Emily Culver (Metalsmithing ’17)
2016-17 Metalsmithing Department Newsletter
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Visiting Artists and Alumni
Attai Chen workshop
Manon van Kouswijk, Bisou brooch, 2012, porcelain, glaze
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This semester, we welcomed Evert Nijland to campus for a week-long session. Nijland worked with students in group and individual critiques to give them feedback and new insights into their bodies of work, their creative process, and their research in the field.
We also welcomed visiting artist Attai Chen. He gave a public lecture and conducted a workshop with students where he encouraged them to approach materials without prejudice and “pre-perceptions,” and instead approach material as if this was the first time that they were encountering it. This enabled them to “re-learn” and absorb its unique qualities and find their boundaries through a truly creative and active dialogue.
The department also conducted the “We On Us” project, where eight alumni visited the department to have critique and conversations with current students. Alumni included Katie McDonald (Metalsmithing ’07), Amy Weiks (Metalsmithing ’12), Aaron Decker (Metalsmithing ’15), Adam Shirley (Metalsmithing ’10), Matt Lambert (Metalsmithing ’14), Ruth Koelewyn (Metalsmithing ’09), and Sophie Eisner (Metalsmithing ’15).
Manon van Kouswijk will visit the department in February to present a public lecture and critique student work.
Last spring, we welcomed Lauren Fenerstock who delivered a public lecture and discussed her practice of creating elaborate sculptures and installations that explore the evolving history of our relationship to nature.
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
“Performance Ritual in Response to Fashion” at Detroit Design Festival
Emily Culver (Metalsmithing ’17) was featured in Metalsmith magazine’s annual “Exhibition In Print.” Culver is also participating in two group exhibitions this semester: Forget Them at Brooklyn Metal Works in New York City and Shout, TREE at Fjord Gallery in Philadelphia.
The department conducted a performance at Detroit’s Orleans & Winder during the Detroit Design Festival, called “Performance Ritual in Response to Fashion”.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Tiff Massey Studios
Aaron Patrick Decker
Alissa Lamarre, (left) Briar Patch, 2015 photo: artist; (right) Shade, 2016, photo: Timothy Veske-McMahon
Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) was recently awarded a $25,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant to fund a new program called Flux Detroit, which plans to bring national metal artists to Detroit for one-month residencies. She was also featured on the cover of DDEAF Magazine. This summer, she completed a residency in Italy. And most recently, exhibited work at SCOPE’s Miami Beach Art Fair in Design Miami.
Alissa Lamarre (Metalsmithing ’13) opened the solo exhibition Dividing Gravity at Brooklyn Metal Works Gallery in New York. She was also interviewed by Art Jewelry Forum about the work made for the exhibition.
Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) will serve as visiting faculty at the City College of San Francisco in the School of Fine, Applied, and Communication Arts. He will be teaching and leading the Metal Arts program while Suzanne Pugh is on sabbatical. Seth also led a two-day “Introduction to Metal: Jewelry and Small Objects” workshop at Union Studios in San Diego, and showed new work in the Facere Jewelry Art Gallery annual exhibition.
And the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan aired a video featuring Amina Rizwan’s (Metalsmithing ’14) journey from receiving her masters degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art to founding her own jewelry design brand, made possible by a Fulbright Scholarship.
In 2013, the Cranbrook Metalsmithing Department launched a three-year partnership to exhibit each spring at the Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The gallery paired Cranbrook with CAFA, a school in Beijing, China, and together they have been developing new work to be exhibited at the Gallery Marzee each year. This exhibition marked the final year of the partnership.
Eichenberg also debuted a new body of work, Real, in an exhibition at FOG Design + Art in San Francisco.
Read an interview with Eichenberg in Art Jewelry Forum as she prepares to judge the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant.
Eichenberg also served as the Fall Visiting Artist at Penland School of Crafts where she worked wtih Penland’s instructors and students to engage them in dialogue and practice.