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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

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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"

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Apr 22, 2014

2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show

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Painting Courses

Painting: Image + Narrative

Course No. PTG430  Credits: 3.0

This course examines the nature of Painting as it relates to other visual arts media. The source of the "image" and the narrative it suggests will be closely examined. Students will be asked to examine the way an artist goes about making work influences our understanding or read of that work. Alternative painting practices will be examined as well as the approaches of many non-painters. Such artists include: Sol Lewitt, Marcel Duchamp, Survival Research Laboratories, Vito Acconci, Fischli & Weiss, Chuck Close, Alfred Jensen, Jackson Pollock, and Mel Bochner just to name a few. Reading relevant texts, looking at work, research/special projects, studio work, group and individual critiques are an integral part of this course. Open to all students above the freshman level.

Painting: Image + Process

Course No. PTG428  Credits: 3.0

Figurative', 'abstract', 'conceptual', 'non-objective', 'romantic landscape", "post-modern", "Bob Ross-ian", paintings all have an underlying structure. This studio course examines how the specificity of color, scale, mark and shape form and effect a painting's content. Students will be encouraged to focus on their own body of work while exploring issues of content within the themes of the class through the investigation of their own studio practice, as well as looking at and analyzing the work of other painters and artists throughout history.

Painting: Internship

Course No. PTG299/399/499  Credits: 3.0

Students will submit a written proposal for a semester's long course of work. This work should have three primary components: a written paper, studio work, and work in the field (eg.: working for a gallery or artist). A timeline for the completion and review of these components are also required. The proposal must be sponsored by the supervising faculty meaning that the proposal must be vetted and accepted by the faculty who will oversee the project before it is submitted to the department head. This course is open to all Painting majors.

Painting: Mechanics of Meaning: Subject, Form, Content

Course No. PTG236/336/436  Credits: 3.0

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the criteria, standards, and values promoted by artists and how these come to be understood by their audience through exploring the relationships that exist between subject, form and content. Through discussion, assignments and studio critiques the class will attempt to make explicit the role that our assumptions about the component parts of an art work plays in the construction of a work and how it is understood by its audience.

Painting: The Medium Is the Message

Course No. PTG234/334/434  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Painting: Painting History: 1828-Present

Careful selection and control of the medium enables us to express ideas clearly. In this class students will explore and consider how various materials, methods, and processes operate, function, and ultimately how they impact meaning. Class demonstrations and lectures will introduce students to basic traditional and nontraditional painting materials and processes including safe handling and use. The class will function as a lab where through the process of trial and error, students will conduct ‘tests,’ keep notes, and ultimately catalogue their findings in an archive. Students are expected to explore these ‘findings’ in their own studio practice, as they further develop the practical and conceptual skills necessary for their work. This course is open to all students with the prerequisite of Intro to Painting or with the permission of the instructor.

Performance Art

Course No. VAT280/380/480  Credits: 3.0

Performance art is and has been an open genre, a place to experiment with ideas, materials and time. For this course, the working definition of “performance art” is —
a piece which uses a live body, exists in time, and is non-linear. This class is an introduction to performance art designed for students who are shy and apprehensive about performing and students who are extroverted and at ease in front of groups. Workshops include: developing a language of movement, gesture, and stance; developing a range of low-tech sound, lighting and video; juxtaposing activity, image, sound and text; structuring or building a piece; and documentation. We will consider singular actions, interventions and other strategies for generating and developing ideas for performance work. Student work for this class has been diverse and has included costume-based work, work using endurance as a central tactic, collaborative work, public intervention, interactive and site-specific work. Skills in editing video and sound, installation, animation are useful, but not required.

Popular Culture + Imagery: A Painting Course

Course No. PTG227/327/427  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore the symbiotic relationship of art and culture, and the particular ways in which popular and material culture influence the visual arts and vice versa NOW (if there are indeed any particular ways that stand out in this particular time as opposed to a different time in history). Students will learn to discern both the overt and covert affects/effects of culture on contemporary artists as well as Êon their own work and that of their peers. Students in order to take part in relevant class room conversation/discussion need a working knowledge of current events/ history/popular culture and will need to be ready to read and do research, etc. Open to all students.

Role of the Artist as Producer

Course No. VAT400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Daniel Tranberg | Lane Cooper | Tommy White

Contemporary artists have a multitude of ways they can engage with the larger world, beyond the realm of the gallery or museum. Students enrolled in this course will explore various models of artistic production including, but not limited to, performer, activist, curator and provocateur. The relationship between method of creation and idea, or the handmade versus the industrial, will be investigated. Additionally, assignments will challenge students to analyze the content of their artwork within local, national, and global contexts. Coursework will include studio work, readings, discussion, and critiques. Required for VAT seniors in all majors. Open as an elective with approval of instructor. Offered fall.

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Daniel Tranberg

Daniel Tranberg

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Dan Tranberg has published more than 750 articles on art and has exhibited his paintings in more that 40 exhib...more

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