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Alumni Profiles

Marc Petrovic

Title Glass artist
Major Glass

Marc Petrovic '91 is an internationally recognized glass artist.

Widely regarded as a leader in the glass art field, Petrovic has been a full-time studio artist for 23 years. His work is held in numerous private collections and in public collections including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City; Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York; Niijima Museum of Glass, Tokyo; The Mint Museum, Charlotte; Racine Art Museum; Tacoma Museum of Glass, and many others.

He is represented by Heller Gallery in New York City; Thomas R. Riley Gallery in Cleveland; Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, Michigan; Imago Gallery in Palm Desert, California; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia;Dane Gallery on Nantucket in Massachusetts; eo Art Lab in Chester, Connecticut; and Admiralty Gallery in Vero Beach, Florida.

René Polin

Title President of Balance Product Development
Major Industrial Design

As founder and president of a multi-disciplinary design firm, René’s portfolio includes hundreds of successful products for companies across the globe, including Rubbermaid, Ninja, and Fisher Price. Creative problem solving, and a sense of balance, are both traits that René attributes to his CIA education.

Rit Premnath

Title Installation Artist and Assistant Professor
Major Painting
Organization Parsons The New School for Design

Sreshta Rit Premnath graduated from CIA in 2003, moved to Brooklyn, NY, for graduate school and never left. He is now a successful installation artist and assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design. He launched publication, Shifter, which he considers a platform to think through issues in a space surrounded by critical thinkers and artists, and he continues to work on it in his time away from teaching.

Mark Reigelman

Title Public Artist & Designer
Major Sculpture + Expanded Media

New York-based artist Mark Reigelman '06 was recently recognized for creating one of the country’s top 10 public artworks in 2010. His foundation gives three-dimensional form to his highly-acclaimed concepts. Mark, a renaissance artist, creates work across myriad art forms. He has installed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's summer solstice party two years in a row. His product designs include original pieces that you can find in New York and Paris boutiques; he crafts pieces for elite exhibitions; and he even designs interiors. Mark credits much of his success to his education at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where faculty encouraged him to take art and design classes outside of his major and bring those experiences back to his artwork. The results of his artistic exploration are unique—and award winning

Kevin Snipes

Title Ceramic Artist
Major Ceramics

Kevin Snipes '94 is a full-time ceramic artist working in Cleveland. He shows his work in solo gallery exhibitions across the country and regularly gives presentations as a visiting artist at colleges and universities. At CIA, Snipes learned to combine his love of drawing with his love of building things by working in ceramics. On the strength of his unique work, he has had residencies at numerous prestigious art centers.

Steven Tatar

Title President and Creative Director
Major Glass, Sculpture + Expanded Media
Organization Ohio Knitting Mills

Steven Tatar, a 1985 Cleveland Institute of Art graduate in glass and sculpture, runs the Ohio Knitting Mills clothing company out of Cleveland, Ohio. His mainstay brand is built on the artifacts of thousands of 1940s–70s knits he uncovered from the garment factory’s archives. He releasedThe Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book in the summer of 2010, and his pop-up shop in Cleveland opened in December 2010.

Paul Timman

Title Tattoo Artist
Major Sculpture + Expanded Media
Organization Sunset Strip Tattoo

As one of the leading tattoo artists in the country, Paul Timman '95 has tattooed many celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore. His sought-after tribal and traditional Japanese designs are now part of a unique line of dishware from Ink Dish.

Thu Tran

Title Creator and Host
Major Glass
Organization IFC's Food Party

We visited Thu Tran, creator and host of the IFC's 'Food Party' television show, in the network's Brooklyn studios. While there, we ran into the all-CIA cast and crew that also work on the show. With BFAs in glass, painting, sculpture, fibers and enameling, the crew tackles everything from writing and production to design and acting. Take a look at the behind-the-scenes interview with Food Party.

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