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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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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

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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 . Painting . Overview

Painting

At the Cleveland Institute of Art, our Department of Painting has a long and illustrious history of producing successful artists. As a Painting major, you will acquire a broad knowledge of the visual arts and an in-depth knowledge of painting as a studio practice.

At the core of our coursework is an understanding of what it takes to be a professional artist. With this goal in mind, we provide our students with a solid foundation in technical and problem solving skills, art criticism and theory, and contemporary practices in the visual arts.

As a Painting student, you will experience a wide range of approaches from abstract and figural painting to alternative media and installation. Your work will be guided by our faculty of professional artists through individual and group studio critiques, workshops, seminars, and special topics courses. In addition, a series of special events such as exhibitions, artist visits, and scholar programs will present you with the issues, challenges, and practices you can expect to face during your professional life. You also will be tutored in creating a professional portfolio, developing grant-writing skills, and proper etiquette for successfully approaching dealers, curators, and collectors. You will learn how to set up your own professional studio in our Professional Practices program. Your CIA experience culminates with a BFA exhibition that entails presenting a body of self-initiated work, an oral defense, and a written artist statement.

As part of the Visual Arts and Technologies (VAT) Environment, you will share in an integrated curriculum studying other disciplines within the environment including Drawing, Printmaking, Fiber + Material Studies, and Sculpture. You also may take classes from and work individually with our VAT Environment Artist-in-Residence, a leading artist in his or her field. Each spring, you have the opportunity to visit professional galleries and exhibitions, such as the Whitney Biennial and The Armory Show, in New York City.

What can I do with a degree in Painting?

  • Painter
  • Gallerist
  • Designer
  • Creative Director
  • CG Artist
  • Character TD Lead
CIA grad's painting book published
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Lane Cooper

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Lane Cooper is an artist working through painting, sound, video, text and on occasion performance. Her work ha...more

Cores + Connections

Our connections are your connections.

While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.

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Pre-College Program

Sharpen your artistic skills at CIA's Pre-College Program this summer.

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Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions

CIA welcomes spring with two wildly different shows.

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