Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract Benjamin “Ben” Baldwin was a critically acclaimed interior designer and architect known for a sense of lyrical order and refined taste. His garden designs were as important as his interiors and reflected a philosophy, “The whole thing was to make the space beautiful.” Born in Montgomery, Ala. on March 29, 1913, Baldwin was awarded a scholarship to the Cranbrook Academy of Art, which he attended from 1938-39. While there, he worked under Eliel Saarinen in architecture and town planning, and...
Dates: 1939 - 1993
Abstract Cranbrook history dates back to 1904 when George and Ellen Booth purchased land in Bloomfield Hills, MI for their home. The next five decades saw the majority of this land transformed into an educational, artistic, and scientific community. In the early 1970s, a major reorganzition created the Cranbrook Educational Community. More than a century later, in 2021, this Community comprises five program areas: Cranbrook Schools, Cranbrook Art Academy, Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Institute of...
Dates: circa 1830-; Majority of material found within 1931 - 1970
Abstract Margueritte Eleanor Kimball was born on October 19, 1906, in Clinton, Massachusetts. In 1942 Kimball joined the Cranbrook Academy of Art as a student and immediately began serving as the Academy's financial secretary. A beloved and respected member of the Cranbrook community, Kimball used her position to interact with and collect various materials relating to the Academy's faculty and students. Kimball retired in 1968, nevertheless spending her remaining years in Boston as an exhibiting...
Dates: Majority of material found in circa 1941-1996; undated
Abstract Martha Lauritzen, a student and friend of Maija Grotell, received her B.F.A. in the spring of 1947 and her M.F.A. in June 1948. She worked as Grotell’s summer assistant through 1952. The collection documents Lauritzen’s experiences at Cranbrook and her relationship with her ceramics mentor, Maija Grotell, including correspondence between Lauritzen and Grotell (1948-1954) and correspondence with other students of Grotell’s. The materials relate to ceramics in the 1940’s, including processes,...
Dates: 1948 - 1997
Abstract After serving as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Thomas Paul Sheffield returned to the University of Washington to study art under Ed Rossbach, and received his Bachelor of Science in 1948. Rossbach, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, recommended Sheffield to the Academy’s registrar, Wally Mitchell. While Sheffield enrolled in Cranbrook’s department of ceramics under Maija Grotell in 1948 under the G.I. Bill, he changed his major focus to painting with Zoltan Sepeshy, and received his...
Dates: 1953 - 1977
Abstract Jons Robert (Bob) Ferdinand Swanson (1900-1981) graduated from the University of Michigan School of Architecture in 1924, where he had and become friends with Henry Scripps Booth. In 1924, they established the architectural firm, Swanson and Booth. In 1927, the partnership dissolved and Bob established his own practice. Eva Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen (1905-1979), daughter of Eliel and Loja Saarinen, studied weaving, ceramics, and fabric design at University of Helskini. She married Bob in 1926...
Dates: 1900 - 1983
Abstract Richard Thomas graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in May 1948 with an MFA in painting, subsequently re-establishing the Metalsmithing Department at the Academy and becoming Head for thirty-six years. He also served in other administrative capacities for the Academy, including Dean of Students (1951-50), Registrar (1962-65), Administrative Assistant to the President (1965-66), and Dean of Students (1968). His chief interest was liturgical art, fabricating around 300 objects for...
Dates: 1930 - 1984; Majority of material found within 1950 - 1978
Abstract Suzanne E. Vanderbilt was an industrial designer at General Motors, hired as a “Damsels of Design”, a pioneering group of women automobile designers hired by Harley Earl (VP of Design) in the mid-1950s. While there, she became the first female assistant designer and developed two patents relating to automotive safety and ergonomics, among other accomplishments. From 1963-1965, General Motors granted Ms. Vanderbilt a leave to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (CAA), where she earned a...
Dates: 1924-1994; undated