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Sara McClelland ’06 – is currently employed as a director at Montessori Children’s School in Westlake, OH, teaching art and design. Mark Reigelman ’06 – created the installation “White Cloud” for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Summer Solstice Party on June 19 that featured 100 weather balloons. Salvatore Schiciano ’06 – had work on view in a group exhibition at the Coleman Burke Gallery in New York City in July and August. Denise Stewart ’06 – is a resident artist at Zygote Press in Cleveland and teaches Continuing Education classes at CIA. Janet Bruhn ’07 – received her MFA in painting from the Virginia Commonwealth University in May, where she was awarded the 2010 Joan Mitchell Award in Sculpture and Painting. Jon Cotterman ’07 – recently debuted his new series, Balloon Vessels. ( Also see Messenger ’79 and Goss ’06. Alex Kelly ’07 – in July he and Beth Whalley ’07 opened Proximity, a Cleveland art gallery. Beth Whalley ’07 – see Kelly ’07. Laura Bock ’08 – see Hughart ’10. Zena Verda Pesta ’08 – her sculpture piece “In the Middle, Smack Dab in the Middle,” was included in an outdoor exhibition in Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY. Michael Abarca ’09 – together with Karl Anderson ’09 and Nicholas Gulan ’09 opened the Forum Art Space gallery in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District in April. ( Karl Anderson ’09 – see Abarca ’09. Jerry Birchfield ’09 – his work was included in the 84th Annual International Competition: Photography, a group exhibition at The Print Center in Philadelphia May through July. Jessica Jurca Birchfield ’09 – was recently hired as a designer at Balance Product Development in Chagrin Falls, OH. Nicholas Gulan ’09 – see Abarca ‘09.

Nama Khalil ’09 – curated Another Way of Looking: Influences from Islam, a group exhibition at Cleveland State University’s Gallery C in late May and June. She began a master’s program this year in Modern Middle East Studies at University of Michigan. Daphne Knox ’09 – illustrated Our House Is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting the Earth Matters, a children’s book that was published in April. She is currently a graduate student in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Anna Robertson ’09 – recently moved to Kansas City (KS) and is employed at the Adcuda marketing firm designing websites for clients. Lauren Yeager ’09 – see Kinsley ‘05. Matthew Barton ’10 – see Wiser ’10. Cory Hughart ’10 – is lead interactive designer at Lachina Publishing Services in Beachwood, OH, working on a large interactive learning prototype for an online geology instructional tool. This prototype will be presented to a major scientific publishing company this fall. He is working with three other alumni, Laura Bock ’08, Aaron Kantor ’06, and Jackie Watson ’10. Also see Wiser ’10. Andrew Kuhar ’10 – see Wiser ’10. James Park ’10 – was recently hired as a designer at Balance Product Development in Chagrin Falls, OH. Barbara Polster ’10 – had work on view in Sin Titulo (Untitled), an exhibition of work by Northern Ohio artists with Latin American roots at Cleveland’s Walleye Gallery in June. She, Michelle Murphy ’04, and Liz Maugans (faculty) also participated in a home show in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood as part of the Ohio City Home Tours in May. Jackie Watson ’10 – see Hughart ’10. Jim Wiser ’10 – was lead artist on a team of T.I.M.E.-Digital Arts students who collaborated with engineering students from Case Western Reserve University to develop a game for the iPhone platform. Their game, called ChromaWaves, was accepted for sale on the iTunes app store in July. Also on the ChromaWaves team were Matthew Barton ’10, Andrew Kuhar ’10, Cory Hughart ’10, and Kurt Tacastacas ’11.


Creativity found a new home when the archives of CIA’s 1929 graduate and faculty emeritus Viktor Schreckengost were transferred to Cleveland State University’s Michael Schwartz Library this summer, and the adjacent section of East 17th Street was to be re-named “Viktor Schreckengost Way.” The archives will be dedicated on September 30 starting with a 4pm panel discussion on “Creativity in Cleveland,” followed by a 6pm ceremony and reception. The event, in the atrium of CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at 1717 Euclid Avenue, is open to friends and alumni of CIA by advance reservation only at 216.687.5205 or Space is limited. The dedication is hosted by CSU, CIA, and American Da Vinci, LLC, the entity dedicated to preserving and promoting Schreckengost’s work through exhibitions, reproductions, and new product licensing. A fine artist and prolific product designer, Schreckengost founded the country’s first modern, college-level industrial design program at CIA in 1933 and taught at the Institute for more than 70 years. In 2006 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest cultural honor. He died in 2008 at 101. “Viktor envisioned that his legacy — his art and archives — would become a gift to the region and to the world of industrial design,” said Edward (Ned) Hill, dean of the College of Urban Affairs. “The archives are a window to Cleveland’s and Ohio’s industrial past but also a doorway to a vibrant future. The archives offer a connecting point between CSU and CIA in the areas of museum curatorship and management, industrial design and entrepreneurship, and in art and art history.” A small exhibition of works from the archives is on display this semester in the Thomas F. Campbell Ph.D. Exhibition Gallery on the first floor of the Urban Affairs building. Call 216.687.7495 for gallery hours. The Schwartz library’s special collections are available to the public for research and educational uses. For special collections hours, call 216.687.2449.


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FACULTY & STAFF Amanda Almon (Department Head and Associate Professor, Biomedical Art) – was promoted to associate professor in July. She and Megan Ehrhart (faculty) had a joint artists’ residency at the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France in June, working on a collaborative film. The film was shot at a historic French convent and will debut later this fall in Cleveland. Almon and Ehrhart gave a visiting artist lecture at Macromedia University in Munich, Germany in June with former CIA faculty member Jurgen Faust. While there they critiqued the work of more than 15 international students studying animation and interactive media. William Brouillard (Department Head and Professor, Ceramics) – see Travis ’17 and Cliffel ’90. Amy Casey ’99 (Project Coordinator, Reinberger Galleries) – had a summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA as an Ohio Arts Council visual arts resident. She had work in the San Francisco Fine Art Fair in May and a group exhibition, Community & Loneliness, at Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City, MO in May and June. In August and early September, she had work in the exhibition, State of the City, at the Rochester (NY) Contemporary Art Center. In early September, she had work in Art San Diego 2010. Through October, she has work in House WARNING, a group show curated by Melissa Vogley Woods at Hopkins Hall Gallery in Columbus. Also see Travis ’17 and Toebbe ’97. H. Carroll Cassill* (Faculty Emeritus) – see Travis ’17. Barbara Chira (Adjunct Faculty, Foundation)– had paintings in two juried shows this summer, the Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland Heights and in the Lakewood (OH) Arts Festival. She was one of a handful of regional artists commissioned to create a large-scale chalk drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 2010 Chalk Festival Sept. 18–19. Lane Cooper (Interim Department Head and Assistant Professor, Painting) – is spending fall semester in an artist residency at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. Her project, titled “What Persists,” will include paintings, video, and an artist’s book. The gallery will include this work in a show set for February 2011. Her work completed over the course of the residency will also be included in an end-ofthe-program catalog. ( Dan Cuffaro ’91 (Environment Chair, Design, Ann Fluckey Lindseth Professor of Industrial Design) – was co-organizer of the first Cleveland Furniture and Millwork Fair, held in mid-July in the downtown District of Design that Cuffaro co-founded. The show served as a platform to connect manufacturers with designers and new wholesale and retail customers. The Halle Building in downtown Cleveland housed more than 30 exhibitors, including Cleveland-area manufacturers, carpenters from Holmes County’s Amish community, and industrial design students from CIA. Cuffaro addressed the Richland County Community Development Group at its Innovation and Design Forum, an event

focused on re-envisioning the Richland County economy. He was a juror at the 2010 Lakewood Arts Festival in August. At the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Career Day in May he talked with groups of students about careers in art and design. David Deming ’67 (Former President) – has a show, TransFORMations: The Rocker and Centurion Series, at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland from Sept. 24 to Dec. 18 ( He had an outdoor sculpture, “Rocker,” installed at the 27 Coltman development of new town homes in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. Maggie Denk-Leigh (Department Head and Assistant Professor, Printmaking) – and Charles Beneke of the University of Akron co-curated an exhibition, Premiering Print Portfolios, which was on view at the Morgan Conservatory through July 30. The show offered a glimpse into the diverse media and engaging work of contemporary printmaking. Denk-Leigh is co-founder and current board president of Morgan Conservatory, a Cleveland-based nonprofit art center dedicated to the production and preservation of hand papermaking and the art of the book. Also see Rom (faculty). Kenneth Dingwall (Faculty Emeritus) – see Travis ’17. Megan Ehrhart (Assistant Professor, T.I.M.E.Digital Arts) – had an artist’s residency at DRAWinternational, Drawing Research Action Workshops in Caylus, France, where she created a media installation. She had two public exhibitions in Caylus. The first was “Cauchemars Gérables: Films by Megan Ehrhart” at the Place de la Mairie; the second was an installation, “Grounded - Bien fondé,” at Salle Ossip Zadkine. Also see Almon (faculty). Carl Floyd (Faculty Emeritus) – see Travis ’17. Megan French (Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations) – earned a Master of Nonprofit Administration and Leadership degree from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Michael Gollini ’86 (Department Head and Associate Professor, Interior Design) – recently completed the top-to-bottom re-design of a cluster of 1960s-era warehouses into a showroom, sales headquarters, and design and production facility for Benchmark, a Seville, Ohio-based designer and fabricator of trade show and museum exhibits and other custom environments. He launched a new website at David Hart (Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts) – delivered a paper, “On Guest of Cindy Sherman: Performing Gender Identity and the Crisis of Masculinity,” at the joint conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in St. Louis in April. He was invited to give two guest lectures on African-American art. The first was at the Malcolm Brown Gallery in Shaker Heights (OH) in February; the second was sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute in cooperation with the Malcolm Brown Gallery in April. In May he delivered a talk to a docent group at the Cleveland Museum of Art on art in the museum’s collection that was created after 1980.



FACULTY MEMBERS HAD ARTISTS RESIDENCIES FROM FRANCE TO CAPE COD TO UTAH Again this summer, CIA faculty members held residencies at prestigious art centers around the country and in Europe. Associate Professor Amanda Almon and Assistant Professor Megan Ehrhart had a joint residency at the Performing Arts Forum in St. Erme, France, where they collaborated on a film project. Amy Casey ’99, project coordinator for CIA’s Reinberger Galleries, was the only visual artist from Ohio chosen by the Ohio Arts Council for its sponsored summer residency at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA at the tip of Cape Cod. Barry Underwood may be going for a record of most consecutive summer residencies served. The assistant professor and head of the Film, Video and Photographic Arts Department had artists residencies this past summer at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, UT and at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. In recent years, he has had residencies in Alberta, Connecticut, and California. Charles Tucker, associate professor and head of the Sculpture Department, had a two-month artist residency this summer at Art Farm in Marquette, NE where he built a site-specific work. Looking ahead, Assistant Professor Lane Cooper, interim Painting Department head, will spend fall semester in an artists residency at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. Tucker, along with Associate Professor Saul Ostrow, chair of the Visual Arts and Technologies Environment, and Assistant Professor David Hart, from the Liberal Arts Environment, will spend two weeks in Cuba this October thanks to a generous grant from the Cleveland Foundation. There, they will interview candidates for an artists residency to be established at CIA.

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