The Latest News From The Painting Department

Fishman Featured in Jack Hanley’s Gallery Exhibition “Spieltrieb”

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is part of a group exhibition called, Spieltrieb at Jack Hanley Gallery. Spieltrieb is a German expression that can be translated as ‘play-drive’, the ‘urge to play’ or ‘play impulse’. In ‘On the Aesthetic Education of Man’ (1794) German poet and philosopher Friedrich Schiller described Spieltrieb as the ideal union of Formtrieb (the form impulse) and Stofftrieb (the sense impulse). In his theory, the sense impulse equals life whereas the form impulse equates with shape and therefore denotes the object of Spieltrieb as the living shape which for him is synonymous with beauty. The exhibition runs through February 5, 2018.

“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 […]

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.

Vieux Is Part of “Painters & Photographers”

Anne Vieux (Painting ‘) is part of a group exhibition at PC–G’s Reilly Gallery opening on September 14. Painters & Photographers presents painterly themes and techniques in recent abstract photography. This exhibition consists of illusionistic compositions— rendered somewhere between meticulous staging techniques, analog processes and digital alterations—manipulate perceptions of space and reality to create photographs that appear as abstract paintings. In addition to the exhibition, a Conjunctive Mini-Symposium will be held on October 26, 6:30-8pm. 

Nelson and Vieux Open “Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists” at Newcomb Art Museum

Cranbrook Alums Brittney Nelson (Photography ’11) and Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) are part of the group exhibition Unfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. Hailing from across the United States, the artists in this exhibition explore new ways of abstraction based on experimental, process-oriented methods. Intended to defamiliarize common imagery, their works preclude figurative recognition or easy comprehension. The methods of the exhibition’s artists are nuanced, time-intensive, and often drawn from unlikely modernized sources. These include “DIY” videos on YouTube, Photoshop errors, digital distortions, smart phone apps, and manipulated or synthetic materials such as scanned iridescent paper and digitally printed faux suede. The exhibition’s opening reception is on September 6 at 6:30pm and the exhibition is open through December 23, 2017.

Fishman Is Interviewed in “”

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is interviewed in by J. Fiona Ragheb. She speaks about her most recent work and how her “work adopts the language of abstraction to explore the body, issues of identity, and contemporary culture.”  

“Artnew News” Featured Cranbrook Graduates Outside of Standard “Art-Market Capitals”

Artnew News featured several stories about our graduates doing amazing things! Congratulations to Haynes Riley (2D ’11), Nicole Killian (2D ’11), Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11), Patrick Gantert (Sculpture ’10), and Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) – all either running or exhibiting in spaces outside of standard “art-market capitals.” Cranbrook is “thriving”!

Artist-in-Residence Fishman Opening Solo Exhibition at the Kravets Wehby Gallery in September

The Kravets Wehby Gallery is pleased to announce T.N.N., a solo exhibition of new work by Beverly Fishman, opening on Thursday, September 7 and running through October 7, 2017. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6 – 8 pm.

Fishman’s “The New Normal” (“T.N.N”) is an anxious meditation on the American drug crisis. The paintings form a series of almost sinister shapes that appropriate the forms of various medications, such as Prozac, Vicodin, and Xanax. Fishman’s acutely chromatic work is meticulously crafted from wood and coated in layer upon layer of paint to razor-sharp precision.

Richards Named Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Troy Richards (Painting ’97) is named the new Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Richards is an experienced arts administrator, artist, and faculty member who has worked at both a large public university and a small independent arts institution. Most recently, he was interim associate dean of the arts, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of Delaware, where he was responsible for the academic programs and activities of the college’s “arts portfolio,” which encompasses the visual arts and design, music, dance and theater.

Garofano’s Installation Showing at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles

The MARTEL WINDOW PROJECT: AMY GAROFANO  installation is located in the section of Beverly Boulevard at Richard Telles Fine Art. Amy Garofano’s (Painting ’12)  installation in Telles’s Martel window project space addresses the aesthetic implications of these environs while referencing painting and illusion. Her large black upholstered work is on the wall behind the window, while decorative rocks fill the floor beneath it. The exhibition is open through August 12.

Artist-in-Residence Fishman Part of Two Exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery NYC

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is part of two exhibitions at Jack Shainman Gallery in NYC, “The Coffins of Paa Joe and the Pursuit of Happiness.” The two interrelated exhibitions at the gallery’s Chelsea location and The School located in Kinderhook, NY. These exhibitions run through August 25, 2017.

Ross at Monique Monique Meloche in Chicago

But I Made These for You: True Stories and Other Objects exhibition by artist Joel Ross (Painting ’92) will be shown through August 12, 2017 at Monique Meloche. This exhibition is Ross’s fifth solo exhibition and for this one, he has created a series of minimalist text paintings. Ross is the Associate Professor at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cushman Displays Paintings at Boswell Mourot Gallery

New etchings and paintings from alumnus Brad Cushman (Painting ’86), the director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Art Gallery, will be on display at Boswell Mourot Gallery from June 10 to July 1. Landscapes, trees and their reflections, weathered surfaces, and textures have inspired this series of paintings and mixed media works. An opening reception for the exhibit, Though False Intended True, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Boswell Mourot Gallery.

Painting Alum Whitman Is Visiting Artist at Lake Tahoe Community College

Erin Whitman (Painting ’06) will be visiting artist at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) June 8-9. The school’s Art Department two days of events, including a lecture about her work and artistic inspirations on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. and a hands-on demonstration of her work on Friday, June 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. These events, sponsored by the LTCC Foundation and the LTCC Art Club, are free and open to the public.

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.

Binion is Featured in “Artsy” Article About Highlights of the 2017 Venice Binennale

McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) is part of the 2017 Venice Biennale’s centerpiece exhibition, Viva Arte Viva. Until he came to install for the Biennale, the 70-year-old McArthur Binion had never set foot in Venice. “I told friends that I wouldn’t go unless my work was in this show,” he said, smiling, on opening day.

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.

Anne Vieux Featured in Three Exhibitions

Anne Vieux (Painting ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition Mesh at Annka Kultys Gallery in London, and also has work featured in the group exhibitions Post Analog Painting II at The Hole in New York and Highlights in the Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut. 

The Drug Administration: Beverly Fishman talks High Modernism and Big Pharma

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of our Painting Department, talks with Artcritical about her work, including her recent exhibition at CUE Foundation for Art in New York City.

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.

Silverman Named Executive Director of the Riverside Arts Center

Camille Silverman (Painting ’06) is named Executive Director of Riverside Arts Center (RAC) in Riverside, Illinois. Silverman’s immediate goals include the launch of a membership drive leading up to RAC’s 25-year anniversary and an expansion of the educational programs offered by RAC throughout the community.

Smith Named One of the Top Ten Artists to Watch at NADA

Willie Wayne Smith (Painting ’10) was named one of the top ten artists to watch at New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) according to Artspace magazine. The large, multilayered paintings of Smith offer several access points: black line drawings that describe ordinary scenes from the point of view of an anonymous observer, text scribbled with airbrush paint that document the artist’s stream-of-consciousness, and a fragmented picture plane calling to mind a blurry photograph.

MOCAD Fellow Interviews Chalew

MOCAD Curatorial Fellow Scott Campbell visited alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16) studio in Highland Park, Michigan. He explored her space and spoke with her about her work where she “aims to shift the viewer’s perspective on the natural world and our role within it.”

Ahmadi Exhibition Opens at Leila Heller Gallery

Painting Alum Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05), whose ethereal, evocative use of the aesthetic modality of traditional Persian painting ensnares the viewer in complicit landscapes of violence, producing a potent and poetic critique of contemporary politics both foreign and domestic. Shiva Ahmadi: Ascend opens on March 9 at the Leila Heller Gallery in NYC.

Satlowski Exhibits at Embassy

Lauren Satlowski (Painting ’13) has a solo exhibition at Embassy Gallery called, Night in the Diamond Cut. Satlowski’s new works on paper employ characters that unabashedly celebrate their innate femininity while simultaneously calling the body into crisis. These archetypes —both girlish and aged– materialize and retreat through the staining and crystallization of watercolor and ink.

Fishman Interviewed in Art In America

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman sits down with Art in America magazine for the article “The Drug of Abstraction: An Interview with Beverly Fishman.” In it, she discusses her recent sabbatical in New York, and her continued body of work addressing the technological and pharmaceutical industry. On February 23, she opens a new exhibition of work at CUE Art Foundation in New York City (curated by Nick Cave, Fiber ’89).
Image: Beverly Fishman Untitled (ADHD), 2016, collage on paper, 19 by 24 inches. Photo […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Presents Distinguished Alumni Award to McArthur Binion

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., February 21, 2017– Cranbrook Academy of Art is pleased to announce that it will confer its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award on Chicago-based painter McArthur Binion (Painting ’73). Binion will receive the award and participate in a public conversation at Cranbrook Art Museum with Laura Mott, Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, and local writer and educator Michael Stone-Richards, on March 7 at 7pm.

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.”

Dickinson Exhibits at American University Art Museum

Jessica Dickinson (Painting ’99 ) is part of a new group exhibition, New Ruins at American University Art Museum. The artists work in the show foregrounds the specific temporal, material, and tactile aspects of painting as subject.

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.

Boggess Featured in Southwest Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Lynn Boggess (Painting ’80) was featured in the January issue of Southwest Art magazine. Boggess paints all year long in a variety of locations, the result of which is a body of work with substantially varied subject matter.

“Detroit Art Review” and “Juxtapoz Magazine” Reviews Fishman’s “Pain Management”

Detroit Art Review reviews Library Street Collective Detroit’s exhibition Pain Management, by Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman.

Fishman Exhibition To Open at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Selected works from Artist-in-Residence of Painting Beverly Fishman that explore the pharmaceutical industry’s role in modern health care will be on exhibition on January 20 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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.

Fishman’s “Pain Management” To Open at Library Street Collective

Painting Artist-In-Residence Beverly Fishman’s solo exhibition “Pain Management” is set to open at Library Street Collective in Detroit on December 10.

Thomason Opens at Teen Party

Congratulations to Tracy Thomason (Painting ’08) on the opening of her recent exhibition at Teen Party in Brooklyn. Read about it in Blouin Artinfo.

Kavanaugh Staff Artist at Soul Studio

The Detroit News featured an article about Soul Studio, a space in the West Bloomfield Farber Soul Center, where adults with special needs can express their creativity.

Fishman Is Featured In Group Exhibition at Library Street Collective in Los Angeles

Artist-in-Residence and head of the Painting Department Beverly Fishman is part of the group exhibition PAINTING/OBJECT by Detroit-based Library Street Collective. It is the third in Library Street Collective’s series of Los Angeles-based exhibitions. PAINTING/OBJECT runs from November 17 to December 10.

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.

Abelow Exhibits at Allen & Eldridge and ober gallery

Painting Alum Joshua Abelow (Painting ’08) participated in two exhibitions recently. A solo exhibition,  Drawings at Allen & Eldridge in NYC and a two-person exhibition NEW GODS at ober gallery in Kent, CT.

Chalew Is Part of “Big Sculpture @ The Factory”

The Detroit News features an article about a 59-artist exhibition set in a sprawling Highland Park industrial complex called Big Sculpture @ The Factory. Cranbrook Alumna Hannah Chalew’s (Painting ’16)  work is included in the exhibition that is open through October 22.

Sale of Bill Farmer’s Work Begins

Recently passed bookstore owner Tom Rudloff was a caretaker of his good friend Bill Farmer’s (Painting ’51) eclectic collection. From free-form ink drawings, sculptures and much more, Farmer was a prolific artist who worked in Omaha for much of a career that spanned more than 40 years, the Omaha World-Herald  reported.  The proceeds from the sale of Farmer’s art to galleries, museums or individuals will be donated to causes that were dear to the artist and his wife, Marge.

Beverly Fishman Piece Featured in “Detroit Home”

A Detroit Home Magazine article about a modern home in Huntington Woods, Mich., features the painting one stomach, one anxiety by Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting at Cranbrook Academy of Art Beverly Fishman.

Ben Schonberger’s Beautiful Pig Opens at River House Arts

River House Arts in conjunction with Contemporary Art Toledo, presents Beautiful Pig, an exhibition of work by artist Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13). The exhibition is centered on a trove of photographs and ephemera collected by a former Detroit police officer during the latter part of the 20th Century and purposefully assembled and augmented by the artist. The show opens with a public reception on Friday, August 12 from 8 – 10 pm and will be on view through September 8, 2016.

Painter John Wood Exhibits at ArtHaus

Featured in Artfix Daily, an article about THE LAKE – a transitional series of new paintings by Bay Area artist and Cranbrook alumnus John Wood (Painting ’74)– is open at ArtHaus in San Francisco.

McArthur Binion Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters

McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 18.

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.

Patrick Rock and John Corso Named Visiting Faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 9, 2016 — Patrick Rock and John Corso have been named visiting faculty at Cranbrook Academy of Art for the 2016-2017 academic year. Liz Cohen, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, and Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, have each been awarded sabbaticals.

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.

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