News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
News and events for alumni + friends of CIA
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View students' BFA portfolios online

CIA's 2021 BFA Exhibition is online now, featuring the thesis projects of our graduating seniors. Visit the portfolios of graduating senior work by visiting

Celebrate the Class of 2021 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 2021. Please join us at 8:30pm ET on Friday, May 14 for a virtual ceremony. Our commencement speakers will be world-renowned producers, directors and writers Anthony Russo, Joe Russo and Angela Russo-Otstot. CIA recently awarded Honorary Doctor of Art degrees to the Russos for the contributions to film, television and their native Cleveland. Find more information here.

Become a mentor for graduating students

Thank you to the alumni who signed up to be a mentor for CIA students, including the Class of 2021. 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.  

Illustration students' Earth Day work up at CBG

Sixteen Earth Day-themed works by students taking the Illustration II course are now on view in the Cleveland Botanical Garden's café gallery through May 22. The Cleveland Botanical Garden café is open for viewing the works, and on May 1, it will reopen for food service.

Stream Cinematheque films from home

You can stream 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.
Alumni News
Thomas Lyon Mills '78 completed voice-over work to accompany his work that is on view in the the Ricco/Maresca Gallery's viewing room. The voice-over work includes commentary on his work and readings of his poems.
David Csicsko '80 was recently featured in The Chicago Tribune
Judy Takács '86 will have digital prints of six of her paintings included in Artists on the Moon, a project that will send the work of 1,200 artists to the moon in a time capsule.
Georgio Sabino '09 is featured in I Identify As, part of Cleveland Photothon. The exhibition explores racial identity through portraiture and is on view at the Bostwick Design Art Initiative from May 1 through June 30. 

Artist Jobs and Resources

  • Sawhorse Woodworks is seeking a full-time craftsperson. Ideal applicants will be knowledgeable in woodworking concept design/sketching and experienced with woodworking equipment. The candidate should be a self-starter who is able to work independently and with a team to bring projects to completion. Interested applicants can email a resume and portfolio.

  • Praxis Fiber Workshop is accepting applicants for its Digital Weaving Artist-In-Residence Program. Deadline is Saturday, May 15. Details here.

  • Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Connections are hosting Virtual Arts & Culture Network Night, a series of virtual events that connect artists, folks from arts organizations and other creative people from throughout the county for mutual support and possible collective action. For more details and to sign up for future events, click here

  • Lovepop is seeking a graphic designer and illustrator for card design. The ideal candidate will have experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and have a degree in graphic design or illustration. 

  • Energizer Holdings is hiring an industrial designer

  • The Cleveland Print Room is accepting entries for The Peer Show, a national juried exhibition. Deadline is May 28. Details here.

  • The Chrysler Museum of Glass is looking for applicants for its fall assistantship program. The deadline to apply has been extended until May 15. 

  • Classic Toy Company is hiring a toy designer. View the job details and apply here

  • The Cliffe College of Creative Arts at Youngstown State University is hiring a strategic communications program coordinator. More details here.

  • 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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