More than two dozen local alumni from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills have come together for a special exhibition in downtown Detroit this month. Many of the artists that graduated from Cranbrook Academy in the past decade have elected to stay in the Detroit area, contributing to growth of the area’s burgeoning art scene, which has attracted national attention. Read the full article here.
Tony Matelli (Sculpture, 1995), Duane Hanson (Sculpture, 1951), and Nick Cave (Fiber, 1989) in new exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, New York. The exhibition “People”, is a group show of 33 figurative sculptures by 29 contemporary artists, three of which are alumni from the Art Academy.
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Alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) latest projects are featured in The New York Times. “Up Right,” a signature Cave work made its New York premiere at the Armory, featuring dancers who slowly metamorphose into 10-foot-tall shamanesque creatures as they don their rustling Soundsuits and stomp around. “The Let Go” also opened encouraging any visitor to have that same wild, unencumbered energy and […]
ASH NYC and Quinn Evans Architects restore the 1926 Wurlitzer Building at the Siren Hotel where the bed linens and covers as well as porcelain trays were created by Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber and Ceramics departments. Constructed in 1926 by architect Robert Finn, the building was once a lighthouse for local musicians — the largest record and instrument store in the entire world, brought to […]
In a special collaboration for New York Live Arts, artists Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic Soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around the world. These bags we carry are filled with promise is a through-the-looking-glass interpretation that the baggage we all walk through life with is anything but weighty. From the single source image of Cave’s work, Faust selects and manipulates key details that seem to morph […]
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 — On the eve of its 2018 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 10.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $250,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2018 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.
Chen Li, a 2018 graduate of […]
Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) is receiving a great deal of attention for his upcoming performance in Nashville. The sold-out public performances of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018, will be livestreamed in the Frist Center’s auditorium and viewable at fristcenter.org as well as he free large-scale performances will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard,” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits […]
The prestigious Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels will feature the work of the Olga de Amaral, who studied weaving at the Academy in the 1950s. A selection of some forty works, which covers the last 15 years of a creative life that spans six decades, will be presented in a first-ever retrospective in Belgium.
After coming to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where Jeanne Medina’s (Fiber ’13) took a position as an adjunct craft professor in 2016, she bought a 40-inch Harrisville loom. Shortly there after, Medina landed a dedicated workspace as part of the Fountainhead Fellowship. The VCU School of the Arts program provides three recent MFA graduates in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft an opportunity to teach and work. The […]
Warren Newton Seelig (Fiber ’74) was named a 2018 United States Artist Fellow. Spread across the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. This year, 45 Fellows were selected from a diverse peer-nominated pool of more than 500 applicants. Seelig becomes the 12th Academy graduate to receive a United States Artist Fellowship since the program was launched in 2006.
TESSELLATE is the gallery operated by Elise DeChard (Architecture ’17) in Pontiac. The Ice Palace exhibition features work (all created in ice!) by more than a dozen Academy alumni and current students including: Torey Akers (Painting ’16), Molly Aubry (Print Media ’18), Eric Broz (Sculpture ’17), Jim Bullard (Print Media ’17), Rachel Deboard (Painting ’17), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Sabastian Duncan-Portuondo (Fiber ’18), Lorena Cruz Santiago (Photography ’19), Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18), Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16), Rachel Pontious (Painting ’17), and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17).
The Montblanc Cultural Foundation has been facilitating artistic exploration by unlocking opportunities for artists to produce and showcase work for over 25 years. As part of its commitment to support an exciting new generation of artists, the Foundation named artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (Fiber ’06), one of its three recipients of its Artist Commission Program for 2018. Awarded annually, the program enables emerging artists to produce new works within the context of an institutional exhibition, a biennale, or an art festival. The work of […]
Fiber Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport’s current solo exhibition Stitches is at Simone DeSousa Gallery and has been reviewed by Detroit Art Review. According to the publication, “Every work in ‘Mark Newport: Stitches’ has provocative personal, social and cultural history that bears scrutiny. One of the persistent thoughts when exploring the heavily embroidered areas of Newport’s work is the interconnected nature of stitches and images. Newport will have a Gallery Conversation at 4pm on February 3 at […]
Congratulations to Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence in Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the opening of Stitches, at his first solo exhibition at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition opens to the public on January 13. The works included in Stitches begin when a hole is cut into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with a needle and thread. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers.
“Whether the […]
Nick Cave (Fiber ’88) is profiled in the Whitehot Magazine. The piece focuses on Nov. 10 opening of Nick Cave: Feat as well as upcoming projects. Cave opened an extensive survey of his practice at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee including a massive projection of Cave’s Soundsuit-centric art film, Blot (2012), several psychedelic textile installations including Architectural Forest (2011) and Button Walls (2013) and a crowd-pleasing selection of ten marvelous Soundsuits made between 2011 and 2017.
Artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) will exhibit at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat opening on November 10. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018.
Nick Cave: Feat will be on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through June 24, 2018.
Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) participated in Unraveling and was featured in Hyperallergic. The performance exhibition within the exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in October 2017. Although Clark has unraveled a confederate flag twice before in 2015 and 2016 it holds a new significance in 2017. This was the first performance under the current presidential administration and since the country has found itself embroiled in debate over the presence and ramifications of Confederate imagery in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. Clark stood side-by-side by participants, shoulder-to-shoulder as they pull each strand of the flag and confront the reality it represents. “Racial injustice is something that every American contends with, either consciously or unconsciously, and it’s so deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation […] The word “racism” is sort of like a trigger word; you know, it can shut people’s ears off, shut people down, bring people’s defense mechanisms up. So I’m less interested in that, and more interested in picking apart and undoing and understanding the fabric of our nation and trying to really understand the roots of racial injustice,” said Clark.
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.
After running her own textile company for 25 years, textile trailblazer Sina Pearson (Fiber ’72) is now bringing her brand to Momentum Group. Pearson’s namesake textile company was acquired last year by Momentum Group, so she spends time in Seattle in her garden and the rest of the month at Momentum’s minimalist showroom on New York’s Park Avenue. In Metropolis she said, “It’s like left brain, right brain,” insisting that pulling up […]
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 ‘<[…]
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.
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.
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.
Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence, and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art is now being represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit. His first exhibition will be in January 2018.
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.
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)
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.
Fiber Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport returns to form & concept for a solo exhibition that cuts to the heart his practice in the exhibition Mark Newport: Mending.
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.
Exhibition Curated by Nick Cave (Fiber ’89)
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Feb. 9, 2017 – Join Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Academy alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89), at CUE Art Foundation in New York City on February 23 for the opening of Fishman’s latest solo exhibition, Beverly Fishman: DOSE. The exhibition is curated by Cave, who says the best way to describe Fishman’s new work is “narcotic euphoria.”
Fiber Artist-In-Residence Mark Newport discusses his art practice in an interview by Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12) in the Fall 2016 issue of Surface Design. The article, “Men/ Mend / Amend” relates to the central theme of the issue, “Mending,” as Newport’s current body of work explores the stitch as an agent of material and physical healing as it relates to fatherhood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wesley Mancini, Ltd., has launched a new outdoor line of fabrics with Al Fresco Functional Fabrics.
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.
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.
Artist Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) major solo exhibition Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark opened at The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.
Fiber Artist Ruth Adler Schnee (Fiber ’46) is exhibiting her work in Adler Schnee: A Life in Design at Detroit Center for Design + Technology. The exhibition features a rich selection of Adler Schnee’s stunning textiles, fabric panels, and drawings, offering a remarkable view of her career and the finest of mid-century design. The opening reception is November 4 and the exhibition runs until November 30.
Place, travel and environment play an important part in the fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes’s internationally acclaimed work. Throughout her career, Fernandes’ (Fiber ’85) travel has given her the opportunity to reflect and create works relating to the surroundings of the countries she experienced. Locations, Dislocation, Relocations: Embroidering Art, Poetry and History is open through December 14 at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore.
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).
Congratulations to Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) and Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) for being named one of the 2016 recipients of the Anonymous Was A Woman award. Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist’s accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential.
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 five LGBT artists including Cranbrook Academy of Art Alum Nick Cave (Fiber ’89). The exhibition features painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, […]
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.
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 level – not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as […]
Frank Rose, curator and director of gallery form & concept, talked to the Santa Fe Reporter about his drive to create a fashion-centric experience. The idea came from a recent encounter with the adult onesies created by Mark Newport, head of the fiber department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. “Newport transforms his childhood heroes, like the Incredible Hulk and Batman, into full-body knitted creations, complete with heroically exaggerated […]
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 (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 November 19, 2016.