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Through its almost century-long history, Cranbrook Academy of Art has become the school most associated with contemporary American design and the place of work and study for Eero Saarinen, Peter Bohlin, the Eames couple, and Florence Knoll, among others. Today, the school offers exclusively graduate programs with no set curriculum or fixed courses and is limited to only 150 students and 10 artists-in-residence. I popped by the open studios to see academy resident’s latest works.

Cranbrook is located in the middle of the forest, in peaceful historic surroundings
Works by artist-in-residence in painting, Beverly Fishman

Paintings by Allan Bennetts II

Works by artist Lydia Enriquez graduating this year
Lydia Enriquez
One of the many studio buildings with stunning vast windows

Architect-in-residence Ceren Bingol’s studio was once the original studio for Charles and Ray Eames
Architect-in-Residence Ceren Bingol

Industrial designer Joe Parr

Inside the school’s Williams Natatorium by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien that opened in 1999

Inside Saarinen House by Eliel Saarinen designed in 1920s

Cranbrook Academy of Art

39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI (View in map)

The program at the Academy is simple: 150 graduate students work together and are mentored by 10 Artists-in-Residence for a full-time two-year studio-based study. The Academy offers graduate study for a Master’s Degree in one of 10 departments2D Design3D DesignArchitectureCeramicsFiberMetalsmithingPaintingPhotographyPrint Media, and Sculpture. There are no fixed courses or a set curriculum. Instead, the structure of the program develops from each department outward – not from the top down.

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