“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 (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. Read more
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
“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.
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.
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. What was that work anyway?” Read about the show
Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate and Kresge Eminent Artist Ruth Adler Schnee Opens First Exhibition in Detroit
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.
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 […]
“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.
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.
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: 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 […]
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 (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.
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.
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.
Academy alumnus Jack Lenor Larsen (Fiber ’51) and National Advisory Council member John Underkoffler were each awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards!
“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 […]
Nylon Magazine asked five questions of Martha Mysko (Fiber ’11) in the “Meet The Artist” feature of their March 2015 print edition.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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
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.
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.
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 (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.
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” 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.
Congratulations to Academy alum Ruth Adler Schnee (1946) on her Eminent Artist Award from The Kresge Foundation.
Lake Superior State University (LSSU) art professor and Academy alum Lloyd Eddy (Painting ’01) will debut a solo show at LSSU Arts Center gallery.
Congratulations to Matt Shlian (Print Media ’06), whose work was featured in the February/March 2015 issue of American Craft magazine.
Congratulations to Yunjung Kang (Fiber ’14) – her work is now part of the permanent collection at the Cobo Center in Detroit!