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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

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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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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Dolence’s Work Included in “Create! Magazine”

June 2017

Guest Curator Dasha Matsuura selected Jessica Dolence’s (Fiber ’16) work to be included in the latest issue of Create! Magazine. The magazine which focuses on the unique work of artists from around the world. Each issue contains contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it.

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AICAD Names Bhadviya, Thompson, and Baralaye Fellows for 2017-2018

June 2017

AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography '15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design '17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics '16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.


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Edgar Speaks About “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium”

June 2017

As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture '80) and his wife Robin will speak on the "Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium" on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.


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Jaworska Inteviewed by “Sight Unseen”

June 2017

Ania Jaworska (Architecture '09) is interviewed in Sight Unseen. See her work in our exhibition Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape currently on display Cranbrook Art Museum. Jaworska is also currently a MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program finalist.


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Cushman Displays Paintings at Boswell Mourot Gallery

June 2017

New etchings and paintings from alumnus Brad Cushman (Painting '86), the director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery, will be on display at Boswell Mourot Gallery from June 10 to July 1. Landscapes, trees and their reflections, weathered surfaces, and textures have inspired this series of paintings and mixed media works. An opening reception for the exhibit, Though False Intended True, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Boswell Mourot Gallery.


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Painting Alum Whitman Is Visiting Artist at Lake Tahoe Community College

May 2017

Erin Whitman (Painting '06) will be visiting artist at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) June 8-9. The school's Art Department two days of events, including a lecture about her work and artistic inspirations on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. and a hands-on demonstration of her work on Friday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. These events, sponsored by the LTCC Foundation and the LTCC Art Club, are free and open to the public.


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“Seven Things to Know…” about Florence Knoll Bassett in “Artsy”

May 2017

There is a great story on the extraordinary life of Florence Knoll Bassett and her deep connections to Cranbrook in Artsy.  According to Aileen Kwun, "Anyone who appreciates and recognizes classic designs from the mid-century period (or even the mid-century-inspired sets of Mad Men) has Knoll Bassett to thank for revolutionizing the way we live and work in the modern home and office."


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Cranbrook Graduate Creates a Family and Art Space in Former Pickle Factory

May 2017

Jaime Alvarez (Photography '05) created a family space and art-photography business in a 19th-century former home of a pickle factory. The story in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the 4,000 square-foot building in Fishtown are just where Alvarez and wife Leah Shepperd now thrive along with their infant son, a large St. Bernard named Seamus, and two indistinguishable orange cats named Chester and Lester.


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Goodson Curates His First Wexner Center Exhibition

May 2017

In May, the Wexner Center will debut Gray Matters, the first exhibition curated by Michael Goodson (Sculpture '97). The show completes a circle of sorts for the museum’s new, 48-year-old senior curator of exhibitions. Long before he chose what pieces to display at Columbus’ top contemporary arts venue, Goodson was on the other side of the artistic equation—an aspiring sculptor and punk-rock kid from Dayton seeking inspiration from his visits to the Wex. After several years of artistic practice and curating, “I found pretty quickly that I had an acumen for thinking about how work is installed and what it means in that context,” said Goodson.


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Matelli Debuts New Sculpture at The Aldrich Contempary Art Museum

May 2017

In an ArtDaily, an article featuring Tony Matelli's (Sculpture '95) debut of his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Hera is an extension of Matelli’s Garden Sculptures series, initiated in 2015, in which he defaces garden statuary of classical or religious icons and subverts material expectation. Based on an ancient Greek statue of Hera and poised atop a pedestal, the statue, fabricated out of cast stone, is painstakingly aged to mimic a centuries old patina. The exhibition is open through October 21.


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Ato Ribeiro Receives the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

May 2017

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Awarded Artist Residency in Berlin BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 12, 2017 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Ato Ribeiro (Print Media ’17) has been awarded the “2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the twelfth year that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.


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“Hyperallergic” Features Ruhwald’s Latest Work in “Glasur Stykker”

May 2017

This month, Artist-in-Residence Anders Ruhwald's Glasur Stykker, which debuted at Volume Gallery’s booth at Design Miami in December of last year, is on display for the first time at its Chicago location. The title roughly translates from Danish as “glaze piece,” and is an assemblage of experiments in small, glazed forms. These new works by Ruhwald are the ceramicist equivalent of running through a field of wildflowers — or, in his words, creating a sketchbook.


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Cranbrook Art Museum Presents Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape Features work from alumni and Artists-in-Residence

May 2017

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 8, 2017 – On May 12, Cranbrook Art Museum will open a new exhibition, Cranbrook: A New Domestic Landscape, which features contemporary furniture and furnishings by recent alumni and Artists-in-Residence of Cranbrook Academy of Art. The work challenges conventions of use, explores new materials and techniques, and blurs the boundaries between art, craft, and design. The exhibition will run from May 12, 2017 through January 14, 2018.


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Kawabata is Featured in AIGA’s “Eye on Design”

May 2017

Aya Kawabata (2D Design '15) is profiled in this month's Eye on Design from the AIGA | the professional association for design. The article talks about her background as a violinist, specializing in graphic design and her degree at Cranbrook where she diversified her practice even further, exploring architecture and 3-D processes in relation to graphic art.


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Alumnus Anderson Honored by HMA

May 2017

The Huntington Museum of Art named Dan Anderson (Ceramics '70) as a Walter Gropius Master Artist this month. An exhibit of work by Anderson will remain at the Huntington Museum of Art through June 4. Anderson is a full-time studio artist following 32 years of teaching ceramics at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he now is professor emeritus. He has received an NEA individual artist fellowship, six artist fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, as well as residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana (1996) and the Red Lodge Clay Center, Montana (2010, 2012, 2014).


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Liz Cohen Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

May 2017

Served as Photography Artist-in-Residence for nine years


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 3, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. Cohen notified the Academy of her decision this week.


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A Review of Rosen’s Work Is Featured in ” Art in America”

May 2017

Alumna Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics '81) is featured in Art in America. Her exhibition at PPOW is titled Tie Me to the Mast. Each piece is a collection of many ceramic objects: tubes and gourds and balls and blobs, all piled up on a wheeled dolly and whipped together with wire. These six-foot-high towers are imposing, yet hilarious in their pendulous anthropomorphism. She began making them in 2010 and 2011.


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Zack Ostrowski named Visiting Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

April 2017

Elliott Earls Awarded Sabbatical for Fall 2017

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 13, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Zack Ostrowski has been named the visiting Designer-in-Residence of the Academy’s 2D Design Department for the fall 2017 semester. Current 2D Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls will be on sabbatical.


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Gut’s Wayshrines I, II, & III Are Featured on DCCP’s Online Gallery

April 2017

Kara Gut's (Photography '16) three part avatar manifesto, Wayshrines I, II, & III, will be showcased on DCCP's online gallery of moving and lens-based media. Wayshrines will be shared in three installments over the course of the coming weeks. Visit the online gallery to view the work and be sure to revisit for the next two installments.


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Van Almelo’s Work is on Display at the World Ceramic Biennale

April 2017

The Frontierman newspaper featured an article about Alida van Almelo's (Ceramics '16) installation Coriolis that is on display at the World Ceramic Biennale at the World Ceramic Center in Icheon, South Korea. Van Almelo’s work is one of 90 or so on display, chosen from more than 2,400 entries world wide and her novel concept earned her a bronze prize, which carries with it a cash prize, including the museum’s purchase of her piece. The exhibition will remain open through October 2017.


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Scolaro Talks with “Young Space”

April 2017

Chrissy Scolaro (Sculpture '16), chats with the blog Young Space about her education and influences. "Completing my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art was, hands down, my most challenging and rewarding academic experience," said Scolaro. "In addition to the education I received there, a big take away has been the familial nature of the alumni network, which I’m hopeful will be a source of continued support and growth. Because Cranbrook sort of operates like more of a residency or commune, I think it’s common to be significantly transformed by the program in some way."


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Massey Exhibits with “Detroit Grind” in NYC

April 2017

Rush Arts Gallery opened the group show, "Detroit Grind," featuring six Detroit artists including alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing '11) and featured in the Detroit Free Press. The show was created by Inner State Gallery and marks their latest effort to introduce the work of emerging Detroit artists to audiences outside of Michigan. The exhibition is open through May 19, 2017.


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Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of John Glick

April 2017

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 7, 2017 – It is with heavy hearts that Cranbook mourns the passing of ceramicist John Glick (July 1, 1938—April 6, 2017). A 1962 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art (MFA, Ceramics), Glick went on to a career of great acclaim, creating ceramic works for dignitaries and the common man, always remaining a studio potter. “You could say I am hopelessly in love with bits and pieces of the making of pots,” he once said. Known as “the people’s potter,” Glick operated Plum Tree Pottery in Farmington Hills, Michigan, from 1964 through 2016. He […]


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Skolos and Wedell Awarded 2017 AIGA Medal

March 2017

In 2017, Nancy Skolos (BFA Design ’77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’77) were awarded a 2017 AIGA Medal, joining a long list of Academy alumni who have received the prestigious award. In 2016, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) was given an award, joining 10 Cranbrook alumni 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 ([…]


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Tobin Featured in “Architectural Digest”

March 2017

Mosaic ceiling and tile wall designed, fabricated and installed by aluma Farley Tobin (Ceramics '77) and her husband, Alton Parks, in author Andrew Solomon’s townhouse in New York City. The work was featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest.


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Simmons Interviewed in “ESME”

March 2017

Susan Simmons (Photography '17) is interviewed by ESME, a single-mom online community. Simmons talks about her graduate school experience, her practice and parenting her 10-year-old daughter as a single mom.


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Solemani Awarded MacColl Johnson Grant

March 2017

Sheida Solemani (Photography '15) received a $25,000 MacColl Johnson grant. Every year, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund awards three emerging artists a $25,000 fellowship with one string attached — they must live in Rhode Island. Solemani's most recent exhibition, titled "Civil Liberties," superimposes the faces of Iranian women -- whose executions have not been documented or publicized -- onto life-size, nugget-shaped pillows. The pillows are set against a three-dimensional collage of sometimes mundane, sometimes brutal photographs and artifacts. She created 12 works in the series, which was recently exhibited at galleries in Providence, Chicago and London.


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HE Wei Exhibits at the New Museum of Contemporay Art in New York

March 2017

HE Wei (3D Design '14) exhibition HE Wei: Space Permeable adopts an interdisciplinary approach by combining sculpture, installation, design, media, and performance in order to create what he calls a participatory art event. He is the founder of HE+HU Art Collective and a member of the NEW INC, the incubator program of art, design, and technology under the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The exhibition is open through June 10. HE Wei is also teaching a workshop called The Food and Art Family Workshop at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on June 10 from 1-2:30 pm.


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Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition Opens at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 23

March 2017

Exhibition Preview on April 22
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on April 30

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 21, 2017 --The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 23 and will showcase work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 23 through May 14, 2017, at Cranbrook Art Museum.


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Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Graphic Design School

March 2017

Helen Ip and Christian Morin Listed as "Top Students to Watch"
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 24, 2017 -- Graphic Design USA magazine recently published the 2017 Top Graphic Design Schools and Cranbrook Academy of Art is named to the list. The schools are listed alphabetically. Current 2D students Helen Ip (2D '17) and Christian Morin (2D '17) were also named "top students to watch," along with emerging artists from schools of art and design across the country.


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Mosa Exhibits at Chamber in NYC

March 2017

Edgar Mosa (Metalsmithing '11) has two pieces in a group exhibition titled, Domestic Appeal Collection #3 at Chamber in NYC. The exhibition is open through April 22, 2017.


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Terrell Launches Sustainable Bikini Brand Jeux De Vagues

March 2017

Katherine Terrell (2D Design '03) launches a sustainable bikini brand Jeux De Vagues. As a designer, surfer, mom, and activist, Terrell creates solid fabrics made with Econyl® , a 100% regenerated polyester fiber made from pre- and post-consumer materials. Printed fabrics are made from recycled water bottles. All bikinis are made in a fair labor factory in Los Angeles with dissolvable, fully biodegradable hangtags. For more information about the products go to the website.


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MEGA 2017 Features Cranbrook Academy of Art Students

March 2017

The Masters Student Collective of Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts present the 7th Annual Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Exhibition (MEGA). MEGA 2017 features works from 5 Cranbrook Academy of Art Students from artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. The exhibition opens on April 8th with an opening reception 6-8pm at the Avenue of for the Arts. Cranbrook Academy of Art students selected to participate are: William Marcellus Armstrong (Fiber '17), Prashani Chandrasena (Fiber '18), Min-Jen Chang (Print Media '17), Anita Enriquez (Fiber '17), and Jing Ouyang (3D Design)


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Silverman Named Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Center

March 2017

Camille Silverman (Painting '06) is named Executive Director of Riverside Arts Center (RAC) in Riverside, Illinois. Silverman’s immediate goals include the launch of a membership drive leading up to RAC’s 25-year anniversary and an expansion of the educational programs offered by RAC throughout the community.


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McGill Opens a New Exhibition at Miller Yezerski Gallery

March 2017

Head of Sculpture and Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill is showing Familiar to Millions, an exhibition of new work, at Miller Yezerski Gallery opens March 17, 2017. There will be a reception on Friday, April 7th, from 5 - 8 pm. McGill's sculptural compositions are intricate composites of pattern, selected and reconstructed from diverse source material. Each piece is a technicolor abstraction, comprised of laser cut acrylic and brightly painted paper, layered and hand-stitched in a process reminiscent of quilting. Familiar to Millions is a selection of recent work from McGill's ongoing series that draws distinct elements from science, industry, and history. The exhibition is open through April 18, 2017


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Underwood Opens Exhibition at SOUS LES ETOILES GALLERY

March 2017

“This Land is Your Land”, Barry Underwood’s (Photography '95) second exhibition with SOUS LES ETOILES GALLERY opened and featured on artdaily.org. Inspired by the famous folk tune, “This Land is Your Land” written by Woody Guthrie, Underwood’s series affirms his standing as an environmentalist photographer and ecological advocate. Written in 1940, the song’s original lyrics introduced a critical perspective to the idealistic view of America as Underwood’s images challenge the common bucolic perception of the landscape.


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Ciel Brings Video Art Installation to Downtown Sacramento

March 2017

The interactive, immersive projection, called Beacon, will run from mid-April to mid-July at the empty 930 K Street building, says producer and placemaker Tre Borden, who is running the project with local filmmaker, artist and Beacon curator, Jessa Ciel (Photography '16).


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Riley Guest Lectures at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

March 2017

The Contemporary Sculpture Society at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, hosts visiting artist and curator Haynes Riley (2D Design '11) as a guest lecturer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Hillside Auditorium 206. Riley is an artist, curator, designer, and founder and director at Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas. While at Good Weather, Riley has organized nearly thirty solo exhibitions and participated in NADA New York, Material Art Fair, and ARTBandini Los Angeles.


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NCECA Conference Ceramics Alumni Exhibitions

March 2017

Many Cranbrook alumni are showing ceramics artwork in and around the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' (NCECA) 51st Annual Conference, Future Flux. See our list of alumni exhibitions in and around the conference here.


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Chugh’s Exhibition “Stranger” Opens at Galerie Camille

March 2017

Stranger, Vineta Chugh's (3D Design '17) two-person show with Scott Campbell exploring themes of masculine and feminine identity opens on Friday at Galerie Camille in Midtown Detroit. The exhibition runs March 10-April 1 with an artist talk on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm.


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Smith Named One of the Top Ten Artists to Watch at NADA

March 2017

Willie Wayne Smith (Painting '10) was named one of the top ten artists to watch at New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) according to Artspace magazine. The large, multilayered paintings of Smith offer several access points: black line drawings that describe ordinary scenes from the point of view of an anonymous observer, text scribbled with airbrush paint that document the artist’s stream-of-consciousness, and a fragmented picture plane calling to mind a blurry photograph.


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Hagen Exhibits at Marlin Art Gallery

March 2017

Susan Hagen's (Sculpture '83) solo exhibition People Power The Recent Work of Susan Hagen features works from her “Teenager Project” and “Citizens (People of Philly)” series. Included will be drawings and sculptures which explore the lives of teenagers and the ordinary people (and subcultures) who make up the fabric of urban life in Philadelphia. The exhibition on display at The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden Community College until April 7, 2017


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MOCAD Fellow Interviews Chalew

March 2017

MOCAD Curatorial Fellow Scott Campbell visited alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16) studio in Highland Park, Michigan. He explored her space and spoke with her about her work where she “aims to shift the viewer’s perspective on the natural world and our role within it.”    

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“Artsy” Named Clark One of 16 Women Pushing Design Forward in the United States

March 2017

Artsy names Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) as one of the top 16 women pushing design forward in the United States. According to recent studies published by the AIA (the national professional association of architects) and AIGA (the professional association for design) reveal that, while design and architecture programs attract female and minority students, “the professions don’t retain them,” explains design critic Alexandra Lange, “and the numbers are particularly small at the leadership level.” Motivated by these imbalances, Artsy spotlights 16 women, including Clark, who are transcending these statistics and leading progressive change in their fields.


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Ahmadi Exhibition Opens at Leila Heller Gallery

March 2017

Painting Alum Shiva Ahmadi (Painting '05), whose ethereal, evocative use of the aesthetic modality of traditional Persian painting ensnares the viewer in complicit landscapes of violence, producing a potent and poetic critique of contemporary politics both foreign and domestic. Shiva Ahmadi: Ascend opens on March 9 at the Leila Heller Gallery in NYC.


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Von Habsburg-Lothringen Publishes First Book “Deadstock”

March 2017

Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) launched her first publication, Deadstock. Deadstock is published by Maga Books. To celebrate the launch, Habsburg-Lorthringen and Martha Wilson offered inter-generational perspectives on feminism, performance, and the archive as they relate to their respective practices at a talk titled, “Framing Femininity” at the Independent Curators International in NYC. <[…]


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Ian McDonald Named Ceramics Artist-in-Residence

March 2017

Ian McDonald has been named as the new artist-in-residence for the ceramics department. He will replace Anders Ruhwald, who is leaving at the end of the academic year. McDonald will begin his tenure in September of 2017. McDonald comes to Cranbrook from Eugene, Oregon, where he most recently was teaching in the ceramics department at the University of Oregon. Prior to that appointment, he served as a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute from 2003 – 2015.


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