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Rebecca Ripple Named Interim Sculpture Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

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 Rebecca Ripple has been named the interim Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Sculpture Department. She will serve a one-year term, starting in the fall of 2017 and continuing through 2017-18 academic year.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Its Spring 2017 Lecture Series

Visitors will consider the consequences of globalization on creative practice
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Jan. 20, 2017 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announces its [SPRING] Lecture Series, bringing speakers from around the world to campus to share insights and engage in conversations with Academy students and the general public. As an institution, the Academy is committed to emphasizing current trends in the field of contemporary art, design, and architecture.
This year, the Academy has asked its visitors to consider the consequences of globalization on creative practice and social engagement – from issues of cultural homogenization […]

Anthony Dunne To Deliver the 2017 Knoll Lecture in Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., January 18, 2017 – On January 26 at 6pm, Cranbrook Academy of Art will welcome critically acclaimed designer and educator Anthony Dunne for this year’s annual Knoll Lecture in Design. Dunne is currently a Professor of Design and Emerging Technology and a Fellow of the Graduate Institute for Design Ethnography and Social Thought at The New School in New York. Dunne also runs the studio Dunne and Raby with his long term partner and collaborator, Fiona Raby.

Forbes Names Blauvelt’s “Hippie Modernism” One Of “13 Exhibits Worth Remembering In 2016”

Forbes Magazine has named Cranbrook Art Museum Director Andrew Blauvelt’s (Design ’88) Hippie Modernism: The Stuggle for Utopia one of “13 Art Exhibits Worth Remembering in 2016”.

Ceren Bingol Named Interim Architect-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Dan Kinkead Named Visiting Architect-in-Residence
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Dec. 5, 2016 – 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 Ceren Bingol has been named the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Bingol will begin her tenure on January 6, 2017, and her position will continue through the 2016-2017 academic year. She will then stay on for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

While here, Bingol will be collaborating with Dan Kinkead, AIA, Principal, at SmithGroupJJR, during the spring 2017 semester.

Cranbrook Alums in Art Basel Miami Beach December 1-4, 2016

On your way to Art Basel Miami Beach? Be sure to see Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni and their work.

Here’s list of alumni who we know will be exhibiting.

Academy Alumni Named USA Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 18, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that alumni Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04), Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics ’81) and Piper Shepard (Fiber ’88) were each named 2016 United States Artists Fellows this week. Representing nine creative disciplines, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 award and recognition as one of America’s most accomplished and innovative artists.

Heather McGill Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art


Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 15, 2016
— Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. McGill notified the Academy of her decision last week.

Alumna Amina Rizwan Is Highlighted in an United States Education Foundation in Pakistan Video

Alumna Amina Rizwan (Metalsmithing ’14) is featured in a video from the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. The piece focuses on her work and approach to her practice. Rizwan came to Cranbrook to study Metalsmithing on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The Nuisance Committee’s Cranbrook Connection

Two Cranbrook Academy of Art 2D Design graduates have been making national news this week with a series of billboards they helped produce in conjunction with the 2016 presidential election.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Warren Corbitt

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., October 19, 2016 – The Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumnus Warren Corbitt (2D Design ’99).

Corbitt was a multidisciplinary designer focusing on branding, editorial, and cultural projects, working fluidly between both screen-based and print-based media.

Gerhardt Knodel Receives the 2016 American Craft Council Gold Medal Award

Nick Cave and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Named Fellows

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Oct. 11, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Gerhardt Knodel, past Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum and former Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council (ACC).

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Fall 2016 Lecture Series

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Sept. 13 , 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announces its [FALL] Lecture Series, bringing speakers from around the world to campus to share insights and engage in conversations with Academy students and the general public.

Christian Morin interviews AIR Elliott Earls on printmag.com

Our 2D Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls talks about his studio practice with Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) in Print Magazine – out today!

Cranbrook Alums Are Redefining Fashion

The exhibition “ReFashion” at form & concept includes alumni from Cranbrook Academy of Art Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08), Jeanne Medina (Fiber ’13), and Peter Clouse (Fiber’14), as well as Artist-in-Residence and head of Fiber, Art Mark Newport. According to Director and Curator, Frank Rose,  “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another level – not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as […]

Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport Featured in “ReFashion”

Frank Rose, curator and director of gallery form & concept, talked to the Santa Fe Reporter  about his drive to create a fashion-centric experience. The idea came from a recent encounter with the adult onesies created by Mark Newport, head of the fiber department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.  “Newport transforms his childhood heroes, like the Incredible Hulk and Batman, into full-body knitted creations, complete with heroically exaggerated […]

Anders Ruhwald Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., July 29, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. Ruhwald notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Alpesh Patel and Kristi McGuire Named Critical Studies and Humanities Fellows at Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., June 24, 2016 — Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of two fellows to our Critical Studies and Humanities program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Our Spring Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Kristi McGuire, an artist-educator, writer and editor based in Chicago. Since 2011, she has taught in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Our Fall Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow is Alpesh Kantilal Patel, an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art and Theory and Director of the MFA program in the Visual Arts at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Gil Silverman

Silverman, pictured at the opening of “Three Decades of Contemporary Art: The Dr. John & Rose M. Shuey Collection at Cranbrook Art Museum” in 2001. Pictured with his wife Lila and Gary Griffin, Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1984-2006. Image courtesy of Cranbrook Archives.
This week, Cranbrook mourns the loss of Gilbert B. Silverman, a Life Governor of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. A steadfast supporter of the arts, Silverman served on the Academy Board for 27 years, from 1980-2007. He also served […]

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Ken Isaacs

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 14, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum mourns the loss of Ken Isaacs, head of the Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1956 through 1958 and a 1954 graduate of the program.

William E. Massie Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., June 8, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that William E. Massie, Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Massie notified the Academy of his decision earlier this week.

Cranbrook Mourns the Passing of Ryan Widger

Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Ryan G. Widger (Photography ’05). He was 42 years old. He leaves behind companion Gillian Pears (Photography ’06) and their daughter, Charlotte Francesca Pears Widger.

Susan Goethel Campbell Named Visiting Print Media Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 31, 2016— 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 Susan Goethel Campbell has been named the Visiting Artist-in-Residence of the Academy’s Print Media department. Campbell will serve a one-year term, acting as the department head for the 2016-17 academic year.

New JTG Detroit Project Has Cranbrook Connections

Artsy recently wrote a nice article on the new JTG Detroit Project, opened recently by Paul Johnson of Johnson Trading Gallery. According to Johnson, his “interest in Detroit began through his representation of two local designers, Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates Chris Schanck and Jack Craig—the latter now uses a room in the cathedral as his studio.” Anders Ruhwald, AIR and Head of our Ceramics Department, will also be involved in a project at the site later this year.

Amy Green Deines Named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 19, 2016 – 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 after a comprehensive search, Amy Green Deines, Associate AIA, IIDA, has been named Dean of Cranbrook Academy of Art. She begins her tenure July 1.

Benjamin Santiago Receives the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Benjamin Santiago (2D Design ’16) has been awarded the “2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the eleventh year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

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

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 13, 2016 — On the eve of its 2016 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 12.

Patrick Rock and John Corso Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 9, 2016 — Patrick Rock and John Corso have been named visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art for the 2016-2017 academic year. Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, and Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, have each been awarded sabbaticals.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Connor Everts

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., May 3, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art mourns the loss of Connor Everts, former Artist-in-Residence and head of the Printmaking Department from 1976-1981.

Cranbrook Academy of Art at New York Design Week

The New York Design Fair opens this week, and Cranbrook Academy of Art students and several alumni will be exhibiting new work in the shows.

Our 3D Design Department is opening the exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

This curated exhibition of new work by our current 3D Design students will explore how today’s most pressing challenges – such as social and economic inequalities, rampant material consumption, and environmental degradation – can become subjects for critical and poetic reflection in design objects.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award Finalists

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., April 21, 2016 – 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.

Cranbrook Mourns the Loss of Im Schafer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 12, 2016 – It is with heavy hearts that the Cranbrook Academy of Art community mourns the loss of alumna Orapun “Im” Sarasalin Schafer (Ceramics ’09). Im was a gifted architect, designer, and so much more. She was a loving partner to fellow graduate David Schafer (Metalsmithing ’09), both in life and in their business, the design studio Studiomake. She was a radiant mother to their daughter, Sa. And she was a consistent face on numerous “one to watch” lists around the world.
Her loss at such a young age, with […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Named One of the Top Ten Fine Art Schools in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 31, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art was recently ranked sixth in the nation among fine art graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. And of all the schools ranked in the top ten, Cranbrook Academy of Art had some of the most individual program-specific rankings, with seven departments ranked in the top 20 of their program.

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Cranbrook Metalsmithing Exhibition at Gallery Marzee

In 2013, the Cranbrook Metalsmithing Department launched a three-year partnership to exhibit each spring at the Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The gallery paired Cranbrook with CAFA, a school in Beijing, China, and together they have been developing new work to be exhibited at the Gallery Marzee each year. The department returned to Nijmegen this month to set up their final show together.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition to Open at Cranbrook Art Museum on April 17

Exhibition Preview on April 16
OPEN(STUDIOS) Returns on May 1

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., March 17, 2016 — The 2016 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public on April 17, and will showcase work from more than 80 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students who are poised to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. The exhibition will run from April 17 – May 15, 2016 at Cranbrook Art Museum.A special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception will be held on April 16 from 6-8pm. Memberships may be purchased in advance via our website or at the door that evening.

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Debuts “Fine Design for the End of the World” at the 2016 Collective Design Fair

The 3D Design Department of Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce its participation in the upcoming 2016 Collective Design fair, taking place May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq in West Soho, New York City.

The department has created the exclusive exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World, specifically for this show.

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Cranbrook Academy of Art Maintains Designation as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students, and once again, Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked as a top producer. With another grant received last year, Academy students have now received a total of 26 grants over the past 12 years, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

“Cranbrook +/- 25” Debuts at NCECA

The alumni-organized exhibition Cranbrook +/- 25 is making its debut at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference in Kansas City from March 16-19, 2016. Organized by Cranbrook Ceramics alumni Jessika Edgar (Ceramics ’11) and Drew Ippoliti (Ceramics ’09), the exhibition features the work of select students who studied under the guidance of Tony Hepburn and Anders Ruhwald.
The group’s impetus for launching the project, was that “Cranbrook Academy of Art has had and continues to have a significant impact of the world of art, architecture and design. For […]

Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 8, 2016 – Last night, Vivian Beer, a 2004 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department, was named the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” the television show currently airing on HGTV and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Beer’s prize package includes $100,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine.

Hyperallergic Talks with Liz Cohen About “Him”

Hyperallergic talks to Liz Cohen about her most recent exhibition Him, on display at Cranbrook Art Museum through March 6, 2016. According to article, “Gender has become fluid as never before in Western society, and art-makers find themselves remarkably unconfined by medium in an era that values ideas articulated by the most effective means possible rather than with a more traditionally rigid separation between disciplines. This freedom to maneuver is fully evident in Him, a project Liz Cohen developed over the past year as artist-in-residence and head of the photography department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.”

Brittany Nelson exhibition featured in WIRED, Musee Magazine and more

Alumni Brittany Nelson (Photography, ’11) received considerable media coverage for her first solo exhibition at the Morgan Lehman gallery in Chelsea, New York. The show, which ran from January 7-February 20, 2016, featured Nelson’s prints made using the 19th century negative reversal process of Mordençage as well as tintype photography techniques.