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Welcome Christopher!


Christopher Scoates, a 1986 graduate of the Photography Department, was recently appointed the new Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

Scoates was most recently the Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach and brings with him more than 25 years of experience working with artists and educators in traditional university settings and stand-alone art schools. He returns to Cranbrook with his wife, J. Fiona Ragheb (a graduate of Cranbrook Kingswood schools) and we are thrilled to welcome them back to campus! Stay tuned for a special alumni meet and greet event in the fall. For the full press release, click here.


All Abroad! Fulbright Scholars Take Flight


Congratulations to three Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates who have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants!

This brings the total number of Academy students who have received grants over the past 11 years to 25 - making the Academy, per capita, one of the highest producers of student Fulbright scholars in the United States.

This year's recipients include: Ryan Debolski (Photography '14) who will travel to Oman to compile a photographic series examining architecture and the relationship it has to the identity of the Musandam Peninsula; Kelley O’Brien (3D Design '14) who will visit Quezon City in the Philippines, home of one of the largest landfills, in order to study the specific effects the dumpsite has on the built environment; and Juan Torres (Architecture '11) who heads to Denmark to develop a modular system of architectural units that can become interactive public sculptures. For more information about the recent Fulbright Scholars, click here.


Tiffany Foundation Grants Announced


We’re so proud of Ariel Brice (Ceramics '09), Seth Papac (Metalsmithing '09) and Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department Mark Newport. They each received a $20,000 unrestricted grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

This remarkable honor is awarded to only 30 recipients from across the country – all American artists working in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, craft and multimedia.

Recipients were chosen from a poll of 137 nominees proposed by the Foundation’s trustees, artists, critics, and museum professionals throughout the United States.

For the complete list of awardees, and to learn more about the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, click here.


Fiber Frenzy


More news from the Fiber Department:

Jane Lackey, former Artist-in-Residence of the Fiber Department (1997-2007) and Academy graduate (Fiber '79), was inducted into the American Craft Council's College of Fellows this year. More information on this esteemed honor here

Gerhardt Knodel, former Fiber Department Artist-in-Residence (1970-1996) and Director of the Academy (1996-2007) will open "Let the Games Begin" a never-before-exhibited body of work at Wasserman Projects September 16 – November 10, 2014.

Anne Wilson, a 1972 graduate of the Fiber Department and recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award will open "Thread Lines" at the Drawing Center September 19 – December 14, 2014.

Good Weather, Great Shows


Founded by Academy alumnus, Haynes Riley (2D Design '11), Good Weather is a contemporary art gallery in Arkansas that has transformed a single-car garage into a participant-guided gallery. Martha Mysko (Painting '11) is currently featured in the upcoming exhibition "It was an ordinary day…" which will be open through Sept. 6, 2014.

Past exhibiting artists include, Lauren Cherry (Ceramics '11), Tony Garbarini (Print Media '11), Jon P. Geiger (Ceramics '14), Talon Gustafson (2D Design '10), Trisha Holt (Photography '12), Ian Jones (Print Media '12), James Payne (Sculpture '11), Daniel Roberts (Sculpture '11), Max Springer (Painting '12), Erin Sweeny (Photography '11), Katie Wynne (Sculpture '11), and John Zane  Zappas (Print Media '12). For more information visit the gallery website here or watch a video on Riley and his project produced by Half Cut Tea.


Shiny and New(s)

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Detroit-based alum Christopher Schanck (3D Design '11) and his "ALUfoil" furniture is making big news! This summer his work was included at Design Miami/Basel, and received two great write ups in Artsy (here and here).

New works will also be featured in upcoming exhibitions at Johnson Trading Gallery and Almine Rech Gallery in Belgium later this year.

If you are in NYC, you can see Schanck's work in Tom Ford's Madison Avenue store and the new Dior store in Manhasset. Check out the recent article in Vogue Magazine featuring his work.


Who's Showing?


Do you know of any alumni that are participating in Art Prize, Grand Rapids or Art Basel, Miami? Are you exhibiting yourself? We'd love to promote your work and provide a comprehensive list for event/fair goers.

Click here and fill out the form letting us know where you'll be! We're proud of your work and want to share your accomplishments.


Jobs and Opportunities


Don't forget about our "Jobs and Opportunities" page. New positions, calls for entry, workshops, and more are posted on a regular basis.

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Image credits:
Ryan Debolski, Dubai 01, 2009, Archival inkjet print, 32” x 40“
Kelley O’Brien, Woodward’s Pontifex, 2014, Wood, PVC, acrylic paint,10 acres
Juan Torres, Constellation 1, 2012, Ceramic, 6” x 6” x 6”

Ariel Brice, Unanimous (detail), 2011, Porcelain, 78" x 126" x 3 ½"
Mark Newport, Heroic Efforts, 2009, Video still
Seth Papac, redblackleopard; from the sets/accessories series, 2010, Mixed, 18" x 13 ¾" x 3"

Martha Mysko, It was an ordinary day… , 2014



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