Pop-art inspired ceramic donuts created by Academy graduate Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) are featured in Colossal. Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.
Opening on October 21 and organized by Metalsmithing Aritist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and alumna Sarah Turner (Metalsmiting ’04), with support from Simone DeSousa Gallery, MoreLand takes its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand continues a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic. For MoreLand, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores. Participating Artists in the exhibition include many Academy of Art graduates: Kat Burdine (Pring Media ’15), Eunji Choi (Metalsmithing ’14), Terry Conrad (Print Media ’10), Iris Eichenberg, Fabio J. Fernandez (Sculpture ’02), Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D Design ’09), Ken Gray (Metalsmithing ’86), Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis (Metalsmithing ’10), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Print Media ’86), Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards (Metalsmithing ’17), Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing ’14), Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12), David Schafer / Studio Make (Ceramics ’09), Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing ’18), Robert Turek (3D Design ’10), Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt).
The exhibition runs through December 23, 2017.
Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York created replicas of parts of the museum’s foundation: irregular granite piers that protrude above the museum’s ground floor. Four graphite drawings, each mirroring the appearance of a pier, hang alongside York’s sculptural works, strengthening the ties between drawing and sculpture in her practice.
Surface Magazine asks a designer to take a selfie and is profiled about their practice and work in their “Ask A Designer” piece. Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Ian McDonald was interviewed about shooting hoops, a forthcoming show in Japan, and his aversion to clutter.
LVL Gallery named Stephen Kent (Ceramics ’13) Artist of the Week and profiled him. Kent has been a student at Penn State, Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, a participant in the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard in Denmark and received a Fellowship at the Oxbow School of Art and Artist residency in Michigan. In 2013 he moved to Berlin where he has continued to work around ideas of resolution and image production through the decorative gesture and the exploration of cultural codes embedded in everyday objects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This month, Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald’s Glasur Stykker, which debuted at Volume Gallery’s booth at Design Miami in December of last year, is on display for the first time at its Chicago location. The title roughly translates from Danish as “glaze piece,” and is an assemblage of experiments in small, glazed forms. These new works by Ruhwald are the ceramicist equivalent of running through a field of wildflowers — or, in his words, creating a sketchbook.
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).
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.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 28, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.
The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.
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.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 7, 2017 – It is with heavy hearts that Cranbook mourns the passing of ceramicist John Glick (July 1, 1938—April 6, 2017). A 1962 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Ceramics), Glick went on to a career of great acclaim, creating ceramic works for dignitaries and the common man, always remaining a studio potter. “You could say I am hopelessly in love with bits and pieces of the making of pots,” he once said.
Known as “the people’s potter,” Glick operated Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan, from 1964 through 2016. He […]
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.
Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 –The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.
Many Cranbrook alumni are showing ceramics artwork in and around the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ (NCECA) 51st Annual Conference, Future Flux. See our list of alumni exhibitions in and around the conference here.
Ian McDonald has been named as the new artist-in-residence for the ceramics department. He will replace Anders Ruhwald, who is leaving at the end of the academic year. McDonald will begin his tenure in September of 2017.
McDonald comes to Cranbrook from Eugene, Oregon, where he most recently was teaching in the ceramics department at the University of Oregon. Prior to that appointment, he served as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2003 – 2015.
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.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 22, 2017 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, announced today that Ian McDonald has been named the new Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Ceramics department. He will replace Anders Ruhwald, who is leaving at the end of the academic year. McDonald will begin his tenure in September of 2017.
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 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.
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.
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.
Maine Potters Market features alumnus David Orser (Ceramics ’90) work that includes bowls and vases depicting galaxies, comets, planets and constellations in cobalt blue inlaid slip decoration for the month of December.
On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.
Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.
Penobscot Bay Pilot profiled one of PechaKucha Midcoast’s most recent presenters Elaine K. Ng (Ceramics ’14), a multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture and architectural installation.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 18, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that alumni Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04), Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) and Piper Shepard (Fiber ’88) were each named 2016 United States Artists Fellows this week. 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.
Blog Art21 features an article about Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) and Ariel Herwitz (Ceramics ’11) who have solo exhibitions opening in Los Angeles at Ibid Gallery and Ochi Projects.
Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) is part of a group show at BBQLA in Los Angeles. Slightly Undercooked asks, “Where does sculpture fit in a painting dominated art market?”
The Ceramics Department is taking part in a unique project with Academy alumni Abigail Murray (Ceramics ’05) and Kate Daughdrill (Print Media ’11) called Afterhouse in Detroit.
Ariel Herwitz’s (Ceramics ’11) OCHI PROJECTS exhibition, A Crack, A River, A Chasm, A Sliver. The exhibition asks the questions: “The question is what do you see. The question is how do you see it. The question is how does it change you.” Her works explore through form, composition, color and texture, ideas of interpretation, understanding, and the subjectivity of the view or gaze. The exhibition runs until NOVEMBER 6, 2016.
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).
Heft is a solo show of artist Devin Farrand (Ceramics ’11) at the Ibid Gallery in Los Angeles . The exhibition is the first solo show with the gallery. Inspired by the intersection of aesthetics and production, shop equipment and industrial materials are transformed into streamlined minimal objects. The exhibition closes November 5.
Cranbrook Academy of Art Ceramics Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald will open his latest exhibition, “Anders Ruhwald: Unit 1: 3583 Dubois” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA on Friday, September 23. The exhibition presents several life-sized rooms and corridors based on a permanent installation that Ruhwald is creating in one apartment of his building at 2170 Mack Avenue, previously addressed 3583 Dubois.
“It’s the most ambitious and comprehensive installation we’ve ever done in that space,” said Megan Reich, deputy director of MOCA, […]
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.
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 in the landscape has affected his perception of memory. The exhibition closes October 14.
The Gold Hill Art Project of Black Cube brings together a series of site-specific contemporary art installations situated in cabins and open spaces in the historic mining town of Gold Hill. Three Black Cube Artist Fellows including Molly Berger (Ceramics ’18), have created new works that respond to the local history and surrounding landscape.
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.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 29, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. Ruhwald notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.
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 at the age of 88 in 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.