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The Academy Celebrates Career of Sonya Clark




Director Reed Kroloff recognized Sonya Clark (Fiber '95) as the Academy's first Distinguished Mid-Career Artist during her  lecture on campus this past January. Clark is celebrated for her remarkable contributions and record as both an artist and educator, and for the important critical attention her work has received which includes the excellent program in Crafts and Material Studies she leads at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Distinguished Mid-Career Artist recognition will be conferred annually by the Academy and will focus attention on those alumni whose work has consistently shown a commitment to quality and innovation.

Clark was also recently awarded the 2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Fellowship. The VMFA Fellowships provide essential support for Virgina-based artists to advance their careers or further their education. For more information,  and


Save the Date: The 2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition



The 2011 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art
April 17-May 8, 2011
ArtMembers' Reception and Opening
Saturday, April 16

Cranbrook Art Museum, All galleries

The Academy invites all alumni to join us for  the always memorable annual Degree Exhibition, which this year focuses on the work of the 2011 graduating class. This year's exhibition will present the work of more than 75 emerging artists and designers at Cranbrook Art Museum, which is reopening for this special event after two years of renovation. The exemplary work showcased at the Degree Exhibition will reflect the culmination of two years of study by current students in a multitude of media and mixed-media, ranging from painting and sculpture to video, photography and installation work. Please mark your calendars now!



Fumihiko Maki: 2011 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects

Fumihiko Maki, Hon. FAIA.

The MIT Media Lab Complex in Cambridge, Mass


Fumihiko Maki (Architecture 1953), a distinguished Tokyo-based architect was named the 2011 winner of the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Maki is the second concurrent Cranbrook architecture graduate to receive this important honor. In 2010, Peter Bohlin a 1961 graduate of the program was awarded the medal. The Gold Medal recognizes an individual architect whose body of work has had an enduring impact on the field. The Academy's Eliel Saarinen and Eero Saarinen were also recipients of the gold medal, which has been awarded over the years to Frank Lloyd Wright and I.M. Pei, among other distinguished practitioners. Visit for more details.


New York Times: Beth Katleman and her Ceramic Curiosities


Beth Katleman (Ceramics '97) was  featured in a recent New York Times story in the Home and Garden section for work she presented at the Greenwich House Pottery gallery in New York City through February 17 . You can read all about Katleman's subversive porcelain sculptures in the complete article here.



 2010 William H. Johnson Prize Awarded to Karyn Olivier

Karyn Olivier
Inbound: Houston, 2009, Billboard installation


Karyn Olivier (Ceramics '01) was awarded the 2010 William H. Johnson Prize, an annual distinction presented to an early career African-American artist. Olivier is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Past recipients of the William H. Johnson Prize include artists such as Rodney McMillian, Edgar Arceneaux, and Sanford Biggers. For more information, please visit here.


Joshua Green Named Executive Director of National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts



Congratulations to Joshua Green (Ceramics '83), who has been appointed the new executive director of  The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.  NCECA is a membership organization composed of artists, educators, collectors, enthusiasts, exhibitors, industry and non-profit representatives with deep interests and commitments to ceramic art.


Jane Lackey Receives Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts


Former Artist in Residence and 1979 graduate of the Fiber Department, Jane Lackey was recently awarded a Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts for a five-month residency in Japan during 2011. A photo of her recent work is pictured left. For the latest updates on Jane and her work, please click here.


Honored: MoMA Adds Fonts of Jeff Keedy and Scott Makela to Permanent Collection



Two typefaces designed by Jeff Keedy (Design '85) and Scott Makela (Design '91) the former Artist-in-Residence and Head of Design 1996-1999), were selected by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York for admission to its architecture and design collection, together with 22 other digital typefaces by leading designers. For more information please see The New York Times article, "For Electronic Types, a Mark of Distinction."


Mark Callahan @ MASS MoCA!



"Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet
April 3 - July 31, 2011

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)

The work of Mark Callahan (Printmaking '00), will be presented at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art beginning in April as part of the exhibition, "Memery: Imitation, Memory, and Internet Culture." Callahan's work focuses on an interpretation of the World Wide Web through the creation of subtle, sedate portraits of popular Internet content that are both familiar and uncanny.  "Memery" will also debut a new work by Callahan entitled "House and Universe," which investigates the trend of video blogging through interior studies and architectural settings.


Elliott Earls one of 30 International Stars at the Milano di Triennale


Elliott Earls
Photograph by Fabrizio Marchesi


The Triennale di Milano  invited more than 30 international names in design -- among them the Academy's own Elliott Earls (current head of  2D Design and 1991 alum of the Design Department)-- to curate mini exhibitions of their work. In the galleries of the Triennale, Earls has created a landscape with his dynamic visual work that includes video projection, screens, and light. You can read all about the work in Wallpaper magazine online, please click here.

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