share this

Share This Search
News
View full story holidaycardrawley.jpg

Story: Dec 17, 2014

Students animate, illustrate holiday greetings on behalf of ...

View details Fall 2014 Exhibitions

CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Fall 2014 Exhibitions

View full story madesurrealvictoriabest4041.jpg

Story: Nov 15, 2014

Students capture two of the top prizes in museum's surreal d...

View details Spring 2015 Open House

Events: Mar 21, 2015

Spring 2015 Open House

View Link

Social: about 5 hours ago via Facebook

Cleveland Institute of Art has again received a significant funding commitment from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to support access to the arts!

View full story dsc92052.jpg

Story: Nov 04, 2014

New CIA building taking shape; set for December completion

View full story unknown.png

Story: Nov 03, 2014

New Uptown Residence Hall featured in CIA video

View full story bestregmidwest.jpg

Story: Aug 18, 2014

CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

News . Feature Stories . Student's illustrations featured in solo show

News

September 11, 2013

Student's illustrations featured in solo show

Rob Benigno '14 earns a rare exhibition opportunity

Student's illustrations featured in solo show

By Julie Mason

A solo show can be one of the crowning achievements of an artist’s career. But CIA senior Robert Benigno reached this hallmark early. Last month, the illustration major’s work took center stage during a weeklong exhibition titled Catalyst at 464 Gallery in Buffalo, NY, Benigno’s hometown.

At the suggestion of an artist friend who maintains a studio there, Benigno initially approached the gallery owner to request a one-night space rental for a self-hosted show. Instead, he was thrilled when the owner was impressed enough with his work to offer him a full exhibition in the main gallery.

Catalyst featured a recent series of Benigno’s paintings and drawings that explore juxtapositions of representational and abstract imagery. The majority of the pieces were new work created specifically for the show.

“These paintings really formed on their own,” said Benigno. “I let them fall onto the paper, and they took on their own meaning. I liked seeing how different people at the show made up their own stories.”

Benigno’s first successful exhibition has helped solidify his career goals to establish his own body of artwork in addition to commissioned work. With support from the CIA illustration faculty, including instructor George Vlosich ’02, he’s already done freelance designs for clients including Barrio Tacos and the Cleveland Foundation.

Portfolio work and sketches can be viewed online at robbenigno.com.

Image of “Suburbs” courtesy Robert Benigno

YouTube Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Flickr Pinterest Instagram

Social Feed

CIA awarded @CuyArtsC operating grant to support access to the arts! http://t.co/TacreZqJkg

about 5 hours ago via Twitter

Questions?

For more information about this or other CIA news, contact us here.

Read More

Community Works

Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

Read More

Uptown Residence Hall

Check out the new student digs.

Read More

Cores + Connections

Creating. Connecting. Building better futures.