Alumni . Alumni Profiles
Working in a professional glass studio in Los Angeles, Nate Cotterman '07 is learning the ropes of running a glass business, while also having access to a studio to produce his own work. Nate believes his drawing skills honed at CIA help him to visualize his ideas into three-dimensional forms.expand collapse
Title Art Curator
Organization Aspen Art Museum
Courtenay Finn '05 is the curator at the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) in Aspen, Colorado. Recent curatorial projects at the AAM include group exhibitions A Fragile But Marvelous Life (2015-16) and The Blue of Distance (2015) and British artist Alice Channer's first U.S. Museum solo exhibition R o c k f a l l. From 2011-2014 she was the curator at Art in General where she commissioned new work by Lisa Oppenheim & Lisa Tan, Letha Wilson, robbinschilds, Katrin Sigurdardottir, and curated Art in General's first International New Commission with Lebanese artist Mounira Al Solh. In 2013 she was the co-curator of North by Northeast, the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale. From 2008–2010 she was the programs manager at Lower East Side Printshop, New York, where she worked in-depth with artists to create new work in printmaking.expand collapse
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.expand collapse
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.expand collapse
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.expand collapse
After receiving a BFA in Glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Adam Holtzinger moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career in glass blowing. Adam began designing and fabricating work for designers and artists, as well as other glassmakers. Since 2003, Adam has taught, lectured and demonstrated glass blowing nationally and internationally at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, Urban Glass, Brooklyn Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Corning Museum of Glass & GlassLab, OSU, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, NOCA, 141 Penn Studios, Osaka Art University in Osaka Japan, and Tama Glass School in Tokyo Japan.
Adam served as head Gaffer for Niche Modern Design from 2003 through August 2014.
Adam currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he makes custom work for various clients and recently launched KEEP, a lighting company with partner and CIA grad Susan Spiranovich.expand collapse
Title Design Director
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.expand collapse
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.expand collapse