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Apr 23, 2014

CIA grads win 25% of nation's top retail design honors

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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 17, 2014

Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school

View details The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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Mar 28, 2014

The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi

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about 18 hours ago via Facebook

CIA students presented NEO: A Runway Show in which they modeled wearables – in the form of accessories, design, and conceptual art – before nearly 200 audience members in CIA’s Reinberger Galleries last night. The award winners for the evening were Sculpture major Graham Baldwin, Best of Show; Jewelry + Metals major Hongzhe Ma, Best Accessory; and art education major Raisa E. Cabrera, Best Material and Technology.

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Apr 16, 2014

Alumnus and superhero comics writer Brian Bendis visits CIA

View details Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show

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Mar 28, 2014

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

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Apr 15, 2014

Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition

View details 2014 Spring Design Show

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

2014 Spring Design Show

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Apr 22, 2014

4/24-27: Bernard Hermann weekend with CITIZEN KANE, MARNIE & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

View details 2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

Academics . Liberal Arts . Faculty

Liberal Arts Faculty

Joyce Kessler

Joyce Kessler

Title Associate Professor of Literature/Chair of Liberal Arts
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7371

Courses  Hybrid Writing | Woman's Words | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research and Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms | Writing for the Art + Design Career | Writing for the Sciences

Degree PhD, American Literature from Case Western Reserve University; MA, Cleveland State University; BA, English Literature from Cleveland State University

Dr. Joyce Kessler is Associate Professor of Literature at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She earned her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University.

She is the current Chair of Liberal Arts and served as Interim Dean of Faculty from 2005 to 2007. Dr. Kessler teaches courses in women's literature, comparative literature, narrative studies, literature and social history, basic composition, hybrid writing, and advanced expository writing. She has written on the topics of women's studies and stylistics, but her scholarship is focused primarily on the fiction of Willa Cather.

Christopher Auerbach-Brown

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  John Cage: His Life, Work, and Influence | Sound Art + New Media | Survey of Contemporary Music

Degree BA, Ithaca College; MFA, Cleveland Institute of Music

Christopher is an adjunct faculty member in Liberal Arts at The Cleveland Institute of Art. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1992 from Ithaca College. In 1995 he earned his Masters degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music in Composition. He was been a Music mentor with the Cleveland Opera and lecturer at The University of Akron and Cleveland State University. Christopher was the co-founder of Composers in the Shape of a Pear and the co-director of the Modern Arts Coalition of Cleveland.

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Mark Bassett

Title Visiting Instructor
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  American Crafts History | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research and Intellectual Traditions | Writing + Inquiry III: Narrative Forms

Degree PhD and MA, University of Missouri?Columbia; BA, University of Alabama--Huntsville

News item:

On June 11, 2013, Mark Bassett's 1985 Ph.D. dissertation, "John Horne Burns: A Critical Biography," was published electronically by the University of Missouri's MOspace. Earlier in June, David Margolick's new book, Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns, which draws freely from Bassett's research, was released (and is dedicated to Bassett). Both works cite the World War II novelist's private correspondence, which until recently, the family wouldn't allow to be published.

Kaja Tooming Buchanan

Title Assistant Professor
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7939

Courses  Design as Entrepreneurship I | Design as Entrepreneurship II | Design in Management II: Concep, Meth, Prod | Design Research Methods | Emotion + Aesthetic Expression

Degree PhD, University of Gothenburg (Göteborg University), Sweden; Fil. Mag. (Master of Fine Arts in History of Art), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Bruce Checefsky

Bruce Checefsky

Title Director, Reinberger Galleries/Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7407

Courses  Avant Garde Film | From the Front Row: Cinema + Critical Writing

Degree MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA of Science from Kutztown University.

As curator for Reinberger Galleries for more than 20 years, Checefsky has been responsible for developing distinct exhibitions for CIA. He oversees the cultivation of new and unique shows for the Galleries’ fall and spring shows, and oversees the coordination of annual shows including the Faculty Exhibition, Student Independent Exhibition and the Student Summer Show. He has curated over eighty national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, film and design as well as published articles, reviews and essays on contemporary photography and film. He is adjunct professor in Liberal Arts teaching course in film and museum studies.

Katherine Clark

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Spies | Writing + Inquiry I: Basic Composition + Contemporary Ideas | Writing + Inquiry II: Research and Intellectual Traditions

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Lane Cooper

Title Associate Professor
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7357

Courses  Art & Design History I: Ancient-18th Century | Art & Design History II: 18th Century-1945 | BFA Statement + Exhibition | Expanded Print: New Imaging | Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present | Role of the Artist as Producer | Senior Studio: BFA Research | Systems Drawing | Water+: An Exploration of Water-Based Media

Degree MFA, Painting, University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa); MA, Art History, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BS, University of North Alabama

Lane Cooper is an artist working through painting, sound, video, text and on occasion performance. Her work has been presented in venues ranging from Birmingham, Alabama to Madrid, Spain. In 2009 she participated in a Residency at The Banff Centre located in Alberta, Canada and in the fall of 2010 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Gallery Aferro in Newark, New Jersey. Where she will be exhibiting as part of the 2011/2012 season. She holds a Masters in Art History with an emphasis in Contemporary Art and an MFA in Painting. She has been teaching since 1989. Since the spring of 2001 she has taught full-time at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Ms. Cooper currently serves as the Head of Painting.

Shelley Bloomfield Costa

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Creative Writing | Fiction Writing | Screenwriting

Degree PhD, English, Case Western Reserve University. Dissertation: The Brief and Crowded Hour: Studies in Narrative Suspense. M.A., English, Cleveland State University. B.A., English, Douglass College (Rutgers University).

Shelley is a writer of crime fiction whose work has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Crimewave (UK), The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, Blood on Their Hands, and The Georgia Review. In 2004 she was nominated for a coveted Edgar® Award by Mystery Writers of America. Her book, The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe, was published in 2007, and her academic areas of expertise are nineteenth century American literature and literary modernism.

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