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Department of Art – Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Anders Ruhwald- “Thinking Through Spaces: Objects and Site”

Anders Ruhwald is one of the foremost ceramic artists working in the world today. Noted for large-scale installations that explore ceramic as both idea and material, he brushes aside the distinction between ‘art’ and ‘craft’, emphasizing instead the disruptive and transformative capacity of objects in space. As the Director of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design Glenn Adamson has stated: “For all their compressed particularity, [his] sculptures are also enlivened by inexhaustible nuance. Ruhwald takes seriously the idea that surface is where form interfaces with spatial context, so his surfaces have an intensity in all registers.”

Anders Ruhwald is Artist-in-Residence and Head of Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2005. Solo exhibitions include “The Anatomy of a Home” at The Saarinen House in Michigan, “You in Between” at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the United Kingdom, and more than 25 gallery and museum solo shows in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Chicago, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Brussels as well as more than 100 group-exhibitions around the world. His work is represented in over 20 public collections internationally including The Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom, Musée des Arts décoratifs, France; The Denver Art Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Icheon World Ceramic Center, Republic of South Korea; The British Crafts Council and The National Museum, Sweden. In 2011, he was awarded the Gold Prize at the Icheon International Ceramics Biennale in South Korea, in 2010 he received a Danish Art Foundation three-year work-stipend, and in 2007 he received the Sotheby’s Prize, United Kingdom. His work has been reviewed in major publications including the Guardian, Wallpaper, Artforum.com, Sculpture Magazine, and Avenuel. Ruhwald has lectured and taught at universities and colleges around Europe and North America and has held an associate professorship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sponsored in-part by the Robert James Ceramic Endowment.