The Latest News From The Sculpture Department

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.

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Hillerbrand+Magsamen Will Present “147 Devices for Integrated Principles”

The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand (Sculpture ’04) and Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) will present 147 Devices for Integrated Principles, a new, multimedia, performative artwork that animates everyday objects as unifying mechanisms for survival during times of social disconnect and intensified need. As an immersive interdisciplinary theatrical experience, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles literally and conceptually unpacks our relationship to everyday objects and how we use them to ease the suffering and pain in our lives. The 60-minute production is […]

Surls to Lecture at Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Colorado-based artist James Surls (Sculpture ’69) is returning to his native state of Texas to lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth on March 29 from 6-7pm.  In conjunction with the special exhibitions A New American Sculpture, 1914—1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach and Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas, […]

“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).

Herr to Speak at the Museum of Arts and Design on Fridays

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) announces the Fall 2017 session of its Artist Studios Program and Van Lier Fellowship. The selected artists will work in MAD’s sixth-floor open studios from September 26, 2017 through January 28, 2018. Cranbrook Alum Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16) will be at the studio every Friday.  While at MAD, Herr will explore Soviet and Japanese propaganda textiles to expand upon her series “Snuggies for the Revolution.” Through this project, she is reconsidering her interest in patterns and the historical role of textiles used for both political oppression and resistance movements. Herr will also continue her “Propaganda Poster” series, which uses holographic sign vinyl and gouache to examine the ways pattern and other optical devices are used to both dazzle and visually confuse.

“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”!

Andrews Named Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow

Mike Andrews (Sculpture ’04) has been appointment as the new Executive and Creative Director of Ox-Bow, school of art and artists’ residency. Andrews has worked at Ox-Bow since 2010 as the Academic Director. In that role he was directly involved in setting the vision for the programs, and implementing the rigorous curriculum. Andrews also has been tenure-track faculty at the School of the Art Institute in the Department of Fiber and Material studies where he taught weaving, software, and experimental approaches to craft.

Surls Commissioned to Create Art for Lamar University

Texas-native artist and James Surls (Sculpture ’69) has been commissioned to create Lamar University’s newest art addition to bring inspiration and beauty to the campus.

‘Everyone can be inspired by art,’ said Kim Steinhagen, Public Art Committee co-chair, ‘It is one of those things that enriches our lives the more we are exposed to it, and it beautifies the campus. We love the landscaping on campus and art is just another part of that.’

Surls is a nature-inspired modernist artist, known for his carved sculptures and bronze and steel works. His work has been featured in many galleries around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, as well as in Canada, China, France, Mexico, and other countries.

Edgar Speaks About “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium”

As part of Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s Crafts and Conversation Series, David Edgar (Sculpture ’80) and his wife Robin will speak on the “Origins and Mythology of the Plastiquarium” on June 8. Edgar shifted from working in steel to making artwork from post-consumer recyclable plastics. One of the results of working in this new media is the series he refers to as “Creatures from the Plastiquarium.” He worked on EPCOT Center as an artist preparator with the Imagineering Division of the Walt Disney World Company before his professional career in art administration.

Goodson Curates His First Wexner Center Exhibition

In May, the Wexner Center will debut Gray Matters, the first exhibition curated by Michael Goodson (Sculpture ’97). The show completes a circle of sorts for the museum’s new, 48-year-old senior curator of exhibitions. Long before he chose what pieces to display at Columbus’ top contemporary arts venue, Goodson was on the other side of the artistic equation—an aspiring sculptor and punk-rock kid from Dayton seeking inspiration from his visits to the Wex. After several years of artistic practice and curating, “I found pretty quickly that I had an acumen for thinking about how work is installed and what it means in that context,” said Goodson.

Matelli Debuts New Sculpture at The Aldrich Contempary Art Museum

In an ArtDaily, an article featuring Tony Matelli’s (Sculpture ’95) debut of his singular, larger-than-life-size outdoor figurative sculpture at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Hera is an extension of Matelli’s Garden Sculptures series, initiated in 2015, in which he defaces garden statuary of classical or religious icons and subverts material expectation. Based on an ancient Greek statue of Hera and poised atop a pedestal, the statue, fabricated out of cast stone, is painstakingly aged to mimic a centuries old patina. The exhibition is open through October 21.

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.

Scolaro Talks with “Young Space”

Chrissy Scolaro (Sculpture ’16), chats with the blog Young Space about her education and influences. “Completing my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art was, hands down, my most challenging and rewarding academic experience,” said Scolaro. “In addition to the education I received there, a big take away has been the familial nature of the alumni network, which I’m hopeful will be a source of continued support and growth. Because Cranbrook sort of operates like more of a residency or commune, I think it’s common to be significantly transformed by the program in some way.”

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.

Herr Creates “Snuggies for a Revolution” on Display at Elijah Wheat Showroom

Johannah Herr’s (Sculpture ’17) Snuggies for a Revolution are featured in VICE. As she says, they are “a proposition for examining our own relationship with capitalist power structures that necessitate exploitation.” Snuggies for the Revolution are on exhibit at the Elijah Wheat Showroom in Bushwick through April 30, 2017.

McGill Opens a New Exhibition at Miller Yezerski Gallery

Head of Sculpture and Artist-in-Residence Heather McGill is showing Familiar to Millions, an exhibition of new work, at Miller Yezerski Gallery opens March 17, 2017. There will be a reception on Friday, April 7th, from 5 – 8 pm.

McGill’s sculptural compositions are intricate composites of pattern, selected and reconstructed from diverse source material. Each piece is a technicolor abstraction, comprised of laser cut acrylic and brightly painted paper, layered and hand-stitched in a process reminiscent of quilting. Familiar to Millions is a selection of recent work from McGill’s ongoing series that draws distinct elements from science, industry, and history. The exhibition is open through April 18, 2017

Hagen Exhibits at Marlin Art Gallery

Susan Hagen’s (Sculpture ’83) solo exhibition People Power The Recent Work of Susan Hagen
features works from her “Teenager Project” and “Citizens (People of Philly)” series. Included will be drawings and sculptures which explore the lives of teenagers and the ordinary people (and subcultures) who make up the fabric of urban life in Philadelphia. The exhibition on display at The Marlin Art Gallery at Camden Community College until April 7, 2017

Herr Collaborates with Kraska at Elijah Wheat Showroom in “Moll Madness”

Joseph Kraska’s trippy queer video series Peppré Ann and Froends returns with a new episode. This time, the girls are going shopping. But instead of typical consumer schlock and Orange Julius, they’re going to be exposed to the harsh, bizarre reality of the suburban mall (“moll”) as a privatized public space, where the logic of capitalism rules over free speech or the right to congregate. This all-too-real dystopian nightmare will be brought to life through an installation in collaboration with Johannah Herr (Sculpture ’16).

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.

New Sculpture Artist-In-Residence Rebecca Ripple profiled in the “Oakland Press”

The Oakland Press featured news about Los Angeles artist Rebecca Ripple becoming the interim Artist-in-Residence of Sculpture for the 2017-18 academic year.

Rebecca Ripple Named Interim Sculpture Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art

The Cranbrook Academy of Art Board of Governors and Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, announced today that Rebecca Ripple has been named the interim Artist-in-Residence for the Academy’s Sculpture Department. She will serve a one-year term, starting in the fall of 2017 and continuing through 2017-18 academic year.

Kempthorn Exhibits at the College of Wooster Art Museum

The College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) begins 2017 with an exhibition by Amber Kempthorn (Sculpture ’08), who will show A River Isn’t Too Much to Love, which includes drawing and collage. Kempthorn has taught at Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Art as an adjunct professor of art since 2012.

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.

Eastman Opened “Traces” at ArtSpace

Current student Angela Eastman (Sculpture ’18) opened Traces, a two person show with Sonja Hinrichsen at ArtSpace in Raleigh, NC on December 2. Eastman’s work in Traces can be understood as a microcosm of the way in which we move through the natural world.

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.

Heather McGill Announces Departure from Cranbrook Academy of Art

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., November 15, 2016
— Cranbrook Academy of Art announced today that Heather McGill, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Sculpture Department, will leave the Academy at the end of the 2016- 2017 academic year. McGill notified the Academy of her decision last week.

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).

ArtPrize 2016 Featured Cranbrook Grads

Several Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates participated in this year’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids and received recognition.
Higher Ground, an installation by artists Stephan Hillerband (Sculpture ’04) + Mary Magsamen (Sculpture ’94) was awarded 5th Place in the Time-Based category. The piece was created in the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon.” The artists, along with their children, embarked on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their […]

Gilkerson Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore

Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore presents Unending, artwork by Skye Gilkerson (Sculpture ’09) at Gallery Four in Baltimore, MD. Using video, installation, and works on paper, Gilkerson creates subtle interventions. Manipulating ubiquitous materials like newspapers, mirrors, and shards of found ceramic, the artist disrupts the viewer’s awareness of their surroundings and destabilizes familiar structures. The exhibition runs October 1-23.

Customs House Museum Showcases Sculptor Olen Bryant

Through October 16, the Orgain and Bruner Galleries of the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center will feature Alumna Olen Bryant (Sculpture ’54). Olen Bryant: Tennessee Treasure is an exhibition of thirty-one works.

Olen Bryant Opens at Customs House in August 11

Alumnus Olen Bryant’s (Sculpture ’54) work will be showcased in an exhibition opening in August at the Customs House Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Customs House Museum has 19 pieces donated to the museum by the artist, and these, along with others borrowed from private collectors, will make up the show. The exhibition runs until October 17.

Duane Hanson’s Work Featured in Joint Exhibition at Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Duane Hanson (Sculpture ’51) is part of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum hyperrealist sculpture exhibition, Hyperrealist Sculpture 1973-2016. Held in Bilbao, Spain, the exhibition  presents a selection of 34 works by the 26 artists most representative of this movement. The exhibition is open through September 26, 2016.

Designer Bethany Shorb Opens Retail Location

Crain’s featured an article about Bethany Shorb (Sculpture ’01). She is opening a retail space in Detroit called Well Done Goods by Cyberoptix. The 1,000-square-foot store will open in November 2016 and feature mostly design goods for men that are made in Detroit and elsewhere. Well Done Goods opened at the beginning of November.

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw at Postmasters Gallery

Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw (both Sculpture ’09) recently opened the solo exhibition, Behold! I teach you the Overman!, at Postmasters gallery in NYC.

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.

Kate Clark’s Work Featured in Desiigner’s “PANDA”

Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) was recently approached by Kanye West’s team at G.O.O.D. Music to create a balanced half-human/half-animal mask for Desiigner’s new “PANDA” video.

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.

Todd Erickson Exhibits Sculptures at Robert Kidd Gallery

Todd Erickson (Sculpture ’86) fascination with rivers continues. He uses tree branches that he finds as he explores Michigan rivers to cast in bronze for his sculptures. Some of the larger pieces can take up to two years to create. His sculptures — many named after Michigan rivers — are on display through April 2 at Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan.

Lindsay Preston Zappas and John Zane Zappas Exhibit at Vacancy

Cranbrook alumni Lindsay Preston Zappas (Sculpture ’13) and John Zane Zappas (Print Media ’12) opened the exhibition Some Tables and Chairs at Vacancy in Los Angeles. They “attack the gallery space from both land and air.” Banks of fabric posters hang freely throughout the main gallery space, suspended in mortal stasis. Crowded in squirts and slices of image, the posters are a biopsy of Lindsay Preston Zappas’ perpetual working process. On the ground level, John Zane Zappas has placed a series of stools-as-sculptures […]

Cranbrook Academy of Art Maintains Designation as a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students, and once again, Cranbrook Academy of Art was ranked as a top producer. With another grant received last year, Academy students have now received a total of 26 grants over the past 12 years, making the Academy, per capita, the highest producer of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

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,

Academy Alum Kate Clark Discusses How Taxidermy is Part of her Work in National Geographic

“This is not in an effort to create a creature from fantasy or nightmares, but rather to confront the viewer with mankind’s innate connection with the animal kingdom by evoking empathy, curiosity, and, sometimes, discomfort,” said Kate Clark (Sculpture ’01) in a National Geographic video. Clark discussed how she uses taxidermy in her work.

Cranbrook Opens Its Doors to Showcase Graduate Work and Work Spaces

The 2015 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public with a special ArtMembers’ Opening Reception on April 18, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 69 graduates. The exhibition opens to the public on April 19 and will run through May 10, 2015.

Keegan Kuvach Joins Show at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Keegan Kuvach (Sculpture ’14) joins a distinguished list of contemporary artists contributing work to the exhibition Love: The First of the 7 Virtues, opening at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run from February 14 through December 6, 2015. It will include two pieces by Kuvach. For more details, and to view the exhibition catalog, click here

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