The Latest Alumni News

Surls Commissioned to Create Art for Lamar University

Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’

Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.

Rosen to Exhibit at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.

Garofano’s Installation Showing at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles

The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO  installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12)  installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.

“Peripheral Vision” Names Cranbrook Alumni Fellows

Cranbrook Alumni Sarah C. Blanchette (Photography ’17), Lydia Enriquez (Photography ’17) and Ouyang Jing (Photography ’17) have been awarded Publication Fellowships for Peripheral Vision. This fellowship is for emerging and mid-career professional American artists in conjunction with our inaugural salon-style exhibition, curated by critic Georgia Erger. Submitted works represent the diversity of contemporary art practice and occupy various points of intersection around common themes and aesthetic concerns. Salon 2017, forthcoming this fall, will take the form of an introductory essay by the curator containing links to artist project pages.

Print Media Alum Elahi Awarded the Hugh Hefner Foundation First Amendment Award

The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation awarded Hasan Elahi (Print Media ’96) one of its 2017 First Amendment Award winners. Elahi is an Associate Professor at the Department of Art at the University of Maryland and an interdisciplinary artist who asks Americans to explore issues in surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenges of borders. An erroneous tip called into law enforcement authorities in 2002 subjected Elahi to an intensive investigation by the FBI. After undergoing months of interrogations before he was cleared of suspicions, Elahi conceived “Tracking Transience” and opened almost every aspect of his life to the public. Predating public knowledge of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program by over a decade, his project questions the consequences of living under constant surveillance and continuously generates databases of imagery that tracks the artist and his points of transit in real-time. Although initially created for his FBI agent, the public can also monitor the artist’s communication records, banking transactions, and transportation logs along with various intelligence and government agencies who have been confirmed visiting his website. Christie Hefner established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy Magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. A press reception with the winners and judges will be held on August 7, 2017 at the Playboy Mansion.

Tochilovsky Is Featured in “Co.Design” Series

In the Co. Design series about designers’ firsts, 10 well-known designers’ were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07) and Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. “I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job,” said Tochilovsky. “The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything.” Click here for more of his interview.

Semivan’s “Pitch” Is Open at Benrubi Gallery

Benrubi Gallery, New York is hosting an exhibition Pitch by artist Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06), on view through August 25, 2017 and featured in BLOUINARTINFO. The exhibition marks her second solo with the gallery. A finalist for The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship and SF Camerawork’s Baum Award for Emerging Photographers, Semivan’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at many galleries and museums such as the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Hunterdon Art Museum, and Cranbrook Art Museum.

Ross at Monique Monique Meloche in Chicago

But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting ’92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hardesty Named Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and Curator of Collections and Exhibits

Alumna Jessi Hardesty (Print Media ’14) and the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Carroll Community College was profiled in the Carroll County Times. When asked about her experience at Cranbrook Academy of Art she said, “It is Hogwarts for artists.” Read more here about her experience at graduate school and her new post at Carroll Community College.
 
 

Jim Amaral and Olga de Amaral Talk About Art and Meeting at Cranbrook

According to the City Paper, most critics agree that the works of Jim Amaral (Design ’55) and Olga de Amaral (Fiber ’55) are two of the most important living artists. Olga’s tapestries are exhibited in the most prestigious museums of the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and Jim’s bronze sculptures have redefined the visual landmarks of the Colombian capital. The focus of two landmark retrospectives in Columbia this year – starting with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘<[…]

Alumna Massey and Cranbrook Art Museum Curator Mott Participate in Roundtable Featured in Art21

Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and Laura Mott (Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum) participated in a roundtable discussion about rust with Taylor Aldridge and Matthew Angelo Harrison – featured in Art21 Magazine.

Dixon Named One of the “Educators To Watch” by Graphic Design USA

Alumna Keetra Dean Dixon (2D Design ’06) has been named one of the “Educators To Watch” by Graphic Design USA.  According to the magazine, “The common thread is that these are people who are making a difference to their students, schools and community.” Dixon is an educator at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her work earned a U.S. Presidential Award, a place in the permanent design collection at SFMOMA and an ADC Young Gun Award (in 2008). Her clients have included […]

Dolence’s Work Included in “Create! Magazine”

Guest Curator Dasha Matsuura selected Jessica Dolence’s (Fiber ’16) work to be included in the latest issue of Create! Magazine. The magazine which focuses on the unique work of artists from around the world. Each issue contains contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it.

AICAD Names Bhadviya, Thompson, and Baralaye Fellows for 2017-2018

AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography ’15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design ’17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.

Edgar Speaks About “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium”

As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture ’80) and his wife Robin will speak on the “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium” on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.

Jaworska Inteviewed by “Sight Unseen”

Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) is interviewed in Sight Unseen. See her work in our exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape currently on display Cranbrook Art Museum. Jaworska is also currently a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist.

Cushman Displays Paintings at Boswell Mourot Gallery

New etchings and paintings from alumnus Brad Cushman (Painting ’86), the director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery, will be on display at Boswell Mourot Gallery from June 10 to July 1. Landscapes, trees and their reflections, weathered surfaces, and textures have inspired this series of paintings and mixed media works. An opening reception for the exhibit, Though False Intended True, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Boswell Mourot Gallery.

Wilson to Exhibit at Paul Kotula Projects

View a re-installation of Portable City by Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) with the current exhibition Landscapes by Amy Vogel at Paul Kotula Projects in Ferndale, Michigan on June 1-3. Hours for this program are Thursday, June 1, 11-7pm and Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 11 to 5pm. The pairing brings together two Chicago artists who are challenging the notion of landscape conceptually and physically in their respective bodies of work.

Painting Alum Whitman Is Visiting Artist at Lake Tahoe Community College

Erin Whitman (Painting ’06) will be visiting artist at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) June 8-9. The school’s Art Department two days of events, including a lecture about her work and artistic inspirations on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. and a hands-on demonstration of her work on Friday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. These events, sponsored by the LTCC Foundation and the LTCC Art Club, are free and open to the public.

“Dwell” Named Thorose “The Best of New York Design Week”

Dwell Magazine named Detroit-based artist and Cranbrook Alumnus Ara Levon Thorose (3D Design ’15) one of “The Best of New York Design Week.” According to the magazine, “We think it’s pretty safe to say that young artist Ara Levon Thorose is off to a strong start.”

Cranbrook Graduate Creates a Family and Art Space in Former Pickle Factory

Jaime Alvarez (Photography ’05) created a family space and art-photography business in a 19th-century former home of a pickle factory. The story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the 4,000 square-foot building in Fishtown are just where Alvarez and wife Leah Shepperd now thrive along with their infant son, a large St. Bernard named Seamus, and two indistinguishable orange cats named Chester and Lester.

Goodson Curates His First Wexner Center Exhibition

In May, the Wexner Center will debut Gray Matters, the first exhibition curated by Michael Goodson (Sculpture ’97). The show completes a circle of sorts for the museum’s new, 48-year-old senior curator of exhibitions. Long before he chose what pieces to display at Columbus’ top contemporary arts venue, Goodson was on the other side of the artistic equation—an aspiring sculptor and punk-rock kid from Dayton seeking inspiration from his visits to the Wex. After several years of artistic practice and curating, “I found pretty quickly that I had an acumen for thinking about how work is installed and what it means in that context,” said Goodson.

Matelli Debuts New Sculpture at The Aldrich Contempary Art Museum

In an ArtDaily, an article featuring Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) debut of his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Hera is an extension of Matelli’s Garden Sculptures series, initiated in 2015, in which he defaces garden statuary of classical or religious icons and subverts material expectation. Based on an ancient Greek statue of Hera and poised atop a pedestal, the statue, fabricated out of cast stone, is painstakingly aged to mimic a centuries old patina. The exhibition is open through October 21.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

Annual “Academy Awards” Celebration Caps Off Academic Year

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 15, 2017 — On the eve of its 2017 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 11.

Binion is Featured in “Artsy” Article About Highlights of the 2017 Venice Binennale

McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) is part of the 2017 Venice Biennale’s centerpiece exhibition, Viva Arte Viva. Until he came to install for the Biennale, the 70-year-old McArthur Binion had never set foot in Venice. “I told friends that I wouldn’t go unless my work was in this show,” he said, smiling, on opening day.

Kawabata is Featured in AIGA’s “Eye on Design”

Aya Kawabata (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design from the AIGA | the professional association for design. The article talks about her background as a violinist, specializing in graphic design and her degree at Cranbrook where she diversified her practice even further, exploring architecture and 3-D processes in relation to graphic art.

Alumnus Anderson Honored by HMA

The Huntington Museum of Art named Dan Anderson (Ceramics ’70) as a Walter Gropius Master Artist this month. An exhibit of work by Anderson will remain at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 4. Anderson is a full-time studio artist following 32 years of teaching ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he now is professor emeritus. He has received an NEA individual artist fellowship, six artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (1996) and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana (2010, 2012, 2014).

Christian Morin Featured in “New American Paintings”

Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) is featured in the annual MFA Annual 129. Christian Morin works in painting, graphics, and performance.

A Review of Rosen’s Work Is Featured in ” Art in America”

Alumna Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) is featured in Art in America. Her exhibition at PPOW is titled Tie Me to the Mast. Each piece is a collection of many ceramic objects: tubes and gourds and balls and blobs, all piled up on a wheeled dolly and whipped together with wire. These six-foot-high towers are imposing, yet hilarious in their pendulous anthropomorphism. She began making them in 2010 and 2011.

Gut’s Wayshrines I, II, & III Are Featured on DCCP’s Online Gallery

Kara Gut’s (Photography ’16) three part avatar manifesto, Wayshrines I, II, & III, will be showcased on DCCP’s online gallery of moving and lens-based media. Wayshrines will be shared in three installments over the course of the coming weeks. Visit the online gallery to view the work and be sure to revisit for the next two installments.

Van Almelo’s Work is on Display at the World Ceramic Biennale

The Frontierman newspaper featured an article about Alida van Almelo’s (Ceramics ’16) installation Coriolis that is on display at the World Ceramic Biennale at the World Ceramic Center in Icheon, South Korea. Van Almelo’s work is one of 90 or so on display, chosen from more than 2,400 entries world wide and her novel concept earned her a bronze prize, which carries with it a cash prize, including the museum’s purchase of her piece. The exhibition will remain open through October 2017.

Scolaro Talks with “Young Space”

Chrissy Scolaro (Sculpture ’16), chats with the blog Young Space about her education and influences. “Completing my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art was, hands down, my most challenging and rewarding academic experience,” said Scolaro. “In addition to the education I received there, a big take away has been the familial nature of the alumni network, which I’m hopeful will be a source of continued support and growth. Because Cranbrook sort of operates like more of a residency or commune, I think it’s common to be significantly transformed by the program in some way.”

Massey Exhibits with “Detroit Grind” in NYC

Rush Arts Gallery opened the group show, “Detroit Grind,” featuring six Detroit artists including alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and featured in the Detroit Free Press. The show was created by Inner State Gallery and marks their latest effort to introduce the work of emerging Detroit artists to audiences outside of Michigan. The exhibition is open through May 19, 2017.

Tobin Featured in “Architectural Digest”

Mosaic ceiling and tile wall designed, fabricated and installed by aluma Farley Tobin (Ceramics ’77) and her husband, Alton Parks, in author Andrew Solomon’s townhouse in New York City. The work was featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest.

Simmons Interviewed in “ESME”

Susan Simmons (Photography ’17) is interviewed by ESME, a single-mom online community. Simmons talks about her graduate school experience, her practice and parenting her 10-year-old daughter as a single mom.

Vivian Beer named Visiting Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Scott Klinker Awarded Sabbatical for Fall 2017

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 27, 2017– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that award-winning furniture designer Vivian Beer has been named the visiting Designer-in-Residence for the Academy’s 3D Design department. She will stand in for current 3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker while he is on sabbatical for the fall 2017 semester.

Solemani Awarded MacColl Johnson Grant

Sheida Solemani (Photography ’15) received a $25,000 MacColl Johnson grant. Every year, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards three emerging artists a $25,000 fellowship with one string attached — they must live in Rhode Island.

Solemani’s most recent exhibition, titled “Civil Liberties,” superimposes the faces of Iranian women — whose executions have not been documented or publicized — onto life-size, nugget-shaped pillows. The pillows are set against a three-dimensional collage of sometimes mundane, sometimes brutal photographs and artifacts. She created 12 works in the series, which was recently exhibited at galleries in Providence, Chicago and London.

HE Wei Exhibits at the New Museum of Contemporay Art in New York

HE Wei (3D Design ’14) exhibition HE Wei: Space Permeable adopts an interdisciplinary approach by combining sculpture, installation, design, media, and performance in order to create what he calls a participatory art event. He is the founder of HE+HU Art Collective and a member of the NEW INC, the incubator program of art, design, and technology under the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The exhibition is open through June 10. HE Wei is also teaching a workshop called The Food and Art Family Workshop at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on June 10 from 1-2:30 pm.

Mosa Exhibits at Chamber in NYC

Edgar Mosa (Metalsmithing ’11) has two pieces in a group exhibition titled, Domestic Appeal Collection #3 at Chamber in NYC. The exhibition is open through April 22, 2017.

Terrell Launches Sustainable Bikini Brand Jeux De Vagues

Katherine Terrell (2D Design ’03) launches a sustainable bikini brand Jeux De Vagues. As a designer, surfer, mom, and activist, Terrell creates solid fabrics made with Econyl® , a 100% regenerated polyester fiber made from pre- and post-consumer materials. Printed fabrics are made from recycled water bottles. All bikinis are made in a fair labor factory in Los Angeles with dissolvable, fully biodegradable hangtags. For more information about the products go to the website.

MEGA 2017 Features Cranbrook Academy of Art Students

The Masters Student Collective of Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts present the 7th Annual Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Exhibition (MEGA). MEGA 2017 features works from 5 Cranbrook Academy of Art Students from artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. The exhibition opens on April 8th with an opening reception 6-8pm at the Avenue of for the Arts.

Cranbrook Academy of Art students selected to participate are: William Marcellus Armstrong (Fiber ’17), Prashani Chandrasena (Fiber ’18), Min-Jen Chang (Print Media ’17), Anita Enriquez (Fiber ’17), and Jing Ouyang (3D Design)

Silverman Named Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Center

Camille Silverman (Painting ’06) is named Executive Director of Riverside Arts Center (RAC) in Riverside, Illinois. Silverman’s immediate goals include the launch of a membership drive leading up to RAC’s 25-year anniversary and an expansion of the educational programs offered by RAC throughout the community.

Herr Creates “Snuggies for a Revolution” on Display at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. As she says, they are “a proposition for examining our own relationship with capitalist power structures that necessitate exploitation.” Snuggies for the Revolution are on exhibit at the Elijah Wheat Showroom in Bushwick through April 30, 2017.

Underwood Opens Exhibition at SOUS LES ETOILES GALLERY

“This Land is Your Land”, Barry Underwood’s (Photography ’95) second exhibition with SOUS LES ETOILES GALLERY opened and featured on artdaily.org.

Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate.
Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.

Ciel Brings Video Art Installation to Downtown Sacramento

The interactive, immersive projection, called Beacon, will run from mid-April to mid-July at the empty 930 K Street building, says producer and placemaker Tre Borden, who is running the project with local filmmaker, artist and Beacon curator, Jessa Ciel (Photography ’16).

Riley Guest Lectures at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

The Contemporary Sculpture Society at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, hosts visiting artist and curator Haynes Riley (2D Design ’11) as a guest lecturer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Hillside Auditorium 206. Riley is an artist, curator, designer, and founder and director at Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas. While at Good Weather, Riley has organized nearly thirty solo exhibitions and participated in NADA New York, Material Art Fair, and ARTBandini Los Angeles.

Chugh’s Exhibition “Stranger” Opens at Galerie Camille

Stranger, Vineta Chugh’s (3D Design ’17) two-person show with Scott Campbell exploring themes of masculine and feminine identity opens on Friday at Galerie Camille in Midtown Detroit. The exhibition runs March 10-April 1 with an artist talk on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm.

Smith Named One of the Top Ten Artists to Watch at NADA

Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) was named one of the top ten artists to watch at New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) according to Artspace magazine. The large, multilayered paintings of Smith offer several access points: black line drawings that describe ordinary scenes from the point of view of an anonymous observer, text scribbled with airbrush paint that document the artist’s stream-of-consciousness, and a fragmented picture plane calling to mind a blurry photograph.

Hagen Exhibits at Marlin Art Gallery

Susan Hagen’s (Sculpture ’83) solo exhibition People Power The Recent Work of Susan Hagen
features works from her “Teenager Project” and “Citizens (People of Philly)” series. Included will be drawings and sculptures which explore the lives of teenagers and the ordinary people (and subcultures) who make up the fabric of urban life in Philadelphia. The exhibition on display at The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden Community College until April 7, 2017

MOCAD Fellow Interviews Chalew

MOCAD Curatorial Fellow Scott Campbell visited alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16) studio in Highland Park, Michigan. He explored her space and spoke with her about her work where she “aims to shift the viewer’s perspective on the natural world and our role within it.”
 
 

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