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CIA at CMA

CIA was incorporated in 1882, 31 years before the 1913 founding of the Cleveland Museum of Art. For over 100 years, our institutions have enjoyed a dynamic and often collaborative relationship. Today we can celebrate many intriguing stories and a compelling diversity of accomplishments. 

View a slideshow to explore 100+ works of art by CIA artists and designers in the art museum's collection. (The links appear under the heading "CIA at CMA.")

Below are a few highlights of our history together. 

  • During 1905-1916, CIA hosted major art exhibitions in the galleries of its new Italianate school building (razed after the current Gund Building was erected).
  • From its founding, the Cleveland Museum of Art has actively collected the finest of regional artwork in a variety of media.
  • The annual “May Shows” of the Museum, especially between 1919 and 1958, supported regional art and craft with both awards and sales, thereby encouraging CIA-affiliated artists and designers to excel.
  • For many years, CMA also circulated traveling exhibitions of Cleveland art to other museums, these always featuring CIA-affiliated artists (and others from our region).
  • Then and now, both students and faculty—in studio and liberal arts—study the CMA collection firsthand.
  • Alumni and faculty have frequently taught in the CMA’s education programs or taken full-time positions at the museum.
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