The Latest Alumni News

Duane Hanson’s Work Featured in Joint Exhibition at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

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Duane Hanson (Sculpture ’51) is part of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum hyperrealist sculpture exhibition, Hyperrealist Sculpture 1973-2016. Held in Bilbao, Spain, the exhibition  presents a selection of 34 works by the 26 artists most representative of this movement. The exhibition is open through September 26, 2016.

Toshiko Takaezu Terrace Named After Artist at the Hunterdon Art Museum

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Recently, the Hunterdon Art Museum named a terrace at the museum after artist Toshiko Takaezu (Ceramics ’54). “Naming the terrace in Toshiko’s honor serves as a tribute to an artist who was intimately involved with the Museum and whose inspiring work influenced generations of artists,” said Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, executive director of the Hunterdon Art Museum. Takaezu passed away […]

Alumna Libby Clarke Named Director at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

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Libby Clarke (2D Design ’99), former Assistant Professor at The New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, has joined the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey as Director of the Studio School. Her position began July 5.
 
 

Lindsey Dezman to Exhibit at Roman Susan Gallery

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Alumna Lindsey Dezman’s (Ceramics ’14) exhibition Lindsey Dezman: The Driftless Region will open at Roman Susan Gallery in Chicago on September 3. Within the exhibition, Dezman explores natural forming clays as a way to highlight the inherent material lifespan from one type of clay to the next. The exhibition closes September 25.

Core77 Featured 3D Design’s Exhibition at Collective Design

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Core77 featured an article on our 3D Design department’s recent exhibition, Fine Design for the End of the World, at […]

Devin Farrand Featured in “Wallpaper Magazine”

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Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) said in Wallpaper magazine his garage is, ‘a site of personal excavation.’ This is where he created his current series, Plates, in which some were presented with the Ibid Gallery at Frieze New York 2016.

Hannah Vaughan Featured in LVL3 Media Spotlight

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Hannah Vaughan (3D Design ’16) is featured in a LVL3 Media Spotlight about her work and influences.  LVL3 is an online platform that highlights contemporary artists, designers, writers, performers, and creative entrepreneurs.

Ebitenyefa Baralaye Awarded Teaching Fellowship; Shiraz Gallab Awarded a Second Year Fellowship

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Recent Alumnus Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) has been selected as one of the five fellows to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2016-2017 academic year. Alumna Shiraz Gallab (2D ’15) will also be continuing her 2015-2016 fellowship for a second year during 2016-2017.

Alumna Jayoung Yoon’s Work Is Featured at the Theo Ganz Studio

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Jayoung Yoon’s (Fiber ’09) work is featured in the  solo exhibition called Ephemerality. Organized and shown at the Theo Ganz Studio, her interdisciplinary work includes human hair sculpture, paintings and video. The exhibition runs until July 10.
 
 
 

John Glick Exhibits at Cranbrook Art Museum

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Cranbrook Art Museum organized a major retrospective of of potter John Glick (Ceramics ’62), “John Glick: A Legacy in Clay.” The exhibition runs through March 12, 2016.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Ken Isaacs

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 14, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum mourns the loss of Ken Isaacs, head of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1956 through 1958 and a 1954 graduate of the program.

Designer Bethany Shorb To Open Cyberoptix Retail Location

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Crain’s featured an article about Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01). She is opening a retail space in Detroit called Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix. The 1,000-square-foot store will open in November 2016 and feature mostly design goods for men that are made in Detroit and elsewhere.

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Ryan Widger

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Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Ryan G. Widger (Photography ’05). He was 42 years old. He leaves behind companion Gillian Pears (Photography ’06) and their daughter, Charlotte Francesca Pears Widger.

Aya Kawabata Awarded “New Talent Competition” at DMY International Design Festival

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Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) recently received an award in the “New Talent Competition” at the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin. A total of 165 participants submitted current prototypes, close-to-production products, the latest design trends, innovations, experiments and processes. Twenty-five were awarded exhibition spots. In Kawabata’s project, Sun and Night, she pursues the aesthetics of abstraction and creates ambiguity in the form of the object. She is inspired by […]

Painter John Wood Exhibits at ArtHaus

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Featured in Artfix Daily, an article about THE LAKE – a transitional series of new paintings by Bay Area artist and Cranbrook alumnus John Wood (Painting ’74)– is open at ArtHaus in San Francisco. Wood’s work was inspired by three weeks of solitude at The Lake, The Morris Graves Foundation Compound, just south of Eureka, in late Summer, 2015. THE LAKE runs through June 25 at

Tiff Massey Is Interviewed by “Arts Black”

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Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) was interviewed by Arts Black about her practice, how it changed with a Kresge Fellowship and what is happening in Detroit.

New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

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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 also be involved in a project at the site later this year.

McArthur Binion Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters

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McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 18.

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

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Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition, Behold! I teach you the Overman!, at Postmasters gallery in NYC.

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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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).
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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