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Chen Li Receives the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award for Michigan

May 2018

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Chen Li (3D Design ’18) has been awarded the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award for Michigan. This is the thirteenth year that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.  Li was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a 2018 graduate of the 3D Design department. The Emerging Artist Award is part of Cranbrook’s 18-year partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, […]


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

May 2018

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 […]


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Hansen’s “Super Natural” Exhibition is at Volume Gallery

May 2018

Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) current exhibition Super Natural is being shown at VOLUME GALLERY in Chicago. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. Eschewing the monotony of identical objects, these works resemble the structure of nature: similar at first glance yet varied upon inspection. The synthetic material and construction of these […]


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Hillerbrand+Magsamen Will Present “147 Devices for Integrated Principles”

May 2018

The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand (Sculpture ’04) and Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) will present 147 Devices for Integrated Principles, a new, multimedia, performative artwork that animates everyday objects as unifying mechanisms for survival during times of social disconnect and intensified need. As an immersive interdisciplinary theatrical experience, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles literally and conceptually unpacks our relationship to everyday objects and how we use them to ease the suffering and pain in our lives. The 60-minute production is […]


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Eichenberg is Exhibiting at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in May

May 2018

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is opening Handheld, a group exhibition that explores the contemporary meaning of touch by charting artists’, designers’, and makers’ various responses to objects scaled to the hand. The exhibition is including works by various artists including Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg. The exhibition will be on view May 20, 2018 to January 13, 2019. Facebook


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Gallab is Profiled in this Month’s “Eye on Design”

May 2018

Shiraz Gallab (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design, where she discusses the role of personal narrative in graphic design. The article provides an overview of Gallab’s background as a Sudanese-born and U.S.-raised designer who formed the beginnings of a robust personal practice at Cranbrook Academy of Art. “I try in my work to study different interactions or different conversations that can take place between human beings, and to study how we can communicate more […]


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SAIC X Cranbrook Exchange is at MOCAD Detroit

May 2018

This Friday on May 4 from 5-8pm, Cranbrook and SAIC Ceramics departments are having a pop up show at MOCAD in Detroit. Established in 2015, the SAIC X Cranbrook Exchange is an exhibition produced by current second-year graduate students form the Ceramics Departments of the Art Institute of Chicago and Cranbrook Academy of Art. The Exchange embodies the notion of contemporary ceramics contextualized form the viewpoint of artists from two of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

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Gatto and Wright Exhibiting at Dubois Basement

May 2018

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 […]


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Binion “Curates in Detroit” at The Hill Gallery

May 2018

On May 4 from 5-8pm at The Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. is the opening reception of McArthur Binion: Curates in Detroit. The exhibition features work selected by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and features Academy alumni: Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06), James Franklin (Painting ’17) and Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11). The exhibition closes on June 15, 2018.     Facebook

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Hansen’s “Super Natural” is at VOLUME Gallery

April 2018

Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) solo exhibition Super Natural is open at VOLUME Gallery. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. The exhibition is open through May 26. Facebook

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Fishman’s Mural “Rise” to Grace Detroit Skyline

April 2018

According to the Detroit Free Press, a new 170-foot-by-60-foot mural by accomplished artist and Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman will rank among the largest pieces of public art in Detroit once it’s finished by early May. Entitled “Rise,” the colorful, abstract mural will bring a vivid transformation to the north-facing wall of the brutalist-style architecture of the Detroit City Club Apartments at 1431 Washington Blvd. “Rise” will be […]


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Abelow Releases DRAWINGS DRAWINGS

April 2018

DRAWINGS DRAWINGS is a new artist book by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08). The book is composed of pencil drawings created over a period of thirteen years. To produce each drawing, Abelow always uses a 6B pencil on cream-colored 30 x 22 inch paper. This simple format provides a consistent material framework for the artist to push his idea-based agenda. Each drawing appears in chronological order and, as the title of the book suggests, each drawing is repeated. Abelow often uses reproductions of artworks by other artists as a starting point. A book release […]


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Oliver Presents Design Concept at University of Kentucky for Memorial Hall

April 2018

Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) submitted design concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in Memorial Hall’s vestibule at University of Kentucky. As part of their visits, Olivier and another artist presented initial proposals selected for consideration by UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee. The concepts chosen for review by the committee were acquired during a national search looking for site-specific installations to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with Memorial Hall itself and the mural by Ann […]


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Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s “Chemical Sublime” Is Visual Ecstasy

April 2018

Hyperallergic reviewed Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s exhibition and said, “Beverly Fishman: Chemical Sublime, at Kavi Gupta Gallery, is visual ecstasy, in more ways than one.” Hyperallergic continues, “Fishman subversively explores perception and the ways contemporary humans fill the voids in our lives. For this show, she deploys forms utilized by the pharmaceutical industry. Integral to the success of Chemical Sublime is the fact that so many of the works possess distinctive voids. Nicknamed “Missing Doses,” these pieces […]


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“Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville” Performance is Sold Out

March 2018

Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) is receiving a great deal of attention for his upcoming performance in Nashville. The sold-out public performances of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018, will be livestreamed in the Frist Center’s auditorium and viewable at fristcenter.org as well as he free large-scale performances will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard,” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits […]


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Muecke Named One of Minnesota’s Emerging Creatives

March 2018

Jonathan Mueke (3D Design ’10) is featured by Metropolis Magazine as one of Minnesota’s emerging creatives. According to the article, “Jonathan Muecke has perfected an aesthetic that is simultaneously reticent and blunt. His work can suggest furniture, architecture, sculpture, or all three at once: a diminutive copper step stool masquerading as sculpture, light fixtures that define rather than illuminate space, a chair made from carbon fiber.” Facebook


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Medina’s Fountainhead Fellowship Includes an Exhibition at Reynolds Gallery

March 2018

After coming to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where Jeanne Medina’s (Fiber ’13) took a position as an adjunct craft professor in 2016, she bought a 40-inch Harrisville loom. Shortly there after, Medina landed a dedicated workspace as part of the Fountainhead Fellowship. The VCU School of the Arts program provides three recent MFA graduates in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft an opportunity to teach and work. The […]


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Feige Opens Exhibition at David Richard Gallery

March 2018

Jacob Feige’s (Painting ’05) exhibition Jacob Feige, I Had a _____ Day opens at David Richard Gallery NY on March 7 with an artist reception on March 10 from 4-8pm. Selections from two new related series, Cutaway and Screen paintings by Feige, will be presented. Both combine objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts, but with different approaches to the composition and presentation format.  The exhibition closes on April 14, 2018


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Rapson Influenced Minnesota’s Design Culture

March 2018

Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]


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Giniewski is profiled in “Uncommon Goods”

March 2018

Artist Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is profiled in Uncommon Goods . He talks about how he began in ceramics, studying at Cranbrook, and his practice. When asked about how he sets goals for himself Giniewski says, “I only make short-term goals these days. In the year and a half that I’ve been running the business as my full-time job, everything is constantly changing. I’m really lucky that people are paying so much attention to ceramics right now. Like, ceramics is having such […]


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Schanck’s “Unhomely” Opens at Friedman Benda Gallery and Feature in Architectural Digest

March 2018

Unhomely,  Cranbook Alumnus Chris Schanck’s (3D Design ’11) solo gallery exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery, opens on March 1 through April 14, 2018. This exhibition marks a culmination of his acclaimed sculptural approach and the first time a comprehensive body of work by Schanck will be on public view and features 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. Synthesizing premeditation and spontaneity, Schanck’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique, “Alufoil,” was conceived in 2011 while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In an <[…]


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Dickinson and Binion Are Featured in “Art in Amercia”

February 2018

Two Cranbrook painting alums McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99) are featured in the February edition of Art in America in an article about “Slow Painting.” According to the article, “Slow Painting imbeds a premonition of something potentially enormous held in reserve that can only be revealed slowly.” Facebook<[…]


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Seelig Named USA Fellow

February 2018

Warren Newton Seelig (Fiber ’74) was named a 2018 United States Artist Fellow. Spread across the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. This year, 45 Fellows were selected from a diverse peer-nominated pool of more than 500 applicants. Seelig becomes the 12th Academy graduate to receive a United States Artist Fellowship since the program was launched in 2006.

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Emmy Bright and Cooper Holoweski Named Print Media Artists-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

February 2018

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., Feb. 21, 2018– The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, announced today that Emmy Bright (Print Media ’16) and Cooper Holoweski have been named Artists-in-Residence for the Academy’s Print Media Department. Bright is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received her MFA degree in Print Media in 2016. She is an artist working in drawing, print and social practice. Her work investigates subjectivity and desire through the lenses of comedy, art history, pop […]


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Craig Exhibits at Wasserman Projects

February 2018

An exhibition of new work by Detroit-based designer Jack Craig (3D Design ’12) is open at Wasserman Projects. Curated by Butter Projects, and presented in collaboration with Salon 94 Design, the exhibition will position Craig’s functional and sculptural objects within a landscape of living plants, creating an indoor environment akin to a Japanese garden. On view through May 5, the exhibition highlights Craig’s creative process and material experimentations.

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Masuoka Curates Jun Kaneko Exhibition for Akron Art Museum

February 2018

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, the Akron Art Museum’s first exhibition curated by the museum’s John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka (Ceramics ’87), is open. According to museum officials, Masuoka drew on a nearly 35-year relationship with the artist to create the exhibition. Jun Kaneko was Academy Ceramics Artist-in-Residence from 1979-1986 and his former Academy instructor. It includes several large-scale ceramic sculptures, drawings, paintings and a site-specific installation of Kaneko’s 65-foot-long painting, “Mirage.”  Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines […]


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

February 2018

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).

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Design99’s Reichert Is Featured in the “Detroitisit” About “The Art of Hoarding”

February 2018

In Detroitisit artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) spoke about making art in an the article, “The Art of Hoarding.” A married art duo known jointly as Design99—are among the most contemporary generation in a longstanding interventionist tradition of Detroit “house art,” which stretches back into the 1960s. In the “Banglatown” neighborhood, Reichert and Cope have been converting houses in their neighborhood into interactive works, collectively know as Power House Productions. In addition to the works that have evolved out of […]


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Smith Opens First Solo Exhibition with Library Street Collective

February 2018

Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) opened Open Book, Thin Air is his first solo exhibition with Library Street Collective. Smith’s paintings begin with improvisational charcoal drawings, where he creates each composition and story from memory and mind’s eye, without using any visual aids or references: “They are immediate and usually complete fictions, but often draw from my own experiences or remind me of those experiences. I often see the figures as surrogates for people I have known… They are both alien […]


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Amanze Named As Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s Artist Commission Program for 2018

February 2018

The Montblanc Cultural Foundation has been facilitating artistic exploration by unlocking opportunities for artists to produce and showcase work for over 25 years.  As part of its commitment to support an exciting new generation of artists, the Foundation named artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (Fiber ’06), one of its three recipients of its Artist Commission Program for 2018. Awarded annually, the program enables emerging artists to produce new works within the context of an institutional exhibition, a biennale, or an art festival.  The work of […]


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

February 2018

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 […]


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Newport’s “Stitches” Is Reviewed in “Detroit Art Review”

January 2018

Fiber Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport’s current solo exhibition Stitches is at Simone DeSousa Gallery and has been reviewed by Detroit Art Review. According to the publication, “Every work in ‘Mark Newport: Stitches’ has provocative personal, social and cultural history that bears scrutiny. One of the persistent thoughts when exploring the heavily embroidered areas of Newport’s work is the interconnected nature of stitches and images. Newport will have a Gallery Conversation at 4pm on February 3 at […]


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Fishman is profiled in the American Medical Association’s “The JAMMA Network”

January 2018

Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is profiled in the American Medical Association’s  The JAMA Network.  In it, she discusses the role and representations of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry in contemporary culture. Fishman creates sculptural paintings—large, constructed installations with hypersaturated colors and industrial-like slick surfaces—that evoke the design of pills, their combinations in drug “cocktails,” and the colors and surfaces of drug advertising.

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Vieux Featured in “ArtZealous”

January 2018

ArtZealous featured a quick Q&A with alumna Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) called “Five Minutes with New York-Based Artist Anne Vieux.” Vieux makes paintings, books, sculptures, and videos, all of which inform each other artistically.  She works with the idea of mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen, in painting, video, and sculpture.       Facebook

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

January 2018

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. 


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Schanck’s First Comprenhensive Exhibition at Friedman Benda To Open in March

January 2018

BlOUIN ARTINFO highlights alumnus Chris Schanck's (3D Design '11) exhibition Unhomely at  Friedman Benda in New York.  Unhomely marks a culmination of his acclaimed sculptural approach and the first time a comprehensive body of work by Schanck will be on public view. It features 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. The works synthesize premeditation and spontaneity, the artist’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique. Hybrids of sculpture and furniture, along with bold constructions blend biomorphic forms with elaborately crafted symbolism. The assemblages further draw from a wide range of influences ranging from Brutalist and Art Deco architecture to ancient Egyptian, Anatolian and Aztec iconography. The exhibition will be on view from March 1 through April 14, 2018, at Friedman Benda, 515 W 26th Street New York, NY 10001.


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Mark Newport’s “Stitches” Opens at Simone DeSousa Gallary on January 13

January 2018

Congratulations to Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence in Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the opening of Stitches, at his first solo exhibition at Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition opens to the public on January 13. The works included in Stitches begin when a hole is cut into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with a needle and thread. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers. “Whether the […]


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Alums Fay and Aratani Are Featured in “Azure Magazine”

January 2018

Evan Fay (3D ’16) and Ayako Aratani (3D ’16) are featured in Azure Magazine. Asked why they came to Cranbrook, they “sought to colour outside the lines, and ultimately chose Cranbrook for its blending of fine art with craft, along with its focus on individual expression.” In the article, Aratani and Fay talk about  the passion for craft they developed at Cranbrook Academy of Art to genre-expanding extremes.

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Fishman Featured in Jack Hanley’s Gallery Exhibition “Spieltrieb”

January 2018

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is part of a group exhibition called, Spieltrieb at Jack Hanley Gallery. Spieltrieb is a German expression that can be translated as ‘play-drive’, the ‘urge to play’ or ‘play impulse’. In ‘On the Aesthetic Education of Man’ (1794) German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller described Spieltrieb as the ideal union of Formtrieb (the form impulse) and Stofftrieb (the sense impulse). In his theory, the sense impulse equals life whereas the form impulse equates with shape and therefore denotes the object of Spieltrieb as the living shape which for him is synonymous with beauty. The exhibition runs through February 5, 2018.


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Schwartz Named “New Visual Artists 2017: 15 Under 30”

December 2017

Amy Schwartz (2D ’14) is featured in Print Magazine in a piece titled, “New Visual Artists 2017: 15 Under 30.” As a member of this list she is “one of the 15 most talents in Visual Communications today.” According to Print Magazine, “What was once a highly edited list of 20 of the best and brightest young designers is now a deeper exploration of 15 of the most original talents working in visual communications today.”

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

December 2017

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 […]


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Kim’s Ceramic Donuts Featured in “Colossal”

December 2017

Pop-art inspired ceramic donuts created by Academy graduate Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) are featured in Colossal. Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.

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“Metropolis Magazine” Readers Learn Florence Knoll Lessons

December 2017

Metropolis Magazine's Vice President of Design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from Cranbrook's Florence Knoll contributions to architecture and design.  According to the article, as a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach. 


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McNay Art Museum Aquired Binion Collage

December 2017

In Art Daily, The McNay Art Museum, announced today the acquisition of three major works – all collages --  The Cop, by Benny Andrews; ghost: rhythms: III, by McArthur Binion (Painting '73); and Kwabena, by Rashaad Newsome. “Art museums are in the business of beauty and truth,” said Aste. “And part of our commitment to truth here, in the first modern art museum in Texas, is celebrating the diverse men and women who define ‘modern’ in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This purchase by the Museum and the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum allows the McNay to present a more inclusive and truthful history of modern and contemporary art to our community.” The three collages by Andrews, Binion, and Newsome will be featured in "Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art", opening February 8, 2018.


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Alumna Jaworska Named Top Architect Working in the “Middle Ground Between Art and Architecture”

December 2017

Cultured Magazine focuses on architect Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) when discussing a category of architecture these days that isn’t really about building structures to live and work in. It’s more about a conceptual practice that exists in a misty middle ground between art and architecture—think of Snarkitecture, among many others, doing fascinating work in this zone. Jaworska has designed arenas and stadiums in the past, but she has lately tended toward big thinking about how we do (and don’t) […]


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Wu Featured in “Eye on Design”

November 2017

Qingyu Wu (2D Design '17) is profiled in Eye on Design where she speaks of influences and current work. In her second year [at Cranbrook Academy of Art], she translated a group of found objects—including 7″ vinyl records, vintage film strips, tobacco tin boxes, soap, dice, and other miscellaneous items collected from flea markets and thrift stores—into graphic form to create the book The Item You Selected Is Unavailable. To create the book, Wu used C-Thru typesetter’s ruler to measured the width of each object and order them by point size, from 1pt to 500pt. She then scanned each item to determine the abstract form it would take on the page and rearranged each abstract shape by its size and the year the object was made.


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Artist-in-Residence Eichenberg and Alumna Mimlitsch-Gray Speak at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Jewelry of Ideas Symposium”

November 2017

Cooper Hewitt is exploring the world of contemporary jewelry design with esteemed scholars and renowned jewelers during this day-long symposium highlighting the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from The Susan Grant Lewin Collection. Artist-in-Residence of Metalsmithing Iris Eichenberg will be the keynote speaker in a session focusing on the trends and developments in European and American contemporary jewelry. And alumna and jeweler Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing '86) will be part of a panel discussion discussing the subject of communicating ideas through jewelry. The symposium is November 17. 


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Cave Discusses “Nick Cave: Feat” in “Whitehot Magazine”

November 2017

Nick Cave (Fiber '88) is profiled in the Whitehot Magazine. The piece focuses on Nov. 10 opening of Nick Cave: Feat as well as upcoming projects.  Cave opened an extensive survey of his practice at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee including a massive projection of Cave’s Soundsuit-centric art film, Blot (2012), several psychedelic textile installations including Architectural Forest (2011) and Button Walls (2013) and a crowd-pleasing selection of ten marvelous Soundsuits made between 2011 and 2017.


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Cave Opens “Nick Cave: Feat” on November 10 at The First Center for the Visual Arts

October 2017

Artist Nick Cave (Fiber '89) will exhibit at  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat opening on November 10. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018. Nick Cave: Feat will be on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through June 24, 2018.


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

October 2017

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.


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Shore Exhibits at Fine Art Print Fair

October 2017

Paul Shore (Print Media ’85) will be exhibiting prints from his Drawn Home collection at the Fine Art Print Fair with C. G. Boerner (Booth 511). The Fair runs though October 29 in New York.


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Goethel Campbell Opens “Faulty Vision”at David Klein Gallery

October 2017

Faulty Vision, an exhibition by Interim Print Media Artist-in-Residence Susan Goethel Campbell (Print Media '89), is opening at David Klein Gallery in Detroit.  Faulty Vision brings together multiple works in a range of media that consider our uncertain relationship to landscape and the built environment. For this exhibition, Campbell uses prints, photographs and natural materials to respond directly to the architecture of the gallery space. Structural elements such as walls and columns are clad with earth and grass to pose larger questions about impermanence and the logic of man-made systems. An opening and reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, November 4, from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition is open through December 16.


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Massey Awarded $200,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant

October 2017

Knight Arts Challenge reveals its 2017 Detroit winners. Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) was the largest recipient as an individual artist, receiving $200,000 for her tentatively titled “Spring” art installation at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Massey says she applied as an artist to the Knight Arts Challenge because she felt there was a clear need for city officials to start thinking about art and its role in the community.  “When it comes to the public sector and sculpture, we don’t have an arts committee,” said Massey. “Major cities are thinking about the arts in the public realm, so why is Detroit slow to this conversation? That’s what ‘Spring’ is about for me. It’s for the people.”


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Cole’s Work Featured in “Intersections of Gender and Place” at Mississippi University for Women

October 2017

Mississippi University for Women is hosting Intersections of Gender and Place, an art exhibition that focuses on women artists in the South whose work relates to gender issues and southern culture. The exhibit, which opened on Oct. 5 and will be on display at the MUW Galleries in Summer Hall through Nov. 1, features artwork from Teresa Cole (Print Media '89) , Shawne Major and Amy Pleasant. Cole is a New Orleans-based printmaker who earned her master's degree in print media from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. She currently teaches printmaking at Tulane University.


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Clark’s “Unraveling” Featured in Hyperallergic and Crafts Council

October 2017

Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) participated in Unraveling and was featured in Hyperallergic. The performance exhibition within the exhibition,  Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in October 2017.  Although Clark has unraveled a confederate flag twice before in 2015 and 2016 it holds a new significance in 2017. This was the first performance under the current presidential administration and since the country has found itself embroiled in debate over the presence and ramifications of Confederate imagery in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. Clark stood side-by-side by participants, shoulder-to-shoulder as they pull each strand of the flag and confront the reality it represents. "Racial injustice is something that every American contends with, either consciously or unconsciously, and it’s so deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation […] The word “racism” is sort of like a trigger word; you know, it can shut people’s ears off, shut people down, bring people’s defense mechanisms up. So I’m less interested in that, and more interested in picking apart and undoing and understanding the fabric of our nation and trying to really understand the roots of racial injustice," said Clark. 


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Eichenberg and Turner Featured Academy Graduates in “Moreland” at Simone DeSousa Gallery

October 2017

Opening on October 21 and organized by Metalsmithing Aritist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and alumna Sarah Turner (Metalsmiting '04), with support from Simone DeSousa Gallery, MoreLand takes its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand continues a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic. For MoreLand, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores.  Participating Artists in the exhibition include many Academy of Art graduates: Kat Burdine (Pring Media '15), Eunji Choi (Metalsmithing '14), Terry Conrad (Print Media '10), Iris Eichenberg, Fabio J. Fernandez (Sculpture '02), Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D Design '09), Ken Gray (Metalsmithing '86), Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis (Metalsmithing '10), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Print Media '86), Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards (Metalsmithing '17), Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing '14), Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber '12), David Schafer / Studio Make (Ceramics '09), Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing '18), Robert Turek (3D Design '10), Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt). The exhibition runs through December 23, 2017.


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York’s “Foundation” is at The Drawing Center in NYC

October 2017

Using graphite as a sculptural rather than a two-dimensional medium, York created replicas of parts of the museum’s foundation: irregular granite piers that protrude above the museum’s ground floor. Four graphite drawings, each mirroring the appearance of a pier, hang alongside York’s sculptural works, strengthening the ties between drawing and sculpture in her practice.


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Muecke Named Hublot Design Prize Finalist

October 2017

Jonathan Muecke (3D Design '10 ) was named a finalist of the Hublot Design Prize in 2017. Born from the friendship between Jean-Claude Biver and Pierre Keller (former director of Lausanne University of Art and Design, ECAL), the Hublot Design Prize was created in 2015 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic Big Bang model and highlights the work of the designers of tomorrow. This prize is not intended to pay tribute to the work of a famous designer, nor to support a newly qualified designer, but to provide an already accomplished designer with a platform to launch and increase the exposure of their work, a career boost so that, one day, they will rank amongst the great names in design.


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Bliven To Open “The 228” at Jackson Dinsdale Art Center

October 2017

The Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College is featuring The 228, from Alyssa Rose Bliven (Metalsmithing '16). The exhibition will be on display in the center’s main gallery through Oct. 28. Bliven is a 2014 Hastings College graduate and recent 2016 graduate of Metalsmithing at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a self-proclaimed object-maker, she constructs 3D sculptures with a variety of materials. A portion of the exhibition showcases Bliven’s masters thesis from Cranbrook, “228 Words on Depression.” This collection of sculptures addresses the similarities between emotions and knick knacks.


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Lopez to Present at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

October 2017

Ana M. Lopez (Metalsmithing '99) is presenting to the Dallas Art Association on Wednesday, October 4th from 7-9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX .  Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.


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Herr to Speak at the Museum of Arts and Design on Fridays

September 2017

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Fall 2017 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists will work in MAD's sixth-floor open studios from September 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Cranbrook Alum Johannah Herr (Sculpture '16) will be at the studio every Friday.  While at MAD, Herr will explore Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her series "Snuggies for the Revolution." Through this project, she is reconsidering her interest in patterns and the historical role of textiles used for both political oppression and resistance movements. Herr will also continue her "Propaganda Poster" series, which uses holographic sign vinyl and gouache to examine the ways pattern and other optical devices are used to both dazzle and visually confuse.


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LVL Gallery Named Kent Artist of the Week

September 2017

LVL Gallery named Stephen Kent (Ceramics '13) Artist of the Week and profiled him. Kent has been a student at Penn State, Cranbrook Academy of Art, at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, a participant in the International Ceramic Research Center, Guldagergaard in Denmark and received a Fellowship at the Oxbow School of Art and Artist residency in Michigan. In 2013 he moved to Berlin where he has continued to work around ideas of resolution and image production through the decorative gesture and the exploration of cultural codes embedded in everyday objects.


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Pearson’s Textile Company Becomes Part of Momentum Group

September 2017

After running her own textile company for 25 years, textile trailblazer Sina Pearson (Fiber ’72) is now bringing her brand to Momentum Group. Pearson’s namesake textile company was acquired last year by Momentum Group, so she spends time in Seattle in her garden and the rest of the month at Momentum’s minimalist showroom on New York’s Park Avenue. In Metropolis she said, “It’s like left brain, right brain,” insisting that pulling up […]


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Vieux Is Part of “Painters & Photographers”

September 2017

Anne Vieux (Painting ') is part of a group exhibition at PC–G’s Reilly Gallery opening on September 14. Painters & Photographers presents painterly themes and techniques in recent abstract photography. This exhibition consists of illusionistic compositions— rendered somewhere between meticulous staging techniques, analog processes and digital alterations—manipulate perceptions of space and reality to create photographs that appear as abstract paintings. In addition to the exhibition, a Conjunctive Mini-Symposium will be held on October 26, 6:30-8pm. 


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

September 2017

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.


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Fishman Is Interviewed in “Curator.com”

September 2017

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is interviewed in Curator.com by J. Fiona Ragheb. She speaks about her most recent work and how her "work adopts the language of abstraction to explore the body, issues of identity, and contemporary culture."  


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

August 2017

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”! Facebook

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

August 2017

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, […]


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Artist-in-Residence Fishman Opening Solo Exhibition at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in September

August 2017

The Kravets Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce T.N.N., a solo exhibition of new work by Beverly Fishman, opening on Thursday, September 7 and running through October 7, 2017. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm. Fishman’s “The New Normal” (“T.N.N”) is an anxious meditation on the American drug crisis. The paintings form a series of almost sinister shapes that appropriate the forms of various medications, such as Prozac, Vicodin, and Xanax. Fishman’s acutely chromatic work is meticulously crafted from wood and coated in layer upon layer of paint to razor-sharp precision.


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Andrews Named Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow

August 2017

Mike Andrews (Sculpture '04) has been appointment as the new Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow, school of art and artists' residency. Andrews has worked at Ox-Bow since 2010 as the Academic Director. In that role he was directly involved in setting the vision for the programs, and implementing the rigorous curriculum. Andrews also has been tenure-track faculty at the School of the Art Institute in the Department of Fiber and Material studies where he taught weaving, software, and experimental approaches to craft.


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Surls Commissioned to Create Art for Lamar University

August 2017

Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture '69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University's newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus. 'Everyone can be inspired by art,' said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, 'It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.' Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.


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Richards Named Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology

August 2017

Troy Richards (Painting '97) is named the new Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Richards is an experienced arts administrator, artist, and faculty member who has worked at both a large public university and a small independent arts institution. Most recently, he was interim associate dean of the arts, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Delaware, where he was responsible for the academic programs and activities of the college’s “arts portfolio,” which encompasses the visual arts and design, music, dance and theater.


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Rosen to Exhibit at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

July 2017

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics. The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay. For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics '81) has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape. Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process. Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration. The exhibition is opening on August 19 – November 26, 2017.


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Garofano’s Installation Showing at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles

July 2017

The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO  installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12)  installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.

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“Peripheral Vision” Names Cranbrook Alumni Fellows

July 2017

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.


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Tochilovsky Is Featured in “Co.Design” Series

July 2017

In the Co. Design series about designers' firsts, 10 well-known designers' were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design '07) and Curator of The Cooper Union's Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. "I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job," said Tochilovsky. "The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything." Click here for more of his interview.


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Architecture Alumni Are Part of SPACE10 Lab Created by IKEA

July 2017

Alumni Yuan Chieh Yang (Architecture '15), Benas Burdulis (Architecture '16), and Emil Froege (Architecture '15) have been working on through the SPACE10 Lab created by IKEA. The architects came up with three divergent yet equally innovative solutions to address the fundamental issue that plagues digital production: an apparent lack of a "human touch." In a Post-Fordist world increasingly dominated by customization, this investigation holds obvious importance for a company which deals primarily in mass-produced ready-to-assemble products; however, with its advocation for the infusion of dying classical craft techniques into the digital manufacturing process, the experiment could be meaningful for many other reasons.


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Semivan’s “Pitch” Is Open at Benrubi Gallery

July 2017

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.


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Ross at Monique Monique Meloche in Chicago

July 2017

But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting '92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Hardesty Named Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and Curator of Collections and Exhibits

July 2017

Alumna Jessi Hardesty (Print Media ’14) and the Discipline Coordinator of Visual Arts and the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at Carroll Community College was profiled in the Carroll County Times. When asked about her experience at Cranbrook Academy of Art she said, “It is Hogwarts for artists.” Read more here about her experience at graduate school and her new post at Carroll Community College.     <[…]


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Jim Amaral and Olga de Amaral Talk About Art and Meeting at Cranbrook

June 2017

According to the City Paper, most critics agree that the works of Jim Amaral (Design ’55) and Olga de Amaral (Fiber ’55) are two of the most important living artists. Olga’s tapestries are exhibited in the most prestigious museums of the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and Jim’s bronze sculptures have redefined the visual landmarks of the Colombian capital. The focus of two landmark retrospectives in Columbia this year – starting with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘<[…]


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