The Latest News From The 3D Department

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.

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. 
 

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.

Detroit Alumni show in Oakland Press

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.

Chen Li Receives the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award for Michigan

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 -– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Chen Li (3D Design ’18) has been awarded the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award for Michigan. This is the thirteenth year that Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award. 
Li was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is a 2018 graduate of the 3D Design department.
The Emerging Artist Award is part of Cranbrook’s 18-year partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $250,000 in Awards

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 […]

Hansen’s “Super Natural” Exhibition is at Volume Gallery

Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) current exhibition Super Natural is being shown at VOLUME GALLERY in Chicago. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. Eschewing the monotony of identical objects, these works resemble the structure of nature: similar at first glance yet varied upon inspection. The synthetic material and construction of these […]

Hansen’s “Super Natural” is at VOLUME Gallery

Ross Hansen’s (3D Design ’11) solo exhibition Super Natural is open at VOLUME Gallery. Super Natural examines the perception of nature as a perfect, composed image. This series explores colors, forms, and industrial processes through functional objects made from epoxy resin in a range of scales. The exhibition is open through May 26.

Muecke Named One of Minnesota’s Emerging Creatives

Jonathan Mueke (3D Design ’10) is featured by Metropolis Magazine as one of Minnesota’s emerging creatives. According to the article, “Jonathan Muecke has perfected an aesthetic that is simultaneously reticent and blunt. His work can suggest furniture, architecture, sculpture, or all three at once: a diminutive copper step stool masquerading as sculpture, light fixtures that define rather than illuminate space, a chair made from carbon fiber.”

Alumna Kavanaugh Featured in Architectural Digest

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.

Schanck’s “Unhomely” Opens at Friedman Benda Gallery and Feature in Architectural Digest

Unhomely,  Cranbook Alumnus Chris Schanck’s (3D Design ’11) solo gallery exhibition at Friedman Benda Gallery, opens on March 1 through April 14, 2018. This exhibition marks a culmination of his acclaimed sculptural approach and the first time a comprehensive body of work by Schanck will be on public view and features 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. Synthesizing premeditation and spontaneity, Schanck’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique, “Alufoil,” was conceived in 2011 while studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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Craig Exhibits at Wasserman Projects

An exhibition of new work by Detroit-based designer Jack Craig (3D Design ’12) is open at Wasserman Projects. Curated by Butter Projects, and presented in collaboration with Salon 94 Design, the exhibition will position Craig’s functional and sculptural objects within a landscape of living plants, creating an indoor environment akin to a Japanese garden. On view through May 5, the exhibition highlights Craig’s creative process and material experimentations.

“The Ice Palace” featured work in ice by current Academy students and alumni

TESSELLATE is the gallery operated by Elise DeChard (Architecture ’17) in Pontiac. The Ice Palace exhibition features work (all created in ice!) by more than a dozen Academy alumni and current students including: Torey Akers (Painting ’16), Molly Aubry (Print Media ’18), Eric Broz (Sculpture ’17), Jim Bullard (Print Media ’17), Rachel Deboard (Painting ’17), Mark Dineen (3D Design ’13), Sabastian Duncan-Portuondo (Fiber ’18), Lorena Cruz Santiago (Photography ’19), Rachel Ferber (Fiber ’18), Margaret Hull (Fiber ’16), Rachel Pontious (Painting ’17), and Anjuli Wright (Ceramics ’17).

Schanck’s First Comprenhensive Exhibition at Friedman Benda To Open in March

BlOUIN ARTINFO highlights alumnus Chris Schanck’s (3D Design ’11) exhibition Unhomely at  Friedman Benda in New York.  Unhomely marks a culmination of his acclaimed sculptural approach and the first time a comprehensive body of work by Schanck will be on public view. It features 15 works with independent, stand-alone narratives woven into an otherworldly landscape. The works synthesize premeditation and spontaneity, the artist’s highly individualized, low-tech, idiosyncratic technique. Hybrids of sculpture and furniture, along with bold constructions blend biomorphic forms with elaborately crafted symbolism. The assemblages further draw from a wide range of influences ranging from Brutalist and Art Deco architecture to ancient Egyptian, Anatolian and Aztec iconography. The exhibition will be on view from March 1 through April 14, 2018, at Friedman Benda, 515 W 26th Street New York, NY 10001.

Alums Fay and Aratani Are Featured in “Azure Magazine”

Evan Fay (3D ’16) and Ayako Aratani (3D ’16) are featured in Azure Magazine. Asked why they came to Cranbrook, they “sought to colour outside the lines, and ultimately chose Cranbrook for its blending of fine art with craft, along with its focus on individual expression.” In the article, Aratani and Fay talk about  the passion for craft they developed at Cranbrook Academy of Art to genre-expanding extremes.

“Ann Arbor Art Center’s All Media” Show Is Juried by Wong and Includes Chugh and Pontious

The Ann Arbor Art Center’s Annual All Media show opens Friday, December 15 and is juried by alumna Alison Wong (Painting ’06), director of Wasserman Projects. The “All Media” exhibition, now in its 95th year, put out an open call for artists from across the Great Lakes region to submit their work in an effort to promote regional talent. Guest juror Alison Wong reviewed 600 submissions through an anonymous jury process and selected 36 artworks from 29 artists. Half of the artists selected […]

Eichenberg and Turner Featured Academy Graduates in “Moreland” at Simone DeSousa Gallery

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.

Muecke Named Hublot Design Prize Finalist

Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10 ) was named a finalist of the Hublot Design Prize in 2017. Born from the friendship between Jean-Claude Biver and Pierre Keller (former director of Lausanne University of Art and Design, ECAL), the Hublot Design Prize was created in 2015 to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the launch of the iconic Big Bang model and highlights the work of the designers of tomorrow. This prize is not intended to pay tribute to the work of a famous designer, nor to support a newly qualified designer, but to provide an already accomplished designer with a platform to launch and increase the exposure of their work, a career boost so that, one day, they will rank amongst the great names in design.

Jim Amaral and Olga de Amaral Talk About Art and Meeting at Cranbrook

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 ‘<[…]

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.

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.

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.

HE Wei Exhibits at the New Museum of Contemporay Art in New York

HE Wei (3D Design ’14) exhibition HE Wei: Space Permeable adopts an interdisciplinary approach by combining sculpture, installation, design, media, and performance in order to create what he calls a participatory art event. He is the founder of HE+HU Art Collective and a member of the NEW INC, the incubator program of art, design, and technology under the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. The exhibition is open through June 10. HE Wei is also teaching a workshop called The Food and Art Family Workshop at the New Museum of Contemporary Art on June 10 from 1-2:30 pm.

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.

Terrell Launches Sustainable Bikini Brand Jeux De Vagues

Katherine Terrell (2D Design ’03) launches a sustainable bikini brand Jeux De Vagues. As a designer, surfer, mom, and activist, Terrell creates solid fabrics made with Econyl® , a 100% regenerated polyester fiber made from pre- and post-consumer materials. Printed fabrics are made from recycled water bottles. All bikinis are made in a fair labor factory in Los Angeles with dissolvable, fully biodegradable hangtags. For more information about the products go to the website.

MEGA 2017 Features Cranbrook Academy of Art Students

The Masters Student Collective of Kendall College of Art and Design, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts present the 7th Annual Michigan Emerging Graduate Artists Juried Exhibition (MEGA). MEGA 2017 features works from 5 Cranbrook Academy of Art Students from artists representing 6 different Michigan Universities. The exhibition features a variety of mediums such as sculpture, textile works, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, performance, and installation. The exhibition opens on April 8th with an opening reception 6-8pm at the Avenue of for the Arts.

Cranbrook Academy of Art students selected to participate are: William Marcellus Armstrong (Fiber ’17), Prashani Chandrasena (Fiber ’18), Min-Jen Chang (Print Media ’17), Anita Enriquez (Fiber ’17), and Jing Ouyang (3D Design)

Chugh’s Exhibition “Stranger” Opens at Galerie Camille

Stranger, Vineta Chugh’s (3D Design ’17) two-person show with Scott Campbell exploring themes of masculine and feminine identity opens on Friday at Galerie Camille in Midtown Detroit. The exhibition runs March 10-April 1 with an artist talk on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm.

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.

PLAYGROUND DETROIT Features Work by AIR Scott Klinker

The Detroit News featured an article about PLAYGROUND DETROIT that included new work and comments by Cranbrook Academy of Art 3D Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker.

Schanck Listed in “9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016”

Christopher Schanck (3D Design), is part of Artnet News’ 9 Fascinating Objects at Design Miami 2016. Schanck work is bold, architectural pieces that are coated in a super fine foil that reveals every nook and cranny of their original surfaces (the table is cheap OSB wood), now smooth to the touch thanks to a glossy finish.

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.

Muecke Mentioned On CNN About Investing in the Arts Market

Jonathan Muecke (3D ’10) is mentioned in the story about investing in the arts market in a CNN piece about Design Miami.

“Barbed” Features Cranbrook Alums in Latest Issue

Detroit Art Magazine Barbed featured numerous Cranbrook alums in its latest issue. Jessica Frelinghuysen (Architecture ’06) was interviewed about her latest solo exhibition, Its Exercise Time held at Popps Packing Gallery in October 2016.

Core77 Interviews Klinker About Design

Artist-in-Residence and head of 3D Design Scott Klinker is interviewed for Core77. In this in depth piece, he discusses design as an “expanding discipline and cultural agency” and the work of 3D Design at Cranbrook.

Muecke’s Work Is Featured in W Magazine

Jonathan Muecke’s (3D ’10) work is featured in a W Magazine piece about the Manhattan loft of Rodman Primack and Rudy Weissenberg.

Will Ayers Joins GNU Group

According to the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD), Alumnus Will Ayers (3D Design ’03) has joined the GNU Group to lead their expansion in Southern California

Core77 Looks at Christopher Schanck Design Process

Core77 offers an inside look at Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11) and the process behind his ALUfoil Suite. Read how he uses an everyday kitchen item in his practice.

Core77 Featured 3D Design’s Exhibition at Collective Design

Core77 featured an article on our 3D Design department’s recent exhibition, Fine Design for the End of the World, at Collective Design during New York’s Design Week.

Scott Klinker To Speak at IDSA’s International Conference

The Industrial Designers Society of America is hosting its 2016 International Conference  from August 17-20 in Detroit. At the conference, Scott Klinker, 3D Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art, will share central themes that are changing international design culture—including ideas about self-production, critical design, conceptual craft and other topics.

Hannah Vaughan Featured in LVL3 Media Spotlight

Hannah Vaughan (3D Design ’16) is featured in a LVL3 Media Spotlight about her work and influences.  LVL3 is an online platform that highlights contemporary artists, designers, writers, performers, and creative entrepreneurs.

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.

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.

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.

“CURBED” Named Cranbrook’s 3D Design Exhibit a “Must SEE”

Cranbrook’s 3D Design Department made CURBED “must see” list at the Collective Design fair.

“Blouin Artinfo” Named 3D Design a “Highlight”

Blouin Artinfo named our 3D Design Department exhibit at Collective Design a “highlight” of the show. Cranbrook’s 3D Design Department exhibition Fine Design for the End of the World in the Collective Design fair, is taking place from May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Sq. in West Soho, New York City.

“Hyperallergic” Calls 3D Design “Most Enticing”

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

Cranbrook 3D Design Department Launches Website

Our 3D Design Department has launched a website profiling their upcoming exhibition, “Fine Design for the End of the World,” to be held at the 2016 Collective Design Fair, taking place May 4-8, 2016, at Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City.

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 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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