Ceren Bingol Named Interim Architect-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Dan Kinkead Named Visiting Architect-in-Residence
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016 – 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 Ceren Bingol has been named the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bingol will begin her tenure on January 6, 2017, and her position will continue through the 2016-2017 academic year. She will then stay on for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

While here, Bingol will be collaborating with Dan Kinkead, AIA, Principal, at SmithGroupJJR, during the spring 2017 semester.

Heather McGill Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 15, 2016
— Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. McGill notified the Academy of her decision last week.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award

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).

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Fall 2016 Lecture Series

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 13 , 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announces its [FALL] Lecture Series, bringing speakers from around the world to campus to share insights and engage in conversations with Academy students and the general public.

Anders Ruhwald Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

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.

Alpesh Patel and Kristi McGuire Named Critical Studies and Humanities Fellows at Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., June 24, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of two fellows to our Critical Studies and Humanities program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Our Spring Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Kristi McGuire, an artist-educator, writer and editor based in Chicago. Since 2011, she has taught in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Our Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Alpesh Kantilal Patel, an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA program in the Visual Arts at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.

William E. Massie Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 8, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that William E. Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Massie notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Susan Goethel Campbell Named Visiting Print Media Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 31, 2016— 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 Susan Goethel Campbell has been named the Visiting Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Print Media department. Campbell will serve a one-year term, acting as the department head for the 2016-17 academic year.

Amy Green Deines Named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 19, 2016 – 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 after a comprehensive search, Amy Green Deines, Associate AIA, IIDA, has been named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She begins her tenure July 1.

Benjamin Santiago Receives the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16) has been awarded the “2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the eleventh year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

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

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 — On the eve of its 2016 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 12.

Patrick Rock and John Corso Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 9, 2016 — Patrick Rock and John Corso have been named visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art for the 2016-2017 academic year. Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, and Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, have each been awarded sabbaticals.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Connor Everts

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Connor Everts, former Artist-in-Residence and head of the Printmaking Department from 1976-1981.

Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – 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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named One of the Top Ten Fine Art Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 31, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently ranked sixth in the nation among fine art graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. And of all the schools ranked in the top ten, Cranbrook Academy of Art had some of the most individual program-specific rankings, with seven departments ranked in the top 20 of their program.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition to Open at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 17

Exhibition Preview on April 16
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on May 1

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 17, 2016 — The 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 17, and will showcase work from more than 80 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students who are poised to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 17 – May 15, 2016 at Cranbrook Art Museum.A special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception will be held on April 16 from 6-8pm. Memberships may be purchased in advance via our website or at the door that evening.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Debuts “Fine Design for the End of the World” at the 2016 Collective Design Fair

The 3D Design Department of Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming 2016 Collective Design fair, taking place May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq in West Soho, New York City.

The department has created the exclusive exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World, specifically for this show.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Maintains Designation as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students, and once again, Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked as a top producer. With another grant received last year, Academy students have now received a total of 26 grants over the past 12 years, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 8, 2016 – Last night, Vivian Beer, a 2004 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department, was named the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” the television show currently airing on HGTV and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Beer’s prize package includes $100,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine.
Just last month, Beer was named the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award at the Academy. This is the fifth time the Academy had bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career.
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Cranbrook Academy Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Vivian Beer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 10, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art has named Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04) the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. This is the fifth time the Academy has bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career. Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) was the first recipient in 2011, Susan York (Ceramics ’95) received the award in 2012, Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) received the award in 2013 and our last recipient was Fabio Fernández (Sculpture ’02) in 2014.

Liz Cohen, Eric Crosley & the Politics of the Self | Lecture and Reading Accompany Artist’s Latest Exhibition

On February 28, 2016, Liz Cohen and Eric Crosley will present the combined lecture and reading, “Liz Cohen, Eric Crosley & the Politics of the Self,” at 4pm at Cranbrook Art Museum. Liz Cohen is an Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her solo exhibition, Him, a project by Liz Cohen, is currently on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 6, 2016.

Cranbrook Receives Knight Arts Challenge Awards

Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence, were each awarded separate grants yesterday from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Detroit Knight Arts Challenge.

Cranbrook Art Museum was awarded a $60,000 matching grant to create a Detroit tour of the public art installation In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). The ambitious public program will also result in a new presentation at the Museum in the fall of 2016.

Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, was awarded a $25,000 matching grant for his project Unit 1: 3583 Dubois.

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Randy Bolton to Retire from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Randy Bolton, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Print Media Department, will retire at the end of the 2015- 2016 academic year.

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After spending nearly 30 years as an educator, Bolton will return to a full-time studio practice near his home in Texas.

Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Announce Leadership Changes

Andrew Blauvelt Named Director of Cranbrook Art Museum

Gregory Wittkopp Assumes Leadership in Expanded Role as Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Scott Winter Named Director of Development of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks have been named 2015-2016 visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fiber Artist-In-Residence Mark Newport and Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg have each been awarded sabbaticals.

Aaron Patrick Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) Receives the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Aaron Patrick Decker has been awarded the “2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the tenth year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

Decker was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a recent graduate of the Metalsmithing department.

Ruth Adler Schnee Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award is Ruth Adler Schnee. She was presented with the award at the Academy’s May 8 commencement ceremony.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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

On the eve of its 2015 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 7.

Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $200,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships, including nine distinguished awards for artistic excellence. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2015 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Maxine Frankel with Honorary Master’s Degree

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 5, 2015 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors is pleased to announce that it will confer an honorary master’s degree upon Maxine Frankel during its May 8 commencement ceremony.

Frankel has been a longtime supporter of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She joined the Academy Board of Governors in 1996, and has served as Chair of the Board since 2002. She recently announced that she will step down as Chair at end of the current academic year.

This is the first time in the Academy’s history that it has conferred an honorary degree.

Cranbrook Art Museum and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) Announce “Nick Cave: Here Hear”

This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition in Michigan at Cranbrook Art Museum, opening this summer. Nick Cave is an artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures, called Soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle.

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

The 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public with a special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception on April 18, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates. The exhibition opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.

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