April 2, 2014

2014 graduate exhibition

Cranbrook Academy of Art
© Irene Walker (Fiber ’14).

The exhibition
The 2014 graduate degree exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art opens to the public in April, and will showcase work from the next generation of architects, artists and designers who are shaping the future of art and design. The exhibition features pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of 75 graduates. The exhibition will run from April 22 to May 11.

In the exhibition, visitors can see an outdoor chandelier composed entirely of small bags of water, participate in an interactive virtual video work based on their movements in the gallery, and experience a self-activated mechanical arm that brings speakers directly to the listener.

The exhibition will fill the entire 15,000 square feet of Cranbrook Art Museum and surrounding grounds. It is the most diverse exhibition offered all year as it showcases work from across all ten of the academy’s departments—2D and 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Photography, Print Media, Painting, and Sculpture.

On April 27, go inside the academy’s private studio spaces at our third annual OPEN(STUDIOS) art sale + community day. This is the only time of the year when the public is invited inside the private studio spaces to see workspaces of today’s emerging artists and designers. Student artists and faculty from each of the academy’s ten departments will be on hand to discuss their work and show off their creative environment. Select pieces of student art will be for sale.

Each OPEN(STUDIOS) ticket includes admission to the art museum, but also to the Institute of Science and a voucher for future admission to Cranbrook Gardens. Participate in hands-on art and science activities for the whole family, have lunch at a mini food truck rally and more!

About Cranbrook Academy of Art
Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design and fine art. Each year, just 75 students are invited to 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 red-hot art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines: Architecture, 2D and 3D 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


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