Rosalind Tallmadge, 2015
Rosalind Tallmadge, 2015
Conrad Egyir, 2018
Conrad Egyir, 2018
Maria Giancola, 2018
Maria Giancola, 2018

Painting

Department Philosophy

The contemporary painter must engage in a quest to locate herself or himself in today’s multi-faceted context.

Department Philosophy

The contemporary painter must engage in a quest to locate herself or himself in today’s multi-faceted context.

The Painting department at Cranbrook stresses self-exploration and independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion involving social, political, and artistic concerns. It is grounded in the assumption that each student arrives exceptionally motivated and committed to creating art.

Department Philosophy

James Benjamin Franklin, 2017

Department Philosophy

Department Philosophy

Contemporary painting is a rich and complex activity.

While existing in a continuum with centuries of painting, craft, styles, and issues, contemporary painting may encompass media that go far beyond the brush. Elements of sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, or writing may well be part of the painter’s craft. Yet, paradoxically, some provocative current painting makes use only of traditional materials and approaches. The students themselves give form and vitality to the working environment through their energy, diversity, and interaction.

Program

James Willard Johnson, 2015

Program

Program

Critique

Frequent individual and group critiques allow students to engage in dialogue with peers and various members of the Academy faculty. These encounters challenge students to question their intentions, encourage students to experiment, and to press their work further. The department is devoted to individual work, and this results in a fourth semester thesis exhibition, artist’s statement, and lecture. A prominent critic is brought in to critique each student’s thesis show. Visiting artists, critics, and theorists offer lectures, critiques, and seminars that add breadth to the curriculum. In weekly gatherings, students and the Artist-in-Residence discuss issues relevant to the work produced in the department. As a group, the department selects readings that focus on art areas such as history, politics, and sociology. Every year, the department travels to New York City to visit museums, galleries, and artists’ studios, further developing the dialogue with recent visiting artists and critics.

Program

Program

Program

Facilities

The studio building was designed by Eliel Saarinen specifically to accommodate painters, with high ceilings, solid walls, good light, and privacy. Studios are accessible seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and are close to the library, Central Media Lab, Art Museum and deSalle Auditorium. Students have quick access to these facilities to view art, conduct research, or attend events. The department maintains a wide range of basic hand tools, photo documentation equipment, and an opaque projector. The studios are near the woodshop, where students can build stretcher bars, constructions, and shaped canvases. A skilled technician supervises the woodshop, and instruction is available. The department also houses a “toxic room” with a fully operational ventilation system where airborne and liquid mediums can be employed.

Visiting artists, critics, art historians and curators

Jerry Saltz​

Visiting Critic

Visiting artists, critics, art historians and curators

Visiting artists, critics, art historians and curators

A prominent critic is brought in to critique each student’s thesis show. Visiting artists, critics, and theorists offer lectures, critiques, and seminars throughout the academic year that add breadth to the curriculum.

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The Painting department at Cranbrook stresses self-exploration and independent work.