News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
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CIA Moves Online: View work from student shows

Our students have been busy making work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this spring their work has gone online. We invite you to visit the shows to see their amazing projects. 

The BFA Exhibition is now on view, featuring the thesis projects of our graduating seniors.
The virtual Spring Design Show 2020 includes work by more than 100 Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture and Transportation Design students. 
Handled with Care: An Unconventional Love Letter, a virtual exhibition and culminating project by junior Visual Arts students in the course The Role of the Artist as Producer, is online now. 
The After Hours Virtual Exhibition showcases work by students in CIA's Adult and Young Artist Continuing Education classes and is on view through May 10.
Visit the Foundation Spring Show, which showcases freshman work in drawing, design and digital/time-based classes on view through May 15.
HOMEPAGE, a virtual exhibition from juniors and seniors in CIA's Advanced Video & Digital Cinema Projects class, focuses on social distancing. Students used materials from around their homes to frame studio spaces that straddle the real and virtual. 

Celebrate the class of 2020 at virtual commencement

We know how much commencement means to our entire community, and we are pleased to announce details on how we plan to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Please join us at 11am EST on Friday, May 15 for a pre-recorded, virtual ceremony. Brian Peterson '09 will be our guest speaker. Find more information here.

Become a mentor for graduating students

Thank you to the 25 CIA alumni who signed up to be a mentor for CIA students, including the class of 2020. We would love to double this number! Sign up today by joining our mentoring program on College Central. You’ll enable students to strategically reach out to you for guidance on getting started in their professional lives.  

Stream at home, support the Cinematheque

Cinematheque screenings have been canceled through at least May 15, but you can still watch some of the previously scheduled films—and support the Cinematheque in the process! Visit to view films available for streaming. Use the links provided on each of the movies’ pages above to ensure that a portion of your purchase goes to the Cinematheque.

Student fund makes an impact

We are happy to report that thanks to generous donations from alumni and friends, we have raised $34,300 for the CIA Student Impact Fund. To date, we have been able to help almost 30 students receive the urgent funding they need to face the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The board of directors has kindly extended their matching gift goal until the end of May as we work toward our goal of $20,000. We hope that this will be the start of an impact fund that will continue to help students for years to come. 
Alumni News
Clarence Holbrook Carter 1927* has more than 200 works on view in a virtual show, Clarence Holbrook Carter: Metamorphosis of an American Surrealist, at WOLFS. 
Chuck Kovacic '72 was recently named the chapter chair of the California Art Club, Los Angeles. 
Judy Takács '86 was featured in CoolCleveland for her weekly virtual art salons. View her Facebook Live talks on Thursday evenings.
Rita Grendze '87 discussed her installation Synapsis 6: grief during a virtual artist talk hosted by Aurora Public Art. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune, which offers more details about the talk and her installation.
Linda Zolten Wood '87 was featured in a series on creating crafts during coronavirus. View the article and get tips on making your own upcycled monster plushie here
Chris Landau '02 recently had his work featured on an episode of Wizard of Paws. Chris worked with partners Dive Design and Derrick Campana of Bionic Pets to build a design algorithim and create custom, 3D-printable prosthetic fittings for two dogs. 
Claire Marks '15 was featured in a article on creating a notebook out of old paper. Read the article and view steps to make your own notebook here
Karen Sandstrom '12 was featured in The Plain Dealer for her illustrated "Tiny Morning Sketch" series. 
Julia Maddalina '18 created Portraits of the Frontline, a series of oil paintings focused on front line healthcare workers in response to COVID-19. 

Artist Opportunities and Resources

  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts is accepting applications for emergency grants. Artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout of canceled or postponed exhibitions and performances can apply until August 31. 

  • Tell Cuyahoga Arts and Culture if you are taking your creative practice online through a virtual or streaming event. You can post it at Get started by creating a profile on the website. New registrants will earn a $25 cash card once their profile is completed.

  • The 2020 Taipei International Design Award is open for enteries until July 15. Industrial designers, visual communication designers, and public space designers can apply.

  • The Bennet Prize call for enteries is open. Women artists working in figurative realism are welcome to apply by October 16. 

  • Artist Relief is accepting applications for artists facing COVID-related emergencies. The deadline to apply is September 30.

  • Brazen Animation is hiring a production coordinator and a contract animator. 

  • Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is accepting applications for the 2020-21 Post-Baccalaureate Art School Residency Program. Applications can be submitted until August 3.

  • Arts Cleveland, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, and Noteworthy Federal Credit Union created an emergency loan fund for artists in northeast Ohio.

  • The Toledo Musuem of Art is seeking appliants for the Hirsch Glass Curatorial Fellowship. The candidate will work extensively with the glass and decorative arts collection. 

  • SmugMug listed a series of resources for photographers. 

  • CIA alumni are welcome to set up an online or phone appointment with the Career Center, or check out CIA’s College Central for freelance, internship, and part- and full-time listings. 

Alumni Artwork

Chuck Kovacic '72
Pat Fallon '80
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