The Latest Alumni News

Abelow Releases DRAWINGS DRAWINGS

DRAWINGS DRAWINGS is a new artist book by Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08). The book is composed of pencil drawings created over a period of thirteen years. To produce each drawing, Abelow always uses a 6B pencil on cream-colored 30 x 22 inch paper. This simple format provides a consistent material framework for the artist to push his idea-based agenda. Each drawing appears in chronological order and, as the title of the book suggests, each drawing is repeated. Abelow often uses reproductions of artworks by other artists as a starting point. A book release […]

Oliver Presents Design Concept at University of Kentucky for Memorial Hall

Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) submitted design concepts for art to be featured in two vaulted spaces in Memorial Hall’s vestibule at University of Kentucky. As part of their visits, Olivier and another artist presented initial proposals selected for consideration by UK’s Memorial Hall Art Committee. The concepts chosen for review by the committee were acquired during a national search looking for site-specific installations to establish a rich aesthetic and conceptual dialogue with Memorial Hall itself and the mural by Ann […]

“Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville” Performance is Sold Out

Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) is receiving a great deal of attention for his upcoming performance in Nashville. The sold-out public performances of Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on April 6, 2018, will be livestreamed in the Frist Center’s auditorium and viewable at fristcenter.org as well as he free large-scale performances will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard,” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits […]

Surls to Lecture at Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Colorado-based artist James Surls (Sculpture ’69) is returning to his native state of Texas to lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth on March 29 from 6-7pm.  In conjunction with the special exhibitions A New American Sculpture, 1914—1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach and Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas, […]

Olivier Presents and Exhibits at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center

Horger Artist-in-Residence Karyn Olivier (Ceramics ’01) will present her work, discuss current projects, as well as the work she is doing with Lehigh University students on April 16 at 6pm at Black Box Theatre, Zoellner Arts Center.  This artist talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Karyn Olivier, continuing through May 25 at the LUAG Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center.

Influential Designers and Designs of the Past 33 Years by “HOW Design” Includes Cranbrook Graduates

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).

Evonuk Runs Workshops At Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Peter Evonuk (Metalsmithing ’05) metalsmithing artist and studio manager at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, will offer specially-designed workshops at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Saturday Open Studios starting March. The open studio events will occur every Saturday, starting March, 17, and will continue through the end of May 2018.

De Amaral’s Tapestries Head to Brussels in First Ever Showing The City Paper

The prestigious Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels will feature the work of the Olga de Amaral, who studied weaving at the Academy in the 1950s. A selection of some forty works, which covers the last 15 years of a creative life that spans six decades, will be presented in a first-ever retrospective in Belgium.

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.”

Medina’s Fountainhead Fellowship Includes an Exhibition at Reynolds Gallery

After coming to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where Jeanne Medina’s (Fiber ’13) took a position as an adjunct craft professor in 2016, she bought a 40-inch Harrisville loom. Shortly there after, Medina landed a dedicated workspace as part of the Fountainhead Fellowship. The VCU School of the Arts program provides three recent MFA graduates in the areas of sculpture, painting + printmaking, and craft an opportunity to teach and work. The […]

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.

Feige Opens Exhibition at David Richard Gallery

Jacob Feige’s (Painting ’05) exhibition Jacob Feige, I Had a _____ Day opens at David Richard Gallery NY on March 7 with an artist reception on March 10 from 4-8pm. Selections from two new related series, Cutaway and Screen paintings by Feige, will be presented. Both combine objects and situations from daily life juxtaposed with the imaginative distractions from inner thoughts, but with different approaches to the composition and presentation format.  The exhibition closes on April 14, 2018

Rapson Influenced Minnesota’s Design Culture

Ralph Rapson (Architecture ’40) was not a native Minnesotan—he was born in Michigan in 1914—yet it is hard to find another individual who has had as far-reaching an influence on the state’s design culture. A nationally respected architect with international projects under his belt by midcentury, he turned down the directorship of the Institute of Design in Chicago and moved to Minneapolis to head the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture from 1954 to 1984. When he passed away in 2008, […]

Giniewski is profiled in “Uncommon Goods”

Artist Brian Giniewski (Ceramics ’09) is profiled in Uncommon Goods . He talks about how he began in ceramics, studying at Cranbrook, and his practice. When asked about how he sets goals for himself Giniewski says, “I only make short-term goals these days. In the year and a half that I’ve been running the business as my full-time job, everything is constantly changing. I’m really lucky that people are paying so much attention to ceramics right now. Like, ceramics is having such […]

Ribeiro is interviewed in “The Saturday Paper”

Ato Ribeiro (Print Media ’17) in featured in an in-depth interview about his practice in The Saturday Paper. Ribeiro is now in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, sculpting hundreds of scrap wood pieces into “quilts” inspired by kente designs.

Franklin To Exhibit at NADA New York

Reyes Projects to exhibit a solo presentation of new work by artist James Benjamin Franklin (Painting ’17) at NADA New York, March 8 – 11, 2018. Loosely constructed shapes and unwieldy textures combine in Franklin’s work to form a style that is uniquely untethered by traditional narrative.

McArthur Binion Heads to Lahmann Maupin

McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) has joined Lehmann Maupin, which will show his work at its Hong Kong space this fall and another location in January 2019.

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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Dickinson and Binion Are Featured in “Art in Amercia”

Two Cranbrook painting alums McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99) are featured in the February edition of Art in America in an article about “Slow Painting.” According to the article, “Slow Painting imbeds a premonition of something potentially enormous held in reserve that can only be revealed slowly.”

Seelig Named USA Fellow

Warren Newton Seelig (Fiber ’74) was named a 2018 United States Artist Fellow. Spread across the disciplines of Architecture & Design, Craft, Dance, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts, Visual Art, and Writing, each USA Fellow receives an unrestricted $50,000 cash award. This year, 45 Fellows were selected from a diverse peer-nominated pool of more than 500 applicants. Seelig becomes the 12th Academy graduate to receive a United States Artist Fellowship since the program was launched in 2006.

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.

Hendren Exhibits “Land of Lens” at Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery

The Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery hosted a solo exhibition by David Hendren (Painting ’08) entitled Land of Lens. This new exhibition features larger than life mixed-media figurative abstract sculptures. Hendren has had solo shows at Five Car Garage, Meliksetian/Briggs, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Public Fiction and Kim Light/Light Box.

Masuoka Curates Jun Kaneko Exhibition for Akron Art Museum

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, the Akron Art Museum’s first exhibition curated by the museum’s John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka (Ceramics ’87), is open. According to museum officials, Masuoka drew on a nearly 35-year relationship with the artist to create the exhibition. Jun Kaneko was Academy Ceramics Artist-in-Residence from 1979-1986 and his former Academy instructor. It includes several large-scale ceramic sculptures, drawings, paintings and a site-specific installation of Kaneko’s 65-foot-long painting, “Mirage.”  Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines […]

Wu and Panter Named “Top Students to Watch” by “Graphic Design USA”

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.”

“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).

Design99’s Reichert Is Featured in the “Detroitisit” About “The Art of Hoarding”

In Detroitisit artists Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert (Architecture ’03) spoke about making art in an the article, “The Art of Hoarding.” A married art duo known jointly as Design99—are among the most contemporary generation in a longstanding interventionist tradition of Detroit “house art,” which stretches back into the 1960s. In the “Banglatown” neighborhood, Reichert and Cope have been converting houses in their neighborhood into interactive works, collectively know as Power House Productions. In addition to the works that have evolved out of […]

Alumnus Pachter’s Exhibition Opened at the Bangladesh National Museum

A 14-day long art exhibition of Canadian contemporary artist Charles Pachter (Printmaking ’66) was inaugurated at the Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum. The Bangladesh National Museum, in association with the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka and the Canadian Community Arts initiatives (CCAI) organized a retrospective exhibition titled “Quintessential Canadian” of the artist at its Nalini Kanta Bhattasali Gallery in the capital. The exhibition is open from 10:30am to 7:30pm from Saturday to Wednesday and from 2:30pm to 8:30pm on […]

Smith Opens First Solo Exhibition with Library Street Collective

Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) opened Open Book, Thin Air is his first solo exhibition with Library Street Collective. Smith’s paintings begin with improvisational charcoal drawings, where he creates each composition and story from memory and mind’s eye, without using any visual aids or references: “They are immediate and usually complete fictions, but often draw from my own experiences or remind me of those experiences. I often see the figures as surrogates for people I have known… They are both alien […]

Amanze Named As Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s Artist Commission Program for 2018

The Montblanc Cultural Foundation has been facilitating artistic exploration by unlocking opportunities for artists to produce and showcase work for over 25 years.  As part of its commitment to support an exciting new generation of artists, the Foundation named artist Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze (Fiber ’06), one of its three recipients of its Artist Commission Program for 2018. Awarded annually, the program enables emerging artists to produce new works within the context of an institutional exhibition, a biennale, or an art festival.  The work of […]

Smith exhibtion is open at Library Street Collective

Willie Wayne Smith: Open Book, Thin Air is open at Library Street Collective until March 24, 2018. Smith (Painting ’10) lives and works in Pontiac, Mich. It is his first solo exhibition with Library Street Collective.

Badach Uses Gunpowder as Pigment in “Land of Epic Battles”

An opening reception for Land of Epic Battles, an exhibition by Philadelphia-based photographer Justyna Badach (Photography ’98) , and 2018 Transmedia Photography Annual on Thursday, is being held at Light Work February 1 from 5-7 p.m. Reception guests are invited to join the artist at 6 p.m. for an in-gallery talk about her current solo-exhibition on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery. Land of Epic Battles features Badach’s new series of large, hand-made dichromate prints, made using film stills from ISIS training […]

Vieux Featured in “ArtZealous”

ArtZealous featured a quick Q&A with alumna Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) called “Five Minutes with New York-Based Artist Anne Vieux.” Vieux makes paintings, books, sculptures, and videos, all of which inform each other artistically.  She works with the idea of mediation and gesture through the lens of the screen, in painting, video, and sculpture.
 
 
 

Semivan Exhibits “Door Into the Dark” at David Klein Gallery

A solo exhibition, Door Into the Dark by Lauren Semivan (Photography ’06) is opening at David Klein Gallery in Detroit. The exhibition features new photographs from her ongoing Pitch series. A reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm and the exhibition is open through March 10. 

Schanck Is Featured in “Departures Magazine”

Christopher Schanck (3D Design ’11) is highlighted in a recent feature story in Departures Magazine. Read about his practice and how his time at Cranbrook influenced his transition to design.

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.

Lynne Named Ford Curatorial Fellow at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Alumna Jova Lynne (Photography ’17) was named the new Ford Curatorial Fellow for Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The Ford Curatorial Fellowship provides recent graduates in the field with important professional experience. Lynne will begin her fellowship in January 2018.

Schwartz Named “New Visual Artists 2017: 15 Under 30”

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.”

“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 […]

Kim’s Ceramic Donuts Featured in “Colossal”

Pop-art inspired ceramic donuts created by Academy graduate Jae Yong Kim (Ceramics ’01) are featured in Colossal. Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.

“Metropolis Magazine” Readers Learn Florence Knoll Lessons

Metropolis Magazine’s Vice President of Design Paul Makovsky reflects on the lessons to be learned from Cranbrook’s Florence Knoll contributions to architecture and design.  According to the article, as a pioneer of interior and furniture design and a successful entrepreneur, she is one of the most influential architects and designers of postwar America, yet her mark on Modern design transcends any one of these fields. Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach.Her studies at Kingswood and Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 1930s impressed upon her a human-centered design approach. 

McNay Art Museum Aquired Binion Collage

In Art Daily, The McNay Art Museum, announced today the acquisition of three major works – all collages —  The Cop, by Benny Andrews; ghost: rhythms: III, by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73); and Kwabena, by Rashaad Newsome.
“Art museums are in the business of beauty and truth,” said Aste. “And part of our commitment to truth here, in the first modern art museum in Texas, is celebrating the diverse men and women who define ‘modern’ in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This purchase by the Museum and the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum allows the McNay to present a more inclusive and truthful history of modern and contemporary art to our community.”
The three collages by Andrews, Binion, and Newsome will be featured in “Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art”, opening February 8, 2018.

Alumna Jaworska Named Top Architect Working in the “Middle Ground Between Art and Architecture”

Cultured Magazine focuses on architect Ania Jaworska (Architecture ’09) when discussing a category of architecture these days that isn’t really about building structures to live and work in. It’s more about a conceptual practice that exists in a misty middle ground between art and architecture—think of Snarkitecture, among many others, doing fascinating work in this zone.
Jaworska has designed arenas and stadiums in the past, but she has lately tended toward big thinking about how we do (and don’t) […]

Peterson’s “Shadow of Men” Opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in February

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) is presenting an exhibition by Cleon Peterson (2D Design ’06) in 2018. The exhibition, titled Cleon Peterson: Shadow of Men, showcases the artist’s aesthetic mastery, long under-recognized by the museum field. This solo presentation also demonstrates the importance of representing violence to highlight a disturbing though fundamental element of society. The installations will introduce Peterson’s murals, paintings, and sculptures to a new audience and will transform the museum inside and out. The exhibition opens February 2, 2018 through May 27, 2018. 

Wu Featured in “Eye on Design”

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.

Artist-in-Residence Eichenberg and Alumna Mimlitsch-Gray Speak at Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s “Jewelry of Ideas Symposium”

Cooper Hewitt is exploring the world of contemporary jewelry design with esteemed scholars and renowned jewelers during this day-long symposium highlighting the exhibition Jewelry of Ideas: Gifts from The Susan Grant Lewin Collection. Artist-in-Residence of Metalsmithing Iris Eichenberg will be the keynote speaker in a session focusing on the trends and developments in European and American contemporary jewelry. And alumna and jeweler Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) will be part of a panel discussion discussing the subject of communicating ideas through jewelry. The symposium is November 17. 

Cave Discusses “Nick Cave: Feat” in “Whitehot Magazine”

Nick Cave (Fiber ’88) is profiled in the Whitehot Magazine. The piece focuses on Nov. 10 opening of Nick Cave: Feat as well as upcoming projects.  Cave opened an extensive survey of his practice at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee including a massive projection of Cave’s Soundsuit-centric art film, Blot (2012), several psychedelic textile installations including Architectural Forest (2011) and Button Walls (2013) and a crowd-pleasing selection of ten marvelous Soundsuits made between 2011 and 2017.

Cave Opens “Nick Cave: Feat” on November 10 at The First Center for the Visual Arts

Artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) will exhibit at  The Frist Center for the Visual Arts with the exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat opening on November 10. The exhibition contains an array of engaging works that are broadly accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds and, on a deeper level, speak to issues of identity, racial equity, and social justice. Cave will also direct the community-based project Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville, a monumental interdisciplinary performance work featuring local talent that will be presented twice on April 6, 2018.

Nick Cave: Feat will be on view in the Upper-Level Galleries through June 24, 2018.

Von Habsburg-Lothringen Exhibits “WORLD LEADERS” at University of Michigan

WORLD LEADERS is a pop-up exhibition by Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14.) This is an installation of new work by Von Habsburg-Lothringen whose work addresses the American notion of aspiration, mortality, and persona. It is part of the Institute for the Humanities’ Year of Archives and Futures and organized in celebration of the U-M Bicentennial. The artist’s talk will be on November 3 at 3pm.

Schonberger Named One of “20 Young Artists Shaping the Future of Photography”

Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) was recently named one of “20 young artists shaping the future of photography” by FOAM Magazine.  Schonberger was selected from a pool of 1,790 submissions from 75 different countries.

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