Richard and Rochelle Newman are both graduates of the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook is both a place and state of mind. The impact of that educational environment has reverberated within them down through all subsequent years. They met and married while attending this school on scholarship. Rochelle received her MFA in Sculpture while Richard obtained his BFA in Painting. He went on to Cornell University with a teaching assistantship to receive his MFA in Painting. Both have extensive experience teaching art on the college level.