal.  She joins 10 Cranbrook design alums who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis (Design ’75), P. Scott Makela and Laurie Haycock Makela (Design ’01), Charles […]

Ben Schonberger Earns Honorable Mention For The Anamorphosis Prize


Ben Schonberger’s  (Photography ’13) book Beautiful Pig was awarded a honorable mention for The Anamorphosis Prize . The Anamorphosis Prize was established to promote excellence, dialogue and excitement in the field of self-published photobooks and photo-based artist books.

Christopher Schanck Profiled in Cultured Magazine


Cultured Magazine featured Cranbrook Alumni Christopher Schanck (3D ’11) in a profile about his work and how Detroit has influenced his practice.

Jon Eric Riis Uses Timeless Themes in his Work


Jon Eric Riis’s (Fiber ’69) tapestries blend beauty with a powerful social message.  Atlanta Magazine highlights the artist’s work and his introduction to fiber art.

The L.A. Artist-Run Galleries You Need to Know

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In a building that once served as offices for the Cambodian Embassy, Cranbrook alums Anna Breininger (Painting ’13), Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14), and Sarah Manuwal each have a studio space and, together, run the gallery EMBASSY – which they’ve dubbed “a platform for provocation.”

Habitat: Kari Cholnoky | ARTnews


Kari Cholnoky photographed in her studio on February 10, 2016.
ARTnews takes a look inside the Brooklyn studio of Cranbrook alum Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14). Cholnoky, 27, talks about her time at Cranbrook, saying, “I really needed grad school,” she told ARTnews. “It was like a two-year monastery where I read a ton of books, made a ton of work, and asked myself a ton of questions. There’s no way I could have done it in New York City—you’re not able to take risks like you can when nobody’s paying […]

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.

Brittany Nelson Interviewed by WIRED Magazine

Brittany Nelson pours silver nitrate in a graduated cylinder to check the specific gravity, which indicates what percentage of silver is in the solution.

WIRED Magazine interviews Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) about Alternative Processes. This exhibition features pieces that use archaic development techniques like tintype and Mordancage to create bizarre and beautiful abstractions left to chance because of the chemicals used. Nelson’s work appears at Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC through February 20.

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