Brittany Nelson
Gelatin Silver
C-print, face mounted plexi, 2013

Brittany Nelson Receives Creative Capital Grant

Congratulations to Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), who recently received a $50,000 Creative Capital Grant for her project, Alternative Process. Creative Capital funds innovative moving images and visual art projects and artists from across the country. This year, they funded a total of 46 projects – selected from a pool of more than 3,700 applicants. According to Nelson, “Alternative Process involves removing the silver from darkroom paper, using photographic chemicals to create form without a subject or a camera, finding the integrity in an unrecognizable material, and transforming the metallic properties of historical photographic processes. For […]

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Mishka Colombo's "Hide and Seek"

Mishka Colombo Featured In “Re-Imaging Gender” Exhibition

Current Painting student Mishka Colombo won the $1,000 first prize for his painting, “Hide and Seek,” in the juried art competition, “Re-Imaging Gender.” The exhibition is sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender in celebration of their 20th anniversary. The exhibition will be on display at the Lane Hall Gallery starting January 15, 2015, and features the work of 15 promising, young artists who render the modern spectrum of gender, going beyond the simple male/female binary to include a wide variety of identities and sexualities. For […]

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Sheida Soleimani Featured in Beautiful Decay

Sheida Soleimani Dissects Iranian Politics Through Confrontational “National Anthem” Series Artist and current Photography student Sheida Soleimani has translated her frustration with her home country Iran and it’s politics into a captivating and symbolically complex photographic series called National Anthem. It is featured in the most recent issue of Beautiful Decay.  

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Your Guide to Cranbrook at Art Basel Miami Beach

Best of luck to our Artists-in-Residence and alumni who will be exhibiting next week in Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami. Artists-in-Residence This year, you can see the work of Liz Cohen at the David Klein Gallery (Booth A5). See the online catalogue for the exhibition here. Fresh off a successful opening of her show Bend at Cranbrook Art Museum (open now through Jan. 25, 2015), Iris Eichenberg […]

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A selection of cups available for purchase.

Ceramics Department Cup Sale November 16

The Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to extend an invitation to the 4th Annual Winter Wunder Cup on: Sunday, November 16, 1-5pm This limited edition cup sale features over 400 cups designed and produced by the 15 current graduate students, Marie T. Hermann and the Artist-in-Residence, Anders Ruhwald. All cups are priced at $25 each. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Ceramic Department’s international travel fund and support the 2015 educational trip to New Zealand. Stop by the New Studios Building, located behind Cranbrook Art Museum, on November 16 from 1[…]

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Cranbrook’s Vault Featured in MMQB

Cranbrook’s extensive vault was recently featured in Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB), after a recent group attended a panel discussion at the Academy. They’ve called the vault, “a furniture treasure room.” Read the story here: MMQB Article

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Ariel Ruvinsky
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Fiber at SOFA Chicago

The Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber Department will be exhibiting at the 21st Annual Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA) in Chicago from November 7-9 . At SOFA CHICAGO 2014 a roster of some of the world’s finest galleries will feature works by emerging and established artists and designers in glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, and metal. The exhibition, Comfort Me is work done by students from the Fiber Department of the Cranbrook Academy of Art that explores the topic of comfort. Some of the pieces do this […]

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Untitled from The Photographer's Wife, 2006.

On Being “The Photographer’s Wife,” an Interview With Laura Heyman (Photography ’98)

Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) is a photographer, Light Work Lab member, and Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University. She’s been working in the Light Work Lab in recent months in preparation for her current exhibition, Render, at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibition features a collection of images from Heyman’s ongoing project, The Photographer’s Wife. Jessica Posner, Light Work Communications Coordinator,

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Installation view of Corina Reynolds’s ‘Northwestern Expansion’ at Open Source Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Corina Reynolds (Fiber’11) Exhibits at Open Source Gallery

Corina Reynolds (Fiber ’11) exhibition at Open Source Gallery was featured in HYPERALLERGIC. In the article, Roynolds’s Northwestern Expansion describes how she transformed the entire gallery space — a small garage in south Park Slope — into a replica of a waiting room on the 31st floor of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in Lower Manhattan. Learn more about the exhibition here.

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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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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 […]

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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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Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York

Keeping a Close Eye on the Wind, a two-part exhibition by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) and Gene Beery  is at Freddy in Baltimore and Bodega in New York. Both exhibitions have developed from an ongoing correspondence between the two artists over the past two years and bring to life the nature of the artists’ predominantly online relationship. The Joshua Abelow’s show runs from October 10 to November 1, 2014 at Freddy and October 12 to November 16, 2014 at Bodega. For more information click

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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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Design Miami

Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10) Comission Recipient For Design Miami/Pavilion 2014

Volume Gallery is proud to announce that Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10) is the recipient of the Design Commission for the entrance pavilion of Design Miami/ 2014. Each December, Design Miami/ commissions early-career architects to build a designed environment for the fair’s entrance as part of its Design Commissions program. Design Miami is to be help December 3-7, 2014. This year’s entrance at Design Miami Pavilion(DMP), is an experiment in application of Muecke’s object making approach to a scale neither architectural nor domestic. Conceptualized as a “respite from” its […]

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3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker Launches New Product on

Once known for being dark and shadowy, corners are about to be seen in a whole new light. In developing the Corner Bright Light, furniture designer Scott Klinker, Artist-in-Residence and head of the 3D Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art reevaluated the role of the corner in brightening a room. His elegant floor lamp is comprised of a single exposed LED bulb on a thin frame that nestles neatly into any corner to create a pleasant ambient glow. It takes up very little space or energy, making it as convenient […]

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