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Jul 23, 2014

Professor's productive year saw exhibitions, acquisitions, residencies, travel, and press

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May 19, 2014

2014 Student Summer Show

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Jul 22, 2014

CIA grad's iconic monument to be rededicated

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Jul 05, 2014

60 Looney Tunes cartoons coming to the Cinematheque

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Lakewood artist creates statue of former Cleveland Indians player Jim Thome. Read more: http://ow.ly/zNvCA

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Jul 22, 2014

Thursday night concert series rocks CIA's neighborhood

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Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Jun 25, 2014

Cuyahoga County unveils county seal designed by CIA student

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Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

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Jul 29, 2014

7/31-8/2: Looney Tunes finale, The Double, Brasslands & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

Academics . Foundation . Faculty

Foundation Faculty

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Petra Soesemann

Title Professor/Chair of the Foundation Environment
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7930

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Design I | Design II

Degree MFA, Sculpture, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; BFA, Sculpture, Cleveland Institute of Art Graduate work in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois; summer study in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University; summer study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

Petra Soesemann is a Professor and Chair of the Foundation Environment. In 2009 she was granted a year-long sabbatical leave to focus on her creative practice at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. Selected awards include Artist-in-Residence at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; Fulbright Fellowship to study Incan architecture in Peru; exhibition Grant to Sao Paulo, Brazil; travel grants to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to research Mayan art and architecture; and travel grants to Turkey to study Islamic art and architecture as well as contemporary art. She has also taken CIA students to Mexico, Germany and Italy on team-taught foreign study trips. Soesemann’s recent work explores the conventional relationships between seeing and representing; her fabric constructions often manipulate light and color to bring perception into conflict with uncertainty, engaging the basic mechanisms of “mind seeking meaning” as a process of consciousness.

Matt Beckwith

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Christi Birchfield

Title Lecturer
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Design I | Design II | Drawing I | Intro Printmaking: Image Construction II: Color + Form

Jerry Birchfield

Title Technical Specialist
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7471

Courses  Design I | Design Lab | Drawing I | Intro Printmaking: Image Construction II: Color + Form

Kim Bissett

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing I | Drawing II | Figure Drawing

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Christina Cassara

Title Professor/Co-Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  BFA Statement + Exhibition | Charette: Collaboration + Community | Fiber: Advanced Studio: Topics in Contemporary Art + Culture | Fiber: Sewing + Fabrication Processes | Fiber: Silkscreen | Material Matters | On the Body | Sculpture + Expanded Media | The Extended Body

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following graduation, she moved to Viques, in the Juan region of Peru, and studied with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, teaching natural dyes derived from indigenous plants to local weavers. Her travels continued through the Collao Altiplano region of Bolivia. While living in New York City, Cassara was co-editor of Sing Out! magazine before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an MFA from the fiber department. Cassara has since conducted extensive research into women’s labor in the American textile industry, issues of European migration and relocation, and more recently, the assigned value of labor in historically women-dominated textile industries in the South. In the late 1990s, Cassara began exploring the history of textile production. A strong advocate for organized labor, she began conducting interviews in LaGrange, GA, and nearby mill towns, speaking with retired textile workers, factory owners, surviving union organizers, and members of textile heritage societies. In 2008–09, Cassara was awarded a sabbatical to further her research in the network of textile heritage societies, including travel to Cooleemee, NC, working with organizers of the Textile Heritage Initiative and members of the Troop County Historical Society. Cassara's research also continues in Scranton, PA, where she is examining documents and photographs related to the growth of the mining and silk textile industries

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Barbara Chira

Title Academic Director, Cores + Connections
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7364

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Digital Synthesis | Drawing II | Intro Printmaking: Image Construction II: Color + Form | Material Color

Degree BA, Studio Art, Ursuline College, MA student, Advanced Inquiry, Miami University

Terry Clark

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing II | Material Color

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