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Getting to Know You opens November 1

Josephs painting
Haley Josephs, "Call Me Rambler"
Featuring work by Natalia Arbelaez, Julie Heffernan, Haley Josephs, and Devan Shimoyama, Getting to Know You presents the viewer with a convivial invitation to get to know yourself through the lens of others. Pulling from a well of source material including the art historical, the personal, the mystic, and the pop cultural, these artists approach their work with a mixture of humor, sincerity, and dynamism.

The opening reception will be Friday, November 1 from 6 to 8pm in CIA's Reinberger Gallery. The show will remain on view through December 13. 

Call for Scholastic Art + Writing Awards jurors

Each year the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the Scholastic Art + Writing Awards for the Greater Cleveland area, including Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties. The competition is open to students in grades 7-12 and is an opportunity for them to compete for national recognition, awards, and scholarships in writing and art.

The Office of Continuing Education + Community Outreach at CIA is seeking volunteer jurors to help with the judging process. The review process for art will take place at CIA on Saturday, December 14. If you are interested and available to serve as a juror, please complete this brief online survey so we can keep you in the loop as we get closer to December. Questions can be sent to Julia Murphy, Assistant Director of Continuing Education + Community Outreach at

Graphic memoir author Thi Bui to visit CIA

Celebrated artist and author Thi Bui will visit CIA on Thursday, October 24, and will read from her illustrated memoir, The Best We Could Do, which was the summer reading for CIA's Class of 2023. A reception will take place from 5:30 to 6:15pm, with the reading to follow in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater.


It’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Having a will ensures that your wishes are known and that the people and causes you care about are supported. CIA is teaming up with FreeWill to offer a free will-planning tool. You can create your full legal will and even choose to include planned gifts to organizations that are important to you. Alumni and friends are welcome to use FreeWill to make their plans. Look for an email with additional details coming soon. 

Mentoring opportunity

Would you like to be a mentor to our new crop of alumni? Please join the CIA mentoring network on College Central. By joining this database, you’ll enable students to strategically reach out to you for guidance on getting started in their professional lives. Sign up today!  
Alumni News
Frank Wilcox* '10 has a retrospective exhibition of his work on view in The Dean at WOLFS Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio through November 30.
Leslye Arian '76 has work in Outside the Mainstream: Douglas Max Utter Selects at ARTNeo on view through November 15. The exhibit also features work by Paul Travis* '17Shirley Aley Campbell* '47, Anna Arnold '83Dexter Davis '90, Clay Parker '90Lawrence Baker '97, Timothy Callaghan '99Amy Casey '99Sarah Curry '01Darius Steward '08, Mike Meier '10Katy Richards '11, and Nikki Woods '12
Mary Urbas '80 curated The Skull and Skeleton in Art IV: Folk Art to Pop Culture on view at The Gallery at Lakeland Community College through November 8. The annual show features work from Joe Stavec '80, David Verba '80, Kelly Palmer '90, Jaymi Zents '97Lauralee Huston '01Karen Sandstrom '12 and Kimberly Chapman '17. A costume party artist reception and auction to benefit the gallery will take place on October 24.
Kathy Vajda '82 has work featured in Mounds, Piles & Massings at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery in South Orange, New Jersey through October 19. 
Millie Benson '93 has a solo show, Soul Retrieval, at the Women's Darkroom and Gallery in Brooklyn, New York through October 26. She is also co-curating Kindred Constructs, a show in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that is a part of Open House New York Weekend on view through October 25.
Laura Davis '96 has work on view in Thanks for not breeding at Aspect/Ratio in Chicago, Illinois on view through October 19.
Nicholas Moenich '08 has work in Wild Blue Yonder at Disturb the Neighbors in New York.
Barbara Polster '10 recently accepted a lecturer faculty position at School of the Art Institute Chicago beginning in spring 2020.
Amber Ford '16 had photographs on view in This Story is Mine and Ours: Amber N. Ford in Gordon Square Arts District in Cleveland, Ohio. 
Brian Mouhlas '16 has a solo show, Cultural Mysticism, on view at Hedge Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio through November 2. The show also features work by Suzanne Head '16, Thomas Kassai '16, Samantha Konet '16 and Kim Menapace '16.

Jobs and Other Artist Opportunities

And check out CIA’s College Central for freelance, internship, and part- and full-time listings. If you are interested in meeting with our Career Center, please schedule an appointment.

Important Events

  • 8/29–10/6: 2019 Faculty Exhibition, Reinberger Gallery
  • 10/24 Visiting author/artist Thi Bui book reading
  • 11/1: Getting to Know You, Reinberger Gallery
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