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Carla Diana and Simon Anton Receive 2023 Knight Foundation New Work Awards

April 15th, 2024
Congratulations to Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Head of 4D Design and Designer-in-Residence, Carla Diana (MFA 3D Design 2000) and alumnus Simon Anton (MFA 3D Design 2020)  on being named recipients of 2023 New Work awards from the Knight Foundation! 🎉
The Detroit Knight New Work award allocated a total of $250,000 for six locally based arts practitioners who utilize technology in their practices to enhance the way art is created, disseminated, and experienced.
Diana will collaborate with projection mapping artist and animator Motomichi Nakamura to create a whimsical, interactive playground populated by animated characters that illustrate what a future of publicly accessible mobility in Detroit might feel like. The work will be workshopped and prototyped with the Academy’s 4D Design department.
Anton will explore Detroit’s architectural history through an experimental technique of grafting waste plastics into sculpture. Working with Detroit historians and community members, he will catalog individual and collective histories of Detroit through a series of interviews and workshops, resulting in a living multimedia archive expressed in text, video, 3D scan, and physical artifact. New works will be exhibited with the support of M Contemporary Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan.
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