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Someone told me there was/is a teacher from Ethiopia. She sounds cool. I wanted to see what art she makes :D
SPREAD THE WORD: I'm looking for a Black or Indigenous illustrator to produce 16 drawings for my upcoming book, Endangered Eating: Exploring America's Vanishing Food. The book will be published by W.W. Norton & Co and have a national release. The project is a non-fiction book exploring eight different foods belonging to (largely) Black & Indigenous communities. Each chapter needs two black & white illustrations, one depicting the food and one showing the main historical character. I can pay $100 for each drawing, $1600 total for the project. I need the first 8 drawings by the end of August, and the remaining 8 by December. I will provide source materials to work from. Here's some examples from my previous book & illustrator (Peter van Hyning, another CIA alum!). There is no need for the images to look stylistically the same; in fact, I'd love for them to look different: If you think you'd be a good fit for the project, send an email with some portfolio images (or a link to your website) to [email protected]
CALL FOR ART Our Immigrant Nation, Juried Art Exhibit Beachwood Arts Council Beachwood Community Center Details and entry form at
CWRU Distinguished Alumni American Artists Showcasing New Artwork 2020 / Curator Tim Shuckerow When: Sat., Feb. Opening 8, 5-8 p.m. and Fri., Through March 6, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Phone: 2163682714 Email: [email protected] Price: 0.00 African American Artist Case Western Reserve University Graduate of Art Education under Tim Shuckerow. North Eastern Ohio Artists: (N.E.O. Artists) #Distinguished Artists *Opening Saturday, February 8, 2020 5-8pm Artists Napoleon Dismuke, 2001 / Jerome White, 1994 / Danny Carver, 1994, / Georgio Sabino, 2009 / Sandra Noble, / Anna Arnold, 2010 / Gina Brent, 1992 / Travis Williams, 2017 / Tucker White, Tim Shuckerow Director, Art Education Art Studio, Case Western Reserve University 2215 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH 44106-7205 tix
Hello, everyone! My name is Heather Habermehl, and I attend Cleveland State University's School of Film and Media Arts. This upcoming semester, I am producing a thesis film and we are looking for some help in raising our budget. This film is a unique film about a man who becomes increasingly convinced that his only friends are turning into aliens. In order to make this the best film possible, we need the appropriate funding. Please take a minute to check out our GoFundMe page and consider donating. You'll be helping out a great group of local artists. If you are unable to donate, please consider donating a little of your time and share this post and spread the word. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal. Thank you have a great holiday season!
1989 CIA alumnus Kevin Geiger has been speaking on the future of animation, with a related academic paper...
THURSDAY , OCTOBER 24 FESTIVITIES Costume Party Reception/Boneyard Market/AUCTION, October 24, 6-9, The Gallery at Lakeland Community College, east of Cleveland. 102 artists are showing over 300 artworks created in a variety of media, including CIA alums: Kimberly Chapman, Lauralee Hutson, Kelly Palmer, Karen Sandstrom, Joe Stavec, David Verba, and Jaymi Zents. The Boneyard Market will feature artist vendors selling skull and skeleton themed items, at a lower price point. They will be set up at both ends of The Gallery. There will be 28 ceramic skulls offered for bidding, that have been decorated by 26 artists from Northeast Ohio, Indiana and Michigan; and one (1) skull digitally printed on aluminum, donated by Stephen Calhoun. All proceeds from the auction will benefit The Gallery at Lakeland Community College. For more information or to bid, please visit: , Bidding ends Sunday, November 3, 2019, 7 p.m. FREE and open to the public D-building, first floor Come in costume
One only gets out of it, what they put in. Don't waste any time learning to achieve your goals. Yes, try your best! Graduation comes quickly.
Catching up with friends & mentors at the 2019 Cleveland Institute of Art Alumni Exhibition. 🙂
The Cinematheque
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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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Jiménez shows he’s a heavyweight contender | Cleveland Institute of Art

Clotilde Jiménez made headlines this year with a high-profile solo show and national magazine cover. His time as a CIA student and connections he made with faculty and alumni were pivotal and helped set the course for his 2020 successes. #clevelandinstituteofart #CIAalumnicreate By Michael C. Butz Clotilde Jiménez had quite a summer. A solo exhibition of new work, The Contest, opened in July at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Chicago following a months-long delay due to COVID-19. The show received critical praise and was met with as much fanfare as social-gathering restrictions...

Our University Circle campus is picturesque year-round, but when it snows, it transforms into something magical. #clevelandinstituteofart #universitycircle University Circle Inc.

Iconic Detroit midcentury modern design themes inspire Mustang Mach-E

CIA grad Josh Greiner’s design was selected for the interior of the Ford Motor Company's 2021 Mustang Mach-E, and he discussed what inspired him with the Detroit Free Press. Mustang Mach-E designer shares how midcentury modern elements and Detroit architecture influenced the look of Ford's all-electric SUV.

CIA Holiday Greeting 2020

Happy holidays from the Cleveland Institute of Art! We hope you enjoy this animated greeting made by CIA alum Sam Klug!

Student film highlights hard work of Cleveland food bank | Cleveland Institute of Art

CIA students learn more than to master visual storytelling, they also work with leading institutions in the process. This fall, five Digital Cinema students filmed the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s vital work to serve the community during the pandemic. Follow the link to watch their documentary and read more. #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart The work of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank would be worth heralding at any time, but the story is all the more important because of challenges the bank has faced during the 2020 global pandemic. In Fall of 2020, five CIA students worked to bring that story to film. Combating...

Dropping a Love Bomb: Local artist fights domestic violence with newest series

“I'm creating this series to unite and empower all women,” says CIA alum Leigh Brooklyn about her latest collection of works, “Love Bomb.” Read about this project and how it’s helping support the Journey Center for Safety and Healing via FreshWater Cleveland. Great work, Leigh! #CIAalumnicreate #clevelandinstituteofart The words “Love Bomb” could evoke many thoughts and images. But to Shaker Heights native and figurative artist Leigh Brooklyn, the term refers to her newest art series that highlights the struggles of domestic violence abuse victims—struggles she knows personally.  

CIA grads Davon Brantley and Cass Penegor are featured in the new issue of Canvas Magazine! Both are profiled in Who’s Next, which highlights Northeast Ohio’s emerging artists, and Davon’s “Dancing with Death” is on the cover. Congrats to both! Read their features at Photos by Amanda Koehn/Canvas. #CIAalumnicreate #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart

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CIA shirts and face masks. A 2021 calendar designed by Illustration students. Coffee mugs by our Ceramics Department. Those items and more are available in our new online shop and make terrific holiday gifts! So, do some Cyber Monday shopping at CIA! Thinking art and design colleges, schools in Ohio? The Cleveland Institute of Art is an internationally recognized professional College of Art and Design offering Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees in fifteen majors in Crafts, Design, Fine Arts and Digital Arts.

Happy Thanksgiving from CIA!

Our public programs looked much different in 2020, but they continue to thrive thanks to our Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant funded by Cuyahoga County taxpayers. This funding helps us serve the community through CIA Continuing Education + Community Outreach for youth and adults, art exhibitions at Reinberger Gallery and films at the Cinematheque at the Cleveland Institute of Art. We’re extremely grateful for the support! #artsinCLE #CACgrants #clevelandinstituteofart

It Wasn’t a Gun

CIA grad Amber N. Ford’s powerful “Mistaken Identity” series is gaining national attention. Her works represent items held by Black men, women and children as they were killed or injured by police, and they’re featured in the December issue of The Atlantic. Congrats on the well-deserved recognition! A material archive of police violence

Cleveland Institute of Art ranked No. 2 in the world for 2D animation by respected pros

Thanks to Steven Litt of for highlighting our Animation program’s ongoing success and its recent No. 2 world ranking in 2D animation! Current students Zharia Rahn and Katie Schaefer are featured, as are recent grads Cas Yee and Alex Marek. #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart The Cleveland Institute of Art has been ranked No. 2 in the world in 2D animation by The Rookies, a global online community for aspiring animators that holds an annual competition judged by industry pros.

Today is CIA’s birthday! 🎉🎉🎉 Help us celebrate our 138th year by enjoying this archive photo of students hard at work in the studio. #CIAcreates #CIAalumnicreate #clevelandinstituteofart

We’re thrilled to share that Ceramics faculty member Andrea LeBlond’s “Molecule” received the Best in Ceramics Award at the Zanesville Museum of Art’s 75th Ohio Annual Exhibition! Great work and congrats! #clevelandinstituteofart

Want to watch that Lunch on Fridays you missed? Or revisit an alumni or visiting artist talk you enjoyed? Now you can via our website's new virtual presentations page at! Find fall semester's public programs there and and check back regularly for future events.

We’re proud of the many CIA students, faculty and staff—past and present—who’ve served in America’s armed forces, and today, we thank them and all other veterans for their dedication, commitment and sacrifices. Our featured artwork is “With Me,” a relief print by Printmaking chair Maggie Denk-Leigh created for EVAC Project (Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaborations), which brings together veterans and artists. EVAC curators interview veterans about their experiences, and artists make an edition of prints based on their interpretation of those stories. #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart

Congratulations to 2020 grad Alexa Abounader! A sickle cell disease illustration she created and used in her BFA project was named a winner in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology’s annual BioArt Scientific Image and Video Competition! #clevelandinstituteofart

Many thanks to all who took part in the 2020 BioArt Scientific Image and Video Competition. And the winners are . . .

Congratulations to all!

It's rare for crystalline glaze experimentation to take place in an introductory course—unless, that is, you're a first-year Ceramics student at CIA. For this project, students applied the glaze to busts they sculpted of their face-mask-wearing classmates, learning an array of processes along the way. The results were head-turning! #CIAceramics #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart

[11/03/20]   We love showcasing faculty artwork, and in honor of Election Day, CIA's Reinberger Gallery is screening Drawing chair Sarah Kabot's "Flag" on our digital media mesh. "Flag" is a hand-drawn animation that Kabot created by producing hundreds of blue pastel transfer drawings based on frame-by-frame images of a white flag blowing in the wind. Emanating from the screen like a blue specter both haunting and hopeful, "Flag" considers the meaning of surrender in its many forms, the possibilities of place and time and the multiple histories that exist therein, reminding us ultimately that the future is unwritten.

Polls in Ohio are open until 7:30pm today (November 3), and "Flag" can be viewed on the media mesh from 9am to 9:30pm today through Friday. #clevelandinstituteofart

Thanks to all the artists who used #inktober2020cia and #CIAcreates on their Inktober posts! We really enjoyed seeing and sharing your drawings! #clevelandinstituteofart

What happens when you mix hot glass with jack-o’-lanterns? Our Glass majors enjoyed finding out. #ciaglass #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart

An Interview with Joey Goergen of ‘Joey’s World’

CIA grad and Buffalo, N.Y. native Joey Goergen on Cleveland: “I went to school out here, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and I loved it and there is a good artist community so I decided to stay.” He also discusses his art and practice in this Q&A with Digital Future Magazine. #clevelandinstituteofart Joey is an illustrator originally from Buffalo, New York but is currently living in Lakewood, Ohio which is a suburb of Cleveland. Joey’s work popped up on my radar due to work he’s don…

If the Shoe Floats

In a Q&A with The New York Times, CIA grad Andy Yoder discusses how he created 250 Nike replicas out of repurposed everyday objects to highlight the continuing degradation of our marine environment, offer commentary on consumer culture and commemorate the Great Sneaker Spill of 1990. #clevelandinstituteofart Over the decades, a mass of flotsam from a freighter accident has inspired scientific discovery, urban legend and, now, an art exhibition commemorating the Great Sneaker Spill of 1990.

CIA faculty members are also world-class artists. See for yourself at the 2020 Faculty Exhibition, which opens Friday in Reinberger Gallery. Public appointments are available 10a–5p Wednesdays and Fridays through Jan. 29. Masks must be worn.

CIA students bring superheroes to life for children with special needs | Cleveland Institute of Art

Children love superheroes, but not every child gets to become one. Some CIA Animation students recently helped that happen for an especially super group of kids through a collaboration with The Superhero Project. #clevelandinstituteofart By Michael C. Butz Making art brings with it many rewards. One of the biggest? Knowing your creativity made a difference to someone. Just ask Cleveland Institute of Art student Zharia Rahn. Through her Community Projects course in spring, the Animation major connected with The Superhero Project, a N...

We're really liking all the drawings being shared to #inktober2020cia and #CIAcreates! Thanks to everyone who's joining us, and keep up the great work! #clevelandinstituteofart

The Rookies

We're beyond thrilled to learn CIA was named #2 on a list of the Best 2D Animation Schools in the World! The Rookies evaluates creative-media schools and colleges on the basis of artist portfolios. Shoutout to CIA Animation chair Anthony Scalmato and alums who earned recognition: Jessica Labut, Alex Marek, Shep Turner and Cas Yee.

Read the full announcement below or jump to where CIA is ranked:
• Best 2D Animation Schools in the World:
• Visual Effects and Animation Schools – Production Excellence:

New Article: 10th Annual Rookies World School Rankings® 2020 Announced Today - The Rookies today released its 10th annual ranking lists naming the Top 50 schools offering programs in game design, animation, visual effects, concept art, motion graphics and architectural visualisation.

Join us for our first Creativity Hour alumni talk from noon to 1pm today! This virtual conversation will explore 2018 alum Davon Brantley’s artistic practice, inspirations and professional experiences. It will be led by faculty member Lane Cooper and was organized by CIA’s Alumni Council. Featured art: “Same” by Davon Brantley. Details here: #CIAalumnicreate #CIAcreates #clevelandinstituteofart

Inktober is off to a great start! Thanks to all who are using #inktober2020cia and #CIAcreates on their posts! We've included pics that follow the official Inktober prompt list and some that don't—and all are looking good! Check the pic description on each drawing to see which talented artist created it. #clevelandinstituteofart

Alum Davon Brantley is the latest CIA artist to complete a mural on the University Circle chalkboard! He finished it earlier this week and had this to say about it: “This piece was created in conjunction with my piece ‘On Sight.’ For years, women have had this target on them that has led to years of oppression, disrespect and all kinds of negative impacts. This piece brings that front and center. The target operates as a ‘halo’ like those seen within Renaissance paintings, so in essence, she becomes a saint for women. We need to start taking care of our women better, and this having a red halo around a silhouetted woman brings attention to that. The figure being non-representational of a certain person allows people to see themselves in it and other women they may know. Those who know all too well about what it means to have a target on them.” #clevelandinstituteofart #thisiscle

Participating in Inktober? Add #inktober2020cia and #CIAcreates to your posts and we might share your work with the rest of the CIA community via our social media! What’s an even better way to catch our eye? Add a CIA theme or Cleveland theme to your works (following Inktober’s official prompts, shown here). We’re excited to see and share your drawings! #clevelandinstituteofart

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It’s the last week to see “TITLE TBD” in person at Reinberger Gallery (by appointment through October 4). If you missed the virtual Lunch on Fridays that offered an artist- and curator-led walk-through of the exhibition, watch it now!

Lunch on Fridays on September 11, 2020 featured a virtual conversation and exhibition tour with the artists and curator of “TITLE TBD,” a show exploring the survival journeys of artists and arts workers in a precarious arts ecosystem.

Curated by Meghana Karnik, the exhibition features work by ⚙Admin, Adult Kindergarten, Thomas Barger, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, GenderFail, Jeff Kasper, Ariane Loze, Natalia Nakazawa, and Emily Mae Smith. Visit for a deeper dive into the artists’ projects.

Lunch on Fridays: TITLE TBD Reception + Tour

Lunch on Fridays on September 11, 2020 featured a virtual conversation and exhibition tour with the artists and curator of “TITLE TBD,” a show exploring the survival journeys of artists and arts workers in a precarious arts ecosystem.

Curated by Meghana Karnik, the exhibition features work by ⚙Admin, Adult Kindergarten, Thomas Barger, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, GenderFail, Jeff Kasper, Ariane Loze, Natalia Nakazawa, and Emily Mae Smith. Visit for a deeper dive into the artists’ projects.

In his CIA exhibition “Through My Eyes…,” student Renaissance Bernard uses styles and processes that revolve around unpredictability to reflect the struggles he experiences while creating. “I want the viewer to sit with my work and uncover the way I perceive the world that I live in.” Photos by CIA student Reagan Hintz. #clevelandinstituteofart

How A Pro Motocrosser Designed The Coolest Truck Bed Of All Time

After chasing his pro motocross racing dream, Carl Zipfel sought to pursue other passions. “That led me to the CIA, where I saw students drawing futuristic cars and motorcycles, and I knew it was for me.” Read more about this Industrial Design and Graphic Design grad’s 30-year career at GMC in this Dirt Rider Magazine Q&A. GMC’s design manager of the full-size truck division Carl Zipfel takes us through the dirt bike-specific features of the Sierra 1500’s CarbonPro bed.

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