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Alumni Profiles

Ben Grasso

Title Painter
Major Painting

After graduating from CIA, Ben Grasso '03 pursued a Master's degree in Painting at Hunter College. His training has landed him solo and group exhibitions around the U.S. and Italy. Ben credits his versatile education at CIA for developing his aesthetic and skill level. His sought-after work is represented by Thierry Goldberg Projects gallery in New York. Ben spends his time in New York with fellow CIA alums, including well-known painter, Dana Schutz '00.

William Harper

Title Jeweler

William Harper ’67, a New York artist whose works in metals and enamels are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and The Hermitage Museum (among many others), talks about his CIA education, his career, and his approach to making art. Harper credits his CIA education with enabling him to create art not only in metals and enamel, but also in painting, works on paper, mixed media sculpture, bronze casting, and his unique assemblages.

Chris and Shelley Harvan

Title Co-owners, Designers and Sculptors
Organization Memento Memorials

Chris and Shelley (Slick) Harvan graduated from CIA in 1997 and currently are co-owners, designers and sculptors for Memento Memorials. After being inspired by a unique urn built for a family member, the Harvans began making urns and memorial boxes for people. Shelley works as an art teacher, and in her spare time works as a portrait artist for Memento Memorials.

Patty Hume

Title Design Director
Organization BREAKurban

Patty Hume '97 creates multi-million dollar water features around the world and works on a scale she never thought possible. As a student at CIA she acquired skills in pattern and design that infuse her current work with a sense of chorography and a signature style.

Frank Kobak

Title Senior Shoe Designer
Major Industrial Design
Organization Frye Shoes

Frank Kobak '03, graduated from CIA in Industrial Design and is now the Senior Men's Designer at Frye shoes. We interviewed Frank in the amazing Frye showroom, full of his designs, in New York City. We also learned about the secrets to Frank's success and how his CIA education applies to his work.

Kurt Koeple

Title Associate Partner
Major Graphic Design
Organization Pentagram Design

Kurt Koeple ’92 found a way to combine all of his interests – design, writing and new media – into one ever-transforming job. With a degree in Graphic Design, Koeple has worked for Pentagram Design, the world’s largest independent design consultancy, as a manager of all things digital including the website, blog and social media.

George Kozmon ’82, the internationally collected artist who created a brilliant alpine landscape on an 80-foot-long canvas in real time at Cleveland’s 2013 Ingenuity Fest, is the subject of this new film by videographer Jeff Mancinetti ’09. In it, Kozmon talks about his 30-year career, his bodies of work, and what he gained from his CIA education.

Valerie Mayen

Title Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur
Major Illustration
Organization Yellow Cake

Valerie Mayen graduated from CIA in 2005 in Illustration and Graphic Design. Today she operates Yellow Cake, her own fashion label, out of Cleveland and was a contestant on season 8 of Lifetime Television's Project Runway.

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