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Project Leaders

Dozens of CIA faculty and staff members, in numerous capacities, have contributed to the success of Community Works: Artist as Social Agent. The following faculty members are the projects leaders of the various components of CIA’s year of social agency.

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Christina Cassara

Title Professor/Co-Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following graduation, she moved to Viques, in the Juan region of Peru, and studied with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, teaching natural dyes derived from indigenous plants to local weavers. Her travels continued through the Collao Altiplano region of Bolivia. While living in New York City, Cassara was co-editor of Sing Out! magazine before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an MFA from the fiber department. Cassara has since conducted extensive research into women’s labor in the American textile industry, issues of European migration and relocation, and more recently, the assigned value of labor in historically women-dominated textile industries in the South. In the late 1990s, Cassara began exploring the history of textile production. A strong advocate for organized labor, she began conducting interviews in LaGrange, GA, and nearby mill towns, speaking with retired textile workers, factory owners, surviving union organizers, and members of textile heritage societies. In 2008–09, Cassara was awarded a sabbatical to further her research in the network of textile heritage societies, including travel to Cooleemee, NC, working with organizers of the Textile Heritage Initiative and members of the Troop County Historical Society. Cassara's research also continues in Scranton, PA, where she is examining documents and photographs related to the growth of the mining and silk textile industries

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Lane Cooper

Title Associate Professor/Chair of Painting

Degree MFA, Painting, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa); MA, Art History, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BS, University of North Alabama

Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, AL, to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a residency at The Banff Centre located in Alberta, Canada, and in the fall of 2010 she was an artist-in-residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, where she exhibited as part of the 2011-12 season. She holds a master's degree in art history with an emphasis in contemporary art and an MFA in painting. She has been teaching since 1989, and since the spring of 2001 she has taught full-time at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul

Title Assistant Professor/Co-Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media/Chair of TIME

Degree MFA, University of New York at Buffalo; BFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Sarah Paul is chair of the TIME-Digital Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Gary D. Sampson

Title Professor of Art + Design History/Chair of Liberal Arts

Degree PhD, Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, Art and Art History, California State University, Northridge

Gary Sampson teaches art and design history and theory at the Institute. He is also adjunct in art history and occasional SAGES faculty at Case Western Reserve University. His areas of scholarship are in history of photography, urban design and representation, and media arts and visual culture. His publications include Imag(in)ing Race and Place in Colonialist Photography, with Eleanor Hight, Photographs at St. Lawrence University, with Catherine Tedford, and “Landscape and Fluid Imaging of the Emerging City," in Emerging Landscapes: Between Landscape and Representation (forthcoming from Ashgate Press). Sampson also engages in practice-based research in photography and video; one of his ongoing projects investigates city environments, infrastructure, and media.

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Barbara Chira

Title Academic Director, Cores + Connections; Adjunct Professor of Art, Foundatio

Degree BA, Studio Art, Ursuline College; MA student, Advanced Inquiry, Miami University

On faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2006, Barbara Chira has also been Academic Director of CIA's burgeoning academic vision, Cores + Connections, since July, 2013: core values of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, and state-of-the-art curriculum, all power extensive connections for student engagement in community-based learning, real-world professional projects, and socially engaged practices in art and design. Chira is also a practicing artist, having maintained a studio in the Superior Arts Corridor since 2002. Her commitment to the ideals of a social practice has included projects with homeless women and children at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Complex and with HIV-positive children in Youngstown (exhibited at the McDonough Museum of Art). In more recent years, she has been creating safe spaces in public for strangers to come together in meaningful conversation. At CIA, Chira has been championing new socially engaged project courses for students, this year related to poverty, health care, and the environment, with partners including the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Metroparks, and Cuyahoga County's homeless and hunger service organizations. This commitment to socially engaged art is also informed by Chira's previous 12-year career in community health and human services in the County, including several years as a case manager "in situ," working with people in their homes in Cleveland's highest-poverty neighborhoods.

Kevin Kautenburger

Kevin Kautenburger

Title Associate Professor

Degree MFA, Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University; BFA, Studio Art from Kent State

Kevin Kautenburger has been teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2001. He also taught for ten years in Philadelphia. Among his awards are a Pew Fellowship and the Robert Mann Award in Ceramics from the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show. He has exhibited widely in the Midwest and at the Delaware Biennial. In addition, he won the Nathan Margolis Award for Ceramics while pursuing his master's degree.

Bruce Checefsky

Bruce Checefsky

Title Director, Reinberger Galleries/Adjunct Faculty

Degree MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA of Science from Kutztown University.

As curator for Reinberger Galleries for more than 20 years, Checefsky has been responsible for developing distinct exhibitions for CIA. He oversees the cultivation of new and unique shows for the galleries’ fall and spring shows, as well as the coordination of annual shows including the Faculty Exhibition, Student Independent Exhibition and the Student Summer Show. He has curated over 80 national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, film and design, and he has published articles, reviews and essays on contemporary photography and film. He is an adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts department, teaching courses in film and museum studies.

Sai Sinbondit

Sai Sinbondit

Title Adjunct Faculty

Sai Sinbondit comes from a family of immigrants who came to the United States when he was a child. On their journey here, his family of six went through three refugee camps and finally settled in a small community in the northwest corner of Ohio. While growing up, his father’s and mother’s diligence, commitment and self-reliance to get his family to a better place inspired Sinbondit to not only experience the world, but to explore and question it.

Sinbondit’s work looks toward architecture as a vehicle to explore the world and it’s dynamic relationships among people, cultures, systems, settlement and displacement. It is in this area of boundaries and this place where opposites meet that he tests the idea that architecture is not a political haven, not a world apart from the world, but generator for social change.
He earned a master of architecture degree from Syracuse University and graduated with honors in painting and printmaking from the University of Toledo’s bachelor of fine arts program. Sinbondit also spent some time abroad living and working with organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR (the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), in various countries such as Turkey, El Salvador, Thailand, India, France, Italy and Darfur.

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Josť Carlos Teixeira

Title Champney Family Professor of Art

Degree MFA, Interdisciplinary Studio, University of California Los Angeles; BFA, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto (Portugal)

José Carlos Teixeira is currently the Champney Family Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University Art History department, and at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His interdisciplinary work involves primarily video-essay, photography, installation, text, and performance. Notions of identity, otherness, language, boundary, exile and displacement, are recurrent themes in his creative and theoretical investigation. Through performative strategies, his pieces explore issues related to locational identity, global diaspora, the limits (or overlapping) of personal and social territories, and the definition of physical and psychological spaces. They attempt to generate not a set of conclusions, but a continuous process of inquiry. Usually coming from a subjective and contextual approach, the artist focuses on collaboration, participation, and dialogue, therefore incorporating multiple voices into his moving image projects.

His work has been shown in exhibitions, festivals, and screenings both in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Lithuania) and in the USA (New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tucson, Madison, to name a few), as well as in Brazil, Singapore, China, Mozambique, Angola, and South Africa. Teixeira has been the recipient of the Fulbright Grant, Gulbenkian Foundation Grant, UCLA Fellowship, Samuel Booth Award, D’Arcy Hayman Award, Fuso Video Festival Jury Prize 2011, and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination. In 2008-09, he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and he recently developed residency projects at the MacDowell Colony (NH), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA).

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