The Latest News From The Painting Department

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.

Beverly Fishman to Open Solo Exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York City

Congratulations to Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the upcoming opening of her solo exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York. The exhibition of recent works opens with a reception for Fishman on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from October 11 through November 10, 2018
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dawn Chan will accompany the exhibition. You can view the exhibition catalogue online here.
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Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) opens a new exhibition

Shiva Ahmadi (Painting ’05) opened a new exhibition of work at Haines Gallery. Read the 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.

Fishman’s “Rise” is Featured in the “Jewish News”

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s new mural “Rise,” a colorful and massive abstract mural spanning 170 feet by 60 feet — the largest design she has ever originated — covers the north-facing wall of the Detroit City Club Apartments. In the article, Fishman shares her perspective on the mural, her artistry and area experiences with the Jewish News. “This mural is a logical extension of my interest in installation art and in activating a larger environment through color, pattern and form. I am most excited by the […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Students Receive More Than $250,000 in Awards

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., May 11, 2018 — On the eve of its 2018 commencement ceremonies, Cranbrook Academy of Art celebrated another year of outstanding work by its graduate students at its annual Academy Awards Night on May 10.
Before a gathering of more than 200 students, families, friends and donors in deSalle auditorium at Cranbrook Art Museum, the Academy distributed more than $250,000 in fellowships, grants, awards, and scholarships. The awards are designed to support study at the Academy and to aid 2018 graduates in the transition from student to practicing artist.
Chen Li, a 2018 graduate of […]

Binion “Curates in Detroit” at The Hill Gallery

On May 4 from 5-8pm at The Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. is the opening reception of McArthur Binion: Curates in Detroit. The exhibition features work selected by McArthur Binion (Painting ’73) and features Academy alumni: Addie Langford (Ceramics ’06), James Franklin (Painting ’17) and Tiff Massey (Metalsmithing ’11). The exhibition closes on June 15, 2018.

Fishman’s Mural “Rise” to Grace Detroit Skyline

According to the Detroit Free Press, a new 170-foot-by-60-foot mural by accomplished artist and Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman will rank among the largest pieces of public art in Detroit once it’s finished by early May. Entitled “Rise,” the colorful, abstract mural will bring a vivid transformation to the north-facing wall of the brutalist-style architecture of the Detroit City Club Apartments at 1431 Washington Blvd. “Rise” will be […]


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 […]

Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s “Chemical Sublime” Is Visual Ecstasy

Hyperallergic reviewed Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman’s exhibition and said, “Beverly Fishman: Chemical Sublime, at Kavi Gupta Gallery, is visual ecstasy, in more ways than one.” Hyperallergic continues, “Fishman subversively explores perception and the ways contemporary humans fill the voids in our lives. For this show, she deploys forms utilized by the pharmaceutical industry. Integral to the success of Chemical Sublime is the fact that so many of the works possess distinctive voids. Nicknamed “Missing Doses,” these pieces […]

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

Beverly Fishman Opens Exhibition at Kavi Gupta Gallery

Beverly Fishman, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Painting Department, recently opened the solo exhibition Beverly Fishman: Chemical Sublime at Kavi Gupta gallery in Chicago. Read a review in Art & Object magazine

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.

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.”

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.

“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).

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 […]

Fishman is profiled in the American Medical Association’s “The JAMMA Network”

Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is profiled in the American Medical Association’s  The JAMA Network.  In it, she discusses the role and representations of pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry in contemporary culture. Fishman creates sculptural paintings—large, constructed installations with hypersaturated colors and industrial-like slick surfaces—that evoke the design of pills, their combinations in drug “cocktails,” and the colors and surfaces of drug advertising.

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.

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 “Curator.com”

Painting Artist-in-Residence Beverly Fishman is interviewed in Curator.com 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.”

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