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Construction began -- and progressed rapidly -- on new Gund building and new residence hall in Uptown District
Calendar year 2013 was groundbreaking for the Cleveland Institute of Art in more ways than one. The college broke ground for the new building that will unify the CIA campus for the first time in more than a quarter century; construction began – and progressed steadily – on the building that will house CIA’s new residence hall; students and faculty won numerous awards; and, in its ongoing effort to attract qualified international students, CIA entered an affiliation agreement with the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing to accept some of China’s top art students.
“We made tremendous progress this year toward creating a world-class living and learning environment for CIA students in this vibrant, walkable neighborhood,” said CIA President Grafton Nunes. “Our facilities will soon be as compelling for prospective students as our academic programs have long been. The future looks very bright.”
In June, a ceremonial groundbreaking drew more than 250 friends of CIA to the building site immediately west of CIA’s current Joseph McCullough Center for the Visual Arts on Euclid Avenue. The new building – which will be adjoined to the McCullough building – will be named for George Gund II in recognition of $10 million in combined giving from his family and the foundation that bears his name to help fund the campus project. Gund served as CIA board chair from 1942-1966.
Speakers at the festive event included representatives of the three largest donors to the capital campaign that is funding the project: Geoffrey Gund represented the Gund family and foundation; philanthropic advisor Jennifer Frutchy represented the late Peter B. Lewis, who made a $5 million grant; and Ellen Stirn Mavec, president of The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, represented this foundation which has made $4 million in grants.
Major gifts to the campus project announced during 2013 include $1 million from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and $1 million from Dr. Sally and John Schulze.
Site work began in the fall and the building is expected to be complete by early 2015. Panzica Construction Company is the general contractor.
Work began early in 2013 on Uptown Phase II, the building that will include a new CIA residence hall. Designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz, the six-story building will house CIA freshmen and will open for fall 2014 semester. Each suite will house four students in two rooms connected by a shared workspace outfitted specifically for art students. The building – being developed by MRN Ltd. as part of the Uptown District of residential units, retail establishments and restaurants – is at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Ford Drive, opposite the new MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Cleveland.
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While these developments, and many others, buoyed CIA during 2013, the CIA community also mourned the loss of numerous alumni, friends, and former faculty. Among them were long-time supporter and Cinematheque co-founder George Gund III; Professor Emeritus John Paul Miller ’40; his classmate, the painter Joseph O’Sickey ’40; long-serving CIA board member Bill Joseph; and the largest individual benefactor to CIA’s capital campaign, Peter B. Lewis.
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