The NEXT: Living Art + Design event will open with a panel discussion moderated by Jessica Pinsky, artist and executive director, Praxis Fiber Workshop. Panelists include ceramicist Valerie Grossman ’12; painter Darius Steward ’08; biomedical artist Joshua Maxwell ’13, and illustrator Lucy Williams ’13.
Title Adjunct Faculty
Degree MFA, Painting, Boston University; BFA, Studio Art, New York University
Jessica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. She was hired as the Technical Specialist in Fiber and Material Studies Department and began teaching adjunct classes in the Foundation Department. In Collaboration with CIA, Jessica helped to relocate weaving equipment from the fiber department and open up a nonprofit textile studio in the Waterloo Arts District of East Cleveland. Jessica is currently a practicing artist and the Executive Director of Praxis Fiber Workshop.expand collapse
Degree BFA, Biomedical Art, Cleveland Institute of Art
Josh Maxwell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. His love of urban renewal finds him using his skills to join Cleveland on its path of revitalization through community, art, and culture.
By day, Josh works as the Interpretive Experiences Designer at Cleveland Metroparks in the Visual Communications and Marketing Department. His responsibilities include overseeing the development, refinement and maintenance of digital designs and experiences relating to marketing touch-points for all of Cleveland Metroparks. This includes website design, digital communications and exhibits. He enjoys the creative work on projects such as mobile education facilities like Nature Tracks, temporary exhibits like Penguin Shores & Year of Water, as well as marketing campaigns for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Golf, and summer event series like Edgewater Live.
Off-hours, Josh is the Creative Director for local, solutions design firm, Small Organizations Solutions (SOS), where he oversees the creative team in the development, coordination, and implementation of all client work. As the name suggests, SOS focuses on small businesses and non-profits, striving to provide the solution which allows them to bridge the gap between idea and action. Projects have included strategic planning, marketing & branding, civic engagement & community development. Under his direction, he and his team have tackled vacant land re-use through St. Clair Superior's Urban Lambscape Project and art education in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with the Peninsula Art Academy. Clevelanders can also experience his work in creating public free space with the Mitchell's Ice Cream's Gould Court off W. 25th Street and through his work as the creator of Asiatown's hit summer event series Night Market Cleveland.expand collapse
Degree BFA, Illustration, Cleveland Institute of Art
Lucy Williams graduated from CIA in 2013 with a BFA in Illustration and an emphasis in Graphic Design. After graduating, she worked as a graphic designer for a company called Pulsar Products, and then went on to work for an advertising agency, called The Adcom Group. In May 2015, she took on a new role at Adcom as an art director, and has since worked on accounts, such as: Destination Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Sherwin Williams, Toyota, RIDGID, and Moen. If she's not at her design job, or working on a personal project, you can find her in one of Cleveland's many delicious restaurants or organizing anything she can get her hands on.expand collapse
Degree BFA, Ceramics, Cleveland Institute of Art
Valerie Grossman is a professional artist and entrepreneur. She is a 2012 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and is now represented by 1point618 Gallery. Her work can be viewed in several permanent collections, including: Convivium 33 Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art, and The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. In May 2015, Valerie opened her own business, BRICK Ceramic + Design Studio, in the Waterloo Arts District. She currently owns and operates BRICK, where she manages the studio and gallery, teaches workshops, and produces a line of functional ceramics.expand collapse
Degree MFA, University of Delaware; BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
Darius Steward is a visual artist and educator, currently living in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Delaware obtaining a Master of Fine Art degree in 2010. His undergraduate work was completed at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he had a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Since graduating from the University of Delaware, Darius has shown paintings at the William Busta Gallery, Zygote Press, and Cleveland Clinic - and he had an article written about his achievements in the Call & Post. Darius is represented in the collections of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic, and the University of Delaware. Darius teaches at Saint Ignatius High School.expand collapse