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The Design in Everything’: Ruth Adler Schnee’s Illustrious Career in Textile Art

Photo by Ruth Adler Schnee

Backgammon,” designed in 1950-51, is among Adler Schnee’s pieces in Cranbrook Art Museum’s collection.

The celebrated textile designer Ruth Adler Schnee is the Kresge Foundation’s 2015 Eminent Artist. At 93 years-old, Schnee the artist is still quite active and will be honored with an intimate exhibition at the Carr Center for the Arts in Detroit on Wednesday, September 2nd , at 6:00 PM.

Escaping Nazi Germany with her family for America, and ultimately finding a home in Detroit, Michigan, Adler-Schnee studied Architecture at Cranbrook, but would go on to smash through the proverbial glass ceiling with bold, vibrant, trend-setting modern designs.

Her works appears in living rooms, fitting rooms and hospital rooms, as well as inside iconic museums and skyscrapers.  

Image credit: Travis Wright / WDET

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