Author Archives: Julie Fracker

Lindsay Preston Zappas Talks About Carla

Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) is featured in Voyage LA magazine where she talks about the success of her magazine, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla). Read the full story here.
 
 

Andre Yi Featured In LA Weekly

Andre Yi (Sculpture ’98) was recently featured in LA Weekly, where he discussed his work, and the real reason he went to art school, “To be in an environment of creative people. Cranbrook Academy of Art was such a great place to be immersed around artists, discussing art and having time in the studio to explore new ideas. I also met my wife, Samantha Fields, in art school. After a while, they kick you out, otherwise I would still be there.” Samantha Fields is a 1998 Painting graduate. Read the full story <[…]

Hannah Vaughan Featured in ARC Magazine

ARC Magazine talks with Hannah Vaughan (3D Design ’16) about her work and process, and also talks with Hannah’s former classmate Nina Cho (3D Design ’15). Read the full story here.

Conrad Egyir Completes Mural in Detroit

Conrad Egyir (Painting ’18) recently completed the new mural “Mystical Bonds” on view in “the Belt” in downtown Detroit. This is Egyir’s first public work was commissioned by Library Street Collective to coincide with an exhibition he will be opening at the gallery later this year. Egyir’s creative practice draws from a pool of uniquely coded Ghanaian texts and visually based language systems. In an exploration of relationships between his past experiences in Africa and his present residence in the United States, he is drawn to themes that […]

Carla Diana Discusses Her Path Back to Cranbrook

Carla Diana talks with The Cooper Union about her path to starting the 4D Design department at Cranbrook. She selected Cranbrook for herself as a student because, “I felt that the rigorous discourse in art and design would be a great complement to my solid technical background, and it was a great way to have the best of both worlds.” It proved correct, as Diana went on to hold prestigious positions at institutions incorporating both disciplines. Her vision for Cranbrook’s 4D Design program is for it to serve as “[…]

Cranbrook Metalsmithing Graduates Receive 2018 Marzee Graduate Prize

Congratulations to Victoria Bulgakova and Shelly McMahon, both 2018 Metalsmithing graduates, for being awarded the 2018 Marzee Graduate Prize from Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands. Each year, the gallery selects work from art schools and academies from Europe, the United States, Asia and Australia to feature their work in an exhibition. During the exhibition’s opening, they awarded the most promising exhibition participants a special “Marzee Graduate Prize” and both of Cranbrook’s contenders received an award! For more information, visit their website.

Jayoung Yoon Opens Exhibition at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

JaYoung Yoon (Fiber ’09) will open the solo exhibition Seeing the Threshold: Jayoung Yoon at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on October 19. 2018. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2019.
Born in Korea, Jayoung Yoon is a New York-based artist known for using human hair in her art. She focuses on using hair as a medium for exploring systems of thought, perception and sensations of the body. Her use of hair connects the viewer’s visual perception of the work to the physical form of the body. Her creations of 2[…]

Mark Newport Opens Solo Exhibition at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of our Fiber department will open the new exhibition Suture and Stitch: Mark Newport at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on October 19, 2018. The exhibition will run through January 13, 2019.
For Newport, textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to move from flesh to cloth indiscriminately. While cloth protects skin, either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing and measure the intensity of the wound. 
These works […]

Danielle Dean to Show New Work at the Rijksakademie OPEN in Amsterdam

Photography Artist-in-Residence, Danielle Dean, will show new work at the Rijksakademie OPEN in Amsterdam November 23-25, 2018. This is the final presentation of work that Dean has made during a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie. For more information, visit their website

2018 Graduates Win New American Paintings Competition

Congratulations to Conrad Yaw Egyir (Painting ’18) and Kilee Price (Print Media ’18) for being named winners in the New American Paintings magazine annual MFA feature. Read about it here.

Begüm Cana Özgür Featured in Metropolis

A feature story in Metropolis on how Meton Begüm Cana Özgür (3D Design ’13) is bridging craft tradition and modern industry. 
 

Evan Fay and Ayako Aratani Named Top Designers to Watch

Congratulations Evan Fay and Ayako Aratani (both 3D Design ’16 graduates) for being named to Dwell magazine’s top 24 “designers to watch” list. Read the full story here.

Carla Diana Helps Launch Socially Intelligent Robot

Carla Diana (3D Design ’00) and our new Designer-in-Residence and Head of our 4D Design department, worked on a socially intelligent robot that supports clinical staff at hospitals. Read about the project here.  

Fumihiko Maki Designs New Sea World Culture and Art Center

Fumihiko Maki (Architecture ’53) designed the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, China’s “first major design museum” at the end of last year. It is a partnership between China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Over the course of Maki’s career, he won the Wolf Prize from Israel in 1988, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture in 1990, the Gold Medal of the UIA in 1993, the Arnold Brunner Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association […]

Jun Kaneko to Receive Gold Medal at American Craft Council Awards

Congratulations to Jun Kaneko, who will receive the “Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship” this weekend at the American Craft Council Awards. Kaneko was the Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook from 1979-1986. For more information, visit the ACC website.

Anne Lindberg to Open Exhibition at Museum of Arts and Design

From Oct. 16 through March 3, 2019, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present the eye’s level, the first solo NYC exhibition for Anne Lindberg (Fiber ’88). The site-specific installation will installation using heavyweight threads in pearlescent tones to build an immersive color field on MAD’s second floor. More information on MAD’s website.

Nicole Killian Edits Publication on Queer Design Education

Nicole Killian (2D Design ’11) served as the guest editor for the new publication We Can Listen and Push Back at the Same Time, a look at how to queer design education without compromise. It was published by the Walker Art Center. Click here for more information.

Aaron Blendowski Named Up-and-Coming Designer

Sight Unseen featured Aaron Blendowski (3D Design ’06) as an “up-and-coming designer” in a story about his participation in the recent exhibition In Good Company: Material Culture in Brooklyn.

Sang Hoon Kim Releases Foam Series

Sang Hoon Kim (3D Design ’09) recently released The Foam Series, a collection of seats, bookcases, chaises, tables, and even rungs made from colorful, flexible memory foam that’s mixed in varying solutions to create levels of texture and cushion. The series is featured in Sight Unseen.

Danielle Dean to Participate in “ANTI”, Athens Biennale 6

Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean is one of several artists participating in this year’s Athens Biennale. The 2018 biennial “dissects the way we polarize, fight and antagonize in post-digital times: in the age of social media, of neo-reactionary movements, of post-truth nihilism and of conspiracy theories developed by the alt-right.” For more information, click here

Danielle Dean in Focus at Frieze Art Fair in London

 
Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean will show work along with Elle Pérez and Janiva Ellis in Focus at Frieze art fair in London. The work will be shown by 47 Canal, with a “focus on an urgent and necessary presentation of voices in communities underrepresented in both the art fair – and the art world as a whole – in a moment where the political and institutional dynamics in American and Europe should be up for re-evaluation, decolonized and disrupted.” The work will be on display from Oct. 4 – 7, 2018. Read more about the […]

Beverly Fishman to Open Solo Exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York City

Congratulations to Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the upcoming opening of her solo exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York. The exhibition of recent works opens with a reception for Fishman on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from October 11 through November 10, 2018
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dawn Chan will accompany the exhibition. You can view the exhibition catalogue online here.
For more information […]

Danielle Dean In KNOCK KNOCK, a London Exhibition About Humor in Contemporary Art

Photography Artist-in-Residence Danielle Dean is participating in the group exhibition KNOCK KNOCK at the South London Gallery (SLG). KNOCK KNOCK explores the enduring use of humor as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than 30 artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annex in the former Peckham Road Fire Station. The exhibition will run from September 22 through November 18, 2018. For more information, visit the gallery’s website.

Danielle Dean Opens Solo Show at 47 Canal in New York

Danielle Dean’s first solo exhibition at 47 Canal builds from her recent presentation at Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France, where she premiered her short film Bazar (2018). The film was conceived during time spent by the artist in the archives of the Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville (BHV), regarded as one of Paris’s foremost department stores since being founded opposite Paris’s Hôtel de Ville in 1856, and today a member of the Groupe Galeries Lafayette.
The exhibition will run from September 16 through October 21, 2018. For […]

How Michigan Became the Epicenter of the Modernist Experiment

The history of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the larger Cranbrook Educational Community, are examined in this look at the modernist movement in Michigan. Read the full story in The New York Times/T Magazine

Elaine Ng Showcases Her Fulbright Project

Elaine Ng (Ceramics ’14) recently documented the work of her Fulbright project through a new video. Cranbook Academy of Art remains the highest producer of Fulbright scholars (per capita) in the United States. Watch the full video here
 
 

Jon Geiger Opens New Exhibition in Colorado

Jon Geiger (Ceramics ’14, and current Cranbrook Art Museum Head Preparator and Exhibition Designer) recently opened a new exhibition at Redline in Colorado. Read the full story here.

Karyn Oliver Installs New Work at University of Kentucky

Congratulations to Karyn Oliver (Ceramics ’01) on her new work on display at the University of Kentucky. Full story here.
 

Cranbrook’s Modernist History Featured in T, The New York Times Style Magazine

T, The New York Time Style Magazine recently highlighted the modernist movement in Michigan, which was made possible in large part due to the influences of Cranbrook. The article discusses George Booth and Eliel Saarinen’s contributions to the movement, and how Cranbrook played a significant role as well as the properties on campus still on view today. Read the article here.

Jayoung Yoon Wins New Prints Artist Development Program Award

Jayoung Yoon (Fiber ’09) received the New Prints Artist Development Program Award as part of the group show Multilayered: New Prints 2018 at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY). Thanks to IPCNY’s support, she took one of the papermaking workshops at the Women’s Studio Workshop. “I found new possibilities for embedding collected fibers, and hairs into handmade paper,” said Yoon.

Beverly Fishman Opens Exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, recently opened the solo exhibition Beverly Fishman: Chemical Sublime at Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago. Read a review in Art & Object magazine

Danielle Dean Named Photography Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

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, […]

Jennifer Gilbert Elected Chair of Board of Governors for Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 26, 2017  –  Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Jennifer Gilbert has been named the new Chair of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Board of Governors. She will begin her term on July 1, 2017. At the same time, Gilbert will also become a member of the Board of Trustees for Cranbrook Educational Community.
Gilbert succeeds Allan Rothfeder, who has served as Chair of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum Board of Governors since July 1, 2016. Rothfeder will continue to serve as a […]

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

Annual “Academy Awards” Celebration Caps Off Academic Year

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 15, 2017 — On the eve of its 2017 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 11.

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

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.

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

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.

Liz Cohen Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 28, 2017 – 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.

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

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.

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of John Glick

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 […]

Anne Vieux Featured in Three Exhibitions

Anne Vieux (Painting ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition Mesh at Annka Kultys Gallery in London, and also has work featured in the group exhibitions Post Analog Painting II at The Hole in New York and Highlights in the Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut. 
 

The Drug Administration: Beverly Fishman talks High Modernism and Big Pharma

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of our Painting Department, talks with Artcritical about her work, including her recent exhibition at CUE Foundation for Art in New York City.

Vivian Beer named Visiting Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Scott Klinker Awarded Sabbatical for Fall 2017

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 27, 2017– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that award-winning furniture designer Vivian Beer has been named the visiting Designer-in-Residence for the Academy’s 3D Design department. She will stand in for current 3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker while he is on sabbatical for the fall 2017 semester.

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

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.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named a Top Graphic Design School

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.

Herr Creates “Snuggies for a Revolution” on Display at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. As she says, they are “a proposition for examining our own relationship with capitalist power structures that necessitate exploitation.” Snuggies for the Revolution are on exhibit at the Elijah Wheat Showroom in Bushwick through April 30, 2017.

NCECA Conference Ceramics Alumni Exhibitions

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.

Ian McDonald Named Ceramics Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 22, 2017 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, announced today that Ian McDonald has been named the new Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s 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.

Fishman Interviewed in Art In America

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman sits down with Art in America magazine for the article “The Drug of Abstraction: An Interview with Beverly Fishman.” In it, she discusses her recent sabbatical in New York, and her continued body of work addressing the technological and pharmaceutical industry. On February 23, she opens a new exhibition of work at CUE Art Foundation in New York City (curated by Nick Cave, Fiber ’89).
Image: Beverly Fishman Untitled (ADHD), 2016, collage on paper, 19 by 24 inches. Photo […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Distinguished Alumni Award to McArthur Binion

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 21, 2017– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that it will confer its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award on Chicago-based painter McArthur Binion (Painting ’73). Binion will receive the award and participate in a public conversation at Cranbrook Art Museum with Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, and local writer and educator Michael Stone-Richards, on March 7 at 7pm.