The Latest Alumni News

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Warren Corbitt

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., October 19, 2016 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumnus Warren Corbitt (2D Design ’99).

Corbitt was a multidisciplinary designer focusing on branding, editorial, and cultural projects, working fluidly between both screen-based and print-based media.

Core77 Interviews Klinker About Design


Artist-in-Residence and head of 3D Design Scott Klinker is interviewed for Core77. In this in depth piece, he discusses design as an “expanding discipline and cultural agency” and the work of 3D Design at Cranbrook.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award


Nick Cave and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Named Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Gerhardt Knodel, past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council (ACC).

ArtPrize 2016 Featured Cranbrook Grads


Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates participated in this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and received recognition.
Higher Ground, an installation by artists Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded 5th Place in the Time-Based category. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to […]

Güt Interviewed for “Refigural” by Gatto


Kara Güt (Photography ’16) is interviewed for Refigural by current student Clare Gatto (Photography ’17), who is a contributing editor to the quarterly, online magazine.

Abelow Exhibits at Allen & Eldridge and ober gallery

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Painting Alum Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) participated in two exhibitions recently. A solo exhibition,  Drawings at Allen & Eldridge in NYC and a two-person exhibition NEW GODS at ober gallery in Kent, CT.

Habsburg-Lothringen Part of a UCSD Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) is part of a group exhibition for the Department of Visual Arts at University of California San Diego (UCSD). This Psychodrama  exhibition tosses aside possession to embrace exorcism of questions taking center stage while wrestling with a kind of mind-matter dualism. The exhibition is open until October 21.

Peterson Paints First Mural Under Eiffel Tower for Nuit Blanche


Artist and Cranbrook Alumnus Cleon Peterson (2D Design ’06) is painting the first ever mural directly underneath the Eiffel Tower for this year’s Nuit Blanche festival in Paris.

Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection Debuts at Leland International


Midwest Home magazine featured an article about a Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) collection debut at Leland International. The Rapson Thirty-Nine Collection’s  furnishings are based on the whimsical drawings the architect created in the 1930s while at Cranbrook, where he collaborated with […]

Christopher Schneider Named One of the Top 10 Highlights at ArtPrize

Photography by Nate Smallwood for the Detroit Free Press.

Christopher Schneider (Photography ’03) is named one of the top 10 ArtPrize highlights by the Detroit Free Press. ArtPrize is open through October 8. His installation is on Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids campus at 200 Ionia Ave. SW and can be seen and voted […]

“DDEAF Magazine” Profiles Tiff Massey


Alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) is interviewed by DDEAF Magazine about her journey to Cranbrook Academy of Art, practice and future. The fall issue is on newsstands now.

Brittany Nelson Exhibits at SADIE HALIE PROJECTS


SADIE HALIE PROJECTS in Minneapolis presents a new body of work by artist Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11). Monuments to the Conquerors of Space features a new series of polypropylene prints and a site specific installation. The exhibition is open until October 14.

Nick Cave Featured on PBS’s Art21

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On Friday, September 16 the new ART21 special featuring Cranbrook Art Museum’s Nick Cave: Here Hear project debuted. Check your local PBS listings. Cave is a 1989 alumnus. Cave was also featured in the

Carpenter Curates “Hush.ex” with River House Arts Space

Courtesy of Clara DeGalan

Detroit Art Review  featured an exhibition curated by Gallery Director at University of Toledo and Alumnus Brian Carpenter (Photography ’12)  Hush.ex with Director of River House Arts Space Paula Baldoni. The exhibition features the work of four artists whose common thread begins with the historically and regionally loaded […]

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Collaborates in “Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections”

"Highway Fusion #2" by Joan Rosenberg-Dent.

A new collaborative exhibition: Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections that brings together painter Francis Scorzelli and sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent (Ceramics ’80). Rather than relying on the viewer to ascribe emotional meaning, or using divisive ideological snippets, these pieces are intrinsically valuable because of their optical wit. The exhibition runs September 23-November 26 at

Jacque Liu To Open “Big Red Barn” at University City Arts League

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University City Arts League in Philadelphia is featuring the exhibition Big Red Barn  by Philadelphia-based artist Jacque Liu (Ceramics ’02). Inspiration for the exhibition developed while the artist spent time in Maine, and explores how the ongoing beauty […]

Chalew Is Part of “Big Sculpture @ The Factory”

Photograph by Clarence Tabb, Jr., The Detroit News

The Detroit News features an article about a 59-artist exhibition set in a sprawling Highland Park industrial complex called Big Sculpture @ The Factory. Cranbrook Alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16)  work is included in the exhibition that is open through October 22.

Will Ayers Joins GNU Group

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According to the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), Alumnus Will Ayers (3D Design ’03) has joined the GNU Group to lead their expansion in Southern California

Robert Brooks Is Finalist in AIA Film Challenge


The short film highlighting the work of Robert Brooks (Architecture ’05) and his design partner is a finalist in the AIA film challenge. The film shows the work between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Watch the film and vote!

Emmy Bright To Exhibit at David Klein Gallery

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New artwork created by Emmy Bright (Print Media ’16) will be shown at David Klein Gallery in Detroit, Michigan. Emmy Bright: Why Don’t You Want This? opens September 17 and closes October 22, 2016. Learn even more about the work featured in this recent opening in the Detroit Art […]

Sale of Bill Farmer’s Work Begins

Photograph by Sarah Hoffman.

Recently passed bookstore owner Tom Rudloff was a caretaker of his good friend Bill Farmer’s (Painting ’51) eclectic collection. From free-form ink drawings, sculptures and much more, Farmer was a prolific artist who worked in Omaha for much of a career that spanned more than 40 years, the

Merola and Soleimani Open Joint Exhibition “Piece it Together”


Alumnae Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) and Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) are featured in a NAT. BRUT article about their joint exhibition about art and protest.  Piece it Together opens October 11 at the University of Toledo’s Department of Art in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition runs through December 6, 2016.

Customs House Museum Showcases Sculptor Olen Bryant


Through October 16, the Orgain and Bruner Galleries of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center will feature Alumna Olen Bryant (Sculpture ’54). Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure is an exhibition of thirty-one works.

Cave Work Featured at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Soundsuit by Nick Cave. Photo: courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery New York

African-American Art from the Museum’s Collection is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), through September 25.  Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection is a stunning MFAH exhibition that takes the viewer on an engrossing journey through eight decades of art history and African-American cultural history, from 1935 to 2015. At the heart of the exhibition are […]

Peter Clouse’s “Spatial Contingencies” To Open at Saginaw Valley State University

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The University Art Gallery, located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), is exhibiting Spatial Contingencies by Peter Clouse (Fiber ’14). His work fuses the concepts of consumption, waste, and recycling with textile traditions and landscape through monstrous weavings which are a balance between the two dimensions created on a loom, and the third contingent of space.  The exhibition is open October 17 and closes November 11, 2016.

Ben Schonberger Discusses “Beautiful Pig” with “Hyperallergic”

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Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) discusses the book and exhibition Beautiful Pig with Hyperallergic.  Schonberger spent two-plus years collaborating with Marty Gaynor, a retired Detroit police officer who obsessively documented his work and subsequently retained thousands of images taken in the course of policing during the 1970s and ’80s; in the […]

Jon Geiger Installed ROAM at Black Cube Museum


Associate Preparator at Cranbrook Art Museum and Academy Alumnus Jon Geiger (Ceramics ’14) has installed his piece ROAM at the Black Cube Museum, a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum in Denver. Black Cube works without traditional boundaries of a physical building, experienced primarily through pop-up art exhibitions and shops conceived by the artist. The exhibition will continue through October 17.

Alum Sheida Soleimani Gives Voice To Iranian Women

"Medium of Exchange," Sheida Soleiman. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sheida Soleimani (Photograhy ’15) is interviewed by The FADER about her art work focusing on Iranian women as well as her new bodies of work. She has two upcoming solo exhibitions: Civil Liberties at BOYFRIENDS gallery, opening September 23 in Chicago, and Medium of Exchange at 1305 Main for

Photography Alums Featured in “Re:Formation”

Work by Shanna Merola.

Photography Alums are featured in a Hyperallergic article about this year’s Gallery Project, Re:Formation — the fourth annual installation of this largely regional art exhibition. The exhibition addresses the push back that is occurring in communities nationwide around issues such as water access and safety, marginalization of the […]

Cranbrook Alums Are Redefining Fashion


The exhibition “ReFashion” at form & concept includes alumni from Cranbrook Academy of Art Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08), Jeanne Medina (Fiber ’13), and Peter Clouse (Fiber’14), as well as Artist-in-Residence and head of Fiber, Art Mark Newport. According to Director and Curator, Frank Rose,  “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another […]

Beverly Fishman Piece Featured in “Detroit Home”

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A Detroit Home Magazine article about a modern home in Huntington Woods, Mich., features the painting one stomach, one anxiety by Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art Beverly Fishman.

Core77 Looks at Christopher Schanck Design Process


Core77 offers an inside look at Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11) and the process behind his ALUfoil Suite. Read how he uses an everyday kitchen item in his practice.

Nick Cave To Open “Until” at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

Photo by Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times.

The New York Times interviewed artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) about his next exhibition Until, a massive, immersive installation focusing on race and gun violence to be shown at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is to open on Oct. 16.

Peter Clouse Exhibits at Indianapolis Art Center


Peter Clouse (Fiber ’14) is part of Weave Wars, a group exhibition held at the Indianapolis Art Center.  The exhibition focuses on new directions in fiber art and examines non-traditional explorations of fabric as a medium. The exhibition opens on September 23 in Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery, Allen W. Clowes Gallery, Sarah M. Hurt Gallery, and Frank M. Basile Exhibition Hall. Weave Wars closes on […]

Cranbrook Alum Mike Essl Named Acting Dean at The Cooper Union

Photography by  Leo Sorel/The Cooper Union

Mike Essl (2D ’01) current associate professor at The Cooper Union has become the acting dean of the School of Art. In his Meet the Deans article you will learn about his new position at the school and design background.

Olen Bryant Opens at Customs House in August 11


Alumnus Olen Bryant’s (Sculpture ’54) work will be showcased in an exhibition opening in August at the Customs House Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Customs House Museum has 19 pieces donated to the museum by the artist, and these, along with others borrowed from private collectors, will make up the show. The exhibition runs until October 17.

MINT Collective Hosting Three-Person Show of Cranbrook Photography Grads


Work from recent Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Cox (Photography ’16), Kara Gut (Photography ’16), and Harrison Moenich (Photograpahy ’16) was selected following an open call for “large scale exhibition proposals” at MINT Collective in Columbus, Ohio.  “Back to the Future Part II” features dynamic and arresting photography and sculptural installations. The exhibition is open through Aug. 12.

Anne Lindberg Opens at Josée Bienvenu Gallery NYC


Anne Lindberg (Fiber ’88) is part of a group exhibition at Josée Bienenu Gallery NYC called, good news. The exhibition includes artists working on and off paper to deconstruct and reconfigure information. See her graphite drawings through August 29, 2016.

Ben Schonberger’s Beautiful Pig Opens at River House Arts


River House Arts in conjunction with Contemporary Art Toledo, presents Beautiful Pig, an exhibition of work by artist Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13). The exhibition is centered on a trove of photographs and ephemera collected by a former Detroit police officer during the latter part of the 20th Century and purposefully assembled and augmented by the artist. The show opens with a public reception on […]

Ryan Debolski Featured in “This is Paper”

Photography by Ryan Debolski.

Alumnus Ryan Debolski’s  (Photography ’14) work is featured in This is Paper magazine and blog.  The work focuses on certain periods of the photographer’s life including his time studying at Cranbrook Academy of Art and living in the country of Oman.

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


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.

“Metropolis Magazine” Profiles Gere Kavanaugh

Photography by Brian Guido.

Alumna Gene Kavanaugh (Design ’52) is profiled in Metropolis Magazine. She describes how Cranbrook Academy of Art’s curriculum focuses on “learning by doing” and how it has influenced her work.

Lindsey Dezman to Exhibit at Roman Susan Gallery


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

Photo by Charlie Schuck.

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”

Photography courtesy of the artist.

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


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


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.

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