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CIA Exhibition: Oct 17, 2014

Adam Markanovic: No Body to Love

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Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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What does it mean in contemporary art and design to be socially engaged? Cleveland Institute of Art invites you to attend an international conference November 6...

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Fall 2014 Open House

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Drawing

As a Drawing major at the Cleveland Institute of Art you will explore traditional and unconventional materials, tools, and techniques to define your aesthetic identity as well as challenge your artistic vision and resourcefulness. As part of the Visual Arts and Technologies (VAT) Environment, our BFA program in drawing provides students with a broad education in the visual arts while strengthening their in-depth conceptual knowledge of the drawing discipline. Through our integrated curriculum, you will be introduced to historical and cultural frameworks of drawing, the individual studio practice of drawing, style and aesthetics, and the idea of communication through drawing. You will master a visual vocabulary and learn to draw from observation, ideation, and experimental processes. Your CIA experience culminates with a BFA thesis and exhibition that entails presenting a body of self-initiated work, an oral defense and a written artist statement.

Our Drawing faculty uses a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, pulling from other visual art fields, such as printmaking, painting, fiber and material studies, and sculpture. Students will attend lectures by and work individually with visiting artists, including our VAT Environment artist-in-residence. In addition, you will be tutored in creating a professional portfolio, developing grant-writing skills, and proper etiquette for successfully approaching dealers, curators, and collectors. You also will gain an understanding of how to set up your own professional studio in our professional practices program. Each spring, you will have an opportunity to visit professional galleries and exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial and The Armory Show, in New York City.

What can I do with a degree in Drawing?

Beautiful and expressive: Q + A with Drawing major Oscar Gresh
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Beautiful and expressive: Q + A with Drawing major Oscar Gresh

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Sarah Kabot

Assistant Professor/Chair of Drawing

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pi...more

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