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Apr 23, 2014

CIA grads win 25% of nation's top retail design honors

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Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

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Apr 17, 2014

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Mar 28, 2014

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CIA students presented NEO: A Runway Show in which they modeled wearables – in the form of accessories, design, and conceptual art – before nearly 200 audience members in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries last night. The award winners for the evening were Sculpture major Graham Baldwin, Best of Show; Jewelry + Metals major Hongzhe Ma, Best Accessory; and art education major Raisa E. Cabrera, Best Material and Technology.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

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Mar 28, 2014

Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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Apr 22, 2014 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

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Apr 22, 2014

4/24-27: Bernard Hermann weekend with CITIZEN KANE, MARNIE & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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September 11, 2013

Student's illustrations featured in solo show

Rob Benigno '14 earns a rare exhibition opportunity

Student's illustrations featured in solo show

By Julie Mason

A solo show can be one of the crowning achievements of an artist’s career. But CIA senior Robert Benigno reached this hallmark early. Last month, the illustration major’s work took center stage during a weeklong exhibition titled Catalyst at 464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Benigno’s hometown.

At the suggestion of an artist friend who maintains a studio there, Benigno initially approached the gallery owner to request a one-night space rental for a self-hosted show. Instead, he was thrilled when the owner was impressed enough with his work to offer him a full exhibition in the main gallery.

Catalyst featured a recent series of Benigno’s paintings and drawings that explore juxtapositions of representational and abstract imagery. The majority of the pieces were new work created specifically for the show.

“These paintings really formed on their own,” said Benigno. “I let them fall onto the paper, and they took on their own meaning. I liked seeing how different people at the show made up their own stories.”

Benigno’s first successful exhibition has helped solidify his career goals to establish his own body of artwork in addition to commissioned work. With support from the CIA illustration faculty, including instructor George Vlosich ’02, he’s already done freelance designs for clients including Barrio Tacos and the Cleveland Foundation.

Portfolio work and sketches can be viewed online at robbenigno.com.

Image of “Suburbs” courtesy Robert Benigno

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