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.
Congratulations to Christian Perez-Morin (2D Design ’16) for winning a Design Observer award in their 50 Books | 50 Covers design competition. His entry? Our 2017 Graduate Degree Book!
Read the full story here.
More than two dozen local alumni from Cranbrook Art Academy in Bloomfield Hills have come together for a special exhibition in downtown Detroit this month. Many of the artists that graduated from Cranbrook Academy in the past decade have elected to stay in the Detroit area, contributing to growth of the area’s burgeoning art scene, which has attracted national attention. Read the full article here.
Still working at 95, Ruth Adler Schnee (Design ’46) reﬂects on the important names she’s known—Wright, Klee, Eames, Calder—and the equally important career she’s led. Dwell’s interview with Schnee includes discussion about her latest work, the resurgence of midcentury modern design and how she came to study at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
In his first solo museum exhibition in Chicago, artist, musician, and back-road drifter Beverly Fresh, also known as Zack Ostrowski (2D Design ’09), takes on the incongruities, social rituals, and archetypes of the rural Midwest. Pulling from age-old performance traditions, juvenile graffiti, backyard debauchery, adult social clubs, amateur living room theater, and pig wrestling, Really Somethin Else is a keyed-up regurgitation of rural Midwestern symbols, behaviors, and vernacular. His immersive installations take visitors through peripheral elements of American culture. The exhibition is at DePaul […]
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 — On the eve of its 2018 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 10.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $250,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2018 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.
Chen Li, a 2018 graduate of […]
Shiraz Gallab (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design, where she discusses the role of personal narrative in graphic design. The article provides an overview of Gallab’s background as a Sudanese-born and U.S.-raised designer who formed the beginnings of a robust personal practice at Cranbrook Academy of Art. “I try in my work to study different interactions or different conversations that can take place between human beings, and to study how we can communicate more […]
Cranbrook in this round-up from HOW Design magazine, including a poster designed by Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy, a profile of Nancy Skolos (Design 77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’76).
Architectural Digest offers a terrific look at one of our most prominent graduates, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’52), and her extraordinary life and career. She then was one of the first women to be hired by General Motors’s design department.
Graphic Design USA magazine recently published its annual guide of “Top Students to Watch,” which features current 2D students Shiya Wu (2D Design ’18) and Sam Panter (2D Design ’19).
Each year the publication selects emerging artists from schools of art and design across the country that have “found personal and professional growth through their programs.”
Amy Schwartz (2D ’14) is featured in Print Magazine in a piece titled, “New Visual Artists 2017: 15 Under 30.” As a member of this list she is “one of the 15 most talents in Visual Communications today.” According to Print Magazine, “What was once a highly edited list of 20 of the best and brightest young designers is now a deeper exploration of 15 of the most original talents working in visual communications today.”
Qingyu Wu (2D Design ’17) is profiled in Eye on Design where she speaks of influences and current work. In her second year [at Cranbrook Academy of Art], she translated a group of found objects—including 7″ vinyl records, vintage film strips, tobacco tin boxes, soap, dice, and other miscellaneous items collected from flea markets and thrift stores—into graphic form to create the book The Item You Selected Is Unavailable. To create the book, Wu used C-Thru typesetter’s ruler to measured the width of each object and order them by point size, from 1pt to 500pt. She then scanned each item to determine the abstract form it would take on the page and rearranged each abstract shape by its size and the year the object was made.
Opening on October 21 and organized by Metalsmithing Aritist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg and alumna Sarah Turner (Metalsmiting ’04), with support from Simone DeSousa Gallery, MoreLand takes its inspiration from an essential community stronghold, a site of function, curiosity and learning: the hardware store. MoreLand continues a long-tested assertion that in the right hands, objects that are useful and practical can also be thoughtful, evocative and poetic. For MoreLand, 24 art, craft, and designed-based makers were invited to reimagine the things they love in hardware stores. Participating Artists in the exhibition include many Academy of Art graduates: Kat Burdine (Pring Media ’15), Eunji Choi (Metalsmithing ’14), Terry Conrad (Print Media ’10), Iris Eichenberg, Fabio J. Fernandez (Sculpture ’02), Chitra Gopalakrishnan (2D Design ’09), Ken Gray (Metalsmithing ’86), Gésine Hackenberg, Esther Knobel, Travis Lewis (Metalsmithing ’10), Myra Mimlitsch Gray (Print Media ’86), Eija Mustonen, Gitte Nygaard, Suzanne Pugh, Alexis Richards (Metalsmithing ’17), Ellie Richards, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn (Metalsmithing ’14), Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12), David Schafer / Studio Make (Ceramics ’09), Alberte Tranberg (Metalsmithing ’18), Robert Turek (3D Design ’10), Sarah Turner, Studio Gorm (John and Wonhee Arndt).
The exhibition runs through December 23, 2017.
Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!
In the Co. Design series about designers’ firsts, 10 well-known designers’ were asked when they knew their career was about to hit a major steady stride. Alumni Alexander Tochilovsky (2D Design ’07) and Curator of The Cooper Union’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography spoke about his first break when he was hired as the curator of the Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union and had to curate my first exhibition. “I had recently returned to New York from grad school and was teaching at Cooper Union when the position opened up. I had no prior formal experience curating nor dealing with archives, but my time at Cooper as an undergrad, as well as graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art, prepared me well for the opportunity. My knowledge of the archive helped me get the job,” said Tochilovsky. “The most exciting yet equally scary prospect for me was that I could do pretty much anything.” Click here for more of his interview.
According to the City Paper, most critics agree that the works of Jim Amaral (Design ’55) and Olga de Amaral (Fiber ’55) are two of the most important living artists. Olga’s tapestries are exhibited in the most prestigious museums of the world, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), and Jim’s bronze sculptures have redefined the visual landmarks of the Colombian capital. The focus of two landmark retrospectives in Columbia this year – starting with the Museum of Modern Art’s ‘<[…]
AICAD fellows have recently been selected to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2017/18 academic year. Three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates were selected as Fellows. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography ’15) and Preston Thompson ( 2D Design ’17) will participate in the first year Fellowships. Meanwhile, Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) will be continuing in his position as a second year Fellow. The Fellowship program seeks to provide professional practice opportunities to high-achieving alumni and values diversity as central to excellence in art and design education.
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.
Aya Kawabata (2D Design ’15) is profiled in this month’s Eye on Design from the AIGA | the professional association for design. The article talks about her background as a violinist, specializing in graphic design and her degree at Cranbrook where she diversified her practice even further, exploring architecture and 3-D processes in relation to graphic art.
Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) is featured in the annual MFA Annual 129. Christian Morin works in painting, graphics, and performance.
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.
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.
In 2017, Nancy Skolos (BFA Design ’77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’77) were awarded a 2017 AIGA Medal, joining a long list of Academy alumni who have received the prestigious award. In 2016, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) was given an award, joining 10 Cranbrook alumni who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis ([…]
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.
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.
The Contemporary Sculpture Society at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, hosts visiting artist and curator Haynes Riley (2D Design ’11) as a guest lecturer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Hillside Auditorium 206. Riley is an artist, curator, designer, and founder and director at Good Weather in North Little Rock, Arkansas. While at Good Weather, Riley has organized nearly thirty solo exhibitions and participated in NADA New York, Material Art Fair, and ARTBandini Los Angeles.
The Tinker, Tailor, Welder, Weaver: The Art of Assemblage exhibition at Bonfield Gallery-Crooked Tree Art Center is open and includes two and three dimensional works of assemblage and collage created by eight Michigan artists, including alumnus Brian Schorn (2D ’94).
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”.
Complex Movements, with alumnus Wes Taylor (2D ’11), returns to Detroit with their interactive performance space. Complex Movements is a Detroit-based art collective that seeks to combine complex science and social justice movements into an interactive performance space that reflects the needs, strengths and stories of a given community. The group has received support from Knight Foundation to develop its incredible touring art space, multimedia installation and organizing project
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.
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.
Artist-in-Residence and head of 2D Design Elliot Earls’ new exhibition Death of a Salesman is opening at Good Weather Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 22. The exhibition is open through November 19, 2016.
Artist and Cranbrook Alumnus Cleon Peterson (2D Design ’06) is painting the first ever mural directly underneath the Eiffel Tower for this year’s Nuit Blanche festival in Paris.
Our 2D Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls talks about his studio practice with Christian Morin (2D Design ’17) in Print Magazine – out today!
Mike Essl (2D ’01) current associate professor at The Cooper Union has become the acting dean of the School of Art. In his Meet the Deans article you will learn about his new position at the school and design background.
Learn more about Artist-in-Residence and Head of 2D Design Elliot Earls in DDEAF Magazine‘s summer issue.
Elliott Earls interview by Kim Fay, DDEAF Magazine
When writers, musicians, actors earn income and royalties from their craft, it’s a reflection of their talent and popularity. A painter paints because she loves it. If she paints to get paid, her work is tainted. It’s not pure. Books, songs and movies are scalable. They can be replicated millions of times and […]
Libby Clarke (2D Design ’99), former Assistant Professor at The New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, has joined the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey as Director of the Studio School. Her position began July 5.
Alumna Gene Kavanaugh (Design ’52) is profiled in Metropolis Magazine. She describes how Cranbrook Academy of Art’s curriculum focuses on “learning by doing” and how it has influenced her work.
Recent Alumnus Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Ceramics ’16) has been selected as one of the five fellows to participate in a year-long, Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at participating AICAD institutions during the 2016-2017 academic year. Alumna Shiraz Gallab (2D ’15) will also be continuing her 2015-2016 fellowship for a second year during 2016-2017.
Aya Kawabata (2D ’15) recently received an award in the “New Talent Competition” at the DMY International Design Festival in Berlin. A total of 165 participants submitted current prototypes, close-to-production products, the latest design trends, innovations, experiments and processes. Twenty-five were awarded exhibition spots. In Kawabata’s project, Sun and Night, she pursues the aesthetics of abstraction and creates ambiguity in the form of the object. She is inspired by a timeless aesthetic that examines the void that exists between objects and the human body. […]
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.
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.
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 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.
Alumna Jesse Moretti’s (2D Design) exhibition, Foame is at the Patrick Parish gallery in NYC. In a new series of Foame paintings, Moretti creates images both hard edged and soft toned with wavy lines, pastels both attractive and grotesque, providing a charged plane to sink into.
Congratulations to Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) on being awarded the 2016 AIGA Medal. She joins 10 Cranbrook design alums who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design. Cranbrook winners include: Lucille Tenazas (Design ’81), Steve Frykholm (Design ’69), Ed Fella (Design ’87), Lorraine Wild (Design ’82), Meredith Davis (Design ’75), P. Scott Makela and Laurie Haycock Makela (Design ’01), Charles and Ray Eames and Artist-in-Residence Katherine McCoy. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional membership organization […]
Current 2D student Kelsey Elder (2D ’16) was named a top student to watch by Graphic Design USA magazine, along with emerging artists from schools of art and design across the country.
The Knight Foundation featured an article about The Cranbrook Salon’s Bluestockings Crew. The Bluestockings Crew is comprised of a compelling cross section of luminary women from Detroit’s art and cultural scene: Maia Asshaq, founder of DittoDitto; Samantha ‘Banks’ Schefman, co-founder of Playground Detroit; Cranbrook Alums Meaghan Barry (2D’12) and Lilian Crum (2D’12), designers at Unsold Studio; artist Ingrid LaFleur, founder of Afrotopia; and Marsha Philpot, a writer and performer. Members of the Bluestockings Crew will alternate presentations, inviting […]