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August 10, 2007


Cleveland - The Cleveland Institute of Art will begin celebrating 125 years of excellence in art and design education by featuring work by its accomplished and innovative graduates. "From Here to Infinity & the Big Bang

Cleveland - The Cleveland Institute of Art will begin celebrating 125 years of excellence in art and design education by featuring work by its accomplished and innovative graduates. "From Here to Infinity & the Big Bang" is one retrospective exhibition of work by 54 alumni artists in two venues: the Institute's Reinberger Galleries and SPACES, Cleveland's largest alternative art gallery.

Both parts of the exhibition will open to the public on September 7, 2007 with free events at both locations. A lively Opening for "From Here to Infinity" is planned at CIA from 5-7pm and immediately afterward, the celebration continues at SPACES, where the Opening for"The Big Bang" goes on until 9pm (check times, please). "From Here to Infinity" will remain on view in the Reinberger Galleries through Saturday, October 27 while "The Big Bang" closes at SPACES on Friday, October 19.

Curated by Bruce Checefsky, director of the CIA Reinberger Galleries, "From Here to Infinity" will feature excellent examples of both fine and applied art from established alumni artists at the peaks of their careers, while "The Big Bang curated by Julie Langsam, Professor and Head of Painting will feature work of 36 up-and- coming artists who are making their marks on the contemporary art world., all of whom are Institute graduates from the past 10 years. Together, "From Here to Infinity and the Big Bang" explores both the legacy that has marked the Institute's rich history and points the way towards the future and the next 125 years. The exhibition will include the work of 18 influential alumni, such as master goldsmith John Paul Miller, industrial design pioneer Viktor Schreckengost, optical art designer Julian Stanzak, and internationally recognized painter Robert Mangold. Other artists featured in the exhibition are Shelby Lee Adams, Marc Brown, Charles Burchfield, David Deming, and Dana Schutz. The works of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Clarence Holbrook Carter, Bruce Claxton, Alberta Cifolelli, April Gornik, William Harper, Winifred Lutz, and Ed Mieczkowski will also be exhibited.

"The show is not meant as a definitive historical overview, but as a layering of history," said Checefsky. "We are examining the Institute's influence on international art and design using a series of concentric circles rather than a strict linear chronology. A viewer might find an interesting link between Charles Burchfield's moody landscapes and those of April Gornik, or contrast Shelby Lee Adams' portrait photographs taken in Appalachia with the surreal landscapes by Hughie Lee Smith."

Across town at SPACES, "The Big Bang" will highlight the work of 36 up-and-coming alumni who are making their marks on the contemporary art world. Curated by Julie Langsam, The Big Bang will feature graduates of the Institute with the past 10 years such as installation artist Libby Black, photographer Michelle Murphy, sculptor Charlotte Becket and painters Ben Grasso and Tim Callaghan. Among the other recent alumni artists and designers in the exhibition are: Jennifer Axner, , Stephanie Schwallie, Jeff Bechtel, Charlotte Becket, Michael Cirelli, Laura Davis, Ryan Divita, Mike Dotson, Derek Gelvin, Robert Goodman, Scott Goss, Joann Harrah, Matthew Johnson, Andrea Gaydos Landau, Chris Landau, Anna Lorich, Phil Lynam, Liz Mandeville, Chris McLaughlin, Erika Neola, Bill Newhouse, Lisa Ramsey, Donna Rogers, Kelly Simpson, Nathan Tersteeg, Ann Toebbe, Tom Vance, and Nancy Yusko. "To curate an exhibition of students, all who have "exploded" into their own as artists and are making their mark in the art world is the ultimate reward for any teacher", said Langsam."It is particularly interesting as an educator to see the last ten years of CIA reflected through the lens of generational shifts in attitudes concerns. Commonalities, threads that remain important thru the decade and places where there is a break or rupture will be most interesting to see."

An electronic catalogue will accompany the exhibition and be available on-line beginning August 27th, 2007 at Included in the digital catalogue and website are essays on each part of the exhibition. Accompanying "From Here to Infinity" is and essay by renowned art writer and Institute Professor Dr. David Carrier "Why Art Schools Matter." Carrier is the Champney Family Visiting Professor and a Getty Scholar; he received his Ph.D. from Columbia and has written several books focused on Art History.

The essay "The Origins of The Big Bang: A Commitment to Creativity" written by Saul Ostrow, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts & Technology at CIA accompanies the exhibition at Spaces gallery. A noted critic, curator and editor, Ostrow's work has appeared in numerous art magazines, journals, catalogues and books throughout the US and Europe. He is the art editor of BOMB magazine; writes regularly for Art in America; is the editor of a book series for Routledge; and has curated over 70 exhibitions.

"From Here to Infinity & the Big Bang" is sponsored in part by The Ohio Arts Council.


Founded in 1882, The Cleveland Institute of Art is the region's only independent college of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. The Institute makes enduring contributions to education and offers its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, scholarly lectures, Extended Studies + Community Outreach, and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Northeast Ohio's premier independent film program.

The Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Galleries are located in the Gund Building at 11141 East Boulevard, and are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm. The Reinberger Galleries are closed Sundays and major holidays. For more information about The Cleveland Institute of Art, visit

SPACES advances the artist's vision. By providing freedom, resources and an audience, SPACES enables artists to engage the public in a vital dialogue about contemporary art. SPACES interacts directly with artists, promoting excellence and experimentation to produce challenging gallery exhibitions, public programs, residencies and publications.

SPACES, located at 2220 Superior Viaduct on Cleveland's near west side, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 am until 5:30 pm, on Fridays from 11 am until 7 pm, on Saturdays from 11 am until 5 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm until 5 pm. For more information about SPACES,

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