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Mark Bassett

Title Lecturer
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.221.6025 (home)

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

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

For many years, Dr. Bassett has conducted research on CIA's history. For some examples, visit http://cia.edu/history. At the top of that page, via the link "CIA at CMA," you can see 100 artworks in the Cleveland Museum of Art collection that were created by CIA people between 1882 and the present. A few profiles of historic alumni, like Tiffany lamp designer Clara Driscoll and interior architect and portrait artist Charles Sallée, can also be explored from this page.

On June 11, 2013, Mark Bassett's 1985 Ph.D. dissertation--John Horne Burns: Toward a Critical Biography--was published electronically: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/35623. This account draws from the novelist's correspondence, which, until recently, the family wouldn't allow to be published.

As a collector, dealer, and researcher specializing in American ceramics, Mark is frequently called on to speak on this subject and has curated several museum exhibitions.

Bruce Checefsky

Bruce Checefsky

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

Courses  Avant Garde Film | From the Front Row: Cinema + Critical Writing | Social Cinemas: Politics of Representation and Engagement

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, as well as the coordination of annual shows including the Faculty Exhibition, Student Independent Exhibition and the Student Summer Show. He has curated over 80 national and international exhibitions of contemporary art, film and design, and he has published articles, reviews and essays on contemporary photography and film. He is an adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts department, teaching courses in film and museum studies.

Adina Davidson

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Basic Theories of Psychology | Jung + Creativity

Timothy Geaghan

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Nature Poetry Before + After Darwin | Writing + Inquiry II: Research + Intellectual Traditions

Susan Grimm

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Creative Writing | Poetry Writing Workshop

Elizabeth Hoag

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Anthropology | Prehispanic Civilizations: The Aztec, the Maya + the Inca

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Scott Lax

Title Adjunct Faculty
Department Liberal Arts
Phone 216.421.7000

Courses  Screenwriting

Degree BA, English: Hiram College

Scott Lax, called, "a master wordsmith of the first order," by The Midwest Book Review, has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. Scott was presented with a Resolution of Congratulations for his body of work from Cleveland City Council in 2002, named the 2002 Midwest Filmmaker of the Year by the Cleveland International Film Festival, named to a list of Hiram College’s “Illustrious Alumni,” along with poet Vachel Lindsay, and elected to the Chagrin Falls High School Alumni Achievement Hall of Fame in 2016. The Denver Post called Scott’s first novel, The Year That Trembled, "powerful," and named it one of 1998’s "Milestones in Fiction.” The Midwest Book Review called his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.” He’s a produced playwright, award-winning movie producer (for the adaptation of his first novel), short story and nonfiction writer, as well as a TV writer who’s written for ESPN and Comedy Central. Previous to teaching for CIA, Scott taught at University School and Hiram College, and is regularly on faculty at The Western Reserve Writers’ Conference. Scott’s also a professional drummer who's played with Bo Diddley, among others. He’s currently writing a screenplay adaptation of Vengeance Follows.

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