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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 . 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 theory, and contemporary practices in the visual arts.

As a Painting student, you will experience a wide range of approaches from figural and abstract 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 strategies 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 Environment, you will share in an integrated curriculum studying other disciplines within the environment including Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture. You also may take classes from and work individually with our VA 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
  • Creative Director
  • Gallerist
  • Children's Book Author
  • Designer
  • CG Artist
Senior curates exhibition of current students, recent grads at community art center
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Sarah Kabot

Assistant Professor/Chair of Drawing

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pi...more

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