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2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Events: Sep 05, 2014

Lunch On Fridays: Kasumi

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Mizoguchi's Greatest Decade

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Biomedical grad wins award for animation on stuttering

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Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

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8/28-31: Finding Vivian Maier, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors & more!

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Student-designed app teaches embryology, improves scores

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

Academics . Curriculum . Visiting Artists 

Visiting Artists

CIA’s Visiting Artist Program and Lunch On Fridays series are important vehicles that link CIA students to the larger artistic community. From classroom critiques to large-scale question and answer opportunities, students learn from nearly 50 artists annually who share their path to success. 

Visiting Artists Program

Through this program, students benefit from the extensive network of professional partnerships that CIA faculty foster each year. The Visiting Artist Program extends the classroom by:  

  • inviting practicing artists and their work into the CIA's classrooms and studios 
  • exploring culturally diverse perspectives
  • encouraging collaborative dialogue among CIA’s 15 majors
  • responding to the  of creative challenges from students, faculty, alumni, and the greater Cleveland cultural community.

Through two dedicated funds, the George P. Bickford Visiting Artist Fund and the Louis D. Kacalieff Visiting Artists + Scholars Endowment, CIA supports the continued practice of providing free and open dialogue on creative issues to students and the community.

Watch the videos below featuring CIA's recent visiting artists

Lunch On Fridays Lecture Series

Spend your lunch hour learning a little more about the world of art and design at CIA’s Lunch On Fridays Series (LOF). Free and open to the public, these informal lectures begin at 12:15pm and feature a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including our own CIA faculty. This series is jointly sponsored by the CIA Liberal Arts and Foundation departments.

Cuyahoga Arts and Culture

Cleveland Institute of Art gratefully acknowledges the citizens of Cuyahoga County for their support of CIA's public programming through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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Previous Visiting Artists and LOF Speakers

David Rankin
CIA Alum David Rankin '67 has become one of the top artists in the country using the new iPad app Paper by 53

Bruce Checefsky
CIA Reinberger Galleries Director

Beat Zoderer
Internationally known contemporary artist

Molly Hatch
Ceramist and designer whose Signature Collection appears in Anthropologie stores nationwide

Nick Cave
International artist well-known for his signature sound suits that combine dance, sound, and costume design

Cuban Artists Residency
Five Cuban Artists spend 2011-12 working with CIA students

Sarah Kabot
CIA drawing professor and contestant on Bravo TV’s 2012 season of Work of Art: the Next Great Artist

Marc Brown
CIA graduate and creator of Arthur series of children’s books

Ben Grasso
CIA graduate and successful New York artist

Mark Bassett 
CIA instructor who's researched more than 100 artworks by CIA alumni, faculty, and staff in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art

James Nares
British-born artist and filmmaker

Nick Fenell ’11  
CIA graduate and multi-disciplinary artist

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Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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