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News . Feature Stories . The Cleveland Institute of Art Showcases Emerging Talent


February 15, 2010

The Cleveland Institute of Art Showcases Emerging Talent

The 64th Annual Student Independent Exhibition: Organized and curated entirely by students, this juried exhibition of emerging young talent showcases an eclectic mix of art, design and craft. February 26 - April 3, in the Reinberger Galleries.


Director of Media Relations: Casey Burry,, 216.421.7404
Student Contact: Ivy Garrigan,, 937.408.7277

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2010

CLEVELAND: The Cleveland Institute of Art, a premier college of art and design, will host a free public reception on Friday, February 26, from 6-9pm to celebrate the opening of its 64th Annual Student Independent Exhibition (SIE 64). Organized and curated entirely by students, this juried exhibition of emerging young talent showcases an eclectic mix of art, design and craft.

The opening reception will feature food, drinks and a live DJ, along with a preview of students’ fresh, energetic work. On last year’s opening night, guests were greeted by a remote-controlled skunk and had the opportunity to explore the insides of a giant dissectible frog or wander the gallery with a friend wearing connected Siamese twin sweaters.


Each year, SIE offers an opportunity for students in all majors to showcase their talent, creativity and passion in media ranging from painting to sculpture to video work. The exhibition also offers art appreciators and supporters of emerging artists the opportunity to acquire unique works for their own collections.

Students from all of the Institute’s departments were invited to submit works to a jury of nationally recognized artists: Dario Robleto (San Antonio), Pascual Sisto (Los Angeles) and 1998 Institute alumna Christa Donner (Chicago). The jurors will lead a panel discussion on Friday, February 19 from 4-5:30pm, offering insight for students of all ages who are about to enter the professional world of art and design.

The exhibition will be on view from February 26 until April 3, 2010, in the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries.

  • WHAT: Opening Night for the 64th Student Independent Exhibition, run entirely by BFA students
  • WHEN: Opening: Friday, February 26, 6–9pm; Exhibition: February 26 to April 3, 2010
  • WHERE: The Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Galleries: 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland
  • HOW: These events are free and open to the public
  • WHY: Because The Cleveland Institute of Art transforms art students into professional artists by facilitating their involvement in real-world art opportunities.

For more information, please visit:

Founded in 1882, The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation’s leading accredited independent colleges of art and design committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education. The Institute makes enduring contributions to education and extends all of its programs to the public through gallery exhibitions, lectures, a continuing education program and The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, an art and independent film program. For more information, visit or call 216.421.7000.

The Reinberger Galleries are located at 11141 East Boulevard. SIE 64 gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; open until 9pm on Friday evenings. For more information, visit or call 216.421.7000. This show is free and open to the public.

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