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Thomason Opens at Teen Party

November 2016

Congratulations to Tracy Thomason (Painting '08) on the opening of her recent exhibition at Teen Party in Brooklyn. Read about it in Blouin Artinfo.


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Academy Alumni Named USA Fellows

November 2016

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.


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Farrand and Herwitz Featured in Art21

November 2016

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.


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Heather McGill Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

November 2016

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.


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Jaworska Opens “SET” at Volume Gallery

November 2016

Ania Jaworska (Architecture '09) opened SET at Volume Gallery in Chicago. SET is a collection of units that share visual and physical similarities. This fixed resemblance is identified by consistency of color, material, scale, shape, form, and self-aware parts of the grouping.


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Adler Schnee Exhibits at Detroit Center for Design + Technology

November 2016

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.


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Taylor’s Complex Movements Returns to Detroit with “Beware of the Dandelions”

October 2016

Complex Movements, with alumnus Wes Taylor (2D '11), returns to Detroit with their interactive performance space. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based art collective that seeks to combine complex science and social justice movements into an interactive performance space that reflects the needs, strengths and stories of a given community. The group has received support from Knight Foundation to develop its incredible touring art space, multimedia installation and organizing project


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Cox Opens “Infinite Replica” at Hope College

October 2016

Hope graduate and Cranbrook Alumnus Chris Cox (Photography ’16) opens Infinite Replica at the De Pree Art Center and Gallery. Cox was also the inaugural Borgeson Artist-in-Residence at the college. The Borgeson Artist-in-Residence was created  to bring professional artists to Hope College. The artist-in-residence meets with department students and alumni, and concludes the residency with a solo exhibition and […]


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Nelson Speaks with “Creative Capital”

October 2016

Photography Alum Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) speaks with Creative Capital. In the article, she discusses her current exhibition Alternative Process at David Klein Gallery and how she has been able to experiment with outdated photographic processes to create abstract work. Her exhibition is open through December 17.    


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Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Warren Corbitt

October 2016

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., October 19, 2016 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumnus Warren Corbitt (2D Design '99).

Corbitt was a multidisciplinary designer focusing on branding, editorial, and cultural projects, working fluidly between both screen-based and print-based media.


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Fernandes Exhibits at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art

October 2016

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 […]


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Core77 Interviews Klinker About Design

October 2016

Artist-in-Residence and head of 3D Design Scott Klinker is interviewed for Core77. In this in depth piece, he discusses design as an “expanding discipline and cultural agency” and the work of 3D Design at Cranbrook.


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Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award

October 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).


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ArtPrize 2016 Featured Cranbrook Grads

October 2016

Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates participated in this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and received recognition. Higher Ground, an installation by artists Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded 5th Place in the Time-Based category. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to […]


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Gilkerson Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore

October 2016

Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Unending, artwork by Skye Gilkerson (Sculpture ’09) at Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD. Using video, installation, and works on paper, Gilkerson creates subtle interventions. Manipulating ubiquitous materials like newspapers, mirrors, and shards of found ceramic, the artist disrupts the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and destabilizes familiar structures. The exhibition runs October 1-23.


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Habsburg-Lothringen Part of a UCSD Exhibition

September 2016

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) is part of a group exhibition for the Department of Visual Arts at University of California San Diego (UCSD). This Psychodrama  exhibition tosses aside possession to embrace exorcism of questions taking center stage while wrestling with a kind of mind-matter dualism. The exhibition is open until October 21.


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Farrand Has Solo Exhibition at Ibid Gallery

September 2016

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.


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Ruhwald Exhibition Opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

September 2016

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. The exhibition […]


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Robert Brooks Is Finalist in AIA Film Challenge

September 2016

The short film highlighting the work of Robert Brooks (Architecture ’05) and his design partner is a finalist in the AIA film challenge. The film shows the work between the Design Build Studios of Louisiana Tech University and Medcamps of Louisiana, a non-profit organization that provides free summer camp experiences to children with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Watch the film and vote!


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Sale of Bill Farmer’s Work Begins

September 2016

Recently passed bookstore owner Tom Rudloff was a caretaker of his good friend Bill Farmer's (Painting '51) eclectic collection. From free-form ink drawings, sculptures and much more, Farmer was a prolific artist who worked in Omaha for much of a career that spanned more than 40 years, the Omaha World-Herald  reported.  The proceeds from the sale of Farmer's art to galleries, museums or individuals will be donated to causes that were dear to the artist and his wife, Marge.


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Merola and Soleimani Open Joint Exhibition “Piece it Together”

September 2016

Alumnae Shanna Merola (Photography ’11) and Sheida Soleimani (Photography ’15) are featured in a NAT. BRUT article about their joint exhibition about art and protest.  Piece it Together opens October 11 at the University of Toledo’s Department of Art in the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery. The exhibition runs through December 6, 2016.


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Current Ceramics Student Molly Berger Created a Black Cube Installation

September 2016

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.


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Peter Clouse’s “Spatial Contingencies” To Open at Saginaw Valley State University

September 2016

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.  


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Jon Geiger Installed ROAM at Black Cube Museum

August 2016

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.


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Oh Owns Leading Gallery in South Korea

August 2016

Founded in 2001, Gallery O is a leading gallery in South Korea for local and international contemporary jewelry. Its founder, jewelry artist Miwha Oh (Metalsmithing ’91), holds degrees in metalsmithing, museum studies, and gemology, and has applied her extensive education to raising the visibility of contemporary jewelry in South Korea.  


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Cranbrook Alums Are Redefining Fashion

August 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 […]


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Peter Clouse Exhibits at Indianapolis Art Center

August 2016

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 […]


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Olen Bryant Opens at Customs House in August 11

August 2016

Alumnus Olen Bryant’s (Sculpture ’54) work will be showcased in an exhibition opening in August at the Customs House Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Customs House Museum has 19 pieces donated to the museum by the artist, and these, along with others borrowed from private collectors, will make up the show. The exhibition runs until October 17.


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Elliot Earls Is Featured in “DDEAF Magazine”

August 2016

Learn more about Artist-in-Residence and Head of 2D Design Elliot Earls in  DDEAF Magazine‘s summer issue. Elliott Earls interview by Kim Fay, DDEAF Magazine When writers, musicians, actors earn income and royalties from their craft, it’s a reflection of their talent and popularity. A painter paints because she loves it. If she paints to get paid, her work is tainted. It’s […]


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Anders Ruhwald Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

July 2016

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.


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MINT Collective Hosting Three-Person Show of Cranbrook Photography Grads

July 2016

Work from recent Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Cox (Photography ’16), Kara Gut (Photography ’16), and Harrison Moenich (Photograpahy ’16) was selected following an open call for “large scale exhibition proposals” at MINT Collective in Columbus, Ohio.  “Back to the Future Part II” features dynamic and arresting photography and sculptural installations. The exhibition is open through Aug. 12.


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Ben Schonberger’s Beautiful Pig Opens at River House Arts

July 2016

River House Arts in conjunction with Contemporary Art Toledo, presents Beautiful Pig, an exhibition of work by artist Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13). The exhibition is centered on a trove of photographs and ephemera collected by a former Detroit police officer during the latter part of the 20th Century and purposefully assembled and augmented by the artist. The show opens with a public reception on […]


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Lindsey Dezman to Exhibit at Roman Susan Gallery

July 2016

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.


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Decker Has First Solo Show at Ornamentum

July 2016

Aaron Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) was interviewed for Art Jewelry Forum about the work he created for his first solo exhibition Derby and His Badges at Ornamentum. His pieces engage with potentially ominous imagery, such as military medals and hand grenades, by playfully reimagining them into innocuous forms disarmed through exaggeration and […]


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Designer Bethany Shorb Opens Retail Location

June 2016

Crain's featured an article about Bethany Shorb (Sculpture '01). She is opening a retail space in Detroit called Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix. The 1,000-square-foot store will open in November 2016 and feature mostly design goods for men that are made in Detroit and elsewhere. Well Done Goods opened at the beginning of November.


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William E. Massie Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

June 2016

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.


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Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Ryan Widger

June 2016

Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Ryan G. Widger (Photography ’05). He was 42 years old. He leaves behind companion Gillian Pears (Photography ’06) and their daughter, Charlotte Francesca Pears Widger.


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Aya Kawabata Awarded “New Talent Competition” at DMY International Design Festival

June 2016

Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) recently received an award in the “New Talent Competition” at the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin. A total of 165 participants submitted current prototypes, close-to-production products, the latest design trends, innovations, experiments and processes. Twenty-five were awarded exhibition spots. In Kawabata’s project, Sun and Night, she pursues the aesthetics of abstraction and creates ambiguity in the form of the object. She is inspired by […]


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

May 2016

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.


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New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

May 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.


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Amy Green Deines Named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art

May 2016

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.


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