Alumni . Alumni Profiles
Alex Pakis '04 is the designer and owner of Greenpoint Craftworks, a custom jewelry and bike boutique in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to launching his company, Alex worked with an international fashion label. At Greenpoint Craftworks, Alex has created a sought-after line of jewelry, and he is regularly commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces. In addition to developing wearable art, Alex is well-known for his bicycle restoration work. In December 2009, he was featured in the Japanese magazine, Pedal Speed.expand collapse
Title Manager + Buyer
Organization Hallmark Surface Design + Textile Collection
Lisa Pascolini-DeRousse '86 scours the international design market to find antique and contemporary designs that she brings back to Hallmark designers for use in card, giftwrap, and home product designs. Everyday she's thrilled to apply her love of history and design to keep Hallmark at the forefront of visual design.expand collapse
Internationally recognized glass artist Marc Petrovic '91 is an assistant professor and chair of the Cleveland Institute of Art's Glass Department.
Widely regarded as a leader in the glass art field, Petrovic has been a full-time studio artist for 23 years. His work is held in numerous private collections and in public collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Niijima Museum of Glass, Tokyo; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Racine Art Museum; Tacoma Museum of Glass, and many others.
He is represented by Heller Gallery in New York City; Thomas R. Riley Gallery in Cleveland; Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan; Imago Gallery in Palm Desert, California; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia;Dane Gallery on Nantucket in Massachusetts; eo Art Lab in Chester, Connecticut; and Admiralty Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida.expand collapse
As founder and president of a multi-disciplinary design firm, René’s portfolio includes hundreds of successful products for companies across the globe, including Rubbermaid, Ninja, and Fisher Price. Creative problem solving, and a sense of balance, are both traits that René attributes to his CIA education.expand collapse
Title Installation Artist and Assistant Professor
Organization Parsons The New School for Design
Sreshta Rit Premnath graduated from CIA in 2003, moved to Brooklyn, NY, for graduate school and never left. He is now a successful installation artist and assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design. He launched publication, Shifter, which he considers a platform to think through issues in a space surrounded by critical thinkers and artists, and he continues to work on it in his time away from teaching.expand collapse
New York-based artist Mark Reigelman '06 was recently recognized for creating one of the country’s top 10 public artworks in 2010. His foundation gives three-dimensional form to his highly-acclaimed concepts. Mark, a renaissance artist, creates work across myriad art forms. He has installed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer solstice party two years in a row. His product designs include original pieces that you can find in New York and Paris boutiques; he crafts pieces for elite exhibitions; and he even designs interiors. Mark credits much of his success to his education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where faculty encouraged him to take art and design classes outside of his major and bring those experiences back to his artwork. The results of his artistic exploration are unique—and award winningexpand collapse
As one of the leading tattoo artists in the country, Paul Timman '95 has tattooed many celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore. His sought-after tribal and traditional Japanese designs are now part of a unique line of dishware from Ink Dish.expand collapse
Jennifer Trausch, a 2000 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate, is the Director of Photography at the 20X24 Studio in New York City. This former Polaroid studio is the only facility in New York that offers one-of-a-kind large-format analog technology. Jen has directed the studio operations for more than five years.
In large-format photography, according to Jen, "many artists feel that the tonal nuances produced by Polaroid 20x24 film are impossible to capture with digital means. In some ways digital is too perfect, and many artists still yearn for the uniqueness and personality of large-scale Polaroid prints."
Successful as a large-format photographer herself, Jen uses the camera she manages to produce her own work that is exhibited around the world.expand collapse
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