The Latest Alumni News

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.

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.”
 
 

“Artsy” Named Clark One of 16 Women Pushing Design Forward in the United States

Artsy names Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) as one of the top 16 women pushing design forward in the United States. According to recent studies published by the AIA (the national professional association of architects) and AIGA (the professional association for design) reveal that, while design and architecture programs attract female and minority students, “the professions don’t retain them,” explains design critic Alexandra Lange, “and the numbers are particularly small at the leadership level.”

Motivated by these imbalances, Artsy spotlights 16 women, including Clark, who are transcending these statistics and leading progressive change in their fields.

Ahmadi Exhibition Opens at Leila Heller Gallery

Painting Alum Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05), whose ethereal, evocative use of the aesthetic modality of traditional Persian painting ensnares the viewer in complicit landscapes of violence, producing a potent and poetic critique of contemporary politics both foreign and domestic. Shiva Ahmadi: Ascend opens on March 9 at the Leila Heller Gallery in NYC.

Von Habsburg-Lothringen Publishes First Book “Deadstock”

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) launched her first publication, Deadstock. Deadstock is published by Maga Books. To celebrate the launch, Habsburg-Lorthringen and Martha Wilson offered inter-generational perspectives on feminism, performance, and the archive as they relate to their respective practices at a talk titled, “Framing Femininity” at the Independent Curators International in NYC.

Herr Collaborates with Kraska at Elijah Wheat Showroom in “Moll Madness”

Joseph Kraska’s trippy queer video series Peppré Ann and Froends returns with a new episode. This time, the girls are going shopping. But instead of typical consumer schlock and Orange Julius, they’re going to be exposed to the harsh, bizarre reality of the suburban mall (“moll”) as a privatized public space, where the logic of capitalism rules over free speech or the right to congregate. This all-too-real dystopian nightmare will be brought to life through an installation in collaboration with Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16).

Satlowski Exhibits at Embassy

Lauren Satlowski (Painting ’13) has a solo exhibition at Embassy Gallery called, Night in the Diamond Cut. Satlowski’s new works on paper employ characters that unabashedly celebrate their innate femininity while simultaneously calling the body into crisis. These archetypes —both girlish and aged– materialize and retreat through the staining and crystallization of watercolor and ink.

Connally Will Speak at Society for Photography Education’s 2017 Conference

William Connally (Photography ’12) will present at the Society of Photography Education 2017 National Converence in March 2017 on Thursday, March 9 from 4-5:40pm. His presentation is part of the new imagemaker “Dialogic” presentation. This new session format is a carefully curated series of five concise 18-minute presentations by five imagemakers on issues of photography, family, and remembrance.

Merola to Lecture at University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities

On March 6, Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) will speak at a lecture called, “Off the Record.” She will discuss the various roles that art and activism play in her work with grassroots movements across the country – from the historic fight to reclaim Richmond, Virginia’s African Burial Ground to the deeply embattled struggle over water privatization in Detroit and Flint, Michigan.

Rosen Exhibits at PPOW in NYC

P·P·O·W in New York presents Tie Me to the Mast, a solo exhibition by Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81). Rosen’s work explores the fundamental properties of ceramics by directly confronting the aesthetic and chemical relationships between sculptural form and painterly surface.

2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market is proud to announce that ten graduate students from Cranbrook Academy of Art were selected as finalists for this year’s John F. Korachis Scholarship Award. These artists will showcase their juried artwork at this year’s exhibition, which will also include works by renowned Cranbrook alumni and faculty.

The Eames Were Partners in Life and Design

Cranbrook’s own “First Couple of Design” Ray and Charles Eames are featured in a piece from Paste. The article talks about how they met, their creative partnership, and their influence in modern design.

Soleimani Is Participating in Panel Discussion at Reed Gallery

Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) is participating in a panel discussion on February 10 at 12-1pm at Wave Pool Gallery in Camp Washington and the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Reed Jr. Gallery at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Soleimani Is Interviewed by “Refinery29” About Her First UK Solo Exhibition

Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) is interviewed and Refinery29 about her latest exhibition and first solo show in the UK. According to Refinery 29, To Oblivion casts fresh light on the female victims of torture in her parents’ native Iran.

Reichert and Cope Exhibit at David Klein Gallery

Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) is part of Organizational Strategies for the After Life: Gina Reichert & Mitch Cope at David Klein Gallery.

Cusumano and Towner Exhibit “Om Tat Sat…” at Endicott College

Om Tat Sat: A Photographic Journey through India is an exhibition of photographs by Maria Cusumano (Print Media ’82) and Mark Towner (Photography ’81) that is showing at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. The two artists met at Cranbrook Academy of Art. The exhibition runs until May 20, 2017.

Ewing Exhibits Architectual Photography at Columbia University

Stagecraft: Models and Photos opens February 9 and exlores the synergy between architectural models and photography as a wellspring of architectural invention. For this exhibition, the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University commissioned architectural photographer James Ewing (Photography ’04) to photograph six models of notable twentieth century buildings, culled from the archives of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Gaydos’ “Unfixed” Featured in “Lenscratch”

Kottie Gaydos (Photography ’16) recent project Unfixed is an interdisciplinary examination of vulnerability, healing, and change. Gaydos creates ceramic vessels which she coats in an unfixed cyanotype solution, then juxtaposes these forms next to manipulated sheets of unfixed cyanotype paper. Each medium undergoes a change.

Dickinson Exhibits at American University Art Museum

Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99 ) is part of a new group exhibition, New Ruins at American University Art Museum. The artists work in the show foregrounds the specific temporal, material, and tactile aspects of painting as subject.

Pàquin Exhibits at Presbyterian College

The Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery at Presbyterian College exhibits Ralph Pàquin’s (Ceramics ’82) Evolution: Of Origin and Form. Pàquin currently serves as a professor of studio art at the College. The exhibition will be open through February 27.

Campbell and Szabo Exhibit at Terhune Art Gallery

Alumni Brittany Campbell (Fiber ’13) and Zachariah Szabo (Photography) are part of the joint exhibition Brittany Campbell & Zachariah Szabo: The Conceit of Memory at Terhune Art Gallery. Through photography and three-dimensional constructions, Campbell and Szabo each explore the meaning and purpose of loss, memory, and identity.

Schorn Part of Group Exhibition at Bonfield Gallery-Crooked Tree Art Center

The Tinker, Tailor, Welder, Weaver: The Art of Assemblage exhibition at Bonfield Gallery-Crooked Tree Art Center is open and includes two and three dimensional works of assemblage and collage created by eight Michigan artists, including alumnus Brian Schorn (2D ’94).

Merrill Is Featured in Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition

Works by artists Jody Boyer of Council Bluffs, Jane Gilmor of Cedar Rapids and Rachel Merrill (Photography ’04) of Des Moines are featured in the Iowa Women’s Art Exhibition. The exhibition, which celebrates female artists and their contributions to the cultural vitality of Iowa, is on display in Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds’ formal office through June 2017. The public is welcome to visit.

Goff Is Part of Group Show “Reel Real” at Fosdick-Nelson Gallery

Shannon Goff (Ceramics ’03) is part of the group show Reel Real at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University. The exhibition questions perceptions of reality. Goff’s piece, a monumental sculpture made entirely out of cardboard, titled Miles To Empty, is a visual critique of the decline in human industry.

Gleisner Interviews Cave About How He Created “Until”

Jacquelyn Gleisner (Painting ’10) interviews Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) about his new exhibition Until at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (MASS MoCA) for Art21. They talked about how his work stimulates questions about equality in America.

Kempthorn Exhibits at the College of Wooster Art Museum

The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) begins 2017 with an exhibition by Amber Kempthorn (Sculpture ’08), who will show A River Isn’t Too Much to Love, which includes drawing and collage. Kempthorn has taught at Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Art as an adjunct professor of art since 2012.

Fike’s Work Is Featured in “Arizona Foothills Magazine”

According to Arizona Foothills Magazine Jim Fike (Photography ’99),”… effortlessly blends art and science resulting in engaging and truly beautiful photography while presenting everyday local botanicals in a new and refreshing new light.” Recently Fike’s work became a part of the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. His artwork has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including F-Stop Magazine, the L.A. Times, Java Magazine, Downtown Phoenix Journal, […]

Boggess Featured in Southwest Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Lynn Boggess (Painting ’80) was featured in the January issue of Southwest Art magazine. Boggess paints all year long in a variety of locations, the result of which is a body of work with substantially varied subject matter.

Cave Awarded the International Medal of Arts

The U.S. Department of State honored contemporary artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89)with the International Medal of Arts. The International Medal of Arts is awarded to artists who demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Art in Embassies mission of cultural diplomacy through the visual arts and international cultural exchange.

Lee’s “Yellow Forest” Is On Display at Philidelphia International Airport

A massive work by alumna Mi-Kyoung Lee (Fiber ’98) titled “Yellow Forest” is currently on display in Terminal E of the Philadelphia International Airport.

Holt in Group Exhibition at Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

Trisha Holt (Photography ’12) is part of the group exhibition, In Pieces: Presence and Objecthood in the Aftermath of Technology that will be open to the public at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery from January 20 through March 24, 2017.

Harvey’s Exhibition Featured in the “Chicago Tribune”

Jessica Harvey (Photography ’09) is featured in the Chicago Tribune. Her exhibition, Arrows of the Dawn, is open at Jolliet College’s Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery in Joliet. The exhibit, which investigates experiments in utopian living through the colony, is abstractly based on Jane Byrd McCall Whitehead, the community’s under-recognized matriarch and her relationship to nature, spirituality and the failed vision she had for herself and her family.

“Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years” Exhibits at ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery

The ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery in Tempe is showing works by 25 artists affiliated with Cranbrook Academy of Art. The free Cranbrook Ceramics +/- 25 Years exhibition features fun twists on the flower vase, paper weights, and porcelain dinnerware — plus video and more conceptual works.

Forbes Names Blauvelt’s “Hippie Modernism” One Of “13 Exhibits Worth Remembering In 2016”

Forbes Magazine has named Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt’s (Design ’88) Hippie Modernism: The Stuggle for Utopia one of “13 Art Exhibits Worth Remembering in 2016”.

Mancini Launches Outdoor Fabrics Line with Al Fresco Function Fabrics

Wesley Mancini, Ltd., has launched a new outdoor line of fabrics with Al Fresco Functional Fabrics.

Cranbrook Grads Part of SPACE10 Residency

Architects Emil Froege (Architecture ’15), Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture ’15) and Benas Burdulis (Architecture ’16)are exploring the intersection between classical and digital, always looking for a digitally-fabricated architecture that relates more closely to nature.

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