Ash Arder

b. 1988 Flint, MI. Lives + works in Detroit, MI. 


2016 – 2018 Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI: Master of Fine Arts

2006 – 2010 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: Bachelor of Arts


2022   “Automata,” two-person show, Arnold’s Auto Electric, Detroit, Michigan.

2022   “Dewdrops in the Garden,” group show, Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, California.

2022  “Rock Garden,” solo show, Riverbank Arts, Flint, Michigan.

2021  “InLight,” group show, 1708 Gallery and Great Shiplock Park, Richmond, Virginia.

2021  “BROOD,” group show, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan.

2021  “pseudocop,” solo digital exhibition, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.

2019  “Parallels and Peripheries,” group show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan.

2018  “A Study: Collision Detection,” solo show, Hartnett Gallery, Rochester, New York.

2018  “Graduate Degree Exhibition,” group show, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

2018   “Queer Tropics.” group show, Transformer, Washington, DC.

2018  “M.O.V.E.,” group show, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

2018  “Predicated.” group show, The Kitchen, New York, New York.

2017  “Queer Tropics,” group show, Pelican Bomb Gallery X, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2017  “Millennial Pink,” group show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2017  “Julius Eastman: That Which Is Fundamental - Predicated,” group show, Bowerbird, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2017  Collection Wing Niche, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

2016  “Photo Pool,” group show, Public Pool Art Space, Hamtramck, Michigan.

2016  “Art Babes,” group show, Detroit Culture Club, Detroit, Michigan.


2022 Studio Fellow, Fiber Department, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

2022  Artist in Residence, Solar Power For Artists, New York, New York.

2021  Knight Arts Challenge Winner, Knight Foundation, Detroit, Michigan.

2021  Artist in Residence, University Musical Society and University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan.

2021  Artist in Residence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska.

2019  Artist in Residence, Recess, Brooklyn, New York. 

2018  Artist in Residence, A Studio in the Woods, New Orleans, Louisiana.

2018  Visiting Artist, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

2018  New Beginnings Awardee, Mercedes- Benz Financial Services, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

2017  Artist Fellow, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Michigan.

2017  Career Development Grantee, AAUW, Washington, DC.

2017  Merit Scholarship Recipient, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

2016  Artist in Residence, University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2016  Co/Lab Participant, Tribeca Film Institute, New York, New York. 

2016  Knight Arts Challenge Winner (Fringe Society), Detroit, Michigan. 

2016  Merit Scholarship Recipient, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

2016  Seed Grantee (Fringe Society), Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, New York.

2016  Seed Grantee, Detroit Narrative Agency, Detroit, Michigan.

2015  5 Under 10 Award, University of Michigan Black Alumni, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2014  Field Diversity Scholarship Recipient, Americans for the Arts Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

2006  Merit Scholarship Recipient, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.


2022  “Feminist Excavations: Unearthing Otherwise Possibilities in the UB Poetry Collection,” University of Buffalo,                                 Buffalo, New York. [virtual]

2021  “broadcast: broadcast,” Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, Ohio. [virtual]

2021  “Environmental Art Infiltrations,” Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. [virtual]

2019  “The Science of Nature and Technology,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit,    Michigan.

2019  “Art @ the Max VI,” Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, Michigan.

2019  “Creative Design,” Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference, Midland, Michigan.

2019  “Intersection,” Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

2018  “Art in the Anthropocene,” Parsons The New School, New York, New York.

2018  “Collision Detection,” University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.


2022  Reiner-Roth, Shane. “Design Core Detroit showcases the city’s capacity for 21st century design innovation and community building.” New York, New York. September 26.

2022  Yang, Vy. “5 Events to Look Forward to During Detroit Month of Design.” Pickerington, Ohio. August 30.

2022  Arder, Ash. “A Sound of Blue: Familiar Frequencies.” Brooklyn, New York. January 1.

2021  Beddingfield, Duante. “More than $1 million awarded to winners of 2021 Knight Art Challenge.” Detroit, Michigan. December 9.

2019  Mott, Laura, et al. Landlord Colors: On Art, Economy, and Materiality. Cranbrook Art Museum. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

2019  McGarvey, Kathleen. “Is ‘convincing the new ‘real?’” May 1.

2019  Sharp, Sarah Rose. “Detroit’s New Mini Community Center is a Greenhouse by Day, Movie Theater by Night.” March 6.

2018  Lynne, Jessica. “Broadcast #3.” July 2. 

2018  Hodges, Michael. “Cranbrook Art Academy hosts Sunday open house.” The Detroit News. April 27.

2018  Colucci, Emily. “Stranded in the Jungle: Exoticism and Resistant Illegibility in ‘Queer Tropics.’” January 12.

2017  D’Addario, John. “In the orbit of Prospect.4: Satellite exhibits round out the scene.” The New Orleans Advocate. December 12.

2017  Riverwise Magazine. Detroit, Michigan. September 16.

2017  “Artist in Residence Spotlight: Vulnerability of Spirit, A Reflection by Ash Arder.” University Musical Society. January 18.

2016  “Artist in Residence Spotlight: Why Renegade?” University Musical Society. September 23.

2016  Sharpe, Sarah Rose. “Beyond Photography @ Public Pool.” Detroit Art Review. Detroit, Michigan. January 12.

2016  Aldridge, Taylor Renee. “Renaissance Before Revival.” Blac Detroit. Detroit, Michigan. October.

2016  “Make + Do Toolkit.” Creative Many Michigan. Detroit, Michigan. January.

2013  “Making Movies with UMMA.” UMMA Magazine. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Spring/Summer.

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