2017-18 Photography Department Newsletter
Visiting Artists and Curators
Rodrigo Valenzuela VisitRashaad Newsome
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes. Instead, we provide students with the resources to allow for individual exploration and growth.
The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art and design, and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.
This semester, Rashaad Newsome took time to visit with our students and deliver a talk while he was in Detroit serving as artist-in-residence for DLECTRICITY, a night-time festival of light-based art and technology held in Detroit (which featured many Cranbrook students and alumni). Watch this video retrospective of the project for insight into the exciting things currently happening in our city.
We also welcomed Harold Mendez and Rodrigo Valenzuela who delivered talks and visted with students to discuss their work.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen, WORLD LEADERSSkolos + Wedell
Jova Lynne (Photography ’17) was named the newFord Curatorial Fellow for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The intended outcome of this Fellowship is to develop and deepen curatorial research in Southeast Michigan among the artists who live and work in the region. The Fellowship produces an exhibition accompanied by a publication, and several public programs that put diversity first and foremost in the discourse.
Ben Schonberger (Photography ’13) was recently named one of “20 young artists shaping the future of photography” by FOAM Magazine. Schonberger was selected from a pool of 1,790 submissions from 75 different countries.
Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen (Photography ’14) hosted the pop-up exhibition WORLD LEADERS at the University of Michigan.
Brittany Nelson (Photography ’11) and Anne Vieux (Painting ’12) were featured in the group exhibitionUnfamiliar Again: Contemporary Women Abstractionists at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane.
Finally, Nancy Skolos (BFA Design ’77) and Thomas Wedell (Photography ’77) were awarded a 2017 AIGA Medal, joining a long list of Academy alumni who have received the prestigious award. In 2016, Gere Kavanaugh (Design ’56) was given an AIGA Medal, joining 10 Cranbrook alumni who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design.
Photo Department at the Polaroid Museum
The department takes regular local field trips to locations around metro Detroit, with each student selecting a particular location. They have recently visited places such as the Polaroid Museum, a mortuary, a childhood dance studio, many more.
Last spring, several of our students also traveled to the Society for Photographic Education Conference in New York City. Current students and alumni were also invited to present.
Danielle Dean, our new Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Photography Department, has split her time between Cranbrook and serving as an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work explores the colonization of the mind and body through media and cultural production.