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Anthony Scalmato

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Interim Chair of Game Design
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7325

Courses  Advanced 3D Animation | BFA Research + Preparation | BFA Thesis + Exhibition | Concept Development I | Intro to 3D Animation: Character | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has created more than a hundred published works which have been viewed on television, web and mobile devices. Before joining CIA, Scalmato worked as a Senior Creative Developer at American Greetings where he provided animations, illustrations and art direction for products that are viewed globally by millions of people every month. His clients include Applebee’s, Disney, Pixar, Sony, UPS, Taylor Swift, Wal-mart, M & M’s, Ferraro Chocolates and many other fortune 500 companies.

In 2011 Scalmato was awarded the American Greetings Chairman’s Award for Creativity and Innovation. He has also received over a dozen “Best Animation” awards from film festivals around the world. In addition to teaching, he continues to work as a freelance artist and contractor for studios.

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Jeff Harter

Title Assistant Professor/Chair of Illustration
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Character Design + Development | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Layout Rendering Techniques

Degree BFA, University at Buffalo; MA, Syracuse University

Jeff Harter pursued his BFA in Illustration at the University at Buffalo, where he studied under distinguished visiting artist and professor Alan E. Cober. After initially working as a freelance conceptual and editorial Illustrator, Jeff attended California Institute of the Arts program in character animation. He joined the Walt Disney Animation Studio in Burbank, California as an assistant animator to contribute to the feature films Hercules, Mulan and Tarzan. He later became a supervising character artist for the Winnie the Pooh characters at Disney Consumer Products while earning his M.A. in illustration at Syracuse University.

Jeff was a senior illustrator for American Greetings' alternative humor department, where he was the 2012 Chairman's Award Grand Winner in the category of Creativity and Innovation. He is the creator of the animated comedy “Packages from Planet X," which aired on Disney XD. He also created the comedy "Boy, Girl, Dog, Cat, Mouse, Cheese," another animated TV show concept that was in development with Cartoon Network and Disney XD. He currently teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Illustration Department, as well as contributes illustration to clients on a national level.

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Lincoln Adams

Title Lecturer
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Acting + Directing | Concept Development I | Drawing for Animation | Narrative Production I | Storyboarding + Sequential Art

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1998

Lincoln Adams has worked for over 17 years as an illustrator, storyboard artist and designer. His projects have included magazines, television shows, character design, book covers, and greeting cards and was selected to the 47th Annual Society of Illustrators West Show in Los Angeles.

Recently, he finished work on the popular animated shows: Barbie: Spy Squad, Max Steel, Slugterra, Monster High, Veggie Tales and Doc McStuffins. He is also currently working with Disney sculptor and CIA alumnus Zack Petroc on a sculpted novel, and has completed his fourth picture book.

Lincoln moves fluidly back and forth between traditional, tactile mediums and digital mediums to execute ideas— often times incorporating both within a piece. A firm believer that the traditional informs the digital, he continues training and experimenting in both. Lincoln's primary tactile mediums include oils, wax crayon and colored pencil, and monoprints. His digital expertise includes the use of the Cintiq via Photoshop and InDesign, and Storyboard Pro.

However, even with all of the various approaches to technique and execution, one thing stands out as the most vital component in Lincoln's work— Story. And it is what is what he espouses in all of the courses he teaches as the chief ingredient toward success in the entertainment art world.

Client List:

Dreamworks Television Animation
Walt Disney Television Animation
Lucasfilms
Acclaim Entertainment
Big Idea Entertainment
Nerdcorps Entertainment
Rainmaker Entertainment
Seven Folds Film Productions
Arnold Worldwide
Brown Bag Films
Spider Eye Animation
Zack Petroc Studios
Hurst Animation
American Greetings
General Motors

To learn more about Lincoln read his interview at Animation Insider!
http://www.animationinsider.com//?s=lincoln+adams

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Hal Lewis

Title Lecturer
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  3D Bioforms: Intro to 3D Modeling | 3D Texture, Mapping, Digital Lighting | Advanced 3D Animation | Intro to 3D Modeling

Degree BFA, Long Island University

I Studied painting and illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York and finished up my BFA in painting at Long Island University. Early in my career I designed imprinted graphics for children’s wear and men’s sportswear at a variety of clothing companies in New York.

I went on to work at a small computer software company developing and selling 2D and 3D design software for about seven years, before jumping to one of our customers –Dreamquest Images in California.

Dreamquest Images had recently been bought by the Walt Disney Company so, after working on several live action pictures there including George of the Jungle, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Mighty Joe Young, I moved over to Disney Feature Animation in Burbank, California.

At Disney Feature Animation, I worked on three animated feature films—Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons and Bolt; creating the CG characters. During my stay there I also worked on two animated 3-D “ride films” for the Disney theme parks in Orlando and Tokyo- the Magic Lamp and Mickey’s Phiharmagic.

I worked at Sony Imageworks where I helped on the completion of the Animated Feature film Arthur Christmas.

I was then hired by Digital Domain and moved to Florida, to help build an animation studio there. Our first picture was scheduled to be The Legend of Tembo-- I was the character model lead on this film. To this date, the film has yet to be completed.

Recently I have been doing freelance work for the Disney Consumer Products division; helping to create new Marvel Comics based toys and action figures.

Suzanne McGinness

Title Lecturer
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Concept Development I | Fundamentals of Illustration | Illustration: Advanced Illustration Studio Projects | Illustration: BFA Preparation | Illustration: BFA Thesis and Exhibition | Illustration: Final Project: Illustration Portfolio | Principles of Illustration

Degree Cambridge School of Art, MA; Cleveland Institute of Art, BFA

Suzie McGinness completed her BFA in Illustration at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2007. She received a Master of Arts in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, England in 2009. McGinness is the author and illustrator of the children’s book My Bear Griz, a White Raven Winner of 2012. McGinness currently works as a children’s book illustrator and as an adjunct faculty member for the Illustration Department at CIA.

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James Mravec

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Concept Development I | Game Media Production I | Intro to Animation | Layout Rendering Techniques

James Mravec is an award winning illustrator who has worked locally for American Greetings doing greeting card illustrations and animations. He has also created editorial art for the Plain Dealer. Nationally, he worked with Creative Expressions producing artwork for the paper decor industry as well as Imperial Wallcoverings creating best selling images for wall paper borders. He has also written and digitally illustrated a series of how to draw books for Publications International, LLC.

During his art career, James has also worked on developing interactive media for clients. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has several kiosks that were art directed by him. The visual design of these kiosks and the programming were all integral parts of the projects. He has also developed animations and interactive sites for Toyota, Weyerhauser and other national clients.

He has been teaching illustration, animation and design courses for fourteen years at several Universities including CIA, Cuyahoga Community College and Kent State University.

You can view his illustration portfolio online at www.mravec.com.

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Jeff Simonetta

Title Adjunct Professor
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Intro to 3D Animation: Character

Degree BFA, Bowling Green State University

Jeff Simonetta began his path into animation by attending Bowling Green State University. While attending Jeff was active as the chair of the BGSU ACM SIGGRAPH Student chapter for 2 years and worked to restore the digital arts community at BGSU. In 2011 he received a BFA in Digital Arts specializing in Animation.

After graduation he completed animation workshops through ianimate.net, studying with some of the best animators in the industry to further refine his craft.

Recently, Jeff and a team of three others founded Photonic Studio after recognizing the lack of quality 3D services in Cleveland. Photonic Studio is a 3D visualization and animation studio with clients in the architecture, product, and advertising industries.

Today, Jeff continues to help build his community with teaching and collaboration. He loves animation of all sorts and wishes to spread his passion to new generations of animators.

William Whetsel

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Animation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Animation Portfolio Reel + Shorts

CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

Animation Career Review names CIA's Animation and Game Design programs as fifth best in the Midwest, noting our vast classroom/studio space.

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