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Jul 23, 2014

Professor's productive year saw exhibitions, acquisitions, residencies, travel, and press

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May 19, 2014

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Jul 22, 2014

CIA grad's iconic monument to be rededicated

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Jul 05, 2014

60 Looney Tunes cartoons coming to the Cinematheque

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CIA’s Pre-College Program welcomed 85 high school students from around the country this summer. During this two-week residential program, students used the tools and processes otherwise available only to our students. The program culminated in an exhibition and celebration of their work on Friday, July 25. Please join us in congratulating these gifted students and their accomplishments!

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Jul 22, 2014

Thursday night concert series rocks CIA's neighborhood

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Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition

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Jun 25, 2014

Cuyahoga County unveils county seal designed by CIA student

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Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

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Jul 29, 2014

7/31-8/2: Looney Tunes finale, The Double, Brasslands & more!

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Sep 27, 2014

Filmmaker and author John Waters to present one-man show

NEXT . Panelists 

NEXT Panelists

The NEXT: Living Art + Design event will open with a panel discussion, moderated by CIA Assistant Professor Scott Ligon. This year’s panelists are 2012 grads Martinez E-B and Trisha Shah; 2009 and 2010 graduate Aaron Drake (he holds two CIA degrees); and current CIA senior Josette Galiano.

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Scott Ligon

Title Associate Professor

Degree MFA, Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art

Scott Ligon is an award-winning digital artist and filmmaker. He is the coordinator for the digital foundation curriculum at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

He received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art where he studied under renowned original abstract expressionist Grace Hartigan and attended “Perspectives on Criticism” classes taught by Robert Storr, formerly senior curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

Early in his career, Scott made a living as a graphic designer and illustrator for ad agencies around the Washington DC area. This enabled Scott to learn digital art software. Scott utilized his perspective as a painter to explore the expansive possibilities of digital technology as an art- making tool.

Scott is the author of Digital Art Revolution, Creating Fine Art with Photoshop. The book was published in March 2010 by Watson-Guptill, a division of Random House, the premiere publisher in books. The book is currently in its second printing and an eBook version was released in July 2011, available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and other eBook formats.

His award-winning animated short film, Escape Velocity, about the connection between ADHD and creativity, has played in festivals and theaters all over the world. Escape Velocity plays regularly on the Documentary Channel in the USA and Shorts TV in Europe. The film recently signed a third television deal with LAPTV, a partnership of four major entertainment giants, 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, and Fox TV in Latin America. The film is distributed by Shorts International, the world’s leading short film brand.

He has recently completed his second short film, Figure/Ground about the death of his father. It features veteran actor Allan Kulakow who has been in several movies, including Death by Dawn, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and HBO’s Something the Lord Made. He appeared as the Joint Chief of Staff on NBC’s West Wing. Figure/Ground is currently making a film festival tour and was recently signed to an exclusive distribution agreement with Future Shorts in London. Future Shorts is a short film distributor whose partners include HBO and Sony Computer Entertainment.

Scott is currently working on his first feature film, a documentary about creativity called The Big Picture.

2009 and 2010 CIA graduate Aaron Drake (he holds two CIA degrees) was so dedicated to a wide-ranging arts education that he completed two degrees at CIA. He earned his first BFA in Industrial Design in 2010, and graduated again a year later, this time with a BFA in Jewelry + Metals. While still in school (in 2009), Drake began interning with Heather Moore Jewelry. As the luxury jewelry design company tripled in size, Aaron steadily worked his way up through ranks. Before achieving his current position as head designer and director of new product development, Drake was 3-D model designer, diamond setter and diamond setting training manager.

Drake credits the quality and comprehensiveness of the CIA curriculum with helping him develop the craft and design skills necessary to succeed as a professional artist. Just this year, his designs have garnered first place honors in the JCK Jewelers Choice Awards, the Centurion Gold Design Awards and the Couture Bridal Design Awards.

Trisha Shah '12 majored in Biomedical Art at CIA, a specialty that allows her to produce art with broad social and scientific impact. While at CIA, Shah earned multiple accolades for her work – including an Award of Excellence from the Association of Medical Illustration – and completed a medical illustration internship at the Cleveland Clinic, illustrating the first near-total face transplant procedure carried out in the United States. Her illustrations have since been published in a book about the procedure, in the Journal of Anatomy, and on the cover of the Journal of Neurosurgery. She works as a medical illustrator for Visual Evidence, a company that produces graphics for litigation.

Garcias is the co-creator of three commissioned comic books and is now working as a Youth Leadership Coordinator. He’s shown his art in multiple galleries, and has completed commissioned work for clients such as CASE and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Having launched his own company, Red Light Go Studios, he also provides creative critical thinking materials for urban youth. These efforts are an outgrowth of his CIA experience. He says the critical thinking skills honed at CIA enrich every aspect of his life and work.

Galiano, who is now a senior Industrial Design major, is currently working on a collaborative Visitor Experience Project sponsored by the Cleveland Museum of Art. She has interned twice with Columbus-based user experience design firm Lextant, which works with leading companies to bring meaningful products and services to market. She also served as Technical Assistant in Color Theory for CIA’s Pre-College Summer Program.

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2014 NEXT Event

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

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