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Cranbrook Academy of Art Announces Interim Leadership Appointments

November 28th, 2023

Judy Dyki, Michael Stone-Richards, Lynn Tomaszewski

Academy to be led by a leadership team through May of 2024, consisting of:

Judy Dyki, Deputy Director

Lynn Tomaszewski, Dean of Academic Affairs

Michael Stone-Richards, Dean of Programs and Partnerships


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH., Nov. 28, 2023 – Cranbrook Educational Community has announced a new leadership team at Cranbrook Academy of Art, effective immediately. This team will replace Paul Sacaridiz, who left the Academy for personal reasons on Nov. 8, 2023.

For the remainder of the 2023–2024 academic year, Cranbrook Academy of Art will be led by a leadership team consisting of:

  • Judy Dyki, Deputy Director
  • Michael Stone-Richards, Dean of Public Programs and Partnerships
  • Lynn Tomaszewski, Dean of Academic Affairs

“Cranbrook is committed to the Academy and maintaining the progress already achieved and on the horizon,” said Aimeclaire Roche, President of Cranbrook Educational Community. “We believe this leadership structure will allow all projects and program initiatives currently underway to continue without losing momentum. We have full confidence in Judy, Michael, and Lynn, and think that this is the best way to help us to meet our immediate program goals, while continuing to navigate important conversations on campus about how the Academy can thrive.”

Lynn Tomaszewski and Michael Stone-Richards both joined the Academy at the start of the 2023–2024 academic year. Dyki has been with the Academy for 39 years.

Judy Dyki is Deputy Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and her areas of responsibility include accreditation, library services, technology, institutional research, Fulbright program, budget planning, and day-to-day operations of the school. Before coming to Cranbrook in 1984, she served as Branch Head and Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Detroit Library, and she worked with the publisher Gale Research. Dyki has degrees in art history and library and information science from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is editor of the journal Art Documentation (University of Chicago Press), co-editor of the second edition of the Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship (Facet Publishing, 2017), and serves as freelance editor on several art-related publications.

Lynn Tomaszewski previously served as Chief Academic Officer/Academic Dean at the Moore College of Art and Design. She has 25 years of experience in higher education, also serving as the Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Chair of Foundations at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, where she was on the faculty for 16 years. She also served on the faculty of the Art Students League of New York.

Tomaszewski is also a visual artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the public collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, California.

Michael Stone-Richards is a writer, scholar, and educator who has taught at Northwestern University, Stonehill College, and the College for Creative Studies. Born in the West Indies, he was educated in England and in Europe, where he studied philosophy, poetry, and art history. He holds an MA and PhD in Modern European Art from the Courtauld Institute, and his poetry, philosophy, art writing, and art pedagogy has been widely published in English and French. Through his work on Social Practice, Michael is interested in the role of care, attention, and conversation in creating insights or passages of intimacy among strangers and friends.

Michael has served on the founding Program Committee of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Culture Lab Detroit, and most recently the Modern Ancient Brown Foundation, founded by Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate McArthur Binion (MFA Painting 1973). With his wife, Addie Langford (MFA Ceramics 2006), who is also an Academy of Art graduate, Michael co-founded the publication, Detroit Research. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has been awarded many grants and fellowships – including serving as a Visiting Scholar in the Critical Studies program at Cranbrook Academy of Art during the 2019-2020 academic year.  He also served as a Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, and the Alice Berlin Kaplan Center for the Humanities, Northwestern. He recently received a Warhol Foundation Grant for his upcoming book titled Care of the City, proposing a theory of care and Social Practice (Sternberg Press).

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is one of the country’s top ranked, graduate-only programs in architecture, design and fine art. Each year, up to 150 students study and live on our landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum, and 300 acres of forests, lakes, and streams, all a short drive from the art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of 11 disciplines: Architecture, 2D Design, 3D Design, 4D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is anchored by celebrated Artists- and Designers-in-Residence, one for each discipline, all of whom live and practice on campus alongside our students. For more information, visit us at cranbrookart.edu.