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Sculpture + Expanded Media Faculty

Sarah Paul

Title Associate Professor/Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7945

Courses  Creative Resistance: Media Art in the Social Sphere | Experimental Film + Video Art | Installlation: Light + Sound | Role of the Artist as Producer | Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research | Sound Design Fundamentals | Time-Based Strategies | Topics in Sculpture + Expanded Media

Degree MFA, Visual Studies, University of New York at Buffalo; BS, Mathematics, University of New York at Albany

Born on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Sarah Paul is now an artist based in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BS in Mathematics from the University at Albany, and MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo, before swimming west along the southern coast of Lake Erie. After stopping to rest, mesmerized by the flaming smokestacks, she wandered inland and fell in love and lust with the smokestacks, the city, and the lake. Sarah is making work that embraces and celebrates this lush rusty belt. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include the Front Yard at Burchfield Penney Art Center, SPACES Gallery, Sculpture Center Cleveland, MOCA Cleveland, Albright-Knox Gallery, UB Art Gallery, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art; her video work has been screened around the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, Sarah was generously supported by a Creative Workforce Fellowship granted from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah is presently an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

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Christina Cassara

Title Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7381

Courses  BFA Thesis + Statement | Charette: Collaboration + Community | Intro Sculpture + Expanded Media | On the Body | Sculpture + Expanded Media: BFA Research | Sewing + Fabrication

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Barnard College, Columbia University

Tina Cassara received a BA in urban studies, emphasis in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Following graduation, she moved to Viques, in the Juan region of Peru, and studied with Francisca Mayer from Black Mountain College, teaching natural dyes derived from indigenous plants to local weavers. Her travels continued through the Collao Altiplano region of Bolivia. While living in New York City, Cassara was co-editor of Sing Out! magazine before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she received an MFA from the fiber department. Cassara has since conducted extensive research into women’s labor in the American textile industry, issues of European migration and relocation, and more recently, the assigned value of labor in historically women-dominated textile industries in the South. In the late 1990s, Cassara began exploring the history of textile production. A strong advocate for organized labor, she began conducting interviews in LaGrange, GA, and nearby mill towns, speaking with retired textile workers, factory owners, surviving union organizers, and members of textile heritage societies. In 2008–09, Cassara was awarded a sabbatical to further her research in the network of textile heritage societies, including travel to Cooleemee, NC, working with organizers of the Textile Heritage Initiative and members of the Troop County Historical Society. Cassara's research also continues in Scranton, PA, where she is examining documents and photographs related to the growth of the mining and silk textile industries

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Sarah Kabot

Title Associate Professor/Chair of Drawing
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  100 Drawings | BFA Thesis + Statement | Drawing I | Drawing II | Illusionism: Intro to Drawing | Image + Form I | Image + Form II: Reproducibility | Professional Practices

Degree MFA, Fiber, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BFA, University of Michigan

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pieksamaki, Finland; Reinberger Gallery, Cleveland Institute of Art; and SPACES gallery, Cleveland, among others. Her awards have included a CAA Tuition Grant (2000-2002); a Merit Scholarship and Grant to the Vermont Studio Center (1999); and a Merit Scholarship for the University of Michigan (1998).

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Kevin Kautenburger

Title Associate Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  Charette: Collaboration + Community | Design I | Design II | Mapping + Memory: Spacial Construction

Degree MFA, Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University; BFA, Studio Art from Kent State

Kautenburger's sculpture functions to contain sensations of the natural environment, housing and presenting natural phenomena as an invitation for anyone so inclined to poetic ponderance. Work often involves insect habitats (crickets and honeybees), natural material from the Rocky River basin, as well as substances collected from his bee yard, such as propolis, wax, and pollens.

He is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and has exhibitited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Allentown Museum of Art, among others. He has an MFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, and a BFA from Kent State University.

He has been teaching at CIA since 2001, where he teaches Foundation Design and Environment, Art and Engaged Practice.

Barry Underwood

Title Associate Professor/Chair of Photography + Video
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7329

Courses  Advanced Studio Lighting | Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice | Fundamentals of Studio Lighting | Image + Form I | Installation + Constructed Objects | Landscape Photography | Photo Major 3.1: Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice | Photo Major 3.2: Visual Thinking in Contemporary Photography | Professional Practices

Degree MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art; BA, Theater Arts, Indiana University Northwest; BA, Photography, Indiana University Northwest

Barry’s work can be found in the collections of The Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH), The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Rockefeller Family Art Collection (Petaluma, CA), among several others. Sous Les Etoiles Gallery, in New York, New York; Johansson Projects Gallery in Oakland, California; and 1Point618 Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio represent his work. His photographs have been presented at many venues including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Ohio, Dorsky Gallery, New York, and The Suburban in Oak Park. Barry’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications and books including Land Art (France), the San Francisco Exploratorium’sThe Art of Tinkering, Color Magazine (CA), the London Times, Spectrum Magazine (England), Photo+ (Seoul), Picnic Magazine (Tel Aviv), and Vision Magazine (Beijing).

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Christopher Whittey

Title Sr. Vice President of Faculty Affairs + Chief Academic Officer, Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7411

Degree Whitney Museum Independent Study Program; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, Wayne State University

Christopher Whittey is currently Vice President of Faculty Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Prior to this position he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Maine College of Art (MECA) and was Dean of Academic Services at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he served as faculty from 2001-2009.

After studying at the Center for Creative Studies and receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University, Whittey worked as a master carpenter building stage sets and props in New York for such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Opera, Saturday Night Live and The Conan O'Brien Show. In 1989, he returned to complete his formal education at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1991.

The following year, Whittey was selected to attend the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His work has been showcased in numerous locations including White Columns and The Thread Waxing Space in New York and he has received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Van Lier Foundation Grant (awarded by the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program), Individual Artists Grant from New York's Artist Space, and a faculty development grant from MICA. Publications include The Detroit News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Documents and World Art.

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Christian Wulffen

Title Professor
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7931

Courses  Charette: Self + Other Voices | Drawing Beyond Observation | Drawing I | Drawing II | Systems Drawing | Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Style + Content

Degree Freie Kunstschule (Independent Art School) Nurtingen (Germany)
Academy of Fine Arts at the Staatlicen Akademie der Bildenden Kunste (State Academy of the Fine Arts), Stuttgart (Germany) MFA

Christian Wulffen has been an Associate Professor since 2003.

He has a solo exhibition on display at Galerie Reinhold Maas in Germany from February 15-April 5.

Artist Statement:

I am concerned with how artists achieve knowledge and how they structure knowledge. This intersects with my concern as a teacher and artist, to encourage participants to reflect on the processes that an artist goes through--for example, an intuitive creative thinking process, intentional purposeful engagement, and adherence to a model or system.

These thought processes can be contextualized further by situating them within larger theories of knowledge production, as outlined by W. J. T. Mitchell: “semiotics, structuralism, deconstruction, system theory, speech at theory, ordinary language philosophy and now image science or critical iconology”.

To convey this notion of action as a mode of knowledge production, I use specific symbols for my work, one of these: boards that are pre-manufactured with three vertical slots and one horizontal slot (plywood).

From the viewer’s perspective, the board has the option to hold various information. From my perspective, I see this as a concept to display information to exercise the different links in its display from one board to another. My environment is a grid—one of the hallmarks of modernist abstraction and capable, as a visual symbol, of signifying a whole system of art production and thought. This idea is depends on the perspective of the viewer and how that viewer is situated in a distributed network of production and reception of the information about this subject.

Crucially for me, the painting, the paper, and the board (as in my recent production), simulate the portability of information. I am interested in its mobility as a sign in which sender and recipient receive the same information but decode it differently depending on their respective environments.

Erin Duhigg

Title Technical Specialist, Sculpture + Expanded Media
Department Sculpture + Expanded Media
Phone 216.421.7335

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, Washington University, St. Louis

Erin Duhigg graduated from with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011, and earned an MFA in Sculpture from Washington University, St. Louis in 2013.

Erin exhibits her work locally and nationally. She works as a technical specialist in the Sculpture + Expanded Media department at CIA.

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