The Cranbrook Academy of Art, an educational community in Bloomfield Hills, has announced that Mark Newport, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department, will be leaving the academy at the end of the 2022-23 academic year to focus on his studio practice.
Since 2007, Newport has taught at the Academy of Art as an accomplished artist. He currently has works featured in the exhibitions Clothing: costume as contemporary art at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and Seize the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons Collection at the Saint-Louis Museum of Art.
“During Mark’s tenure, he continued to advance the reputation of the Academy’s Fiber Department, helping to secure its legacy as one of the most influential programs in the country,” said Paul Sacaridiz, Director of Maxine and Stuart Frankel from Cranbrook Academy. of art. “Through his work and teaching, he has broadened the way we think about craft, art, and design while expanding our understanding of fiber as a material-based practice.”
Newport came to Cranbrook from Arizona State University and previously taught at Western Washington University, the Kansas City Art Institute, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
As the 11th artist-in-residence on the Academy’s fiber since the department’s launch in 1932, Newport has mentored hundreds of students who have gone on to become leaders in the field.
“As a colleague, he was instrumental in shaping the academy, and we are deeply grateful for the rigor and thoughtfulness he brought to every decision we made,” Sacaridiz says. “He is a truly gifted educator and mentor, beloved by his current and former students, and we hope he continues to share these insights with all of us as he moves on to the next chapter.”
An international search process will be announced later this summer to secure Newport’s replacement. Coordinated by the Director of the Academy, a search committee will be formed with representatives of current artists in residence, administrative staff and alumni of the Fiber department.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and a master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.