Story: Dec 22, 2014
Grad is sculptor behind Disney's Big Hero 6
CIA Exhibition: Jan 14, 2015
35th Annual Scholastic Art & Writing Exhibition
Story: Dec 17, 2014
Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...
CIA Exhibition: Feb 13, 2015
69th Annual Student Independent Exhibition
Social: about 6 hours ago via Facebook
We caught up with CIA grad Zack Petroc, model supervisor behind the Disney blockbuster Big Hero 6, and asked him how his CIA education helped him succeed. Find ...
Story: Nov 04, 2014
New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion
Events: Mar 21, 2015
Spring 2015 Open House
Story: Nov 03, 2014
New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video
October 04, 2010
Cleveland Institute of Art graduate Valerie Mayen was one of the final seven contestants on Lifetime TV's popular fashion design show.
After surviving nine episodes in style, CIA grad Valerie Mayen ’05 ended her run as a contestant on Project Runway during its tenth episode on September 30, 2010. The Cleveland Institute of Art community was proud to watch this talented designer in action these past weeks! Read the Plain Dealer's article about Valerie's final episode.
As one of the final ten Project Runway contestants, Valerie participated in New York Fashion Week. Check out the Plain Dealer’s review of her vibrant, impeccably constructed collection.
Valerie graduated from CIA in Illustration and started her own fashion label, Yellowcake, soon afterwards. Working out of her studio space in downtown Cleveland, Valerie designs and makes apparel and accessories for her line. Watch a video of Valerie giving a tour of her Cleveland studio and talking about her CIA education.
She is also a Cleveland advocate—winning a number of local fellowships and grants to keep her business alive and grow the fashion industry in northeast Ohio (including a Creative Workforce Fellowship in 2009 and a COSE Arts Business and Innovation Award in 2010).
Valerie is currently one of the top Project Runway fan favorites—you can help her win the vote by clicking the Facebook “like” button beside her photo on her Project Runway profile.
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