Annual exhibit helps jump-start the careers of many CCS students

The College for Creative Studies’ Student Exhibition, one of Detroit’s largest celebrations of creativity, raised more than $160,000 for the College from ticket sales, sponsorships and other contributions and is helping jump-start the careers of many CCS students.

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Trans students at Viper plant

Transportation Design students tour Viper plant with Ralph Gilles

CCS Transportation Design students had the unprecedented opportunity to visit Chrysler’s Dodge Viper plant, on Conner Avenue in Detroit, thanks to the efforts of CCS trustee and alum Ralph Gilles.

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Laurie Tennent Botanicals

Alumna Laurie Tennent conducts fundraiser at the Planterra Conservatory

Photography alumna Laurie Tennent will have a gallery showing of “Botanicals” at The Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield from June 18 through July 18.

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Merrill Mathew WardsAuto winner

WardsAuto announces winner of this years interior design competition

Graduating Transportation Design senior Merrill Mathew is the grand award winner of an automotive interior design competition sponsored by WardsAuto, Lear and International Automotive Components.

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1XRUN Gallery

Alumnus opens 1XRUN gallery in Eastern Market

When CCS alumnus Dan Armand closed his 323East Gallery in Royal Oak last year, many of his patrons were wondering where he and his partner may set up their new shop. Much to their delight, Armand expanded his business to a larger building in Detroit’s Eastern Market district and officially opened the latest incarnation of his gallery called 1XRUN.

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Urena growler design

Core77 features CCS student's growler design

CCS graduating senior Herald Urena noticed a friend carrying a growler of their favorite brew and immediately was interested in how he could improve upon the vessel. Having done research, Urena noticed that today’s growler hasn’t changed significantly for decades, so he set out to come up with a new and improved design.

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TARDEC projects

Trans students develop virtual window for Army officials

Students in CCS’s Transportation Design program met with officials from the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as well as experienced Army officers and soldiers for a brainstorming session on how to create a video display unit that allows soldiers to view their outside surroundings from inside their vehicle before dismounting.

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Brengman Brothers winery

CCS alum Robert Brengman opens winery with brothers

When CCS alum Robert Brengman isn’t working for Corbin Design in Traverse City as its Vice President, Senior Designer, he’s working with his brothers at Leelanau’s newest winery Brengman Brothers - Crain Hill Vineyards.

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Edible Hut

Community + Public Arts Detroit teams up with artists to upgrade local parks

For the past six years, CCS’s Community + Public Arts Detroit (C+PAD) has been working with six neighborhoods within the Skillman Good Neighborhood Initiative to commission public art works that meet the desires of each neighborhood. Rather than commission works that come from an artist’s individual vision, C+PAD first asks neighborhoods what they want, and then facilitates and funds the process of finding artists who can meet those needs.

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Merrill Mathew WardsAuto

WardsAuto announces finalists in interiors design competition

Young stylists were given the task of creating a roomy, practical family-sedan cabin aimed at first-time buyers in the year 2025. The finalists were selected by top auto industry designers at Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and General Motors.

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CAP Model D image

Community Arts Partnership efforts featured by Model D

CCS’s Community Arts Partnership (CAP) provides arts education to more than 4000 Detroit students each year. With the help of CCS students and alumni the program has grown and thrived in a city where arts education has been cut from many schools. Their efforts don’t go unnoticed. Recently the folks at Model D featured CAP in on online article that focuses on the offerings of CAP and other city art programs.

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TARDEC and CCS students

CCS students take part in brainstorming session to break down creative barriers

Over Christmas break a group of CCS students in Tom Rooney’s class sat down with Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) engineers along with highly experienced Army warrant officer from Fort Lee, VA to collaborate on ideas for two current projects: a Mobility Demonstrator and a Virtual Window for armored vehicles.

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Henry Ford New Gown

CCS students help redesign the hospital gown

CCS Product Design students Patrick Houin, Frantz Mondesir and Callie Clark-Galster worked with alum Michael Forbes, design director at Henry Ford Innovation Institute, to redesign the hospital gown. Recently Henry Ford revealed the new gown to the media and immediately professionals and patients were impressed with the work the students created.

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Coley McLean WCC article

Alum Coley McLean featured for her work at WCC

In addition to working as full-time welding and fabrication instructor at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Coley McLeanis co-founder with painter Simone DeSousa of the Salt-Mine Studio, a multidisciplinary studio occupying 4,000-square-feet at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, where she has held her sculpture, welding and fabrication, and casting studio practice since 1998. She was recently featured in an article in the Washtenaw Voice. McLean discuss how welding saved her life and how she pours passion not only into her work, but also into teaching the next generation of artists.

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Modern Midwest ad

Mark Zapico dishes on which Mad Men era ads are the best

Fans of the TV show Mad Men and fans of CCS’s own Mark Zapico, may be wondering what the chair of our Advertising program thinks about the advertisements that ran during the 1960’s. His choices may surprise you, Mark could have gone for some obvious choices, but instead he chose work that embodied the risk-taking of the times.

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Gallery One Show

Alums Marco Terenzi and Kate Silvio featured in Gallery One show

Alums Marco Terenzi and Kate Silvio are the featured artists in Gallery One’s current show “Emerging Artists: Michigan.” The show, which opened on April 8 and runs through April 27, takes a step back from a regional focus and showcases the work of artists from across Michigan. Following in line with Gallery One’s previous “Emerging Artists” installations, the artists featured have something to say about life and use interesting, various techniques to say it.

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Veronika Scott

Veronika Scott featured by Crate and Barrel

We are used to seeing media coverage about Veronika Scott’s projects, but recently her home and how she designs the space have been featured in Crate and Barrel’s blog site.

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Advertising students bring home Addy Awards

Once again CCS’s Advertising Department has dominated the student category of the District 6 American Advertising Federation’s ADDY Awards

The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes, and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world. The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed especially for college students.

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Elysia Vandenbussche

Elysia Vandenbussche + Local Portion

As an alum of CCS and DC3’s Creative Venture program, Elysia Vandenbussche’s Local Portion ceramics company sells hand-crafted products, provides classes to the public, and is one of the only ceramic companies in Michigan that has an exclusive ceramic decal printer, a new technology in ceramics.

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Woodward Lecture - Jenns Hoffmann

Jens Hoffmann,writer and exhibition maker, who has curated more than 30 exhibitions internationally and written over 300 texts on art and exhibition making since the late 1990s will be presenting at CCS on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building, Walter & Josephine Ford Campus in Detroit's Midtown Cultural Center.

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