The Latest News From The Photography Department

Detroit Alumni show in Oakland Press

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.

Photography Alumna, Jetshri Bhadviya on ESSAY’D

Essay’d is a writing project that publishes essays on Detroit artists, the essays are published annually by Wayne State University Press. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography, 2015) is from Udaipur, India and is currently based in Metro-Detroit. Being an immigrant in the United States positions her to explore the accepted ideas of identity, gender, religion and class in the East and West. 
Read the full essay here.

Vermeulen to Launch Photo Book about Detroit in December 2018

According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, Corine Vermeulen (Photography ’04) is set to launch a photo book of portraits and landscapes celebrating day-to-day life in Detroit. This initiative captures a resilient community in the midst of a challenging transition. “Your Town Tomorrow” is to be published in December 2018. “Depicted by national media as a place of both economic turmoil and new opportunity, the world often forgets that it is the people — not venture capital firms and new developments — who comprise the great ‘Arsenal […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $250,000 in Awards

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 […]

Academy Photography Grads Open “Sugar, Sugar” at Public Pool

The exhibition Sugar, Sugar at Public Pool featuring three photography Academy graduates: Clair Gatto (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) is opening May 12 from 7-11pm.

Gatto and Wright Exhibiting at Dubois Basement

In Eastern Market, Dubois Basement is hosting an opening reception for Everywhere -Michelle Branch, a two-person show featuring new work from Academy alumnea Clare Gatto (Photography ’17) and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17). The semi collaborative installation is a rendezvous of body and mass through photography and ceramics. The works are perpetually focusing and blurring, causing objects to flatten while images exude movement. This constant tension between zooming in and zooming out becomes […]

Dean’s “True Red Ruin” Featured in April’s “Art Forum”

Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean’s exhibition “True Red Rain” was reviewed in the April issue of Art Forum.  According to Matthew Biro, “Simultaneously visceral and abstract, the installation explores black identity in relation to capitalism and colonialism through an uncanny superimposition of the histories of these two system upon the present day.

Influential Designers and Designs of the Past 33 Years by “HOW Design” Includes Cranbrook Graduates

Cranbrook in this round-up from HOW Design magazine, including a poster designed by Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy, a profile of Nancy Skolos (Design 77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’76).

Dean Talks with “Cultured Magazine”

Photography Artist-in-Residence, Danielle Dean, talks with Cultured Magazine about her practice and current exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD. Her 2017 film True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle)  is on view as a solo presentation at MOCAD through April 15.

“The Ice Palace” featured work in ice by current Academy students and alumni

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).

Badach Uses Gunpowder as Pigment in “Land of Epic Battles”

An opening reception for Land of Epic Battles, an exhibition by Philadelphia-based photographer Justyna Badach (Photography ’98) , and 2018 Transmedia Photography Annual on Thursday, is being held at Light Work February 1 from 5-7 p.m. Reception guests are invited to join the artist at 6 p.m. for an in-gallery talk about her current solo-exhibition on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery. Land of Epic Battles features Badach’s new series of large, hand-made dichromate prints, made using film stills from ISIS training […]

Semivan Exhibits “Door Into the Dark” at David Klein Gallery

A solo exhibition, Door Into the Dark by Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) is opening at David Klein Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition features new photographs from her ongoing Pitch series. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm and the exhibition is open through March 10. 

Lynne Named Ford Curatorial Fellow at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Alumna Jova Lynne (Photography ’17) was named the new Ford Curatorial Fellow for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The Ford Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates in the field with important professional experience. Lynne will begin her fellowship in January 2018.

“Ann Arbor Art Center’s All Media” Show Is Juried by Wong and Includes Chugh and Pontious

The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Annual All Media show opens Friday, December 15 and is juried by alumna Alison Wong (Painting ’06), director of Wasserman Projects. The “All Media” exhibition, now in its 95th year, put out an open call for artists from across the Great Lakes region to submit their work in an effort to promote regional talent. Guest juror Alison Wong reviewed 600 submissions through an anonymous jury process and selected 36 artworks from 29 artists. Half of the artists selected […]

Von Habsburg-Lothringen Exhibits “WORLD LEADERS” at University of Michigan

WORLD LEADERS is a pop-up exhibition by Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14.) This is an installation of new work by Von Habsburg-Lothringen whose work addresses the American notion of aspiration, mortality, and persona. It is part of the Institute for the Humanities’ Year of Archives and Futures and organized in celebration of the U-M Bicentennial. The artist’s talk will be on November 3 at 3pm.

Schonberger Named One of “20 Young Artists Shaping the Future of Photography”

Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) was recently named one of “20 young artists shaping the future of photography” by FOAM Magazine.  Schonberger was selected from a pool of 1,790 submissions from 75 different countries.

Nelson and Vieux Open “Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists” at Newcomb Art Museum

Cranbrook Alums Brittney Nelson (Photography ’11) and Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) are part of the group exhibition Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. Hailing from across the United States, the artists in this exhibition explore new ways of abstraction based on experimental, process-oriented methods. Intended to defamiliarize common imagery, their works preclude figurative recognition or easy comprehension. The methods of the exhibition’s artists are nuanced, time-intensive, and often drawn from unlikely modernized sources. These include “DIY” videos on YouTube, Photoshop errors, digital distortions, smart phone apps, and manipulated or synthetic materials such as scanned iridescent paper and digitally printed faux suede. The exhibition’s opening reception is on September 6 at 6:30pm and the exhibition is open through December 23, 2017.

“Artnew News” Featured Cranbrook Graduates Outside of Standard “Art-Market Capitals”

Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!

Danielle Dean Named Photography Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., August 29, 2017 – Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors, announced today that Danielle Dean has been named the Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Photography department. Dean replaces Liz Cohen, who left the Academy in the spring.
Dean is an Alabama-born, part-Nigerian, London-raised visual artist. She comes to Cranbrook after teaching at Rice University in Houston and the California Institute of Arts.
She has been a visiting artist here at Cranbrook, […]

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Liz Cohen Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Served as Photography Artist-in-Residence for nine years

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. Cohen notified the Academy of her decision this week.

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.

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.

Skolos and Wedell Awarded 2017 AIGA Medal

In 2017, Nancy Skolos (BFA Design ’77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’77) were awarded a 2017 AIGA Medal, joining a long list of Academy alumni who have received the prestigious award. In 2016, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) was given an award, joining 10 Cranbrook alumni who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis ([…]

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.

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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

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.

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).

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.

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.

“Lenscratch” Interviews Liz Cohen about “Him”

Lenscratch interviews Liz Cohen, Photography Artist-in-Residence about her latest work Him. Him, is an allusive and performative collaboration with the poet Eric Crosley, who identifies as a eunuch.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, […]

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 Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

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.

Habsburg-Lothringen Debuts at ltd los angeles

Chanel von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) debuts a new body of work, Conditions, in her first LA solo exhibition, at ltd los angeles.

“Barbed” Features Cranbrook Alums in Latest Issue

Detroit Art Magazine Barbed featured numerous Cranbrook alums in its latest issue. Jessica Frelinghuysen (Architecture ’06) was interviewed about her latest solo exhibition, Its Exercise Time held at Popps Packing Gallery in October 2016.

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