The Latest Alumni News

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

Joshua Clark (Ceramics ’15) opens solo exhibition in Taipei

Joshua Clark (Ceramics ’15) opens solo exhibition, Objective Misunderstandings, at New Taipei Yingge Ceramics Museum in New Taipei, Taiwan.

Photography Alumna, Jetshri Bhadviya on ESSAY’D

Essay’d is a writing project that publishes essays on Detroit artists, the essays are published annually by Wayne State University Press. Jetshri Bhadviya (Photography, 2015) is from Udaipur, India and is currently based in Metro-Detroit. Being an immigrant in the United States positions her to explore the accepted ideas of identity, gender, religion and class in the East and West. 
Read the full essay here.

Tony Matelli, Duane Hanson, and Nick Cave at Jeffrey Deitch, New York

Tony Matelli (Sculpture, 1995), Duane Hanson (Sculpture, 1951), and Nick Cave (Fiber, 1989) in new exhibition at Jeffrey Deitch, New York. The exhibition “People”, is a group show of 33 figurative sculptures by 29 contemporary artists, three of which are alumni from the Art Academy. 
Read the full article on Artnet News.

Matelli’s First Solo Exhibition in San Francisco is at The David Ireland House

Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) first solo exhibition in San Francisco is being shown at The David Ireland House. I hope all is well… presents a series of highly produced, representational artworks using materials such as bronze, marble, and silicone. The end result is anything but traditional sculpture. Matelli’s artworks are lifelike, seductive, and beautifully wrong. His hyper realistic sculptures are often mistaken for the actual thing, undermining the viewer’s expectations of what they […]

“Dwell Magazine” Features Ruth Adler Schnee

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.

Cave’s “The Let Go” and “Up Right” are Featured in “The New York Times”

Alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) latest projects are featured in The New York Times. “Up Right,” a signature Cave work made its New York premiere at the Armory, featuring dancers who slowly metamorphose into 10-foot-tall shamanesque creatures as they don their rustling Soundsuits and stomp around. “The Let Go” also opened encouraging any visitor to have that same wild, unencumbered energy and  […]

Alumna York Is Exhibiting in New York and Europe

Susan York (Ceramics ’95) has several exhibitions in New York and Europe scheduled . Galerie Anna Wenger in Zürich, Switzerland will feature York’s work in a solo exhibition at booth A07 at VOLTA: Basel from June 11-16. In New York, GALLERY WALKTHROUGH / SUSAN YORK: FOUNDATION ‘s exhibition at The Drawing Center is open through October 18. And in Munich, <[…]

Cranbrook Fiber and Ceramics’ Graduates Create Linens and Porcelain Trays for Siren Hotel

ASH NYC and Quinn Evans Architects restore the 1926 Wurlitzer Building at the Siren Hotel where the bed linens and covers as well as porcelain trays were created by Cranbrook Academy of Art Fiber and Ceramics departments. Constructed in 1926 by architect Robert Finn, the building was once a lighthouse for local musicians — the largest record and instrument store in the entire world, brought to […]

Cave and Faust Create Mural for New York Live Arts

In a special collaboration for New York Live Arts, artists Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Bob Faust create a kaleidoscopic mural from one of Cave’s iconic Soundsuits constructed entirely of woven bags collected from around the world. These bags we carry are filled with promise is a through-the-looking-glass interpretation that the baggage we all walk through life with is anything but weighty. From the single source image of Cave’s work, Faust selects and manipulates key details that seem to morph […]

Lipski Has New Installation at NYU Langone Hospital

Donald Lipski (Ceramics ’73 and a 2013 recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Alumni Award) has a new installation at NYU Langone Hospital. According to Lipski, he wanted to make a sculpture for children “that would delight them; something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend.”

Vermeulen to Launch Photo Book about Detroit in December 2018

According to BLOUIN ARTINFO, Corine Vermeulen (Photography ’04) is set to launch a photo book of portraits and landscapes celebrating day-to-day life in Detroit. This initiative captures a resilient community in the midst of a challenging transition. “Your Town Tomorrow” is to be published in December 2018. “Depicted by national media as a place of both economic turmoil and new opportunity, the world often forgets that it is the people — not venture capital firms and new developments — who comprise the great ‘Arsenal […]

The “BEVERLY FRESH: Really Somethin Else” Exhibition is at DePaul Art Museum

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 […]

Eichenberg is part of “Handheld” at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg has work in exhibition Handheld at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.  The exhibition design is created by Jonathan Muecke (3D Design ’10). Handheld is a group exhibition that explores the contemporary meaning of touch by charting artists’, designers’, and makers’ various responses to objects scaled to the hand and uses the common language of the domestic to examine the complex role of the hand. The exhibition is open through January 13, 2019.

Academy Photography Grads Open “Sugar, Sugar” at Public Pool

The exhibition Sugar, Sugar at Public Pool featuring three photography Academy graduates: Clair Gatto (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) (Photography ’17), Jova Lyn​​ne (Photography ’17), and Megan Kelley (Photography ’17) is opening May 12 from 7-11pm.