Half Cut Tea, the production company founded by Academy graduates Matt Glass (Photography ’12) and Jordan Wayne Long (Photography ’11), traveled the country looking for artists and told their stories through short documentary films. Find out what our graduates have gone on to do after art school, and how Cranbrook influenced them along the way. To see Half Cut Tea’s full seasons of documentaries, click here.
Alumni at Cranbrook Academy of Art
Donald Lipski (Ceramics ‘73)
Donald Lipski gained international attention with his 1979 installation “Gathering Dust,” a collection of thousands of tiny sculptures pinned to the walls of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In recent years, he has created many prominent and compelling public sculptures that have become overwhelmingly popular and also garnered critical acclaim. They include “Sirshasana” at the Grand Central Terminal in New York, “F.I.S.H.” at the San Antonio River Walk in Texas and “The Yearling,” a 20-foot-tall steel chair standing outside the Denver Public Library. More than 20 additional sculptures are located throughout the United States.
Lipski’s installation works include “The Bells,” at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, “The Starry Night,” at Capp Street Project in San Francisco, “Pieces of String Too Short to Save,” in the Grand Lobby of The Brooklyn Museum and “The Cauldron” at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York.
He is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Rome Prize. He is permanently conserved in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, and dozens more. In 2013, he was award the Cranbrook Academy of Art Distinguished Alumni Award.
Jack Craig (3D Design ’12)
Jack Craig is an American designer whose work blends craft, design, and industry. Craig earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, before working for the U.S. Navy’s infrared division. He subsequently studied Industrial Design at the University of Illinois, earning a Bachelor of Art in 2010. He then came to Cranbrook Academy of Art, receiving a Master of Fine Art in 3D Design in 2012.
Based out of Detroit, Craig’s designs are characterized by a desire to shift observers’ understandings of everyday objects. Notable pieces include the ongoing PVC Series (2012-), for which he heats and manipulates PVC water main piping by hand, transforming an often-overlooked material into a collectable item.
Jon Brumit (Painting ’99)
Jon Brumit (Painting ’99) likes to “work creatively with interactive social design, structured improvisation and multi-layered interventions. By design, my objects and public performance situations often produce unpredictable results – occasionally humorous, often sonorous, and always highly interpretable.”
He has participated in solo and collaborative exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Novi Sad Contemporary Museum (Serbia), Radio Web MACBA (Barcelona), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), 0047 (Berlin) and In-F (Tokyo). He is part of a creative community invigorating the city of Detroit with visual art, and most importantly, sound.
Hani Rashid (Architecture ’85)
Hani Rashid (Architecture ’85) is the co-founder and design partner at Asymptote Architecture in New York, an architectural practice responsible for innovative building designs and master planning projects around the world. They pursue projects that are often without precedent, working not only as an architecture firm, but design “think tank.” Rashid has held visiting professorships and universities around the world, and as Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co-founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. He has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. And in 2000, Rashid co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale.
Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11)
Wesley Taylor (2D Design ’11) is graphic designer, fine artist, musician and curator living in Detroit. According to Half Cut Tea, he’s not in Detroit because it needs him, he’s there because of the city’s long legacy of making, and it fits him well. He has spent many years “scene building” in the Detroit hip-hop community as both an emcee and graphic designer. Collaboration comes second nature to Wes, and his current collaborations include the five-person artist collectives Talking Dolls and Complex Movements. His current collaborations include the five-person artist collectives Talking Dolls and Complex Movements. In fact, Complex Movements was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from The Knight Foundation (one of their largest awards) to explore the relationship between art, science and social justice movements through a multimedia performance installation inspired by community-led efforts in Detroit. Wes is also co-founder of Emergence Media. Taylor’s most recent body of work revolves around the promise of the future; he imagines that “the future” is his client and he is in charge of marketing for “the future” and branding its many possibilities.
Abigail Anne Newbold (Fiber ’05)
Abigail Anne Newbold (Fiber ’05) is an installation artist and preparator living in Boston, Massachusetts. Part collector, part craftsman, part designer, Newbold utilizes a domestic vocabulary to create objects and installations that examine issues of comfort, survival and portability. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and is the Montserrat Gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09)
Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw live in Brooklyn, New York, and are changing the way the world looks at performance art. They’ve served Southern crawfish out of their fish fry truck, had dinner atop hydraulic tables and piloted a hot air balloon over the New York City skyline. The performers and sculptors continue to go out of their way to see performance pieces like you’ve never seen before.
Masamichi Udagawa (Design ’91)
If you’ve spent any length of time in New York City, you’ve likely seen the work of Masamichi Udagawa (Design ’91). His company, Antenna Designs, created the most recent subway cars operating throughout the city. His user-center design approach has earned him awards such as an IDEA Gold Award, an ID Magazine “Best-Of” Award and First Prize of Japan’s Good Design Award. His work continues to explore the relationship between new technology and its meaning in mass-society, where technology alters our environment and our perception.