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Barbara Chira

Title Academic Director, Cores + Connections; Adjunct Professor of Art
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7364

Courses  Charette: Collaboration + Community | 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

On faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 2006, Barbara Chira has also been Academic Director of CIA's burgeoning academic vision, Cores + Connections, since July, 2013: core values of faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, and state-of-the-art curriculum, all power extensive connections for student engagement in community-based learning, real-world professional projects, and socially engaged practices in art and design. Chira is also a practicing artist, having maintained a studio in the Superior Arts Corridor since 2002. Her commitment to the ideals of a social practice has included projects with homeless women and children at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light Complex and with HIV-positive children in Youngstown (exhibited at the McDonough Museum of Art). In more recent years, she has created temporary spaces in public and facilitated strangers coming together in meaningful conversation. At CIA, Chira has been championing new socially engaged project courses for students, related to poverty, homelessness, health care, and the environment, with partners including the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Metroparks, and Cuyahoga County's homeless service organizations. This commitment to socially engaged art is also informed by Chira's previous 12-year career in community health and human services in the County, including several years as a case manager working with people in their homes in Cleveland's highest-poverty neighborhoods.

Terry Clark

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing I | Drawing II | Material Color

Terry J. Clark II earned his MFA in Painting from Kent State University in 2004 and his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2002. Terry’s artworks have been featured at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ingenuity Festival, Asterisk Gallery, and CSU Art Gallery. Terry has taught 2D and 3D design at Cleveland State University and drawing at CIA. Terry paints with acrylic and watercolor paints and makes sculpture from found objects. His subject matter inspiration comes from Earth Sciences and observing the natural world. The concepts of natural light, optics, and color are recurring themes found in his artworks.

Scott Fischer

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Scott Goss

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Design I | Digital Color | Digital Synthesis

Peter Green

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Drawing I

Peter Green is originally from southern Ohio and studied Drawing at Cleveland State and Illustration at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. He specializes in figures and portraits, utilizing traditional media and techniques. He has shown his work in galleries nationally and they have been featured in various publications. He is a member of the International Guild of Realism and the Portrait Society. He currently teaches Foundation Drawing at CIA.

Vanesa Jeric

Vanesa Jeric

Title Technical Specialist
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7947

Degree animation, video, sound design

Amber Kempthorn

Amber Kempthorn

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  100 Drawings | Drawing Beyond Observation | Drawing I | Drawing: Style Context | Image + Form I | Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Style + Content

Degree MFA, Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Post Baccalaureate Certificate, Maryland Institute College of Art; BA, Art, Hiram College

William Lorton

Title Visiting Instructor
Department Foundation
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Design I | Fiber: Digital Images, Patterns + Structures | Image + Form I | Intro Sculpture Fabrication | String, Felt, and Thread | Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Style + Content | Weaving Patterns: Collective Activity

Degree MFA, Kent State University; BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Bill Lorton received his BFA in Fiber + Material Studies from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA in Textiles from Kent State University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in CIA’s Fiber + Materials Studies Department and also teaches courses in the Visual Art and Foundation curriculums. Lorton was selected for the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Competition, receiving an Honorable Mention. In 2012 he was part of an invitation exhibition at the Korean Craft Museum in Cheongju, South Korea. Lorton launched the Endangered Studies traveling curriculum in 2013 to preserve and promote a multitude of fiber art techniques.

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