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Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Tony Hepburn

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., January 8, 2015 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the passing of Tony Hepburn – artist, educator and dear friend of the Academy. Hepburn served as Artist-in-Residence and head of the Ceramics Department at the Academy from 1992 through 2008.
Hepburn passed away at his home in Chicago, Illinois, on January 5, 2015.
He was a beloved mentor to many students during his tenure, as evidenced by the touching tribute crafted by Paul Kotula who represented Hepburn later in his career through his gallery, Paul Kotula Projects.
“Tony Hepburn engendered hundreds of students that will […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Fabio J. Fernández

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., December 15, 2014 – Cranbrook Academy of Art has named Fabio J. Fernández (Sculpture ’02) the 2014 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. This is the fourth year 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 and Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) received the award last year.
Fernández was selected based on both his studio and professional practices. He maintains an active studio practice where he […]

Ed Fella to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 5, 2014 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that it will confer its Distinguished Alumni Award on California-based graphic designer Ed Fella (Design ’87) at his upcoming lecture at the Academy on November 9.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is one of the highest honors bestowed by the Academy and recognizes graduates who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership, and vision through their contributions to the practices of architecture, art, and design, as well as to Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Ed Fella attended Cranbrook Academy of Art after spending three […]

Gerhardt Knodel Named Director Emeritus of Cranbook Academy of Art


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., Oct. 22, 2014 – 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 […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2014 [FALL] Edition Lecture Series


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 15, 2014 — In its sixth season, the [FALL] Edition Lecture Series at Cranbrook Academy of Art kicks off today, offering a unique opportunity to discuss a variety of contemporary creative practices. All lectures are structured to explore all forms of innovative inquiry from the vantage point of artists, critics, and scholars.
Lectures are held in Cranbrook Art Museum’s deSalle Auditorium and are free to ArtMembers and students with identification. For the general public, they are included with Museum admission. The Museum galleries will be open prior to […]

Joseph J. Tanke Appointed Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Aug. 25, 2014 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of University of Hawaii, Manoa, Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, Joseph J. Tanke, as the Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow for the fall semester of 2014.
Tanke has published and lectured extensively on issues in aesthetics, art theory, continental philosophy, and the history of philosophy. He is the author of Foucault’s Philosophy of Art: A Genealogy of Modernity (Continuum, 2009), and Jacques Rancière: An Introduction—Philosophy, Politics, Aesthetics (Continuum, 2011). Dr. Tanke […]

Christopher Scoates Named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

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Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 28, 2014 – The Cranbrook Educational Community Board of Trustees announced today that after a comprehensive one-year search, Christopher Scoates has been named Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. He begins his tenure August 1.
Scoates is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, having received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography in 1986. Most recently he served as Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach, a position he has held since 2005. Scoates succeeds Reed Kroloff, who is stepping down after […]

Three Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduates Receive Fulbright Grants


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 12, 2014 — Cranbrook Academy of Art announces that three recent graduates have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants. This brings the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 11 years to 25 – making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States. The Academy also continues to be named one of the Fulbright program’s “Top Producing Institutions” by the Institute for International Education.
This year’s recipients include:

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $100,000 in Awards


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 9, 2014 — On the eve of its 2014 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its faculty and graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 8.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy conferred more than $100,000 in fellowships, grants, awards and scholarships, including nine distinguished awards for artistic excellence. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2014 graduates in the transition from student […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 28, 2014 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.
The award is part of Cranbrook’s long-standing partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and represents the company’s commitment to both the Academy and art and design education worldwide.
This year’s Emerging Artist will be selected from […]