Remaining Themselves: The 75th CIA Student Independent Exhibition

The 75th annual CIA Student Independent Exhibition is of unusual interest, not just for all the perennial art and education reasons, but also as creative testimony to the deep impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students and on artists generally. Organized by a student committee, the works on view were selected by a group of artist/educator jurors recruited from around […]

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CIA Faculty’s Community-focused Projects Have Impact in and out of the Classroom

The Cleveland Institute of Art’s world-renowned faculty are known for the difference they make in the classroom teaching and mentoring future generations of artists and designers. But their work at CIA represents only one facet of their creativity and ingenuity. They’re also highly-accomplished working artists, and their personal practices often involve projects in which community engagement is central. Interaction, connection, […]

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Show Celebrates Work of CIA Faculty Artists and Designers

As with nearly everything in 2020, the coronavirus took some of the celebratory verve from the opening of Cleveland Institute of Art’s annual Faculty Exhibition. The show itself goes on, however; and even without a party, there’s plenty to celebrate. On view in the Reinberger Gallery through January 29, the exhibition includes work by photographer Barry Underwood, whose Linear Constructions series features […]

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CIA Students Make Superheroes of Children with Special Needs

Making art brings with it many rewards. One of the biggest? Knowing your creativity made a difference to someone. Just ask Cleveland Institute of Art student Zharia Rahn. Through her community projects course in the spring, the animation major connected with The Superhero Project, a Northeast Ohio nonprofit that pairs children who have disabilities or serious illnesses with artists who […]

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Reinberger’s T ITLE TB D Takes on New Meaning Post-COVID

T ITLE TB D at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberger Gallery was scheduled for spring but postponed due to COVID-19. The exhibition is now on view, and information about how to see the artwork is available at cia.edu/exhibitions. The show examines the artist’s life in 2020 and features work by ADMIN, Adult Kindergarten, Thomas Barger, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, GenderFail, Jeff Kasper, […]

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CIA’s Mission: Keep the Learning on Track

The Cleveland Institute of Art has always touted the problem-solving skills of its artists and designers. Coronavirus gave the CIA community a dramatic chance to prove it. When the virus first hit Ohio in March, state restrictions on public gatherings affected everything from the education of its bachelor’s degree students to delivery of continuing education and Cinematheque films in the […]

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A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Grad Examined in Reinberger Gallery’s T ITL E TB D

Ask someone to describe the life of an artist and you’re likely to get one of two accounts: a starving artist who ekes out a living by sacrificing everything, or a cosmopolitan artist living and working amid an embarrassment of big-city riches. Both extremes are rooted more in fantasy than fact. The reality is that there’s a vast middle ground. […]

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We are because they were: “Getting to Know You” at CIA’s Reinberger Gallery

“Identity” is taking an increasingly central stage in U.S. political discourse. The “intersectional” paradigm lets us speak of the diversity within demographics which had previously been treated as homogenous. Progressives and conservatives alike are more likely to acknowledge that right-wing contrasts between “coastal elites” and “real Americans” amount to valorization of white Christian identity. “Nationalists” of lesser and greater degrees […]

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New School Year, New Faculty Work

It’s one of the unofficial markers of the start of the new academic year: the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Faculty Exhibition. The 2019 show opens Thursday, August 29, and remains on view in Reinberger Gallery through October 6. “It’s equal parts a welcome-to-CIA tradition and an extraordinary overview of recent work by our current faculty,” said Nikki Woods, director of […]

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