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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 […]


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McArthur Binion Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters

May 2016

McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 18. The Academy was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Founding members include William Merritt Chase, Kenyon Cox, Daniel Chester French, Childe Hassam, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Vedder, and Woodrow Wilson. The Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, […]


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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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Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw at Postmasters Gallery

May 2016

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition, Behold! I teach you the Overman!, at Postmasters gallery in NYC. They sat down with Irena Jurek (Painting ’08), of ArtFCity to talk about the exhibition and their collaborative process. The exhibition was also included in articles in 

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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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Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $200,000 in Awards

May 2016

Photo by Harrison Möenich (Photography ’16) BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 — On the eve of its 2016 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 12. Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $200,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2016 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist. […]


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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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Brittany Nelson Interviewed by WIRED Magazine

January 2016

WIRED Magazine interviews Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) about Alternative Processes. This exhibition features pieces that use archaic development techniques like tintype and Mordancage to create bizarre and beautiful abstractions left to chance because of the chemicals used. Nelson’s work appears at Morgan Lehman Gallery in NYC through February 20.


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Joey Cocciardi Exhibits at Gildar Gallery

January 2016

Extreme painter Joey Cocciardi (Painting ’12) gets lost in the wilderness on purpose. His work embodies the most exuberant traits of extreme sports: physical grit, a compulsion to conquer the organic obstacles of nature, and some personal danger.  Cocciardi’s works are at the Gildar Gallery through Feb. 20.  


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Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum Are Part of The Bluestockings Crew

January 2016

The Knight Foundation featured an article about The Cranbrook Salon’s Bluestockings Crew. The Bluestockings Crew is comprised of a compelling cross section of luminary women from Detroit’s art and cultural scene: Maia Asshaq, founder of DittoDitto; Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman, co-founder of Playground Detroit; Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry (2D’12) and Lilian Crum (2D’12), designers at Unsold Studio; artist Ingrid LaFleur, founder of Afrotopia; […]


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Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of George Ortman

December 2015

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., December 21, 2015 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the passing of George Ortman – artist, educator and 22-year veteran of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ortman served as Artist-in-Residence and head of the Painting Department at the Academy from 1970 through 1992. Ortman passed away at his home New York City on December 16, 2015. Known for his geometric works and use of sign and symbols, Ortman came about during the age of American abstraction, but found it confining. According to the

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Cranbrook’s Golden Age: How a Freewheeling School Changed American Design

November 2015

"More than a set of formative experiences, the Cranbrook Academy of Art was a way of thinking, providing collaborations and contests that unleashed the creativity and skill of design pioneers." Read Curbed's extensive look at Cranbrook Academy of Art's history as a "prewar petri dish for American modernism."  The article discusses Ray and Charles Eames, Florence Schust Knoll, Harry Bertoia, Ralph Rapson, Jack Lenor Larsen, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Marianne Strengell, Eliel and Eero Saarinen, and many more.


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Berverly Fishman to Lecture at the Denver Art Museum

November 2015

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman will lecture at the Denver Art Museum on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.  Fishman will discuss her work which explores the relationship between the body and medicine by mixing optical patterns and vibrant colors with representational elements taken from pharmaceutical and scientific imaging systems in her largely abstract work.


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Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber ’72) named 2015 United States Artists Fellows

November 2015

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Nov. 11, 2015 –  Academy alumni Jonathan Muecke (3D '10) and Anne Wilson (Fiber '72) were both named 2015 United States Artists Fellows. Representing nine creative disciplines, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists. There were 36 Fellows selected this year working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.


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Cranbrook Receives Knight Arts Challenge Awards

November 2015

Cranbrook Art Museum and Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence, were each awarded separate grants yesterday from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Detroit Knight Arts Challenge. Cranbrook Art Museum was awarded a $60,000 matching grant to create a Detroit tour of the public art installation In Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth). The ambitious public program will also result in a new presentation at the Museum in the fall of 2016. Anders Ruhwald, Cranbrook Academy of Art Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, was awarded a $25,000 matching grant for his project Unit 1: 3583 Dubois. Read More…


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