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Apr 17, 2014

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Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA

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Apr 16, 2014

CIA's 'focused workshop environment' paid off

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Mar 28, 2014

Dinner by Design ľ Art of the Table, and a runway show

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The Cleveland Institute of Art wishes you a happy spring. Artwork by Christina Blaschke '15

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Apr 11, 2014

Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to CIA

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 15, 2014

4/17-19: Benicio Del Toro in Jimmy P, Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Apr 22, 2014 @ Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

2014 Spring Design Show

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Art of East Asia

Course No. ACD373X  Credits: 3.0

This lecture/discussion-style course is to explore the art and visual culture of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand art and civilization of these two countries, we will look at art objects from ancient archeological objects, medieval architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will be also discussed in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course.

Art of Mesoamerica

Course No. ACD353.1  Credits: 3.0

In this course we explore the fascinating and advanced civilizations that were in existence in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize before Western Europe began its voyages of discovery. We study the different cultures from the Olmec to the Aztec with special emphasis on the very sophisticated Maya civilization. Their complex hieroglyphic language has yielded in recent years to decipherment and Maya history has been recreated. We look at their art, architecture and crafts as well as their unique calendars and cosmology. We watch the indigenous American civilization come into being, develop and mature, only to be devastated by the Spanish Conquest. The class involves lectures and discussion. We have a mid-term, a special project or major paper, and a prepared final. The Institute's library is particularly rich in this field and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History also has an interesting collection. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Art of the Personal Essay

Course No. LLC373W  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Tranberg

In this workshop course we will work on developing an understanding of the personal essay as a distinct yet flexible nonfictional genre, one possessing its own characteristics and contours that distinguish it from other literary forms. You will also work in this course on the craft of writing and revising your own personal essays. To these ends, we will be reading a number of works that demonstrate the essay’s protean adaptability. Texts will be drawn from Phillip Lopate’s anthology The Art of the Personal Essay, as well as from other sources, including selected blogs, nonfictional texts by visual artists, as well as the online compilation Quotidiana. (H/CS)(CWC)

Art Since Abstract Expressionism

Course No. ACD368X.1  Credits: 3.0

Abstract Expressionism. the first grand American art movement, is by now well understood. But what happens after that? That question is difficult to answer. We will look at earth art, minimalism and pop art in the 1960s, focusing on the role of Andy Warhol. We will pay special attention to the art and writings of Robert Smithson, and to such figures as Gordon Matta-Clark and Bas van Ader. Then we will consider how abstraction became an ongoing tradition, studying the painting of Robert Ryman, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, and the most important abstract painter of this period, Sean Scully. In the 1980s, figurative art was revived. We will look at such figures as David Salle and Julian Schnabel. In this period, feminism became very important both for the theory and the practice of art. We will focus especial attention on the photography of Cindy Sherman. The past twenty years remain very hard, still to understand. What new movements and individual artists have emerged? And how has the role of art writing changed? We will offer tentative answers to these questions. Three essays are required. There is no final exam. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Art Writing

Course No. ACD303  Credits: 3.0

How do we describe visual works of art in words? The aim of this course is to introduce some models of art writing, discuss the theory of this important activity, and then get the students to practice that activity by writing about the art of some CIA senior painters. We begin with an historical study of the How do we describe visual works of art in words? The aim of this course is to introduce some models of art writing, discuss the theory of this important activity, and then get the students to practice that activity by writing about the art of some CIA senior painters. We begin with an historical study of the practice of art writing. Then we focus on the theories of art writing developed by some influential contemporary art critics. Finally, we arrange for these CIA painters to visit the class, talk about their art, and then make appointments to talk with students in the class. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Artist as Author

Course No. ACD482X.1  Credits: 0.0

This course will investigate the differing practices and modes of thought that intersect the practice of the Artist. To do this the course will track the analogous discourse concerning authorship that begins with the advent of Modernism and contributes significantly to the development of╩ Post-Modernist - Thought.╩ By constructing a genealogy of those theorist who have most significantly╩ addressed the question╩ What is an Author,╩ this question will not only permit students to build a model of authorship for themselves, but also come to an understanding that discourses are tran-historical and emerge from one generation addressing the concerns of another.╩╩ This will permit them an insight into the historical development of theory, practice and thou ht╩ how these╩ produce differing though not necessarily opposing stances that both form and objectify our self-conception ( subjectivity). Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.

Artist's Book Now: Artist's Book as Image

Course No. PRI231/331/431  Credits: 3.0

This studio course focuses on boundaries of book form, emphasis on image and concept, and selection of appropriate form [output] to content. Students will be encouraged to view the book as a conceptual space. Deeper development of sequencing and narrative in traditional and nontraditional formats. Forms covered on individual project basis as dictated by idea/concept for appropriate output/manifestation. Considerations include sculptural, installation, digital output, etc. Examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library's artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Notes: This course is open to all, and fulfills an introductory, intermediate and advanced level elective course.

Artist's Book: Narrative + Form

Course No. PRI232/332/432  Credits: 3.0

This studio course is for students interested in producing sequentially developed imagery via linear book structures. Historical examples and contemporary developments regarding the evolution of the artist book are examined through texts, through the use of our library's artist book collection, in discussion, and during critiques. Due to technological advancements over the last century artists now have a variety of media with which to explore output of book projects. The class will expose students to the nature and potential of different book structures as well as a variety of materials. The course will heighten the student's ability to utilize the interaction of sequenced content -- the act of turning pages-- to express the continuity of an idea flowing through a continuum. Students realize the potential of narrative, sequence, and pacing, together with the importance of combining word and image. Note: Open Elective. Required for Fourth Year Print Majors.

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Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions

CIA welcomes spring with two very different shows opening on March 28.

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