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

June 2016

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., June 24, 2016 -- Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of two fellows to our Critical Studies and Humanities program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Our Spring Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Kristi McGuire, an artist-educator, writer and editor based in Chicago. Since 2011, she has taught in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Our Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Alpesh Kantilal Patel, an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA program in the Visual Arts at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.


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Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Gil Silverman

June 2016

Silverman, pictured at the opening of “Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John & Rose M. Shuey Collection at Cranbrook Art Museum” in 2001. Pictured with his wife Lila and Gary Griffin, Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1984-2006. Image courtesy of Cranbrook Archives. This week, Cranbrook mourns the loss of Gilbert B. Silverman, a Life Governor of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. A steadfast supporter of the arts, Silverman served on the Academy Board for 27 years, from 1980-2007. He also served […]


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Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Ken Isaacs

June 2016

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 14, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum mourns the loss of Ken Isaacs, head of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1956 through 1958 and a 1954 graduate of the program.


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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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Painter John Wood Exhibits at ArtHaus

May 2016

Featured in Artfix Daily, an article about THE LAKE – a transitional series of new paintings by Bay Area artist and Cranbrook alumnus John Wood (Painting ’74)– is open at ArtHaus in San Francisco. Wood’s work was inspired by three weeks of solitude at The Lake, The Morris Graves Foundation Compound, just south of Eureka, in late Summer, 2015. THE LAKE runs through June 25 at

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

May 2016

Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16). Photo by John Carlson. BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16) has been awarded the “2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the eleventh year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award. Santiago was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a 2016 graduate of the 2D Design department. The Emerging Artist Award is part of Cranbrook’s 16-year partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, […]


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

May 2016

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


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Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

May 2016

The New York Design Fair opens this week, and Cranbrook Academy of Art students and several alumni will be exhibiting new work in the shows. Our 3D Design Department is opening the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City. This curated exhibition of new work by our current 3D Design students will explore how today’s most pressing challenges – such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation – can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.


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Gina Reichert Named New Citizen Artist Fellow at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

April 2016

Gina Reichert(Architecture ’03)has been named to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts first class of its new Citizen Artist Fellows program. The program recognizes artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities small and large. Reichert and her partner Mitch Cope established a network of project houses strategically situated throughout the Detroit neighborhood where […]


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Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Im Schafer

April 2016

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 – It is with heavy hearts that the Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumna Orapun “Im” Sarasalin Schafer (Ceramics ’09). Im was a gifted architect, designer, and so much more. She was a loving partner to fellow graduate David Schafer (Metalsmithing ’09), both in life and in their business, the design studio Studiomake. She was a radiant mother to their daughter, Sa. And she was a consistent face on numerous “one to watch” lists around the world. Her loss at such a young age, with […]


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Martha Mysko Exhibits at West 10th Window

March 2016

Martha Mysko’s (Painting ’11) exhibition “Broken Ground” at the West 10th Window explores the multiple possibilities of a window as a place, metaphor, and digital space. The West 10th Street Window is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. The Art-in-Buildings Program brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience […]


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Beverly Fishman and Eva Feldman on Art + Science

March 2016

In anticipation of its annual fundraising event, An Evening of Art + Science, the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan hosted a lecture at Cranbrook Art Museum featuring Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman.  The Art+Science project connects the institute’s Taubman Scholars with leading contemporary artists to explore the commonalities […]


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Cranbrook Metalsmithing Exhibition at Gallery Marzee

March 2016

In 2013, the Cranbrook Metalsmithing Department launched a three-year partnership to exhibit each spring at the Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The gallery paired Cranbrook with CAFA, a school in Beijing, China, and together they have been developing new work to be exhibited at the Gallery Marzee each year. The department returned to Nijmegen this month to set up their final show together. The exhibition, ‘Baggage – Coffee and Tea’ jewellery and objects will be on display from March 27 through June 8, 2016. For more information, visit the Gallery’s

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

March 2016

Exhibition Preview on April 16 OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on May 1 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 17, 2016 -- The 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 17, and will showcase work from more than 80 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students who are poised to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 17 – May 15, 2016 at Cranbrook Art Museum.A special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception will be held on April 16 from 6-8pm. Memberships may be purchased in advance via our website or at the door that evening.


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Rosalind Tallmadge Shows Latest Work at David Klein

March 2016

David Klein hosted an Artist’s Reception for Rosalind Tallmadge (Painting ’15) in his newest gallery location in downtown Detroit. Tallmadge’s latest series of paintings, “Nocturnes,” will be on display through April 23.


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Todd Erickson Exhibits Sculptures at Robert Kidd Gallery

March 2016

Todd Erickson (Sculpture ’86) fascination with rivers continues. He uses tree branches that he finds as he explores Michigan rivers to cast in bronze for his sculptures. Some of the larger pieces can take up to two years to create. His sculptures — many named after Michigan rivers — are on display through April 2 at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.


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Lindsay Preston Zappas and John Zane Zappas Exhibits at Vacancy

March 2016

Cranbrook Alums Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) and John Zane Zappas (Print Media ’12) attack the gallery space from both land and air. Banks of fabric posters hang freely throughout the main gallery space, suspended in mortal stasis. Crowded in squirts and slices of image, the posters are a biopsy of Lindsay Preston Zappas’ perpetual working process. On the ground level, John Zane Zappas has placed a series of stools-as-sculptures into a fractured-rock lawn.  Some Posters and Chairs is open until March 23 at Vacancy.


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

March 2016

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


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Anders Ruhwald and Cranbrook Alums Featured in New York Times

March 2016

In a the New York Times article, “The Five Most Important New Dealers on the Forefront of Design,” work by Artist-in-Residence, and Head of the Ceramics Department, Anders Ruhwald is featured in the Volume Gallery image. The article also mentions of work by Jesse Moretti (2D ’13), Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Doug Johnston (Architecture ’07). &[…]


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McArthur Binion’s Painting Named One of the Top Six at ADAA

March 2016

The Observer selected six paintings at this year’s ADAA/The Art Show that stood out among the rest. History: of: Application: One, 1978, in Galerie Lelong by Cranbrook Academy of Art alum McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was one of the six selected. According to the Observer, “Binion’s History: of: Application: One, 1978, is the best of the best here; a large oil stick and wax on aluminum work that hovers in the […]


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“Cranbrook +/- 25” Debuts at NCECA

March 2016

The alumni-organized exhibition Cranbrook +/- 25 is making its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Kansas City from March 16-19, 2016. Organized by Cranbrook Ceramics alumni Jessika Edgar (Ceramics ’11) and Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), the exhibition features the work of select students who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald. The group’s impetus for launching the project, was that “Cranbrook Academy of Art has had and continues to have a significant impact of the world of art, architecture and design. For […]


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Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge

March 2016

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


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Tracy Thomason Exhibits at Torrance Art Museum

March 2016

New York Artist Tracy Thomason (Painting ’08) is part of the Torrance Art Museum exhibition,  Sibling Rivalries, a group exhibition of work by artists based in New York City and Los Angeles. The exhibition comprises the work of fourteen New York artists paired with the work of fourteen Los Angeles artists. The exhibition is open through March 12.


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Hyperallergic Talks with Liz Cohen About “Him”

February 2016

Hyperallergic talks to Liz Cohen about her most recent exhibition Him, on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 6, 2016. According to article, "Gender has become fluid as never before in Western society, and art-makers find themselves remarkably unconfined by medium in an era that values ideas articulated by the most effective means possible rather than with a more traditionally rigid separation between disciplines. This freedom to maneuver is fully evident in Him, a project Liz Cohen developed over the past year as artist-in-residence and head of the photography department at Cranbrook Academy of Art."


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Brittany Nelson exhibition featured in WIRED, Musee Magazine and more

February 2016

Alumni Brittany Nelson (Photography, '11) received considerable media coverage for her first solo exhibition at the Morgan Lehman gallery in Chelsea, New York. The show, which ran from January 7-February 20, 2016, featured Nelson's prints made using the 19th century negative reversal process of Mordençage as well as tintype photography techniques.


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Gere Kavanaugh Awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal

February 2016

Congratulations to Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) on being awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal.  She joins 10 Cranbrook design alums who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis (Design ’75), P. Scott Makela and Laurie Haycock Makela (Design ’01), Charles […]


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Habitat: Kari Cholnoky | ARTnews

February 2016

Kari Cholnoky photographed in her studio on February 10, 2016. ARTnews takes a look inside the Brooklyn studio of Cranbrook alum Kari Cholnoky (Painting ’14). Cholnoky, 27, talks about her time at Cranbrook, saying, “I really needed grad school,” she told ARTnews. “It was like a two-year monastery where I read a ton of books, made a ton of work, and asked myself a ton of questions. There’s no way I could have done it in New York City—you’re not able to take risks like you can when nobody’s paying […]


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Cranbrook Academy Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Vivian Beer

February 2016

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


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Randy Bolton Featured in PULL at the Weems Gallery

February 2016

Print Media Artist-in-Residence Randy Bolton is featured in PULL at the Weems Gallery at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. PULL is an international, invitational printmaking exhibition featuring the work of 23 artists from the US, Canada and the UK. The exhibition includes installations, large to small scale works in numerous printmaking processes and techniques including 3D printed objects. The exhibition is open through March 27.


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Detroit Named United States’ First and Only UNESCO City of Design

February 2016

In December 2015, the Director-General of UNESCO added Detroit to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. With this distinction, Detroit joins a network of 116 member cities in 54 countries that include Berlin, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Beijing, and others. What is even more special is that Detroit is the United States’ first and only 

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Gyan Shroshbree Is Hosting an Open Studio at Two Coats of Paint

February 2016

Two Coats of Paint artist-in-residence Gyan Shrosbree (Painting ’98) is hosting an open studio on February 11 at 5pm. The residency program’s at Two Coats provides a short-term space  where artists based outside the NYC area can hang work and have studio visits with curators, other artists, and gallerists. Currently, Shroshbree is an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa.


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

February 2016

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


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Knoll Oral History Project Describes Life at Cranbrook

January 2016

Atlanta Magazine featured an excerpt from a Knoll oral history project undertaken by the Atlanta-based nonprofit Art Papers. In it, several Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni are featured, along with Knoll’s experience at Cranbrook. She says, “…at Cranbrook [Academy of Art]. There were many people there; it was a fantastic group. Charlie Eames was there, Eero [Saarinen] and people like Ed Bacon, who was a […]


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‘O P E N: Samuel Rowlett’ Opens January 31

January 2016

“Landscape Painting in the Expanded Field,” is an exhibition by the Landmark College assistant professor Samuel Rowlett (Painting ’08). O P E N  is an experimental series in which art is meant to be a public and pedestrian sensorial experience, featuring explorations in light, sound, movement and technology. The exhibition will be in the Julian Scott Memorial […]


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Jon P. Geiger Awarded Black Cube Artist Fellowship

January 2016

Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum, announced its 2016 class of artist fellows which includes Jon P. Geiger (Ceramics ’14). Black Cube’s fellowship program is a unique fellowship program for contemporary artists which focuses on producing a site-specific exhibition, Art Objects for its museum shop, as well as broadly supporting the artist’s professional practice through individualized career support catered to each artist’s goals […]


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