Greetings from Our 2D Design Department
Happy New Year from the Admissions staff at Cranbrook Academy of Art! We welcome your interest in our 2D Design department and remind you that the application deadline for Fall 2019 is February 1.

You’ll find that we do things differently here. As America's number-one ranked independent graduate MFA program*, our students and mentors work side by side to develop an individual voice for a lifelong creative practice. We think it works – and has for more than 85 years.

Situated on an Eliel Saarinen-designed campus that is a National Historic Landmark, the remarkable physical setting matches the intellectual and artistic one. At Cranbrook, individual effort creates a shared community that values risk-taking, curiosity and experimentation directed to influence contemporary culture around the world.

In this newsletter, you’ll find details about studio life, including travel, visiting critics and artists, lectures, and the work of our 2D Design alumni and Designer-in-Residence.

If your interests extend beyond 2D Design, our self-directed environment encourages you to explore different disciplines as you work within your chosen department. To get a true sense of everything the Academy has to offer, take a look at our website or give us a call.

To get started on your application to Cranbrook Academy of Art, click here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Leslie Tobakos
Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager

Vanessa Lucero Mazei
Student Services Manager, Admissions Coordinator + Assistant Registrar

Cranbrook Academy of Art

*U.S. News & World Report Guide to Graduate Schools, 2016
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Visiting Artists, Critics and Curators
Bart de Baets Workshop
Nontsikelelo Mutiti
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes. Instead, we provide students with a framework of departmental activities developed in partnership with the Artist-in-Residence to allow for individual exploration and growth.

Last spring we welcomed Harsh Patel and the New York-based graphic design studio Other Means. Amsterdam-based designer Bart de Baets also visited and delivered a public lecture and hosted a workshop with our students.

This semester, we welcomed Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist and educator Nontsikelelo Mutiti.

To see other visitors that visit the department this year, follow along with life in the studio on the 2D Design Instagram channel.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
"We Can Listen & Push Back
at the Same Time"
Food fight at Magic and Pasta
Nicole Killian (2D Design ’11) served as the guest editor for the new publication "We Can Listen and Push Back at the Same Time," a look at how to queer design education without compromise. It was published by the Walker Art Center. Click here for more information.

Helen Ip (2D Design '15) helped to launch the first annual epic "food fight" at Magic and Pasta, a cultural art and conversation space in Berkeley, California.

Meaghan Berry (2D Design '12) recently wrote the essay "Why Are Feminist Book Cover Designs Still So Sexist?" for the AIGA Eye on Design. Read it here.

Cleon Peterson (2D Design '06) opened the solo exhibition Shadow of Man at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Blood and Soil at Over The Influence in Los Angeles.
Department Travel
2D Design in Los Angeles
In November, the department visited Los Angeles, where they explored the city and the studios of local artists.

While there, they visited the studios of Lorraine Wild (Design '75), Aaron Elvis Jupin, Folder Studio, IN-FO.CO, and Ben Sanders.

The department also visits the local studios, gallery spaces, and exhibitions of Detroit-based alumni.
Designer-In-Residence News
Elliott Earls "Studio Practice"
"Tangly" collaboration
Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls continued his YouTube series “Studio Practice” with recent episodes exploring the idea that intelligence is as much a set of behaviors as an innate biological capacity. In episodes 69 and 71, Elliott examined the recent behavior of both Donald Trump and Kanye West as a way of gaining deeper insight into which behaviors can make for a smarter artist/designer.

In Episode 75, Elliott examined the mechanics of political dissent as it pertains to the graphic designer.

Elliott’s exploration of avant-garde graphics continued this fall with monthly limited edition print releases through As part of this series, Elliott collaborated with Rudy Vanderlans and Zuzanna Licko from Emigre to release the “Tangly” print.

In September, Elliott’s work was featured in the 26th Annual Poster Biennale in Warsaw Poland, and in early December, Elliott was a featured lecturer in Bozen-Bolzano Italy for “Learning from November” where he lectured on his work and the work of the 2D studio. Elliott was recently interviewed and profiled on the Ghostly Records/Behance “Action Method“ blog and interviewed by Benjamin Boyce on his YouTube show
Our Campus Receives National Recognition
Cranbrook Academy of Art. Photo: PD Rearick
Alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art have often said that their time here was like spending time in a “design storybook.” Our Eliel Saarinen-designed campus is a National Historic Landmark and continues to receive recognition from around the world, more than 85 years after its founding.

Recent articles in USA TODAY  place our campus as a “must-see” architectural destination in Michigan. And over the summer, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, launched an in-depth look at modernism in Michigan, featuring Cranbrook as the incubator of the movement.

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