Cranbrook Academy of Art is the country’s top ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design and fine art. Each year, just 75 students are invited to study and live on our landmark Saarinen-designed campus, which features private studios, state-of-the art workshops, a renowned Art Museum, and all a short drive from the red-hot art, design, and music scene of Detroit. The focus at Cranbrook is on studio practice in one of ten disciplines: Architecture, 2D and 3D Design, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, and Sculpture. The program is anchored by celebrated Artists- and Designers-in-Residence all of whom live and practice on campus alongside our students.
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Cranbrook Art Museum is an integral part of Cranbrook Academy of Art, a community of Artists-in-Residence and graduate-level students of art, design, and architecture. The Art Museum presents original exhibitions and educational programming on modern and contemporary architecture, art, crafts, and design, as well as traveling exhibitions, films, workshops, tours, and lectures by renowned artists, designers, artists, and critics throughout the year. In 2011, the Art Museum completed a three-year $22 million construction project that includes both the restoration of the Saarinen-design building and a state-of-the-art Collections Wing addition.
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The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, which was founded in 2012, centralizes the Cranbrook story to increase awareness of—and access to—the diverse art, architectural, landscape, design, and historical resources that comprise the Cranbrook legacy. Through research initiatives, tours, lectures, and exhibitions, the Center reveals the history and influence of Cranbrook. An important part of the Center, Cranbrook Archives is the primary repository for the history of the Cranbrook Educational Community. The department is responsible community and divisional records of permanent value related to the community and the individuals who have been associated with Cranbrook since its founding in 1904.
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Cranbrook’s founders, George and Ellen Booth, broke ground on Cranbrook House in 1907 and moved their family into their manor home in 1908. The English Arts and Crafts-style style house was designed by renowned architect, Albert Kahn and is open for public tours June through October. Cranbrook House is situated on a 40-acre site which features an outdoor Greek Theatre, thousands of trees, pine-covered walkways, and extensive gardens which are open daily to the public from May through October.
Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, restoring, and maintaining Cranbrook House & Gardens.
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Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science plays a significant role in building a scientifically literate public in the Great Lakes Region. Founded in 1930, the Institute boasts permanent and changing exhibitions, a planetarium, and regular access to a research-grade telescope. The Institute’s more than 150,000 objects and artifacts allow for the creation of unique hands-on experiences for the public and visiting students. In addition to lectures, camp programs, and annual events such as Halloween Science and Maple Festival, the Institute of Science plays a leading role in outreach education in the State of Michigan.
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Cranbrook Schools is a comprehensive, college-preparatory learning environment, students Pre-K through Grade 12. With approximately 1660 students total enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12, Cranbrook is the ninth largest independent school in the United States. The 260 upper school boarding students come from all over Michigan and the United States, and from more than 20 countries. Additionally, the Horizons-Upward Bound (HUB) program prepares students who have limited opportunities from the Detroit Metropolitan area to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Recognized nationally for academic excellence, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School has been named an Exemplary School by the U.S. Department of Education.
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