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

October 2023

Join us for the Career + Graduate School Fair

2023 Spring Career Fair
It’s that time again! Career Services is hosting the annual Career + Graduate School Fair from 4:30-6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 17 at CIA. The fair is a great opportunity for you to learn about creative opportunities from participating employers and graduate schools. Student and alumni registration is now open! Please go to this link to register by Sunday, October 15. As always, we encourage you to schedule individual appointments with Career Services by logging onto College Central and clicking the "Appointment" tab.
Are you an alum who is interested in participating as an employer? Register here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Career Services if you have any questions. We hope to see you at the fair!

Introducing CIA's new Community Impact Report

The Cleveland Institute of Art has been making a difference in the community for 140 years. The creativity and innovation of our alumni, students, faculty and staff have contributed to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio—and beyond—in significant ways for generations. To contextualize just how big a difference CIA makes, we’re introducing an annual Community Impact Report that shares CIA’s community make-up, economic impact and community partnerships from the last academic year. We invite you to read—and share with others—the 2022–23 Community Impact Report by visiting

Faculty Exhibition closing soon in Reinberger Gallery

Sunday, October 8 is your last chance to see the 2023 Faculty Exhibition in Reinberger Gallery, which is open from noon to 5pm that day. 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.

Join us for Lunch on Fridays lecture series

Spend a lunch hour learning about the latest in art and design during these Friday lectures. Each talk features a variety of artists and designers from around the world, including CIA faculty and visiting artists. On October 13 from 12:15 to 1:30pm in the Peter B. Lewis Theater, artist, activist, educator, storyteller and curator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo will speak. For a list of upcoming lecutres, click here

Share your alumni notes for the next Link magazine

Don't forget to submit your alumni notes for the next issue of Link! Please send updates about exhibitions you've had (or will have), projects you've designed or published, and developments in your career to by Sunday, October 15. View the most recent issue of Link here.

Alumni News

Viktor Schreckengost '29*, Joseph O’Sickey '40*, Julian Stanczak '54*, Clara Deike 1912* and Abel Warshawsky 1905* will be part of Bonfoey Gallery’s 130th Anniversary Exhibition, which opens from 5 to 8pm Friday, October 6 at the gallery (1710 Euclid Ave., Cleveland).
Harold Zisla '50* is the subject of "The Children of Late Artist Harold Zisla Dedicated to Finding Homes for His Art" in the August/September issue of Bloom Magazine, an arts and lifestyle publication.  
Ron Testa '65 will have work in Nude Geographies with Praxis Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Kim Zarney '71, Bonnie Dolin '73, Julianne Edberg '76, Jeff Benedetto '79Alan Mintz '80, Karen Beckwith '87Andrea LeBlond '95Lynne Lofton '97, Brian Sarama '10, Kelly Pontoni '19 and Violet Maimbourg '21 have work in NewNow, an exhibition from Artists Archives of the Western Reserve held at Tri-C Gallery East (4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills) through October 26.
Mark Howard ’86 will discuss his solo exhibition of new paintings, IN COLOR, during an artist talk from 5:30 to 7:30pm Wednesday, October 25 at HEDGE Gallery (1300 W. 78th St., Suite 200, Cleveland). 
Earl James '88 was recently featured in an article by Ideastream Public Media highlighting his work as the designer of the Cleveland Foundation's Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. A solo show, Lingering Impressions, is on view at Sixty Bowls Gallery in Cleveland through October 20. 
Christine Bonner '89Laura D’Alessandro '93 and Connor Goodwin '20 have work in Stragner Things at YARDS Projects in Cleveland from October 19 through November 18. 
David Buttram '89 has a solo show at Framed Gallery in Cleveland's Waterloo neighborhood opening with a reception on October 6 from 6 to 9pm. 
Kevin Geiger '89 co-created and produced an animated series, ORION DSSR: Deep Space Salvage & Recovery, which was selected as a Project to Screen by the Taiwan Creative Content Fest
Thomas Frontini '90 has a solo show at William Busta Projects in Cleveland's Waterloo neighborhood opening October 6 with a reception from 6 to 9pm.The opening in the Waterloo Arts District is also a book release and signing for Frontini's Painter in the Woods.
Danielle Doré '97 and her business, The Mud Room Pottery Studio, were featured in an article by The Land.
Timothy Callaghan '99 and CIA academic advisor, Jill Milenski, have work in Scenes and Scapes at Lorain Community College's Stocker Arts Center in Elyria, Ohio. An opening reception will take place October 6 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. 
Susan Špiranović '03, Adam Holtzinger '04 and their company, KEEP, will be honored at the UrbanGlass Gala in Brooklyn, New York on October 11. 
Valerie Mayen '05 recently opened a new, permanent location for Yellowcake Shop in Cleveland's Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. 
Lauren Yeager '09 will participate in a panel discussion, "Canal to Cuyahoga: Everlasting Plastics in Context," at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Gartner Auditorium on October 7. More details here.  
Crystal Gray '11 has been named creative services director for architecture firm AHL
Amber Ford '16 has a solo show, UNTITLED (I Really Just Made This Work So I Could Heal), at Akhso Gallery at ATNSC in Cleveland's Larchmere neighborhood. The show opens with a reception on October 5 at 6:30pm. Work is also on view in 100% Kanekalon at George Fox University's Roger and Mildred Minthorne Gallery in Newberg, Oregon through October 13.
Sydney Kay '21 has a mural piece on view at Cleveland Public Library's Harvard-Lee branch. 
Riley Rist '21 will graduate this fall with a Master's of Science in Anthropology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Jobs and Opportunities

  • Toledo Museum of Art is hiring a glass studio specialist
  • Bostwick Design Partnership is seeking an in-house visual designer.
  • The Cleveland Print Room is seeking artists and administrators for a range of positions. Details here. Applications due by October 9.
  • Warner Meida is hiring a lead gameplay animator.
  • Applications are open for the Ohio Artist Registry 2024 Juried Exhibition through October 13. 
  • Lauren HB Studio is seeking a production assistant.
  • Artists are welcome to apply for a juried art exhibition, The New Masters 3: Women Artists of Northeast Ohio with the Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery at Ursuline College. Deadline to apply is October 8. Details here.
  • Summit Artspace announced calls for artists for the BIPOC+ Exhibition and for the 20th Annual FRESH Juried Exhibition. Details and deadlines here.
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