The Latest News From The Fiber Department

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.

Clark’s “Unraveling” Featured in Hyperallergic

Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) participated in Unraveling and was featured in Hyperallergic. The performance exhibition within the exhibition,  Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in October 2017.  Although Clark has unraveled a confederate flag twice before in 2015 and 2016 it holds a new significance in 2017. This was the first performance under the current presidential administration and since the country has found itself embroiled in debate over the presence and ramifications of Confederate imagery in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. Clark stood side-by-side by participants, shoulder-to-shoulder as they pull each strand of the flag and confront the reality it represents. “Racial injustice is something that every American contends with, either consciously or unconsciously, and it’s so deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation […] The word “racism” is sort of like a trigger word; you know, it can shut people’s ears off, shut people down, bring people’s defense mechanisms up. So I’m less interested in that, and more interested in picking apart and undoing and understanding the fabric of our nation and trying to really understand the roots of racial injustice,” said Clark. 

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.

Pearson’s Textile Company Becomes Part of Momentum Group

After running her own textile company for 25 years, textile trailblazer Sina Pearson (Fiber ’72) is now bringing her brand to Momentum Group. Pearson’s namesake textile company was acquired last year by Momentum Group, so she spends time in Seattle in her garden and the rest of the month at Momentum’s minimalist showroom on New York’s Park Avenue. In Metropolis she said, “It’s like left brain, right brain,” insisting that pulling up […]

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 ‘<[…]

Dolence’s Work Included in “Create! Magazine”

Guest Curator Dasha Matsuura selected Jessica Dolence’s (Fiber ’16) work to be included in the latest issue of Create! Magazine. The magazine which focuses on the unique work of artists from around the world. Each issue contains contemporary art, craft, design, and inspiring stories of the makers behind it.

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 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.

Newport Is Now Represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery

Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence, and Head of Fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art is now being represented by Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit. His first exhibition will be in January 2018.

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.

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)

“Artsy” Named Clark One of 16 Women Pushing Design Forward in the United States

Artsy names Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) as one of the top 16 women pushing design forward in the United States. According to recent studies published by the AIA (the national professional association of architects) and AIGA (the professional association for design) reveal that, while design and architecture programs attract female and minority students, “the professions don’t retain them,” explains design critic Alexandra Lange, “and the numbers are particularly small at the leadership level.”

Motivated by these imbalances, Artsy spotlights 16 women, including Clark, who are transcending these statistics and leading progressive change in their fields.

Newport To Open New Solo Exhibition at form & concept

Fiber Artist-in-Residence Mark Newport returns to form & concept for a solo exhibition that cuts to the heart his practice in the exhibition Mark Newport: Mending.

2017 Cranbrook Academy of Art Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market

The Detroit Artists Market is proud to announce that ten graduate students from Cranbrook Academy of Art were selected as finalists for this year’s John F. Korachis Scholarship Award. These artists will showcase their juried artwork at this year’s exhibition, which will also include works by renowned Cranbrook alumni and faculty.

Beverly Fishman: DOSE Opens at CUE Art Foundation on February 23

Exhibition Curated by Nick Cave (Fiber ’89)
Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Feb. 9, 2017 – Join Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Academy alumnus Nick Cave (Fiber ’89), at CUE Art Foundation in New York City on February 23 for the opening of Fishman’s latest solo exhibition, Beverly Fishman: DOSE. The exhibition is curated by Cave, who says the best way to describe Fishman’s new work is “narcotic euphoria.”

Newport Interview by de la Paz in “Surface Design”

Fiber Artist-In-Residence Mark Newport discusses his art practice in an interview by Jovencio de la Paz (Fiber ’12) in the Fall 2016 issue of Surface Design. The article, “Men/ Mend / Amend” relates to the central theme of the issue, “Mending,” as Newport’s current body of work explores the stitch as an agent of material and physical healing as it relates to fatherhood.
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Campbell and Szabo Exhibit at Terhune Art Gallery

Alumni Brittany Campbell (Fiber ’13) and Zachariah Szabo (Photography) are part of the joint exhibition Brittany Campbell & Zachariah Szabo: The Conceit of Memory at Terhune Art Gallery. Through photography and three-dimensional constructions, Campbell and Szabo each explore the meaning and purpose of loss, memory, and identity.

Gleisner Interviews Cave About How He Created “Until”

Jacquelyn Gleisner (Painting ’10) interviews Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) about his new exhibition Until at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (MASS MoCA) for Art21. They talked about how his work stimulates questions about equality in America.

Cave Awarded the International Medal of Arts

The U.S. Department of State honored contemporary artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89)with the International Medal of Arts. The International Medal of Arts is awarded to artists who demonstrate an enduring commitment to the Art in Embassies mission of cultural diplomacy through the visual arts and international cultural exchange.

Lee’s “Yellow Forest” Is On Display at Philidelphia International Airport

A massive work by alumna Mi-Kyoung Lee (Fiber ’98) titled “Yellow Forest” is currently on display in Terminal E of the Philadelphia International Airport.

Mancini Launches Outdoor Fabrics Line with Al Fresco Function Fabrics

Wesley Mancini, Ltd., has launched a new outdoor line of fabrics with Al Fresco Functional Fabrics.

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.

Clark’s Solo Exhibition Opens at The Taubman Museum of Art

Artist Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95)  major solo exhibition Follicular: The Hair Stories of Sonya Clark opened at The Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.

Adler Schnee Exhibits at Detroit Center for Design + Technology

Fiber Artist Ruth Adler Schnee (Fiber ’46) is exhibiting her work in  Adler Schnee: A Life in Design at Detroit Center for Design + Technology. The exhibition features a rich selection of Adler Schnee’s stunning textiles, fabric panels, and drawings, offering a remarkable view of her career and the finest of mid-century design. The opening reception is November 4 and the exhibition runs until November 30.

Fernandes Exhibits at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art

Place, travel and environment play an important part in the fiber artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes’s internationally acclaimed work. Throughout her career, Fernandes’ (Fiber ’85) travel has given her the opportunity to reflect and create works relating to the surroundings of the countries she experienced.  Locations, Dislocation, Relocations: Embroidering Art, Poetry and History is open through December 14 at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art in Baltimore.

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).

Shiva Ahmadi and Sonya Clark Named a 2016 Recipient of the “Anonymous Was A Woman” Award

Congratulations to Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) and Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) for being named one of the 2016 recipients of the Anonymous Was A Woman award. Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The Award is given in recognition of an artist’s accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential.

Nick Cave Featured on PBS’s Art21

On Friday, September 16 the new ART21 special featuring Cranbrook Art Museum’s Nick Cave: Here Hear project debuted. Check your local PBS listings. Cave is a 1989 alumnus.

Cave Work Featured at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

African-American Art from the Museum’s Collection is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), through September 25.  Statements: African American Art from the Museum’s Collection is a stunning MFAH exhibition that takes the viewer on an engrossing journey through eight decades of art history and African-American cultural history, from 1935 to 2015. At the heart of the exhibition are five LGBT artists including Cranbrook Academy of Art Alum Nick Cave (Fiber ’89). The exhibition features painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, […]

Peter Clouse’s “Spatial Contingencies” To Open at Saginaw Valley State University

The University Art Gallery, located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), is exhibiting Spatial Contingencies by Peter Clouse (Fiber ’14). His work fuses the concepts of consumption, waste, and recycling with textile traditions and landscape through monstrous weavings which are a balance between the two dimensions created on a loom, and the third contingent of space.  The exhibition is open October 17 and closes November 11, 2016.

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 […]

Nick Cave To Open “Until” at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

The New York Times interviewed artist Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) about his next exhibition Until, a massive, immersive installation focusing on race and gun violence to be shown at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is to open on Oct. 16.

Peter Clouse Exhibits at Indianapolis Art Center

Peter Clouse (Fiber ’14) is part of Weave Wars, a group exhibition held at the Indianapolis Art Center.  The exhibition focuses on new directions in fiber art and examines non-traditional explorations of fabric as a medium. The exhibition opens on September 23 in Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery, Allen W. Clowes Gallery, Sarah M. Hurt Gallery, and Frank M. Basile Exhibition Hall. Weave Wars closes on November 19, 2016.

Anne Lindberg Opens at Josée Bienvenu Gallery NYC

Anne Lindberg (Fiber ’88) is part of a group exhibition at Josée Bienenu Gallery NYC called, good news. The exhibition includes artists working on and off paper to deconstruct and reconfigure information. See her graphite drawings through August 29, 2016.

Alumna Jayoung Yoon’s Work Is Featured at the Theo Ganz Studio

Jayoung Yoon’s (Fiber ’09) work is featured in the  solo exhibition called Ephemerality. Organized and shown at the Theo Ganz Studio, her interdisciplinary work includes human hair sculpture, paintings and video. The exhibition runs until July 10.

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.

Barbara Cooper Collaborates with Hedwig Dances’ for “ASCENDance”

Sculptor Barbara Cooper (Fiber ’77) is part of the creative team for ASCENDance by Hedwig Dances. ASCENDance is a multi-disciplinary dance theater production depicting renewal and transformation in a chaotic world. The performances are on April 8 and 9 at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago.

Surabhi Ghosh To Speak at Concordia University

Artist Surabhi Ghosh (Fiber ’04) will give the final talk in the Conversations in Contemporary Art series at Concordia University. Her artist talk will take place on March 17, 2016, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

2016 American Craft Council Awards Fellows and Gold Medal

The American Craft Council(ACC) announced the induction of seven individuals into its College of Fellows including Cranbrook alums Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) at the 2016 American Craft Council Awards. Cranbrook Director Emeritus  and Honorary Fellow of the ACC Gerhardt Knodel was awarded the 2016 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship.

Jon Eric Riis Uses Timeless Themes in his Work

Jon Eric Riis’s (Fiber ’69) tapestries blend beauty with a powerful social message.  Atlanta Magazine highlights the artist’s work and his introduction to fiber art.

Knoll Oral History Project Describes Life at Cranbrook

Atlanta Magazine featured an excerpt from a Knoll oral history project undertaken by the Atlanta-based nonprofit Art Papers. In it, several Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni are featured, along with Knoll’s experience at Cranbrook. She says, “…at Cranbrook [Academy of Art]. There were many people there; it was a fantastic group. Charlie Eames was there, Eero [Saarinen] and people like Ed Bacon, who was a fantastic city planner of Philadelphia; Harry Weese, an excellent architect from Chicago; Ben Baldwin, an […]

“Nick Cave: Here Hear” Named Best of 2015

Nick Cave’s  (Fiber ’89) exhibition”Nick Cave: Here Hear” was named one of Hyperallergic’s Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Exhibitions Across the United States. According to Hyperallergic “The events, much like the Soundsuits themselves, carried profound social critique beneath their appealing and colorful exteriors. An awing spectacle with a resounding message.”

Simone DeSousa Gallery Presents New Works by Iris Eichenberg, Heather MacGill, and Mark Newport

Simone DeSousa Gallery in Detroit presents A Very Complete Opposite, an exhibition of all new works by Cranbrook Academy of Art Artists-In-Residence’ Iris Eichenberg, Heather McGill, and Mark Newport. The exhibition is open through November 21.

Detroit Design Festival Video Clip Features Cranbrook Alumni

Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01), Wes Taylor (2D ’11), Jack Craig (3D ’12), Scott Klinker (Design ’96 and current 3D Design Artist-in-Residence), Mark Dineen (3D ‘13) and Charlie O’Geen (Architecture ‘10) as well as work by Katie Craig (Sculpture ’15) and Nick Cave (Fiber ’89) were featured in the Detroit Design Festival video clip showcasing Design in Detroit. The festival was held in September 2015,

Sonya Clark to Speak at Penny W. Stamps and Open Exhibition on October 22

Cranbrook Alum Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) will take part in speak at Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series of the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design at 5 p.m on October 22. Her talk is titled “Hair to There: Weaving Tales with Textiles.” Afterward, the exhibition “Sonya Clark” will open at 6 p.m. Thursday at the U-M Institute for Humanities gallery and run through Dec. 11.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate and Kresge Eminent Artist Ruth Adler Schnee Opens First Exhibition in Detroit

Ruth Adler Schnee, 92-year-old Kresge Eminent Artist and Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate opens a major exhibition at downtown Carr Center in Detroit. The exhibition, “Ruth Adler Schnee: A Passion for Color,” covers her remarkable 75-year career. The exhibition, Schnee’s first in Detroit, was organized in conjunction with her Kresge prize and runs through Oct. 24.

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