News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
News and events for alumni + friends of CIA

June 2023

2023 Commencement

Please join us in welcoming CIA's newest alumni—the Class of 2023! This year's Commencement ceremony took place at the Maltz Performing Arts Center in Cleveland and online. You can watch a recording of the ceremony here. To take a look at more photos from the May 21 celebration, go here.

Gollini, Soesemann, Meier win faculty awards

The Viktor Schreckengost Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded to both Interior Architecture chair Mike Gollini '86 and Faculty Emeritus Petra Soesemann '77. The Dan Tranberg Award for Teaching Excellence was awarded to Mike Meier '10, a lecturer in the Painting Department.
The Schreckengost Award honors the late artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost, who was a 1929 CIA graduate and a faculty member for nearly 70 years. It is presented to current or former ranked faculty who have taught for at least 10 years
The Tranberg Award was established in 2020 to honor the late artist and teacher Dan Tranberg, who taught at CIA for 16 years. It is presented to a current non-ranked faculty member who has taught for a minimum of six semesters over the past five years.

Community: All Access on view at Cain Park

Community: All Access features work from nine of CIA's newest graduates from the Painting and Sculpture + Expanded Media programs. The show aims to display the wide breadth of work from emerging visual artists. The exhibition is on view at the Feinberg Art Gallery at Cain Park (14591 Superior Road, Cleveland Heights) through July 22. Exhibiting artists include: Bentley '23, Nicole Carroll '23, Elena Flores '23, Frank Hadzima '23, Jordi Rowe '23, Thomas Smith '23, Alex Vlasov '23, Caro Volny '23 and Alexa Wehrman '23.

Longtime FAB Studio Specialist, Dorsey '80, Retires

Bob Dorsey, longtime employee and a two-time CIA alumnus with BFA degrees in Drawing ('80) and Industrial Design ('89), retired in May. After graduating from the Drawing program, Bob worked as the shop technician for the Industrial Design department at the Gund Building on East Boulevard, where he worked throughout the 1980s. Bob's career as a designer allowed him to work alongside fellow CIA alums at several design firms and companies in the Cleveland area during a 20+ year career. In 2012 Bob returned to CIA to manage the Industrial Design shops, and eventually work as a technical specialist in the Fabrication Studios, where he helped students realize their visions, both safely and creatively. We thank Bob for his years of dedication to working with CIA students and wish him a happy retirement. Congratulations, Bob! 

2023 Alumni Exhibition to open on July 14

The 2023 Alumni Exhibition, Come, Rest Here by My Side, will open with a reception on July 14 from 5 to 8pm. This exhibition, juried by CIA Printmaking alum Clotilde Jiménez '13 and illustrator Lee White, will showcase work by CIA alums from different graduating years and artistic practices, and offer viewers the opportunity to learn more about the College and its influence on artists and designers around the world. 
During the summer, Reinberger Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Monday through Thursday and from 10am to 2pm on Friday. Risk + Discovery: Glass Innovation at CIA is on view through June 16. 

Alumni News

Robert Fillous '35* was featured in a article that discussed the restoration of his Tree of Knowledge sculpture on view at Berea-Midpark High School in Berea, Ohio.
Anthony Eterovich '38* had a painting, "The Visitors," accepted into the permanent collection of the Cleveland Clinic. A virtual tour of works in A Thrilling Act: The Art of Anthony Eterovich, which was previously on view at the Massillon Museum in Massilon, Ohio, is available online
Harold Zisla '50* is remembered for his impact on the art of a former student in an article with LaPorte County Herald-Dispatch
Carol Jenks LaChiusa DiSanto '52 was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Watercolor Society at the Kruizenga Museum of Art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 
Ron Testa '65 has work in The Portrait at Praxis Photo Arts Center in St. Paul, Minnesota through July 1. 
Bill Fleming '74 had a solo exhibition at the Watson-Ewell-Currin Ar Gallery in the Hudson Library in Hudson, Ohio.
Mary Oros '77 has work in a three-person show, Capturing the Ephemeral Beauty, from June 20 through August 5 at Desta Gallery in Mill Valley, California.
Eddie Mitchell '87 received the first-place honor in the Oil & Acrylic category of the Spring Fine Art Show with the Euclid Art Association in Euclid, Ohio.
Michelle Kane '92 was presented with a Cleveland Institute of Art Excellence in Teaching Award
Ann Marie Toebbe '97, a part-time faculty member in the Art and Art History Department at Columbia College in Chicago, received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the college in May.
Kiara Pelissier '00 has an exhibition, House on Fire, at the Quirk Hotel Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Michael Thomas '00, senior vice president of Space Doctors, discussed human-centered design with Communication Arts.
Kimberly Engel '02 received an emerging artist grant from Creative Pinellas, a Largo, Florida-based nonprofit arts agency, and as a result will exhibit her work in a group show with fellow recipients through July 16 at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas.
Ryan Nagode '03 was named the Vice President of Interior Design for Stellantis.
Scott Goss '06 had a project, "Rise and Fall," on view at Cleveland Public Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Branch. "Rise and Fall" explored the impacts of urban development on our landscape and on those who are most affected by this growth.
Oliver Barrett '07 was one of 12 artists commissioned to create a poster for John Wick 4. 
Laura Marsh '09 has work in Unsolicited Advice at the HUB-Robeson Galleries at Pennsylvania State University through July 16. 
Lauren Yeager '09 was featured in a New York Times article that discussed her work in the 2023 Venice Biennale. 
Baillie Davis-Mishler '14 was featured in an article by the New York Times.
Joe Kastelic '18, founder of Playhaus Design, was featured by the Wall Street Journal.  
Miranda Stano '20 recently completed a Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration at Johns Hopkins.

Jobs and Opportunities

  • Join The Critters, a new artist critique group run by feverdream in Cleveland. Connect with fellow artists during bi-monthly critique meetings. To sign up and learn more information, click here
  • SPACES invites Cuyahoga County artists, creators, and curators to apply to the second cycle of The Urgent Art Fund. Deadline is Tuesday, July 4. Details here.
  • Holden Forests & Gardens is seeking artists to exhibit their work in the Cleveland Botanical Garden galleries. Details here.
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