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) 125 of the 125th anniversary of The Cleveland Institute of Art’s founding in November of 1882, Link will highlight programs of study that represent longstanding centers of excellence and that have, in recent years, graduated artists and designers who are contributing vision and innovation to their respective fields. This issue, we feature Jewelry + Metals.



Editor’s Note: In celebration




JEWELRY+METALS+CIA Enduring Craft, Enduring Legacy



he boundaries separating fine art, craft and design have probably never been fuzzier and that’s all to the good, according to Matthew Hollern, Professor, Jewelry + Metals. “We use jewelry and metals as a way to teach both craft and design,” said Hollern, who was recently appointed Dean of Faculty. “Our graduates are producing some great designs. I think it’s because they have a solid understanding of craftsmanship, a good sense of materials and of the design processes, and the ability to effectively use digital applications.” In short, the Jewelry + Metals program today carries on a tradition that educated notable “designer-craftsmen” as far back as Horace E. Potter, class of 1898, who taught jewelry design and silversmithing at the Institute and founded Cleveland’s venerable jewelers, Potter and Mellen.

From Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus



The Arts and Crafts movement in England had a powerful influence on Potter and many of his contemporaries, focusing attention on craftsmanship and the value of handmade work in an industrial society. A generation later, the Bauhaus movement in Germany would highlight the role of the designer-craftsman in its bid to erase the distinction between fine arts and the applied arts. A succession of graduates and faculty members would carry both traditions forward.

The late enamelist Kenneth F. Bates, for instance, epitomized the designercraftsman model and wrote three books on enameling during his 43 years as a faculty member at the Institute (from 1928–1971). Bates — who was not first and foremost a jeweler — nonetheless taught and influenced countless Jewelry + Metals students during his tenure. Goldsmith John Paul Miller ’40 was one of Bates’ students. Miller himself influenced generations of jewelers, teaching at the Institute from 1946 until 1983, and drawing international acclaim when he resurrected an ancient Etruscan technique for granulating gold. Miller, who majored in industrial design, truly overlapped all three realms, art, design and craft, with his gold and enamel creations. Silversmith Frederick A. Miller ’40, a classmate and close friend of John Paul Miller, made his mark teaching at the Institute from 1947 until 1975. He created jewelry for Potter and Mellen, buying the company in 1967 and creating silver

pieces that are now in numerous prestigious public and private collections around the world. Jim Mazurkewicz ’67 would carry the torch, teaching at the Institute from 1970– 1989. He has been Potter and Mellen’s master designer/goldsmith for more than 15 years, creating exquisite, limited-production pieces. His classmate, William C. Harper ’67, served as a visiting professor at the Institute from 1984 to 1985, went on to a 20-year tenure as a professor at Florida State University, and works now from his Manhattan studio. Harper’s works of enamel jewelry are held in dozens of public collections, including The Cleveland Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution; and the Vatican Museum. Continued on page 2

125 Years of Influence

Exhibition to Celebrate Artistic Contributions Sept. 7 – Oct. 27, 2007

In celebration of The Cleveland Institute of

Art’s 125-year history of influencing art and design, Bruce Checefsky, director of the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries, is organizing an exhibition showcasing contributions made by notable alumni in public art projects, digital media, animation films, automotive and product design, painting, ceramics and sculpture. “The show will examine four different periods of CIA’s history using a series of concentric circles rather than a strict linear chronology,” Checefsky explained. “This exhibition is not meant as a definitive historical overview but as a slice of CIA history, a look at select alumni who continue to influence contemporary artists and designers.” As of press time, the following alumni or their representatives had committed to participate in the exhibit:

Shelby Lee Adams ‘74 Richard Anuszkiewicz ’53 Marc Brown ‘69 *Charles Burchfield ‘16 *Clarence Carter ‘27 Alberta Cifolelli ‘53 Bruce Claxton ‘71 David Deming ‘67 William Harper ‘67 Winifred Lutz ‘65 Robert Mangold ‘60 Ed Mieczkowski ‘57 John Paul Miller ‘40 Charles Sallee ’38 Viktor Schreckengost ‘29 *Hughie Lee Smith ‘38

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Inheriting a Legacy


jewelry and metal objects. For instance Tim Seiber ’96, Min Koo ’95 and Amy Krieling ’95 are all designing jewelry for Ted Muehling Jewelry Design in New York City. Jenn Mellon ’04 landed a dream job immediately after graduation: working for her favorite Los Angeles jewelry designer, Tarina Tarantino, designing jewelry for Hollywood celebrities. Mellon recently left Tarantino, after two years, to pursue her own designs. “My sights are set on my own jewelry line,” she said. “At CIA they instill confidence in you that you can do it.” Mellon’s confidence grew, she said, because Hollern and Buszkiewicz emphasized problem solving. “They didn’t tell you how to solve something; they gave you options about how to think about it. And now, in my career, that really helps.” she insists.

Julian Stanczak ‘54 *Deceased


expose students to the whole continuum and that allows them to pick what’s important for them. I lean toward the hands-on exploration of working with the materials,” she said. Alumni whose work follows that model of crafting one-of-a-kind pieces include Pam Pastoric ’77, whose work emphasizes nature, especially sea life; Catherine Butler ’81, whose hand-crafted work is sold around the country; Pam Argentieri ’87, whose work is in the Smithsonian, the Vatican and select galleries; Ben Wearley ’90, who does antique restoration on metal objects, creates his own sculptural work and jewelry, curates exhibitions and teaches at the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University, both in Detroit; and Tim Cassell ’97, who creates both jewelry and large scale metals pieces such as bowls and birdbaths and who serves as an adjunct faculty member in the department.

Current faculty members Hollern, who joined the department in 1989, and Kathy Buszkiewicz, who joined the faculty in 1983, say they know they have inherited a legacy of craftsmanship, innovation and unique expression in jewelry and metals. They work hard not to rest on those laurels. Professor Buszkiewicz, who was recently named head of the Jewelry + Metals Department, brought a novel, conceptual component to the program. Her subject-driven jewelry incorporates alternative materials, most frequently shredded American currency. Unlike her predecessors in the department, she explores sociopolitical and environmental questions in her work. “One student wants to design for production only; another student may want to work with the materials only. We

From Craft to CAD For Hollern, “Jewelry and metals are subjects and also vehicles to teach something. They’re the vehicles to teach students to be designer craftsmen.” Once today’s students have covered fundamentals, they explore advanced uses of materials and technologies including forming and fabrication, lostwax casting, plating, electroforming, anodizing, mixed media, and machining. Digital (computer-based) design entails three-dimensional modeling, CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) and rapid prototyping. Hollern is a firm believer that in every generation, great craftspeople have taken advantage of the tools that were then cutting edge. “Artists have a responsibility to work in ways that reflect and advance the time in which they are working.” For current students in the Jewelry + Metals Department, “Mastering advanced techniques allows for exploration of the boundaries of the field in concept and design, materials and technologies,” Hollern said. “I’m trying to emphasize that we have an opportunity to be a part of the ideology of it. We can take a position. I want students to have the CAD skill, but having some ideas around it will make them much more interesting.” Recent graduates have made quite an impression on numerous employers. Hollern noted that many graduates are working as designers and makers of

“Artists have a responsibility to work in ways that reflect and advance the time in which they are working.”

Stephanie Schwallie ’06 is another recent success story. She served an internship at Juicy Couture after graduation and now works at Bijou Drive, designing costume jewelry for Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters and other retailers. “I spend about half of my time drawing the designs and doing the specwork for overseas manufacturers and the other half doing metal work, in house, making samples that eventually are mass produced. I really enjoy it.” Hollern is delighted for her. “Stephanie is working as a true designer-craftsman, which is the Bauhaus model.” He said the many skills and perspectives students explore in this major broaden their thinking and serve them well in a competitive job market. “Our graduates leave here with diversified portfolios. In finance, a diversified portfolio is smart and in art and design, a diversified portfolio also allows you to be agile in different markets,” he said.

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Your Generosity Can Too





Concepts, Not Curtains, Inspire Students of Interior Design


sk an Interior Design major at The Cleveland Institute of Art to design a theme restaurant that targets a particular demographic group, or the set for a play or movie, or a retail environment that enhances the core value of a company’s brand identity. Just don’t ask these students to redecorate your living room. “A lot of people in the general public think interior designers are picking out curtains,” said third year student Lindsey Benedict. “It’s frustrating because interior design is so much more than that; it’s architectural design, it’s conceptual design, it’s branding images for companies.” It’s also a growing program that graduates young designers who go on to enjoy fruitful careers and provide fresh perspectives in a creative — and competitive — field.



Department Chair and Associate Professor Michael Gollini ’86 explains the Interior Design program was an outgrowth of the Institute’s renowned Industrial Design Department. In fact, Gollini’s BFA is in industrial design. “For 17 years, Alex Sekely taught interior design as an elective in the Industrial Design Department,” Gollini explained. “By the late 1980s, roughly 30 percent of Industrial Design graduates were getting jobs in Interior Design, so Alex proposed the Institute create an Interior Design department. He became the first Chair when the department was formed in 1988.” Sekely, a 1962 graduate of the Institute, died in 1998 and Gollini succeeded him as Chair. Since then, Gollini has refocused the curriculum on creative, conceptual content rooted in problem solving. “Students today are given much more abstract problems,” he said. For instance, last year’s seniors competed for prizes in a project sponsored by Atlantabased design firm MillerZell, Inc. “They had to do a still life of the tools associated with a certain career. Then they had to use that still life as an inspiration or reference to design a live-work space for a professional in that career.” The out-of-the-box thinking that assignment required is just what Gollini and his faculty colleagues encourage. “We want our students to think beyond the surface and think about a space in a more experiential sense,” Gollini said. He asks students, “When you walk into a store, what’s the atmosphere like? When you talk about a restaurant, do you talk only about the food, or do you talk about the environment, the energy?” As often as he prods his students to come up with innovative ideas, Gollini also reminds them that they need to maintain a client focus. “As interior designers, we’re not necessarily paid to design to our own tastes. We’re meeting the needs of an end user,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we’re technicians either. We’re not. We interpret information and come up with the best solution. More and more, we use terms like ‘brand’ and ‘core values.’”

Students Appreciate Creativity and Practicality Despite any confusion about what the interior design field entails, Gollini insists that today 60 to 70 percent of Interior Design students come to the Institute knowing they want this major. Abbey Bickel was one of them. “One of my high school teachers told me about interior design and it sounded like the perfect fit,” she said. “I was going to go to an art school in Columbus but I wanted a college that would have the right balance of structure and conceptual freedom. The other school was too structured, too cookie cutter. CIA allows fine art to filter into the design world. I love that.” Justin Sasse, on the other hand, came to the Institute intending to pursue industrial design but after hearing a presentation by Gollini, he reconsidered. “I thought interior design might work well with my talents; I’ve had jobs in roofing and residential construction.”

Faculty Active in the Field Amanda McKenzie, also a third-year student, loves the fact that her instructors are all working professionals. “They always have an anecdote from their professional work that adds insight into how the interior design business really works.” Gollini’s often humorous stories are drawn from experiences in consulting, including a specialty in designing exhibits for the lucrative trade show market. Faculty member Scott Richardson ’91 also maintains an active professional practice, with clients ranging from Universal Studios to Forest City Development. He designed the Institute’s Center for Design and Technology Transfer. Adjunct faculty members Sherri Appleton and Kristie Oldham both work as interior design consultants. Laura Wolf, who teaches a course on architectural documentation and AutoCAD (for computer-aided design), is an architect.

Digital Design “We teach students how to draft by hand before we teach AutoCAD,” explained Gollini. “They’ll be better CAD operators if they know how to draft by hand, so they get three semesters of drawing and rendering.” In addition to becoming proficient in CAD, interior design students also learn to do three-dimensional modeling on the computer. “We want our students to be ready for the work world,” Gollini said. Roughly 20 percent of interior design graduates go on to work in architectural firms; others go on to work for design consulting firms (there are some three dozen in Ohio), or major retailers that have interior designers on staff. Most students begin exploring career options through summer internships and numerous employers recruit graduating seniors at the Institute’s Spring Show every year. Gollini says these employers are lucky to get his students. “I believe passionately our Interior Design students are some of the most talented, hard-working students in this school. We have a great program, the students show very well, their work is excellent and they are getting terrific jobs after graduation.” 3


bust of William Shakespeare in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, a large crucifix at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland, a cast of the pitching arm of former Cleveland Indians’ star pitcher Bob Feller, several pieces in a Florence gallery, and countless other works are the lasting legacy of sculptor Joseph C. Motto. In memory of this prolific alumnus of the class of 1912, his late nephew has created a lasting gift for The Cleveland Institute of Art. The late Rocco Motto, and Rocco’s wife, Verna (Houck) Motto, have given the Institute a $1 million gift to endow The Joseph Motto Chair in sculpture and fine arts. “My uncle was a gifted and passionate artist. We are so gratified to be able to memorialize him and, at the same time, perpetually support the exceptional work of the faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Art,” Rocco Motto said when announcing the gift in mid-October. The retired California psychiatrist died on October 30. Joining her husband in announcing the gift, Verna Motto added, “We feel very fortunate to be able to provide the funding to keep Joe’s legacy alive. We hope others will take a similar approach and support other areas of the school for many generations to come.”

“The prestige of the Motto chair, and the resources it provides for professional growth, will strengthen the Institute’s capacity to recruit and retain the finest artist-educators.” The Motto endowment will provide salary support to the chairholder as well as funds for professional development of faculty members in the chairholder’s department, education-related travel, and materials and equipment. “We are humbled and thrilled that Rocco and Verna Motto decided to honor Joseph Motto’s contributions to the arts with this very generous donation,” said David L. Deming, Institute president and chief executive officer. “The prestige of the Motto chair, and the resources it provides for professional growth, will strengthen the Institute’s capacity to recruit and retain the finest artist-educators. I know how delighted Rocco was that he was able to see this gift completed during his lifetime.” Further, said Deming, “Gifts such as this will be key components of the Institute’s capital campaign, which is raising money to modernize and unify our campus on Euclid Avenue and bolster our endowment and faculty development funds.” Joseph Motto was foremost a highly acclaimed sculptor, but also a ceramicist, watercolorist and general fine artist. He assisted Cleveland School of Art faculty member Herman N. Matzen with the sculpture of Cleveland’s reform mayor Tom L. Johnson that was unveiled on Public Square in 1915. Joseph Motto taught at Hawken School, maintained a local studio and one in Florence, and studied in Rome, Vienna and New York. In July 2005, his work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibited by the Cleveland Artists Foundation at The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Rocco and Verna Motto previously created an endowed scholarship and funded a charitable gift annuity at the Institute. The family’s ties to the Institute are strong. Rocco Motto’s brother, the late Louis J. Motto, and Louis’ wife, the late Marilyn L. (Carpenter) Motto, were both graduates of the class of 1942 and enjoyed successful careers in interior design. The Motto Chair is the second endowed chair established at the school, the first being the Anne Fluckey Lindseth Chair in industrial design established in 1995 by a gift from her husband, the late Elmer Lindseth, and their son, Jon Lindseth. The chair was created to honor Anne Lindseth, a 1926 graduate of the Institute, a Trustee from 1963 until 1983 and a member of its Advisory Board and Honorary Board.



“I love my job”

Endowed Chair Memorializes Sculptor Joseph C. Motto ’12

! ! ! ! ! ! Jewelry + Metals Professor Matthew Hollern ! ! Appointed Dean of Faculty ! ! Matthew Hollern brings enthusiasm and fresh vision ! ! to his new appointment as Dean of Faculty at The ! Cleveland Institute of Art. His appointment was effec! ! tive January 16. He replaces Joyce Kessler, who served ! over the last 18 months as Interim Dean of Faculty, and ! who is now focusing on her teaching in Liberal Arts ! ! while coordinating the Institute’s self-study program ! prior to the Institute’s re-accreditation process. ! ! Hollern, who earned his master of fine arts degree in ! jewelry and metalsmithing from the Tyler School of Art ! ! at Temple University, joined the Institute’s faculty in ! 1989 and served as the Dean of the Institute’s Craft Environment from 2002 until 2005. ! As Dean of Faculty, Hollern will oversee the Institute’s undergraduate and gradu! ! ate programs, educational exchanges, and other matters important to the Institute’s ! academic program success. He will be responsible for ongoing academic program ! ! review and curriculum development. Additionally, he will serve as a liaison between ! the faculty and administration. ! ! As Chair of the Institute’s Craft Environment and Jewelry + Metal Department, ! Hollern introduced numerous innovations to the curriculum including three-dimen! ! sional computer modeling. He helped organize the Institute’s strategic planning ! process, served as president of the Faculty Council and Chair of the Faculty Affairs ! Committee. Hollern has taught the Institute’s professional businesses practices ! ! course for the past 14 years and led the committee that redesigned this course as a ! degree requirement. ! ! Hollern will remain actively engaged in the Jewelry + Metals Department, teaching ! one class each semester, and will continue his own highly acclaimed work as an ! ! artist. His work was recently shown at the Helsinki Design Museum in Finland and ! is in the permanent collection of The Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian American ! Art Museum. ! ! Kathy Buszkiewicz, who has been a faculty member with the Institute for 24 years ! and earned numerous awards for her art and teaching, was named Department ! ! Head, Jewelry + Metals, effective February 1. ! ! ! ! ! ! Hard Work, Good Guidance Pay Off ! for Automotive Designer ! ! ! Celso Martinez ’00 is living the American dream. Born ! into the poverty and upheaval of El Salvador in the ! ! 1970s, he decided as a teenager that he would have a ! better life. So in 1989, at age 19, he left his family and ! moved to the United States, with limited English speak! ! ing skills but almost unlimited ambition. ! Martinez took classes in English as a second language ! ! at a non-profit organization on Cleveland’s West Side ! and eventually enrolled in night classes at Cuyahoga ! ! Community College. “I bounced around. I took English, painting, sculpture; I took ! computer classes, until one of my counselors at Tri C finally asked me what I ! ! wanted to accomplish. I told her I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life; I ! just knew I had a passion for art. She told me about The Cleveland Institute of Art ! and got me working on my portfolio.” ! ! That turned out to be life-changing advice. He enrolled at the Institute in 1996. ! “I thought I wanted to be a painter until I took Richard Fiorelli’s Foundation ! ! Design course,” Martinez recalled. Fiorelli, professor of foundation, is a 1974 grad! uate of the Institute who went on to earn a master of fine arts (MFA) degree at ! ! Syracuse University. ! “He was so focused on design. He asked me if I had ever thought about majoring ! in industrial design (ID). He walked me down to the ID department and showed ! ! me around, which was great because I was very shy,” he said. ! Martinez chose industrial design as a major, began working for General Motors ! ! right out of college and remains there today. “I love my job,” he said. “Every day, I ! get up and I’m happy to come to work. It’s frustrating at times, but when we see ! ! the results, it’s very satisfying. I’m still learning a lot.” ! Martinez is a Creative Designer at GM’s Component Design Strategy Center, ! ! which focuses on the interior details such as seats, steering wheels, shifters and ! the center stack, which holds the radio and heat controls. ! “I consider myself a product designer,” he said. “A very important concept that I ! ! learned at CIA was that when I’m designing a product, I need to always consider ! the interaction between a person and the product they are using. When they reach ! ! for it, how convenient is it? How does it feel in their hand? Is it comfortable? We ! think about the form but also the function. I learned that from CIA and I bring it ! ! to everything I design at GM.” ! Martinez looks back fondly on his years at The Cleveland Institute of Art and ! he recommends the Institute to aspiring artists and designers. “I left college well ! ! prepared for the job market, obviously, and I had great teachers, many of whom I ! really grew close to.” And, he adds, “I still like to paint as a hobby.” ! ! ! ! ! !

drawing on both sides of the brain Collaborations with Case Enrich Institute Programs in Biomedical Art and Video Game Design


he Cleveland Institute of Art and Case Western Reserve University have been more than just close neighbors over the art school’s 125 year history. For one brief period, from 1888–1891, the Institute became the School of Art of Western Reserve University (although it maintained an independent charter and board). In 2006, the two schools celebrated 100 years of collaboration in offering an art education program, where students are prepared to become art teachers. Institute students have long had the option of living in a Case dormitory. And students from both schools socialize on the vibrant campus that is University Circle. Building on this neighborly legacy, two academic programs that involve both institutions show particularly strong potential to grow in the coming years: the biomedical art major and a video game design course. Both of these promising programs involve digital art.

Biomedical Art Program Capitalizes on Collaborations Known by various names over the years — including medical illustration and scientific illustration — the biomedical art major at The Cleveland Institute of Art still starts with a year or more of refining traditional hand drawing skills. But as students move into this revised and newly updated major, they increasingly focus on innovative digital art practice and theory, including animation, to capture the agony of tearing a knee ligament or the ecstasy of the butterflies in the Cleveland Botanical Garden. “Our graduates go on to create educational animation or illustrations for drug companies, medical device manufacturers, physicians and scientists,” said Amanda Almon, the energetic Assistant Professor and Department Chair who joined the faculty in 2004. “I want them to be the most digitally cutting-edge, competitive students out there.” Biomedical Art students cross register to take at least three science courses at Case, typically principles of biology, anatomy and physiology, and either embryology, histology, botany or comparative vertebrate zoology. “I’m flexible as to which sciences they take, as long as their science choices inform their work,” Almon said. Conversely, Case students may register for biomedical art classes, including anatomy for the artist, in which they spend half the morning session of the class in the Case Anatomy Department’s cadaver lab and half in the Institute’s life drawing studio. In addition, Institute students of various majors, including illustration and TIME (for technology and integrated media environment) often opt to enroll in biomedical art classes. On a winter afternoon, Almon talked with students from two different classes — three-dimensional modeling for illustration and digital lighting, texturing and rendering — working on the same tough assignment: create an educational poster regarding osteoarthritis. “You’ll have to do research and then you’ll know which cells would be in this scene. Think about which cells are going to be present and design the conceptual idea and visual process for the viewer.” For the first time, surgical illustration is being offered this semester as a digital art class — in which images are generated or manipulated on computers — rather than as a hand sketching class. Students will observe surgery at nearby University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Almon says she looks forward to growing the collaboration with University Hospitals to include sponsored projects that might benefit physicians and students. Students already participate in projects and internships within the medical/ scientific community at The Cleveland Clinic, where five of the eight medical illustrators on staff are Institute alumni. When she is not teaching or working on her own freelance projects as a medical illustrator, Almon is networking with other potential collaborators, including the Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Game Design Class is Art and Science Video game production has always been one part art, one part science. A class jointly offered by the Institute and Case for the second time last fall covers both, with Institute students creating the animation, Case engineering students writing the programs, and game developers curious to see the results. When the game design students gave their semester-final presentations in December, three representatives of leading videogame producer Electronic Arts (EA) participated, critiquing their work via teleconference from California. “I was not only impressed by the graphics and artistry of the games, but also by how much fun they were,” said Merry Kang, EA’s university relations manager. EA employs 7,200 people worldwide. In recent years, graduates of the Institute have gone on to work there, including Jack Lew ’71, Global University Relations Manager, Art Talent. Assistant Professor Knut Hybinette was happy to have Ms. Kang and her colleagues tune in as the three teams of students presented their games. Delta 9 team produced “Servatrix,” a game featuring a child prodigy who is abducted to an alien planet where his only weapon against a host of bad guys is a gravity gun that helps him float or sink out of harm’s way. The Brain Freeze team developed “Ego-Quest,” featuring members of teenage cliques — nerds, jocks, goths and anime lovers — battling one another using their powers of esteem, wits, cool and pride. And the Bearly Legal team produced “UnBearable,” which pits koala bears against panda bears in the age-old rivalry over the right to be called a true bear. Hybinette said students were required to come up with a company name and design a CD cover and booklet. “We also got them to think about what audience they want to target. They worked really, really hard all semester and they loved it.” Hybinette’s co-teacher Marc R. Buchner, Ph.D., director of Case’s virtual worlds lab, said that the course was very challenging for his computer science students, too. “But it was really a highlight for them. There are very few courses that our students just thank us for offering and this is one.” He said he looks forward to collaborating with the Institute on a video game design course again next year.





notes Submissions received after January 31, 2007 will be printed in the next issue.

alumni Paul Travis ’19 (d. 1975) – had his watercolor, “Tiger,” on display at The Cleveland Artists Foundation “Collector’s Show” at Beck Center’s Foley Gallery in Lakewood, OH. Ernest Whitworth ’39 – celebrated his 90th birthday in February with a gallery exhibit of his work at Kirtland Library in Kirtland, OH. Joseph O’Sickey ’40 – will have a retrospective of his work arranged by The Cleveland Artists Foundation on exhibit at the Beck Center in Lakewood, OH from April 14– June 9, 2007. Ruth Rees Suehr ’41 – lives in North Carolina and has been married for 63 years. She continues to pursue art and singing. Shirley Leavitt Koller ’42 – showed a sculpture at The Craven Arts Council in New Bern, NC this winter. She also showed 16 sculptures at Imago Gallery in Warren, RI and Artisans Gallery, Waynesboro, VA over the spring and summer, and one sculpture at Piedmont Arts Center in Martinsville, VA in the fall. Mary D’Anna ’45 – is a retired art teacher and continues to paint watercolors. Mary Mathias ’47 – had two etchings in “Kaleidoscope” at the Summit Art Space juried show in November, one of which received an honorable mention. Charlotte Jaffee Cowan ’51 – was inducted into Shaker Heights High School’s Hall of Fame in Shaker Heights, OH. She also participated in The Print Club of Cleveland’s Member and Artist Craftsperson sale in November. Jean Niles Ziegler ’51 – is still winning photography awards and showing his work in various art shows in Lake County, OH. Carol Lachiusa DiSanto ’52 – had work shown in “A Traveling Sketchbook” at Starkweather Gallery in Romeo, MI last April and in The Faculty Show at Birmingham/ Bloomfield Art Council in Birmingham, MI in November. She also appeared in The Art League of Michigan’s traveling show, “Freedom.” Richard Anuszkiewicz ’53 – see Stanczak ’54 (faculty). Elinore Korow ’57 – has two paintings in the permanent collection of The Sargent-Laessig Museum of Fine Art in Hinckley, OH (affiliated with the Western Reserve Historical Society). Richard Newman ’60 – had work included in the “Fifth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition” at Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC through February. Roger C. Hendricks ’63 – participated in a fundraising event for the Rye Art Center’s “6th Annual Plein Air Paint-Out” in Rye, NY in September 2006. He also taught a monoprint/ collage workshop at the Center in January 2007. George Roby ’63 – won best in show for his sculpture “A Pressing Weight” at “The 35th Annual Juried Exhibit” at Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH this fall. Also featured in the show were the etchings of Sean Crum ’77. Bette Drake ’64 – was honored with a Juror’s Merit Award in the “All-Ohio All Media” exhibition at Ashland University, Ashland, OH in August. She also participated in “The People’s Art Show” at Cleveland State University in November. Rebecca Kaler Langley ’64 – had a solo show of her paintings at the Mansfield Art Center this past summer. She continues to serve as Director of the Pearl Conard Gallery at the Mansfield campus of Ohio State University,

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Thomas Aprile ’76 – was the resident artist at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Monoghan, Ireland in 2006. He had a one-person show, “Exit Strategies”, at District Arts Gallery in Birmingham, MI in 2005.

Charles Mayer ’64 – was included in the exhibit “About Face” along with Josh Haplea ’03 and several CIA students. The exhibit ran in January and February at the Sandusky Cultural Martin Boyle ’76 – was recently commisCenter, Sandusky, OH. sioned to create murals for St. Bede Catholic Church in Mentor, OH and St. Agnes Church Ray Burggraf ’68 – will be having a retrospecin Orrville, OH. tive of his work called “History of a Florida Artist” at The Florida State Museum of Fine Richard Heipp ’76 – received the Outstanding Art in Tallahassee beginning in February 2007. Artistic Achievement Award from SECAC (Southeastern College Art Association). He Sam Swayze ’68 – retired from his position as also had a solo exhibit at the Vero Beach Director of Industrial Design for Eastman Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL, last spring and Kodak in November after 38 years. He hopes completed a major public art commission for to travel, spend time with his family and get the new Smathers Library at The University of back to painting. Florida in October. Milan Kecman ’69 – was featured in “The Best Beth Nilges-Nehamkin ’76 – has her work on of NOIS II” (Northern Ohio Illustrators display at the Chesterland, OH branch of Society) at Gallery 324 in Cleveland, OH this Republic Bank. Her work can also be seen at winter along with Celeste DeSapri ’79, Dan various locales around the country including Frey ’96 and Robert Brandon Gossett ’99. All Matters Gallery in Burton, OH and The Carol Adams ’70 – teaches drawing at Kent Friends of the Peace Pilgrim Library in State University, Kent, OH. She was a finalist Copperopolis, CA. in “% for Art” at Miami University in Oxford, Jane Nord ’76 – was honored with an award OH and will be setting up an art program at a for Leadership Excellence from Leadership school in Oanamithe, Haiti this winter. She Lorain County, Lorain, OH in January. also participated in COSE’s 5th Annual Mix & Mingle “Connecting Art and Business” along Sean Crum ’77 – see Roby ’63. with Pat Fallon ’80, Rene Culler ’92 and John Jackson ’77 (d. 2006) – had a show of his Michele Gorse ’01. work, and of his process—which consists of Gary Bukovnik ’71 – had work in the the way he worked with ideas and materials— “Reinvented Still Life” show at The Concept at Zygote Press in the fall. His work is also Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA this winter. being featured in an exhibit at the Institute’s Additionally, Gary will host the Institute’s McCullough Building through March 16. alumni gathering in San Francisco at his Jeffrey Kleckner ’77 – was one of the artists home/studio. featured in The Society of Arts and Crafts David P. Wood ’71 – had his photographic “Our Cups Runneth Over” show of functional works at The Butler Museum Artist Annual and sculptural ceramic cups in Boston, MA this Juried Show in Youngstown, OH and two winter. Also included in the show were juried shows at The Valley Art Center in Christine Federighi ’72 (d. 2006), Kevin Chagrin Falls, OH. Snipes ’94, Le Anne Ash ’02 and Bill Brouillard. Christine Federighi ’72 (d. 2006) – see Kleckner ’77. Gary Spinosa ’72 – had over forty years of work featured in “Spinosa: Retrospective” at Bruce Gallery of Art in Edinboro, PA as part of the Edinboro University Distinguished Alumni Series. The exhibit also has a catalogue which is for sale in retail outlets nationwide. The exhibit was on display in the month of February. Joe Workosky ’72 – is a video producer and outdoor writer living in Johnstown, PA. He recently picked up top honors by the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) at the group’s annual awards ceremonies held in State College, PA for his 24minute DVD entitled, “Stackhouse Park: Wild Turkey Hunting Clinic”. The project covers a brief history of Stackhouse Park, the establishment of wild turkey populations to areas void of the species, and various turkey calling techniques. Diana Bjel ’73 – was in the International Orton Cone Box show “Feats of Clay” in Lincoln, CA, and “Bones of Contention” in Sandusky, OH. Her work was also included in Cleveland Magazine for the “Cleveland Galleries 2006–2007” listing. Dennis Buck ’73 (d. 1992) – had his work featured in the retrospective “Something About Seeing” at Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery in Pepper Pike, OH this winter. The show was curated by his spouse, Laura Buck Balliet ’99. Mr. Buck was known for his bichromate prints and one-of-a-kind installations composed of photographs, objects and paintings fused together. He was a professor in the Photography Department at the Institute from 1981–1992. Jon R. Havener ’73 – created the public work “Korean Cranes Rising” for the University of Kansas Korean War Memorial in Lawrence, KS. Barbara Cooper ’74 – had a one-person show, “Disruptions”, at The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, and will also be showing her work in “re: Growth” at Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA through April 2007. Richard Godfrey ’74 – had work in “Far and Wide” at M.J. Higgins Fine Art and Furnishings in Los Angeles, CA this summer.

Jan Rapp ’77 – curated the show “Moonlight Race: One Hundred Years of Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club” for Cotuit Center of the Arts in Cotuit, MA. Celeste DeSapri ’79 – see Kecman ’69. Tallmadge Doyle ’79 – had a one-person show of recent work at DIVA (Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts) in Eugene, OR this fall. Shawn Messenger ’79 – was one of the featured artists demonstrating glass blowing at the grand opening of The Glass Pavilion at The Toledo Museum of Art in August 2006. Pat Fallon ’80 – showed work in Cleveland this past fall at Gallery 321, the Faculty Exhibition at Ursuline College’s Wasmer Gallery, and at Lakeland Community College. Also see Adams ’70. Bill Root ’80 – showed recent works in a solo exhibit in Mons, Belgium in December. Linda Arbuckle ’81 – held workshops at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Metchosin Internations Summer School of the Arts, Victoria, BC and St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO. She also had work featured in the book 500 Pitchers. Eddie Dominguez ’81 – was one of nine artists featured in The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s “Ceramics Retrospective: 20 Year Commemorative Exhibition” in Pittsburgh, PA this winter. The earthenware sculptures he exhibited had depictions of Mexican landscapes and sky scenes. He lives in New Mexico. Tim Frank ’81 – is the Deputy Managing Editor of Visuals and Creative Director at The Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is also the creator of the internationally used website, which brought together a society of news designers to post pages and have discussions regarding global design. He lives in West Palm Beach, FL with his wife, Amy, and their two children. Douglas Goldsmith ’81 – has work in the “Landscape Paintings” show at Crandall Gallery, Mount Union College, Alliance, OH through March. Gwendolyn Kerber ‘81 – was in a two-person exhibition at Kunstraum t27 in Berlin, Germany through January 2007.

The Art of Staying Connected


he alumni office is undertaking the project of publishing a comprehensive Cleveland Institute of Art Directory, which will include contact information for all alumni, and current and former faculty. This publication, which will be available by year-end, provides a convenient means for our alumni to re-connect with fellow classmates, former teachers, and friends. It will be organized in three sections: alphabetically, by class year, and by geographical region, for ease of finding pertinent information. Our partner in this project is Harris Direct, who will manage and oversee the gathering of data, and the printing of the book. Shortly, CIA alumni will be receiving more information from Harris Direct about the directory, and you will be asked to clarify your contact information for accuracy. The last Institute directory was published in 1977. If you have questions about the directory project, please contact Amy Bartter, Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 216-421-7412 or email her at

Neil MacDonald ‘81 – has work featured in the “Side by Side” exhibit through May 2007 at MOCACleveland along with Thomas Frontini ’90, Erik Neff ’91, Susan Umbenhour ’95, Michelle Droll ’02 and Barry Underwood. Margaret Arthur ’82 – was featured in “Skinning the Eye” at the Art Gallery at Cleveland State University over the summer. James G. Meeks ’83 – is the Chief Preparator and Staff Photographer for The Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, OK. He also teaches photography at Oklahoma City Community College. Susan Squires ’83 – has work in “Revive” this winter at Zygote Press along with Kristen Cliffel ’90, Emily Blaser ’91, Michelle DiCello ’99, Tony Bowden ’04 and faculty members Tim Callaghan, Liz Maugans and Dan Tranberg. The exhibit allowed the artists to revive a piece of work after temporary abandonment. John Hartman ’85 – is a principal designer at Herbst Lazar Bell in Chicago, and is currently enrolled at Northwestern University in pursuit of a Masters degree in Design Product Development. He was the project lead designer on the Wilson W Line tennis racquet which received a 2006 Good Design award presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. He also won an IDEA Gold award from Business Week for designing a Motorola NFL Coaches headset. He and his wife had their first baby, Carter, in July. Brian Joiner ’85 – is the official artist set to design the Ohio Arts Council Governor’s awards for the Arts for 2007. He just completed a solo 9-year retrospective show at Artworks Gallery in Cincinnati, OH. Eric McAfee ’85 – had work featured at Eye Candy Gallery in Cleveland, OH in October. LaMont Morris ’85 – had his work exhibited in “Designs for Life” at The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit showcases contributions made by African Americans in the field of Industrial Design. Ann Rea ’87 – has opened up her San Francisco studio on the second Sunday of each month for guests to preview her latest paintings. Visit for more information. Derek Hess ’88 – was featured in “Please God, Save Us From Your Followers” as part of the 1300 Gallery’s final exhibition in December. Immanuel-Keston Jones ’88 – has his glass drum sculptures on display at Artsgarden, Indianapolis, IN. He also teaches at The Indianapolis Art Center. Jennifer Tucker ’88 – had a solo show at Grasselli Library at John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH, over the summer. She was also recently promoted to a position in their records department. Mark Horak ’89 – recently completed animated graphics for the “Gold” exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He also created animated show packaging graphics and promotion toolkits for Adobe, Pepsi and various cable TV network shows. Kristen Cliffel ’90 – see Squires ‘83. Thomas Frontini ’90 – see MacDonald ’81. Emily Blaser ’91 – see Squires ‘83. Eric Neff ’91 – see MacDonald ’81. Annie Taylor ’91 – lives in Austin, TX with her husband and is expecting a baby this spring. She has been commissioned to create artwork for The Michael Dell Greater Texas Children’s Hospital; a state-of-the-art ‘green’ hospital opening in Austin this June. Daniel Chernek ’92 – is the founder of Bazoo Global, a toy company in Hubbard, OH. He recently created the Izmo product line which is a new category in toys and computer accessories. He was profiled in Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer this December. Rene Culler ’92 – had a one-person show, “Trial By Fire: Meditations on Beauty” at The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH this winter. Also see Adams ’70. Kevin Snipes ’94 – see Kleckner ’77. Susan Umbenhour ’95 – see MacDonald ’81. Rosana Castrillo Diaz ’96 – is showing her work at Anthony Meier Fine Arts Gallery in San Francisco through March. Colin Fahrion ’96 – is the Head of Internet Services for the Fetal Treatment Center of the University of California at San Francisco. He is also going back to college working on his master’s degree in neurophysiology. Dan Frey ’96 – see Kecman ’69. Carl Stawicki ’96 – graduated with honors from the ITT Technical Institute School of Information Technology in Cleveland, OH with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Information Technology. Joan Staufer ’97 – had a solo show, “Into the Sun” at The Parkersburg Art Center in Parkersburg, WV in the fall. Susan Danko ’98 – see Casey ’99 (faculty). Laura Buck Balliet ’99 – see Buck ’73.


Michelle DiCello ’99 – see Squires ‘83. Robert Brandon Gossett ’99 – see Kecman ’69. Ed Zmarzly ’99 – was featured in the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” show at The Valley Art Center in Chagrin Falls, OH this January along with Sarah Kabot and Hunter Keels ‘06. Dana Schutz ’00 – gave a presentation at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies for the Woodward lecture series in the fall. Jason Sleurs ’00 – had a solo show of his paintings called “Nothing Works Out” at V & A Gallery in New York City. Heinrich Toh ’00 – has work featured in “How the Soy Sauce Was Bottled: Uncommon Stories of Common Objects” at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, WA through November 30, 2007. The artists in the exhibit created new work based on the artifacts, photographs and documents in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Amy Casey ’99 (Galleries) – had work in the “48 Hours of Making Art” show at B.K. Smith Gallery in October along with Cecilia Phillips’05, Charmaine Spencer ’05, Lane Cooper, Nathaniel Parsons and Cindy Penter. She was also in e. gordon Gallery’s “Sayonara” exhibit with Susan Danko ’98 and Jen Omaitz ’02. Bruce Checefsky (Director, Galleries and Exhibitions) – see Ostrow (faculty). Lane Cooper (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts) – see Casey ’99 (faculty). David L. Deming ’67 (President) – led a discussion on The Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Barcelona and Modernity: Picasso, Gaudi, Miro, Dali” exhibit for a benefit for Lawrence Upper School in Sagamore Hills, OH. He also donated a major sculpture to the City of Cleveland for the new David E. Davis ’65 Sculpture Garden in University Circle.

Michele Gorse ’01 – see Adams ’70.

Richard Fiorelli ’74 (Professor, Foundation) – was included in the show “Misdemeanor” at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, OH last fall.

Arthur Skupniewicz ’01 – was recently hired as the new art teacher at Mayfield High School in Cleveland, OH for the 2006–2007 school year.

John Garton (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) – won first place in the College Art Association’s 2007 Innovation Course Design Competition.

Le Anne Ash ’02 – see Kleckner ’77.

Mary Hulick (Department Chair, Communications Design) – has been named to the National Audit Oversight Committee for Advanced Placement and will help in accreditation review of curriculum offerings in art studio and art history. She has been an active member of the National Steering Committee for Advanced Placement for several years.

Michelle Droll ‘02 – see MacDonald ’81. Jen Omaitz ’02 – see Casey ’99. Justin Wisniewski ’02 – was one of the artists featured in Within Reach Studios and Red Dot Project’s “Meet the Artist of the Month” this past June. Each artist created a work which was then auctioned off that evening. Chris Duffy ’03 – now lives in New York City. He was one of the featured sculptors in “Life in Sculpture” at Beachwood Arts Council in Beachwood, OH this winter. Josh Haplea ’03 – see Mayer ’64. Sreshta Premnath ’03 – had a solo show, “Kaput”, at SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, OH in the fall. Genevieve Southern ’03 – moved to New York City in August 2005 and is Senior Web Designer at Condé Nast where she works on websites for many of their magazines including Lucky, Glamour, Self and Vanity Fair. Jennifer Axner ’04 – spent time in Italy working on her master’s degree and received her MFA from from American University in Washington D.C. in May 2006. She was in an exhibition at the Commerce Street Artists Warehouse in Houston, TX called “Play” and her paintings were in the Eleventh Annual International Exhibition in New York City at SOHO20 gallery in Chelsea. She was a recipient of a Mellon Fund Research Grant, and also received the JoAnn Crisp-Ellert Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student from American University. Tony Bowden ’04 – see Squires ‘83. Courtenay Finn ’05 – has moved to San Francisco and is attending graduate school at the California College of the Arts. Ben Kinsley ’05 – was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, ME over the summer. Cecilia Phillips’05 – see Casey ’99. Charmaine Spencer ’05 – see Casey ’99. Thu Tran ’05 – was selected for the Alliance of Artists Communities’ Midwestern Voices and Vision award. She also showed work in “Consumption Junction” along with Zachariah Durr ’06 at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, this past fall. Zachariah Durr ’06 – see Tran ’05. Michael DeFabbo ’06 – see Ostrow (faculty). John Haughwout ’06 – had a solo show, “Confluential Prismatics,” at Parish Hall in Cleveland, OH this fall. Hunter Keels ’06 – see Zmarzly ’99.

faculty/staff Shelley Costa Bloomfield (Liberal Arts) – had a story, “Blue Morpho,” published in the newly released Crimewave 9:Transgressions. The stylish British crime fiction publication is available at Bill Brouillard (Professor, Ceramics) – was a guest artist at “SOFA Chicago 2006” in Chicago, IL in November along with Kathy Buszkiewicz. Also see Kleckner ’77. Kathy Buszkiewicz (Department Head, Jewelry + Metals) – is showing work in “Hand Jive: Fabulous New Rings” at Taboo Studios in San Diego, CA. Her work is also in the “Trashformations East” exhibit at the Ohio Craft Museum through April 1. Her work can also be seen June 7–July 28 at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA. The exhibit called “Celebrating the Art of Adornment: Studio Jewelry from Mid-century to the Present” is being held in conjunction with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Knute Hybinette (Assistant Professor, T.I.M.E.— Digital Arts) – see Ostrow (faculty). Sarah Kabot (Assistant Professor, Foundation/Drawing) – see Zmarzly ‘99. Kasumi (Assistant Professor, T.I.M.E.— Digital Arts and Communication Design) – created original video art for the Kent State University School of Theatre and Dance production of “Hair,” a piece for the Visual Music Marathon at Northeastern University, a one-hour live cinema videoart piece for, a new way of watching TV on the web, which will be launched in March by the same people who created skype, a showopener for Rockwell Automation, and performed a live VJ show at Sachesenheim Hall Joyce Kessler (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts) – read The Whale Does Not Diminish: the Power of the Original Character in Melville’s Moby-Dick at the Novel Club in Cleveland in January. Liz Maugans (Adjunct Professor, Printmaking) – will be in the “Collectors Choice Show” at Heights Art and in a one-person show at Seiberling Gallery at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in December 2007. Also see Squires ’83. Nathaniel Parsons – see Casey ’99. Cindy Penter – see Casey ’99. Alison O’Daniel ’03 (Visiting Artist, Fiber and Painting) – had her video “Deep Woods” selected for distribution by the Netherland Media Art Institute. The five minute video was shown in Amsterdam in December and January and at the Lazy Marie Film Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands and on the nationwide tour of MadCat Film Festival. Her performance art troupe, “Double Dutch Will Take You Higher,” performed seven times in two months at Cleveland area clubs and were interviewed recently by the Arts & Life section of The Plain Dealer. Saul Ostrow (Chair, Visual Arts and Technologies) – moderated a panel on “Art at the End of the Age of Critique” at the College Art Association and curated “Modeling the Photographic: The End of Photography” an exhibit at the McDonough Museum of Youngstown State University, displaying the work of Michael DeFabbo ’06, and faculty members Bruce Checefsky, Troy Richards, Knute Hybinette, Dan Tranberg and Barry Underwood. Troy Richards (Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Drawing) – see Ostrow (faculty).


Barry Underwood (Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Film, Video, and Photographic Arts) – had a solo exhibition “Light” at Race Street Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI this winter. He gave a lecture at MOCA in February to coincide with the “Side by Side” exhibit. Also see MacDonald ’81 and Ostrow (faculty). Brent Young (Department Head and Professor, Glass) – was listed as one of Cleveland’s cultural assets in a story in The Plain Dealer in December. He recently had two pieces accepted into The Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Allen Zimmerman ( Liberal Arts ) – participated in “Not Enough Space,” a joint project with United Church of Christ, Cuyahoga Community College, and Interfaith Prisoners of Conscience Project and “Life Images: A Child’s View,” an exhibit of Japanese children’s art and related cultural activities sponsored by the Japanese-American Society of Northeast Ohio and Shaker Heights Public Library.

in memoriam – alumni Clifford B. West ’37 – passed away in October 2006. Jack Munson Burton ’39 – passed away in December 2006 on his 89th birthday. He was an instructor of advertising illustration at the Institute from 1948–1950. Some of his artistic achievements include working on five murals for the Firestone Building at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, having work exhibited in major art shows at The Butler Institute in Youngstown, OH, The Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, PA and The Cleveland Museum of Art. His watercolors hang in the permanent collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Oklahoma Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His wife June has requested memorial gifts be directed to The Cleveland Institute of Art. Ivy Stone ’39 – passed away in December 2006. She was the second artist to open a studio in what is now the Little Italy art colony in Cleveland, OH. She spearheaded the annual Bratenahl Place Art show in 1974 and continued as its director for 25 years. Her work has been exhibited by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Cleveland Museum of Art.

Julian Stanczak ’54 (Professor Emeritus) – has his work featured along with that of Richard Anuszkiewicz ’53 in “Optic Nerve,” at the Columbus Museum of Art, the first major museum show of Op Art in 25 years. The exhibit, which will be on view through June 17 will examine the central role of American painters and particularly Stanczak’s contribution to this movement. Pratt Institute will also present a second Op Art revival show, “Optical Edge” through April 14. He is also preparing a one-person show for the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, August 4–October 28.

Margaret Evans Goslee ’40 – passed away in January 2006.

Dan Tranberg (Adjunct Faculty, Painting) – was chosen to receive an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2007 and wrote the catalogue essay for the exhibit “The Great Grid: Patricia Zinsmeister Parker” at Cleveland State University Art Gallery. Also see Squires ’83 and Ostrow (faculty).

Clara A. Witt Wyman ’41 – passed away in October 2006. She was known for her copper and enamel pieces, one of which was purchased by Herbert Hoover.

Clare Kretchmar ’40 – passed away in June 2006. She resided in Oberlin most of her life and was employed as an art teacher for Oberlin, North Ridgeville and Amherst school districts for 15 years, retiring in the late 1980s. She and husband Robert were co-owners of the Oberlin Country Day Camp from 1954 to 1974. She is survived by children and grandchildren. Samuel Weiner ’40 – passed away in 2006.

Rudolph Schuller ’42 – passed away in May 2006. Alice Chapin Kwett ’46 – passed away in September 2006.

Doris (Kalman) Anderson ’50 – passed away in April 2006. She taught millinery for many years at Long Beach City College and Brooks College of Fashion Design, both in California. She is survived by her husband, three sons and two grandchildren. Paul Haist ’50 – passed away in February 2006. Robert E. Woide ’50 – passed away in January 2007. As a child he was a Vaudeville tap dancer, during World War II he performed in USO shows and drew cartoons for The Stars and Stripes, and later taught art lessons on early Cleveland television. He was a long time member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. He is survived by his wife, sons and four grandchildren. Edward A. Fisher Jr. ’51 – passed in January 2007. He taught at Syracuse University for three years prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University’s Design Department in 1988 as an associate professor. He received numerous awards for his painting, calligraphy and book designs and was an accomplished writer. He was a former president of the Art Directors Society of Pittsburgh; Board Member of the Three Rivers Arts Festival; editor of The Versal magazine and a founding member and president of the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh. Recently, he was active as a member and lecturer for ALL, an adult education program at Carnegie Mellon University. He is survived by his son, grandchild and a sister. Frederick B. Leach ’55 – passed away in December 2006. He was a member of the Ohio Watercolor Association and taught art classes throughout Ohio. He is survived by his wife, sons and a daughter, grandchildren and greatgrandsons. Christine Federighi ’72 – passed away in November 2006. She was a recipient of the Gund Traveling Award and was the founder of the Crafts Guild at the CIA, which she started as a way to help students sell their work to pay for tuition. Also see Kleckner ’77. Mark Halsey French ’75 – died in Cleveland, OH in December after a long illness. He is remembered by his wife, Ola Grabsky French ’75 as exceptionally intelligent, creative and possessed with remarkable natural abilities. As a student, Mark had received awards and commissions for his work, and his paintings are now in private collections. After graduating from the Institute, Mark returned to an earlier career path and worked as Senior Research and Development Assistant for the Advanced Technology Group in Research and Development at BF Goodrich. He will be greatly missed by those who knew him. Lee Aster Wilt ’88 – passed away in October 2006. Lauren Marie Bugaj ’02 – passed away in November 2006 at the age of 27. She was passionate about her family, friends, the arts, animals, and the environment. She loved music and had an enchanting voice. She held the position of forensic photographer with the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, exhibited extensively and was recognized with numerous awards for her photography. She donated her arts and talent to worthy causes such as the Women’s Community Foundation, The Rape Crisis Center, and the APL. She is survived by her parents, sister, brother, and her soulmate.


American Art Pottery Association Annual Convention The American Art Pottery Association is holding its annual convention in Cleveland on April 25–29, 2007. The convention will focus on the ceramics and art of the Cleveland School. The weekend event will include a trolley tour of the city with a stop for lunch at the Institute and a tour of the Institute’s Ceramics studios. The convention includes auctions, symposia, book signings and networking. All activities are open to the public (fees may apply). For complete information visit


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