BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI.- Cranbrook Academy of Art
announced that Anders Ruhwald, Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department and a native of Denmark , has received a $30,000 2009 Artist Grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. The Danish Arts Foundation was established by the Danish Government in 1964. The role of the Foundation is to promote Danish creative arts. The Foundation's area of activity includes the visual arts, literature, music, crafts and design, architecture, cinema, and theatre, as well as other comparable forms of creative art that do not have other avenues for state support. Ruhwald was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Ceramics Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008 following the retirement of Tony Hepburn. His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the globe.
Ruhwald was born in Denmark , and educated at the Glass and Ceramics School in Bornholm , Denmark and the Royal College of Art in London . He was awarded the Sotheby Prize from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2007. In 2005, he received the Annie and Otto Johannes Detlef's Award for young, experimental ceramic artists from the Museum of Art & Design in Denmark . In 2002, he was awarded Biennial Award in the Danish Biennial for Craft and Design.
For the last eight years, Ruhwald has enjoyed an active international exhibition career that has spanned Europe, Africa, Asia and North America . He has won critical acclaim for his conceptual work that explores the boundaries of the ceramic medium as an idea and a material. Ruhwald brings an international perspective on ceramics to Cranbrook . An artist first, Ruhwalds practice informs and defines his work with students. Working alongside one another, the teacher-student dialog makes apparent what it takes to be an actively engaged critical thinker and practitioner.