Cranbrook Gets The Nod

For the past few months Russell has been deciding where to go to get a Master’s in Fine Arts degree — and yesterday he decided.

This fall he’ll be going to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  It’s an interesting place with an interesting history.   The Academy is part of the 315-acre Cranbrook Educational Community that was founded by Detroit newspaper owner George Gough Booth and Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen.  The Academy of Art has been home to many artists who have had a significant impact on modern art and culture.

Cranbrook’s mission statement says it offers “an intense studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art, architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture.”  The painting program “stresses self-exploration and independent work in an atmosphere of ongoing critical discussion involving social, political, and artistic concerns” and “is grounded in the assumption that each student arrives exceptionally motivated and committed to creating art.”  In short:  “The students themselves give form and vitality to the working environment through their energy, diversity, and interaction.”

Life always brings new challenges, and this fall Russell and his artistic vision will welcome the challenge of Cranbrook.  Such new challenges are what make life interesting — and from the parental viewpoint, the fact that he’ll be much closer and we’ll have the chance to visit him on a campus that is a National Historic Landmark isn’t a bad thing, either.

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