The Latest News From The Metalsmithing Department

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. 

Massey Awarded $200,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant

Knight Arts Challenge reveals its 2017 Detroit winners. Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) was the largest recipient as an individual artist, receiving $200,000 for her tentatively titled “Spring” art installation at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Massey says she applied as an artist to the Knight Arts Challenge because she felt there was a clear need for city officials to start thinking about art and its role in the community. 
“When it comes to the public sector and sculpture, we don’t have an arts committee,” said Massey. “Major cities are thinking about the arts in the public realm, so why is Detroit slow to this conversation? That’s what ‘Spring’ is about for me. It’s for the people.”

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.

Bliven To Open “The 228” at Jackson Dinsdale Art Center

The Jackson Dinsdale Art Center at Hastings College is featuring The 228, from Alyssa Rose Bliven (Metalsmithing ’16). The exhibition will be on display in the center’s main gallery through Oct. 28. Bliven is a 2014 Hastings College graduate and recent 2016 graduate of Metalsmithing at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. As a self-proclaimed object-maker, she constructs 3D sculptures with a variety of materials. A portion of the exhibition showcases Bliven’s masters thesis from Cranbrook, “228 Words on Depression.” This collection of sculptures addresses the similarities between emotions and knick knacks.

Lopez to Present at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center

Ana M. Lopez (Metalsmithing ’99) is presenting to the Dallas Art Association on Wednesday, October 4th from 7-9 p.m. at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX .  Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.

Alumna Massey and Cranbrook Art Museum Curator Mott Participate in Roundtable Featured in Art21

Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and Laura Mott (Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum) participated in a roundtable discussion about rust with Taylor Aldridge and Matthew Angelo Harrison – featured in Art21 Magazine.

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.

Massey Exhibits with “Detroit Grind” in NYC

Rush Arts Gallery opened the group show, “Detroit Grind,” featuring six Detroit artists including alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) and featured in the Detroit Free Press. The show was created by Inner State Gallery and marks their latest effort to introduce the work of emerging Detroit artists to audiences outside of Michigan. The exhibition is open through May 19, 2017.

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.

Mosa Exhibits at Chamber in NYC

Edgar Mosa (Metalsmithing ’11) has two pieces in a group exhibition titled, Domestic Appeal Collection #3 at Chamber in NYC. The exhibition is open through April 22, 2017.

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.

AIRs and Alumni Show Cave Gallery

Don’t miss the show opening at Cave Gallery (in the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit) and at Galerie Gallery in the Netherlands on Saturday, December 10. Artist-in-Residences Heather McGill and Iris Eichenberg, alumni Sarah Turner (Metalsmithing ’04) and Adam Shirley (Metalsmithing ’10) exchanged creative ‘prompts’ or assignments with the artists showing at Galerie Gallery to create the exhibition.

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.

Sophie Eisner Featured in Group Exhibition at The Carr Center

Academy alumni Sophie Eisner (Metalsmithing ’15) is featured in a group exhibition opening at The Carr Center on November 3. The exhibition closes on December 17.

Eichenberg Featured in Art Jewelry Forum Interview

Art Jewelry Forum features a an interview with Cranbrook Academy of Art Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence, Iris Eichenberg, and Cindi Strauss – both jurors for the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant. In the interview, they discuss grant application criteria.
 
 

Alumna Amina Rizwan Is Highlighted in an United States Education Foundation in Pakistan Video

Alumna Amina Rizwan (Metalsmithing ’14) is featured in a video from the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan. The piece focuses on her work and approach to her practice. Rizwan came to Cranbrook to study Metalsmithing on a Fulbright Scholarship.

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).

“DDEAF Magazine” Profiles Tiff Massey

Alumna Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) is interviewed by DDEAF Magazine about her journey to Cranbrook Academy of Art, practice and future. The fall issue is on newsstands now.

Oh Owns Leading Gallery in South Korea

Founded in 2001, Gallery O is a leading gallery in South Korea for local and international contemporary jewelry. Its founder, jewelry artist Miwha Oh (Metalsmithing ’91), holds degrees in metalsmithing, museum studies, and gemology, and has applied her extensive education to raising the visibility of contemporary jewelry in South Korea.
 

Decker Has First Solo Show at Ornamentum

Aaron Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) was interviewed for Art Jewelry Forum about the work he created for his first solo exhibition Derby and His Badges at Ornamentum. His pieces engage with potentially ominous imagery, such as military medals and hand grenades, by playfully reimagining them into innocuous forms disarmed through exaggeration and reconfiguration. The exhibition runs through August 14.
 
 
 
 

Tiff Massey Is Interviewed by “Arts Black”

Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11) was interviewed by Arts Black about her practice, how it changed with a Kresge Fellowship and what is happening in Detroit.

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.

Core77 Blog Features Prominent “Designing Women” from Cranbrook

Three Cranbrook designers were featured in Core77‘s biweekly column Designing Women. Ray Eames is featured in the piece Eight Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Ray Eames. Florance Knoll is featured in the piece Florence Knoll, Total Designer.  And Susan Vanderbilt (Metalsmithing ’65) is featured in the piece

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.

Cranbrook Metalsmithing Exhibition at Gallery Marzee

In 2013, the Cranbrook Metalsmithing Department launched a three-year partnership to exhibit each spring at the Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. The gallery paired Cranbrook with CAFA, a school in Beijing, China, and together they have been developing new work to be exhibited at the Gallery Marzee each year. The department returned to Nijmegen this month to set up their final show together.

Vivian Beer’s Win Featured in Crain’s

Crain’s Detroit Business featured a story about our own Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04), winner of Ellen’s Design Challenge. According to Beer, her time at Cranbrook Academy of Art was key in the development of her furniture design practice, due to the Academy’s cross-disciplinary style.
 

Vivian Beer Wins Ellen’s Design Challenge

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., March 8, 2016 – Last night, Vivian Beer, a 2004 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department, was named the winner of “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” the television show currently airing on HGTV and produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Beer’s prize package includes $100,000 and a feature in HGTV Magazine.

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.

Cranbrook Academy Art Presents Alumni Achievement Award to Vivian Beer

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 10, 2016 – Cranbrook Academy of Art has named Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ‘04) the 2016 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award. This is the fifth time the Academy has bestowed the award, which seeks to recognize alumni who have achieved excellence early in their career. Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) was the first recipient in 2011, Susan York (Ceramics ’95) received the award in 2012, Laura Heyman (Photography ’98) received the award in 2013 and our last recipient was Fabio Fernández (Sculpture ’02) in 2014.

Vivian Beer’s Love of Design Began at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04) is profiled for “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and talks about her time as a Cranbrook Academy of Art student and owning her own furniture design business, Vivian Beer Studio Works.

Vivian Beer Profiled in Apartment Therapy

Alum Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing ’04) is a current contestant on “Ellen’s Design Challenge” and profiled in Apartment Therapy.

Seth Papac Named an Art Jewelry Forum Finalist

Congratulations to Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) for being named a 2016 Artist Award Finalist by Art Jewelry Forum.

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 […]

Two CAA Grads Finalist for the Art Jewelry Forum 2016

Seth Papac (Metalsmithing ’09) and Timothy Veske-McMahon (Metalsmithing ’13) are finalists for the Art Jewelry Forum 2016 Artist Award.  The finalists will exhibit their work during the international art jewelry fair Schmuck, in Munich, Germany, from February 24 through March 1, 2016.

Vivian Beer Featured in “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today”

Vivian Beer (Metalsmithing 2004) is one of 40 artist featured in “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts . The exhibition forges a connection among female designers, artists and craftspeople in the mid-20th century with those working today. The exhibition is open through Feb. 28.

Julia Heineccius Featured in “Art Jewelry Forum”

Julia Heineccius’s (Metalsmithing ’12) recent exhibition, Divisible, installed at SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Washington late last year focused on the perception and surface.  The exhibition Divisible, replaces the conversations of adornment, the decorative, and “objecthood” with investigations into perception, subtlety, and the body.

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.

Kat Clear Crafts a New Jewelry Line for Perrywinkle’s

Cat Clear (Metalsmith ’15)  Perrywinkle’s Daydream Series, a collaboration that has been years in the making. The Kat Clear Collection features a total of nine new pieces — bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces — rendered in rhodium-plated silver, with accents of gold, pink tourmaline, and pink or black enamel.

Academy Graduates Tiff Massey, Chris Schanck, and Annica Cuppetelli Awarded Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships

Academy Grads Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11), Chris Schanck (3D Design ’11), and Annica Cuppetelli (Fiber ’08) were awarded $25,000 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowships. This year’s class of 18 fellowship winners was selected from more than 650 applications by independent panels of experts comprised of national and local artists. This year’s focus on literary and visual artists comes after last year’s class of fellows working in film, theater, music and dance.

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Jane Lackey and Lola Brooks have been named 2015-2016 visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fiber Artist-In-Residence Mark Newport and Metalsmithing Artist-in-Residence Iris Eichenberg have each been awarded sabbaticals.

Aaron Patrick Decker (Metalsmithing ’15) Receives the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award

Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that Aaron Patrick Decker has been awarded the “2015 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist Award.” This is the tenth year Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has given an Academy graduate the award.

Decker was selected from among 10 finalists, one from each department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is a recent graduate of the Metalsmithing department.

PASTA Gallery features ‘Pebbles and Pearls’ by Alum Jean Wydra (Metalsmithing ’82)


Featured in St. Augustine Record,  Jean Wydra’s new show, “Pebbles and Pearls,” is open until May 31. Wydra’s jewelry features unusual gemstone beads combined with exotic pearls and features the new silver clay material used for the silver components.

New York Foundation For The Arts Announces Finalists for Artists’ Fellowship Program

Image: Kate Clark (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14), Pray, 2012
Congratulations to Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01), Myra Mimlitsch-Gray (Metalsmithing ’86) and Jessica Stoller (Ceramics ’06) – all recipients of Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Only 2% of all applicants receive awards – we’re very proud to say three are Cranbrook graduates!
NYFA Fellowship Recipients.

Penn State Altoona to present artwork of Ana Lopez (Metalsmithing ’98) in January 2015

Penn State Altoona will offer an exhibition of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winner Ana Lopez.

Bethany Shorb’s Menswear Line Featured in HOUR Detroit

Bethany Shorb’s (Sculpture ’01) new Cyberoptix’s menswear line featuring model Matthew Lambert (Metalsmithing ’14) hits newsstands in HOUR Detroit this month.

Artist-in-Residence and Metalsmithing Alums Featured at Re:View Contemporary Gallery

Iris Eichenberg and 14 graduates of the Metalsmithing Department are being featured in the exhibition Jewelry in Proximity at Re:View Contemporary in Detroit with an opening reception August 24, 2013.
A continuation of an exhibition that took place in Toronto during the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference last spring, Jewelry in Proximity features work from over 40 emerging artists representing three separate institutions: Konstfack (Sweden), Saimaa University (Finland), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI).
Included in the exhibition are alumni Laura Bombach (’13), Kathleen Janvier (’13), Timothy McMahon (’13), Jen Reich (’13), Alissa Lamarre (’13), […]

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