Alumni Arts Hall of Fame

Professional Photographer Cybelle Codish ’94 Is Our 2018 Alumni Arts Hall of Fame Recipient

University Liggett School
Arts Hall of Fame Induction of Cybelle Codish ‘94
May 11, 2018 

We are excited to announce that Cybelle Codish ’94 has been selected as our 2018 Arts Hall of Fame Award recipient and will be honored at the Upper and Middle School Arts Awards on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m., in the Manoogian Arts Wing. Prior to the Arts Awards, Cybelle will visit campus to share her knowledge and expertise with a group of upper school art and photography students.

Cybelle’s documentary-style photo essays have graced everything from the Rolling Stone to Martha Stewart to NME Magazine. She has shot for various record companies including Capitol, Motown, Universal, Atlantic and Warner Brothers and has numerous Gold and Platinum awards for her album covers.

Cybelle has traveled the world for editorial assignments and to document touring musicians. She is an award-winning photojournalist and has had many gallery showings, most recently at the Smithsonian NMAI in New York and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. Cybelle is currently working on her first independent book project, slated for completion next year.

Cybelle graduated from University Liggett School in 1994 and attended college at the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about Cybelle and to see her beautiful photographic work, visit
2013 “GRAB: the exhibition, selected works”, Fourth street gallery, Detroit MI
2011 “GRAB: the movie” documentary stills, SUNDANCE film festival, Park City, UT
2011 “GRAB: the exhibition”, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque NM
2011 “GRAB: the exhibition”, The National Geographic Museum, Washington DC
2011 “GRAB: the exhibition”, The Smithsonian Museum NMAI, New York NY
2009 “Static sound”, Manoogian Gallery, Grosse Pointe Michigan
2008 “Still music”, The Detroit School of Rock and Pop, Royal Oak MI
2007 “Detroit History of Music”, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit, MI
2005 “Music Noir”, Art Space II Gallery, Birmingham MI
2005 “Bella-Isle”, Photography, The White Room Studio, Detroit, Michigan
2004 “Studio see”, Photography, Studio [c], Detroit Michigan
2004 “Depth of Feel”, Photography, Manoogian Gallery, Grosse Pointe MI
2003 Artist in Residence, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
2017 Feet in two worlds/Food in two worlds Journalism fellow, NYC
2016 Excellence in Journalism, Feature photography “Authentic artistry”, Society of Professional Journalists
2016 Excellence in Journalism, Feature story images “Oneita the Magnificent”, Society of Professional Journalists
2016 Excellence in Journalism, Cover design “The Food issue”, Society of Professional Journalists
2012 Nominee, CFSEM solar powered kayak launch feature, AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award, Washington D.C.
2011 1st place best investigative/Enterprise reporting feature, “The Detroit Berlin Connection”, The Associated Press of Michigan
2011 1st place series, “The Detroit Berlin Connection”, photo essay, Michigan Broadcasters Association
2010 1st place Feature Page Design: “Lust” cover photograph, Michigan Press Association, Metro Times, Detroit MI
2008 3rd Place Enterprise Reporting, “Nightmare on Highbury Court” Photographs, Michigan Press Association (Metro Times) Detroit MI
2008 3rd Place Feature Story, “Jesus of Suburbia” Photographs, Michigan Press Association (Metro Times) Detroit MI
2008 1st Place Photojournalist, Essay “Pain & Hope”, Michigan Press Association (Metro Times) Detroit MI
2007 Gold Record, Kem “Album II” album cover artwork, over 500,000 copies sold, Motown/Universal Music group, New York, NY
2007 Platinum Record, Bob Seger “Face the Promise” album cover/photography, over 1,000,000 copies sold, Capitol Records, Los Angeles CA
2007 Gold Record, Bob Seger “Face the Promise” album cover/photography, over 500,000 copies sold, Capitol Records, Los Angeles CA
2004 1st Place, Education “School of Life” Photographs, Alternative Weekly Award (Metro Times) Detroit MI
1994 Fuller Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
1994 Photography Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
1990 Ross Roy and Sally Memorial Art Scholarship, University of Liggett School, Grosse Pointe MI
2018 University Press of Florida: Coconuts & Collards, featured photographer
2017 TASCHEN: Capital Music Group 75 years, feature photograph “KEM”
2016, WDET interview “Detroit photographer chronicles Standing Rock”
2015 ACCESS TO SUPERSTARS interview “Photographer Cybelle Codish”
2014, BLUE magazine feature “Family legacy: Photographer Cybelle Codish photographs her grandfather’s cabin and her grandmother’s recipes”
2011, HOUR magazine feature “Cybelle Codish takes her stills of Native Americans to the Smithsonian”
2011, WORLD OF WONDER artist spotlight interview, “Q&A with Cybelle Codish”
2011, Metro Times feature “Native American giving: Detroit photographer documents documentary”
2008, WDET interview “Behind the doors of Detroit Receiving hospital through the lens of Cybelle Codish”
2006, STRUT magazine feature, “Photographer to the stars”
2001-present: Owner/Chief photographer, Studio [c] photography, Detroit MI
2002-present: Current and/or past freelance photographer for these organizations and publications across the country:
LIFESMART; PRI; Sojourners magazine, Next City, Michigan Opera Theatre, PRX, Sundance Institute, Shinola Detroit, Sticky-be Socks, Prima Civitas, Michigan Blue economy, Detroit Music Factory, St. Martin’s Press, Picador Books, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Vegan Eats, Savory Food Creations, McLaren Macomb, UMICH Taubman College, Good Trade Records, The Forbes Company, World of Wonder productions, D Business, Schoolcraft College, WDET/NPR FM, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Capitol Records, Mack Avenue Records, Warner Brothers Records, Tour photographer, Bob Seger, Pure Barre, Wenha Music, Tour photographer, KEM, Hour Detroit Magazine, Ubiquity Records, Universal/Motown Records, Metro Times
1994-1998Photojournalism The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1990-1994Fine Arts/photography University Liggett School
1982-1990Fine Arts and Language Detroit Waldorf School


2017 Honoree: Michelle “Mitch” McCabe
2016 Honoree: Julie Harris
2015 Honoree: Gilda Radner


University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444