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Susan R. Ewing. Photo: Jodi Miller.
Susan R. Ewing. Photo: Jodi Miller.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Names Susan R. Ewing Director

The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, has appointed Susan R. Ewing as its next director. The arts administrator, professor, and metalsmith has been serving as the institution’s interim director since August. She succeeds Christopher Scoates, who departed to lead the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

“In the few months she has been here, Susan has made remarkable progress at the Academy,” Dominic DiMarco, president of the Cranbrook Educational Community, said in a statement. “She quickly earned the respect of the students, staff, faculty, and volunteer leadership, who have all been eager to work with her on planning for the future. We look forward to her upcoming initiatives and have full confidence in her guidance.”

Prior to joining Cranbrook, Ewing served as a professor and administrator for more than three decades at Miami University of Ohio. After becoming a faculty member in 1981, she served as a university distinguished professor for more than ten years, and as senior associate dean and associate dean of the College of Creative Arts from 2008 until January of 2016. Ewing has also taught at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague and at the Royal College of Art in London. Ewing’s artworks can be found in numerous collections at institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Alessi Museum in Crusinallo, Italy.

For Ewing, accepting a more permanent role at the academy was an “easy decision” to make. She said: “The passion for Cranbrook that has been demonstrated by our staff, faculty, students, and alumni and the synergy we share convinced me that this is the right place for me now and into the future. I look forward to our plans to preserve and advance Cranbrook as a preeminent school of art, architecture, and design.”