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$12 for an Open(Studios) Community Day Visit for Two (Up to $30 Value)
During Open(Studios) Community Day at Cranbrook Academy of Art on Sunday, April 22, visitors are given access to private studios of up-and-coming architects, artists, and designers, where work will be available for purchase from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors also have access to the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Institute of Science for the day. Children 16 or younger may attend for free with a paying adult.
Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum
For more than 75 years, Cranbook Academy of Art has enjoyed a reputation as one of the nation's leading independent graduate schools for art and design. Renowned graduates such as designer Florence Knoll, architect Hani Rashid, and fiber artist Nick Cave all honed their craft on the verdant 315-acre campus, where crammed lecture halls are replaced with small studios and students enjoy one-on-one mentorships with the Artists-In-Residence. Designed to inspire creativity as much as possible, the academy supplies each student with his or her own private studio space, and allows artists to design their own program of study without formal boundaries or beret-based dress codes.
The Cranbrook campus is a work of art in itself, owing the design of its original buildings to famed Finnish architect Ellel Saarinen. The academy further inspires its graduate students and the surrounding community with a museum that grew out of the eclectic personal collection of George Booth in 1930, and has grown to focus on the art, craft, design, and architecture of the 20th, 21st, and 22nd centuries.