News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest
Flickr Tumblr LinkedIn YouTube

Visit the 77th Student Independent Exhibition

Now in its 77th year, the Cleveland Institute of Art's Student Independent Exhibition (SIE) is an honored tradition that’s never conventional. Organized entirely by students, who choose the jurors and mount the exhibition, SIE offers fresh—and sometimes surprising—approaches to contemporary art.

The exhibition will open from 6 to 9pm Friday, February 17 in Reinberger Gallery and remain on view through March 19. An awards ceremony will be held at 7pm during the opening reception. This year's SIE jurors include Susan Danko '98, Erykah Townsend '20 and Justin Wong, who are scheduled to speak during Lunch on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30pm Friday, February 10 in CIA’s Peter B. Lewis Theater. 

Faculty Emeriti Robert Jergens '60 passes away

It is with deep sadness that we share news of the passing of Robert Jergens ’60, who taught at CIA from 1969 through 2000. Jergens was awarded faculty emeritus status in 2001, and in 2016, he earned the prestigious CIA Medal of Excellence (the Burchfield Award) for artistic achievement. He established the Robert Jergens '60 Scholarship for Excellence in Foundation Design, which helped dozens of artists and designers studying craft from 1998 through 2017. He attended Yale University after graduating from CIA and was the recipient of multiple honors including the Rome Prize for Painting in 1961 and a renewal in 1962; first prize in painting at the Mostra Universitaria Internazionale d’Arts Figurative in Rome and multiple prizes at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show. Several of his works are archived at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. We extend our deepest sympathies to all who knew and worked with him.

Share what you love the most about CIA

Tell us what you love about CIA! This February, we are asking students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to share what they love the most about CIA on our Facebook and Instagram pages. We invite you to share your love and fond memories of CIA with the hashtag #fortheloveofcia or by sending us a message at

We hope to see you in New York or Cincinnati

CIA is looking forward to meeting alumni at events in New York and Cincinnati in March. The New York event will take place on Sunday, March 12. The Cincinnati event will be on Thursday, March 16 during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ 57th annual conference, Current. Stay tuned for more details, and we hope you will save the dates!

Join us for Lunch on Fridays

Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each lecture features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. Lunch on Fridays takes place on select Fridays from 12:15 to 1:30pm in the Peter B. Lewis Theater. You can view the upcoming schedule here.

Join us for the Spring Career Fair

Career Services is hosting the Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, February 7 from 4 to 6pm at CIA. The Career Fair is a great opportunity for alumni and students to meet employers and learn about their various opportunities. The final day for alumni and students to register is today, February 2
As always, we encourage you to schedule individual appointments with Career Services by logging onto College Central and clicking the Appointment tab. Alumni who are interested in registering as employers at the fair can contact the Career Center at

CIA painters show work across Cleveland

A profile on CIA Painting senior Derek Walker recently aired on WVIZ/PBS Ideastream Public Media's Applause
Crystal Miller's solo exhibition, We Belong in the Future, opens from 5 to 7pm on February 3 in the Ann and Norman Roulet Student + Alumni Gallery at CIA. The show is a series of mixed-media works that celebrates Black feminine beauty, intertwined with a curated idea of Afro-futurism. It is on view through February 24 is supported by Urgent Art Fund administered by SPACES.
Painting major Jordi Rowe appeared on WKYC’s Good Company to promote her upcoming solo exhibition Blueing of the Light: The Gloaming, on view February from 4 to 26 in the Massillon Museum's Studio M Gallery in Massillon, Ohio. 
Alison Alsup, a Painting senior, will have a solo show, Prairies to Peaks: Biking to Colorado's Tallest Mountain at the Massillon Museum's Studio M Gallery in Massillon, Ohio from March 11 to April 2. 
Alex Vlasov will show work in I Paint Houses at Waterloo Arts in Cleveland, which will open from 6 to 9pm on February 3. 
Alumni News
John Jackson '77* is honored in a show, Against Gravity: Remembering John Jackson, at Artists Archives of the Western Reserve in Cleveland through March 11. A community gathering and artist talk will take place February 11 at 1pm. 
Jack Thomas Hamilton '81 has work in Pencil and Paint in the Beeghly Hall Galleries at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio through May. 
Lucia De Marinis '84 has work in Mapping Space and Time, an exhibition of works on paper at Preston Square in Ottawa, Canada through March 23. 
Judy Takács '86 will have a solo show, The Goddess Project: Warriors, at the Ashtabula Arts Center in Ashtabula, Ohio from July 7 to July 29. A painting by Takács was accepted into 19th Annual FRESH Juried Exhibition at the Summit Artspace in Akron, Ohio.
Deborah Pinter '88 will be a juror for Art of the State, an exhibition for Pennsylvania artists that will open in September.   
Kristen Cliffel '90 and Ewuresi Archer '21 are among the 2023 artists-in-residence at Akron Soul Train in Akron, Ohio. 
Salvatore Perconti '94 received a first-place award for an outdoor exhibit, Wendy Park: Connecting People to a River's Recovery, from The National Association of Interpretation. The exhibit's sign design and sculptural sign holders were recognized by the award. The exhibition took place at Wendy Park in Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Reservation. 
Lori Kella '97 and Amy Casey '99 have work in State of the Art: Constructs at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio through February 26. Kella also has a solo exhibition, Shifting Ground, at Youngstown State University's McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio through March 4. 
Amy Casey '99 was covered by for her current art practice which includes the selection of her work as the cover art for a new album by indie/alternative rock band The New Pornographers. 
Michelle Droll '02 and Eranah Adorjan '04 have work in All That & More at the Sally Otto Gallery at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio through February 23. 
Jason K. Milburn '03 was featured by Cleveland Scene for his solo show Rafts on view in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio through February 4.
Annie Libertini '05 was featured in an article with The Spokesman-Review, where she discussed creating masks for film and TV. 
Lauren Chaikin '09 has work in the Foot Squared Exhibition at YARDS Project in Cleveland.
Kara Hungate '10 has a collection of work on view at the Fairmount Baptist Church Fairmount Gallery in Cleveland through March. 
Leigh Brooklyn '11 was the keynote speaker at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony at the Cleveland Institute of Art in January. Brooklyn also won a Future Art Award through Mozaik Philanthropy's international show, Women. Life. Freedom. Her work was featured as part of a public art projection of 30 international artists onto the facade of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Work will also be on view in a show with Gallery Art Unified in Los Angeles February 16–19.
Martinez E-B '12 has work in The Body Rock at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio through March. The show also includes work from Edward Valentin-Lugo '19
Clotilde Jiménez '13 will have a solo show, La Memoria del Agua, with Mariane Ibrahim in Mexico City from February 8 to April 29. 
Amber Ford '16 curated Amanda D. King: Root Matter on view at Youngstown State University's McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Ford also has work in Someone, Somewhere, Something at moCa Cleveland through June 11. 
Davon Brantley '18 will speak in a panel discussion as part of the Black Arts Showcase at moCa Cleveland on February 18. CIA Drawing student Theadis Reagins will lead an artist workshop.  
Orlando Caraballo '18 has work in solo exhibition, Capicú at Akron Soul Train in Akron, Ohio through March 4. 
Bianca Fields '19 was featured in an article by KC Studio, where she discussed her work and art practice. 
Violet Maimbourg '21 will give an artist talk at Carnegie Mellon University, College of 
Fine Arts as part of the Frank Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry. Maimbourg will also teach a two-day workshop on creating silicone prosthetics in an Activated Animorphs class at Carnegie Mellon University on February 17. Work is also on view in a group exhibition Paroxysm at Westbeth Gallery in New York. 
Alyssa Lizzini '22 has been named the recipient of the NEO Artist Residency with Zygote Press in Cleveland. 

Jobs and Opportunities

  • CIA is hiring! Current job openings can always be viewed at
  • The Cain Park Arts Fest is accepting artist applications for summer 2023 through March 3. Details here.
  • Diamonds Direct in Beachwood, Ohio is hiring a bench jeweler. More details here
  • Disney is hiring for animation positions. Details here
  • AXA Art Prize 2023 is now accepting submissions. The AXA Art Prize is one of the leading student art competitions in the United States. The competition is open to figurative paintings, drawings and printmaking created by undergraduate and graduate art students. It carries a First Prize of $10,000 and a Second Prize of $5,000. Printmaking chair Maggie Denk-Leigh will serve as a regional juror for the 2023 prize. Students can submit their entries by Thursday, March 2 here.
  • Joann is hiring a product designer
  • Urban Arts Space in Columbus seeks Ohio artist proposals for its 2023 Summer Series. Deadline is Monday, February 13. Details here.
  • The Cleveland Print Room seeks submissions for its 10th Anniversary Exhibition. Deadline is Saturday, February 18. Details here.
  • CIA alumni can check out CIA’s College Central for freelance, internship, and part- and full-time listings. Click on "Sign Up" to get started.
Have you relocated or changed contact information recently? We would like to make sure you are staying up-to-date with all of the great things CIA is accomplishing, as well as receive Link  magazine and invitations to CIA events. Click on the button below to submit your update.
Update Your Contact Information
Submit news

Cleveland Institute of Art's public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.