Cleveland Institute of Art is a premier college of art and design offering 15 BFA majors. CIA offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in 15 majors across art, design, craft, and integrated media.
We extend our programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, artist lectures, a continuing education program for adults and children, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, an art and independent film program.
Mission: To nurture the intellectual, artistic, and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.
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Sculpture + Expanded Media major David K. Ross will participate virtually in an emerging artist discussion this week during SculptureX! Learn more about his involvement in the symposium, his artistic practice and why he chose to study at CIA.
cia.edu By Michael C. Butz Sculpture + Expanded Media major David K. Ross will represent the Cleveland Institute of Art at this year’s SculptureX symposium, “Art & Agency.” The free virtual symposium will take place September 16–19, and Roth will participate in “8 Emerging Artists,” a panel disc...
For Jewelry + Metals professor Matthew Hollern, making something isn’t only about the finished product. Also meaningful is the creative pursuit. “Mostly, it’s the activity. Just being engaged in something, you’re thinking, you’re working, and it’s compelling and it’s enjoyable.” In this CIA faculty profile, learn what more inspires his work.
CIA faculty member Matthew Hollern has always enjoyed making things. What inspires his work are all the new possibilities. He says, “You think of ways of doing new things, and then you want to try them.”
In our alumni profile, Kevin Snipes describes how CIA helped him bring together his passions for building and drawing to develop a successful ceramic arts practice. But before CIA, he attended Shaker Heights High School, and it was recently announced he'll be inducted into the Shaker Schools Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame! Congrats on the honor, Kevin!
CIA's latest alumni profile video features Kevin Snipes '94, a full-time ceramic artist working in Cleveland. Watch it below!
CIA's Creativity Works self-designed internship program offers visual arts and crafts majors a chance to pursue exhibitions and other projects in collaboration with outside organizations. Check out our recent crop, including Nick Birnie, who enlivened Campus International School's basketball court.
cia.edu By Michael C. Butz Students in Creativity Works, a self-directed internship for juniors in visual arts and crafts majors, pushed through pandemic challenges this spring and summer to rethink project plans and keep commitments to external partners. Drawing major Nick Birnie spent mid-July adding vibr...
Take an in-depth look at CIA alum Charmaine Spencer’s artwork—from her breathtaking large-scale sculptures to her pointed works on matters of social justice—via this wonderful feature story from ideastream Arts. The article also delves into her time as a CIA student. #clevelandinstituteofart
indepth.ideastream.org Cleveland artist Charmaine Spencer creates large-scale sculptures out of natural materials, finding new life for things like paper, dirt and wood.
That new artwork on this high-profile University Circle chalkboard? It’s by Illustration major Alyssa Lizzini, who’s the first in a series of CIA students whose talents will be showcased there (Ford Drive/Hessler Road) in the coming months. Each student’s work revolves around matters of social conscience and remain up for two weeks, weather permitting, thanks to a partnership between CIA, University Circle Inc. and Destination Cleveland (This is Cleveland). #clevelandinstituteofart #thisiscle
Congrats to CIA alum Clotilde Jiménez! His work, “Pose No. 12,” is the cover art for the newest issue of Art in America! 🤩 We can’t wait to pick up our copy and read the article. @clotildejimenez @artinamerica @marianeibrahimgallery #clevelandinstituteofart
💪🏾🎯 // Thank you Art in America and also @sirjoshbennett for the wonderful dialogue ❤️
We are beyond delighted to share @clotildejimenez’s work has been selected as the cover for the September/October issue of @artinamerica, “Realism Today: Global Artists, New Realities.”
Included in the issue is an interview between Clotilde and author & professor, Joshua Bennett.
"In a moment indelibly shaped by a wide range of black visual artists working across medium—Jiménez is a sculptor, painter, and collagist—his oeuvre stands out for both its conceptual daring and striking consistency. The animating questions of his works are both ancient and right on time. He is a joy to talk to and speaks about bodybuilding with the same facility and grace that he brings to a conversation about his art practice. He is a man in love with what the poet Adam Zagajewski once called the mutilated world. Against a landscape marred by violence and unremitting constraint, he dares to assert intimacy, pleasure, extravagance in the midst.” — @sirjoshbennett
[📷Artwork: Pose No. 12, 2020. Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim]
#MarianeIbrahim #ChicagoGalleries#ArtinAmerica #ClotildeJimenez#ArtNews #Cover #JoshuaBennett
“As a designer, you must think with an open mind, and find creative solutions to real everyday problems,” says alum Scott Krugger, who at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was recently promoted to be director, Dodge, Chrysler, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicles. For those career-shaping values, Krugger credits his CIA education. “I’m very thankful I went there.”
cia.edu By Karen Sandstrom Talk to Scott Krugger about what makes good auto design and you will quickly understand that success doesn’t begin and end with a superstar whipping out hot sketches—though those are important, too. “First and foremost, you have to be a problem solver. As a designer, you mus...
The website for “TITLE TBD” provides an insightful look at the exhibition and introduces all of the talented artists in the show. Plus, the site is just plain cool. Head to titletbd.show now to explore a great show and learn how to schedule an appointment for in-person viewing at Reinberger Gallery. #clevelandinstituteofart
CIA alum Lucy Bailey is an emerging artist fellow at Praxis Fiber Workshop, and she recently shared the story behind “Daylily”—her exhibition of dye-painted silks and textiles—with FreshWater Cleveland. The show is on view at Praxis through Sunday.
freshwatercleveland.com For as long as she can remember, Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Lucy Bailey has struggled with mental health issues, and she finds refuge in bright colors, a canvas, and a paintbrush.
Interior Architecture major Justin Frohlich's summer internship with Contempo Design + Communications in Warrensville Heights resulted in him working on a COVID-19 response plan packet for Warrensville City Schools, among other projects. Along the way, he improved upon his efficiency and communication.
cia.edu Justin Frohlich is an Interior Architecture major. Justin’s internship with Contempo Designs + Communications presented a chance to work on a COVID-19 response plan packet for Warrensville City Schools as well as branding for various clients and the new Warrensville Heights Elementary School. What...
What better way to celebrate a successful first week of classes than with ice cream! Thanks, Cia Studentlife! The sprinkles atop those frozen treats were way better than the sprinkles brought to us by Mother Nature.
Biomedical Illustration major Chyna LaPorte's internship last year with the Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisc. translated to a second internship this summer and additional opportunities as a designer. Organization, punctuality and creativity were crucial.
cia.edu For the second summer in a row, Biomedical Illustration major Chyna LaPorte ’21 interned at the Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau, Wisconsin. She also freelances for the organization during the school year. We caught up with her in mid-summer, while she was still in the midst of the work. What...
Animation major Janet Wychock had "a LOT of fun" creating in-game assets, TV broadcast elements and venue-specific projects during her summer internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. She succeeded—and sharpened communication skills—while interning remotely.
cia.edu Do summer internships still happen in the middle of a global pandemic? Many were canceled, but some went forward—at a distance. Janet Wychock ’21 scored an internship with the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. Among her assignments: creating in-game assets, TV broadcast elements and venue-specifi...
If you haven’t viewed “Handled With Care,” a virtual exhibition by CIA visual arts majors from spring, we think you should—and ideastream Arts agrees! It just highlighted the show in a curated list of online offerings from Northeast Ohio artists and institutions. https://www.ideastream.org/news/5-virtual-arts-experiences-from-northeast-ohio-artists-and-institutions-v22
It’s no surprise to us how great—and creative—Cleveland is. If you’re someone who’s considering CIA but unfamiliar with our hometown or if you’re a freshman who’s looking to explore their new city, check out these highlights from AFAR.
afar.com It’s never too soon to dream about your next great road trip.
🤩 Great work by Ceramics faculty member Alberto Veronica Lopez!
@albertoveronicalopez Finally complete! Just in time for class today! This is the new ceramics throwing area table design for social distancing. It took me two weeks to make it, the beautiful plexiglass barrier was made by fabrication studios CIA. @seth_nagelberg @andrea_leblond @stevesmolinski @cleinstituteart
#ceramics #pottery #furnituredesign #bobdorsey #ciacreates #technicalspecialist #highereducation #socialdistancing @ The Cleveland Institute of Art
Not only have we welcomed students back to campus this week, we’re welcoming art back into Reinberger Gallery—and we can’t wait for you to see “TITLE TBD,” which opens Thursday, August 20.
Curated by Meghana Karnik, this multiform group exhibition invites visitors into the survival journeys of artists navigating a precarious arts ecosystem. It features work by Admin, Adult Kindergarten, Thomas Barger, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, GenderFail, Jeff Kasper, Ariane Loze, Natalia Nakazawa and Emily Mae Smith.
Reinberger Gallery will be open to the public for in-person viewing by appointment only from 10am to 5pm Wednesdays and Fridays through October 4. Contact gallery director Nikki Woods at [email protected] for details and to schedule.
Public access will be broadened online at titletbd.show, where visitors can experience expanded content from the artists and curator. The website will go live at 6pm Thursday.
#clevelandinstituteofart Photos: Jacob Koestler
We can do this. That was the message President Grafton Nunes delivered this week as he welcomed back students, faculty and staff amid unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19. Read how CIA is positioned to succeed in his letter to the community at cia.edu/president.
When it comes to wearing masks at CIA, President Grafton Nunes leads by example—one of many ways he and our entire community is fostering a culture of care, consideration and safety. Among the masks he sports are ones designed by CIA students Grace LaPrade, Mahlon Lowry and Julia Wisbey and CIA alum Stephanie Hayashi.
We've had a fantastic first day of Fall Semester, from arriving on campus and observing safety protocols to resuming in-person, hands-on learning in classrooms and studios. It’s great to be back!
Move-in day is special for students and parents alike, and earlier this week, many shared their excitement for what’s in store at CIA this year—in between unloading and unpacking, that is.
Orientation kicked off today. Part of the program is to introduce students to our wonderful neighborhood, University Circle Inc.—and what a great day it was for that! Also, kudos to our Cia Studentlife Orientation Leaders, who are doing a great job of leading the tours!
Social-distancing signage. Directional walkways. Reconfigured learning spaces. One-way stairwells. Less furniture in common areas. As fall semester begins, students will notice several changes made at CIA to help keep our community healthy.
There’s a new procedure for entering our academic building that will help keep the CIA community healthy. Bonus: It’s super easy! Let us walk you through it, and when you're finished watching, download CIA-specific instructions for the CampusClear app via bit.ly/3fLP1Fb.
PLEASE NOTE: On Aug. 17, CIA updated its face-coverings policy to disallow face shields as an acceptable substitute for masks—except for those with medical conditions that necessitate use of a shield.
Welcome, CIA students! It’s great to have all of our new and returning students on campus, and we hope you’re as excited for the new year as we are! Thank you to all who are helping with move-in and taking steps to keep our community healthy and safe. #clevelandinstituteofart
Celebrate the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art's 34th year at CIA during a live-stream event featuring Buster Keaton’s “Three Ages” with musical accompaniment by Ben Model at 7:30 tonight (Aug. 8)! Read more from cleveland.com, then get tickets via the Cinematheque’s website.
cleveland.com World-renowned silent film accompanist Ben Model will be providing live music during the Cinematheque’s 34th anniversary celebration live-streaming screening of Buster Keaton’s “Three Ages.”
Visit cia.edu/fall2020 to view our updated Smart Return to School plan. Also, students, be sure to check your email for info about CIA’s COVID testing program.
You name it, we’re cleaning it. To prepare for fall semester, our amazing housekeeping staff has been sanitizing, scrubbing and sweeping studio spaces, residence halls, offices and more.
In preparation for fall semester, nearly 100 plastic partitions have been added to the studio spaces used by Industrial Design, Graphic Design and Interior Architecture students—thanks in large part to our Fabrication Studios team.
Life Sciences Illustration major Cullen Williams-Freeman is the next featured artist in our social media showcase of CIA students and alumni who are Black. He was selected by Destyni Green, who says, “I strongly enjoy his figurative works and work personally with him in both the Graffiti HeArt organization and as a residential assistant for CIA. He has constantly proven hard work and dedication in both his work with me within the organization and within his art practice. I’m very proud of him, and I believe he should be given a platform to share his work with more people through CIA!”
Cullen presents “Self Portrait 13_2020” (13x18 inches, Clip Studio Paint, produced July 6). About his practice, he writes, “Bismillaahir rahmaanir raheem. My work has a lot to do with identity, usually the lack thereof. A lot of people disclose to me things they wish they could be; it is because of this that I am very determined to produce work that allows everyone to identify with it. I want to create work that has a moment within it, something that calls the viewer back to their innermost selves. I want people of all backgrounds to look at my work and resurface their inner child so that they may experience the freedom I do when painting. I am constantly adventuring to draw with the grace of a child—and what could be more free than that? A’oodhu billaahi minash shaytaanir rajeem, may He keep me on the straight path ameen.”
@321nelluc @nixni.art #blacklivesmatter #blackartistsmatter #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart
Tonight! CIA is hosting a virtual town hall for students and parents beginning at 5pm EDT July 28. We'll cover our fall reopening plans and take your questions. Students, check your email for registration details.
Installing plastic partitions and reducing room occupancy levels are among the protective measures CIA is taking for fall semester—as seen here in the Room 203 computer lab, where stations were reduced from 24 to 16 to allow for more spacing.
If you haven’t yet checked out “Doing A Gender,” head to doingagender.com right now! The virtual exhibition features compelling work by CIA students Kaitlyn McKanna, Ash Sark, Samantha Schneider and Amani Williams that examines and challenges how gender is viewed in mass culture.
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