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Story: Dec 22, 2014

Grad is sculptor behind Disney's Big Hero 6

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CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015

35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition

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Story: Dec 17, 2014

Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...

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CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015

69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition

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We caught up with CIA grad Zack Petroc, model supervisor behind the Disney blockbuster Big Hero 6, and asked him how his CIA education helped him succeed. Find ...

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Story: Nov 04, 2014

New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

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Events: Mar 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Open House

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Story: Nov 03, 2014

New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video

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CIA Exhibition: Apr 02, 2015

Spring Exhibition: Women to Watch - Ohio

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Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

Academics . Liberal Arts . Courses

Liberal Arts Courses

Material Matters

Course No. FIB377/477  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Christina Cassara

This is an advanced level studio class, which will offer the student a more sophisticated understanding of the inter-relationship between material, process and idea. The cultural and historic references of materials and processes play a powerful role in communication. To further that investigation and use it to support work, lectures and discussions will ask questions about the definitions and norms of the European/Mainstream art system. Topics will include, for example, the place of art within the gallery system and the role of art in 'non/European' cultures; the relationship between Art and the Everyday; the relationship between Realization and Representation; and the role of Social Participation in an art practice. Other topics will be guided by the work being done by the students enrolled in the class. Open elective, limited to Juniors and Seniors. Required for FMS Seniors.

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David Hart

David Hart

Associate Professor of Art History, Liberal Arts Department

Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor of Art History in the Liberal Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of...more

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