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Founded in 1882, The Cleveland Institute of Art is an independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. For the past 125 years, the Institute has made enduring contributions to art and education and connects to the community through gallery exhibitions, talks and lectures, an extended studies program, Craft Council and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.



Spend a little time in The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Illustration Department and a picture starts to emerge. It’s a picture of a group of motivated students developing classical drawing skills; learning to apply those skills to client-focused work in a modern, multi-media field; and having a lot of fun in the process.

Diverse Interests and Talents A walk through the Illustration studio provides evidence of students’ diverse interests and talents. Work posted in their spaces ranges from Japanese anime-style illustrations, to the fantasy figures of modern video games, to still life, humorous caricatures and lush imagery meant to spark children’s imaginations. Cheryl Andrey ’08, for example, freelances for an independent recording company illustrating posters and CD covers for alternative rock bands; has an internship at American Greetings Corp. planning layouts, fonts, colors and finishing touches for greeting cards; and is illustrating a children’s book for her BFA thesis project. For her children’s book, she combines traditional and contemporary techniques, drawing the outlines of her whimsical sea creatures by hand, scanning these outlines into a computer, and finishing the work — layering in colors, textures and shadows — with specialized software. “I definitely feel like I’m prepared for whatever I might run into in my career,” she said.

Broad Preparation for a Diverse Field Department Co-Chairs and Professors Dominic Scibilia ’72 and John Chuldenko want all of their students to have that confidence. “Through different assignments and projects, we try to let students get an understanding of many different areas of illustration,” Scibilia said. By the time they’re preparing their Bachelor of Fine Arts thesis project, most illustration students have gravitated toward a specialty they want to pursue, but they graduate with a broad enough background to tackle many different types of work, both professors said. Recent graduates are working in children’s books, graphic novels, advertising art, editorial illustration, animation, greeting cards or some combination of those areas. High-profile employers of these grads include Disney, American Greetings, videogame producer Midway Home Entertainment, and Image Comics. His broad background has helped Illustration alumnus Arnel Reynon ’93 take on many different responsibilities.

As director of publishing for Sport Graphics in Indianapolis, he provides art direction for magazines and websites, directs photo shoots of athletes, and creates illustrations for every magazine he works on. “What makes me so versatile in my professional field is that strong drawing ability and the ability to visually direct things,” Reynon said. “The way traditional illustration was taught at CIA, the drawing foundation and the design foundation helped me out a lot.” In short, core skills count, Scibilia and Chuldenko stress. “In order to be prepared for a successful career, you’ve got to have the basic tools, the fundamentals; from that point, you can go wherever you want with it,” Chuldenko said. “We teach concepts and execution at a very high level. We stress drawing, design, composition and lighting.” Continued on page 2





Illustrators Continued from page 1 The two professors both began teaching in the department in 1980. “We’ve worked in tandem all these years and we hold up the Society of Illustrators as the standard to which we wish our students to aspire,” Scibilia said.

Applying Themselves to Applied Art “Illustration is an applied art, which means an illustrator’s work is seen in its applied form — in a book, magazine, on a website, in animation. To be a good applied artist, you have to know how the art is going to be reproduced; you have to be conscious of its application,” Chuldenko said. “The passion is the same as you’ll find with fine artists; the commitment is the same. But the nature of the work is different in that illustrators are given problems to solve and they work collaboratively with editors, publishers, art directors, designers, ad writers and others,” Scibilia said. Learning how to work effectively with clients, employers and colleagues is built into the curriculum, Chuldenko said. “We teach students a strong business sense because they will need that in their careers. Business is a very important part of this program.” Last spring, roughly a dozen prospective employers came to the department to review portfolios and interview graduating students.

Practical Experience Pays Off Last semester, Illustration students gained valuable business skills when they worked with a new client, AGS Custom Graphics of Macedonia, Ohio. The company produces a calendar every year to showcase its graphic and printing capabilities. For 2008, art director Larry O’Neal chose to work with CIA

Illustration majors and a professional writer to create a lavishly illustrated mystery calendar in the style of the English artist Kit Williams. Thomas Schoofs, senior account manager at AGS, was pleased with the result. “This is one of the best responses we've had on our calendars over the years. People love it,” he said. “We enjoyed working with the school a great deal. We also recognize the students graduating from (CIA) represent the future of our industry. It’s really fun to work with them. Their excitement is infectious.” Eileen Saffran agrees. As executive director of The Gathering Place, a Beachwood, Ohio resource center for people touched by cancer, she has asked Illustration majors to create artwork for her agency’s last six annual reports. “It’s just been a great experience. We’ve had wonderful art and it’s clear that the students put their hearts into it. We look forward every year to having the opportunity to meet the students, tell them about what we do and let their creativity go,” Saffran said. As in other majors, Illustration students also gain valuable experience through internships. Freelance illustrator Dennis Balogh spent 22 years at the Akron Beacon Journal where he was manager of illustration and design. In his last four years at the Journal — from 2003 through 2006 — he and his colleagues hired summer interns from CIA exclusively in a competitive process that drew applicants from colleges in and outside of Ohio. “I’m going with the strongest talent and The Cleveland Institute of Art kids beat out the other students each of those years,” Balogh said. “I wanted someone with drawing skills and a good eye for professional illustration. The CIA kids each had a technique that was of a strong caliber and they had the computer skills they needed. The students carried themselves well and, to me, they were ready for the real world.”

Digital Dimensions Readiness for the real world includes computer literacy for this and every CIA major. Most students leave high school well familiar with software such as PhotoShop; adjunct faculty member Igal Hurvitz builds on that by teaching a digital illustration course. “This is a digital age with respect to print,” Scibilia said. That means artwork has to be broken into a digital format for the end user; but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be created digitally. Many illustrators still draw and paint by hand and then scan their work into a computer so it can be reproduced digitally.


Others start with a hand rendered drawing and finish the work digitally, as Andrey is doing with her thesis project. Still others, like Reynon, work exclusively on a computer or with a digital WACOM drawing tablet. On the flip side, an increasing number of students focusing on animation in the T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts (for Technology and Integrated Media Environment) and Biomedical Art departments are taking illustration courses. David Houry ’07 and Anthony Scalmato ’07 both majored in T.I.M.E.Digital Arts, both took the storyboarding course taught by Scibilia and Chuldenko, and both got jobs after graduation creating animated e-cards for American Greetings’ website, Scalmato, who minored in Illustration, said the storyboarding course he took was among the best courses he took at CIA. “Especially if you go into animation, you need to plan out your shots and consider different camera angles. Coming from such a strong illustration background, John (Chuldenko) and Dom (Scibilia) were able to teach us how to see all the way around the figure, to show it from all angles. If I wanted to get a point across, they would suggest different camera angles or moves that would work.” Said Houry, “The whole point of an illustration is to be able to communicate to people. People need to be able to take a glance and get it right away. Dom and John really cared about me as an artist and about what I was trying to communicate.”





“In order to be prepared for a successful career, you’ve got to have the basic tools, the fundamentals; from that point, you can go wherever



you want with it. We teach concepts and execution at a very high level. We stress drawing, design, composition and lighting.”



T.I.M.E. FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER As The Cleveland Institute of Art’s newest major, Digital Arts has the shortest track record of graduates establishing successful careers. Yet almost eight years after the program was launched in the fall of 2000, its first few classes of graduates are already making their mark in web design, interactive e-commerce, digital art installations and the burgeoning videogame industry. The full name of the major is T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts, for Technology Integrated Media Environment, and its four areas of emphasis are animation, game design, interactive media and video.




A Non-Traditional Application Although the major was not old enough to have strong traditions yet, Jason Van Pierce ’05 took a non-traditional approach to T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts in that he wanted to pursue a career in advertising. “Even though CIA is a traditional art school, I wanted to do commercial work,” Pierce said. “The faculty really drilled conceptual thinking; it was all about the thought process; and that approach paid off for me. We always heard it’s not about the software; it’s about learning how to communicate an idea through the media.” Pierce took that message to heart, especially in his BFA thesis presentation, which featured promotional video, print advertisements and a website he created for three different rock bands. “The room was packed; people loved it. The amount of support I got from the faculty and students doesn’t compare to anything else.” Pierce left the Institute on a high and brought his confidence to his first job as art director for Detroitbased Global Hue, the largest multicultural ad agency in North America. From there, he was hired by JWT, a major advertising agency that got even bigger shortly after he started when it merged with five other firms to form Team Detroit. There, he creates interactive digital advertisements for websites, but his concepts often have to work also in web banner ads, television commercials and print ads. “I love it,” he said of his job. “A lot of the people I now work with are people we actually heard lectures about in school. There we were idolizing their work and now I hire them as freelancers.” Like many of his classmates, Pierce says the T.I.M.E. experience was “phenomenal,” but he adds, his success didn’t come easy. “It’s a lot of hard work.”


Play is Work for Game Designers Like several of their classmates, Tony Solary ’04 and Matt Neff ’04 were working on commercial projects during their student years, in their case creating interactive CD Roms and educational video games for clients as diverse as Donley’s, a prominent Cleveland construction company, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. After graduation, they formed their own digital design company, Flipline Studios, to continue and expand that work. Since then, Neff and Solary have sharpened their focus on the very thing that drew them to computers from childhood: videogames. “Because of all the new software available today, we were able to get into game design right out of college. We probably couldn’t have done that 10 years ago,” Neff said. In addition to new software, websites like post games that users can play for free. Neff and Solary have four games on Kongregate and a major contract to develop another game for this web portal dubbed the YouTube of the gaming world. “Some portals pay us a flat fee or license to post our game, others will do a revenue sharing from advertising revenue,” Solary explained. Either way, the future looks bright for these entrepreneurs and they are grateful for their CIA experiences. “When we were going through the T.I.M.E. program, the faculty left all the doors open for us to explore,” Solary said. “The program gave us well-roundedness. We have the skills we need to tackle lots of different things, navigational design, programming, animation, sound design, pretty much all the aspects we need in this field.” Neff agrees. “As students, we could try our hand at everything that was available to us; that’s how we ended up doing game design.” It’s hard work, both say, but it’s also a dream come true. “As a kid, I always sketched sequels to the games I played; but the thought never crossed my mind that I could grow up to create games,” Neff said. “It seemed like an unattainable goal,” Solary agreed.

A Pilgrimage to an Art Career Like Neff and Solary, Sarah Lohman ’05 had freelanced all through CIA. Not afraid of adventure, she used the Helen Greene Perry Traveling Scholarship awarded to her at graduation to travel to Spain and hike the entire 500-mile pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela after graduation. “I learned about this pilgrimage in a class with (Liberal Arts Associate Professor) Charlie Bergengren and I knew I had to do it.” Back stateside, Lohman’s next adventure began when she became yet another of many CIA graduates living in and around New York City. She was hired as a general assistant in the art department of New York magazine’s website. “The reason they hired me was because I had a background in a little bit of everything and they needed a jack of all trades; but my focus in T.I.M.E. was in digital photography and video.” She was promoted to video producer, and worked with reporters on features including a weekly “Video Look Book,” for which Lohman filmed and edited interviews with fashionable New Yorkers on the street talking about their personal style. In February, Lohman took another leap of faith, leaving New York magazine to freelance full time. “I have the

“To make it in this business you have to have a lot of get-upand-go, because there’s so much competition for your job. T.I.M.E. gave us that competitive edge you need.”

ability to make far more money freelancing. Opportunities opened up right away, so I’m fairly confident about this move.” If she needs moral support in this new phase of her career, she knows she can turn to her CIA classmates. “Kristen Baumlier really stressed that we needed to stay in touch and support each other,” Lohman said of the department head and associate professor. “Our class was extremely motivated. I think that extremely motivated people are drawn to T.I.M.E. To make it in this business you have to have a lot of get-up-and-go, because there’s so much competition for your job. T.I.M.E. gave us that competitive edge you need. I really feel like I got a great education at CIA.”

Work Ethic Fuels Visual Effects Artist Tim Elek ’04 started his education at CIA with an abundance of motivation. After high school, he had worked as an artist’s apprentice for six years and then on his own for two more years painting murals and faux finishes in people’s homes. He knew he could do more with his artistic abilities. “I looked at CIA like it was my job; I was there to accomplish very specific goals. I viewed the cost of my education as an investment and I had a plan,” he recalls. Elek made the most of his time at the Institute, thriving in his foundation courses and squeezing in as many painting and drawing electives as he could once he was in the T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts major. “For the digital artist, your tools are your software, digital tablet and your computer. But I think there’s been a resurgence of drawing and painting; you need to be able to convey ideas through drawing, painting, use of color, composition; those are key. Anybody can learn a piece of software, but if you can’t draw or paint, if you don’t follow the fundamentals of composition and color, then the software’s not going to do that for you,” Elek said. With these tools and skills, his own work ethic, and a productive internship at Kaleidoscope, Inc. under his belt, Elek joined the creative staff of the behemoth videogame producer, Electronic Arts, after graduation. Earlier this year, he took a position at one of EA’s biggest competitors, Activision, where he is senior visual effects artist in the Raven Software division, creating videogames for an enormous audience. “I’m passionate about this work,” Elek said. “An artist willing to do commercial work can make a really good living. There’s a severe talent shortage in the videogame industry. A motivated artist can gain experience and move upward at a studio quickly, starting from even the most junior position.” That certainly describes Elek’s trajectory. For more information about CIA’s T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts program, see

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This summer, CIA’s office of Extended Studies + Community Outreach offers its most ambitious schedule of continuing education classes in recent memory. For children in grades 1–2, classes range from art exploration, to painting, printing, enameling, jewelry making, animation, web design, automotive design and hands-on-nature art. For high school students who want a taste of the life of an art school student, we offer four, week-long, residential pre-college workshops. Adults may dabble in life drawing by dropping in to pay-as-you-go classes during June and July; or taking any one of the 24 different eight-week classes that explore fine arts, craft disciplines, communication design and digital art; or, for a more focused experience, planning your vacation around one of eight National Summer Workshops. Nationally known artists come to Cleveland to teach these one- and two-week workshops. This year’s topics are wet plate colloidon photography, portrait painting, image journaling, mechanical concepts, computer-aided jewelry design, plein air watercolor, drawing and dimensional work with paper. If you have not received a catalog or flier, call the Extended Studies office at 216-421-7461. For more information, go to and click on Extended Studies from the Popular Links listed on the homepage.

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faculty and staff members added their hopes, fears, values and priorities to an interactive art installation on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art through June 1. MK Guth, chair of the MFA program in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, crisscrossed the country earlier this year asking people in Boise, Atlanta, Houston and finally Cleveland to answer the question, “What is worth protecting?” Participants wrote their answers on strips of fabric that Guth wove into and tied onto a giant, Rapunzel-like braid of synthetic red hair for the installation, “Ties of Protection and Safe Keeping,” featured at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. “I loved being at the college,” Guth said after her two days in residence in January. “One of the things that will set this portion of the braid apart is that many CIA people drew on the ribbon; others wrote in typography. They were putting out more than a statement; they’re putting out a part of themselves. Maybe what they want to protect is their c r e a t i v i t y. ” Guth’s connection to CIA — t h e only


art school on her tour — was Saul Ostrow, chair of the Institute’s Visual Arts and Technologies Environment, who served as her graduate thesis advisor at New York University. “Having an artist come to CIA on the way to one of the most prestigious exhibitions in the U.S., the Whitney Biennial, ties our students to the larger world,” said Ostrow. “Our students gain not only insight from the exposure, but also the first-hand knowledge of that artist’s work. Nothing can replace the type of experience provided by a visiting artist, and the ability to draw artists of MK's background, stature and quality is a highly prized aspect of the Visual Arts and Technologies program as well as CIA in general.” For more information on the Whitney Biennial, see 5


Sculpture graduate Mark Reigelman ’06 is definitely “making art work.” A sculptural pillow he designed has gone into limited production for sale in high-end New York boutiques and galleries, his interior design of a Manhattan boutique was recently accepted, and he was commissioned by the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and Cleveland Public Art to design planters that will be installed this summer along Euclid Avenue as part of the huge revitalization of this corridor between downtown and University Circle. Reigelman, who moved to New York City after graduation, works hard on his art and design projects and at least as hard at branding and marketing himself. “It’s incredibly essential for art students to learn good business practices,” said Reigelman, who has produced a logo, an extensive website and press releases about his accomplishments. “I think students should have to take a business and professional practices course every year.” The Business and Professional Practices course Reigelman did take has grown and evolved since he graduated two years ago. Now mandatory for graduation, the course covers an ambitious range of topics, from philosophical questions about what constitutes ethical business practice, to bread-and-butter considerations like resume writing, contracts, taxes, health insurance and nailing an interview. “This is a distinctive program at The Cleveland Institute of Art,” said President David L. Deming ’67. “The days of honing their creative talents and production skills alone are long gone for our students. In order to be successful as artists and designers, they must also develop a set of business and professional skills. That’s why we made this program rigorous and mandatory.”

“In order to be successful as artists and designers, [our students] must

Outside Support Critical Thanks to generous lead funding from brothers Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, and welcome additional support provided by National City Bank and the Sears-Swetland Foundation, CIA has been able to sustain the existing program and augment it by bringing in a broader array of outside speakers and expanding opportunities for field experiences. “For many years, the Mandel brothers have been leaders in supporting efforts to promote greater business acumen among those in the non-profit sector,” said Deming. “We are very grateful for this funding that allows us to greatly enrich student learning in business and professional practices.”

also develop a set of business and professional skills.”

Business Course Evolves



The Business and Professional Practices course was first offered at CIA in the mid-1980s and taught by Carla Blackman, an adjunct faculty member who continues to teach a marketing class to Industrial Design students. She focused on five areas: artist’s statements, resumes, cover letters, informational interviews and slide presentations. In 1992, current Dean of Faculty Matthew Hollern assumed responsibility for teaching the course and emphasized three P’s: presentation, participation and planning. “Presentation is an essential set of skills that requires speaking, writing and visual elements. We emphasize participation and the importance of all forms of engagement, service, competitions, exhibitions and awareness of current activity in art and design. Planning is the design of your future, in the big picture and the details, including personal and business budgets, finance and record keeping, investments and mortgages, and a five-year business and career plan.” Under all three categories, Hollern talked to students about resume building. “How does a person establish himself or herself as a significant figure in their field? I always stress it’s a cumulative activity; no one thing makes you wildly successful. The cumulative effect of recognition by your peers, by jurors, over the course of a career, is the best indication of a significant artist or designer,” he said. In 2003, Hollern passed the baton to Steven M. Cencula ’91 to teach the Business and Professional Practices course. A member of the Institute’s Board of Directors, Cencula has established two creative businesses, first Kaleidoscope Inc. and then his current company, FORM, which uses digital art — in the form of websites, digital games and other applications — to help companies build their brands. “I learned so much after leaving the school. There are just a lot of things about business that you were not prepared for when I went to art school,” Cencula said. As an adjunct faculty member, he made a point of inviting various business people to address his class. “It’s important to connect students with business leaders and entrepreneurs so they have lots of different perspectives.”

Current Structure Covers Multiple Angles


That tradition continues. Recent guest speakers have included Connie Dieken of onPoint Communications on public speaking;


Laura Gorshe of National City Bank on personal finance; Greg Thomas and Pat Pujolas of the Brokaw advertising agency on


working with and for agencies; Sally Winter of Ohio Arts Council on public funding for the arts; and Abigail Maier of


Cleveland’s Council of Smaller Enterprises, better known as COSE, on small-business start-up, health coverage options and


the importance of networking.


Assistant Professor and Printmaking Department Head Maggie Denk-Leigh is anxious for students to learn about COSE. “We need to show students that there is an infrastructure here in Cleveland for small business start-ups so they know they can be successful here. They need to know there is a support system here that even includes a health insurance pool,” she said. The current design of the course emphasizes three important avenues for students: studio and exhibitions, entrepreneurship






and industry. Denk-Leigh co-teaches the Business and Professional Practices course this year with Barry Underwood, assistant professor and department head, Film, Video + Photographic Arts, and Martin Reuben, president of TRG Studios, a high-end photography, video and computer graphics facility. In its current structure, the core Business and Professional Practices course is taught on Tuesdays to roughly 70 students from all majors. On Thursdays, each faculty member teaches a smaller break-out seminar related to the larger Tuesday lecture. “After operating our studio for nearly 25 years, I’ve learned about the necessity of balancing art and business,” said Reuben, who employs 22 people. “You have to be able to create great art and it has to balance against the needs of the business. Hopefully this class will give students some of the tools they need to practice their art and let it be enjoyable throughout their lives. In order to do that, they need to have financial security and financial security will come when they have good business practices.” Good business practices have certainly paid off for Reigelman, the young New York designer-artist. “Mark has been just utterly responsive to every request. He understands how to present a scope of services, how to tell a client what he’s going to deliver and what it’s going to cost,” said Greg Peckham, executive director of Cleveland Public Art. “What we wanted was something distinctly Euclid Avenue and distinctly Cleveland. Mark’s design gives us that.”

Field Experiences Augment the Course In addition to the core course and the small-group seminars, the Institute’s overall effort to promote business and professional practices also includes a professional writing course; presentations to the entire CIA community by visiting artists and designers who talk about the challenges involved in establishing successful careers; and a variety of enlightening field experiences. In March, 50 students took a chartered bus to New York City to attend the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In April, Photography Department Head Underwood took a group of students to Chicago to tour the adjacent galleries of artist and art critic Michelle Grabner and gallery owner Shane Campbell. “They opened students’ eyes to the day-to-day realities of being a successful artist by explaining the importance of studio visits, artist statements, negotiating contracts and all sorts of professional practices from the viewpoints of an artist, an art critic, and a gallery owner,” Underwood said. Numerous other field trips explore destinations closer to home. Underwood has taken students to the Intermuseum Conservation Association, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, and the Photography Department of the Cleveland Museum of Art where they learned about efforts to re-photograph, document and catalog in digital archives artwork now in storage due to the museum’s renovation and building project. “We try to cover so much in order to prepare students for their careers. We’re always looking at what’s working and what’s not working but it’s an awesome class with enormous possibilities. I’m really passionate about it,” Denk-Leigh said.

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experience art “The Mind of Cleveland,” ongoing, through May 3 – Voices and views of Clevelanders are captured in this exhibition of posters by conceptual artist Carl Pope, with Communication Design by Associate Professor Mari Hulick. On view in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries. See gallery hours below. Screen Actor Crispin Glover, April 25 & 26 – CIA’s 2008 Kacalieff Lecture Series and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque co-sponsor this filmmaker, painter and author who will deliver a dramatic presentation, introduce his feature film “What Is It?” and lead a Q&A session, Friday and again Saturday night, 7 pm, Aitken Auditorium, Gund Building.

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Spring Design Show, April 25–29 – Innovation comes out of the box for this annual exhibition showcasing the awardwinning work of students in our Industrial Design, Interior Design and Communication Design departments. A public reception is set for April 25, 5:30–8:30 pm in the McCullough Building. This work will remain on display through April 29, open to the public Saturday 10 am–6 pm, Sunday noon–5 pm, and Monday and Tuesday 9 am–noon.

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The McCullough building will be abuzz with activity and creativity on April 25 for the Spring Design Show, Visual Arts and Technologies Open Studios and Dinner by Design: The Art of the Table.

Visual Arts and Technologies Environment Open Studios, April 25 – Meet the student-artists from the departments of Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Fiber & Material Studies; view their work; soak up the creativity. Several studios in the McCullough building will open their doors for public tours and a reception, 5:30–8:30 pm.

Dinner by Design: The Art of the Table, April 25 – Enjoy a table setting like no other when students in Jewelry + Metals, Ceramics, Glass, Enameling and other majors join forces for a feast of art and design. McCullough building, 5:30–8:30 pm.

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“The Mind of Cleveland,” ongoing, through May 3 – in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries. Romanian Film Series, May 1–4, 8 & 9 — CIA’s 2008 Kacalieff Lecture Series and Cinematheque present a group of films from the country that may be the epicenter of contemporary filmmaking. Aitken Auditorium. Check for listings. BFA Exhibitions, May 6–10 — Experience the culmination of an undergraduate CIA education through over 2,000 works of art and design by graduating CIA students in the McCullough building, Tuesday through Thursday, evenings only, 6:30–9 pm; Friday’s Public Reception will be 6:30–10 pm. The work remains on view on Saturday, 10 am–6 pm. Design a Life: A Conference on Creativity and Health, May 16–17 — The Institute is partnering with Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Clinic and Euclid Hospital to present this national conference on the link between health and creativity. Featuring keynote speakers and hands-on workshops. Be creative; be healthy! Photography Exhibition, May 16–August 8 — “Other Realities”. . . will be apparent in this exhibition of the fine art photography of highly acclaimed artists Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor. An opening reception for “Other Realities” is scheduled for Friday, May 16, 7–9 pm, Reinberger Galleries. Extended Studies Registration Deadline, May 30 — Registrations for the adult summer courses, pre-college programs, and National Summer Workshops must be received by May 30. Don’t worry, deadlines for children’s Young Artists programs are in June and July (see below). Call 216-421-7461.

The Gund Building is at 11141 East Boulevard. The Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts is at 11610 Euclid Avenue. Both buildings will be closed May 26 and July 4. The Reinberger Galleries are in the Gund Building and are open: 10 am–6 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays / noon–6 pm Sundays / closed Mondays To confirm times and locations, call 216-421-7000.

Young Artists Registration Deadline, June 12 – For the first session of children’s summer programs. Call 216-421-7461. Young Artists Registration Deadline, July 17 – For the second session of children’s summer programs. Call 216-421-7461.


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The Cleveland Institute of Art Alumni and Faculty Directory — Order Deadline Approaching Quickly! We are thrilled with the positive response we have received to the publication of a directory for The Cleveland Institute of Art. This comprehensive book will include contact information for all alumni, and current and former faculty. The publication includes an alphabetical listing, geographical listing, complete class lists by year, and also contains career information. We are now in the final stages of production! Our partner in this project, Harris Direct, will be taking orders for the directory through April 30. For more information and to order a directory, please call 1-800-487-4126. Shipping date for the books is scheduled for June. 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

Artists take risks. .. But they need a little security. Cleveland Institute of Art students are encouraged to take risks, innovate and challenge the boundaries of their imaginations and their media. But they need the security of knowing that financial aid resources are available to help them meet expenses. Your planned gift could help the next generation of artists and designers experiment, break boundaries and create. Please contact Margaret Gudbranson, director of major gifts and planned giving, at 216-421-8016 or to learn how you can provide students with a little certainty in an uncertain world.

notes Submissions received after February 25, 2008 will be printed in the next issue.

ALUMNI Frank Wilcox* ’10 – see Tuck-Macalla (faculty). Joseph Bulone ’42 – was awarded Best of Show and the Purchase Award at the Annual State of the Arts 2006 Exhibition in Saginaw Township, MI, for his work “Morning Interlude.” Mary Ann Scherr ’44 – her jewelry was on view in the invitational exhibition “The Daphne Farago Collection” at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, throughout the fall and early winter. She also exhibited her work in the Master Jewelry Artist Exhibition in Cambridge, MA; the Lineage and Legacy exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA; The Mint Museum’s Founders Circle Gala Exhibition in Charlotte, NC; and in the North Carolina Governors Touring Exhibition. Jane Doud ’46 – helped to found Friends of Art, an auxiliary group of the Milwaukee Art Museum, in Milwaukee, WI, which recently celebrated 50 years in existence. She was honored by the group in November. Jane is 83 and continues painting. Marjorie Weed ’48 – retired from teaching in the public school system in Massachusetts after 50 years.

Lynn Hershman Leeson ’62 – her film “Strange Culture” was selected to open both the 2007 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and the documentary section of the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival. “Strange Culture” was also shown on the Sundance Channel in December. Grant Williams ’62 – will have an exhibition at the Ashtabula Fine Arts Center in Ashtabula, OH, in July 2008 to celebrate 50 years of painting, prints and pottery. Jerry Hirshberg ’63 – retired as President of Nissan Design International. He is now focusing on his painting career. He is represented by the Danese Gallery in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, and he will exhibit his new work at a solo exhibition in 2009, his first show in over eight years. Janet Taylor ’63 – will teach a textile class at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, in August. Rebecca Kaler Langley ’64 – had work on view in a solo exhibition at The Little Gallery at the Bowling Green State University Firelands branch in Huron, OH, in January. Deborah Teas Lass ’64 – continues to draw and paint watercolors, as well as teach beginning to intermediate watercolor classes for children and adults. Nathaniel Melamed ’64 – completed a graphic design project for Progressive Security and Technologies Inc., and designed the interiors of the Rockefeller Point office building’s public spaces, main lobby, and hallways. Both are located in Cleveland.

John Balazs ’50 – was interviewed by WVIZ Cleveland about his raised-garden centerpiece “The Waterworks.” His centerpiece was also video-showcased on the PBS TV program “APPLAUSE.” “The Waterworks” is a 14-foot high sculpture animated by the gravitational descent of water.

Bette Drake ’65 – had work included in “Six Degrees of Separation: A Convergence of Voices in Clay,” an exhibition at the Sandusky Cultural Center in Sandusky, OH, in January and February. Elaine Battles ’67, Diane Bjel ’73, Kristen Cliffel ’90, Kevin Snipes ’94, Andrea LeBlond ’95 and Yumiko Goto ’04 also had work on view.

Robert Gall ’50 – returned to Ohio this fall after spending the past 35 years in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he worked at the Museum of Discovery and has work included in its permanent collection.

Charlotte Lees ’65 – was one of two artists featured in an exhibition of sculpture and paintings at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron in January and February.

Harold Zisla ’50 – had a scholarship established in his name at Indiana University South Bend, where he was a professor of fine arts for over 20 years. Robert Tubbesing ’51 – exhibited his drawings and paintings that depict small-town life at the Wobblefoot Gallery in Lakewood in February. David Borders ’52 – exhibited his work in “The Art of David Borders: A Forty Year Survey of Painting, Collage and Assemblage,” a solo show at the Chandler Cultural Foundation in Chandler, AZ, in February. Carol Lachiusa Disanto ’52 – was awarded Honorable Mention at the San Diego International Airport International Exhibition in San Diego, CA. Her work was also included in the following exhibitions: Wyoming Watercolor Society National Exhibition; Michigan Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition; BBAC Faculty Show at the Flint Museum in Flint, MI; and Cape Cod (MA) National Watercolor Exhibition. Michael Derrick ’54 – is retired and currently teaches commercial art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland on a parttime basis and offers landscape classes at several private art clubs. Herb Friedson ’58 – wrote an article about his long association with former CIA faculty member Kenneth Bates*, his former instructor and friend, for the December 2007 issue of Glass on Metal, an enamelist magazine. His work “Symbiotic Species” was included in the Annual Materials Hard & Soft Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts in Denton, TX, which ran through February and March. Joy Praznik Sweeney ’58 – had work on view this past December in “Festive Art: An Exhibition of Fine Art and Craft” at River Gallery in Rocky River, OH. Diana Bjel ’73, Alan Mintz ’80, Susan Squires ’83, Mark Sudduth ’83, Earl James ’89, Jen Prox ’03, Alison Stojkov ’03, Stephanie Craig ’06 and Chris Zielski ’06 also had work in the exhibition. Sarah Clague ’59 – exhibited her work in the Loganberry Books “Altered Books” show at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland this past fall. Her work was also included in the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve “Holiday Show” in December. Alan Marshall ’61 – retired from Marshall Marketing & Graphic Design, LLC, after 40 years. He is spending his free time painting and getting ready for a gallery opening in April. He has over 50 paintings and 30 drawings never before exhibited.

Ron Testa ’65 – had work on view in “Opposites Attract,” an exhibition at The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake, in Nassau Bay, TX, in February and March. Michael Ault ’67 – has retired from his career of design consulting, and is a few years away from retiring from his position at Wentworth Institute in Boston, MA, where he is an adjunct professor of Industrial Design. He and his wife enjoy spending their free time traveling throughout Europe. Elaine Battles ’67 – see Drake ’65. Stephen White ’68 – exhibited his work in “Stephen White: The Classics,” a solo show at the Little Art Gallery in Raleigh, NC, in December. Claudia Brown ’70 – had work included in the Charles Herndon Gallery “Holiday Show” in Cleveland this past November and December.

Maxeen Stone Flower ’76 – exhibited her photographs inspired by still life paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries in “Accent on the Senses,” a show at the Pennello Gallery in the Cleveland neighborhood of Little Italy in March. April Gornik ’76 – joined comedian and actor Steve Martin in April to discuss art at a benefit dinner for the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. Michael Lawrence ’76 – is the newly appointed Chief of Design at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. He provides design oversight for all temporary and permanent exhibitions as well as all architectural modifications to the century-old building. Denise Brunkus ’77 – illustrated “Read All About It!,” a children’s book written by First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna Bush. The book is about a young boy who doesn’t like to read and is based loosely on their experiences as teachers. The book goes on sale at the end of April. The net proceeds will be donated to Teach for America and The New Teacher Project. Denise is also the illustrator for Junie B. Jones books, the popular series about a sassy grade-schooler. Thomas Lyon Mills ’78 – exhibited his work last year in a solo show, “10 _ Maps,” at the Luise Ross Gallery in New York, NY. His work was also included in a group exhibition at the Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI, and in “Drawing Matters” at Chazen Gallery, also in Providence. He was one of the lecturers in “Studio Space,” a symposium at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, in Cambridge, MA, in March 2007, and was invited back to lecture in July. He was a guest lecturer at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY, and will be returning to draw, paint, and investigate in several closed, ancient archeological sites in Rome, Italy, for the 2008–09 academic year.

Alan Mintz ’80 – see Sweeney ’58. Linda Arbuckle ’81 – was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Switzerland. She juried Lark Book’s “500 Plates, Platters & Chargers” exhibition, which be on view in July 2008, and she will also be a jurist for the 2008 Functional Pottery National. Also see Daw ’80. Eddie Dominguez ’81 – see Daw ’80.

Charles Herndon ’71 – see Brown ’70.

Mark Sudduth ’83 – was one of the artists whose work was on view in December at the “Holiday Invitational Artist Sale” at the Arts Collinwood Gallery in Cleveland. Michael Mikula ’87, Linda Zolten Wood ’87, Michael Romanik ’89, Pat Haggerty ’92, Amy Casey ’99, Josh Cole ’05, Adam LaPorta ‘06, Jon Cotterman ’07 and faculty member Brent Young also had work for sale. Also see Sweeney ’58.

John Nottingham ’72 – his company with John Spirk ‘72, Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, was featured in The Plain Dealer’s ten-part series “Uniquely Ours,” which ran in December and focused on entrepreneurial companies that fill unique consumer niches and are located in Greater Cleveland. Diana Bjel ’73 – see Sweeney ’58 and Drake ’65. Robert Cwiok ’73 – works at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and his recent exhibition installations include DADA, Jasper Johns, and Edward Hopper. His solo exhibition “Inhale Exhale,” at the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, featured his current series of works on paper and paintings on canvas. Deborah Butler ’74 – was the featured artist for November at the Rusty Nail Steakhouse and Banquet Hall in Kent.

Toni Hutton Starinsky ’85 – is the Chair of the Art Department at the Cleveland School of the Arts, where she has worked since 1987. She was awarded the Young Audiences Secondary Art Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. She will be taking her senior students to Kenya in June 2008 to mentor photography and poetry students in Nairobi. Toni also has two children with Michael Starinksy ’90, Alyssa, 20, and Alexander, 17. Susan Collett ’86 – was one of 10 Canadian artists invited to Fupig, China, to create a new sculpture for the 2007 inaugural opening of the Canadian Museum, which is situated within a complex of International Ceramic Museums at Fupig. Also see Daw ’80. Lois Schroeder-Girbino ’86 – is in her sixth year of teaching art for the Aurora City Schools in Aurora, OH. In addition to being the K-12 Art Department Chair for Aurora, she also teaches graduate art classes for Lake Erie College. Her clay piece, now part of the Lake Farm Parks permanent collection, won first place for sculpture at their summer show. Mark Howard ’86 – collaborated with Cleveland Public Art and the Regional Transit Authority to design stainless steel waste receptacles, cast-iron square tree grates and large metal utility covers to be displayed along the Euclid Corridor in Cleveland.

Deirdre Daw ’80 – was one of the artists whose work was featured in “The Cleveland Institute of Art Ceramics Exhibition 1976–2008,” a show at the Borelli-Edwards Galleries in Pittsburgh, PA, in March. The exhibition showcased the group of working artists whose start in the ceramic field was nurtured at the Institute through the support of current faculty members Bill Brouillard and Judith Salomon. Linda Arbuckle ’81, Eddie Dominguez ’81, Julie Tesser ’81, George Bowes ’84, Lisa Clague ’85, Susan Collett ’86, Neil Patterson ’86, Leslie Dedrick Kuebler ’87, Kristen Cliffel ’90, Kelly Palmer ’90, Terry Gess ’91, Nicole Pangas ’93, Bob Bruch ’94, Kevin Snipes ’94, Sandra Williams ’94, Pete Scherzer ’95, Heather O’Brien ’96, Megan Van Wagoner ’97, Le Anne Ash ’02, Nicci Winrock ’02, Neal Barman ’03, Samantha Stumpf ’03, Alicia Basinger ’04, Yumiko Goto ’04, Kelly Simpson ’05, Zena Verda Pesta ’08 and Brian Sarama ’08 also had work included in the show. The exhibition traveled to Cleveland in April is on view through May 18 at the Convivium 33 Gallery.

Ruth Kyman ’70 – is retired from teaching art and enjoys working in sogetsu flower arranging and preparing arrangements for the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach, FL. Diane Papay ’71 – exhibited her work at Zookeepers Gallery & Gifts in Olmsted Falls, OH, in November.

Stanka Kardic ’85 – illustrated a 2008 calendar with oil portraits of children. The calendars are for sale at various Joseph-Beth Booksellers throughout Cleveland.


Julie Tesser ’81 – see Daw ’80. Susan Squires ’83 – see Sweeney ’58.

George Bowes ’84 – see Daw ’80. Paul Dacey ’84 – had work on view at Soho Studios in Miami, FL, during the PULSE Miami Contemporary Art Fair in December. Stephen MacEwen ’84 – participated in this year’s Walt Disney Master’s Art and Chalk Festival in Orlando, FL, where he won Judges Choice for his sidewalk chalk drawing of an octopus breaking through the cement. Carolyn Dougherty Alaburda ’85 – is working as a Product Development Manager for Faber-Castell/Creativity for Kids in Valley View, OH.

Neil Patterson ’86 – see Daw ’80. Judith Brandon ’87 – exhibited her work in “Black and Blue,” a solo show at the 1point618 gallery in Cleveland, in February and March. Leslie Dedrick Kuebler ’87 – see Daw ’80. Michael Mikula ’87 – see Sudduth ’83. Harriet Ballard Moore ’87 – was one of the artists featured in “Monothon,” an exhibition of monoprints showcased during the annual Zygote Press, Inc., holiday sale in Cleveland in December. Susan Danko ’98, Chris Zahner ’00 and Jen Omaitz ’02 also had work included in the exhibition. Also see Kabot (faculty). Ann Rea ’87 – was interviewed live on "View from the Bay" in San Francisco, CA, in January to talk about what inspired her career of combining art and wine. She also introduced her latest collection of vineyard oil paintings, fine art prints, and gift cards at the San Francisco International Gift Fair in January. Linda Zolten Wood ’87 – see Sudduth ’83.

Lisa Clague ’85 – see Daw ’80.


Fred Gutzeit ’62 – was one of two artists featured in “In Context: The Language of Abstraction Continues,” an exhibition on view February and March at the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center in New York, NY.

Winifred Lutz ’65 – exhibited her work in a solo show at the Zabriskie Gallery in New York, NY, in spring 2007. She also completed two of three installations commissioned by the American Philosophical Society of Philadelphia to accompany its historical exhibit, “Undaunted,” in August of last year. In addition, she was the artist-in-residence at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, in July 2007.

Tim Shuckerow ’75 – began his 21st year as the Director of Art Education and Art Studio at Case Western Reserve University.

*deceased NOTES


Derek Hess ’88 – had a solo exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, in February; a one-night show in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland in December; and was also a guest on the January 15 episode of the television show “L.A. ink” on the TLC Channel. Earl James ’89 – see Sweeney ’58. Michael Romanik ’89 – see Sudduth ’83. Alex Rivera ‘89 – along with Jose Casiano ‘96 and Susan Danko ’98 had work featured in “Christmas Show,” an exhibition at the Bruno Casiano Gallery this winter in Cleveland. Kristen Cliffel ’90 – exhibited her sculptures in a solo show, “The Sweet Life,” at the William Busta Gallery in Cleveland during February and March. Also see Drake ’65 and Daw ’80. Dexter Davis ’90 – had work on view in the “Fifth Annual Collector’s Choice” exhibition at Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Heights in March. Jen Prox ’03, Josh Cole ’05 and Jon Cotterman ’07 were also included in the exhibition. Judith McMillan ’90 – exhibited her work of x-ray and nest photography at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, NY, October through November. Kelly Palmer ’90 – see Daw ’80. Michael Starinsky ’90 – is the Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Lifelong Learning Center, an immersive environment that will be installed in the former special exhibit gallery as part of the CMA’s $258 million renovation. He also oversees the Education Art Collection’s 18,000 objects and incorporates them into hands-on education department programs throughout Northeast Ohio. Also see Starinsky ’85. Terry Gess ’91 – see Daw ’80. Pat Haggerty ’92 – see Sudduth ’83. Nicole Pangas Henry ’93 – had work on view in a solo exhibition at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester, MI, in February. Also see Daw ’80. Jeff Puppos ’93 – works at General Motors and debuted his design of the Hummer HX, a twodoor off-the-road concept car, at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, in January. Wendy Collin Sorin ’93 – curated “Connections II: Ohio Artists Abroad,” an exhibition on view at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, February through March. Faculty members Jennifer Craun and Bruce Checefsky had work included in the exhibition. Bob Bruch ’94 – see Daw ’80. Kevin Snipes ’94 – see Drake ’65 and Daw ‘80. Sandra Williams ’94 – see Daw ’80. Andrea LeBlond ’95 – see Drake ’65. Pete Scherzer ’94 – see Daw ’80. Bruce Biro ’96 – was one of the artists featured in “The Artists of Tower Press,” an exhibition at The Wooltex Gallery in Cleveland in February. Jose Casiano ’96 – see Rivera ’89. Heather O’Brien ’96 – see Daw ’80. Joan Staufer ’97 – exhibited her mixed media works in “Point of Departure,” a solo exhibition at The Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster, OH, in February. Megan Van Wagoner ’97 – see Daw ’80. Susan Danko ’98 – see Moore ’87, Rivera ’89 and Kabot (faculty). Christa Donner ’98 – exhibited the work created during her summer residency at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland during “Phenomena (I),” an exhibition at the gallery on view January through February. She also participated in “Outlaw Printmakers,” an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Missouri in late February.

Jeremy Gall ’98 – currently serves as the head minister of Jeremy Gall Ministries in Ashtabula, OH. Kurt Karussi ’98 – is the Global Design Manager at Proctor & Gamble and recently moved to Singapore to create and lead the company’s design group there. Jennifer Paul ’99 – was featured in a solo exhibition at the Tribeca Beauty Spa in New York, NY, in February. Chris Zahner ’00 – was one of the artists whose work was on view in “Camp Out,” a group exhibition at Zygote Press, Inc., in Cleveland. Brooke Inman ’06 and Janet Bruhn ’07 also had work included in the exhibition. Also see Moore ’87 and Kabot (faculty). Jennifer Huff ’01 – is employed as a marketing associate for Turner Construction Co. in San Francisco, CA, and recently got engaged. Laurie Hutson ’01 – is a studio artist who creates one-of-a-kind functional objects and jewelry, primarily flatware and table top objects. She has done craft shows across the country and has also taken on commissions for clients, including Tiger Woods. She visited the Institute in January and gave a presentation to the students in the Material Culture Environment. Scott Krugger ’01 – is a senior designer for Chrysler’s Advanced Exterior Studio. He debuted his redesign of the 2009 Dodge Ram at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI, in January. Le Anne Ash ’02 – see Daw ’80. Daniel Hanawalt ’02 – is employed as a graphic designer at Printworks and Co., in Telford, PA, and recently got engaged. Keary Knerem ’02 – recently got engaged. He is employed by Little Tykes in Hudson, OH. Jen Omaitz ’02 – see Moore ’87. Nicci Winrock ’02 – see Daw ’80. Eric Zimmerman ’02 – was one of the artists included in “New Art In Austin: 20 to Watch,” an exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, TX. The exhibit runs until May 11, 2008, before traveling to Houston, San Antonio, and Abilene. His work was also on view in “Atlas,” a solo exhibition at the Art Palace Gallery in Austin, in March. Neal Barman ’03 – see Daw ’80. Ben Grasso ’03 – participated in an ice carving competition at Crocker Park in Westlake, OH, at the end of January. Matthew Hamby ’03 – had work included in “I Love You Love Me: A National Juried Exhibition About Relationships,” which was on view at the Northern Kentucky University Fine Arts Center in Highland Heights, KY, throughout February. Sreshta Premnath ’03 – exhibited his work in “Black Box,” a solo show at GallerySKE in Bangalore, India in January and February. Jen Prox ’03 – see Sweeney ’58 and Davis ’90. Alison Stojkov ’03 – see Sweeney ’58. Samantha Stumpf ’03 – see Daw ’80. Alicia Basinger ’04 – see Daw ’80. Yumiko Goto ’04 – see Drake ’65 and Daw ’80. Lauren Gutierrez ’04 – works at art4business Inc., a corporate art consulting firm, where she manages Novartis Pharmaceutical’s North American corporate art collection, consisting of over 5,000 works. She travels throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada supervising all acquisitions, commissions, installations and conservations.

Tony Solary ’04 – is the co-owner of Flipline Studios in Cleveland, and recently got engaged. Josh Cole ’05 – was one of the artists whose work was on view in “Urban Glass 2008 MFA Exhibition: Innovative New Works From MFA Graduates,” an exhibition at The Robert Lehman Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, February through March. Also see Sudduth ’83 and Davis ’90. Courtenay Finn ’05 – co-curated an exhibition in Eindhoven, Netherlands, last fall, and also co-curated “Self-Storage,” an exhibition at Curatorial Industries in San Francisco, CA, in April. She will receive a master’s degree in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts in May, and is the coeditor of “Golden Guns Investigation Publication,” a biannual arts magazine based in San Francisco. Ben Kinsley ’05 – exhibited his work in two different shows in Pennsylvania this winter: “For You, For Me, From Me” at Flux Space in Philadelphia, and “Illustrations of Catastrophe and Remote Times: The 10th Installation in the Gestures Exhibition Series” at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh. Jessica Langley ’05 – has work on view this month in the “2008 Mid-Atlantic Competition” at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She was one of the artists in the group show “Watershed” at the Nathan Larramendy Gallery in Ojai, CA, in February. Brooke Inman ’06 and Valerie Molnar ’06 also had work in “Watershed.” In addition, Jessica was awarded the prestigious Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Scholarship, an exchange scholarship between Iceland and the University of Virginia for study and research. Erika Neola ’05 – recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, and is employed as a Laboratory Assistant for Box Services, LLC, a multimedia company in Manhattan that serves the fashion, advertising, and fine art industries. She was the featured photographer in February for the online stock photography agency, The PhotoShelter Collection. Kelly Simpson ’05 – see Daw ’80. Stephanie Craig ’06 – see Sweeney ’58.

Slate Grove ’06 – had work on view in “EMerge,” an exhibition at Prism Contemporary Glass in Chicago, IL, February through March. His work was also included in “A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities,” an exhibition at the Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA. Slate recently accepted the Glass Studio Coordinator position at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC. Brooke Inman ’06 – exhibited her work at ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA in January and February. Her work was also included in “The Word Made Fresh: An examination of text in contemporary art,” an exhibition at the Transmission Gallery in Richmond, VA, in January. Also see Zahner ’00 and Langley ’05. Adam LaPorta ’06 – see Sudduth ’83. Valerie Molnar ’06 – had work on view in “You Catch More Flies with Honey,” a group exhibition at Carroll Square Gallery in Washington D.C., which ran from December through February. Also see Langley ‘05. Alison O’Daniel ’06 – was in a six-person show called “The Golden Fluffer” at Transition Gallery in London, England, in December. Salvatore Schiciano ’06 – was one of the artists featured in “Epilogue: An Exhibition,” which was on view at the Detroit Industrial Project in Detroit, MI, in March. Denise Stewart ’06 – is currently a resident artist at Zygote Press, Inc., in Cleveland. Chris Zielski ’06 – see Sweeney ’58. Janet Bruhn ’07 – see Zahner ’00. Jon Cotterman ’07 – was one of the artists whose work was on sale at the 2007 ArtCraft Holiday Open Studio & Sale at the ArtCraft Building in Cleveland in December. Also see Sudduth ’83 and Davis ’90. Bobbie Fox ’07 – is currently employed at Colorbok in Ann Arbor, MI, designing scrapbook material for Target and Walmart. Anthony Scalmato ’07 – was nominated for a College Television Award, which is a Student Emmy presented by the Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences, for his BFA Thesis film “When the World Goes Dark.” He attended the awards ceremony in Los Angeles in March. Beth Whalley ’07 – recently started working at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as a Development Assistant.




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FACULTY & STAFF Amanda Almon (Department Head and Assistant Professor, Biomedical Art) – has been honored by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Northeast Ohio’s emerging leaders. Almon was named one of Crain’s “20 in their 20s,” and is profiled with the other 19 honorees in the April 28, 2008 issue of the publication. She was also awarded a John and Maxeen Flower Grant for Faculty Development in New Technologies to study Autodesk Advanced 3D Modeling. Kristen Baumlier (Department Head and Assistant Professor, T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts) – was awarded a John and Maxeen Flower Grant for Faculty Development in New Technologies to participate in online training. Charlie Bergengren (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts) – has an article about a house/tavern in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania appearing in the winter issue of Pennsylvania History and a chapter on farmhouses in a book on Pennsylvania German architecture to be published by the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Eoin Breadon (Adjunct Faculty, Glass) – was included in the exhibition, “Some Assembly Required,” at Capital University’s Schumacher Gallery in Columbus last November and December and an exhibition of blown and sculpted glass titled “Exposure” at Prism Contemporary Glass in Chicago, during February and March. Also see Grove ’06. Bill Brouillard (Professor, Ceramics) – see Daw ’80. Kathy Buszkiewicz (Department Head and Professor, Jewelry + Metals) – had work included in the traveling exhibition, “Nature/Culture: Artists Respond to Their Environment,” at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus during February and March. The show’s 45 works were created by contemporary artists who identify either with an urban society or the natural environment. Buszkiewicz was awarded a John and Maxeen Flower Grant for Faculty Development in New Technologies to purchase software and digital training. Bruce Checefsky (Director, Reinberger Galleries) – had his movie, “IN NI” included in “Connections II: Ohio Artists Abroad” at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus from January through early April. The show featured artwork by 14 artists who participated in the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Creativity international residencies program and was curated by Wendy Collin Sorin ’93. Also participating was Jennifer Craun (adjunct faculty). Deborah Carlson (Co-Department Head and Associate Professor, Fiber + Material Studies) – was awarded a John and Maxeen Flower Grant for Faculty Development in New Technologies to go to New York to study computer aided design and Pointecarré textile software. Amy Casey ’99 (Reinberger Galleries) – is the featured artist in the April issue of MUSE, the quarterly creative writing journal of The Lit, formerly the Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland. Also see Sudduth ’83. Tina Cassara (Co-Department Head and Professor, Fiber + Material Studies) – has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2008–2009 academic year to research textile mills and the life of a textile mill worker, as well as participate in a residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences in Georgia. Lane Cooper (Associate Professor, Liberal Arts) – was named coordinator of the Visiting Artists program, which typically brings 40 to 50 nationally known artists per year to speak to students, faculty and members of the public. Jennifer Craun (Adjunct Faculty, Printmaking) – see Checefsky (faculty). Also see Sorin ’93. Maggie Denk-Leigh (Department Head and Assistant Professor, Printmaking) – was one of 15 young American printmakers chosen to participate in a traveling exhibition including artists from the US and Egypt titled “Meeting the Other: Egyptian and American Prints,” which opened at the University of NebraskaLincoln in February. The show travels to the

University of Notre Dame, The University of Akron and Whittier College in Louisiana before it goes to the Alexandria Bibliotheca Art Gallery in Alexandria, Egypt. John Garton (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) – has authored the book Grace and Grandeur: The Portraiture of Paolo Veronese (London & Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2008), analyzing the work of this Venetian Renaissance artist and providing a full catalogue of his portraits. Gretchen Goss (Chair, Material Culture Environment; Department Head and Professor, Enameling) – will teach a five-day summer class, Captured in Glass: Photographic Transfer on Enamel, at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer. Vince Haley (Adjunct Faculty, Industrial Design) – recently launched a new line of residential and contract seating. His Classic Cage Barstool collection is an exploration of the use of natural materials to create contemporary structures that juxtapose warmth and coolness; softness and rigidity. Vince has formed DI Homefurnishings as a venue for distribution of these and other commissioned furnishings. Sarah Kabot (Assistant Professor, Foundation, Drawing) – participated in a weekend-long printing party at Zygote Press this winter. The event, which included several non-print artists, raised funds for Zygote’s programming. Also participating were Troy Richards (faculty), Harriet Ballard Moore ’87, Susan Danko ’98, Jen Omaitz ’02 and Chris Zahner ’00. Julie Langsam (Motto Chair; Head, Painting Department) – has a painting, “Gwathmey Siegel Landscape (Haupt House),” featured in Artworks: The Progressive Collection, a book about the collection established and curated for The Progressive Corporation by CIA Board member Toby Devan Lewis. Of more than 6,000 works in the collection, just under 300 are showcased in the book. Langsam’s painting was acquired by Progressive in 2002. Saul Ostrow (Chair, Visual Arts and Technologies Environment) – and Chuck Tucker ( Chair, Integrated Media Environment) will collaborate on the project, “The Banff Dialogues,” as part of the five-week Thematic Residency: Making Artistic Inquiry Visible, at The Banff Centre in Alberta during May and June. Their project will consider the various aspects of artistic research including practice-led research, mapping, installations and expository texts premised on a series of dialogues initiated by professors Ostrow (a critic and theorist) and Tucker (an installation artist). Chris Ramsay (Adjunct Faculty, Communication Design) – in collaboration with Veer Incorporated, organized a project for his Advanced Studio class in which students chose a location in Cleveland and a typeface from Veer and rendered an image using that typeface. The resulting exhibition, “Type City Cleveland,” was displayed in the Gund Building during February and March. Troy Richards (Department Head and Assistant Professor, Drawing) – see Kabot (faculty). Judith Salomon (Department Head and Professor, Ceramics) – was awarded a John and Maxeen Flower Grant for Faculty Development in New Technologies to avail of the Student Technology Assistance Program. Also see Daw ’80. Gary Sampson (Associate Dean, Graduate Studies; Professor, Liberal Arts) – has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2009 spring semester to research nineteenth century p hotographs and their shifting role in the political turbulence of the period, as well as a new project which will focus on specific cities whose identities are being transformed by digital media. Viktor Schreckengost* ’29 (Professor Emeritus) – had work on view in the solo exhibition “All Creatures Great and Small” at the Historic Kirtland Visitor’s Center in Kirtland, OH, in January.

CIA Community Mourns Three Professors Emeriti: Schreckengost ’29, Cassill and Szilagyi ’42 In January, The Cleveland Institute of Art lost three distinguished long-time faculty members, all of whom had been granted professor emeritus status. Viktor Schreckengost ’29, the world famous artist and industrial designer who established the nation’s first Industrial Design Department at CIA and mentored generations of designers in more than 70 years of teaching, was 101. Schreckengost was praised in national media including The New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and in several thoughtful pieces published in The Plain Dealer, which referred to him as a “modern-day Renaissance man.” Links to many of these stories are available on the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation website at His numerous honors included a National Medal for the Arts, awarded to him by President George W. Bush in 2006. Schreckengost’s survivors include his wife, the former Virgene Nowacek, three stepsons and eight step-grandchildren. His first wife, the former Nadine Averill, died in 1975. H. Carroll Cassill, who established Printmaking as a separate major at CIA, was 79. For many years, printmaking had been primarily a support area for the Illustration and Graphic Design Departments, whose students could elect to work in woodcutting, linoleum-cut and intaglio techniques. Upon Cassill’s arrival in 1957, he physically rebuilt and thoroughly redefined the program. He retired in 1991. The William Busta Gallery, 2731 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, will feature a memorial exhibition of Cassill’s work May 2 – June 7. Cassill’s survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jean Kubota Cassill; a daughter, a son, and four grandchildren. John G. Szilagyi ’42, who taught Graphic Design at CIA for nearly 40 years, was 88. When Szilagyi joined the faculty in 1961, graphic design students were drawing each project by hand and the curriculum included a heavy emphasis on rendering, according to a Link magazine article published when he retired in 1998. Szilagyi embraced the transition to computers and, in fact, said one of his fondest memories was of the day the computers arrived in the Graphic Design Department. After retirement he focused on watercolor painting. “Each of these distinguished former faculty have contributed significantly to the careers of so many of our graduates. They each brought to the classroom special insight and passion about their work as professionals and as teachers. Vik, Carroll and John will be remembered well,” said CIA President David L. Deming ’67. The families of all three faculty members have suggested memorial gifts be made to the Institute’s scholarship program.

Petra Soesemann ’77 (Environment Chair and Professor, Foundation) – has been awarded a sabbatical for the spring and fall 2009 semesters, to participate in a year-long residency at the Roswell Artists in Residence Program in New Mexico. Julian Stanczak '54 (Professor Emeritus) – along with Barbara Stanczak (Professor, Foundation) will be featured in a major retrospective exhibition at the Cleveland Artists Foundation in The Beck Center for the Arts, Lakewood, OH, on view through July 26. The Foundation will honor the Stanczaks at its annual benefit May 17. Call 216-227-9507 or go to Heather Tuck-Macalla (Patron Services Library Assistant) – will give a presentation on Frank Wilcox* ’10 at the Cowan Pottery Museum's 18th Annual Symposium on May 10 at Rocky River Public Library. Chuck Tucker (Chair, Integrated Media Environment) – see Ostrow (faculty). Barry Underwood (Department Head and Assistant Professor, Film, Video and Photographic Arts) – exhibited work in “The Altered Landscape,” a two-person exhibition at Summit Gallery in Banff, Alberta, as part of the 2008 Exposure Calgary/Banff Photography Festival during February and March. He was represented by Skew Gallery at the 17th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition in Santa Monica in January. Brent Kee Young (Department Head and Professor, Glass) – had a piece from his Fossil Series, “Strata....,” acquired by the Racine (WI) Art Museum. He had work exhibited this winter at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa; Palm Beach3, a contemporary art fair where he was represented by Jane Sauer Gallery; Lehigh University’s Zollener Arts Center; and in a solo retrospective show at Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights. The spring 2008 issue of Glass: The Urban Glass Art Quarterly, features Young’s work on the cover and an article about his Matrix Series. Also see Sudduth ’83.

IN MEMORIAM – ALUMNI Nelle (Vixseboxse) Heiligenthal ’35 – passed away February 8, 2008, at age 95. Nelle was born and raised in Cleveland. She worked for her father for several years at Vixseboxse Art Gallery on Cedar Road in Cleveland, which he founded in 1922. The gallery remains a family business. Nelle is survived by her daughter Lynn. Saburo Yoshizawa ’49 – died at age 81 in February 2008. He was a retired senior artist for American Greetings and long-time resident of Cleveland Heights. He is survived by his step-daughter and step-grandson. Ellen Walters ’50 – passed away in December 2007 at age 79. After graduating from The Cleveland Institute of Art, Ellen worked at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History as the curator of exhibits. She also created realistic dinosaur models, including a life-sized winged reptile commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Ellen retired after 45 years, and spent her free time enjoying nature at her home in Windsor Township in Ashtabula County, OH. Leonard Korecky ’51 – died at age 84 in North Olmsted, OH, on February 3, 2008. He was born in Cleveland in 1923. After serving in the United States Army, Leonard went on to have a successful career as a textile designer. He is survived by his brother, sister-in-law and nephew. Lillian Kaitsa ’73 – died at age 61 in Sandusky, OH, in December 2007. She was born in Germany before moving to the United States and receiving her BFA in Industrial Design at the Institute. She is survived by her brother, two nieces, nephew, great-niece and cousin.









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