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Story: Oct 21, 2014

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CIA Exhibition: Oct 17, 2014

Adam Markanovic: No Body to Love

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Story: Oct 20, 2014

CIA grad transforms Corvette into canvas on wheels

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Events: Nov 06, 2014 @ Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

Unruly Engagements Conference

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What does it mean in contemporary art and design to be socially engaged? Cleveland Institute of Art invites you to attend an international conference November 6...

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CIA Exhibition: Nov 07, 2014

Opening Reception Community Works: Artist as Social Agent

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CIA again named to "Best in the Midwest" list

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Events: Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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NEXT . Panelists 

NEXT Panelists

The NEXT: Living Art + Design event will open with a panel discussion, moderated by CIA Assistant Professor Jimmy Kuehnle. This year’s panelists are printmaker Christi Birchfield ’06; jeweler Liza Michelle Rifkin ’10; Industrial Design student Malcolm Moorer ’15, and multimedia designer Michael Lehto ’07.

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; MFA, Columbia University

Christi Birchfield is an internationally exhibited artist whose work is in permanent print and drawing collections including at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Cleveland Clinic. She is a full-time visiting artist/lecturer in the Foundation Department at CIA. Christi earned a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) from CIA and a master of fine arts degree (MFA) from Columbia University.

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Michael Lehto

Title Adjunct Faculty

Degree MFA, Cleveland Institute of Art; Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom, Goethe Institute; BS (Mathematics), Baldwin-Wallace College; BS (Computer Science), Baldwin-Wallace College.

Michael Lehto works at the juncture of art, science, and technology, focusing on issues of sustainability and the environment. For the past ten years, Michael has operated as a multimedia programmer, designer, and artist, working with a diverse set of regional and national institutions. He has also collaborated with a number of socially-based and non-profit organizations and artists. In 2007 and 2011, he was a featured artist at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology.

Michael has served as adjunct faculty and student advisor at the Cleveland Institute of Art off and on since 2007, where he has taught courses in Information Design, and Web Programming & Design.

Currently, he serves as a Director of Creative Engineering at Rosetta, an international interactive marketing agency. Prior to his time as at Rosetta, he worked for a variety of high-tech institutions, including the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company and a six-year tenure at NASA. He holds advanced degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, German, and a Master of Fine Art in Digital Art.

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Jimmy Kuehnle

Title Assistant Professor

Degree MFA, University of Texas at San Antonio; BFA, Truman State University

In 2008, Jimmy researched public art and practiced sculpture as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan. His recent work features public performance treks through rural and urban cities in the U.S. such as Chicago, Detroit, Austin, St. Louis, Cincinnati, San Antonio, Dallas, and New York as well as international performances in Japan, Italy, and Finland. He worked as a resident artist at Sculpture Space, Albion College, and Ateljé Stundars. In 2010, he exhibited in a survey of international artists in residence at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan, Italy.

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art

Liza Rifkin is a jewelry designer and maker who started her own company, Liza Michelle Jewelry, in 2013. She is represented in several local and out-of-state stores and boutiques. Prior to starting her company she worked for a local jewelry manufacturer. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree (BFA) in Jewelry + Metals from CIA.

Degree BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Class of 2015

Malcolm Moorer is a senior at CIA studying industrial design with a primary focus on automotive design. He was selected for summer internships at Automoblox Co. in Dover, NJ, and General Motors in Warren, MI, where he conducted research, sketched, rendered, and sculpted product models.

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Cleveland Foundation The Leonard Krieger Fund

2014 NEXT Event

Friday, October 24, 2014
9am-2:30pm

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