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Fall Faculty Exhibition to open November 11

“Whistled Wheat (Left)” by CIA Printmaking Chair Maggie Denk-Leigh.
A tradition that spans more than eight decades, 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 Friday, November 11 in Reinberger Gallery. The show will remain on view through Thursday, December 22.

Share your thoughts in the SNAAP survey this fall

CIA is participating in the 2022 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)—a one-of-a-kind survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. SNAAP gathers, analyzes and reports on survey data from arts alumni to better understand their professional success, educational satisfaction and personal fulfillment. SNAAP survey data delivers a national profile of how artists living in America prepare for their careers and allows for a deepened understanding of what constitutes success in the arts, and the extent of artists’ contributions to culture and society.
Your valuable input can help CIA learn about post-gradate experiences, develop the curriculum, and hear about what skills were useful in you education. Look for email invitations from SNAAP through November. 

Alumni jurors needed for Scholastic Awards 

Each year, the Cleveland Institute of Art hosts the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Greater Cleveland region, including Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties. The competition is open to students in grades 7–12, and is an occasion for them to submit their best writing or artwork for a chance to win national recognition, awards and scholarships. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest running, largest, most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers, but it can’t be done without dedicated jurors. The review process will begin Friday, December 9 using an online account. Each judge will be required to review and score submissions. If you are interested in being a juror, please fill out this brief survey by November 8. For questions, contact the Continuing Education staff at

Amber Kempthorn awarded Cleveland Arts Prize

Congratulations to CIA faculty member Amber Kempthorn, who was selected as an emerging artist award winner in the 62nd annual Cleveland Arts Prize awards. Read more here.

Apply for one-time Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

Despite a temporary legal challenge, the Biden administration, through the U.S. Department of Education, is planning to provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by the Department of Education and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 or $250,000 for households. Get details and apply for this one-time student loan debt relief. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2023.

Stanczak film to screen during Lunch on Fridays

Spend your lunch hour watching an encore screening of To Catch the Light, a moving documentary about 1954 CIA grad and longtime faculty member Julian Stanczak, during Lunch on Fridays. This free screening will take place from 12:15 to 1:30pm Friday, November 4 in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.
Alumni News
Albert Lewis '49* and Wanda Lewis '49* will be featured in a WCPO-TV retrospective, "Cincinnati's Uncle Al," on November 6. The one-hour special will highlight their popular children's show Uncle Al, which ran from 1950 to 1985. 
William Harper '67 recently had jewelry and enamel works enter the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut; The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island; The Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas; Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California and the Swedish Museum in Stockholm. Harper recently gave a presentation at Yale University.
Tom Roese '71 had 19 drawings added to the permanent collection of the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio. To announce the acquisition, three of the drawings were exhibited next to a painting by Anthony Eterovich '38*, which is also part of the museum's permanent collection. 
Debrah Butler '74 had work in the 86th National Midyear Exhibition 2022 at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the 46th Annual Art Exhibition at Fairmount Center for the Arts in Russell Township, Ohio; and the 20th Annual Kaleidoscope Juried Exhibition at Summit Art Space in Akron, Ohio.
John Parker '75 had work in the 2nd Annual Apex Sculpture Walk in Apex, North Carolina; The Danville Art Trail 2022 in Danville, Virginia; The 16th Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in North Charleston, South Carolina; The 11th Annual Fenton Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Fenton, Michigan; The 4th Annual Morros Greenway Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Detroit; The 5th Annual Mount Clemens Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Mount Clemens, Michigan and The 5th Annual City of Sandusky Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Sandusky, Ohio.
Leslye Discont Arian '76 has work in a three-person show opening November 4 at Article Gallery during Walk All Over Waterloo in Cleveland. 
Babs Reingold '78 has a solo show, Lost Trees, at Hillsborough Community College Gallery in Tampa, Florida through December 1. 
Marsha Sweet '81 has a solo exhibition, Marsha Sweet Hanging with the Girls, at Moreland Courts Galleries in Cleveland through December 31. 
Earl James '88Linda Zmina '89Kevin Snipes '94, Andrea LeBlond '95Scott Goss '06Valerie Grossman '12Kelly Pontoni ’19 and CIA Craft + Design faculty member Seth Nagelberg have work in The Series and the Multiple at YARDS Projects in Cleveland through January 7. An opening will take place November 3 from 5:30 to 8pm.
Rodney Carpenter '85 had a solo exhibition, New and Different, at Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries.  
Nicole Pangas '93 spoke on The Potters Cast podcast. 
Susan Danko '98 has work in Inspired by Shenandoah, an exhibition featuring work from the 2022 Shenandoah National Park artists-in-residence at ART 180 in Richmond, Virginia through November 18, and The Nexus of Art and Health at the Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio through January 12. Recent work was also commissioned by MetroHealth's Glick Center in Cleveland and Summa Health in Akron, Ohio. 
Adam Holtzinger '03 and Susan Spiranovich '04 discussed their glass work with The Business of Home
Natalie Lanese '05 painted a mural in Cleveland's Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Read more in Cleveland Scene.
Nate Cotterman '07 and Antonia Campanella '10 are hosting a studio opening and holiday sale at Nate Cotterman Glass at 12901 Bass Lake Rd in Chardon, Ohio on November 19 and 20 from 10am to 6pm. 
Cheryl Cochran '08 recently completed a series of 10 pieces for LAND studio that will be installed in the labor and delivery rooms of the new MetroHealth Glick Center in Cleveland.
Lauren Yeager '09 has been selected as one of the participating artists in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy in 2023. The biennale will be organized by SPACES gallery in Cleveland.
Carmen Romine '10 has work in Paper and Printed Landscapes at BAYarts in Bay Village, Ohio through November 4. 
Rachel Shelton '11 is co-founder of Mirabo Press, which will host the 2022 Screenprint Biennial & Symposium, a free, two-day event that includes screenprint demonstrations, artist talks, an open portfolio session, and various print shop and collection tours around Buffalo. For more information and to register, click here. Shelton recently talked about her practice and studio with CIA
Kimberly Chapman '17 has work in the Valley Art Center’s 51st Annual Juried Art Exhibition in Chagrin Falls, Ohio from November 4 to December 14. An opening reception will take place November 4 from 6 to 8pm. The show also includes work from Debrah Butler '74, Bill Fleming '74, Christina Blaschke '15Violet Maimbourg '21 and Madeline Davis '22
Ewuresi Archer '22 and Susan Squires '83 were first place winners in the of the inaugural Paul and Norma Tikkanen Prizes at the Ashtabula Art Center in Ashtabula, Ohio. Rebecca Kaler '64Judy Takacs '86, and Leigh Brooklyn '11 all won honorable mentions. Paul Tikkanen is a 1949 CIA alum.
Meg Lubey '22 and Ewuresi Archer '22, along with CIA students, will share written works in the Liberal Arts department's first Open Mic Night on November 14 from 7 to 8pm at the Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library. 

Jobs and Opportunities

  • CIA is hiring a studio technician for Craft + Design, Jewelry + Metals. Learn more and apply here
  • Assembly for the Arts in Cleveland will host a free virtual session with Working Artists and the Greater Economy from 4:30 to 6pm ET Thursday, November 3. Registration info and the Zoom link can be found here.
  • Epipheo is hiring for several animation positions. More details here
  • Summit Artspace invites local BIPOC+ artists to apply for a solo funded exhibition. Deadline is Tuesday, November 15. Details here.
  • General Motors is hiring a visual designer
  • CIA alumni can check out CIA’s College Central for freelance, internship, and part- and full-time listings. Click on "Sign Up" to get started.
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