Cranbrook Academy of Art Names Susan R. Ewing Interim Director

Susan R. Ewing has been named interim director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield, Michigan. The arts administrator, professor, and metalsmith succeeds Christopher Scoates, who stepped down as head of the institution after a four-year tenure to lead the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The academy had previously appointed John Berry as Scoates’s successor in May, but he ended up declining the job, citing a family issue. Ewing will take up the post on August 20.

“Susan is a perfect fit for Cranbrook Academy of Art at this time,” said Dominic DiMarco, president of the Cranbrook Educational Community. “She has a strong background as an accomplished studio artist and educator, and I am confident that she will collaborate with and guide the artists-in-residence and mentor the academy staff as we look toward the future.”

Ewing comes to Cranbrook after serving as a professor and administrator at Miami University of Ohio for more than three decades. Since joining the school’s faculty in 1981, she worked in various roles, including as senior associate dean and associate dean of the College of Creative Arts. She has also taught at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London.

Over the course of her career, Ewing has received numerous awards, including the Ohio Craft Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. She was also twice honored at the White House by former president Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton. She is one of eighty artists whose work is included in the first White House collection of American craft. Her works can also be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Alessi Museum in Crusinallo, Italy, among others.