Come, Rest Here by My Side, CIA’s 2023 Alumni Exhibition, on View This Summer

Work from the 2021 Alumni Exhibition, Imprint the Air, at Reinberger Gallery, installation view, courtesy of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Clotilde Jiménez is no stranger to the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA). The visual artist earned his BFA in printmaking from CIA in 2013.

Since then, he’s established a successful practice in Mexico City and exhibited his work—multimedia collages that create visual narratives—in Paris and Chicago. In 2020, he was featured on the cover of Art in America. Now, he returns to CIA as one of two jurors for the 2023 Alumni Exhibition.

“It felt good being asked to jury this show because for a while now I’ve been trying to get back into the CIA community as an alum and share some things I’ve learned over the years in a collaborative way. So, I think this is a good start to that,” Jiménez says. “I’m looking forward to see the diverse array of art practices through different mediums but also multi-generational and cultural. I think my eclectic approach to art-making will cater to the broad spectrum of ideas and styles that I expect to see from the artists.”

Work from the 2021 Alumni Exhibition, Imprint the Air, at Reinberger Gallery. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Institute of Art.

The 2023 Alumni Exhibition will be on view July 14 through August 11 in Reinberger Gallery. Its second juror is Colorado-based illustrator Lee White, who works primarily in watercolor and has illustrated more than 27 children’s books.

“As always, it is very important to the committee to find jurors who are accomplished artists in their field while representing different mediums,” says Deborah Pinter ‘88, chair of the CIA Alumni Council. “We felt that both Clotilde and Lee would be the perfect complements to each other and were very excited when they both agreed to be our jurors this year.”

Pinter’s fellow exhibition committee members are Cherie Bauer ‘81, Lauren Chaikin ‘09, Karen Sandstrom ‘12 and Amani Williams ‘21. The committee chose Come, Rest Here by My Side as this year’s exhibition title. The title is borrowed from Maya Angelou’s renowned poem “On the Pulse of Morning,” which invokes unity, progress, connection and the hope of a yet-to-be-written future.

Reinberger Gallery Director Nikki Woods says the exhibition will be engaging for all audiences but represents a special occasion for CIA alumni.

“The Alumni Exhibition is an amazing opportunity to bring artists back to CIA, which is for many the place that helped shape their artistic practice,” she says. “I’m excited for Reinberger Gallery to be a point of connection for alumni to be in community with one another and celebrate their stories.”

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