January 24, 2019

Cranbrook Academy of Art Names Susan R. Ewing Director

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICHIGAN—Cranbrook Educational Community president Dominic DiMarco announced today the appointment of Susan R. Ewing as director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Ewing has served as interim director of the Michigan art school since August 2018. She replaces Christopher Scoates, who now leads the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

“In the few months she has been here, Susan has made remarkable progress at the Academy,” DiMarco said. “She quickly earned the respect of students, staff, faculty, and volunteer leadership, who have all been eager to work with her on planning for the future. We look forward to her upcoming initiatives and have full confidence in her guidance.”

Of her appointment, Ewing said, “Moving into a more permanent role at the Academy of Art was an easy decision for me. This is an exceptional place with a distinctive legacy that is unmatched anywhere in the world. The passion for Cranbrook that has been demonstrated by our staff, faculty, students, and alumni and the synergy we share convinced me that this is the right place for me now and into the future. I look forward to our plans to preserve and advance Cranbrook as a preeminent school of art, architecture, and design.”

Ewing joined the faculty of Miami University in Ohio in 1981, serving as a University Distinguished Professor for ten years, and later associate dean of the College of Creative Arts from 2008 to 2016. She has taught internationally as a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and as Masterclass Guest Professor in Metallsmithing at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is included in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian, and other prominent museums.

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