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

July 2023

"Scratch" by Chen Peng '16

2023 Alumni Exhibition opens July 14

The Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Gallery and Alumni Council proudly present the 2023 Alumni Exhibition, Come, Rest Here by My Side. This exhibition will showcase work by CIA alums from different graduating years and artistic practices. Viewers will 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 will be on view from July 14 through August 11 in Reinberger Gallery. Find summer gallery hours here
An opening reception will take place July 14 from 5 to 8pm. 

Join CIA President at Pittsburgh event

CIA President + CEO Kathryn Heidemann welcomes our alumni and friends in the Pittsburgh area to a reception. You will have a chance to connect with CIA’s new president, learn about recent initiatives and priorities for the future, and mingle with fellow Pittsburgh-area alumni and friends while perusing the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) New Member Exhibition. The event will take place on August 3 from 5 to 7pm at Brew House Association at 711 South 21st Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. We hope to see you there! To RSVP, click here.

Share your CIA friendship memories for Link!

To celebrate CIA's landmark 140th year, we're inviting alumni to share memories of the friendships you forged during your years at CIA. After all, it's the community we've built together that's made CIA so special for more than a century.
Perhaps your friendship lasted only while you were in school or perhaps it's remained strong over the years. Or, maybe you eventually married your best friend from CIA. Whatever the case may be, we hope you'll tell us what it meant—or still means—to you.
Select submissions will be published in the fall issue of Link, and others will appear on
To be included, please share your memory using this form by 5pm Sunday, July 23. 
If you have photos of you and your friend(s) together—whether at CIA or after graduation—we hope you'll share those, too. They can be uploaded via the same form and might appear in Link
Don't forget to submit your alumni notes for the next issue of Link to by July 23.

Cain Park shows work by CIA artists

Community: All Access features work from nine of CIA's newest graduates from the Painting and Sculpture + Expanded Media programs. The show aims to display the wide breadth of work from emerging visual artists. The exhibition is on view at the Feinberg Art Gallery at Cain Park through July 22. Exhibiting artists include: Bentley '23, Nicole Carroll '23, Elena Flores '23, Frank Hadzima '23, Jordi Rowe '23, Thomas Smith '23, Alex Vlasov '23, Caro Volny '23 and Alexa Wehrman '23.
The Feinberg Art Gallery will also show The Smoker’s Etiquette from July 28 through September 22. Exhibiting artists include: Bentley '23Liana Gonzalez '22, Ryan Kreitzer '23, Xander Ristofski '22Sebastian Schenz '22, Ross Sheely '22Thomas Smith '23 and CIA students Layla Harris '24, Arfil Parajillaga '25 and Rex Young '24.  
Don't forget to stop by the Cain Park Arts Festival, directed by George Kozmon '82, the weekend of July 7–9.

CIA students present Creativity Works exhibitions

The work of Painting junior Tumnus Rex is on view in A Kaleidoscopic Perspective at Praxis Fiber Workshop in Cleveland, which will open during Walk All Over Waterloo on July 7. 
VIBE, an exhibition by Painting junior DeAnne Smith is on view at the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University through August 31. 
CIA’s Creativity Works program is made possible by the generous support of the Fenn Educational Fund and the G.R. Lincoln Family Foundation.

2023 Summer Teacher Residency Exhibition

The 2023 Summer Teacher Residency Exhibition presents the culminating work of art educators from across the country created through this year's on-campus residency program. Visit the show in the Ann + Norman Roulet Student and Alumni Gallery through July 15. 

Alumni News

Paul Tikkanen '49* was honored through an exhibition, Paul Tikkanen: A Retrospective, at the B.K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for Fine and Performing Arts at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. The show is on view through August 1. 
Mary Ann Hess '51* was inducted into the Wheeling Hall of Fame in Wheeling, West Virginia. 
Julian Stanczak '54* has a solo show, Beyond The Mirror, at The Mayor Gallery in London through July 28.
Debrah Butler '74 was accepted into the 87th National Midyear Exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
William Moore '84 has a solo show, Heartfelt 3D Inspired Musings, and work in CURVES 2023 with Biafarin in Toronto. 
Laura Reed '86 received the First Place Award in the Follow the Thread exhibition at Grosse Pointe Artists Association Gallery in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.
Judy Takács '86 will have a solo show of works from her Goddess Project series, in which she re-imagines characters from mythology of all religions through a contemporary feminist lens. The Goddess Project: Warriors opens July 7, from 6 to 8pm, at the Ashtabula Arts Center in Ashtabula, Ohio, and continues through July 29.
Annie Libertini '05 was awarded the Al Stohlman Award for Achievement in Leathercraft
Mike Marks '07 showed work in Surface Tension at Kerredge Gallery at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, Michigan. 
Leigh Brooklyn '11, Violet Maimbourg '21 and Bonnie McCormick '23 have work in The Big @ss @rt Show at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, Ohio from July 7 through August 23. 
Chen Peng '16 has a digitally printed mural, "There, There," on view on the Art Wall, LAND studio’s rotating art space on Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The mural is on view through July.
Jordi Rowe '23 has work in a solo show, Light Doesn't Hear if You Ask it to Wait, at Valley Art Center's Patron Gallery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio from July 7 through August 23. 

Jobs and Opportunities

  • Join The Critters, a new artist critique group run by feverdream in Cleveland. Connect with fellow artists during monthly critique meetings. To sign up and learn more information, click here. CIA Painting faculty member Tony Ingrisano will be the guest artist for the July 14 critique meeting. feverdream also offers a curation program, where artists can apply for paid exhibiting opportunities. Details here
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art is seeking an associate publications designer. Details here
  • SPACES invites Cuyahoga County artists, creators, and curators to apply to the second cycle of The Urgent Art Fund. Deadline is Tuesday, July 4. Details here.
  • Holden Forests & Gardens is seeking artists to exhibit their work in the Cleveland Botanical Garden galleries. Details here.
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Cleveland Institute of Art's public programming is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County, through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.