A door to here: “Portals_Thresholds” at CIA’s Reinberger Gallery

An exhibition title like Portals_Thresholds naturally raises the question, “Portals to where?” To give away the game: They take us back to where we are already, but via an unfamiliar route, offering new perspectives. Portals_Thresholds is now on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery. It features works by Sara Ludy, Rachel Rossin, Rafaël Rozendaal, and the collaborative […]

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CIA’s ThinkCraft Takes 360 Look at Glass, Ceramics, Metals and More

As changes in technology and social movements have taken hold in craft disciplines, what is the role of professional education? How does “traditional” craft evolve? What does it mean for makers, collectors and critics? Such questions go to the core of Cleveland Institute of Art’s ThinkCraft biennial, a yearlong exploration of contemporary craft that starts with a three-day symposium this […]

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Creative Fusion: Cleveland Institute of Art – Yasniel Valdes (Havana) & Matthew Hollern (Cleveland)

El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Traveling Talent When Matthew Hollern visited La Havana with Creative Fusion to scout for a talented visiting artist at CIA Jewelry Department, he had some candidates in mind. The one that really impressed him was Yasniel Valdes, not only for his artistic sense and quality of craft, but also for a formal […]

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CREATIVE FUSION: Cleveland Institute of Art: Yasniel Valdes (Havana), Matthew Hollern, (Cleveland)

El mismo articulo aparece abajo en traduccion Espanol. Before focusing his work on jewelry, and being recognized for it with prizes and prestigious mentorship by both commercial-savvy artisans and conceptual designers, Cuban Yasniel Valdes developed his craft in fashion and art installations. Valdes fabricates beauty in a border area between creation and financial investment, marrying practical instances with esthetically thought-through […]

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CIA illustrator Groman makes monstrously creative career

When illustrator and CIA instructor James Groman (’86) was creating designer monsters for the Cleveland Institute of Art’s annual recruitment posters, he reined in his estimable gifts for the grotesque and pulled out the winsome instead. In the first of three Groman edition posters for CIA, a hopeful-looking young student is flanked by a menagerie with almost Muppetlike appeal: A […]

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CIA’s Bruce Checefsky is your wry art tour guide in Gallery Guy

Art galleries: They can be settings for divine experience and transportive beauty. And they can be showcases for donkeys and donkey doo. What to make of such contradictions? That’s a question for Bruce Checefsky. The director of Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art is the host of “Gallery Guy,” a short-video series highlighting artists and exhibitions. The episodes […]

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