Sheida Soleimani’s “National Anthem” in Juxtapoz

MFA candidate Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist and the daughter of two political refugees. During the revolution that look place in Iran in 1979, her parents were targeted for their activism against the regime, her father escaping across the border and her mother tortured. Taking a critical perspective, Soleimani’s series National Anthem explores Iran’s turbulent past and present through still life and self portrait. “Each of the photographs” she says “addresses a specific time in Iranian history, while alluding to how both the East and West have responded […]

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Gerhardt Knodel Named Director Emeritus of Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees has named Gerhardt Knodel a Director Emeritus of Cranbook Academy of Art. Knodel will deliver a special lecture at Cranbrook Art Museum on October 26 at 4pm. The award will be presented to Knodel at the lecture. This marks the first time the Board of Trustees has bestowed a Director Emeritus Award. “Gerhardt’s contributions to Cranbrook continue to live on at the Academy every day,” says Chris Scoates, current Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “His legacy helped shape this […]

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Metropolis Mag

Christopher Scoates on Why Design Education Matters

Director Chris Scoates recently talked with Metropolis Magazine about “Why Design Education Matters.” In the article, Scoates notes that, “The critical and public definition of what constitutes art and design practice has changed dramatically over the past 25 years. So it’s imperative that design education address the new cultural space of the twenty-first century.” Read the full story here.

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Havel Ruck ProjectInversion, 2005Photo by Art League Houston

Dean Ruck Named Texas Artist of the Year

Dean Ruck (Sculpture ’87) and his partner Dan Havel (together they make up Havel Ruck Projects) have been named the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year by the Art League Houston. Each year, Art League Houston honors those whose work or patronage has had a significant and positive impact on contemporary visual art in Texas. “Art League Houston is thrilled to be honoring Havel Ruck Projects as the 2014 Texas Artists of the Year,” said Aaron Reimer, Board President, Art League Houston. “Dan Havel […]

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Lauren Semivan
Ecstatic Time, 2014

Lauren Semivan Selected to Exhibit at Paris Photo 2014

Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) has been selected to exhibit her work at Paris Photo in 2014. She is represented by Benrubi Gallery in New York, one of 169 exhibitors at the show. Paris Photo will run from November 13-16, 2014 in the historical Grand Palais in Paris. For more information, click here.

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Sonya Clark 
The Hair Craft Project

Sonya Clark Named Co-Winner of Juried Grand Prize at ArtPrize

Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95 and past Distinguished Alumni Award winner) was the co-winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Grand Prize for her work, “The Hair Craft Project,” which looks at the design and skill of African American hairdressers and celebrates hairdressing as the primordial textile art form as well as a ritual of grooming. Clark will split the $200,000 Grand Prize with Anila Quayyum Agha, who won for her project, “Intersections.” Clark was also the winner of the ArtPrize 2014 Juried Award for Best Two-Dimensional work, one of eight $20,000 category prizes announced Friday. For […]

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Kate Clark

Kate Clark Featured in Exhibition Catalogue

The work of Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) is featured on the cover of the exhibition catalogue for Late Harvest, an exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art that juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy with historically significant wildlife paintings. For more about the exhibition, click here.

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Constitution, 2014, plywood, thread, and acrylic medium, 16"x 20.5"

Kim Faler Awarded Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residency

In addition to opening exhibitions at Art Basel Miami and Green Mountain College in Vermont, Kim Faler (Sculpture ’08) was recently awarded the Robert Rauschenberg Artist Residence, where she will spend January/February 2015 working on a new body of work for an upcoming solo exhibition at LaMontagne Gallery, South Boston in early 2015. For more information about Kim, visit her website.

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Complex Names The “Best Artists From Detroit”

Complex lists the “Best Artists From Detroit” – and we’re proud to say that four are CAA alumni: Aaron Blendowski (3D ’06), Jason Carter (Painting ’11), Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01) and Corrie Baldauf (Fiber ’09). Also included is Marie Hermann, wife of Ceramics Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald.

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Mother Road
Jessica Harvey

Jessica Harvey’s “Mother Road” Opens at Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa

“Mother Road,” is the multimedia exhibit Jessica Harvey (Photography ’09) has created as the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s latest artist in residence. The exhibit will feature a variety of photographs Harvey made during a monthlong trek from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Tulsa along Route 66, including black-and-white and color prints, as well as slide images that will be projected on gallery walls, along with objects she collected along the way, from daily newspapers to pieces of petrified wood. Harvey will talk about her exhibit and her […]

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Bill Massie Featured in The New York Times

Architect-in-Residence and Head of Architecture Bill Massie’s Wessen Lawn Tennis Club recently opened its 24-court private outdoor grass-court center. The$1.5 million project in Pontiac, Mich. is the reinvention of a closed community center. More additions to the grounds’ facilities are continuing. For the full story, click here.

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Liz Cohen Featured in Racial Imaginary at Pitzer College

Racial Imaginary is an interdisciplinary exhibition that looks at the intersection of poetry, prose and contemporary art. It is a further iteration of the book and will feature the visual artists who have struggled alongside their literary counterparts in constructing a creative discourse that focuses on its subjects not as objects, of individual outlines discernable apart from the overwhelming contrast of their landscape. The creative imagination is framed by its palpable confines; the history of women is primarily written in relationship to men, of Blacks (and others) in relation to […]

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Lindsey Dezman (Ceramics ’14) Wins LIAEP Award

Congratulations to Lindsey Dezman (Ceramics ’14) – for receiving a LIAEP Award, which she will use to attend the Guldagergaard program in Skaelskor, Denmark for 9 weeks. Her meditative ceramic sculpture installations reference craft traditions yet permit observers dream like reveries on processes and materials independent of the kind of studio shop talk so prevalent in ceramics of the past generation.

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Ben Schonberger in Culturehall

Ben Schonberger (Photography ’14) was selected by Culturehall as one of four artists whose work stood out for “their multivalent poetic and material qualities” at this year’s edition of The Artist Platform at the (e)merge art fair in Washington, D.C. Culturehall looks at his work “Beautiful Pig,” and how Schonberger explores the power of the photographic image and the way narratives inform our notions of identity. Read the full Culturehall story here. Schonberger also recently delivered the lecture “[…]

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Kristin Cammermeyer Debuts Window at Bergdorf Goodman

If you’re in New York this month, check out Kristin Cammermeyer’s (Painting ’12) window on view now at Bergdorf Goodman (5th Ave/58th Street, NYC). It will be up through the end of February. The installation is part of the Art Matters! series of art-inspired windows, events, collaboration and more, running through May of 2014. Cammermeyer’s installation is one of Ten Artists for Ten Spaces, an installation of work by ten emerging contemporary artists, created in collaboration with Kyle DeWoody Co-Founder and Creative Director of Grey Area. For a […]

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Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald Announced as Finalists for Knight Arts Challenge Detroit Grants

Cranbrook Art Museum and Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald, were recently announced as finalists in the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, which looks to award millions to local organizations focused on expanding the arts in the city of Detroit. This is the second year of the challenge. Last year, the first of three for the Detroit Knight Arts Challenge, the contest awarded $2.1 million to 56 ideas – including four projects involving Academy alumni with awards totaling $200,000. This year, the Knight Foundation received close to 1,000 applications which they were able […]

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Kari Cholnoky Receives Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14) has won the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award. “Receiving the award is undoubtedly the most exciting thing to happen to me in my life,” said Cholnoky. “When the award was announced, I immediately started sobbing, and I turned to my mentor Beverly Fishman, who was doing the same. To have been so dedicated to one’s work for the past two years at Cranbrook and to build upon that momentum with such a massive opportunity. It just knocks me out.” Cholnoky will spend the summer in […]

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Beverly Fishman’s Group Exhibition at Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Featured in ArtDaily

Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass Featuring Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting Now through Jan. 5, 2014 Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI A sculptural entity in its own right, contemporary glass is marked by creative, conceptual and formal explorations in keeping with the dynamic nature of contemporary art at large. Gathering together artists working across the United States and around the globe, this exhibition breaks down preconceptions about glass art, shattering traditional boundaries for sculpture as well. Twenty-five artists, 24 works from across North America, Europe and Asia […]

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Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

 Now through Dec. 7, 2013 Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center, Tempe, AZ Opening reception: Sept. 27 “FlashBackForward” Symposium: Sept. 28 The Arizona State Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center (CRC) in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, the first comprehensive museum exhibition to highlight the museum’s craft holdings, including new international acquisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts and the current level of innovation and experimentation […]

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Anders Ruhwald: One Thing Follows Another (and You Make It Happen)

Sept. 27, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014 David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University, Muncie, IN This exhibition features work developed in collaboration with faculty and students from the Ball State University’s Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass as well as artists from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Through a three room exhibition, visitors will experience the similar shapes of the works rendered in different materials. The objects are similar—Ruhwald describes them as upright cylinders or cones that can be broken down into geometric forms—but the artists from Cranbrook expressed the work […]

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Artist-in-Residence and Metalsmithing Alums Featured at Re:View Contemporary Gallery

Iris Eichenberg and 14 graduates of the Metalsmithing Department are being featured in the exhibition Jewelry in Proximity at Re:View Contemporary in Detroit with an opening reception August 24, 2013. A continuation of an exhibition that took place in Toronto during the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference last spring, Jewelry in Proximity features work from over 40 emerging artists representing three separate institutions: Konstfack (Sweden), Saimaa University (Finland), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Included in the exhibition are alumni Laura Bombach (’13), Kathleen Janvier (’13), Timothy McMahon (’13), Jen Reich (’13), Alissa Lamarre (’13), […]

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Iris Eichenberg with Stacy Jo Scott “Setting the Table” Opening Reception on April 5

Iris Eichenberg with Stacy Jo Scott “Setting the Table” Opening Reception: Saturday April 6, 5-8pm Exhibition: April 6 – May 11, 2013 Paul Kotula projects 23255 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI, 48220 This weekend, Iris Eichenberg, current Artist-in-Residence and Head of Metalsmithing, opens a new exhibition with CAA alum Stacy Jo Scott (Ceramics ’12) at Paul Kotula projects in Ferndale, Mich. The exhibition will run through May 11, 2013.

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William Massie-Designed Home Profiled In Dwell Magazine

William Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, recently completed a hybrid prefab home design for musician and vintage furniture retailer Greg Wooten. The upstate New York home is what Massie calls a “site-driven, 90-percent prefab social environment, built with Greg’s collection of eccentric, beautiful modernist furniture in mind.” For the full story and photos, click here.

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Gerhardt Knodel
Do You See What I See?
 Tyvek, felt, horsehair, cotton, wood, plastic, metal, 2011, 90 x 90 x 12 inches
 Photography: PD Rearick

“Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” Opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Photography: PD Rearick “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” organized by guest curator and Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni Geary Jones (Fiber ’81) opens at the Muskegon Museum of Art on December 13. The exhibition features more than 75 works from 50 top-tier fiber artists, and tells the story of the ongoing transformation of fiber arts from functional and decorative to innovative and experimental. The exhibition explores the explosion of fibers as a fine art movement over the past century through the contemporary artwork of four generations of artists. The rich variety […]

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Three Fulbright Award Recipients Featured in the Oakland Press

The Oakland Press reports on the two current students and one alumna who were recently awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants, bringing the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 10 years to 22 – making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the U.S. To learn more about their projects and where they’re headed, click here.

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Cranbrook Alumni Win Big at ArtPrize

Congratulations to Cranbrook’s big winners at this year’s ArtPrize! Gina Reichert’s (Architecture ’03) collaborative Design 99 was awarded the Juried Grand Prize of $100,000 for their work “Displacement (13208 Klinger St)”, and the collective know as Complex Movements, featuring Wes Taylor (2D ’11) and Tiff Massey (Metals ’11) won the Juried Time-based/Performance Award of $20,000 for their work “Three Phases.” For a complete list of ArtPrize winners, click here.

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Cranbrook for Alessi Featured in New York Times and Dwell Magazine

Dear Charlie Banana Holder by John Truex Featured in the New York Times The Italian home accessories manufacturer Alessi recently collaborated with Cranbrook Academy of Art for a collection of alumni-designed tableware. Four of those designs were put into production and are now available in Alessi retail stores and online. The products include two designs by Metalsmithing alum Adam Shirley (’10); the Dear Charlie banana holder by John Truex (3D Design ’06); […]

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