The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Gary Griffin and Cranbrook Students Exhibit Metal Sculptures
Critical Mass: Metalsmithing at Cranbrook under Gary Griffin.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS.- The Cranbrook Art Museum presents the exhibit Critical Mass: Metalsmithing at Cranbrook under Gary Griffin through October 15, 2006. After twenty-two years as Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Department of Metalsmithing at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Gary Griffin is moving his studio practice to New Mexico. Critical Mass celebrates Griffin's remarkable tenure at Cranbrook through an exhibition of work by a broad cross-section of the 121 Academy alumni that received an MFA in Metalsmithing from 1985 through 2005.

"Cranbrook has been a marvelous environment," says Griffin, who will relocate with his wife Pat to their ranch and studio in northern New Mexico, where he will continue his metalsmithing career and focus his energies on new works. "We are grateful for all Cranbrook has afforded us, for the influence exerted upon our understanding of art. We raised our two children on its grounds and although we think highly of the Detroit area, the West and the open country exert a magnetic attraction."

During his Cranbrook tenure, Griffin – considered one of the nation's foremost metalsmiths – maintained an active practice focusing on utilitarian works for residences and institutions, resulting in regular commissioned work, from tables, furniture and lighting to gates, fences and railings. Interest in his work has resulted in pieces being placed throughout the country including the award-winning vehicular and pedestrian entry gates to the Academy of Art at Lone Pine Road and Academy Way – something Griffin credits as one of his greatest achievements at Cranbrook.

"I have the utmost respect for Gary Griffin," says Gerhardt Knodel, director of Cranbrook Academy of Art. "His creative acumen and leadership in higher education are legendary. Thanks to his talent, the Academy is recognized as one of the top graduate art programs in the United States. I wish Gary well in his future pursuits, and thank him for his years of service to the Academy."

Griffin received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1974. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including two National Endowment of Arts awards in 1976 and 1977. In 2005, he was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows for his contributions and achievements in the field of Metalsmithing.

In addition to "Critical Mass," Griffin's years of service to Cranbrook are being honored with the establishment of the Gary S. and Patricia J. Griffin Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarship aid to one metalsmithing student each year. Those interested in contributing a gift towards the scholarship can do so by calling 248.645.3214.

Today's News

June 4, 2006

Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings Opens

Renaissance to Rococo Drawings in Santa Barbara

New Exhibition Presents New Discoveries, New Artists

Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne

American Artists Featured at MCA Minsk

Allen Art Museum Names New Curator Of Western Art

The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America

Art of Climate Change at Natural History Museum London

First Ladies Exhibit at Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Woodrow Wilson Anniversary Celebrated

Gary Griffin and Cranbrook Students Exhibit Metal Sculptures

Photography Portfolio for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

Spoon, Fork and Knife Timeline on view in New York

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Rare 1943 Lincoln Cent sells for $204,000 at Heritage Auctions

2.- Exhibition is the first to shed light on the phenomenon of the princely painter

3.- Nathaniel Silver named new Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

4.- Rijksmuseum van Oudheden explores the mystical world of the ancient Egyptian gods

5.- Media error draws misleading reports on sale of 1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent

6.- Four men deny giant gold coin heist from Berlin's Bode Museum

7.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an immersive installation by Charles Long

8.- Egypt says stolen pharaonic tablet repatriated from United Kingdom

9.- Israeli museum under fire over 'McJesus' exhibit

10.- Claremont Rug Company founder Jan David Winitz reveals major shifts in high-end antique Oriental rug market

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful