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

July 2023

2023 Alumni Exhibition on view through August 11

Alumni and friends gather at the July 14 opening.
The Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Gallery and Alumni Council proudly present the 2023 Alumni Exhibition, Come, Rest Here by My Side. The exhibition, juried by CIA alum and artist Clotilde Jiménez '13 and illustrator Lee White, showcases work by alums from different graduating years and artistic practices. Viewers have the opportunity to learn more about the College and its influence on artists and designers around the world. Come, Rest Here by My Side is on view through August 11 in Reinberger Gallery. Find summer gallery hours here. To view more images from the July 14 opening reception, click here

2023 Faculty Exhibition opens August 31

A tradition that spans more than 100 years, the Faculty Exhibition is a celebration of art, design and their makers. It provides an opportunity for the public to view new, original and innovative works by CIA’s world-renowned art and design faculty.

A public opening for this popular annual exhibition will be held from 6 to 8pm August 31 in Reinberger Gallery. The show will remain on view through October 8.

CIA Industrial Design program featured by Crain's

CIA's Transportation Design track was highlighted for its contribution to shaping the next generation of auto designers. "CIA alumni are creating some of the most exciting vehicles on the road today" said Ralph Gilles, the chief design officer at Stellantis. Dan Cuffaro '91, the Anne Fluckey Lindseth Professor and chair of CIA's Industrial Design Department, and Ryan Nagode '03, Vice President for Interior Design at Stellantis, were interviewed. More here

Student has Creativity Works exhibition at Karamu

Tending to Her Garden, a solo exhibition by Cleveland Institute of Art senior Janoi Daley, will highlight Black feminism and the strength of Black mothers. Daley's large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings will explore the nuances of Black motherhood and how adversity shapes the way in which they nurture and grow their seeds. Tending to Her Garden will be on view at the Jelliffe Gallery at Karamu House (2355 E. 89th St., Cleveland) starting August 25. It will be on view during Karamu House's public hours—Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm—through September 29.
CIA’s Creativity Works program is made possible by the generous support of the Fenn Educational Fund and the G.R. Lincoln Family Foundation.

Time to submit applications for CIA Alumni Council

The Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking applicants to serve on CIA’s Alumni Council. If you are interested, please complete this application by August 31.

The mission of the council is to connect alumni with each other and to CIA. It also promotes employment, exhibition and mentorship opportunities for alumni and students, and fosters ongoing relationships across the CIA community. The council meets about three times a year, and applicants do not need reside locally. 

Recently, the council introduced an alumni exhibition at CIA, an alumni short film and video exhibition, and helped to implement a mentoring network that connects alumni with students. In the upcoming year, the council will continue to build on new initiatives.

If you have any questions about the Alumni Council or the application process, please email

Alumni News

Maida Barron '66 served as a juror for the Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Mary Urbas '80 curated the BIG @SS @RT SHOW at the Gallery at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. The show also features work from Leslye Discont Arian '76, George Kozmon '82, Judy Takács ’86, Jenniffer Omaitz '02, and faculty emeritus Gerald Vandevier. 
Linda Zolten Wood '87 was commissioned by Lakeside Chautauqua to create paintings to celebrate the area's 150th anniversary. 
Kristen Cliffel '90 has a solo show, Domestic Endeavors; Feats and Service at the Burton D. Morgan Gallery with Akron Soul Train in Akron, Ohio through September 9.
Barbara Stanczak '90 will have a solo exhibition, Spirit & Matter, on view beginning September 16 at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio.
Nicholas Moenich '08 has been named a 2023 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grantee.
Omari Souza '09 will release a new book, An Anthology of Blackness, in October by MIT Press.
Ariella Har-Evan '19, Alicia Telzerow '20Eli Betchik '21 and Amanda Greiner '22 have work in New & Now: Emerging Artists of Ohio 2023 at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio from August 12 through September 30.
Cass Penegor '20 wrote a poem for Kent State University's Cuyahoga Valley National Park Program, and will have work and writing published in the Polemical Zine's 19th issue: Blue in Fall 2023. 
Samantha Schneider '21 has a solo show, Betwixt, at River House Arts in Toledo, Ohio from August 12 through September 2. An opening reception will take place on August 18 from 5 to 8pm.
Ewuresi Archer '22 has a solo show, You Are Invited; Your Hands and Mouth Are Not, at the Burton D. Morgan Gallery with Akron Soul Train in Akron, Ohio through September 9. 
Alyssa Lizzini '22 has a solo show, Field Drawings With Alyssa Lizzini, at SPACES in Cleveland through October 15.  
Emberlynn Miao '23 is a winner of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) 2023 Student Merit Award
Satellite Fund Awards from SPACES and the Andy Warhol Foundation were awarded to: Erykah Townsend '20, Ewuresi Archer '22 and Sculpture + Expanded Media faculty member Sarah Paul.
Assembly for the Arts awards grants for arts in redlined communities were awarded to: Linda Zolten Wood '87, Georgio Sabino III '09 and Josh Maxwell '13

Jobs and Opportunities

  • Orange Art Center is seeking a studio tech. Applications are also open for art instructors and class proposals here
  • Registrations are open for the IDSA Virtual Design Leadership Bootcamp through September 6. More details here.
  • The Morgan Conservatory is hiring an artist opportunities manager
  • Studio Institute is seeking part-time instructors for the 2023-24 school year. Details here. Applications will be reviewed through September 1.
  • Beck Center for the Arts is hiring a visual communications designer. Details here.
  • Neighbor Up Action Grants are open for applications through August 14. 
  • Akron Soul Train Residency applications are open now through September 30. More details here
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