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August 10, 2018

Susan R. Ewing Named Interim Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN—Susan R. Ewing has been named interim director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, according an announcement from Dominic DiMarch, president of the Cranbrook Educational Committee. Ewing arrives at Cranbrook from Miami University of Ohio, where she has been a professor and administrator for more than thirty years. She will join the academy on Monday, August 20.

“Susan is a perfect fit for Cranbrook Academy of Art at this time,” DiMarco said. “She has a strong background as an accomplished studio artist and educator, and I am confident that she will collaborate with and guide the artists-in-residence and mentor the academy staff as we look toward the future. Susan has a strong track record as a strategic thinker and we look forward to the fresh insight she will bring to the academy’s programs.”

Ewing joined Miami University of Ohio faculty in 1981 and served as a University Distinguished Professor for more than ten years, receiving the Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty Award in 2005 and the Benjamin Harrison Medallion in 1996. From 2008 to 2016, she was the senior associate dean and associate dean of the university’s College of Creative Arts. Internationally, she has been the J.W. Fulbright Senior Lecturing Scholar at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and a Masterclass Guest Professor in Silversmithing at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work in metalsmithing has been widely exhibited.

“As a maker, educator, and administrator, I am truly honored to serve Cranbrook Academy of Art at this time,” Ewing said. “The rich and unique legacy of this esteemed place and its creative thinkers is an important catalyst in considering our future in the twenty-first century and our continuing transformative impact on society.”

Ewing fills the position vacated in June by Christopher Scoates, who left Cranbrook for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. A search for a permanent director will begin at a later date.

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