News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
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Congratulations, 2020 Graduates!

Class of 2020 photo taken during freshman orientation in 2016.
The CIA community had the opportunity to celebrate our seniors with a moving virtual Commencement on Friday, May 15. You can still see the ceremony and related videos on our website.

CIA seniors profiled on

Plain Dealer art critic Steven Litt spoke with graduating seniors Abraham Abellana, Mike Artwell, Peyton Leatherman, Nicole Limon, Brandon Secrest and Jane Tierney to discuss their BFA projects, how their final year at CIA was affected by COVID-19, and what they plan to do next. Read the article here

Last chance to sign up for an online CE class

June 7 is the deadline to register for online summer Continuing Education classes. Youth and adult classes are still available, and remember, CIA alumni receive a 10 percent discount. Email Continuing Education at to inquire about available classes and to register.

Become a mentor for CIA students

Thank you to the CIA alumni who signed up to be a mentor for CIA students, including the class of 2020. 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 in-person screenings have been canceled for the time being, but you can still watch great films online—and support the Cinematheque in the process! Visit to view films available for streaming. Use the links provided on each of the movies’ pages to ensure that a portion of your purchase goes to the Cinematheque.

Student Impact Fund helps students in need

We are happy to report that, thanks to generous donations from alumni, friends, and the board of directors, we have raised nearly $35,000 for the CIA Student Impact Fund. To date, we have been able to help 30 students receive the urgent funding they need to face the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. We hope that this will be the start of a way that we can continue to help students for years to come.

Protect what matters most—for free

It hasn’t been an easy spring for anyone, and we at CIA are especially aware of how our alumni have been affected. So we want to remind you of a free CIA resource that you can use today to protect the people and causes you love: our online will-writing tool. Whether you’re 18 or 80, everyone needs a plan. Take 20 minutes today to make yours, at no cost, and write your free will
Alumni News
Richard Anuszkiewicz '53* was featured in a New York Times article about his life and work.
Paedra Bramhall '70 recently made a land donation to help establish the Bramhall Wilderness Preserve. Read an article about the preserve here
Nancy McEntee '84 was recognized as Honorable Mention in the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards.
Jeremy Miller '13 recently animated an educational COVID-19 public service announcement. View his work and read a CIA profile of him here.

Artist Opportunities and Resources

  • Alumni are welcome to apply for moCa Cleveland's15 minutes of..., a weekly series that invites artists to create a work of art. Read more details and submit an application here. 

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

  • Artists and living in Cuyahoga County in Ohio are welcome to apply for emergency grants through The Satellite Fund, administered by SPACES and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

  • Chmura Economics & Analytics is hiring a UI product designer. View the job posting and apply here.

  • Create! Magazine issued an open call for images from visual artists to appear in their print issue #22. Selected artists will have their work viewed by more than 170,000 readers. Applications are due by June 30.

  • SculptureCenter in New York is accepting artist proposals for In Practice. Applications are due June 15.  

  • Netflix is hiring a user experience prototyper. The ideal candidate will have experience with product design and user experience strategies. View the job posting here.

  • Foundation Honda is seeking a social marketing manager to develop high-quality advertising content.

  • Nestlé is hiring a design execution manager to work in marketing, graphic design and content development. 

  • 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. 
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