Title Associate Director of Enrollment + Financial Aid
Karen graduated with a BA in Art, with a concentration in Painting, and focus in Art History, from Cleveland State University. Karen has worked at several galleries in the Cleveland area, then at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Development Department, before starting in the Admissions Office at CIA in the Fall of 2008. Over the past several years, she has participated in local group shows, including St. Clair Superior Development Corporation’s Public Art Projects and Sparx City Hop; as well as having attended numerous gallery openings and museum events, and supporting the local arts scene. Karen values the Cleveland artistic community, and helping students prepare for the admissions/portfolio prep process for admittance into the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Karen covers the following territories: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447.expand collapse
Title Associate Director of Admissions
Thomas Green, Associate Director of Admissions, works primarily with transfer students and international students. Thomas has worked in visual arts higher education for more than 20 years and has served as a juror at several arts competitions and exhibitions during this time. He is an avid photographer and a free-lance graphic designer. Thomas enjoys visiting Cleveland museums and photographing the city and Lake Erie. He has a B.A. from Ohio State University.
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Title Assistant Director of Admissions
Pita is an advocate and native to this region, and she has been immersed in the Cleveland art scene since childhood. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hiram College, where she studied painting, photography, multimedia, and minored in Art History. She most recently came to the Institute from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland where she was working for the past five years. Pita is a lover of contemporary culture and when she is not at CIA or in her studio, you can catch her motorcycling around town, hitting all of the art openings.
Pita covers the following territories: all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, and 457.expand collapse
Originally a Detroit native, Cleveland has become Thea’s new home after receiving a Bachelors of Art from Hamilton College, where she pursued a double concentration in Art History and Hispanic Studies. Thea appreciates how artists and designers see the world through a lens of limitless potential, and is excited to bring the next generation of creative problem-solvers to Cleveland. Before working for the Cleveland Institute of Art, Thea worked for the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. From riding her bike around town to playing in local pinball leagues, and running a project space for artists, Thea enjoys the unique experiences only Cleveland can offer.
Thea covers the following territories: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virgin Islands, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 434, 435, 436, 448, 449, 458.
Eranah recently graduated with her MFA in Painting from Kent State University and she received her BFA in Painting from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004. Eranah is a native Clevelander who has spent time painting and teaching in New York, Washington D.C. and St. Thomas Virgin Islands. Eranah makes paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media art. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Eranah often creates whimsical and playful work, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested.
Her paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. Her works reference recognizable forms and symbols through collage and drawing which are most often embedded in a matrix of abstraction. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, she formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works.
Eranah has shown her work in several galleries in the United States. Her work can be viewed at www.herbaleranah.com
Eranah covers the following territories: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and all Ohio zip codes that begin with: 430, 431, 432, 433, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456.expand collapse
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